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Arrest Senator Rand Paul Now

Politicians are NOT above the law, and I will show CLEARLY that Rand Paul committed a felony.

Update: He did it again! Only this time more people were watching. We can’t tolerate this. This is how a nation descends into lawlessness.

In case you didn’t know, Rand Paul attempted to have Judge Roberts read the names of a CIA employee right-wing media believes to be the whistleblower: Eric C. Judge Roberts refused to read the question in it’s entirety because it is a felony to do so. However, Paul, being a scumbag, turned around and read the question anyway directly to the media on live national television. That’s right. RAND PAUL COMMITTED A FELONY ON LIVE NATIONAL TELEVISION. Let that sink in. Right now, Rand Paul is one of 53 people separating you from a happy America without Donald Trump. Right now, Rand Paul is a free man actively damaging the future of America and the future of YOUR LIFE despite the fact that he IS LITERALLY A FELON.

So let’s break down why it’s a felony, shall we?

The Whistleblower complaint is covered under U.S. Code § 3033(k)(5) which specifically states, 

“…employee of an element of the intelligence community, an employee assigned or detailed to an element of the intelligence community, or an employee of a contractor to the intelligence community who intends to report to Congress a complaint or information with respect to an urgent concern may report such complaint or information to the Inspector General.”

This means that public servants of the intelligence community CAN file a complaint though the Inspector General, which they DID as explained by the Inspector General directly!

Those who claim that “the Whistleblower protection act doesn’t cover protect the identity” are neglecting to mention that the Supreme Court specifically said IT ABSOLUTELY DOES in the Lane v. Franks case:

Here the Supreme Court specifically says, 

“The importance of public employee speech is especially evident in the context of this case: a public corruption scandal. The United States, for example, represents that because “[t]he more than 1000 prosecutions for federal corruption offenses that are brought in a typical year . . . often depend on evidence about activities that government officials undertook while in office,” those prosecutions often “require testimony from other government employees.” Brief for United States as Amicus Curiae 20. It would be antithetical to our jurisprudence to conclude that the very kind of speech necessary to prosecute corruption by public officials-speech [*241] by public employees regarding information learned through their employment-may never form the basis for a First Amendment retaliation claim. Such a rule would place public employees who witness corruption in an impossible position, torn between the obligation to testify truthfully and the desire to avoid retaliation and keep their jobs.
Applying these principles, it is clear that Lane’s sworn testimony is speech as a citizen.”

What does this mean? It means that the whistleblower is protected by THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. Since the whistleblower is now CLEARLY SHOWN to be a free citizen providing testimony to a crime, that makes whistleblowers WITNESSES. Ignoring that it is violating the spirit of the Whistleblower Protection Act, the whistleblower is clearly facing retaliation AS A WITNESS TO A CRIME. In other words, Rand Paul attempting to retaliate against the whisteblower is a form of witness intimidation!

Punishment for witness intimidation is 20 years in prison under US Code 18 section 1512.

Attempting to out the whistleblower is retaliation that violates the Whistleblower Protection Act, a violation of the whistleblower’s first amendment rights, and a form of witness intimidation.

What does this mean for Rand Paul?

The consequences are crystal clear: removal from office with 20 years in prison and a fine of 250,000 dollars.

That. Is. Literally. The. Law.

If Rand Paul doesn’t go to prison, and you aren’t screaming to the media, your social media, and your elected officials that he needs to be arrested RIGHT NOW, then you are complicit in allowing politicians to be above the law. Their behavior of acting above the law needs to stop RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. Once one goes down the rest will shortly follow.

If you believe in America; If you believe in doing the right thing; If you believe in the law; if you believe in equality; if you believe in freedom:
Get ANGRY.  Get LOUD.  

Tell your State Representatives and Senators to serve justice to the American People!

Tell your Twitter feed to serve justice: #ArrestRandPaulNow

Tell anyone and everyone you can that right matters.  That serving justice matters.

Because if right doesn’t matter, then we are lost.

ARMS

Crypto-Secure

Armament Regulation & Monitoring System

(ARMS)

By William Bishop

“The progressive solution to universal background checks”

1. Purpose of the ARMS:

A cryptographically secure program which facilitates the ability of the United States government to institute universal background checks requisite to the sale or purchase of firearms without establishing any form of firearm ownership registry or infringing the right to bear arms. This will allow private and professional sale of firearms to be done in a legally binding manner agreeable to all citizens of the United States.

2. Definition of the ARMS

The ARMS is a relationship of two secure entities:

  1. The first entity is controlled by the Federal Government: a secure server which keeps a master list of every citizen in the United States and their status with regards to legal right to purchase and bear arms, as well as the reason for denial of the right to purchase arms should that citizen be denied. This list should only be visible to the ARMS and the federal employees responsible for it’s administration. Should the list contain a denial of rights without a reason, or a reason not approved by law, the ARMS will refuse the denial of rights and allow the sale or purchase of arms to that citizen.
  2. The second entity is controlled by each State’s Defense Force (SDF): a Peer-to-Peer run network of one server per state which runs the core program of the ARMS. The SDF is chosen as the host of the network as they can not become federal entities, and under 32 U.S.C. § 109 of the US Constitution they are not required to operate under the orders of the military or federal government. This is intended to protect the ARMS from possible corruption, especially by the federal or foreign governments for the purpose of creating a national or centralized armaments registry. Any citizen engaging in the sale or purchase of arms must do so by requesting a background check from the ARMS, and if cleared can immediately transfer the ownership of firearms to the purchaser/borrower.

