There is nothing like the energy of a Presidential election season. Regardless of who is running, there is a feeling in the air that only comes every four years.
As a life long Democrat, the last 3 1/2 years have been nothing but pure political torture. It felt like this country was on a downward spiral that would never end. Then Joe Biden announced last week that Kamala Harris would be his running mate. It finally felt like the sun was starting to peak out from behind the clouds.
The Senator and hopefully future Vice President is the subject of Randy Rainbow’s latest video. Entitled KAMALA! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody, Rainbow uses the title song from the musical Camelot to express his joy (and our joy by extension) that she is in the race.
The thing about politics and the political game is that it is incredibly easy to become cynical and hopeless. But when there is a candidate like Harris who is able to remind us the possibilities, then we are reminded that there will always be a sliver of light in the darkness.
When it comes to Presidential elections, the choice of Vice President is almost as important as the President.
History was made in the United States today. Kamala Harris was announced as Joe Biden’s choice for Vice President.
Unlike the current Vice President, Harris represents America in 2020. She has the experience, the work ethic, and the vision needed for the job. Fingers crossed, she and Biden will win and return this country to a state of semi-normalcy.
The best part is that Maya Rudolph will be back on SNL this fall.
In an ideal world, the goal of any leader is to do their job. It is not about always being liked or receiving approval. Sometimes, a leader has to stand up for what they believe is right, regardless of the criticism they may or may not receive.
Anyone who has been following American politics for the last four years would easily be able to tell you that you know who is not focused on doing his job. His focus is looking good to the public and to his base in particular.
That in essence, is everything that is wrong about this President. One of his recent tweets about the upcoming election and Joe Biden stated the following:
“Is this what you want for your President??? With no ratings, media will go down along with our great USA!”
What does not understand (and will probably never understand) is that the job he was hired by the American public to do is not about ratings. We need a President, whomever he or she maybe, to lead this country. Will they receive negative press and attention? Of course they will, that goes without saying.
We need a President who truly understands the job that the voters have hired them to do. That President is to my mind (and many others), is not the current occupant of the title.
As we get closer to November 3rd, Americans will have to make a choice as to who we want leading us for the next four years. Though it may seem like a simple choice, it is a choice that will help to determine the future of the nation.
You know who is becoming desperate. Some of the who blindly follow him are starting to open their eyes to the truth. He is unfit for office in every way possible. In a certain sense, he is not as dumb as he appears to be. But then again, a smart leader knows when to listen to others (especially when they disagree with that leader) and when to listen to their own judgement. He refuses to listen to anyone else (with the exception of those who kiss up to him) and claims to know everything he needs to know about being President.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am so ready to refer to Joe Biden as President Biden.
When it comes a Presidential election, the choice of Vice President can make or break one’s campaign.
Back in 2008, the late Senator John McCain chose former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate for that year’s Presidential election. While we may never know if it was that decision that cost him the Presidency, we do know that this woman became a political joke.
Saturday Night Live had a field day that year. Tina Fey playing Palin was comedy gold.
As this year’s Presidential election comes closer with every day, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is under pressure to choose his running mate. After promising to choose a woman, there has been speculation about who his VP will be.
I would love to say that race does not play a role in his choice. The choice should be based on experience, who is the best person for the job, and professional chemistry. But race, unfortunately, does play a role.
For me, as a voter, I would not be surprised if he chose Kamala Harris or Stacey Abrams. If he wants to be President as badly as he says he does, he needs to prove that his administration and policies will be inclusive and respectful.
The last thing he or the Democratic party needs is a reboot of the political mistake that was Sarah Palin.
In this world, there are two types of politicians. The first type talks a good game, but does not act on their promises. The second puts their money where their mouth is and follows up on their promises.
Yesterday was supposed to be you know who’s big campaign rally in Tulsa. Instead of having a packed arena full of adoring supporters, local officials estimate that there were only about 6,000 people in the audience. As usual, the campaign blamed the so called “radical” protesters and the media for the lower than expected turnout. Anyone with a brain (at least from my perspective) would be able to figure that the lower turnout is due to his complete inability to the job, in addition to a spike in Covid-19 cases.
The fact is that he is an absolute failure as President. Now granted, no one is perfect. We all have flaws. That being said, it takes an adult to recognize those flaws and work with others to reach a successful outcome. He is both unable and unwilling to work with his team and listen to those who have a different perspective. A real leader knows the difference between knowing when to talk and when to listen. This man would not know the difference if it smacked him in his face.
