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Thoughts On Michael Bloomberg’s 2020 Presidential Run

Just when we thought that the drama surrounding the 2020 Presidential Election was reaching its crescendo, another candidate has thrown his hat into the race.

Late last week, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he is running for President.

From the perspective of an undecided voter (which I suspect many voters are), his presence in the race makes sense. In the spectrum of Democratic candidates, he is neither too far the right or too far to the left. He also has experience in the executive offices of government. To Bloomberg’s credit, he led the city out of the darkness that was 9/11. To say that it was not an easy feat is far from an understatement.

However, Bloomberg does have a few shortcomings, as all the candidates do. He changed his political party affiliation twice before declaring himself to be an independent. He is an older white man running in a crowded field with other candidates who are not the traditional Presidential candidates. When asked a few months ago if he would run, Bloomberg said no. Now he says yes.

It’s understandable that he changed his mind about running, given what is at stake. However, flip-flopping is not going to win him the nomination or the Presidency. Nor will it come in handy if he takes the oath of office. If Bloomberg can win is also a matter of opinion. I suspect that if asked, some New Yorkers would say that they were not happy with him while he was in office.

Only time will tell who eventually wins the nomination. Whomever they are, they had better be prepared. They are in for a fight that has the potential to change this country for generations to come.

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Katie Hill, Bill Clinton, and the Hypocrisy of Sexual Politics

Morally speaking, we know that cheating on one’s spouse or significant other is wrong. We also know that having a sexual or romantic relationship with one who works for you is wrong. But that does not preclude us from doing either.

The latest news from Capitol Hill is that Representative Katie Hill (D-California) resigned because she was accused of sleeping with a congressional staffer and having a relationship with a congressional aide. If that was not enough to get the halls of power talking, nude pictures of her were released to the press.

A little more than twenty years ago, former President Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) was at the height of his popularity. He was also dogged by accusations of sexual assault and whispers that he was cheating on his wife. Then he got involved with Monica Lewinsky, a young White House intern. Those of us who are above a certain age can easily recall the political hell that broke lose during that time.

The disgusting hypocrisy is that while the former Representative’s political career and reputation are in ruins, President Clinton is still held in high regard. This case also brings revenge porn once more into the spotlight, an issue that desperately needs local and state and national legislation to stop once and for all.

It’s time to make it clear that this conduct, regardless of who is accused of it, is wrong. Those who choose to act in this manner will be duly punished. But until that day comes when women are given their due and men get off scot-free, the hypocrisy will remain.

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Bernie Sanders Lost My Vote

With the 2020 Presidential Election a little more than a year away, the time is coming in which voters must choose which Democratic candidate will go against you know who.

Though I like a number of the candidates, I have yet to choose just one to push as the Democratic nominee. But there is one nominee who has forever lost my vote: Bernie Sanders.

To be honest, something about Senator Sanders (D-Vermont) never quite clicked with me politically. I appreciate his ideas, but they have always been a little out there, at least from my perspective.

But his decision to hire Amer Zahr, a staunch advocate of the BDS movement has turned me off from voting for Senator Sanders altogether. The fact that Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, would bring on a surrogate who actively campaigns for the destruction of Israel is repugnant.

The problem is the mixed message that Senator Sanders sends out with this decision. He has spoken in the past of being Jewish and yet, he hires someone who advocates for the destruction of the Jewish homeland and Jewish lives.

If Senator Sanders wants to win the nomination and possibly the Presidency, recognizing the importance of Israel and her American supporters is tantamount. Especially given that most Jewish voters are Democrats.

As much as I would love a Jewish President of the United States, I doubt that Senator Sanders will be that President.

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Was There a Clear Winner in last Week’s Democratic Debate?

Last week, the leading 12 Democratic candidates met to debate the issues and to sell themselves as the potential Democratic nominee.

In a packed field of twelve candidates, it takes requires skill and a series of well though out policies to stand out. The question is, was there a clear winner? The answer is no.

Though former Vice President Joe Biden (D-Delaware) is the current front rummer, his lead is not what it was. Between the scandal (if there is one) surrounding his son Hunter and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) nipping at his heels, he may not be the Democratic savior that many have claimed him to be.

I honestly like Senator Warren. This administration’s view of policy is nothing more than throwing caution to the wind and see what happens. I appreciate a candidate who is comes to the American people with not just ideas, but logistics to back up their ideas. However, Senator Warren’s answer to the question of Medicare for All seemed a little vague to me. Regardless of who is taxed to pay for this program, I need to know who is going to pay and how they are going to pay.

Though there were ten other candidates on the stage, I think that Vice President Biden and Senator Warren have a fight on their hands. We are little more than a year away from the election. The American people have a huge decision to make. Regardless of whomever goes up against you know who next year, it is a fight, that in my mind, will change the course of American history.

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RIP Elijah Cummings

It has been said that true courage comes not from the absence of fear, but rising above the fear.

