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That was the vote in the Virginia House of Delegates on February 21, 2019, on a proposed rule change that would have forced a vote on ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment…

… it failed.

 

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Kirk Cox, FRM Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates

A bill supported by over 80% of the people of Virginia. It would have PASSED had a vote been allowed… but it wasn’t even allowed out of committee.

 

ONE YEAR LATER, after the delegates were held accountable at the ballot box for their INACTION in the legislature, Virginia voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, thereby meeting the Constitutionally required threshold of 38 States.

 

 

Just last month, the United States House of Representatives voted to clear the way for final ratification by removing the original deadline, and now…

 

ONE MAN, in the United States Senate stands OPPOSED.

 

 

While it was shocking to see the Virginia Speaker of the House deny equality to more than HALF of his constituents, it was even more shocking to see the Democratic Presidential Candidates stand SILENT as it played out. FIVE WOMEN. 37 States. Only one more to go…

What a lost opportunity to educate the public… about Equality and the legislative process. About Income Inequality and Economic Disadvantage.

A lost opportunity to bring us closer to that more perfect Union.

 

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“ERA bill dies for good…” -Washington Post (02/21/2019)

 

I have NO DOUBT that if the Democratic Women running for President would have stood on the steps of the Virginia Statehouse in solidarity with the ERA activists, they would have swayed ONE MORE VOTE. With the national media bringing SUNLIGHT to the situation, we would now be standing one year CLOSER to equality.

 

Then again… we would STILL be standing right HERE, no closer than we are TODAY.

 

The Majority Leader of the United States Senate does NOT support equality.

The Majority Leader of the United States Senate stands OPPOSED to the MAJORITY of this nation.

The Senate Majority Leader is opposed to the Rule of Law, as conceived by the Founders of this nation, and will not move to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

38 of the 50 States… 76% of this nation now DEMANDS it.

It does not matter his rationale, the PEOPLE have spoken.
Equality should be the Law of this land.

The Senate must Ratify the ERA.

 

When storms rage, you cannot simply seek SAFE HARBOR, as your ship will be smashed upon the shore. You must sail headlong into the winds and face it, with full faith in the strength of your ship & its crew… and press ONWARD. Even if that means just treading water, because the alternative

… well, the alternative is no alternative at ALL.

 

In years past, leaders have spoken of the ‘Fog of War’. In this digital era with the adversary we are engaged with, the entire WAR is FOG. There is no battle. There are no physical sides being drawn.

When we forget who we are, and what we STAND for… our enemies win. When we begin to selectively administer Justice and forget that we are ALL created equal, we FALL BACK… being pushed closer to the rocky shores of our PAST.

 

We know where we have BEEN. We must remember where we are GOING.

 

Well-trodden paths are safe and familiar, but they will only lead us to where we’ve been… back to where we are TODAY. Even in the dark of night, even in the deepest fog… we know our path is TRUE when we listen to our moral compass, as it always points us HOME.

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Screenshot (90)We cannot allow ourselves to be complacent. We must fight to hold on to what we’ve already secured. The Constitution outlines a process for RATIFYING Amendments to the Constitution, it does NOT outline a process where ONE MAN can override the overwhelming majority of the PEOPLE.

Anyone who stands opposed to the opinion of 76% of this nation, should not be referred to as Majority Leader… and this fall, the PEOPLE will show him that.

Equal. MUST. Mean. Equal… or we will lose this fight before it’s even begun.

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Eye of the Storm

THIS is how it begins. Someone takes a STAND. One soul brings forth from the ether, a vision of something not seen before. How or where it comes from… religions are established to investigate such thoughts! But once it appears, it brings joy and excitement, and an unstoppable passion to give it LIFE, to share that joy with all who will listen.

I never considered that it was possible to do such things for the benefit of my country, as opposed to creating the merely decorative or aesthetic. Being a writer and composer is similar to that of someone who earns their degree in the History of English Literature… That’s great, but what do you DO for a living? Every artist is in search of their fifteen minuets of fame… but now, the artist realizes the very canvas upon which he creates, is threatened by what we see.

