“Original Intent”

I’ve wrestled with the idea of undoing all that has been done… and I’ve been taught that elections have consequences. Win OR lose, RESPECT should always be given to the Will of The People, and there’s no better time to figure out what’s on their mind than right AFTER an election.

But this moment is different. This moment is unique for MANY reasons, but most importantly, the trials and tribulations we’ve experienced so far have ALL been initiated with INTENT. Actions have been taken to create this situation…

This wound is self-inflicted.

I wonder, if given the chance, would President Lincoln have sought to UNDO the Presidency of James Buchanan? If it would have saved all the LIVES lost during his Presidency… if it were ME, I might have jumped at that chance, especially knowing what we know NOW.

What comes from our actions TOMORROW, begins TODAY. We hold the LIVES of millions in our hands right now. Do we choose to ACT, or do we let time march unopposed, dragging us ALL toward some pre-determined fate?

 

Liberals from the far left cheered and rubbed their hands in delight when Barack Obama was elected President in 2008. “Finally! We can UNDO the Presidency of George W. Bush and restore Justice.”

Conservatives cheered and rubbed THEIR hands with glee after GWB defeated Al Gore, ending 8 years of rule by the party of Bill Clinton. “Finally! We can UNDO the Presidency of Bill Clinton and restore Justice.”

But that DID NOT HAPPEN in either case. What happened was a CHANGE in legislative agendas, pursued by elected officials brought into power as THE PEOPLE saw fit. Never before in our NATION’S HISTORY has a newly elected President worked to erase EVERY legislative accomplishment of the PREVIOUS sitting President…

 

That was before Donald J. Trump.

 

Our system relies on legal precedent. No one was more keenly aware of this than George Washington. He knew every action he would take as President would be emulated by EVERY successive President. The limits of the Chief Executive and the expansive nature of the powers of The Office were established within those first 8 years.

How should we view the presidency of Donald J. Trump? Should any of the actions taken by him and his administration be viewed as legally relevant by a future President?

 

TODAY it’s immigrants from Mexico.

YESTERDAY it was immigrants from JAPAN.

BEFORE THAT  _______. (insert ethnic group HERE)

 

It’s disgusting that it HAS happened. It’s disgusting that it has happened AGAIN. Right now, there is NO WAY to limit what could happen in the FUTURE.

A strong Chief Executive is necessary for the defense of our nation. From foreign enemies to economic instability, from social unrest to natural disaster preparedness and response. The President must have unlimited access to whatever is necessary to defend our nation. In this, the Powers of the Presidency should NOT be constrained, we do so at our own peril in an hour of crisis.

A strong urge to DO SOMETHING, but an inability to ACT due to bureaucratic cowardice, STANDS as the legacy of The League of Nations. 100 years later, that legacy remains intact.

 

Article 1, Section 8, clause 12:

“The Congress shall have power to raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than Two Years.”

 

… and then came WWII.

 

And then we saw what evil truly looks like. And now we recognize, the only way to defend against it is to BE PREPARED. Never again can we sit idle as we did after WWI. The technological achievements realized during WWII have re-enforced that. Our nuclear arsenal must be manned at all times… so long as they are ARMED.

If we choose to pursue with reckless abandon, a political paradigm of revenge, we will devour ourselves rhetorically. PURITY will be prized over LIBERTY, and LEVERAGE over opponents will win the day instead of CONSENSUS or COMPROMISE.

 

 

When it comes to Justice and Equality, white men in this nation don’t particularly NEED an advocate… the Constitution was originally written with them in mind! And being ONE of those, I don’t want to see ANY of my rights degraded or removed… and I would fight like hell to ensure them! Speaking as a middle-aged white man, I’m outraged that EVERYONE in this country does NOT enjoy these rights EQUALLY.

EVERYONE who believes in the democratic principals this nation was founded upon should be outraged that the rights of HALF of its citizens can be so easily manipulated and disregarded. That’s STEP ONE of the dictator’s guide to CONQUERING nations…

STEP TWO is Rinse and Repeat.

 

The SHAPE and the COLOR of the body we inhabit should not determine the VALUE of the SOUL within it. Nor should it determine if an individual is WORTHY of Equal Justice Under Law. The Individual Human Experience is shared by ALL of us. What horrifies ME should also terrify YOU. Ensuring Liberty and Equality for EVERYONE guarantees it will continue… when you defend the rights of OTHERS, you defend those rights for YOURSELF.

 

So forgive me…

How can anyone justify locking up over 5000 CHILDREN for NO CRIME, other than doing what they were told to do by their guardian? Mother, father, aunt, uncle… they made a journey over thousands of miles and are taken from the ONLY familiar face they know.

An Obama-era policy, strictly enforced under a new administration, has led to KIDS in jail in a FOREIGN LAND without their PARENTS. Obama… Trump… Who CARES… is it WRONG. Should it STOP? Damn straight it should.

 

ONE is too many. One more day is TOO LONG.

 

Just as it was with the Bush-era practice of the President ordering Drone Strikes. A horrible precedent being established, it was then continued under a new administration and reworked to increase the efficacy, in ways previously unimagined.

 

U.S. drone strikes

 

Could NO ONE in power foresee the possible outcomes of allowing KIDS to be taken away from their parents? Have they never watched The History Channel?

 

ICE

Our government can’t even manage to get THE BASICS right anymore. Courtesy, common sense… decency and civility. Ideas and concepts American Citizens take for granted in everyday life, our Federal Government seems to have forgotten. It is as if we must teach our government how to WALK all over again.

