The PEOPLE want to secure our Right to VOTE.
The DNC commits $25 MILLION to the cause.
They’ve chosen to prioritize VOTER EDUCATION. Well… I suppose it’s about time we went to D.C. and EDUCATED them.
Our Rights will not be secured by MONEY. Our Rights will not be secured by INFRASTRUCTURE. Our Right to VOTE will only be secured by LAW. With LEGISLATION, PASSED by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… that’s how we secure the franchise.
That’s how we ensure the Will of the People reigns supreme. More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE.
STAND UP and SPEAK OUT!
How do we defeat the BULLY and the LIAR? We STAND UP for the Rule of Law, we stand FIRM in our convictions… and we stand UNITED.
We do not do this for a Political Party. We do not do this for our own self-interest or our own personal gain. We defend our Right to Vote for the NEXT generation, and the one that will come after them.
We do this because it is necessary. There must be no boundaries standing in the way of any citizen who wishes to participate in our democracy.
Our future National Security is ensured when our access to the ballot is secure.
STAND UP and SPEAK OUT… and you will not stand alone.
We should be no more upset with people of Asian Descent for the spread of this virus, than we are with people of English Descent for the current spread of the predominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States.
Viruses do not discriminate.
I find these acts of violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities abhorrent and everyone should SPEAK OUT when they see these acts happen. I wish only for PEACE, as their contributions are a wonderful and vital part of our story.
But… I cannot be SILENT. Nor should anyone else. We must LISTEN to what we’re being told, as well as what is being SAID.
There’s a difference between STORY and NARRATIVE… and sometimes the STORY is amplified by the obvious SILENCE of others.
… don’t look at ME like that!
SILENCE on the subject of Conspiracy Theories led to an armed insurrection on January 6th. What harm is done when we are denied FULL DISCLOSURE? What lessons can we learn from this moment that will teach us something about what went wrong in that young man’s life… so that we can ensure it will never happen again with someone else.
Yes, it’s uncomfortable. And yes it deals with harmful stereotypes, but it must be addressed. Openly. It’s a subject not everyone is familiar with, and it’s something that everyone needs to be aware of… knowledge leads to understanding.
Our SILENCE allows it to continue.
My ears perked up the moment I heard the word addiction. Now having gained the knowledge that comes from 12 years of sobriety… after so many lost at the bottom of a bottle… I have an extra bit of empathy for anyone who struggles with addiction. Because I did not know, I struggled… as it is for many people who cannot afford treatment or mental health services. Just like Prostate Cancer or Breast Cancer, addiction is a treatable disease of the MIND.
But I am NO FOOL…
This was no “bad day” as described by the Sheriff… this man’s future was decided the moment he gave up on LIFE, and became its enemy.
Why did that man choose those businesses. What was he expecting to find in those establishments? Was he looking for something he ASSUMED he would find, or was he CERTAIN he would find it. Yes, there is ONE common denominator between all these establishments…
I remember how thoroughly the lessons penetrate our collective psyche around situations like these. Anyone my age has been well educated on what the definition of the word “is” is… and when we learn these lessons WRONG, we have to GO BACK and re-educate ourselves. We have to undo the damage that’s been done… because we have LEARNED.
Our definition of what is RIGHT and what is WRONG has evolved.
Our Laws need to reflect that.
This is how we ensure a proper path Forward.
SHAME on him if he’s using the excuse of addiction in an attempt to avoid responsibility for his actions, but shame on US if we do not LISTEN to what he is saying.
When you strip away all of the Political Theater… the Mueller Report, Russian Collusion, Hillary’s emails… and just consider who these people are. Their DEEDS, their ACTIONS. What trends do these people present?
Can we determine where they STAND? Can we see what’s churning within their souls?
The answer is CLEAR when we consider the protests we’ve seen in the streets of every American City. Protesters burned a police station to the ground… and still, they were not moved.
Thousands have died and millions have lost their jobs. The picture was CLEAR as early as January that this could be our fate… yet they were SILENT.
And even NOW, as a riotous mob has stormed our Capitol, threatening to kill elected officials. Elected officials, representing THE PEOPLE who voted them into that office… their very own colleagues! They act as if nothing has happened.
If the plight of their own constituency will not move them.
If the calls for Justice and Equality, made by the constituency of their colleagues, has no effect.
If threats of violence, acted out against MIKE PENCE will not unite them in common cause… then what would?
What’s the ONE THING that will motivate these leaders to ACT?
It’s no longer acceptable to simply stand SILENT. When we defend the rights of OTHERS, we defend those rights for OURSELVES.
Every one of these groups should ask themselves if this is what they want to be associated with, and they should tell EVERY American Consumer exactly where they stand.
Delta Airlines. BNSF Railway: Do you support INSURRECTION against our government, and will you be contributing to members of Congress who support and defend inciting VIOLENCE for political gain in the FUTURE?
STAND UP and SPEAK OUT!
