Posted by: minnow | June 26, 2020

JUNE 26, 2020

OUTRAGE! OUTRAGE! OH, LET ME BE OUTRAGED! | Pandaemonium

When Carter was president, Ted Koppel counted the days the hostages in Iran were held–444. Americans were outraged. Yesterday the US reported its highest number of Coronavirus cases in a single day–40,588 according to the CDC. In addition 2516 more Americans died–in a single day. Where is the outrage? Why have we let this president get away with such profound incompetence? What has happened to our sense of decency? Will SOMEONE please step up and lead this country away from the brink of total collapse?!!

Posted by: minnow | June 1, 2020

Want an Explanation?

When White America fails to recognize black football players kneeling on the sidelines during our National Anthem as a protest against the violence perpetrated by police brutality and unjust policies, we should not be surprised that the protests become louder. We should not be surprised that–when ignored–the violence which resulted in Black men kneeling leads to Black men shouting. Systemic racism in our country has been killing people of color long before Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd were murdered. Our privileged ignorance of the daily, systemic violence people of color under go does not justify or excuse our lack of compassion, our unwillingness to listen, or our failure to act. That America needed the back to back murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, a global pandemic, and rioting in the streets to get the public’s attention is a tragedy in an of itself. But here we are–the suffering and trauma of Poeple of Color has reached a boiling point. The anguish of the dying and the mourning from the not yet dead has finally boiled over and something more must be done. People of color cannot be expected to sustained the intensity of their pain and unanswered agony any longer.

While long over due, a compassionate, unifying response from White America is welcomed. Still we have a problem. In our enthusiasm to be “part of the solution to the problems people of color face” in America, some white people think simply proclaiming to Black people and Brown people, “We’re advocates, allies. We’re on your side.” is enough.  Some White people think our endorsements should be greeted with cheers. Worse yet, some people in White America think they are “problem solving” by tone policing people in Black America and Brown America.

Thinking I was important, I was going to “make a difference” for all those helpless people of color was my first mistake when I began to wake up. So, let me ‘splain a couple things to you. “You’ll reach more of us if you talk nicely.” has the SUBTEXT of: “And isn’t that what you want–more of us?!”

“We’ll be more likely to listen if you don’t sound so angry.” has the SUBTEXT of: “We thought it was important to you to be heard by white people.”

“Hey, don’t yell at us–we’re your advocates, your allies–show some respect.” has the even more hostile SUBTEXT of: “As white people, you owed us.

Even the sincere question, “What can we do?” Or the more empathy informed plea, “Tell us your story. Help us understand.” is White people expecting People of Color to give a damn about our pitiful confusion. Asking Black People to educate us is privilege. Expecting Brown people to make space for us at their table is privilege. Demanding or even implying we have a right to anything in this struggle is privilege.

White America–if you think you’re tired of racism, if you say you’re sick of injustice, if you want change and not just a change in the news cycle–Educate yourselves. Stop serving the laziness of your privilege by asking a person of color to explain it all to you–over and over until you understand it. Open your eyes and see. Imagine an innocent white man with his neck under the knee of a blue uniform. As a grown adult imagine being called “boy” by someone who isn’t any older than you are. If you don’t want to be seen as racist–despite how nice you are to people of color on a personal level–if you want to wear the ally and advocate badge, then stop thinking of yourself as not a racist and start being anti-racist. This struggle is not simply their side–it’s the right side, the just side, the only side.

Posted by: minnow | May 17, 2020

Joe Biden–An Imperfect Vessel

I’ve read my share of anti-Biden posts, some of which made me wrestle with my own deeply held convictions, the accusations by Tara Reade being a prime example. When the primary race got started over a year ago and Democrats has 20 plus candidates in the field, I was not a big Biden fan, preferring the more progressive voice of Elizabeth Warren. But come November 3, 2020, I will vote for Joe Biden for the President of the United States. He isn’t my choice because the alternative is unthinkable, even though it is, but because I can support Joe Biden as a candidate in his own right.

I am keenly aware that for some “progressive Democrats” getting rid of 45 is not reason enough to vote for Joe Biden. To that sliver of the party my support of the former Vice President might seem like a version of the vote blue no matter who rally cry, and that’s okay. I can actually think of worse things to be accused of promoting. It’s okay if they say I’m not progressive enough to belong to their page, or drink beer at their table. I am progressive enough to say: a step in the right direction is better than no direction.

What is important to me is to vote for a candidate who will point our country in the direction we should be heading. I want a candidate who can garner the respect of other world leaders and restore our relationship with our allies. I want a leader who will gather experts, planners, visionaries, and directors, an administrator who will listen to their data, their opinions, their vision, and their critique, a president who will offer our nation the calm steady voice of reason because he has faced the problem head on, he has done the hard work, and his team is ready to implement their plan. Joe Biden has the reputation of working in just this way. He hears people out and if what they have to say addresses the issue from the big picture to the details, he adjusts his thinking. 

I am able to vote for Joe Biden, not because he lines up with all my preferences, he doesn’t. But, I can vote for Joe Biden because he believes America’s strengths out weigh our weaknesses, our potential is bright enough to champion, and our future success can–AND WILL–grow out of our broken past and present failure! I can–AND WILL–vote for Joe Biden because in spite of his human flaws, he casts a true vision of hope for a better America and I need America to be better.

