On Full Display

When the pandemic first washed ashore, they did nothing… well, that might be a bit unfair. They adjusted their PORTFOLIOS and then they did nothing.

Accurate tests were available in January, and they did nothing while we waited for an alternative supplier to produce our tests… and they turned out to be worthless.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/02/coronavirus-testing-how-some-countries-germany-south-korea-got-ahead-of-the-rest

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2020/04/18/timeline-coronavirus-testing/?no_nav=true

For months our medical professionals fought a pandemic wrapped in TRASH BAGS, reusing masks far beyond the amount of time they were designed for… because they did nothing to BE PREPARED.

Then they did nothing to end the shortages.

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It’s only one or two cases… it’s just like the FLU… it’ll be over by Easter… by Labor Day… after the Election they’ll stop talking about it…

They did nothing and Americans died. Needlessly.

 

At the beginning of the pandemic we couldn’t PRODUCE enough of what was necessary to meet our needs. Now we have matched production, but we lack the ability to DELIVER what we need.

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https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/10/13/biden-to-announce-that-port-of-la-will-operate-24-hours-a-day-in-effort-to-ease-cargo-backlog/

So NOW there’s a problem. NOW there’s urgency…

Now. Not then.

Now… as our workforce has become fed up, we need to shift our focus to the supply chain. Immediately. And wouldn’t you know it, President Biden has a plan for that! He pimped it out when he announced the Port of Los Angeles would be running 24/7. It’s all part of getting us back to WORK and building back better…

It sure would have been nice if they had that same sense of URGENCY when it came to ensuring everyone had enough to EAT and a ROOF over their heads.

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https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/23/delayed-coronavirus-stimulus-bill-upsets-mitch-mcconnell/2897178001/

For ONE-TENTH the price of the CARES Act, we could have paid everyone’s mortgage and rent expenses for a YEAR. An extreme act, only considered because of their INACTION… how many problems would that have solved.

The conduits of Government have been SHUT OFF for everyday Americans. This monolithic entity of such Legislative Import, can only manage to pass temporary extensions on its obligations to pay its debt… kicking the can down the road until after the next election.

The United States Government shouldn’t be living paycheck-to-paycheck, yet it does. It has. For YEARS. With little variation, it has become the “norm”.

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Credit: Breaking Points w/ Krystal and Saagar

 

We may TRY, but we will never be the same. We may LIE and tell ourselves things can go back to where they once were… but that will only lead us to more of the SAME. The same weaknesses. The same vulnerabilities. The same crosses to bear.

Our perspectives have changed. A “pandemic epiphany”… a life, re-evaluated.

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https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4552776/user-clip-bush-shopping-quote 

In the wake of 9/11 George W. Bush called on all Americans to GO SHOPPING… that’s how we could do our part. ‘The terrorists WIN if they change our way of life.

How did that mindset work out for us. What will happen if we do that once again. ‘Just rub some DIRT in it and shake it off…

They knew in NOVEMBER 2019 and they did NOTHING.

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https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/intelligence-report-warned-coronavirus-crisis-early-november-sources/story?id=70031273 

 

 

I want to write the uplifting words that rise above the political divide… that will inspire us all to unite. That is the person I want to be… maybe someday I can be that person… but right now, I can only HOPE

Because right now, our Elected Officials don’t inspire HOPE… their inaction inspires despair. Right now our political parties don’t seek to UNITE this country, they only seek to unite their BASE. And even at that they’ve come up short… they can’t even unite themselves.

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https://www.vox.com/2021/10/16/22729648/manchin-climate-change-reconciliation-clean-electricity-program 

 

Now who didn’t see that coming? Oh, right…
Besides Joe Biden.

 

Senator Manchin works for the people who got him elected… THE DONORS.

It’s not a principled stance, unlike Senator John McCain’s vote against a Republican attempt to weaken the ACA. Senator McCain voted as THE PEOPLE directed. Senator Manchin is opposed to this legislation even though THE PEOPLE support it… 

 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/manchin-work-requirements-biden-child-tax-credit-sparking-democrat-2021-9 

 

 

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https://www.energy.senate.gov/chair 

 

 

As an Elected Official he works for THE VOTERS.

