In the Course of HUMAN Events

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THIS is the best we could have hoped for… this is the best we could have done. This President says so. The LAST President says so. The PEOPLE wanted us out… a deadline’s a deadline. We even signed a treaty. And lord knows, when we sign a treaty our elected officials must abide.

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https://www.history.com/news/native-american-broken-treaties

This is the best our election system can produce. THIS is the product of our partisan political system. An adversarial contest between opposing ideological entities… who now STAND in agreement.

This was to be expected no matter when we decided to leave, be it 10 years ago or 10 years from now. What more could have been done? What MORE could President Biden do… he’s just the President.

Of the United States of America.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/25/trump-muslim-ban-legacy-biden/

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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/trump-debate-immigrant-children-cages

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

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/new-probe-confirms-trump-officials-blocked-puerto-rico-receiving-hurri-rcna749

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2019/08/30/amid-trump-tariffs-farm-bankruptcies-and-suicides-rise/

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/01/14/coast-guard-working-without-pay-government-shutdown-sees-surge-west-coast-migrant-intercepts/

What more could have been done?

These excuses presented by the current Administration don’t hold water in-light of the previous one. We’ve now seen the IMPACT a President can have on every aspect of our daily lives. To say there was nothing that could have changed this outcome is either naive, ignorant, or intentionally misleading.

And it damages the stature of The Office.

A weak and inept Executive Office puts our National Security at risk. A stubborn and near-sighted Administration jeopardizes our stable relationships abroad.

A President who concedes that there will be people left behind, in a war that’s been on-going for 20 years, lacks the vision and foresight necessary to earn the confidence of the American People.

The phrase ‘There’s nothing I can do’ should not be in the vocabulary of the President of these United States. As it is with all of us… they have a CHOICE.

The bottom line is all about priorities. Who’s interests do you represent? How will you judge and interpret an incoming stream of information. How will you react and what conclusions will you draw from the overall picture painted by those events.

The unfolding course of events during our withdrawal from Afghanistan is the best Joe Biden could have hoped for.

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/03/female-journalists-afghanistan-future-dire-media-freedom

… and now we move on to Domestic Events.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/01/us/supreme-court-texas-abortion.html

And now, once again… what will our priorities BE. Because now, LIVES are on the line. Once again, history attempts to repeat itself. Presenting a moment that demands CLARITY.

The PEOPLE know where Justice lies…

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https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/796754345/virginia-ratifies-the-equal-rights-amendment-decades-after-deadline

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https://www.rollcall.com/2021/03/17/house-votes-to-nix-deadline-for-equal-rights-amendment-ratification/

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https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/senators-push-for-equal-rights-amendment-wont-end-court-battle

… do our elected officials? 

Better still, will they do what’s RIGHT or will they BOW to their DONORS, to secure their political future.

They need to see… it’s a TRICK QUESTION! There is NO POLITICAL RISK in defending the rights of others. In fact…

It’s required.

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We may be able to determine the path of our journey, but we cannot change the destination. Equal Justice Under Law. It’s emblazoned upon the archway of our Highest Court. If it is not for ONE of us… then it is not for ALL of us.

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What outcome is the best we can hope for… what else could have been done.

ONE MAN now stands in the way of EQUALITY for HALF of this Nation. 


Mr. President, listen to THE PEOPLE and direct the archivist to add the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. There is no political risk in supporting the Constitution.

The People have spoken. It’s time to ratify EQUALITY. 

-JC

Where Do YOU Stand.

The PEOPLE demand action…
and THEY go on vacation.

The PEOPLE want to secure our Right to VOTE.
The DNC commits $25 MILLION to the cause.

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They’ve chosen to prioritize VOTER EDUCATION. Well… I suppose it’s about time we went to D.C. and EDUCATED them.

Our Rights will not be secured by MONEY. Our Rights will not be secured by INFRASTRUCTURE. Our Right to VOTE will only be secured by LAW. With LEGISLATION, PASSED by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… that’s how we secure the franchise.

That’s how we ensure the Will of the People reigns supreme. More participation equals BETTER GOVERNANCE.

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT!

How do we defeat the BULLY and the LIAR? We STAND UP for the Rule of Law, we stand FIRM in our convictions… and we stand UNITED.

We do not do this for a Political Party. We do not do this for our own self-interest or our own personal gain. We defend our Right to Vote for the NEXT generation, and the one that will come after them.

We do this because it is necessary. There must be no boundaries standing in the way of any citizen who wishes to participate in our democracy.

Our future National Security is ensured when our access to the ballot is secure.

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT… and you will not stand alone.

-JC

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Image: President Biden. At Camp David. 

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-camp-david-afghanistan-taliban-republican-criticism 

 

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It’s as if we must TEACH our Government how to WALK all over again…

How did this happen?

