If nothing else, America is an idealistic nation. We are dreamers and fighters, we do not give up because we are told no.
We are also a nation that can be hypocritical.
August 18th is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. In the nearly 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment, American women (and women across the world) have achieved what our grandmothers and great-grandmothers could have only dreamed of.
But with every battle that we have won, there is still much more work that is required of us if there is to be true equality between the sexes.
I would have liked very much to use the term “Madam President” this year. But there will be no women in either party on the ticket come this fall.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s loss to you know who was heartbreaking. This year, we had brilliant and capable women who might have done a bang up job as President. Senators Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar had all of the qualities one would want in a President.
Of all of the female nominees, Senator Elizabeth Warren came the closest. Some in the press are arguing that it was sexism that ultimately doomed her campaign. I can’t disagree with their arguments, even if she was not my first choice for President.
Though it is indisputable that these women will forever have a place in American history, it still does not dull the frustration of not being able to say “Madam President” in 2020.
There can only be one Presidential nominee. That being said, it is a natural occurrence that during the election season, the number of candidates will slowly be whittled down until one becomes the nominee.
To be honest, I was not sure if he was the right person for the job. But I admired his courage, his tenacity and his love of this country.
But, I am also concerned about the lack of diversity among the leading Democratic contenders. As I wrote when Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) dropped out of the race, it is becoming appalling clear that the next Democratic nominee will be caucasian.
America is known as the melting pot of the world. Our diversity is our brand. It’s time that we lived up to that brand, especially in the halls of power.
The beauty of a Presidential election season is that there are more than enough candidates for the voters to choose from. The downside of this is at the end of the day, there will be only one person representing the Democrats and one person representing the Republicans.
To be honest, I am disappointed. Senator Harris had all of the marking of a successful Presidential candidate. As a woman of color and a child of immigrants, she represented two important groups who are not always given the political spotlight. She was also the only person of color who had a decent shot of earning the nomination.
The issue, as I see it now, is will the next Democratic Presidential Debate have anyone of color on stage? Julian Castro, Andrew Yang, Corey Booker, and Tulsi Gabbard are citizens of color. The problem is that neither of them has ranked high enough to have the same attention as some of the other candidates.
Only time will tell us who is the Democratic nominee. But that does not take away the disappointment of Senator Harris not having a shot at the nomination.
At least she has the power to help impeach you know who. This is not exactly a consolation prize, but it is still a step in the right direction.
Last night, the second 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.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) is not the golden child that she was after the previous debate. She was and still a strong contender. However, it was clear that the other nominees had her in their cross hairs, especially Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).
Speaking of Representative Gabbard, it felt like she was grasping at straws. While I can’t speak of Senator’s Harris’s record while she was Attorney General in California, I can’t see Representative Gabbard being the Democratic nominee next fall.
There were more than enough one liners to go around.
The polls may say that for Vice President Joe Biden has the best chance to win the election. However, given that the polls leading up the 2016 elections said that Hillary Clinton was slated to win, I don’t exactly trust the numbers. In regards to last night, Vice President Biden was still not as on top of his game as he could have been. He was evasive at some points and used his former boss, President Obama as a crutch one too many times for my liking.
And finally, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proved once again why he should not be President. Called out for the fallout from the Eric Garner trial and the lead paint poisoning in NYCHA buildings, he was evasive and put his two cents where they were not wanted.
Readers, those are my thoughts. What did you think of last night? Has your opinion changed about any specific candidate or have you already made up your mind as to whom you will be voting for?
In the United States, we like to believe that race is an issue of the past. We like to believe that we judge others based on who they are, not by their skin color or family background. But the reality is that race is a potent and highly emotional issue that is far from being resolved.
Back in 2008, when Barack Obama was running for his first Presidential term, the Birther movement claimed that he was ineligible to run because he was not born in this country. They claimed that he was born in his father‘s home country of Kenya, not in Hawaii as is stated on his birth certificate. It surprised no one that these claims are simply based on the fact that he is the first African-American President in American history.