It seems Senator Manchin is no longer doing his JOB, and yet he continues to enjoy all the benefits.

 

I hope THE PEOPLE will keep that in mind next time they VOTE. 

 

-JC 

 

They Knew and They Didn’t Tell You

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/30/manchin-proposed-15t-topline-number-to-schumer-this-summer-514803

A sincere intention to be OPEN and HONEST, regardless of the outcome… for what purpose? For who’s benefit? At the detriment of whom? What are the ends that will justify the collaboration… why even collaborate at all.

Must we re-invent the wheel every time we go for a DRIVE? Must we study the manuscripts of Da Vinci every time we FLY out to the coast?

Why must the exact same unnecessary Congressional DRAMA, play out every September over the subject of our National Debt Ceiling? It scares the hell out of the markets. It scares the hell out of our International Partners, and it scares the hell out of the American Middle Class… because WE are the ones who stand to lose it ALL if the bottom drops out.

I’m not going to patronize you by saying ‘This isn’t how our Congress WORKS’… because it is. DIRTY, through and thru. They’ve shown themselves. Clearly. This is the extent they will go to for their constituency…

THE DONORS.


That’s why Senator Manchin said debate on the $3.5 trillion spending package shouldn’t start until OCTOBER… because that’s the end of the QUARTER.

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Have to file those FUNDRAISING NUMBERS with the FEC. Keep it on the level…

Don’t want to piss-off the MONEY.

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What do you think those kayakers were saying?

‘Hey, Senator… thank you for funding Social Security 20 YEARS from now!’
‘Hey, Senator… thank you for preventing a hypothetical inflationary disaster!’

‘Hey, Senator… thank you for standing OPPOSED to the agenda the PEOPLE of the Great State of West Virginia overwhelmingly SUPPORT!’

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https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/politics/poll-shows-wv-voters-support-using-tax-hikes-on-rich-corporations-to-help-pay-for/article_0df66787-202a-5b5e-8eb9-f20e0cd622da.html

I mean… who could be angry when you’re on a BOAT.
Especially when you can WRITE IT OFF as a business expense.

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What is carried out in the shadows? Drug deals go down in the shadows. Murders happen veiled in shadows. Assaults and bribery. Money laundering and racketeering…

Not Justice. Not Legislating.

No institution charged with upholding Justice should be doing so through any method associated with SHADOWS. No Legislative Body in a Constitutional Democracy, should support double-dealing in the SHADOWS… especially when it’s being done to their OWN TEAM.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/06/25/gop-spending-biden-infrastructure/

I’m not sure what’s worse… the TRUTH or the SPIN. Watching the Progressive Caucus on all the news shows, talking about how they’ve made progress because conversations have now finally started.

They were never going to BUDGE. Leadership knew it.
Yet they let it all play out… for what. 

They engaged in BAD FAITH for the benefit of THEIR party… THEIR agenda. It’s one thing to engage in BAD FAITH for the benefit of the VOTERS… but this series of unfortunate events is NOT what we want.

How would Mitch McConnell have handled this? Imagine if Mitch McConnell were the Champion of Women’s Rights or the Leader fighting to secure our Democracy…

This would have all been wrapped up in NINE MONTHS.

As a TEAM, they created a PLAN. Bickered and negotiated from $6 trillion all the way DOWN to $3.5 trillion… ALONE. With no support from Republicans. It was CAMPAIGNED ON! We know what’s in the bill. We voted to SUPPORT this agenda in 2020.

It’s necessary. It’s fiscally sound, as it will strengthen infrastructure… and IT’S PAID FOR. But it’s not about the BILL. It’s not about the SPENDING.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/27/us/politics/sinema-fund-raiser-social-climate-bill.html

They campaigned on it and the VOTERS supported it. Therefore, it would be detrimental to their POLITICAL FUTURE to stand OPPOSED to what the VOTERS want. There is no logical rationale for their position. Unless…

Are they planning to retire from politics? Are they planning to CHANGE PARTIES next election cycle? How do they expect to get RE-ELECTED if they stand OPPOSED to the Will of their constituents?

