A Pyramid Scheme

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https://theintercept.com/2022/07/29/bank-of-america-worker-conditions-worse/ 

How can this be seen as a viable path toward a stable economic future? Focusing on the financial stability of corporations and financial institutions ensures there will always be something out there for people to BUY… but it doesn’t ensure there will be someone out there able to BUY IT.

Our Government goes to great lengths to ensure financial support for producers and manufacturers, but it often overlooks or is indifferent to the financial needs of the American Working Class.

They’ll step in and take action when the price of GAS or OIL starts to skyrocket, whether they actually have an effect on prices or not; but when people start losing their JOBS due to a pandemic… they hesitate. They drag their feet.

They fail to anticipate or understand the knock-on effects of an event like that. The generational trauma that can result from a family losing it all.

Companies and corporations, they have insurance payouts and golden parachutes. When things go SOUTH, they file for bankruptcy and then try it all over again…

Man, wouldn’t that be nice.

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https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/08/07/us/climate-tax-deal-vote 

So, we’re COOL now… right?

See… they’ve been working for the American people all along.

Democrats get shit done! This is the People’s Agenda!

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/climate/trump-paris-agreement-climate.html 

All of it is ‘transitory’… because through all of it, there is no consistency between Administrations. It’s all or nothing. Do or die. What’s done under the leadership of ONE party is immediately undone by the NEXT. And it’s all done in the name of POLITICS.

Our Elected Officials play GAMES… while Americans DIE

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https://www.npr.org/2022/08/02/1115325176/pact-act-veterans-burn-pits-toxins-passes-senate 

Of course they were gonna pass that BILL. C’mon, it’s just POLITICS! They’re not monsters… just Senators. But you see… the problem is though; this is just what we’re able to SEE. Just the TIP. What other practices do they engage in that We, The People, aren’t privileged enough to see?

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If you’re not a fan of the sausage being made, then maybe we should change the way they make the sausage.

Our Right to LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS is not transitory. It’s not an entitlement or a government handout… it’s what makes this Nation GREAT.

It’s not the WARS we’ve won. 
It’s not the GODS we worship.

It’s the UNALIENABLE RIGHTS that we’ve been given by Our Creator; enshrined in Our Constitution and protected by Our Bill of Rights.

These Rights are UNIVERSAL… regardless of the STATE in which you live.

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Because it is SELF-EVIDENT.

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The most PARTISAN among us should not be allowed to dictate to us which of our Basic Human Rights are acceptable… and which ones are not.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/kavanaugh-conundrum-trump-s-fbi-grandstanding-highlights-flaw-bureau-s-ncna911991 

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https://www.snopes.com/news/2022/08/04/fbi-kavanaugh-wray-whitehouse/ 

The laws are written to benefit those at the TOP, while the rest of us must work just to get by. There is no SAFETY NET for the majority of this Nation. If we FALL, we fall. We start back at ZERO and pray we will somehow work our way back UP… Golden Parachutes be damned.

The people at the TOP of the pyramid must remember… it’s a long way DOWN without the support of the people at the BASE.

-JC

 

The Will of the MAJORITY

It’s nothing new. It’s just the same old cliches. It’s the microcosm vs. the macrocosm… as above so below… what’s good for the GOOSE is good for the GANDER.

When serving in an agency or organization that deals with matters of National Security, there’s a strict protocol employees must follow when serious problems arise internally. Dispute resolution, disciplinary actions, incompetence and dereliction, etc… all of them must be resolved in-house, in order to limit exposing classified intelligence.

Superior officers, supervisors, HR’s, IG’s… they can’t just call the local PD and risk exposing someone’s identity, or the details of an ongoing investigation. But conflicts MUST be resolved, because conflicts will arise whenever people, work in close proximity to other people… under extraordinary circumstances.

I think most Americans already understand that, even if they’ve never really given it much thought. Because basically, our government and all of its various entities and agencies are run like a SMALL BUSINESS. A heavily regulated, overly nitpicked, underappreciated small business.