3. Legal Changes that might be needed to implement the ARMS

  1. The federal government must create an SDF accessible and universally secure server to host the approved ownership list, called the Federal Armaments Consent Table (FACT).
  2. The Federal government is responsible for having this list fully updated and populated at all times. In the event data is missing, ARMS will allow unrestricted transfer of armaments between citizens.
  3. Each state government must create a publicly accessible and universally secure server under the SDF to host the ARMS for the purposes of conducting universal background checks.
  4. Every purchase, lease, rental, borrowing, sale, etc. of firearms must be done through the ARMS.
  5. No one can monitor or attempt to monitor the transactions between ARMS and the FACT.
  6. No one can publish or attempt to publish the contents of the FACT.
  7. No one can falsely register or attempt to falsely register armaments with the ARMS.
  8. No citizen may register a physical serial number they do not own.
  9. No one cantransfer armaments privately without using ARMS.
  10. It is a felony to attempt hacking into ARMS.
  11. It is a felony to attempt decrypting ARMS cryptographic functions.
  12. No one can use or attempt to use another citizen’s DART ID for the ARMS. *Note: necessary legal changes are not limited to those provided by this document

4. How the ARMS Works

Registering an armament:

  • Every citizen in America has the right and ownership of one virtual arms ‘safe’ (Digital Armament Repository & Tracker or DART) stored within the SDF’s ARMS network.
    • To prevent unauthorized tracking of citizen’s armaments and activities, an ID is generated for every citizen’s DART and the ARMS stores the relationship between that ID and the list kept by the federal government. It is must be legally impermissible to store which citizen is attached to a given ID by ARMS.
  • Every DART keeps track of the citizen’s legal ownership of any armament, and facilitates the legal transfer of title proving ownership of the armament.
  • An existing firearm can be added to a citizen’s DART by supplying the ARMS with the armaments/firearm’s serial number, which is used to create the armament/firearm’s digital identification code.
    • It does this by creating an identification code resulting from a secure cryptographic hash function on the firearms physical serial number.
      • When current security algorithms (RSA) become ineffective for protection of data due to advances in quantum computing technology, the ARMS must be legally required to transition to a post-quantum cryptographic model.
    • The federal government is not legally permitted to have ownership or knowledge of the function, the physical serial numbers of the armaments, or the relationship between any armament’s physical serial number and identification code with the citizen who owns it.
      • Should the cryptographic function or citizen’s physical serial numbers become known by any federal government employee or elected official, the public and SDF of each state must be legally required to be informed immediately so that a new cryptographic function can be created and the appropriate responses can be taken.
  • When a serial number is registered to a DART, the ARM System sequesters the the number preventing other citizens from registering an armament with a duplicate serial number.
    • ARMS does not need, and must be expressly forbidden from, storing the relationship between a physical serial number and it’s identification code.
      • This means that the government, federal or state, does not know who owns which arms. The system only recognizes that the citizen owns an armament with a given ID, and authorizes the transfer of that ID from one DART to another.
    • In the event the ARMS already has registered a citizen’s armament, the citizen with proof of ownership can flag the serial number for being falsely entered into the system. The system will flag the DART ID which registered it and the reporting ID; and bar both from any further ARMS activity until they go to their nearest SDF to adjudicate the case. The owner possessing the armament with the valid serial number can present proof of ownership to their local SDF, who can manually attach the arm’s ID to that user’s DART. The ARMS system can then flag the FACT to alert the federal government whom can utilize that data to determine which citizen committed a felony. The SDF must be legally forbidden from utilizing this function without just cause.

Transfer of ownership process:

  • In order to legally purchase or sell arms in the US, the transaction must be approved by the ARMS.
  • An exchange between buyer and seller can be considered complete after the ARMS verifies the sale is valid and the armament’s code is removed from the seller’s DART and is added to the buyer’s DART.
  • In order for the ARMS to transfer the arm’s code from the seller’s DART to the buyer’s DART, the buyer must pass a background check. To accomplish this, the buyer must supply the seller with their DART ID to request the check from the ARMS against the FACT. If the DART ID returns that the sale is valid, a prompt to transfer ownership of the armament is supplied to the seller. If the seller determines the sale is completed and the requisite funds are transferred from the buyer to the seller, the seller will accept the prompt and the armament code will be removed from the seller’s DART and added to the buyer’s DART.
    • The background check and the transfer of arms is thus completed in a manner which is anonymous from the perspective of the state and federal government.
  • After an exchange occurs, the transaction is validated by the other 49 states on the Peer-to-Peer network.
    • Should the other 49 states determine the transfer is invalid, the transaction is halted and it is upon both parties to request adjudication at the SDF to resolve the problem.

Adjudication of issues related to armaments:

  • ONLY with a warrant signed by a judge, the SDF alone has the ability to enter a physical serial number into ARMS and return the generated code for an armament in the system and can release that data to federal or state law enforcement.
    • The SDF can not be compelled to release any information for any other reason and is within their rights to reject demands for data from any entity.
    • The ARMS will have the ability to alert the other 49 states of any illegal attempt to access data.
      • Intentional abuse of this functionality must be legally impermissible.
  • In instances of false registry of armaments, the citizen which possesses the physical armament or proof of possession can give their permission to the SDF to transfer the code generated from the serial number to their DART from the offender’s DART. That offender’s DART is restricted from use until requisite fines or legal issues are resolved – which the offender can expect will be served by the state or federal law enforcement.
  • The governor of a state is legally permitted to alter or affect their state’s ARMS only with approval from the state legislature and notifying the general public ahead of any motions to pass through the legislature.
    • It must be legally impermissible for the governor of a state to affect the ARMS under any other circumstance.
    • The only instance in which the ARMS system can be accessed or altered in a way not previously covered is under martial law.

