Independence

Our individual right to vote is the foundation upon which our Nation was built. Without our FREE and FAIR elections, this Nation would no longer STAND.

ONE PARTY has shown itself to be in opposition to the Will of the MAJORITY of the American People. The OTHER PARTY… I suppose we shall see. They say they are for securing our right to vote. Their ACTIONS suggest otherwise.

The URGENCY of the Democratic Party seems LACKING for such a high priority.


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The events that transpired on January 6th were not due to a swell of emotions in the moment or a wild tailgate party that got out of hand. There was a Call and Response to the madness that carried on for over FOUR YEARS. 

The call for violence came from within a CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. The MAN may have left… but the OFFICE still remains. 

This is a Nation of PRECEDENT. As it stands, at this moment… Joe Biden could direct the SAME set of events. No law forbids it from happening… what consequences would he face? 

And still there’s INACTION in the United States Senate. 

No, we don’t need to investigate the events of that day… according to Senator Joe Manchin, the Senate hasn’t worked this well in over a DECADE! 


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“(Sen. Manchin) sees the Senate now operating the smoothest he’s seen it in 10 years.” —Garrett Haake, MSNBC 

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It seems our President would agree with that sentiment. 

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https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/556760-white-house-biden-will-not-appoint-presidential-jan-6-commission 

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If the President won’t risk his political capital on forming a commission to investigate the events of January 6th, why would a lowly Senator from West Virginia? 

Why should any of them risk the potential political fallout when they can just PASS the responsibility on to a Representative, who will never have to face a public debate for her actions. 

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https://sfist.com/2019/08/16/nancy-pelosis-three-primary-challngers-will-debate-saturday-night/ 

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Law Enforcement Officers DIED, and our Commander-in-Chief would prefer the REBELS had a say in what we should do next. 

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/29/joe-biden-republicans-bipartisan-filibuster-senate 

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They told him exactly what their agenda was 10 years ago… 

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… I guess he’s just trying to Keep America Great.

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https://twitter.com/kevinmkruse/status/1374467896840097792?s=21 

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As of this moment there are 86 legislative days left in the House and 83 legislative days left in the Senate. 

 

Who’s agenda is being furthered in this moment… who’s agenda is NOT. 

How are those bipartisan negotiations working out? 

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Elections have consequences. We watched the ‘former guy’ bend the law to his Will for four years… it’s about time someone did the SAME for the American People.

If the Democratic Party will not do the bidding of the American People, they will be seen as supporting the agenda of the MINORITY… and in 2023, that will be their Party’s fate. 

INACTION is the agenda of the MINORITY. 

 

They campaign on Smaller Government. ‘Government is the problem’… they are PROUD of their inaction. It lies at the CORE of their beliefs… the beliefs that were BOUGHT and PAID FOR by the DONORS who profit off of that political stance. 

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The first Presidential Election in which I could vote was ‘Indecision 2000’… The Daily Show knocked it out of the PARK that year. Having cut my teeth on the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, I was excited to finally voice my opinion and participate. 

 

I didn’t bargain for the experience that played out. 

 

Every nuance of the different positions played out in court, from the State level to the Federal level, reported on every news outlet… it was a real-time history lesson, eclipsing the sleazy one that had played out the SAME way just a few months earlier. 

Indeed… EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Vice President Al Gore lost by less than 600 votes in the Great State of Florida. 537 votes in just ONE STATE… in an election where he won the popular vote by over 500,000. 

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The problem was obvious. The inherent flaw in our election system could no longer be ignored. Systemic election issues in ONE STATE could disenfranchise HALF of the States in the Union. But twice now, in less than twenty years the MINORITY has decided where this Nation should STAND. By manipulating advertising DOLLARS in key swing districts, within certain demographics; through voter suppression tactics and zero-sum political campaigns… all funded by dark-money DONORS.

The Electoral College is the vulnerability. It allows the ascent of the BAD ACTOR who only seeks to further their agendas. The American People are not fooled easily, though. The BAD ACTOR cannot convince a MAJORITY of this country that they are right…

All they need is 46%. 

Let there be NO DOUBT. The MAJORITY stands in the right. 
Every time. We have the DATA to back that up. 

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Traditions end when they become deadly. New ways are employed when they are found to SAVE LIVES. The Titanic sank and thousands died. Every ship now carries LIFEBOATS to accommodate every passenger. 

Why would it be any other way? 

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The MAJORITY stands for the rights of every American Citizen. The MINORITY fights to EXCLUDE citizens and keep them out of their Democracy. 