That which was unimaginable just a handful of years ago, feels closer than ever before. What once was brewing “over there”, now comes ashore, imported and repackaged, FOR SALE here in our own backyard. The HISTORY of those who fled, seeking SAFE HARBOR on our shores, now gives pause to their grandchildren, forcing them to consider doing the SAME…

 

As the Light of Liberty has begun to turn against them.

 

Our HISTORY has not changed, yet it is being rewritten as we speak. The lessons we have learned from our great- and grand-parents, flies in the face of “truths” being sold to us today. Wrapping them in the flag, embracing ideals espoused by regimes who have, in the past… done exactly the same.

Illegal actions undertaken by ONE MAN can be corrected, they can be forgiven. They can be seen as an example, taught to others as a lesson of what we should not do. Once those actions become certified, given approval and allowed ascent by the highest legislative body in the land, they will become CANON.

Through active affirmation… OR passive SILENCE.

Let our arguments STAND or FALL on their merits! No one’s position is so strong that it should not be challenged in open debate. An innocent man does not FEAR the facts… he EMBRACES them. He DEMANDS them. And he is outraged when he is denied them.

 

There is NO HONOR in SILENCE.

 

 

The hard part has already been done, over 200 years ago. So that their children may have the right to study painting, poetry, and music. TODAY it is entrusted to us. Shall we do the SAME… or will ours be the LAST?

CAST ASIDE ALL DOUBT! Let the principles of our forefathers guide us now. In these days of historical gravity we must walk with sure footing, as we will surely leave precedent-setting steps. What will we leave behind? Will they remember, IN HONOR, our words and our deeds? Or will they be remembered in disgrace… will they even be remembered at all?

 

If not for ourselves, if not for our children and those of others, then for whom? As we make our STAND here inside the eye, we can find the answers within the CALM… as we brace for the inevitable conclusion of this STORM.

 

Will our actions stand to honor THEM?

Would our decisions in this moment, ever be seen as so honorable they could be remembered in the same LIGHT as theirs?

 

Is ours a future of Liberty or of Oppression? Will this be a Nation of Justice or of SILENCE? The Politics of FEAR and DIVISION must end if we are to succeed! In-congress, incongruent, yet indivisible, we STAND… these, the UNITED States.

 

… with Liberty and justice for ALL.

 

The eyes of the Nation focus on our Senate. The Nations of the World STAND and listen. In the balance we are, being weighed against ALL TIME. At stake is nothing short of the LIGHT for which our Liberty STANDS…

 

The HOPE and PROMISE of Equal Justice Under Law.

 

It is not OURS to do with as we wish… nor should we ever be so ignorant to believe that we could.

It is for THE PEOPLE. May it be so for all time.

 

JC

“The Case Against the President, Part 6: The Tortoise and the Hare”

 
… he didn’t get there by himself.
STAND UP for the Rule of Law.

#EndTheElectoralCollege

 

 

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SUNLIGHT

 

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Sometimes you can gain more insight into what’s going on by looking at the SHADOWS… looking at the picture being painted and asking, “What’s NOT being presented?” Is something else being said, either intentionally or unintentionally, simply by the OMISSION of a specific topic?

 

Look at Donald Trump. He tweets and retweets hundreds of times a day about the HOAX being perpetrated against him. ‘There’s no evidence of a crime worthy of removal from office!’ He says he’ll be found innocent… what’s REALLY on his mind?

CONVICTION

 

… or in his case, a lack there OF.

What about the Senate Majority Leader? He’s talking about coordinating the Senate trial WITH the White House, even before the rules have been established for the trial to BEGIN. Under his leadership, Donald Trump is assured a trial that will vindicate him and assist in his re-election… BOTH of them. WHY.