So, that government-mandated, strict protocol… that Standard Operating Procedure… is like a LIFELINE for every employee of the United States Government. It’s the same for our Armed Forces as well.

It’s easy for us to be ignorant of that fact or to just take it for granted that such a system exists. Especially since we rarely hear anything about it.

Because IF there ever was a problem… naturally, someone would SPEAK OUT.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/07/29/jan6-texts-data-security/

And their story keeps changing by the hour.

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There were even HINTS that something serious was going on, starting in the early days of the pandemic.

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https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/07/politics/anthony-ornato-deputy-chief-of-staff-for-operations

So… what’s the logical conclusion of that government-mandated, strict protocol?

The United States Congress.

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

Let us celebrate the news… PROGRESS in the United States Senate.

Screenshots from MSNBCs ‘Prime’ (7/29/2022)

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All of this could have been done ONE YEAR AGO.

This could have already been helping Americans RIGHT NOW, because they could have voted on it LAST SUMMER… and then moved on to more pressing things.

We can clearly see it… there IS a problem.

It transcends PARTY. It transcends POLITICS. It goes beyond the previous Administration… it goes to the HEART of our government.

It’s a problem that cannot be resolved by political appointees or investigative committees alone. It’s a problem that involves the process by which they are appointed to those positions in the first place. It’s a problem of such magnitude, it requires the attention of every American Citizen…

That is, unless… THIS is the way we want our Government to continue to BE.

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As we gaze upon the Sands of TIME that lie before us, scattered in the aftermath of a fit of adolescent RAGE; what knowledge can we gain from the broken pieces… what lessons can our SHARED HISTORY provide? 

What comes next when the lights are FLASHING RED.

What comes from signals missed and messages unsent.

What price do we PAY when we ignore the warning signs.

Who suffers the most when we give in to LIES.

How many more cycles of BUST and BOOM are we willing to endure before we recognize… the problem lies WITHIN the system. 

It’s not the Legislators that fail us…

It’s the LAWS that have allowed those legislators to SUCCEED. 

Legislators legislate, based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. To fund their re-election campaigns, to fund their political organizations, and to fund their political PARTIES.

Longevity doesn’t decide who will hold positions of leadership within the two parties. Seniority doesn’t decide who will hold a Committee Chairmanship… it’s money.

Whomever DONATES the most money to the National Party will be given that HONOR. That’s why they constantly FUNDRAISE instead of doing what’s necessary…

Doing what’s necessary might piss off their DONORS.

Our legislative and moral agendas shouldn’t be decided based on MONEY… and neither should our Elected Officials.

-100% Taxpayer Funded Federal Elections

-ONE CITIZEN=ONE VOTE

Remove the corruption, restore HONOR in governance.

Let us UNITE in Common Cause and secure our elections. 

Let us ENSURE that the Will of The MAJORITY of this Blessed Land… always reigns Supreme.

-JC

The Promise of Renewal

What allows the opinion of the MINORITY to rule the day…
It’s nothing more than the appearance of DOUBT.

Another possibility. Alternative facts. That legal grey area… where in one instance, if one person shoots another in the middle of 5th Ave, that person goes to JAIL. But of course… there are some instances where that doesn’t happen.

Because the shooter has a BADGE and LEGAL AUTHORITY.
Those people… they get TIME OFF.

With pay.

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I’m not a Branding Expert. I’m not a Media Guru or a Messaging Consultant.
I’m not an expert, period. Always a student… never the teacher.

But THIS? This is a branding exercise… this is a message.
When you see this, you know what it’s about.

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That didn’t just happen.  That wasn’t an accident. That wasn’t done out of fear for the safety of others. There was no judge. There was no jury.

There was no Enforcement of LAW… just an execution.
No one to hold accountable for their crime, and no one held to account.

Has anyone stopped and considered the consequences of our just carrying on like nothing ever happened? You know, back to business as usual. Nothing to see here! Just move along to the next shiny object…

Never mind that gaping WOUND we’re walking around with… the soft underbelly exposed for all to see.

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Why does our Democracy STILL STAND?