We need a real leader. We need a President who listen to experts, know when to talk, when to listen and most importantly, puts the nation above their personal needs. Come November, we must vote him for Joe Biden.
Regular readers of this blog know that I am a Jane Austen super fan. If someone were to ask me to describe a character or a scene, I could do so with a reasonable amount of detail. The same could be said for anyone who has regularly the Bible, or any book that is the foundation of a religion.
While on the campaign trail back in 2016, you know was asked to refer to his favorite passage in the Christian Bible. As he often does when asked a direct question, he found a way to not answer the question.
Yesterday, in response the protests in front of the White House and around the country, he did not address the nation as any other President would. Sending police to clear the crowd, he took a walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The church has been a site of Presidential worship for over 200 years.
Instead of speaking of the multiple crises that the United States is experiencing in a meaningful manner, he picked up a Bible and used it as a prop. There was only one reason for this, a photo op and a message to his base.
He is not the first, nor will he be the last to invoke the name and image of G-d (in whatever form G-d takes) for questionable purposes. But given what this nation is going through, the last thing we need is a hypocritical President who says one thing, does another, and only prefers those who blindly support him.
America is at the moment of reckoning. This nation has two choices. We can vote for Joe Biden and move forward. Or, we can vote him in for another term and go down a rabbit hole that I don’t want to think about.
It has been said that to err is human. The question is, when one does apologize for said error, are they genuinely apologetic or are they just saying so because they have to?
One of former Vice President and current Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s (D-DE) known character flaws is to shoot of his mouth without thinking. This is not a unique flaw, he is part of a club where many do the same. But he is the only one who as of now, will representing the Democrats in the Presidential election come the fall.
His most recent verbal diarrhea was the following:
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Said while on a radio interview on a popular African-American radio show, Mr. Biden quickly admitted his mistake.
“I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African American vote for granted. But nothing could be further [from] the truth,” Biden said. “I’ve never ever done that, and I’ve earned it every time I’ve run. I was making the point that I have never taken the vote for granted. And in fact, I know in order to win the presidency, I need the African American vote. And it was the driving force, as I said, in the beginning of my campaign [a] year ago, to my being able to win in the first place and win the primary. And it is going to be critical to my winning the presidency.”
Did Joe Biden put his foot in his mouth? Absolutely. But, as I see it, the point is not what he said. It is that he recognized that he made a mistake and genuinely apologized. In comparison, when you know who has been caught in the same circumstance, he will find a way to change the subject or blame someone else.
When I was a senior a college, I heard a rumor of a female classmate who accused a male classmate of rape. When the rape allegations were proved to be a lie, the natural sympathy fell on the male classmate who would be forever tainted with the false allegation.
But about the millions of women who are raped and/or sexually assaulted and don’t go to the police because they are afraid of not being believed?
One of the off shoots of the #MeToo movement was the statement “believe all women“. Unfortunately, the lack of credibility of Tara Reade’s accusations threatens the idea that all women who report being raped are telling the truth.
There will always be people who question when a woman reports that is sexually assaulted. That is an unfortunate fact. I hate to say it, but based on what I have read and heard, I’m not sure that she is telling the 100% truth.
It bothers me to no end, but I have go with my gut. For her sake and for the sake of the women who are accused of lying about their own rapes, I hope that the evidence proves that Ms. Reade is telling the truth.
As the #Metoo movement forces our society to face our sexual assault and sexual harassment demons, it has revealed how both complicated and simple the subject is.
In 2017, former Democratic Senator Al Franken was accused of sexual harassment. The result of the accusations was swift and decisive. Franken resigned from the Senate after receiving pressure from female colleagues. Back in 2016, as that year’s election was heating up, you know who, who was then the Republican nominee was himself accused multiple acts of a similar nature.
As of today, it looks like former Vice President Joe Biden has all but sewn up that he will be the Democratic nominee come the fall. In an effort to capture the attention and the vote of American women, he has announced that his pick for Vice President would be a woman. Since that announcement, speculation of who he would choose has been rampant.
But now there is a chink in the armor. Tara Reade, a former congressional aide, accused the former Vice President of assaulting her when she worked for him in the early ’90s.
This is not the first time these kinds of accusations have been leveled against him.
The question is now, how will the Democratic leadership and voters respond? And more importantly, how will they deal with the claim of double standard from the right?
The simple answer is that sexual assault and sexual harassment is wrong and should be punished, no matter who is responsible. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. That being said, given how complicated American politics is these days, the answer to how this resolved will not be easy to obtain.