Hallmark Cards: Is THIS now part of YOUR BRAND? Are the actions of Senator Hawley representative of your company’s values? This is a moment that calls for CLARITY, outreach, and education… where do YOU stand?
UPS. AT&T: When the American People see YOUR LOGO, should we now think of THIS agenda? Do you still support the actions of the Senate MINORITY Leader, and will you be supporting his agenda in the FUTURE?
The Republican Jewish Coalition: How can the actions of these Senators, be seen by any religious organization as HONORABLE? Of ALL people, I would think your organization would be the most vocal in your opposition to such tactics.
STAND UP and SPEAK OUT!
Walking away from the situation now will not change the unfolding course of events. This is the agenda you have backed. YOUR SUPPORT has brought our nation to this place. Every one of these organizations must SPEAK OUT and tell these Senators exactly where they should STAND.
“If you want to receive our FINANCIAL SUPPORT in the future, you must denounce the insurrection and hold those responsible for its incitement accountable for their actions.”
Let History be our guide. If we do not STAND UP against mob violence… eventually, it will come for us all. The Rule of Law protects our right to protest.
As I’ve said before… when you live where the Twisters live, you MUST be prepared! It’s a matter of LIFE or DEATH.
When I was a younger man, I had a friend with a pickup truck. When the sirens would sound, we’d try and chase down the path of the tornadoes as they rolled through Olathe. We never got “lucky” enough to see one, but we saw more than our share of extreme weather events. Massive hail, rotating straight-line winds, fallen trees… mild, compared to what we wanted to see.
Some years we would chase down one or two storms. Some years, it was one storm every 3 or 4 DAYS. We even crossed paths with the “professionals”. A little pat on the back for ourselves, knowing we were close.
Understanding how these systems work is key when doing something so dangerous. Being able to read the radar and satellite returns accurately, then taking that information and applying it to events unfolding on the ground in real time, is crucial. Miss one piece of data, and you end up right in front of the storm.
As random and chaotic as they are, to a certain degree these storms are predictable; and living in this State means we are ALL required to have a degree in meteorology! Well… at least, an intimate knowledge of how the weather works.
The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011, changed all that for me. That one was a beast of another kind. The speed at which it traveled. The speed of the winds within the system. The trail of destruction it left behind and the suddenness with which it appeared… they only had moments to react.
Understanding this, I had to consider not only my safety, but the safety of my children. It was obvious a simple ‘hide in the basement’ strategy would no longer be sufficient. Had that storm dropped over my home… there would have been nothing left.
I had to act as if it would happen again. So we constructed a storm shelter in our basement, based on FEMA designs, that could withstand an EF5 tornado.
THIS TIME it was Joplin. Next time, we might not be so fortunate.
“On the night of August 24, 1814, British troops led by Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn marched on Washington, D.C. and set fire to most of the city. Dolley Madison famously saved the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington and a copy of the Declaration of Independence before she fled to nearby Georgetown.
The British didn’t stay long, though; their occupation lasted just 26 hours. What happened?”
“George Robert Gleig, a British soldier on the scene, detailed what happened next in his memoirs as the severe thunderstorm rolled into the city in the afternoon.
‘Of the prodigious force of the wind it is impossible for you to form any conception. Roofs of houses were torn off by it, and whisked into the air like sheets of paper, while the rain which accompanied it resembled the rushing of a mighty cataract rather than the dropping of a shower,’ Gleig wrote.”
This isn’t about Donald Trump or Joe Biden. This isn’t about Republican vs. Democrat. This is about the FUTURE of our Nation, and what it is we want that future to BE.
RIGHT NOW, before all the nuance and intricacy. The endless debates over the delicate balance between our individual Liberty and the necessity of the government to defend itself from ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic. Before the political posturing and deliberative delays, we have a chance to declare exactly where we STAND.
Do we now support those who would incite violent actions for political gain? That is a slippery slope, and we all know where it will lead us in the END.
We have come SO FAR! And the only way we keep moving FORWARD is by taking a STAND. After having been within that majestic building, I can’t imagine how anyone would allow these actions to stand as precedent for a future President.
Had those people stopped and looked around them, they would have seen the scars from the LAST TIME our Capitol was taken by force. In such a hallowed hall, in the People’s House, it’s not about who resides within that building…
It’s about the ideals for which those hallowed halls continue to STAND.
… and may they STAND for another 207 YEARS without this happening again.
These images are impression and engagement statistics for my reply to the Tweet seen below. (LINK) On November 9, 2019, the number of people who had seen this Tweet was LOWERED from what it had been just three days earlier, on November 6, 2019.
Listed BELOW are the monthly statistics for my social media campaign on Twitter, as of March 2020. I launched my Twitter account at the end of February 2018.
Note the number of “New Followers” I gain each month. Also note when those numbers start to deviate from being statistically random.
(Note: The location of “New Followers” changes starting in February 2019.)