Rep Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) passed away yesterday. He was 68. The chair of the House Oversight Committee, he was born in Baltimore in 1951 to former sharecroppers.

Coming of age during the Civil Rights era, he is an icon of the movement and a time when African-Americans were fighting for their most basic rights. As an adult, he first became a lawyer and then went into politics. Recently, he was known for going up against you know who and defending the reputation of his hometown.

It’s hard to find a politician who is as principled, honorable and respectful of this country as Rep Cummings. He set a standard not just for our era, but for the future of what American politics should look like.

May his memory be a blessing.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-“GIULIANI! (Here He Goes Again) – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”

Those of us who are above a certain age remember the dark days just after 9/11. It was nothing but chaos and grief. Back then, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) was a light in that darkness. He was one of a handful of officials who helped to get New York City and the country back on it’s feet.

These days, he’s a joke. Known more for being you know who’s personal legal lackey, he is not the man the public thought he was 18 years ago.

Enter Randy Rainbow’s new video, entitled “GIULIANI! (Here He Goes Again) – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”. Using ABBA‘s classic song “Mamma Mia” as a cornerstone, this song perfectly explains that this former NYC mayor is not what he used to be. He is not only talking out of his behind, he is one of the idiots who is putting America on the road to Hades in a hand basket.

Just another reason to get you know who out of office.

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Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush Are Friends: What is the Big Deal?

It’s one thing to disagree with someone over a political or cultural issue. It’s another thing to completely disassociate yourself with anyone who does not see the world in the same way that you do.

The most recent kerfuffle is that talk show host/actress/comic Ellen DeGeneres hung out with former President George W. Bush (R-Texas). Some have criticized the talk show host for choosing to spend her free time with the 43rd President.

Honestly, I don’t get what the big deal is. If Ellen wants to spend her free time with George Bush, that is her prerogative. Yes, she is a celebrity, but that does not mean that she must listen to the crowd when it comes to who her friends are.

And frankly, this friendship is a very good thing from my perspective. If a gay liberal performer and a straight conservative former President can kick back and relax together, why can’t the rest of the country do the same?

It’s obvious that our country is divided among several political and cultural fault lines. The problem is that we are unwilling to step over those lines and try to see the human being under the label of liberal and conservative. Until we do so, this country will remain as it is today.

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Who Needs Friends Like the Kurds, Who Needs Enemies Like You Know Who?

Outside of family, friends are the most important people in our lives.

On the world stage, friends come in handy, especially when fighting an enemy whose sole aim is one’s destruction.

In Syria, the Kurds have been America’s ally in the war against ISIS. A politician who is well versed in this relationship and respects it would not abandon the Syrian Kurdish community to the mercy (or lack thereof) of Turkey. But you know who has decided that in his infinite wisdom, that we don’t need their support.

This community didn’t have to help us. But they did and this is how we thank them? My concern is that if we let you know who continue on this path, America will be isolated from the rest of the world. Our only friends will be countries who leadership has a questionable friendship with the United States.

In justifying his decision, he claimed that the decision was made because of the Kurds were not part of the Allies and did not participate in the Invasion of Normandy. That is the most ridiculous, nonsensical reason that I have ever heard from this man. Any voter with an ounce of sense would see this man as completely unfit for office and make dam sure that he is a one term President.

But there are fools in this country who continue to support him and will vote for him next fall. G-d help us all if he wins a second term, for we will need all of the help that we can get.

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The Proof is in the Whistleblower Transcript

Every President has distinguished themselves and their administration over the last 200+ years. Our current President has distinguished himself and his administration by openly and repeatedly flouting respected political norms and laws, using his office for personal gain and leading America away from democracy.

But developments over the last few days may be the event that gets America back on track.

The complete transcript from the whistleblower was released today. The following lines stood out to me.

“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Mr. Trump is summarized as saying. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”

Here it is in, in black and white. The President of the United States of America is asking the leader of a foreign country to help him win the next Presidential election. Instead of being an adult and attempting to win the election by reaching out to American voters, he is cross legal and moral boundaries to get what he wants.

If this is not a reason to get him out of office, either by impeachment or by voting him out of office, I don’t know what is.

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Will the Phone Call With the Ukrainian President Be the Straw That Breaks the Camel’s Back?

For nearly three years, many Americans (myself included), have been angered, stressed and generally not happy with the actions of the man we unfortunately refer to as the President of the United States.

At every turn, we ask is this enough? When will we reach the breaking point to finally get this man out of office?

That breaking point may have arrived. During a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, you know who may have threatened to pull back promised financial assistance if Mr. Zelensky did not investigate the business interests of Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

It appears that the this phone call may be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back.

As of earlier this afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) announced that a formal inquiry has been launched. If the results of the inquiry go in a certain direction, impeachment becomes a serious possibility.

While impeachment does not mean that he will be forced out of office, it is certainly a step in the right direction (at least from my perspective). It says that no one, not even the President is above the law.

Perhaps being impeached will finally teach him that.

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