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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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Thoughts On Last Night’s Democratic Debate

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?

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Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself Book Review

As cliche as it sounds, the saying is true: what does not kill you, makes you stronger.

To say that Dr. Jill Biden has been through a lot is an understatement. Her new book, Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself, is more than a memoir; it is a story of survival. Born and raised in a traditional two parent household, Dr. Biden dreamed as a girl that she would have it all: a successful career and a thriving marriage. But as we all know, the dreams that we have as a child do not always translate to our reality as adults.

After marrying then Senator, future Vice President and current 2020 Presidential hopeful Joe Biden (D-Delaware), Dr. Biden could have easily stepped into the role of political wife and mother to her husband’s sons via his late first wife. But she chose to balance her career, her marriage, motherhood and later on, politics.

I found this book to be inspiring. In spite of everything that Dr. Biden went through (including the ending of her first marriage and the loss of her stepson to cancer), she found a way to not only survive, but live a full life.

I recommend it.

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Thoughts On Joe Biden’s Run For the 2020 Presidential Election

For months, former Vice President Joe Biden was on the top of the leader board as the Democrat who had the best chance to defeat you know who come next fall. But he had yet to confirm or deny that he was running for President. Today, he confirmed that he is running for President.

I have to be honest. I have mixed feelings about this announcement.

One could argue that among the Democratic candidates, he is politically one of the most qualified to run the country. He has been in government for nearly fifty years, eight of those  years were as Vice President under Barack Obama. As a liberal Democrat, Biden checks off many of the boxes that liberal/Democratic voters look for in a Presidential nominee.

But still, there a few things that bother me.

His actions during the Anita Hill hearing don’t sit well with me. Granted, it was decades ago, the hope is that he has changed and learned from his mistakes. But it still bothers me that instead of giving this woman a chance to tell her story, she was treated like dirt.

The accusations of being too touchy with certain women. Granted, he did not go as far as Harvey Weinstein or Matt Lauer, but the fact that did not recognize the boundaries of personal space by these women sends alarm bells off in my head.

Do we really want another old White man serving the highest office in the land? It’s 2019, it’s time to give a woman or a person of color the opportunity to run this country. My fear is that many voters will default to Biden because he is the standard political leader instead of giving another candidate a shot at becoming President.

It’s only April, we won’t know for at least a year as to whom will win the nomination. But whoever they are, they had better be in for a fight, because you know who never backs down from a fight.

 

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Thoughts On The Joe Biden Accusations

Sexual assault and sexual harassment has been part of the human experience for an untold number of generations. Thankfully, things are starting to change for the better.

Though former Vice President Joe Biden has not formally announced that he will be running for President for the 2020 Presidential election, the polls over the past few weeks have labeled him as the front-runner among the Democratic candidates.

The hitch, in this potential Presidential run, is that he has been accused of inappropriately touching at least two women. Granted, the nature of the accusations are not as harsh as the accusations against Harvey Weinstein were, but it’s clear that Vice President Biden crossed boundaries that he should have never crossed.

I wish I knew where we could go from here to completely eradicate sexual assault and sexual harassment. We can only legislate and litigate to a certain point. The rest of the journey requires a societal level consciousness about where boundaries lay between men and women. Legislation and litigation is the easy part. Changing the way we view each other and respecting boundaries, that is going to take much more time and effort on the part of all of us.

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May 18th, 2006

May 18th, 2006 was a sad day for the fans of Will & Grace.

It was the date of the series finale.

Premiering in 1998, Will & Grace told the story of two best friends, gay lawyer Will Truman (Eric McCormack) and straight fashion designer Grace Adler (Debra Messing) sharing an apartment in New York City.

Best friends since college, Will is the Felix Ungar to Grace’s Oscar Madison.   Upping the comedy ante (and makes fans belly laugh countless times of the 8 years that the series was on the air) was Karen Walker (Megan Mullally), Grace’s pill popping, boozed up socialite assistant and Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), a gay man who was out, proud and slightly outlandish.

For eight years, this foursome made audiences laugh, shed a tear every once in a while and think. Both Will and Jack represented the LGBTQ community on television in a way that had not been done before. Instead of relying on stereotypes, these men were fully fleshed out human beings who spoke loudly and proudly for a community that has been slowly over the years becoming accepted as part of the mainstream.

The influence of this show is priceless. In 2012, when Vice President Joe Biden stated that Will & Grace paved the way for the federal marriage equality act, that is a legacy to be proud of.

I am forever a fan and I am forever grateful that these characters are a part of my life.

Happy Thursday.

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Taylor Force

Last week, Taylor Force was on vacation. An everyday American, he chose Israel as his vacation destination.

The beaches are beautiful. The food is delicious. The people are warm and friendly. Despite the politics of the region, Israel is a thriving, growing democracy.

Taylor Force is dead, returning home in a coffin. He was killed by a terrorist.

How many more innocent people will be killed before the world wakes up? Where is the condemnation from the UN, from the state department?

The fruitless killing of Mr. Force was not the only terrorist attack last week.

While Mr. Force was being killed just  for being in Israel, Vice President Joe Biden was also in Israel. His physical location was not too far from the victim’s.

When will this madness stop? How many innocent people will be killed before the rest of the world wakes up from the fantasy world they live in?

I’m going to end this post with a suggestion for the trolls who might want respond to this post about why they should boycott Israel. I could tell you something about the video, I think it speaks for itself.

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