Because there was someone there, to PUSH BACK against the depravity. To uphold Righteous Values. Because evil prevails when men of HONOR stand silent… and this Nation is worthy, of every ounce of effort called for in this moment.

To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT in Her demise.

Every year we till the fields, in anticipation of the bounty we will receive. With patients and practice, our gifts continue to grow. Our work only rewarded once the harvest is done.

Every year we toil and every SPRING we start anew, but every year brings with it new challenges. In the blink of an eye, our hard work can be washed away or left to whither… all dependent upon the desires of the STORM.

But every year regardless of the outcome… if we CHOOSE to start anew… our fields must be cleared, the remains turned back into the soil. With hope that someday… maybe this year… our bounty and our harvest will only GROW.

I believe in the Promise of Renewal.
I believe in the Infinite Potential of what might BE.

I long for our FUTURE with the same nostalgic passions, that some people harbor for our PAST. Our Better Days may still be ahead of us, but I question embracing a strategy of inaction, as the means of making it come to be. Watching. As TIME passes… just hoping someday, those dreams might become reality.

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It’s one of the fundamental laws that govern our physical reality. The pendulum will swing TRUE… because it must. That energy doesn’t just go away. It remains. It must be released. Like a hammer striking chisel or a sledge raining down destructive blows… that choice is always OURS.

The American People retain the POWER to do BOTH.

-JC

The Bedrock of Democracy

What stands between us and the abyss? What are the Guardrails of our Democracy? Every day we are gaining more CLARITY on how fragile our system truly is.

Though the details may be disputed, the overall intentions remain the same, regardless of how it went down. All that stood between a tyrannical leader, hellbent on remaining in POWER, and our Constitutional Democracy… were these guys.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/01/us/politics/anthony-ornato-jan-6-trump.html

That’s it.

A couple of rank-and-file Officers from our Nation’s most elite Law Enforcement detail, the United States Secret Service. Had they chosen to follow the orders of our Commander-in-Chief that day, and actually drove the President to the Capitol… what do you think would have happened?

As the doors opened on that SUV and out stepped Donald J. Trump with his security detail… that crowd would have erupted in thunderous APPLAUSE. They would have carried him UP those steps and escorted him on to the floor of the House of Representatives.

And as the clouds parted and birds started to sing, the President would have stood before the WORLD and addressed Our Nation from the microphone of the Speaker of the House and said-

‘Well Mike… whatcha gonna do NOW?’

The House, in special session, would have voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, after Vice President Mike Pence found several slates of electors to be in dispute. Joe Biden would have been the loser, and Donald J. Trump would have been sworn in for his second term.

It would have been the END of our Democratic Experiment. The end of the peaceful transition of power. It would have marked the beginning of the reign, of the FIRST KING of the United States of America… and the end of Our Constitution.

THIS TIME… it held. HONOR triumphed. For whatever reason, be it respect for our Rule of Law; be it respect for a DIRECT ORDER from their superiors… be it out of FEAR, with a strong instinct for self-preservation.

Whatever their reasoning… in the eyes of our Founders, those Secret Service agents are HEROES. Because of their actions, our Nation STILL STANDS.

NEXT TIME… we may not be so fortunate.

Next time, Tony Ornato won’t be in that car. Because next time, Donald J. Trump… or whomever holds The Office… will ensure it.

Every safeguard. Every norm. Every established rule. Every person of HONOR and commitment will be REMOVED… selectively screened out and asked to leave, long before that opportunity presents itself again.

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If we do nothing… if we take NO ACTION… next time, he will be successful. Next time, the only hearings that will happen, will be those held to bring justice to those who’ve stood OPPOSED to the President.

And you can rest assured… that committee will refer criminal prosecutions to the Department of Justice.

And there will be convictions. On that… I have NO DOUBT.

-JC

Testify

Many years ago… long before I became the heathen atheist I am today… on the evening of January 17, 1991. The night Desert Shield became Desert Storm… that was the night I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior.

At a little Southern Baptist church. Attending a youth group meeting with my best friend. They all said, ‘This is it! As foretold… you have to accept Jesus cause he’s coming back!