5. Other Actions the ARMS is capable of:

*Note: This document only outlines the universal background check as the desired function of ARMS and does not advocate for the uses listed here. These uses are just some of the possible extensions of the ARMS program should they be desired in the future.

  • Replace the current paper-based open/concealed carry gun permits.
    • Should law enforcement wish to check if the weapon being carried by a citizen is allowed to be carried, the ARMS could display that the citizen with that DART ID is registered with the necessary permit as permit status can be attached to a DART ID. This document does not advocate for this.
  • Institute limits on the armaments permissible to be carried on one’s person.
    • Armaments can be ‘checked out’ and listed as such in their DART. A ‘checked out’ firearm is permitted to be carried for use in self-defense. Law enforcement can, with a warrant, ask the citizen for the physical serial number of their arms. This can then be given to the SDF to validate that the resultant identification code matches the citizen’s listed ‘checked out’ armament in their DART. (View-able from any smart device)
      • Legislation could determine the maximum number of ‘checked out’ arms permitted to a DART to ensure that firearms aren’t being wantonly lent out for carry by citizens without permits. This document does not advocate for this.
    • This same mechanism can be used to check anyone bearing arms for red flag law violations
  • Allow for legally binding agreements of rental or borrowing of armaments.
    • Armaments can be ‘lent’ from one DART to another. During the lending period, the code would transfer to the other DART flagged as ‘borrowed’. The code would be displayed in the lender’s DART as ‘on loan’. This follows the same logic as an arms sale; But after an agreed upon period of time, the borrower’s DART would remove the code and the lender’s DART would remove the ‘on loan’ status of the arm’s code. Continuing to hold onto the armament by the borrower would no longer be legal.

What is the Green New Deal?

Also, why should we care?

Before I go into what it’s about and why we need it let’s briefly pause to understand why it is even called the ‘Green New Deal’. First – Green. As most of you know, Green is the term used nearly world-wide to refer to any changes or policy decisions that are made with the goal of ecological preservation in mind. Why should we care about the environment? Jungles and rain forests are full of spiders and briers and endless swathes of poisonous monstrosities designed to kill with a touch. I, personally, would never walk through a rain forest. I, personally, am terrified of poison and spiders. And poisonous spiders? HAHA GET OUT. What about grasslands or empty space? Why don’t we expand into those areas with farms and ranches or new homes or cities? Well, you’re not wrong. If we cleared out all that space we can definitely re-use it in a way that could give us more room or food or whatever we like and likely reduce costs for the resources now being provided. That’s just basic math. Unfortunately, there is also a delayed consequence of this kind of economy/capital-driven mindset. First off, anything living there is out of a home and either adapts (raccoons and pigeons) or die (everything else). Pollutants and irritants enter the ecosystems affected which cause long-term damage poisoning the food chain and ultimately the humans atop the food chain. We see this with glyphosate in Round-Up. And of course, this decreases the ability of plants and plankton to make our atmosphere breathable. Lastly, industrialization (fossil-fuel based technology) increases the amount of carbon in the atmosphere which causes a global warming or greenhouse effect. All of these put together are how human civilization has caused climate change. Climate change that is very much not for the better – just ask the bees!

So now you understand what is meant by Green and what it means for policies or technologies to be ‘Green’. In some way, shape, or form a Green technology is reducing the negative impact of humans in some measurable way. For example, a Greener facial cleanser will NOT have plastic beads in it, as the plastic ends up getting into the food chain and killing smaller organisms. Now that facial cleanser might still be doing damage to the environment, but it is still better than their competitors who use plastic beads. We can make a progressive tax to encourage the private industry to transition to eco-friendly products. If they refuse to change, then Americans will suffer. The government will need to clean up the mess they’re making. So OBVIOUSLY, we need to tax them to PAY FOR THE DAMAGES THEY CAUSED. *deep breaths* So, when we want to go Green in America, we don’t want sweeping legislation to make all the bad stuff illegal overnight. The economy would collapse and chaos would shortly follow. This is why we want progressive changes. And this is exactly what the ‘Green New Deal’ is: A 10 year plan to transition us to an economic model that isn’t killing the planet and by extension humans who live on the planet. So then what do we mean by New Deal? Well, it’s an homage to the New Deal under FDR which pulled America out of the Great Depression through a large suite of legislation and public works projects created by the federal government. I actually have mixed feelings on the name myself. We very much need a New Deal to fix the economic disparity in our nation which would be very similar FDRs New Deals. So when we call for a Green New Deal the need for ecological reform is conflated with the need for socio-economic reform. It’s the same reason the March on Wall Street failed – too much noise. But we play the hand we’re dealt.. We need a New Deal, which is to say we need to establish regulations prohibiting or charging businesses for negative environmental impact as well as public works projects to promote the health of our environment and hopefully mitigate the damage done while stopping entirely continued destruction of our environment. That’s the ‘New Deal’. #GreenNewDealWithIt

