Anyone who has read this blog knows that politics wise, I was not a Bernie fan. His politics were a little too left for my taste.
But, I appreciated what he brought to the political arena. He brought to the stage an awareness of those who are usually not seen by the political mainstream. In giving them a voice, he gave them the power and the spotlight that should have been theirs in the first place.
Though he never got past second place in both this year’s election and the 2016 election, his grit, courage, and commitment to what he believed must be nothing but admirable.
Now it’s onto the Presidential election and getting you know out of office.
Today is Super Tuesday. Voters in fourteen states and American Samoa will have their say as to which Democratic nominee they want going against you know who in the fall.
As of earlier this week, both former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. After the Vice President won by a large margin in South Carolina over the weekend, it seems that we are headed for a showdown between him and Senator Bernie Sanders.
As much as I cringe that no matter how the vote goes, we will still have another old white man sitting in the highest office in the land, Biden is our best choice. It would have been nice to refer to Senator Klobuchar as Madam President (especially that this year is the centenary of the 19th amendment). But some things are not meant to be, as much as we would wish it to go our way.
The reason I stand behind Vice President Biden is that he has the best chance of getting you know who out of office. My fear is that if Senator Sanders wins the nomination, it will be the impetus that the right needs to give you know who another four years in office.
It’s only 8:50 on the East Coast. We still have a few hours to go before the final numbers are revealed. But I have a feeling (and perhaps a little hope) that it will be Vice President Biden representing the Democrats in the fall.
When it comes to feminism, nothing destroys it more than women knocking down women.
While Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) was spending his week in Washington for the impeachment trial, he sent surrogates to Iowa for this week’s Iowa caucuses. During one of these events, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) booedHillary Clinton, Senator Sanders rival for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination.
I have two issues with her choice to boo Mrs. Clinton. The first issue is that the 2016 Presidential election has come and gone. It’s history. Focusing on what was and cannot be undone is futile. The second issue is that infighting between women, especially in the arena of politics does nothing to help our cause. It sends the message that women are nothing but drama queens and unable to lead this country.
The Presidential election is months away. If we are to get you know who out of the White House, we need to be strong and stand together. We are allowed to disagree on certain points, but at the end of the day, if we are not united, our divisions will destroy us. Which opens the door for you know who to win another four years in office and destroy this country.
The reason I am voting for her is that in order to defeat you know who, we need a Democratic candidate who is firmly left, but not so far left to push voters into the arms of the Republicans. I like the ideas of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but my concern is that their proposals are so far left that they alienate some voters. I respect that former Vice President Joe Biden has decades of political experience, but do we really want another old white man as President?
Former New York City Mayor Michel Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang, to be honest, don’t have a chance in h*ll of winning the nomination. Mayor Pete Buttigieg has youth on his side (compared to the other candidates), but will that be a help or a hindrance if he wins the nomination?
I like her because she is solidly middle of the road and speak to the needs of the average American, especially the average American woman. As a working wife and a mother, she understands the daily challenges of the woman on the street. She also understands and respects that America is not a monolith. In respecting the differences of Americans, she is paving the way for this country to become what its founders envisioned.
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 hireAmer 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.
In any election season, campaigns and candidates will ask how to appeal to a certain demographic to ensure that they will receive their votes.
Jewish Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has decided to bring Linda Sarsour into his campaign. Ms. Sarsour is known for her very public antisemitic and anti-Israel perspective.
I understand that Bernie wants to appeal to progressive voters. However, the choice of Ms. Sarsour, I fear may backfire. Especially with his fellow Jews who are feeling anxious (myself included) about the rising antisemitism in the world.
I also understand that he wants to appeal to the Arab-American community.
However, in trying to appeal to the Arab-American community, he is forgetting his coreligionists. There are quite a few candidates to chose from. In over-appealing to one community, he may forget another, which may end up costing him the nomination next fall.
As we get ever closer to the 2020 Presidential Election, the pool of candidates gets ever smaller. Last night the top ten candidates put their best foot forward and tried to prove why they should be the Democratic nominee come next fall.
Though former Vice President Joe Biden is still the front runner, I am not sure that he is the right candidate to go up against you know who. Though his decades of public service are very much appreciated and recognized, I feel like it is time for Biden to hang up his hat. I don’t quite agree with the low blow that former HUD secretary Julian Castro laid on the feet of the former Vice President, I think that he has a point.