These Constitutional norms have stood for more than 230 years, and now the Majority Leader of the United States Senate is PRE-JUDGING a trial… For WHAT? For TRUMP? For the GOP… for GREED?

 

 

I remember Paul Ryan GUSHING with schoolboy delight in 2016 when he found out his Conservative Crush from Indiana was going to be just a heartbeat away from the Presidency… HOORAY for the Republican Conservative Christian Movement.

Why are they ALL now in lock-step, supporting Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Senate? Why must Donald Trump remain in office, assuring him a strong position in 2020 to secure the Republican nomination with NO CONTEST…

 

Have they lost FAITH in Mike Pence?

 

Where is Mike Pence?! Where are the “IMPEACH TRUMP! ELECT PENCE 2020!” bumper stickers? Has something TAINTED the Vice President’s image… or is the Majority Leader simply protecting HIS interests? He knows SUNLIGHT would expose MORE than just wrongdoing carried out by the President and Vice President. It would also expose what was necessary for that wrongdoing to be carried out successfully… without Congressional interference.

 

They RANT and RAVE that the House’s case is “lacking”… that they HAD their chance to make a case and question witnesses. ‘If they can’t make a good enough case, then why should the Senate do the House’s homework FOR them?’

 

 

All while intentionally OMITTING the fact that Donald Trump has BLOCKED witnesses from testifying, WITHHELD critical information from Congress, and instructed his appointed officials to do the SAME.

And since the whistleblower came forward in July, MORE evidence has been brought to light. MORE witnesses have offered to testify or have been BLOCKED from testifying. MORE details, painting a clearer picture of what happened.

 

 

Multiple times now, I’ve heard the President say this is all just like the Kavanaugh Confirmation hearing… I find that very telling.

 

 

He’s right. During that time, MORE evidence came to light, MORE people came forward with MORE testimony, to paint a clearer picture… and NO further investigations took place. Witnesses with information were NOT questioned. The argument was, ‘We’ve already HAD investigations, why should the Senate do the FBI’s homework FOR them?’

 

 

PRE-JUDGED… before Dr. Ford or Justice Kavanaugh testified under OATH.

What’s NOT being said? What’s NOT being talked about THERE?
Always ask… “What’s the FLIP side?”

 

 

The Founders believed there should be a clear line separating Church and State. They drew from history inspiration for what they envisioned would make a JUST form of governance. They could see that any theocracy would eventually lead to tyranny, just as it has countless times throughout human history.

Those personal CONVICTIONS held by people of faith are UNWAIVERING, and any government established on such PASSIONATE rigidity, can easily be transformed from a rock of support to a mallet of oppression, in the hands of a disingenuous leader.

The Founders knew the nature of the political beast as well. The true nature of MAN, the tendency to gravitate toward those base instincts… the politics of “Us vs. Them” are much easier to sell to the people when they are presented as the WILL of the Almighty… making it easier to justify sending our children off to war.

 

We strive to keep the passions of our personal religious convictions OUT of government, to guard against the religious persecution of others BY our government. By doing so, we also seek to protect our religious institutions from the DIRT that naturally comes from running a State, especially one created by souls who are merely an IMAGE of the divine… unable to manifest the perfection OF divinity.

 

Escaping religious persecution is the reason we are ALL HERE. The intolerance of tyranny pushed our ancestors to uproot their families and sail THOUSANDS of miles over a violent ocean, seeking refuge on THESE distant shores.

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Because they made that journey, we give thanks every year for their BRAVERY. And in remembrance OF their journey, we’ve established this nation to ensure EVERYONE has that chance… it is for ALL MANKIND, to live in peace and seek the TRUTH, no matter where that truth lies.

 

-JC

The Case Against the President, Part 5: Rinse and Repeat

The Case Against the President, Part 5: Rinse and Repeat

In times of crisis, in times of peril. We look to our Leaders for guidance…
STAND UP for the Rule of Law.

End the Electoral College.
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BOTTOM LINE… same as it ever was.