So now that we understand why we need a Green New Deal and the goal of it, what specifically does the current Green New Deal hope to achieve? Well you can read it for yourself or I can try to break it down for you as best I can. Luckily for you, learning, understanding, and breaking it down for everyone is what I’m best at (in the world). The document starts off by detailing how much damage has been caused, how it will affect our economy in the future (Serious question: what do we do with Florida when no one will insure them because the severe storms make it practically unlivable?), how it affects our health, and how we can use the government to turn things around. It then gets a little off-topic with regards to things like gender or race (Which I’m not arguing against, it’s just slightly off topic) but eventually circles back to saying that we need to gradually implement changes to fix the very real and measurable problems being created by business and society on the environment and how that in turn affects all of us. It then sets the lofty (but necessary) goals that would be achieved at the end of the 10 year period. Clean water country-wide, 100% American energy independence with renewable clean energy sources, revitalizing infrastructure and manufacturing (power grid, rails, roads, etc) through public projects that are Green and create millions of jobs(and declaring all future projects should/must be green as well), and removing greenhouse gas emission from all current industrialized technologies (cars, factories, etc). Beyond that it goes into dealing with the fallout of the damage done – cleaning polluted areas, dealing with health problems, encouraging a planet-wide Green consensus, and more. Honestly, it’s hard to find faults with the Green New Deal as it is written because everything in it is a noble aspiration we absolutely should be striving toward. It’s not a binding contract. It doesn’t go into the specifics of how things will get done. For example, it wants agriculture to be green but it doesn’t have a single word about the nuts and bolts of how it’ll be achieved. It’s something I am working hard on, however. If we’re not trying to make the world better, then just what the hell are we doing?

#GreenNewDealWithIt @yourwjb

Trump Tariffs and the US-China Trade War Cripples American Farmers

American farmers are losing money and going bankrupt across America. Farmers don’t treat money the same way as you and me. You see, farmer’s business is their farms and as such to improve their business they re-invest in them. What does that mean? It means that while we put money into savings accounts in order to risk starting a business or save up for retirement, farmers put their profits into their tractors, mills, machinery, and land. Any extra funds then go towards paying off the interest and gaining equity from the banks who ultimately own these very expensive pieces of machinery. Machinery they absolutely need to compete with large farming corporations. So if farmers ever experiences a loss in their expected profits from a famine or *tariffs*, then they won’t be able to balance their budgets and will start defaulting on their loans. Generally when there is a famine the government responds with subsidies to keep farms solvent so they can keep America fed the following year. But there isn’t *any* response if farmers begin the go bankrupt because of tariffs (except for a bailout).

So, what actually is a tariff, anyway? If Trump is putting tariffs on China won’t that make America get what it wants? Isn’t it hurting China and helping us? No. Emphatically, no. A tariff is a TAX. Let me repeat that. A TARIFF IS A TAX. It’s just a fun word to replace the hated word of ‘tax’ with a slightly more ambiguous one that isn’t universally hated. Is that a tax on China? No, it’s a tax on America. Whenever an American company imports goods from China, they have to pay a tax to the federal government of the United States in order to do it. China doesn’t pay it. Americans do. (and then the money gets funneled into Mar-a-Lago) If you don’t know tariffs you might wonder why we would ever use them then. Basically tariffs are meant to encourage domestic manufacturing or material sourcing by making it slightly more prohibitively expensive to get goods from overseas. Let me give you an example. Let’s say it costs American companies 2$ to make (after parts and labor) a box of pencils. That box was made in America by American jobs and the profits and benefits of selling it go to Americans. Now China can make the same box of pencils and ship it to America for 1.80$ a box of pencils. Naturally, in order to save money, consumers are going to buy the Chinese box of pencils. And for some things, like making plastic cups (or a box of pencils, really, but this is just an example), America has no problem with that. If China can make it cheaper and then save Americans money then absolutely we should buy the Chinese box of pencils. However for industries that America’s economy is competing for – like technology and green energy – we want America to have the advantage to encourage more businesses in America to work in that industry and create profitable world-changing technological innovations. So, back to the box of pencils. Now let’s say for this example that the box of pencils is our technology sector and the American government wants to protect it from being devalued by Chinese imports. This means that the government would then put a 10% tariff (a tax on American businesses importing goods) on pencil boxes from China, making both cost 2$ at market. Now, when consumers go to the store to buy a box of pencils, they can choose either the American pencil box or the Chinese pencil box depending on their personal preference rather than a difference of price. (Personally, I always go for the American ones. Help out your fellow Americans if the price difference is small. Go America 😛 ) Naturally, if a tariff is put on Chinese goods then Chinese businesses also suffer repercussions. If Chinese goods suddenly have to compete with American goods in the American market at the same price, then the amount of goods they planned to export and sell will no longer have nearly as many buyers. This means they’ll have supply leftover from unsold goods and not enough demand which will devalue the price of their pencil boxes domestically and abroad in other nations beside the US. The tariff will cause them to eat a loss they otherwise wouldn’t have expected. This is exactly why when tariffs are raised unfairly – either too suddenly or too high (Imagine if we put a 20% tariff on the pencil box. Now it costs 2.20$ so no one will buy it) – then China will have no choice but to fight back in hopes that the tariff will be lowered to a rate that is much more fair. This is generally going to be retaliatory tariffs on American goods being exported to China. For this example, the pencil boxes we were hoping to sell in China were just made more expensive. This back and forth of tariffs and retaliatory tariffs (a very obvious consequence of creating unfair tariffs) is known as a trade war. This is what is currently happening between the US and China.

The Trump administration has been pretty upfront about how much he hates just about every American trade deal that he didn’t make. This very much includes the one between the US and China. In order to force China to make concessions in a trade agreement between China and the US, he implemented high tariffs on Chinese imports. How high? To the note of about 50 billion dollars. He accomplished this by using part of the Trade Act of 1974 that “authorizes the President to take all appropriate action, including tariff-based and non-tariff-based retaliation, to obtain the removal of any act, policy, or practice of a foreign government that violates an international trade agreement or is unjustified, unreasonable, or discriminatory, and that burdens or restricts U.S. commerce“. Ignoring that this breaks the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the rationale for the tariffs is to combat Chinese intellectual property (IP) theft against nations across the world. China routinely steals ideas and technology around the world and then creates their own version without any concession given to the inventors or innovaters. This substantially devalues the contributors to the advancement of society and humanity and is absolutely not an acceptable practice by any nation. Every member of the WTO agrees that this needs to stop and the litigation and mechanisms to do so exist and are currently being worked on. (Sort of. It technically resumed January 1st but it was suspended by the US and I’m not sure what is coming of it.) So rather than combat China’s IP theft through the WTO and our allies (or any number of alternative measures), Trump instead started a trade war. As a consequence of this reckless action, China has stopped importing soybeans from America. Before Trump took office America was exporting about a billion bushels to China which made up about 75% of the the soybean export market (China outspent every other country combined three times over on US grown soybeans). There are about 60 pounds in a bushel of soybeans. This means that American farmers were expecting to be able to sell 60 billion pounds of soybeans and were able to export NONE OF IT.