 

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https://apnews.com/article/bagram-afghanistan-airfield-us-troops-f3614828364f567593251aaaa167e623 

 

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Empty U.S. military bases overtaken by the Taliban. Our partners and allies left to fend for themselves. Where were the hand-off ceremonies, the passing of the torch, the symbolic gestures of UNITY? 

There was no exit plan. Just like there was no plan for victory. Just like there was no plan in Iraq… “We’ll be greeted as liberators.” Politicians, beholden. Making vital life and death decisions… securing THEIR agendas and THEIR political future first. 

The Will of the People was to bring our troops HOME. The implied part of that sentiment was only IF and WHEN Afghanistan was secure. The American People were led to believe Afghanistan was secure. The actual situation on the ground in the region was not being fully elevated… 

 

What the hell were we not told. 

 

There seems to have been some THIRD-PARTY interest involved in the success of the advancing Taliban forces. Then again, Donald Trump chose to telegraph to our adversaries EXACTLY when we would be leaving. Joe Biden just decided to go along… 
Two sides. Same coin. 

What is the vital piece of intelligence we’re missing? The American People can only form their opinions based on what’s made available to them, and none of us thought the Government of Afghanistan would fall in 90 days… let alone ONE WEEK. 

 

One trillion dollars. Twenty years. Thousands of LIVES. What did all that MONEY go toward… did “Fat Leonard” take up shop in Afghanistan? We are now left to ponder what happened, as our HISTORY unfolds before us…

It feels as if the Towers have fallen once again. 

 

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The message of the American People is not being told. The Will of our Country is being SILENCED… and it seems WE are the last to know. It’s been going on for so long now the MAJORITY of us weren’t even born when it began. 

In order to determine the path of a distant celestial body, we need only TWO confirmed positions, observed at different points in time. From this we can extrapolate where it will be in the future… 

 

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Right now in the United States of America it’s 1975. 

 

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THE PEOPLE have already learned that lesson… that’s why we ALWAYS support our Troops no matter what our Government has done. 

And now look at what OUR Government has done. 

 

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https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/south-asia/afghanistan-taliban-women-rights-adverts-b1902922.html 

 

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Fool me ONCE, shame on YOU. Fool me TWICE… shame on US

 

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Our future has not been written. We can make the CHANGE… but only if we CHOOSE to do so. 

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This far… and no farther. 

 

Absolutely.

It’s hard not to live your whole life focused on the three inches right in front of your nose. Your interactions with others, their interactions with you. Your plans for the future and how those plans intersect with the plans of others. In the meantime, keeping a roof over your head and food on the plate consumes most of our TIME.

Because lord knows… their ain’t a whole lotta people out there who aren’t focused on the exact same thing!

Our family. Our close friends. Our congregations. Our community… individually, we can make changes in our lives; but many times those changes just happen to us, in the course of living our lives.

What we experience shapes us, it helps define who we will be. 

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https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-08-04/missouri-congresswoman-eviction-moratorium-fight 

 

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/congress-scrambles-extend-eviction-moratorium-saturday-expiration-n1275485 

 

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Our interactions with others informs our decision making process… and those interactions can stick with us for the rest of our LIVES. 

 

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https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2021.08.03_nyag_-_investigative_report.pdf 

 

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It’s reassuring to see that the leadership of the Democratic Party has finally found the COURAGE to SPEAK OUT. It’s disheartening to see the level of EVIDENCE that’s required for them to do so. 

OPEN SECRETS. Hidden in plain sight… you wanna talk about conspiracy theories? Look no farther than our elected officials. 

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How many times does this happen? Everyday. In Congress. In the boardroom. In the course of everyday events. Financial Institutions. Making lending decisions based on SEX and SKIN COLOR. Who carries more RISK. ‘… you live where?!’ 

Sorry, you don’t have the financial backing necessary to secure a loan. 

It’s because they are BEHOLDEN… they are forced to DANCE for the DOLLAR. Regulations. Oversight. Stripped away in the wake of a devastating financial crisis… for the benefit of WHOM?💰 

 

In their eyes, our elected leaders believe they are doing what’s RIGHT because they are fighting the ‘good fight’. In their minds, they can’t bring about change if they aren’t re-elected… therefore they must do what’s necessary to get re-elected. 

You put a DOLLAR in the machine and YOU get to pick the next song… how’s that for extensive knowledge of the bar. 

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That’s his “thing”, that’s his whole schtick. It doesn’t matter if there was no wrong-doing… the fact that there’s an investigation is all he needs. 

How would that declaration have played out? There was nothing illegal… that’s how our elections WORK. Legislators legislate based on MONEY and the pursuit thereof. 