Something changed late in the summer of 2019. No matter what, I cannot seem to get my follower count to stay above 150 followers. Every month I have a handful of “bots” who will follow me. I know they’re bots because it’s always a young woman with a bunch of numbers in her name, and they send me a direct message saying, “Hello” or “Hi there”, or “Can we connect”.
At the end of the month, the accounts are REMOVED from Twitter in their monthly security sweeps. All of the month’s progress is wiped out, leaving me hanging at just under 150 followers.
As soon as it became CLEAR that I should report potential interference in my campaign, I took immediate action. I contacted my Representative in Congress.
On September 20, 2019, I sent the following email to my Representative, Sharice Davids:
“I am concerned the President is blocking my comments on his Tweets in violation of the 2nd Circuit ruling in July 2019. I believe he is labeling my campaign hashtag as a phrase he doesn’t want to see.
I believe the term he uses is ‘shadow banning’.
Again, I don’t have proof of who is doing this. I only have my own internal data analysis, and it suggests a firm LIMIT to the size of audience I can reach.”
Unfortunately without any PROOF of my suspicions, there was nothing she could do. Once I had PROOF that a candidate for President of the United States was being CENSORED on Twitter, I contacted the Speaker of the House.
I felt confident that my claim would be heard. As she repeatedly said… whistleblowers are “her wheelhouse”. But I am no fool. I was hopeful political affiliation would not determine who’s case is worthy of consideration when it comes to investigating crimes committed by the President.
Should party affiliation matter in a moment like this? Is removing Donald Trump from Office this fall NOT the top political priority for the Speaker? Is Joe Biden the candidate who can do that?
Would she remain SILENT if I had physical evidence that Joe Biden’s campaign was the target of this censorship?
Is it now ACCEPTABLE in the United States of America for an incumbent to SILENCE their political opposition?
… where does THAT line of questioning lead.
What candidate does Donald Trump fear the most. We’ve seen what lengths he will go to, to dig up DIRT on opponents… and not even THAT, just to arouse the suspicion of, a possibility of, some kind of INVESTIGATION into…
He was IMPEACHED for it… and he would do it again. He said so on live TV.
The candidate Donald Trump fears the most is the one with NO DIRT to be found, the candidate he has no LEVERAGE over. If there is no dirt, his only option is to label that candidate’s campaign messaging as OFFENSIVE.
It offends him. So it is “shadow banned”, unable to be seen by the PUBLIC. It’s MOVED from sight, hidden behind a virtual wall that says “Click HERE for more replies“… hidden away because he’s offended? Or is it because he has NO REPLY…
The President of the United States has NOTHING TO SAY in response to that phrase.
No defense. No denial. No discussion.
(ASIDE: If you want to hear a really interesting story… ask me about being BLOCKED on Facebook.)
Do you remember in the Spring of 2018, when it was reported that Donald Trump was privately discussing Constitutional Amendments with his team, and they were telling him that it was a bad idea…? I do.
That was the point in my campaign, where I knew without a doubt, that my ideas were in his circle of influence. If not him, then someone on his team. I realized that I had become an advocate. I had INFLUENCE on the decision making process of the President of the United States… and humbly, I have not forgotten it.
The best part is, every position I’ve staked out that aligns with my views, and demonstrates decisions I would make if I were in Office, they’re all POLAR OPPOSITE of everything he represents. But I do not stake these positions out simply to oppose Donald Trump… I’m just being ME.
These are the things I hold sacred… it’s all written right here.
… biased? Yes, it is an autobiography. And it is a Political Campaign, an inescapable fact. If anyone doubts my motives, I welcome your inquiries, and I would gladly answer them DIRECTLY.
I’ve sought to propose a SOLUTION to the problems highlighted by the current Administration… he is not the FIRST. His is only the most recent example of systemic issues that have existed since this nation was founded. Allowed ascent through an electoral system that declares VICTORIOUS a candidate, who LOST the vote of the people by 3 MILLION.
And Twenty years ago the vote was even closer.
And Nixon may have had justification to call for recounts in 1960 against JFK.
And on, and on, and on…
… is anyone else tired of chasing our own tail?
What IF our Presidential Primaries worked more like the NCAA Championship Tournaments… and they only lasted SEVEN MONTHS.
What IF EVERY STATE had an equal say in who should be our next President.
What IF ONE CITIZEN truly did equal ONE VOTE.
Which candidate does he truly fear facing this fall…
That should be for THE PEOPLE to decide.
I’ve shared this information with my elected representative and received NO RESPONSE. I’ve shared this information with the Speaker of the House… again, NO RESPONSE.
If a candidate believes their campaign is the target of foreign interference, they should call the FBI… what about domestic interference? In this specific instance… should I address this to the Attorney General of the United States? Would he ensure this case is expedited and brought to light BEFORE the election?
So… admittedly, I have a political stake in this. Should I surrender two years of campaign data to the investigative arm of my political opponent… in the middle of my campaign? My campaign has always been about the people. Everything I have done, I’ve done for OUR benefit.
I would want to know, before I made my decision this November, if the incumbent OR his campaign were actively SILENCING one of their opponents.