Do Unto Others

Wipe the haze off your political lens… clear away the condensation on that cold mirror… can you now see yourself in their eyes? Try walking a kilometer in their shoes.

What would we do, if millions of Americans became refugees overnight. Too far fetched to see that HERE? Well… it seems REAL WARS can now be started based on LIES, so why not consider an alternative scenario. One that takes place right now, along side this overheated geopolitical situation…

What’s the PLAN if Yellowstone goes off.

What happens when MILLIONS of Americans are forced to leave their LIVES behind because their land is now TOXIC. Unable to drive because machines break down due to ASH. Unable to be rescued because of the SAME. Carrying with them only what fits in a BACKPACK… forced to leave in order to avoid the oncoming volcanic winter.

Overnight, Mexico has a refugee crisis at their Northern Border. Millions of Americans… millions of Canadians… all pushing SOUTH, to find safety and a chance to secure a new HOME.

Let us pray they show us COMPASSION in our hour of greatest need… and forgive us for the level of compassion we’ve shown them in recent years.

And let us say that they DO open their arms and welcome their neighbors from the north… RIGHT NOW, Mexico is not part of NATO. They could face potential pressure to BLOCK the flow of refugees, up to and including a military response. It could be seen as giving aid and comfort to a geopolitical adversary, or it could be seen by some as a ‘False Flag’. A covert-op…

Those aren’t refugees, they’re Special Forces. Undercover military officers, hiding amongst the women and children.

How much economic PAIN could Russia inflict on Mexico? If that’s not enough, how much economic pain could Russia’s FRIENDS inflict on Mexico? How long could they withstand an economic battle with our geopolitical foes before they’re forced to SHUT DOWN their border to us… leaving us trapped in a hellish landscape of fallout and despair. ALONE.

They’re not a member of NATO, just an ally. Mexico can CHOOSE to do as it wants; especially in a situation like that… when the economic outlook of the United States of America would look pretty stark.

Contractually speaking, what obligations do they have… besides taking care of their own citizens? What obligations would the European Union have to give Mexico support? What of NATO… ‘Mexico is not a member of the organization. There’s nothing we can do.

Well… I guess we’re just shit outta luck.

Eagle Scout
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. -The Scout Law

Being an Eagle Scout, preparedness is in my blood. I can’t help but run scenarios in my head, considering what actions I would take… in situations like those, faced by families fleeing violence in Ukraine.

If there is something that I can do NOW… to prepare… and possibly make the difference. Help save someone else’s LIFE… then why wouldn’t I ACT?

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/28/i-havent-told-my-granny-ukraines-student-molotov-cocktail-makers

What country is that? What country does that SOUND like. Where is that again… because that sounds awesome.

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https://www.foxnews.com/auto/nascar-richard-childress-donate-1-million-rounds-ammo-ukraine

That sounds like someone I want on MY TEAM. Who wouldn’t want to do everything they could…

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https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/03/07/white-house-dod-lower-expectations-of-polish-warplanes-for-ukraine/

And so now… here we are. CHAINED. The living, side-by-side with the dead. Walking around in a world that no longer EXISTS. Strictly adhering to RULES written by dead men.

Their rules have produced the situation we find ourselves IN. And now we dust off the SAME old playbooks, in order to prevent more of the SAME… expecting different results. But is that really the case? What outcome do they HOPE for… because right now that’s all we’re sending them.

That and a boatload of CASH

Once upon a time there was this guy named Osama. He didn’t like what the Russians were doing in Afghanistan about as much as us. So, we thought it was a good idea to FUND a bunch of his buddies, seeing as how they were already there on the ground. So we set up a way for them to access BILLIONS of dollars.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_CIA_assistance_to_Osama_bin_Laden

But not directly, of course. What happens if things go SOUTH like it did with the Bay of Pigs? What if it’s seen as an escalatory step?

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Plausible Deniability. We didn’t FUND those groups and organizations, we found a responsible, third-party to take care of distributing those funds for us

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You know… Pakistan.

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https://www.history.com/news/bin-laden-compound-abbottabad-belongings

There is no rhyme or reason to any of this. We’ve seen this SHOW before… it’s been in syndication since the 1960’s. It’s the same tired plotlines and the same exaggerated outcomes, but now it’s all IN REAL LIFE. The SHOW never ends…

It’s just too damn PROFITABLE.

New season. New cast. Same shit. Different DAY. Thankfully… we don’t have to keep buying it. We can make a CHOICE. We can make a CHANGE. And we should act NOW… before it’s too late.