You know who is a bully. Like all bullies, he had a way of sniffing out and using his opponents or victim’s weaknesses against them. Whoever wins the nomination must have an airtight campaign. Vice President Biden’s campaign, as I see it, is not airtight.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) and businessman Andrew Yang are the long shots from my perspective. I would honestly not be surprised if in the coming months, they decide to end their campaigns.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) is really starting to grow on me. At the beginning of the year, I was not so sure if she was the right person for the job. Last night, I found her to be a political breath of fresh air. I like that she is not only prepared, but that she had to pull herself up by her own bootstraps. She was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth, she has to earn and continually fight for her place in the world. On that alone, she has my respect.
My opinion of Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) has not changed. I certainly agree with his ideas. What he is proposing is necessary if we are to become the country that is truly democratic and diverse. However, I have to wonder if the logistics of putting these policies into place match the ideas.
Those are my thoughts. Readers, what do you think? Who stood out to you and who do you think has a chance of being the Democratic nominee?
Last night, the first night of the second round of the Democratic nominees aired on CNN. Over the course of three hours, the nominees debated, argued and did their best to prove why they should go against you know who next fall.
I have a few thoughts about last night.
As much as I would like to say that Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) will be our first Jewish-American President, I don’t think he will be the nominee. From my perspective, his plan can best be summed up as a Monet. He didn’t do anything for me during the 2016 Presidential Election and does not do anything for me now. But, he did have the best one-liners.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) said nothing new or different than she has said before. This round of debates are do or die for the candidates. While the Senator had many good talking points, nothing she said inspired me.
Marianne Williamson surprised me. I didn’t think much of her during the previous debate. But last night, she sounded like a candidate who might have a shot winning the nomination. However, her limited political experience bothers me. Not that there is anything wrong with a political newbie, but given the lack of previous political experience of you know who, I would feel more comfortable with a candidate who has at least some experience in government.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) stood out. I read her as a centrist Democrat who is able to walk the fine line of holding true to the ideals of the party while appealing to all Americans. I honestly believe that the ideal Democratic candidate to go against you know who is a centrist Democrat whose appeal goes well beyond the party’s base.
I don’t agree that immigrants whose status is labelled illegal should just be handed health insurance. Let them pay in, either out of their own pockets or via taxes and enroll in one of the government insurances. I’ve spoken on past posts about my immigrant forebears. They came to this country for the same reasons more than a century ago for the same reason that immigrants are coming today. My forebears did not ask for a handout. They only asked for an opportunity, which what they were given. We should be giving these immigrants the same opportunities that past generations of immigrants were given.
Those are my opinions. Readers, what do you think? What moment or quote stood out to you from last night?
P.S. Did anyone else notice that everyone on stage last night was Caucasian? All of the nominees of color are debating tonight.
For many voters, Bernie Sanders was the surprise candidate during the 2016 Presidential Election. For many Americans, he spoke to them in a way about the issues that affected their lives that felt direct and personal.
His new book, Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance, is about what we as Americans need to do to move forward with the progressive agenda. Written in a linear style that starts with the 2016 Presidential election and ends earlier this year, this book is both a call to action and a reminder of the work that needs to be done to ensure that the American democracy is not a sham.
Many of my regular readers know that I voted for Hillary Clinton two years ago. Back then, something about Bernie Sanders did not sit right with me. But after reading this book, I appreciate and agree with his political views in a way that I was not able to before.
There was an earthquake in New York City politics last Tuesday.
In the 14th district, which covers part of Queens and The Bronx, there were two candidates on the Democratic primary ticket. The first candidate was Joe Crowley. He is was an established member of the Democratic party and a representative of that district for many years. The other candidate was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose only political experience is working for the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016.
It was a shock to many that Joe Crowley lost the election.
From my perspective, American voters are tired of the same b*llsh*t coming out of Washington, from both sides of the political aisle. While Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is very much a newbie when it comes to politics, she represents the future not just of the Democratic Party, but also the future of the country. She is young, female, a Latina and knows what it is like to have parents who have struggled to ensure that their children have what they need to succeed in life.
Only time will tell if she actually wins the Midterm election in the fall. But, if I were to be honest, I hope she does. This country and this city desperately needs her.
Words, words, words... well said Hamlet! A little blog to go off on tangents within the worlds of history and literature that interest me. From the Tudors to Tom Hardy's Tess, or from the Wars of the Roses to Wuthering Heights, feel free to browse through my musings to pick up extra ideas and points for discussion!