As a result, American farmers across the country are now going bankrupt and are having their land, farms, homes, and assets (million dollar farm equipment) repossessed by banks as they default on their livelihoods. Billionaires, foreign companies, and large farming corporations are buying up all the devalued lands. Many of these corporations have direct ties to the Trump administration. Big money is beating out independent farms across the country and household farms are rapidly disappearing. These same corporations which want to sell America the most corner-cutting products they can sneak past the FDA to increase their profits are now gaining an increasing control over the food and nutrition that keeps Americans alive, fed, and productive. Meanwhile farmers who’ve owned their lands and farms for years are destitute with little recourse but to lose everything at auctions to everyone looking to gain at their expense. Some of the lucky exceptions are able to buy their farms at auction, but only rarely. This is the destruction that lies in wake of Trump. His narcissism fueled his need to make the best deal and we’re the ones paying the price. The burden of his failures is not only destroying the lives of farmers but it is being paid for by the taxpayers. Trump gave 12 billion dollars in a federal bailout to the farming industry he destroyed. But it’s not enough. Farmers don’t want welfare paid for by taxpayers to fund Trump’s failure. They want the trade war to end. They want a real solution.

I have some progressive reforms that can help farmers, the environment, and all Americans; And I encourage you to read about them and please give me feedback on how they can be improved. Thanks for reading.

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Speech to VA senate on Gun Control

AKA Why we have gun rights AKA this ended up being LONG

It’s 10AM on January 3rd, a Friday. At the moment I’m thinking about going to speak at the VA State senate about the gun legislation and how they need to not erode gun rights and attempt to void the constitution. I’m hesitant because my mental health isn’t great with long drives, public speaking, or angry people holding guns. (Trifecta! where’s my prize?) If I do go, and they manage to televise the inside… Well, don’t judge me if I’m wearing brown pants. Here goes..

Honored senators and distinguished members of the public,
Today we are all gathered here to discuss the legislative changes brought before us with regards to the keeping and bearing of arms. Gun rights or gun control. These are the two terms that seem to reflect which ‘side’ of the issue you’re on – as how it is painted by the media. But really, any terms we use to discuss the issues here today – call it gun legislation, rules, rights, controls, regulations, laws, whatever you’d like! – are all just different ways of talking about the same thing: Amendment 2 of the United States Constitution. This article states: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. This is what we are here to discuss today.

Now, let me remind everyone listening that this is America. America, the shining city on a hill. In America we are proud to be citizens of the strongest and most successful nation in the world. We have our problems, yes. People who suffer medical emergencies are at risk of bankruptcy if they don’t have insurance or their insurance denies their claim. People on minimum wage can’t save enough money to replace appliances, fix their cars, or even get everything for their children from goodwill. Others are living comfortably. They lived in a time where the do’ers put themselves through college and the American Dream of working hard and being middle class was still true. Or maybe they’re the lucky ones who got a high paying job out of college today and are able to afford the increasingly unavailable path to a middle class life. America. Has. Problems. But there are two thing that America has that are more American and more true here than anywhere else. The first, equality. Every person under God is equal in America. It doesn’t matter if your skin is white, black, olive, brown, or any other color. It doesn’t matter if you’re tall or short. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got six fingers or five. It doesn’t matter if you walk or use a wheelchair. It doesn’t matter what gender you have. It doesn’t matter if you love women, men, or anything in between. It doesn’t matter if you believe in one God or many. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, a Democrat, or any other ideology. Rich or poor or anything else – doesn’t matter. First and foremost, before anything else, in America everyone is equal. (slight pause hopefully not crickets, but hey I’m awkward no matter what) The second and final thing we do best in America. WE. ARE. FREE. Americans love freedom. Freedom is the founding principle upon which this country had it’s origin. The forefathers fought off their oppressors to establish a land of equality and freedoms. We have fought and died to defend freedom and America nearly countless times in America’s relatively short history. What do we have to show for it? America is the longest standing constitutional and democratic republic in human history! Period! America is the land of freedom where at least we know we’re free. I love America. America isn’t just some land on some planet. America is a state of mind. America IS Freedom and Equality. And everyone who owns a gun and is here to fight to defend our right to own a gun is an America loving PATRIOT, and deserves your respect. Plenty of people can be against guns. Plenty of people can be for guns. No matter which side you’re on – and this applies to everyone here that speaks against against guns too – you’re all making your voices heard instead of sitting at home. It is ONLY in a free country that you are even ALLOWED to do that. People against guns came in to a heated debate against heavily armed people doing the same. That takes immense courage. Even if you disagree with each other, I think we can all take a moment to respect that they came here instead of staying silent. This is what America is all about. People equally free to express themselves. The same is also true for the patriots who came here to defend our rights to bear arms. The founders who wrote the bill of rights knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that in order for America to remain free and equal, people needed to have the right to keep and bear arms. I will get to that in a moment but first let’s all just take a breath to remember this: Neither side wants gun violence. All Americans do not wish for violence. Life is hard. There are so many problems in America even though we’re number one in the world. People have enough stressing them out. Look, I don’t know why we’re all here living life on Earth. We didn’t ask for this. We were borne into life to our families because our parents love each other and we’re living proof of that. But they don’t know why we’re here either. Some of us believe it’s God’s master plan. Some of us believe it’s the inevitable conclusion of the laws that define our reality. Others believe it’s all one cosmic accident and we’re just making it all up as we go. None of us knows for sure what we’re all really doing, but we try anyway. All of us sometimes feel lost, confused, and alone. But you know what? We’re all in the same boat. We’re all in this thing called life together. So have faith and hope. We have empathy and with that, compassion. We understand the circumstances of our neighbors so we help them when they fall. How would we all feel if we were the ones who were down? Would we not want a kind hand to help us back up? We are good people because we understand that golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We want to feel happy and safe. Life is hard enough already.