The Filibuster and the Electoral College should go the way of the dinosaur, and so long as they continue to cling to the lies of Donald J. Trump… 

So too, should the Republican Party. 

-JC 

A Constitutional Convention

Not to undo, but to strengthen. To fully define that which has not been addressed. To CLARIFY. To express what it is this nation stands for in words so clear, no rational mind could stand opposed to their ascent… and once passed, no legal mind could undermine their intent.

We need a Constitutional Convention to propose and debate a set of Amendments, addressing those issues that have been hijacked by Party Politics, to enflame passions and raise MONEY… all while these problems remain UNRESOLVED, to the detriment of THE PEOPLE these legislators were elected to represent.

Every piece of historical precedent shows us what we should be working toward. Everyday, every one of us swears an oath, in our hearts and our minds, to protect and defend it. But we can clearly see… it is NOT as it should BE.

There is nothing to fear, we must believe our eyes. We’ve been given the gift that so many others did not have. The Framers of our Constitution foresaw the need to make changes…


We have the ability to Amend. 

 

BEFORE the chaos that would eventually consume us. BEFORE the divisions are drawn and WALLS go up. The system… Our American Political System… is now BROKEN. Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. To FUND their re-election, to support their Political Party, to support their political careers. They cater to the interests of POLITICAL DONORS instead of working to pass legislation that would benefit the VOTERS they were elected to represent. 

HALF of our Elected Officials are BEHOLDEN to DARK MONEY interests, and the OTHER HALF are hesitant to ACT because it would upset their DONORS. 

Who Represents the American People in this DEBATE? 

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Though not written within our Constitution, by our consent, our system has settled into a two party system. Elections have, for the most part, provided a clear majority to establish a functioning government. 

Although they continue to do so, our ‘functioning government’ consistently does the opposite of what the voters demand. More Americans have died due to gun violence THIS YEAR ALONE, than have American Soldiers throughout 20 YEARS of war… in two countries. 

 

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2021/04/16/more-than-one-mass-shooting-per-day-has-occurred-in-2021/?sh=d8b007c64932 

 

American lives, lost… inaction in the United States Senate. 

Essential Workers, HAILED as heroes just a few months ago, more than deserving of being paid a LIVABLE WAGE in every state. Now… $15 is just TOO MUCH. It seems our Senators believe we should prioritize the needs of the United States Armed Forces… 

 

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https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2020-07-28/gop-tucks-8-billion-for-military-weaponry-in-virus-bill 

 

 

… you wouldn’t want to see our soldiers go without PAY?  

 

 

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When you SEE something, SAY something. 

 

 

 

Because once it is SEEN and we do not ACT, we become COMPLICIT in allowing it to continue. What comes from our inaction is the fruit we will bear… our SILENCE will water the seed. 

It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is. Left or Right, Red or Blue… we all know what the problem IS. MONEY in politics has unfairly tipped the scales against the Will of The People. If MONEY decides who will be allowed to legislate for the rest of us, legislation will continue to favor those with money over those WITHOUT. 

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What is the point of our Constitution? What were the ends that justified its creation? In order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, and to secure the Blessings of Liberty… for ourselves AND those yet to come. 

The experiment was created for THE PEOPLE. We are the experiment. We are the balance upon which the entire experiment is judged. Today we reap the harvest from seeds sown by men who still feared a KING. A vision of what could be, seen through the haze of musket fire… and their own hypocrisy. 

All men are created EQUAL’ they said… ‘except those we deem to be just three-fifths.’ 

So long as we are subjected to the structures that have arisen from the oppressive intent of the Three-Fifths Rule, the Will of the American People will never be fully realized. 

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The American People need CLARITY… not because it is easy, but because it is necessary. If we do not make the effort… if we do not seize the moment to secure the progress we have made, we remain at risk of losing it. It’s no longer hyperbole, it’s no longer a relic from a long forgotten PAST. 

When you STAND UP and SPEAK OUT in defense of the Rights of others, you defend those Rights for YOURSELF. And when you do, you will NOT stand alone. You stand with the MAJORITY… and we STAND UNITED. 

Every issue we struggle with has nuance and subtlety. We may differ on details and directions, but we agree on so much more than what is amplified in the media… by monied interests, who profit off of our division. Who make more MONEY if regulations are not passed. Who would prefer our legislatures remained deadlocked. And that suits the incumbents just fine… 

 

You can’t FUNDRAISE on a problem that’s already been SOLVED. 

 

… be sure to DONATE all you can to the candidate of choice this fall. 