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https://www.voanews.com/a/is-russia-using-its-syria-playbook-for-invasion-of-ukraine-/6469061.html

How many times must we make the same mistakes before we get it RIGHT? We can’t solve all our problems by just throwing a bunch of MONEY at it… it will still be there. Watching. WAITING. Until the funding runs DRY. During the next Administration. When the next set of aged Senators retire. When the institutional memory of their actions fades, and the ignorance of YOUTH blossoms… like Cherry Trees in the spring.

No one wants a Nuclear War.

Not us.

Not them.

The only death and destruction those bombs now bring is that of INACTION. Born out of FEAR.

Our fear… of an act, that will never come.

It has been Mutually Assured.

That’s the gift we’ve been given. Secured through decades of diplomatic service on BOTH SIDES of the Iron Curtain. It’s the ONE THING we all agree upon…

LIFE should survive.

Let us start there… and HONOR the work that has already been done.

-JC

The Home of the Brave

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https://twitter.com/defenceu/status/1496193282103250954?s=21

Be it in pursuit of an enemy in retreat… this far and no farther.
Be it in the advance of forces in defense… this far and no farther.

The Enemies of Democracy come dressed in the same attire, seen countless times before. They come bearing badges of honor… to enforce THEIR RULE, upon those deemed worthy of merely being ruled over.

The Defenders of Democracy are myriad and opalescent. Carrying with them their CHILDREN… clothed only in the scars of WAR. They stand to defend. They MARCH out of necessity. They fight to defend their home.

A task deemed worthy of no less, than the loss of their OWN LIFE.

These are the values of a FREE PEOPLE.

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So too, are the values of The People of The United States.

Because we know— if it can happen to ONE of us, then it can happen to us ALL. It’s only a matter of TIME. If we turn a blind eye now, toward the suffering and injustice; so too, for us… it will be the same. In our time of need, in our hour of oppression… our fate will have already been sealed, long before the first shots are fired.

As we cry out for HELP, the question will be asked… ‘What did you do to help keep their Democracy intact?

Will it be said that the United States of America, stood on the sidelines and did nothing… or will it be remembered as a time in which we chose to ACT.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_…

When they had the CHOICE they did not ACT. Now is the time of their regret. Because they did not know… and how could they? Their STORY had not yet been written.

Today, we reap the bounty of their misfortunes. We HONOR the memory of their sacrifices by ensuring it will never happen again.

There is no regret greater than that born of INACTION.

… words so wise, may they be etched in STONE for all time.

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The Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO. 

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The Great Frieze of the Liberty Memorial, sculptor Edmond Amateis 

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The winged sphinx, Memory, faces east, hiding its face from the horrors of the European battlefields. Its partner, Future (pictured), faces west, hiding its eyes from a future yet unseen. 

Every Nation on every Continent who desires a rich and prosperous future, should stand opposed to these actions… as they endanger the future of us ALL.

-JC

Where Do YOU Stand.

The PEOPLE demand action…
and THEY go on vacation.

The PEOPLE want to secure our Right to VOTE.
The DNC commits $25 MILLION to the cause.

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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.

-JC

Through the Looking Glass

I remember what I was taught.

I tried to call him out every time it came across my desk… I think we ALL did.


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This Nation’s teeth were cut on racism like this… and there’s only ONE WAY we can ensure it stops.


STAND UP and SPEAK OUT. 

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https://www.boston.com/news/crime/2021/03/18/new-mom-army-vet-among-8-killed-in-georgia-spa-shootings 

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. 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/03/19/robert-aaron-long-evangelical-treatment-facility-sex-addiction/ 

There’s a difference between STORY and NARRATIVE… and sometimes the STORY is amplified by the obvious SILENCE of others. 

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… 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. 

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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… 

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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.


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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…

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/02/26/florida-human-sex-trafficking-ring-full-story/2990465002/ 

… but it is not the ONLY ONE. 

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And once again we find ourselves at a crossroads of Fire & Fuel, where one broken aspect of our society ignites another… spreading beyond all social barriers and effecting everyone.


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https://www.glamour.com/story/jeffrey-epstein-survivors-roundtable 

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https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/the-disturbing-saga-of-robert-kraft 

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/ex-spa-owner-denies-selling-access-trump-says-dems-target-n985381 

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.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/03/19/robert-aaron-long-evangelical-treatment-facility-sex-addiction/ 

It all starts with how we perceive one another.

We believe in Equal Justice Under Law.

Do we PRACTICE what we PREACH.

I do not raise these issues to give cover for criminal behavior or detract from the apparent racism of these actions. I want to find the answers…

I want to do all I can to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

-JC

Money Talks.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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?

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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! 

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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.

Without it we have NO RIGHTS.  

STAND UP for the Rule of Law.


-JC