We don’t need to attack the other side or buy into what the media is selling about each other. And remember, the media is a business – so it is selling. Now, what happens when we read the next piece of click bait pulling each side away from common ground? We gradually leave open a space where discussion is no longer happening between two sides. Suddenly in this unknown the media shows us a twisted facsimile of our fellow countrymen, our fellow human beings. They are purposefully energizing us into these hostile states of tribalism where everything is partisan and no one wants to bring Americans back together under common ground. That’s what really makes America great. Instead, they are making money by stoking the fires of negativity and fear. Why should we care about how poor we are or how unfair our wages are or how bad our lives are when people are at risk of violence and now we are here, fighting over guns. They sensationalize random acts of violence but not random acts of kindness. The sad truth is that the media is owned by the billionaires. They’re profiting off of our division. While profiting off our civil strife they are also distracting us by funneling our energy and political willpower into fighting each other while they live comfortably and laugh down at us from upon their gilded thrones and ivory towers. But I digress. We are here today. They have succeeded in driving a wedge right through the center of the American people. We’re here because the Democrats in the state senate and the governor want to end gun violence by removing gun rights – however small a change they think they are making. They believe, correctly, that if there were no guns there would be decreased gun violence. They are absolutely 100% correct that a world without guns has no gun violence. Sadly, this just means violence will be committed using fists, explosives, or knives. Criminals will still have guns but good people won’t. They believe that changing the laws around will make it that much harder for the criminals or the crazies to get guns. And you know what? They’re right. The criminals will still get the guns, but it will be just a little bit harder. That makes it a change worth doing, right? Unfortunately, this line of thinking is a bit shallow – albeit well intentioned. The real motivator of violence – gun or otherwise – is desperation. We need to combat the societal ills that make people desperate. Whether it’s being so poor that people need to steal to stay off the streets or whether it’s delusions brought on by mental illness that make people feel they need to do violence to fight their delusions. We can stop the violence. This can be done by fighting back against the billionaire class that is taking all the profits off our labor and the stock market. If half the value of your hard work is taken from you as profit and passed off to shareholders how is that any different from a pyramid scheme? The top of the pyramid does nothing while the bottom does everything. When your job is lost to a robot or is sent overseas the value your work was producing didn’t just disappear. The value that you were being paid for was taken from you and given to the shareholders. We need a new deal with the billionaires atop the shareholder class. They have more than enough to pay for all Americans to have food, water, housing, healthcare, and public works and STILL be the wealthiest people on the planet. This is how we end violence in America – gun or otherwise. But instead we’re here because the media sensationalized that guns were the problem and removing them was the solution. And if you don’t think too deeply about it, it sounds like a great idea. Gun owners are just bigoted rednecks like on TV. TV stations they own. I understand why a lot of you want to increase gun control – I really do. The guy who wants to take guns the most – Bloomberg – is even buying his way into the race for President. He literally is running a media giant and hopes to take guns away as President. Him and his buddies from the other media giants are in the same boat – living the high life off our backs. They stick together to make sure things go their way. Look at all the corruption in politics. Look at the Bernie blackout. It’s more obvious than ever – to the point everyone can see in a clearly documented way how much influence they have over the information we need to understand the truth. I challenge anyone unfamiliar with the blackout to google it themselves so they can see how the truth is being manipulated. They’re afraid of the truth and fighting for freedom. Why? They don’t serve the people. They serve themselves. It’s obvious isn’t it? If they’re living like kings and they don’t care about the people they’re going to find a way to keep living like kings. No one here is stupid. Watch out for any politician that takes money from Bloomberg and people like him. Now, there are plenty of academic reasons to argue for or against guns, which I’m sure you’ll hear today. I tried to paint a picture of what the real solution is and what led us here today. End the corruption and give people a better standard of living and mental health treatment. I hope everyone can search for themselves and decide what’s really important to you and which politician is actually fighting for your best interests. Now, let me explain to you what Bloomberg and his filthy rich brothers are trying to do here today and why we need to reject it.

Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren. A wealth tax. Do you know what the proposed wealth tax caps at? 8% a year for any persons with more than 10 billion dollars. Michael Bloomberg has a net worth of 55 billion dollars. One year into a Sanders presidency he would pay 4.4 billion dollars in taxes. One year alone would cost him 4.4 billion dollars. A four year term? 16.5 BILLION DOLLARS. If Bernie Sanders was president, Bloomberg, the guy who is behind wanting to take away our guns, will pay 16.5 billion dollars in taxes to help fund Medicare-for-all, easing debts, ending homelessness and hunger, keeping people employed, and improving all our lives. Bloomberg, the guy who is behind wanting to take away our guns, will pay 16.5 billion dollars to improve the lives of every person in Virginia. It isn’t just Bloomberg. All the billionaires would have to pony up to make sure we have greater wealth equality and fairness in America. People are impressed Bloomberg has spent a few hundred million of his own money to run for president. In case this isn’t making it very clear, he’s running purely out of self interest. A few hundred million or even a few billion is chump change compared to what he would have to pay out under Sanders or Warren. Do you honestly believe that the billionaires with their ability to manipulate the media and the economy are going to take that lying down? Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck. How are the wealthy employers going to fight a Sanders presidency? The Bernie blackout didn’t work. Bloomberg’s campaign isn’t going to work. They’ll keep running political ads to tar and feather a wealth tax and any who want one. They’ll keep trying to push people towards Biden or maybe even Trump. If all else fails, what will their final recourse be? Those people living paycheck to paycheck will lose their jobs. How many weeks can America last if we protest when they unilaterally subvert Democracy to deny Sanders the nomination? Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck. How long before most Americans run out of food and the funds to pay for it? How long before they’re forced to go back to work to pay for food for their families? How long before they starve the political momentum to enact real change in America? What power to the people have against tyranny from those who rule them? Our founders left us but two things: a vote and the right to bear arms. Do you believe the thin blue line will help desperate people who want a better life? Do you believe that you will be safe from riots and looting without a means to defend yourself? Bloomberg has done this before in New York. When a registry of gun owners was found by the media they published it online for everyone to see. Suddenly law-abiding citizens who only wanted a peaceful live and the means to protect it were under public scrutiny. How many were denied a promotion because their boss hates guns? How many were given sidelong glances by once friendly neighbors? I don’t know but I can tell you that many, many of them became the victims of crimes. Guns aren’t cheap, and criminals were given a shopping list of which houses to target when people weren’t home. All of this happened because of these same EXACT “common sense” laws you wish to bring to Virginia. These laws sound good to Democrats because no one supports gun violence. I don’t. No one here does. But that doesn’t mean these laws aren’t just sugar coated pills designed to remove our ability to fight back against tyranny. These laws have been proven in New York and throughout modern history to be ineffective. There has been no successful gun legislation in history. All it does is remove liberty and defense of liberty from the people to benefit those who have power. Countless times the removal of guns or lack of free access has stopped armed resistance of genocide, just like the holocaust. Look it up for yourselves if you do not believe me. History has time and time again validated this position. When the price of bread goes up and your wage goes down what recourse will you have? Can you fight back? You and what army? You wish to strip the freedom and power of 350 million Americans in the fight against tyranny for empty legislation that sounds nice but fixes nothing. It actually makes gun violence worse, as criminals will no longer need to fear if the homes they rob have armed defenders. It actually makes gun violence worse, as terrorists know that only the police can stop their plots. So you are stripping away the strength of 350 million Americans for an empty promise. Does that sound like the right thing to do for Americans? Are you sure you truly understand what it is you are doing here? Are you sure that it is the American people these laws will serve?

I do not adopt and project the messages we have been fed by the ‘blue team’ or the ‘red team’. Neither side is serving the interests of the American people, only their own. Why should all Americans seeking to defend their right to bear arms be forced to vote for a tyrant like Trump in order to keep it? Let me remind every senator here that this is how these people gathered here and their loved ones will vote. You are giving Virginia to Trump. On the other hand, why should all Americans seeking to adopt greater equal rights and fight wealth inequality be forced to vote for a stooge of the corporate fascists like Biden or Bloomberg who wants to take our freedoms away? Why is politics in America a zero sum game where the only players are kleptocrats and their puppets? How did we get here? I bet the media and the billionaires running it might have a few answers all Americans need to hear. Heresy, I know. I realize that giving this take will make me unpopular with both sides. But you know what? I’m on the side of freedom, equality, and the American people. So if those things are unpopular, then I’ll just fight for what is right on my own. That’s just who I am. No one asked me to come here. I was not paid. I am here of my own free will. I’m not wealthy. I’m not a member of any party or caucus. I am just a regular guy with an irregularly large melon, and constant neck cramps to prove it. If you wish to read this speech in it’s entirety, find it at yourwjb.com.

I digress. Let me conclude my remarks. We’ve seen what has happened in the House of Representatives with the impeachment of President Trump. All Americans know full well that the president is preventing the people from knowing the truth about what happened. Is it sham? I have no idea. How can any of us possibly know if we are blocked from viewing the evidence of what transpired. We cry out against the authoritarian direction of the administration and their attempts to weaken Congress or interfere in our free elections. Like the second amendment, the founders put these checks on a corrupt president into our constitution so that our government would be a lasting haven of freedom and equality. This is why we denounce the Republican congressman who put their party over their country. Like all of you here, they rely on their party’s support to help their re-election campaigns with staff, leadership, and funds. They too rely on wealthy donors. The Koch to your Bloomberg. They chose to be fair-weather friends of this country, to be summertime patriots. They chose to be cowards and refused to speak truth to power. They were afraid of losing their jobs even if it meant fascism gains a bigger hold over America. Are you the same? When you decry the president and his Republican allies are you also fair-weather friends and summertime patriots? Your country needs you today in this moment to support Freedom and the never ending fight against tyranny. This is the moment you decide if you truly love America or if you allow tyranny just because it’s convenient. You decide if you allow tyranny because it’s easy. You decide if you allow tyranny because popular. You decide if you allow tyranny so you can keep your jobs. I reject tyranny in all forms – whether it is from the right or the left. It doesn’t matter if it’s popular or not. IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. The founders gave us a republic to protect the rights of the minority from the unrestrained will of the majority. Unrestricted democracy is mob rule and it is this same mob rule that the majority abused to harm minorities throughout our history and even today. “There are more of us”, therefore this is the way. Tyranny of the many instead of tyranny of the few. Now when it is wielded the way Bloomberg and the billionaires wish to use you to remove our rights and restrict our freedoms you are advancing their mission of tyranny. This is what we are fighting. This is why we were given the right to defend freedom in America from tyrants – using the second amendment of the constitution to keep and bear arms. The men and women protesting these legislations are people who are willing to fight and die to protect their right to bear arms because they are true America loving patriots who respect the warnings of our forefathers that an armed populace is the final and most effective way of defending America from tyranny. So can you say with full certainty that your actions here today are not eroding freedom in America? Can you say with full certainty that at some point in the future this legislation doesn’t put us on a path which is one step closer to tyranny? I am a rational and highly intelligent human being. So let me say emphatically, I can only see this legislation advancing the goals of tyranny and not freedom or safety. So are you hypocrites when you deride the Trump sycophants in Congress? Or are you true Americans who will defend Equality and Freedom when your country asks you to choose between America and tyranny when the time comes? … Well. Your country is calling on you NOW to make your choice. The time to decide if you love America and will defend her is now. Please, please, choose wisely. Defend your oaths, we the people, and this country of freedom and equality. Thank you.