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/27/us/politics/sinema-fund-raiser-social-climate-bill.html

Oh, right. They are working for their constituents…
The people who got them elected.

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https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/09/30/sen-kyrsten-sinema-budget-bill-concerns-white-house-schumer/5931577001/

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We have now struggled through a pandemic and a financial crisis… and if you’re OLD like me… you’ve probably seen this all before. All the SAME players in Washington. All the SAME ideas. All the same bullshit.

The pendulum swings and the politicians LIE. They dance for the DOLLAR, repealing protections enacted during the previous Congress, because the DONORS believe the PEOPLE have forgotten and opinions have moved on.

The People have not forgotten… nor will we. In fact, our resolve only GROWS. Our Intestinal Fortitude has strengthened. For a YEAR we sat isolated, together. Alone with nothing but TIME… and we WATCHED.

Their priorities… not OURS.

Bailouts. Corporate handouts. The Military. The Airline Industry. The Auto Industry. Insurance Companies. Healthcare Companies. Big Pharma. The Agriculture Industry. Meat Processing Plants… ‘No worries! The government is ON IT! Here, TAKE MY MONEY!

But… 

When it comes to Grandma and Grandpa or American families with CHILDREN… well, ‘We’ll need to see some PROOF that you are actually DESERVING of the pittance we might give you…

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/01/medicare-benefits-hill-democrats-514946

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They’re attempting to reframe the entire debate. It’s those “radicals”. The “activists”. The extremists in the party that want to make life better for ALL Americans…

The MAJORITY of the Democratic Party.

A handful of Party Elites have highjacked the process. Aided and abetted by the LEADERSHIP. They knew in JUNE and said NOTHING.

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… be sure to lean in and be all creepy-like when she asks you that question, sir…

Of course Joe Biden is smiling. Everything is working out exactly as he planned. Instead of fully funding these projects, we’ll spend just enough MONEY to make the DONORS happy, while everyone ELSE gets SCREWED…

… but that sounds about RIGHT now, doesn’t it.

#EndTheHastertRule 

-JC

Respect Your Elders

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Sure, I’ll admit it. I may be a little wet behind the ears, maybe not as long in the tooth as others… so I might be mistaken from time to time. But that’s why I choose to SPEAK OUT. To clarify. To educate, both myself AND others. How else would we find the answers that we seek?


In an OPEN and HONEST debate, the best ideas always rise to the TOP. 

That is why we are here today! It’s the cornerstone of our Democracy. Ideas are proposed and discussions commence. Improvements are added, weaknesses are highlighted, and legislation is voted upon… but that’s currently NOT the case in the United States Senate.

Legislation is NOT voted upon. Legislation is proposed, debated, enhanced and amended, and then… no vote. Even when that legislation has passed the House… no vote. Even if a MAJORITY of Senators approve… no vote. The Will of the Majority is overruled by the Minority.

40% IS GREATER THAN 60%. 

40% of the people know what’s best for this country… there must be something wrong with the rest of us

In order to stop the Majority from imposing its will upon the Minority. To protect the smaller States from the larger, more populous States… as if the Great State of California, to its own detriment, would actively pursue an agenda to harm another part of this Union!

It would be a rational fear to have… if we were living in 1776. 

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We must never forget the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. The passions and fire of ONE MAN, unleashed upon the people. Stoking anger and division for more than four years, and still… he could not convince a MAJORITY of this Nation that he was correct. Even with every outlet available to him, the PEOPLE were not convinced… THE PEOPLE were correct.

The MAJORITY of this Nation STANDS for Liberty and Justice for ALL. Not everyone believes in this… that is why they are in the MINORITY.

The MAJORITY of this Nation fights to protect the Rights of ALL citizens. It does not seek to hinder or harm, it seeks to elevate everyone. EQUALLY. Anyone seeking to protect the Rights of the Minority by standing OPPOSED to the Will of the Majority should consider UPDATING their position… in-light of the conclusions drawn from our most recent ‘experiment’.