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Right now, we stand engulfed within the Fog of War. The shots have already been fired… in our classrooms, in our houses of worship, on the streets of every city, in towns across every state… in communities of color AND communities of privilege. 

 

Tens of thousands of American Citizens are dying, needlessly, every year, and HALF of our Congress supports doing NOTHING about it… the other half seems to think they make a strong point.

Who do these people work FOR? 

Who SHOULD they be working for. 

When every citizen is guaranteed access to the ballot, our National Dialogue will gain CLARITY. Ideas born of Bad Faith will fall away when exposed in the light of OPEN DEBATE. 

Do not forget… if we do nothing, the actions taken by those who wish to overturn our elections will become precedent. They will be studied and expanded upon, just as it was twenty years ago the last time this happened. They’re testing every guardrail, looking for weaknesses… and practice makes perfect. 

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I am fortunate to have grown up in the Kansas City Metro area, surrounded by multiple World-Class sporting organizations. For many years, that wasn’t the case. Even today, where one year we are crowned World Champions, and the next year we are not… even when the roster is identical to the year before, on this day we came up short. 

When we are on top, we remember where we once stood… looking UP to where we are now, where the eyes of the world are now trained. Where once stood another, one day another will stand. The only thing holding us back from remaining as great as we are now is our EGO.

Do we believe we are somehow better than all the rest, or do we remember that we are no different than everyone else… that if it were another standing in this place, we would be cheering them on just the same. Do we become complacent or do we strive to become better than ourselves? 

It’s the microcosm vs. the macrocosm. As above, so below. The United States of America is the GOLD STANDARD. We are the envy of the world. When we STAND UNITED there is no force on Earth that can stop us… the only thing that can take that away is our OWN EGO. Do we fall victim to the hype, or do we remain HUMBLE and strive for everyone to have the same… 

In order to solve the fundamental problems facing us today, we must clearly determine the Will of the People. Our Strength and Security depends on it. I believe in the judgement of the American People, whenever they are fully informed. 

Democracy is NOT dying, it’s being STARVED of new ideas. Conversations being had about subjects and grudges held since the BIRTH of this Nation… old ideas die hard. But we aid in their descent when we find COMMON GROUND. No subject should be seen as taboo if we are to find the answers we seek. We must show others where they are right, and help them understand where they are wrong. 

Why does HALF of this Country feel disenfranchised after the 2020 election? 

Why does HALF of this Country feel disenfranchised after the 2016 election? 

Why does HALF of this Country feel disenfranchised after the 2000 election? 

… and on, and on, and on… 

Let us stop the madness… while we still can. 

-JC 

We Know We Can Do It Better.

 

I’ve always wondered that myself. If we want to go back to the Moon, we have the BLUEPRINTS to do so! One or two manned missions… knock out a few scientific errands, tie up a few computational loose ends, snap a few selfies, then call it a day.

It almost seems like a wasted opportunity not to do some location scouting, while we work on a machine that can be used as a reliable workhorse for establishing a permanent human presence on the Moon.

 

“It’s the way in which the WORLD has moved on since the engineers first created those F1 engines.”

 

 

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Every piece of that machine was HAND CRAFTED, custom fit, built to order. A one-of-a-kind that could not be replicated TODAY… the skills and knowledge of the process, now LOST to the passage of TIME.

 

Still one of the most powerful rocket engines ever made. Still one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of human history. 400,000 people, years of planning and design, trial and error, countless hours manufacturing each part… the Saturn V stands as a testament to the ingenuity of the American People.

 

 

“… because engineers can do just about anything.”

 

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5,600 individual pieces, hand crafted, precision welded by skilled American Engineers.

Now, with the knowledge gained over half a century, aided by computer assisted design…

 

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… we can build it with only 40 pieces.

 

“It’s sometimes easier to redesign something from SCRATCH, than it is to try and remake the PAST.”

 

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At some point it becomes detrimental to hold on to the past simply out of nostalgia. Even the Space Shuttle, as amazing as it was, began to show its age by the end of its service.

Once the cracks have been found, turning a blind eye to potential danger is unacceptable… especially when we know we can do it BETTER.

 

-JC

 

… to Overcome.

 

A successful investor like Warren Buffet is successful because he invests in the things he uses, the things he enjoys. There is no big secret… there is no magic wand or crystal ball. At its core, it’s basic common sense. The KEY is having the confidence to ACT when the timing is right.