Being Rational about Impeachment

Yesterday, President Trump was impeached and became the third president in the history of the country to face this historic rebuke by Congress. The impeachment, however, passed through the house along party lines effectively creating further division between the parties and the people they represent. Personally, I’m not a Democrat. But, I’m definitely not a Republican either.

The Democrat Majority sees the case like this:

The whistle-blower brought awareness to a potential issue, everyone asked to explain that came forward testified that something very untoward was happening in Ukraine by the President, and the President is withholding any and ALL testimony and direct evidence that EXISTS IN ALL OF REALITY. The conclusion they reached based on this is that the withheld evidence must be damning, as it won’t be released. As such, they must assume the worst and the president is attempting to subvert Democracy to hold power. I understand why they take this position, and considering what they believe is at stake, I would argue it is the correct one.

The Republican Minority sees the case like this:

Some Never Trumper tarred Trump with their so-called ‘whistle-blower’ report. Something shady is going on between Schiff and the whistle-blower. This is a coup that the Democrats have been working on since 2016 and they finally have something they can make look like a smoking gun. What Trump did in Ukraine looks pretty greasy, but there’s no evidence. This is all hear-say and Ukraine isn’t saying anything and they’re corrupt or weak anyway (seriously Doug Collins you titanic piece of s— you’re the only one saying that and you KEEP SAYING IT STOP). The President is right to look at Hunter Biden because there’s corruption there and we hate corruption. This is all a big show to impeach the president, where’s the proof of a crime? The President doesn’t need to participate in this, it’s a witch hunt.

Cool. So for me, that’s hard to understand while staying rational. However there is one key point here that the Republicans are RATIONALLY using to their defense and the Democrats are RATIONALLY using for their attack that I think would really end all this tribal back and forth: the President won’t show us (Congress who is supposed to be able to see it, and us – The American people who have a right to it if not classified for National Security) the surrounding documentation and speak to the relevant fact witnesses. I.E. There’s no hard evidence to prove he is guilty, and therefore is innocent is their argument. Normally, I would agree. However, here I take issue. If in a normal criminal court the defendant is accused of murder but says, “You can do whatever you want but you can’t look in my gun safe or in the body-sized freezer because I have immunity”, you would laugh at the sheer ridiculous of it. That is what the President is doing to the Democratic Party. That didn’t fly in Die Hard and it definitely doesn’t fly with the Democrats. No one is above the law.

This is a bit like looking at a glass of water filled half-way. For the Democrats the glass is half-empty: the president is withholding evidence that is damning to hide from his crimes. For the Republicans the glass is half-full: the president is withholding evidence that is exculpatory because he believes this is all a sham. No matter how you see it, the glass is at 50%: the president is withholding evidence. (Although I would argue that if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck… and the Republicans are putting party ahead of country) Both parties should be screaming for the evidence from every rooftop. Republicans should scream, “It’s a sham! Prove it so this will end!” Democrats should scream, “It’s tyranny! Disprove it so this will end!”. WE SHOULD ALL BE SCREAMING, “MR PRESIDENT GIVE US THE TRUTH”

So my challenge, then, is this:

WHEN the evidence the President is withholding is released, the truth (for once) will become clear. I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat or don’t care about politics. Ask yourself this: If the president DID try to get a FOREIGN GOVERNMENT to into interfere IN OUR FREE ELECTIONS, THE TINY THING KEEPING US A DEMOCRACY, into looking into his POLITICAL ENEMY via coercion, would you be okay with that? Essentially, will you still stand behind Trump if he is in fact betraying Democracy? This is how Democrats are perceiving the issue. Conversely: If the president DIDN’T try to COERCE meddling in our elections, will you back off? (At least until the election)

By controlling the information, the President, his AM pundits, and Fox News which support him have constructed an opposing world-view which is mutually exclusive from anyone who consumes news BY ANY OTHER OUTLET. They have transformed American politics into a zero-sum game. I FIND THIS COMPLETELY REPREHENSIBLE. THIS IS THE ROOT OF DIVISION IN OUR COUNTRY. I don’t know if he’s working for Putin (something about ducks), or if he thinks that creating this chaos to the detriment of our country is the best path to win re-election. (Either way Putin wins) What I do know, however, is that if we can pry the information out of the executive (much like pulling a bullet from a wound) we can find one truth and finally pull the country together under one FACTUAL AND TRUTH-BASED narrative and begin to heal all this hostile division.

So then, what is the only rational way to view impeachment?

GIVE US THE TRUTH MR PRESIDENT