Re-reading the words of our Founders, we can see our opinions have evolved considerably over the last 200 years. Roughly ONE THIRD of the words written about the Senate in The Federalist Papers are now GARBAGE… Senators are no longer selected by the Legislatures of the individual States. We ABANDONED that practice long ago and decided the PEOPLE should choose their Senators by direct vote. And why is that? More participation equals Better Governance.

IF your position is so STRONG, why is it you cannot rally a MAJORITY of support? IF your position is to stand opposed to the Majority, so be it. Please do so… Clearly. Make sure EVERYONE knows exactly where you STAND. When time shows your position to be correct, the Majority will stand with you.

And until that day comes, the MAJORITY of this Nation will support and defend your right to SPEAK OUT. Debate and dissent are essential to a thriving democracy, and we are all working toward the SAME GOAL: a more perfect Union.

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The United States Senate is the greatest deliberative body in the world INSPITE of the filibuster, not BECAUSE of it. The filibuster KILLS debate, it does not encourage it.

What makes the Senate superior is the six year term. The House, being elected every two years, is more closely tied to the fires and the passions of the People in the moment; whereas the Senate, not being constantly consumed with winning re-election, can work with a more deliberative approach to legislation, bringing a more informed and careful eye to the situation…

At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.

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Reading through these theoretical suppositions, written over two centuries ago, where within these paragraphs do they speak of the ability of ONE MAN to override the will of the Majority? How are those actions characterized? What are their opinions of such actions…

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They speak of TYRANNY. They use it as an example in their demonstrations, of what it is they were attempting to AVOID… THIS is what we fear, so we want to create a governing body that will produce the OPPOSITE of these acts. 

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They saw the demise of our Democracy coming in the form of a consolidation of authority. An abdication of power by one branch of government, allowing it to become subservient to another. But they did believe it could right itself, if it ever did come to pass. 

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Unfortunately, as studious and thorough as they were, they were still unable to foresee the Dark Arts necessary to accomplish such an act… 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you…  

THE FILIBUSTER. 

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… wiser words never spoken.

-JC

The Future

It’s done. The END is in sight. This week I received my first Moderna shot and in a couple more weeks I’ll get my second.

Get the SHOT… and let’s get Back to WORK. 

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Vaccines SAVE LIVES.
They save YOUR life. 
They save NURSES’ lives… 
They save AMERICAN LIVES. 

A fully vaccinated American Workforce is the ONE sure path back to economic stability at home and economic dominance abroad. We must all do our part. As President Carter said: “It’s up to YOU.” 

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This is how our government SHOULD function. This is what Leadership is all about! The accomplishments of this Administration should be remembered as extraordinary, for sure… but they must also be remembered as standard. As normal. As the benchmark by which we will compare all future Administrations.

This is how the Executive Branch of our government should function by default.

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Yet some elected officials still believe we should have listened to the previous Administration.


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March 26, 2021… We haven’t even gone SIX MONTHS, and what he did in the aftermath of the 2020 election is now LEGAL in the Great State of Georgia.


CUE: Some future Georgia Secretary of State

“Upon further review, at the urging of our President, this office has recalculated the votes and indeed…

We’ve found 11,780 votes that were cast in-error.” 

God bless the United States of America.

We no longer need to DEBATE. We no longer need to raise counterpoints to their legislation. The States will decide who’s votes COUNT and who’s do NOT…

Don’t worry… everything’s under control!
Just turn off the TV and go back to sleep.


Because of the position they have taken as a PARTY, I will not support or encourage anyone to support, ANY candidate who is endorsed by the GOP or adheres to their Party Line. And because of that fact, there is only ONE viable choice in a TWO PARTY SYSTEM…

The system is Broken. 
The American People need a FRESH START. 

When we are forced to pick a candidate because there is NO ALTERNATIVE, we become vulnerable. Our National Security is compromised. ONE PARTY supports SUPPRESSING the vote, while the OTHER PARTY appears POWERLESS to stop them, even as they hold a MAJORITY in both chambers. 