But even Mr. Buffet knows… there is no “I” in team. An organization is only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and their input shapes the decision making process as well. A good team not only reinforces good ideas, they also expand the field of view and provide insight into areas previously unknown. A good team also tells their leader when they are WRONG, and they demand only the BEST LEADERSHIP for their endeavors…

Meaning a good team must have core ideals that NEVER BEND.

What… like Hitler?”

No. We know where that leads… we’ve seen that message before. Whether it be a religious institution or a corporation, a king or a president; those organizations that STAND the test of time are STRONG at their foundation. Because they stand in the RIGHT. Not just factually or authoritatively…

 

Because they stand FOR what’s right.

 

And this is what makes OURS the greatest! That SIMPLICITY… the well-thought, endlessly debated, constantly remade and amended, beauty and simplicity…

That we are ALL created equal, and entitled to be judged equally in the eyes of the law. Without favor due to family ties; and without the prejudices of race, religion, or creed. In this moment, we are judged by our ACTIONS. What we defend is what will define us. Our actions will declare to the world what THE PEOPLE of the United States want this nation to BE.


Today we write our HISTORY. Today marks our beginning… let us celebrate in remembrance OF what was, instead of mourning what might have been.

Let no crime go unpunished, but not to make punishment the ends that we seek. What punishment exists that could surpass what we already face…

For this crime of INACTION we’ve been sentenced to CONFINEMENT with nothing but TIME on our hands, in a penitentiary of the mind. Once we’ve paid this debt to society and we begin our rehabilitation, we must decide… what will we create? What will we deem ‘worthy’ of being pulled up from the ashes, in this hour… as so many of us fight to survive?

 

DIVISION is our enemy.

 

Not some NATION, not some VIRUS. As we fight amongst ourselves, the other nations of this world CARRY ON… with or without the United States.

The answers we seek will be found once we UNITE in-support of OURSELVES. The Moral Compass that guides the heart of every American points TRUE. In every instance over the course of the last 200 years, inevitably… we’ve found our way.

The MAJORITY of this nation STILL STANDS united in SPIRIT and in PRINCIPLE; and when the majority of this nation stands united in common cause… Continents remain FREE. Viruses are eradicated.

 

Democracies are SECURED.

 

There is no problem THE PEOPLE of the United States cannot SOLVE.

 

-JC

THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

 

If we must shelter in place, then we MUST. If we must avoid public places and start going without, then we must remember… we do so because people will die if we do not.

We must practice every act of safety recommended by our health care professionals NOW…

 

So we can be ready THIS FALL when it’s time for us to VOTE.

 

Above ALL ELSE, do not forget. Stay healthy for your FAMILY. Stay healthy for your COMMUNITY. Stay healthy for your COUNTRY and defend Democracy… make sure your voice is HEARD.

 

 

To do what is necessary, every citizen MUST be guaranteed FOOD and SHELTER.

 

No one should be evicted from their residence for the duration of 2020. Period. Security STARTS with a roof over your head. In this fight, we must protect what little we already have, and give some since of security to our CHILDREN… as financial problems destroy unity so fast.

 

The greatest threat to our National Security is a lack of FOOD. Not due to a shortage at the store, but a lack of FUNDS to feed our families. We can adjust to a new diet. We can put up with rations on staples and essentials. There is no adjusting to the pain caused by hunger as you drive past every fast food restaurant known to man.

If we are to endure the isolation prescribed for this moment, the People must be assured these BASIC THINGS. We cannot permit another fleecing of our National Treasure, as occurred in 2009, without insuring that WE are the beneficiaries.

The American People must come out of this ready to go BACK TO WORK. The bedrock of our economy is the American Middle Class… and the TAXES we pay will be bailing EVERYONE OUT. Our needs come FIRST this time. If businesses choose to participate in this endeavor, they must play by OUR RULES, and they will be rewarded for their honorable sacrifices in our time of need.

Heroes are found on the battlefield, and this war touches us all. This virus is just another battle in an already ongoing war. One fought with digital bullets, and fueled by misinformation…

 

That war ENDS this fall when we VOTE.

 

The American People can face ANY challenge when given the full faith and support of the Federal Government, and every business on EARTH prospers when the American People have money to SPEND. Our fates are inextricably linked.

We will defeat the virus. We will carry on. What that future will look like… we start building TODAY.

When we remove the fear born of uncertainty, we can start to focus on the needs of OTHERS instead of worrying about ourselves. Let us ensure we have a stable platform from which to launch our Nation’s economy, AFTER we’ve stood united and defeated this common foe.

 

The fire still burns just below the surface. A gust of WIND is all that is necessary for the embers to roar back to life!

 

Be SAFE and stand strong.

JC