The latest target of these claims is 2020 Presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris (D-California). After her surge following last week’s Democratic debate, there are some who claim that because of her Jamaican and Indian heritage, she is not an “American black”. Of course, you know who’s idiot son retweeted the lie, just as his father spread the lie about his predecessor a decade ago.
This claim is nothing but bullsh*t racism. Up to this point, Senator Harris has proven herself to be up to the challenge of possibly running this country. She is not being denigrated because a voter disagrees with her beliefs and potential policies, she is being denigrated because of where her parents came from.
Elections are messy, complicated and full of potholes. The last thing we need coming into this next Presidential election cycle are lies based on something as superficial as race.
Last night, the second night of the 2019 Democratic debate aired. Unlike Wednesday night’s debate, which can be described as moderately quiet, last night can only be described as somewhat akin to a game of top that.
Among the ten candidates, I think that Kamala Harris (D-California) stood out. She was articulate, mature, personable and spoke about the hard truths that our nation must face if we are to heal the racial wounds of the past. Speaking of her experience of being one of the first African-American children to integrate her school district in the 1970’s, I think that she reached out to many of us who don’t think twice about seeing children of color in schools that are predominantly white.
I don’t believe that Joe Biden (D-Delaware) is a racist, but he chose a poor example of working across the aisle. I understand why he made the statement, but it was not the statement I would have chosen if I was in his shoes.
Speaking of Joe Biden, last night showed (at least from my perspective) that his time in politics may be ending. His decades of experience are undeniable, however, his age is showing. We need a candidate who will be able to beat you know who next fall. If last night is an indication of things to come, Biden may not be the candidate to win the 2020 election.
The other statement that I agreed with was John Hickenlooper‘s (D-Colorado) warning about socialism. Personally, I have no opinion, either good or bad about socialism. However, whoever the nominee is will need to be politically locked and loaded to face up against you know who. The charge of socialism, especially in this divided political climate, may be the topic that gets you know who re-elected for another term.
Readers, I’m curious as to what you thought about last night. Did your opinion of any of the candidates change in anyway?
Senator Harris (D-California), from my perspective, is the ideal candidate to go up against you know who. She represents everything that this country stands for and what is represents. She is the daughter of two immigrants, a woman of color, a litigator whose career has been focused on fighting for injustice and fighting for the underdog.
Looking back, I can see why Hillary Clinton alienated certain voters during the 2016 Presidential election. There is nothing worse than an unlikable woman, especially in the arena of politics. It taints the idea that a woman can succeed in the political arena. Senator Harris is professional, intelligent, well spoken, but also warm and easy to talk to. She understands the struggles of the average American.
It makes sense that Senator Harris would make her announcement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While only time will tell who goes up against you know who next fall, I hope that come 2020, I will be able to refer to Senator Harris as Madam President.
To be an American these days is not easy. Our country and our culture are backed by the idea that all citizens, regardless of identity or labels are equal. But the reality is that inequality based on identity has existed since the early days of the Republic. That does not mean, however, that we can live up to the ideals the built our country.
Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) is one of the most prominent Democrats in the Senate. She recently published a book entitled The Truths We Hold: An American Journey. Senator Harris’s politics and view of the world were formed at an early age. She was born in 1964 to immigrant parents. Her father is originally from Jamaica and her mother is from India. After her parents divorced, she and her younger sister spent most of their time with their mother, who worked as a scientist. As a young girl of color in the 1960’s and 1970’s, she grew up in a country where what it meant to be a person of color was changing. As an adult, she pursued a career in law before getting into politics. Her cumulative experience, both personal and professional, allows her to be both personal in her politics and bold enough to move this country into a better direction than we are now.
I really enjoyed this book. Part autobiography and part political manifesto, I believe that every American who truly believes in the ideals of country should read this book. Senator Harris is exactly what we need in this country right now and represents everything that the American dream stands for.