They are doing exactly what their constituents want them to do, and I’m not talking about VOTERS here…

They work for the DONORS.💰💰💰 

And what will they say, after they’ve pushed their case as far as legally possible, and possibly further… ‘We need to come together and not make this all about POLITICS.’

Besides that… what’s the alternative.

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“There are GRAVE RISKS associated with eliminating the filibuster… just so you know. Because when we’re in the minority which eventually does happen, the issues that we care most about will be harmed.” 

— Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Deadline: White House, MSNBC. (03/25/2021)


We can’t do it. Because if we DID do it, they might take it away… but we COULD do it, though. But only for special occasions. And only if you ask us REALLY, REALLY nicely. If NOT, a Senator might not get re-elected…

… you wouldn’t want that to happen now, would ya’?


I don’t think anyone wants to see Joe Manchin cry again.

Eliminating the filibuster would make them bear RESPONSIBILITY for their ACTIONS. It would force them to WORK and be held accountable for their legislation. They would have the ability to ACT instead of dodging and passing the BUCK onto the White House. Whether intentional or not, the obvious fact that their actions have benefited our foreign adversaries should not be overlooked.

For four years, President Trump made the Office LOOK weak, while Leader McConnell’s intentional inaction MADE the Senate weak. They’ve BOTH made the Judiciary weak, by dragging out court cases seeking testimony and evidence for YEARS without a conclusion. Then, when crisis comes…

We are adrift, lost in a sea of corruption. Navel-gazing… looking for someone ELSE to blame.

… but DON’T WORRY! The Midterm Elections are just a few short months away! Be sure to DONATE your MONEY to the candidate who will do ALMOST anything to get RE-ELECTED… oops! I mean get things DONE for their constituents!

They are holding our potential future HOSTAGE for their political careers. 

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Your VOICE makes a difference… use it. To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT. But be warned, in this moment if you are silent, it will speak LOUDER than it had once before. Whether this Nation stands or falls, one day it will be asked… Where did YOU stand?

… and what will you say. 

-JC 

… where did you STAND?

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Well good… now that THAT’S over with. I guess we can all move on.
Now that everything’s settled.
Now that everyone’s reached some kind of definitive conclusion.

Some may see things differently than others. Some may disagree completely on what is FACT and what is not. Unfortunately, no matter how you see things, I think we can all agree that there’s no good news to report from our recent PAST. But, things are looking good for our future… that’s if we are willing to learn from our mistakes.

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Because it’s on full display! Right NOW, upon the World Stage… HYPOCRISY! In the United States Senate. Evidence, if presented in any other Federal Courtroom would lead to conviction… dismissed and IGNORED by our Elected Officials.

It must be nice to have a Senator in your pocket. 

… but that sort of thing doesn’t happen in my daily life.

If I break the law, or one of my friends or a family member were to act in such a way… there’s no special consideration given to that situation. There is no Gang of Eight who will attempt to sway opinion by withholding evidence or testimony in that case… the Wheels of Justice simply turn.


… and oh, isn’t it sad. Isn’t it a shame. Another life wasted, fallen to a life of crime. Another criminal behind BARS, another perp off the street…

Who ARE these people?! Ye, GODS amongst Men? How is this even close to being Representative of our NATION, of our DAILY LIVES?

This is the Vision of Governance they wish to see.
This is Justice, in the eyes of our Elected Officials.

Who’s interests do they REPRESENT. 

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This is the road they have paved. Through their actions, by their VOTE. They have affirmed this action. This is not a conclusion to anything… it’s now complete. The Leader of the Republican Party for the foreseeable future will be Donald J. Trump. Everyone needs to understand and prepare for that.

Be it two years, be it four years. Even if it is eight years from now, eventually this question will be raised again. This is not the time to be SILENT. The defense of Democracy means we must act. If we do nothing, THIS is what it will continue to BE!

Fix the gerrymandering, secure the right to vote for ALL Americans, secure our elections from foreign interference, yes to all of it! But at the heart of it all, we’re still securing and defending the same old broken electoral system, that allows us the privilege of choosing between the candidates the DONORS have deemed acceptable.

Government by the dollar. Justice to the highest bidder.

… we all know what the problem is.