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https://thehill.com/homenews/house/566479-clyburn-says-he-planned-to-stay-out-of-ohio-race-until-he-was-called-stupid 

 

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Representative Clyburn may not be stupid… but he sure thinks the American People are. That’s the BEST ANSWER he’s got, hurt feelings and THIN SKIN? 

IF ONLY they hadn’t gone and said bad things about a U.S. Representative, he might have stayed OUT of that particular election… the election that wasn’t even in his STATE. 

… right. 

He backed Nina Turner’s opponent because he didn’t want someone elected that would rock their BOAT. He wanted someone sympathetic to their cause. The status quo. Toe the LINE. Back to BRUNCH… there’s re-election campaigns to FUND. 

 

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It’s their cause. Their agenda. Senator Bernie Sanders has an (I) at the end of his name… the only thing Democrats LOVE about Bernie Sanders caucusing with their Party is his ability to FUNDRAISE. 

 

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https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/14/16640082/donna-brazile-warren-bernie-sanders-democratic-primary-rigged 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/jim-clyburn-changed-everything-for-joe-bidens-campaign-hes-been-a-political-force-for-a-long-time/2020/03/30/7d054e98-6d33-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.html 

 

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/01/13/election-2020-cory-booker-drops-out-leaving-democratic-field-less-diverse/4454654002/ 

 

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THIS is our Political System laid BARE. This is how the Political Infrastructure is RUN… and none of it is ILLEGAL. 

There is no “US vs. THEM” anymore. The Political Parties are UNITED. 

They work for the people who got them elected… 

THE DONORS. 

 

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https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr-edge-frm-asst-sec-061118.html 

 

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https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/minimum-wage/2020/home.htm 

 

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The majority of us don’t have the time necessary to spend absorbing every act undertaken by Congress; and how every piece of legislation for the last two-and-a-half years that has passed the House, has gone on to die a slow death in the Senate. Mitch McConnell says the Democrats hold a SLIM majority in the House, while Republicans in the Senate hold a SIGNIFICANT minority. 

Most people seem to forget… the Republicans held THREE BRANCHES for two years, and they only got ONE major piece of legislation PASSED. But my goodness… 

 

They sure did raise a lot of MONEY. 

 

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https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/fundamentally-flawed-2017-tax-law-largely-leaves-low-and-moderate-income 

 

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https://itep.org/55-profitable-corporations-zero-corporate-tax/ 

 

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What happens if 55% of us just don’t pay our taxes? This Country… and their agendas… would no longer exist. The American Middle Class is the MAJORITY. Every BAILOUT, HANDOUT, and SAFETY NET we’ve ever established has been FULLY FUNDED by the United States TAX PAYERS. Yet large corporations and dark money interests are allowed to write our legislation. They dictate to the legislators what legislation should be passed… 

 

If only the American People could afford their own LOBBYISTS. 

 

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What happens when our elected officials break the law? When I break the law, I go to JAIL. The Wheels of Justice simply turn. Officers from TWO CITIES AWAY came and took me into custody once for an outstanding, $150 moving violation.

But when it comes to Congressmen and their decisions, well… if we start doing that, it might lead to elected officials being held ACCOUNTABLE for their actions. Could you imagine… 

 

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https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/capitol-commission-republicans-arrests-b1891650.html 

 

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This is not a game for the MAJORITY of this Country, the law is nothing to be toyed with. Yet the previous Administration could pick and choose when they would IGNORE Congress and face no consequences for their actions… 

NO CONSEQUENCES. 

 

In a land rooted firmly in PRECEDENT. 

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Where will that lead us in the end. 

 

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The price of our INACTION will be measured in LIVES. 

 

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No matter how much we disagree, we all still fight for the SAME THING. Liberty. Justice. The American Way. How we go about securing those promises… that’s where we disagree, and that’s where monied interests play their hand. The last thing they want is The People UNITED behind a common cause. 

The system WORKS! On that we cannot disagree! The answers to our problems already EXIST… they’re being SILENCED by monied interests. 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/12/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-pac-dccc-dues/ 

 

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/04/16/nancy-pelosi-house-speaker-book-susan-page-power-american-history/7231734002/ 

 

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In this Country, that honor should be EARNED… not seized. Granted, at the discretion of The People. Defended in rigorous DEBATE. 

In this moment, there is no debate. Among the party, leadership has SILENCED dissent. They say, ‘Look, we get it. There’s a bunch of legislation that YOU want us to pass, and there’s a bunch of legislation that WE wanna get passed… so let’s compromise. 

We’ll pass all that legislation that WE want to pass and THEN… at the END of the session… but even if we don’t have time to get all that done… be sure to DONATE to our re-election campaign…’ 

 

Besides, who else you gonna vote for… these guys? 