 

Every step we take toward Equality brings us one step closer to realizing the Founders’ ORIGINAL INTENT. They were right in THEORY, if not in PRACTICE. Now, in order to secure it, we must have BOTH… we must PRACTICE what we PREACH. I don’t know about YOU… but that should be a pretty easy thing to DO, seeing as how ALL of us have already pledged an OATH to do just that:

“… with Liberty and Justice for ALL.”

Let’s get it done!

#MenForERA

 

JC

… would you like to say a few words?

TODAY we have a CHOICE… tomorrow our decision will have been made, and our future will be sown. Our perch on history right now, whether seen as exciting or exhausting… no one can say it has NOT been amazing!

And because of the path I am on, I feel like the most IMPOTENT person on Earth. Like the guy on-deck, swinging away in the batter’s box, a front row seat no closer than THIS… none more helpless or vulnerable.

The antithesis of the pentacle, the polar opposite of everything that stands at the height of power. I sit and scribble on notebook paper words of OPPOSITION, while Men in High Office craft LEGISLATION that will destroy a family. I am searching within myself, to find some calm during this turbulent time, Our President uses the BULLY PULPIT… against us.

On my tablet, I get notifications from different apps through out my day. Uploads, comments, but also weather notifications and… I’m disturbed by a thought I had the other day. I opened my iPad, read through the list and thought, “What a relief… it’s only a Geomagnetic Storm.”

So, I’m watching… swinging away. Trying to get my timing down. CHOMPING at the bit… cliche, cliche…

I feel guilty. Unable to help, but knowing that I can…. humbled that I will. Desperate for patients, but unable to find any. Delusional to believe anyone is actually listening to a word I say. But STUBBORN and persistent. Unable to bend, as required by Our Constitutional Duty. Yes, we are all bound by the SAME OATH the Presidents take when they enter the Office, because they come from US.

We are the balance upon which EVERYTHING is weighed. And I assure you… that weight is felt.

Stand up and speak out. Use your voice to make things better in YOUR life, for the people YOU care about. Because, when you do that, you are supporting ideals a MAJORTIY of Americans support. Good and caring people still live in the Land of the Free! And when you STAND UP and defend Liberty and Justice… FOR ALL, you are NOT ALONE, here… in the Home of the Brave.

When we choose to make things better for ourselves, we make it better for everyone.together without even realizing.

Keep your head UP!!

JC

So… that’s what I’ve got. That’s the pitch. It’s not magic. It’s not LIES. It’s not flashy or trendy… but, then again- That’s not up to me.🙃

Why are YOU voting?

I am shocked no one sees it. I am EXCITED! It’s an upwelling… a surge. A wave BIGGER than anyone can see. The earthquake was MASSIVE, and he continues to damage our Country. But the wave it caused is deceptive. As it approaches shore, its SIZE will become apparent!

 

 

 

 

Voter enthusiasm is high! Voter turnout is at record highs! BOTH Democrat and Republican, excited to vote FOR our basic human rights! NO ONE is excited to go vote for anything supporting Trump’s agenda. Republicans were biting the bullet, and those who despised the MORAL DECAY planned to stay home November 6th.

… but then the Kavanaugh hearings happened.

NO Republican Senator STOOD UP for a victim of sexual assault. NO Republican Senator believed the POWERFUL testimony, under oath, before Congress and the World, of Dr. Christine Blassey Ford. And NONE of them can give a clear answer as to why. Key witnesses were ignored. Credible allegations ignored, perjury dismissed as partisan attacks, politicians IGNORING the SAFETY and WELLBEING of 50% of their constituents. The blatant disregard for the Rule of Law and the wholesale liquidation of Our VALUES as a Country now demands… everyone must vote.

 

 

 

THAT is the surge in Republican enthusiasm. It is painfully obvious to anyone who values Our Constitution… Why am I voting? Because our CURRENT elected officials stand impotent in the face of an imminent threat to our National Security. In fact, IF you watch the actions of the Leader of the Republican Party, our elected officials seem to be AIDING our foreign advasries through INTENTIONAL INACTION.

If you SEE something, SAY something!

So the stage is lit, and the players are at their marks. We see how the story must go. And of course, as has been the constant recurring central theme throughout this entire fiasco, a group of refugees numbering close to 7,000 is making its way HERE, to Our Country… to Our Home. Asking for SAFETY. Asking for a CHANCE…

What are YOU gonna tell them? Would you turn them away? Because that would be, at least, compassionate… compaired to what the President and the Congress and the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security have planned for FAMILIES, REFUGEES… a huddled mass yearning to be FREE.

THIS is the easy part! The unity, the comradery, the “Democracy In Action!”… Pull the Lever and Make a Difference!

AFTER the election… THAT is where the work begins. That is where our mettle will be tested. When the votes are counted and the SHEER SIZE of the rejection becomes apparent… what do you think HE will say? Hmmm…

“More people voted for the Democrat candidate than there are Registered Democrats! RIGGED ELECTION!”

He’s going to test the RESOLVE of the American People. He’s going to STAND, bald-faced, blustering, and barbaric, telling everyone “It’s ‘THEM’! ‘THEY’ did this! ‘THEY’ are trying to take away your ‘THING’ or ‘STUFF’! No Republican would EVER vote against ‘America’!”

STAND… do NOT be silent… in for a DIME, in for a DOLLAR. United, we have stood on shores more dangerous than this, more drenched in blood than we have seen SO FAR. And the lessons that they missed BEFORE we landed at Normandy must be remembered NOW-

No appeasement.

STAND UP for the Rule of Law Everytime. Every where.

Equal Justice Under Law.

And now we MUST add- Equal Means Equal. Because the division stoked by friend and foe alike within our society is fueled by hate and fear, Eliminate the divisive talking point. Race, gender, religion…

We discriminate against others AT OUR OWN PERIL. If it isn’t obvious NOW… just wait until November 7th.