That all seemed pretty rational… when I was 12 years old.

For many years I was a good lil’ Christian Soldier, spreading the Word of Jesus as best I could. I memorized the Bible verses and tried to live as He would (WWJD). But as I grew older… as it always goes… I began to ask questions. Eventually there came a point where, either I didn’t like the answers that they gave… or they didn’t want to share with me the knowledge that I sought.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2022/05/22/southern-baptist-sex-abuse-report/

In the spring of 2001, I had a conversation with a devotee of the Krishna Consciousness Movement outside Mars Music on my way to work. I asked him a question that had been brewing in the back of my mind for quite a while.

The teachings of Jesus of Nazareth only go back some 2000 years, whereas the writings associated with their movement go back many thousands of years before that… so I asked him, ‘What does your movement think of the teachings of Jesus?

His answer was quite profound.

He said, in essence… Jesus, by his own admission, was a prophet. He was sharing the Word of God with those who needed it here on Earth. To those people, living in that part of the world, at that particular time. He said what was needed for them to understand… to help them see the LIGHT.

Burnt offerings, animal sacrifices, greed, institutional corruption… all had led them astray. Away from what was necessary for them to make it back to Godhead… to Heaven. To be in the Presence of The Lord.

He said, ‘I am the Way and the Life. No one comes to The Father except through me.’ This is how it’s done, without the unnecessary attachments that had taken them away from the TRUTH. That their relationship with God was personal, and they didn’t need anyone else involved.

He told those people, at that time, exactly what they needed to hear… so that they might find salvation.

At that time I was still a fairly devout Christian, so I instantly recognized what he was saying as blasphemous… but I still gave him a $20 donation so I could have a copy of their Good Book, The Bhagavad Gita.

Probably the best twenty dollars I ever spent.

And who am I to go yelling obscenities into the NIGHT? As if I had some kind of influence or power… I’m just some guy from KANSAS. Just an average American Citizen… it’s not as if I’m married to a Supreme Court Justice or something.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2022/05/20/ginni-thomas-arizona-election-emails/

But I will continue to TRY. Because there is a NEED… because nature abhors a vacuum. Cowardice has seeped into the Leadership of BOTH PARTIES, and the unrest continues to GROW.

So allow me to offer an alternative “theory”… one that might REPLACE the toxic one that’s floating around today.

The American People are BEING divided.

We’re being lied to… that’s why nothing ever gets done.

They said All Men are created EQUAL.

All MEN… as in Mankind. Homo Sapiens. The species to which we belong. A Declaration of a basic FACT. The foundational TRUTH upon which the framework of our society was built. Our Union. Our National Identity.

Their belief in this idea that had never been proven, set the initial parameters for the experiment in which we currently live. It wasn’t a suggestion… it wasn’t optional. It is THE principle from which all our rights come.

If we sway from this principle, the experiment no longer functions. If the system that was conceived fails to secure the rights of The People, the United States no longer exists… it becomes something else.

The Rights and Ideals laid out in Our Declaration of Independence, the ones that we would all fight and die for… are a declaration of WAR. Against Tyranny. Against Monarchial Rule… against the OPPRESSION that inevitably comes from both.

The Declaration of Independence is our Mission Statement, the goal we wish to reach. The path may be winding, but the destination remains the same… Equal Justice Under Law. Equal. Means. Equal.

The opinions of a vocal MINORITY are allowed to dominate the headlines. On cable news outlets, on newspaper websites, and on entertainment news programs. The opinions of the MINORITY… presented as if they were held by everyone.

The MAJORITY of this Nation does not believe in Replacement Theory.

The overwhelming MAJORITY of this land CELEBRATES our diversity, because we know… they’ve come here seeking OUR way of life. They come here believing in the WORDS that were written, just hoping for that CHANCE

Because it is SELF-EVIDENT.

The opinion of the MAJORITY is being REPLACED with the opinion of the MINORITY, overruling the Will of The People… and it’s being done by a very wealthy and powerful MINORITY…

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… because it is profitable.

They profit off of our division.

So long as we remain SILENT.

-JC