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If we continue working only to avoid worst-case scenarios, we might achieve our goals… but we will never know what we might have had, if only we had dared to TRY. Raising the bar will not produce failure, failing to demand BETTER is where we fail to succeed.

This is OUR Electoral System… so long as we allow it to BE. 

Absolute power corrupts. 

-JC 

 

Birds of a Feather

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/science/physics-neutrino-antimatter-ichikawa-t2k.html 

 

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The simple act of observing an event WILL CHANGE its outcome… it is a FACT. Demonstrated consistently, time and again. 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/joint-chiefs-chairman-feared-potential-reichstag-moment-aimed-at-keeping-trump-in-power/2021/07/14/a326f5fe-e4ec-11eb-a41e-c8442c213fa8_story.html 

 

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Being born of the SAME, our destinies are entangled. Our WILL can overcome the inevitable. The tide was turned with the glance of an EYE. Because we SPOKE OUT and cried for ACTION, because we stopped and witnessed devastation. United, we watched and said, “No more.” 

As it was one Tuesday morning in September, we sat helpless and witnessed devastation playing out within our SKIES. United, we watched and cried, “No more,” and we were given the ability to manipulate TIME. 

One of those four planes was unsuccessful that day… because we SPOKE OUT. We gave them that time. 

The Will of the American People is REAL… and it is TANGIBLE. 

 

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There is no reason WHY that building should be standing. In the chaos of that moment, of that day. Within the grand scheme of things, within this chaotic Melting Pot of Passions… they said so themselves. Determined, they went there with a purpose. Who doubts the Will and ingenuity of the American People once they’ve settled on an agenda? 

There is no reason that building should still be standing today… 
and yet it does. 

I am NO FOOL. It was built by the hands of man, someday it will fall. It will come down. But in the meantime… what allows it to STAND? 

Is it the mortar or the stone? Is it the skeletal rigidity? The way in which it was constructed… the very force that will bring about its ultimate demise gives rise to its ability to continue to stand. The genius within the architecture gives rise to its longevity. Within those halls we create our FUTURE. Within those walls we find our shared destiny. 

 

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It doesn’t come from the structure itself, the generative force centered within the beating breast of our Democracy. That SPARK is not created by the vessel, the sum total is greater than the individual pieces from which it was made. 

That energy is imparted on to it from us, The People. We are the LIGHT that illuminates the Shining City. We are the BEACON that lights the way for generations to come… it’s found within us ALL

There are some who seek TRUTH and remain mired in DARKNESS; but we must remember, they still seek the TRUTH. We all journey toward the EAST, and our path bends toward the LIGHT. 

 

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A staircase within the US Capitol.

 

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Once upon a time it was a path untrodden… unknown horizons within a virgin territory. Yet they were willing to fight and die for the CHANCE, for the opportunity to find out. Was Mankind destined to be ruled over, or could we govern ourselves justly and remain FREE. 

Like the Rosary Beads of an aged adherent, like the meditative paths walked by devotees throughout the millennia; the rites of passage are followed through the LIGHT as well as through the shadows. We celebrate them in times of triumph, we cling to them in times of tragedy. They bear witness to our history, they guide us onward toward our destiny. 

We hold these truths to be SELF-EVIDENT. That we are ALL created Equal… and we have PLEDGED our LIVES and our SACRED HONOR to this Cause. Our Rites and Rituals are celebrated daily, we pay respect to those who have fallen in defense of our Country every time we gather… knowing none of this would be possible without the SACRIFICES they have made. 

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Although it was never written, our victory was preordained. It echoes throughout time as a Fundamental Principal, a Universal Law that undergirds our reality. Our scientific endeavors have now proved what’s been written, in countless religious texts over the course of thousands of years. When the LIGHT overcomes the DARKNESS, through the FORGE and the FIRES… we are what remains. 

It now burns within us ALL

 

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D-Day, colorized.

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A FACT. Demonstrated consistently, time and again. What once was… no matter how much TIME has PASSED… is always just around the corner, threatening our future.

We tip the scales in the judgement between what is and what will BE. We decide the course, we plot the journey. The PEOPLE… the MAJORITY of the citizens of the United States of America. It was born OF us. It must ALWAYS be a reflection of the same. 

If we are not fighting to secure our Democracy for everyone, then we are allowing it to FADE AWAY. Piecemeal. Watered down until it’s no longer possible for the PEOPLE to decide, and it won’t be due to any law that was PASSED… it will happen because we could not agree. INACTION will be the death of our Democracy. 

 

We have paid the price of both Blood and Treasure. We have secured the KNOWLEDGE necessary to find ‘Peace in our time’… 

 

Appeasement is NEVER an option. And we must STAND UP for the Rule of Law. 

 

… some things never change. 

 

-JC