Posted by: minnow | May 7, 2020

Holding a Christian Faith in the Time of Trump

The majority of my Christian friend have never been Bible thumpers, overt evangelizers, or even out spoken about their own deeply held convictions. Most practice the golden rule: “treat others the way you want to be treated”. They care about and for the less fortunate and show grace and forgiveness toward the imperfect–because of their faith, not in spite of it. So, I shudder every time Someone lumps all Christians in the same boat, and I am ashamed every time I catch myself doing the same thing.

The God I follow stands for creation, not against it. He wants the best for us and for all His creation. AND He wants His people to want the best for one another and for all of creation, as well. In this way, I believe in a relational God, as opposed to a puppet master who controls everything: the Spirit woos us toward that which is good and just and true because what is good and just and true is God. Still, we must choose to respond–to manifest the goodness of God and to pass it along to others. I fully believe God walked the streets of Calcutta as Mother Theresa walked and marched next to Martin Luther King in Selma. But God doesn’t just accompany the devout. When someone feeds the hungry, tends to the sick, and sits with the lonely, I see God in action. And what’s more–the world sees God in action. Conversely, oppression, indifference, and cruelty signal the absence of God. Personally, I do not believe it matters whether or not those ministering do so consciously aware they are, in those moments, His hands and His feet, God’s presence, God’s goodness, is still manifest which is why I have such a difficult time understanding our current political climate. 

The acts James referenced when he proclaimed: “Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” are examples of our conscious faith in action. But, the works Paul mentions when he wrote the Christians in Philippi saying, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” are not necessarily conscious. Paul was calling the Church’s attention to this fact–when you see good works you see God. The vessel through which these acts are accomplished is not Paul’s focus, nor in my opinion is it ever God’s. So, when I witness those who proclaim the name of Christ engage in acts of cruelty, or oppression, or even indifference, I can’t help but believe the heart of God is broken. Our declarations of faith are like the chaff that in the final analysis will be blown away. What will remain are our acts of faithfulness, our acts of goodness, kindness, peacefulness, love, and joy.

I completely understand wanting to avoid divisiveness within the Church. We certainly don’t need new denominations and non-denominational umbrellas because we can’t agree on communion. Still, the silence of those Christians–whom I would call friends, in light of the deceptive, vicious, and self promoting rhetoric of this president and his dangerous, unpresidential, behavior, rocks me. The unwillingness on the part of my fellow Christ followers to publicly distance themselves from well known figures who on the one hand claim the name of Christ but on the other hand praise this administration, confuses me. How is it possible to ignore the ongoing harm done to our nation, the crushing burdens inflicted on the weak, and the irreparable damage done to the Church by its association with 45? How can you silently watch while branches of the Christian faith defend and excuse lie after lie, racist rhetoric accompanied by racist policies, bullying, name calling, finger pointing, outrageous self promotion, nepotism, the slandering of our allies and fawning over ruthless dictators, the glorified ignorance, and wanton corruption? When will the guilt of association be enough for you to cry out, for you to beg Church leaders to repent, for your silence to stop sullying the name of God? I am waiting, but I fear I wait in vain. I worry you have let fear of man and hollow assurances render you permanently mute. 

Modern day Christianity counts John the Baptist as a true hero of the faith. Yet, in his day, he was so vilified he was beheaded. John’s warnings were directed toward the power structures of his times–an oppressive government and a blind religious structure. I am afraid at times for my relationship with the Church and some of my personal relationships within the Church. I find remaining civil a greater challenge with each passing day of this administration’s rule. The checks and balances I once thought would stop someone like Trump from causing such mayhem, the faith and courage I once believed was part of the Christian DNA seem to have vanished and I am left feeling confused and sad and angry. For now, it is the power of my anger that gives me the strength to speak out. But I don’t mind saying, it’s feeling more and more lonely out here.

Posted by: minnow | April 19, 2020

A Technicality

That 45 is “my president” is a technicality. I recognize he is the designated leader of the country. I understand the Electoral College found in his favor. I heard HRC concede the election to him. I read reports that he took the oath of office. And, I watch now as he wields power. BUT, I did not vote for him. Nothing he has done, nothing he has said, and nothing he has tweeted–because isn’t that how all presidents conduct business–represents my position on issues, my view of the world, or the values I desire our nation to uphold. So no, 45 is not my president and I will say as much when anyone tries to tell me otherwise.

I respect the office of the presidency too much to consider the man currently occupying that position legitimate. He has given us no reason to respect him as a person and no reason to follow him as a leader. In truth, while his actions have always been self absorbed, since the outbreak of the coronavirus they have become increasingly irresponsible and dangerous. It was bad enough, when in a relatively safe America he served as a shield, a media distraction, for Senate Republicans as McConnell and company filled the courts with ultra conservative (and in some cases totally unqualified) judges. Yes the country will have to deal with the repercussions for years, but for most of us the damage to the courts has been minimal by comparison to the damage he is doing now.

On April 17 the president of the United States turned a corner.

45’s ignorant, thoughtless tweets about liberating states and protecting the 2nd Amendment incited the insurrection of his base against state governments. Thousands of his followers, specifically in the states 45 targeted Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia, have retweeted his messages. Some even added more explicit calls for violence. Hundreds of armed supporters showed up on the doorsteps of state capitals, in the streets, and at governors’ residences. This man, desperate for the accolade from the crowds at his rallies, intentionally contradicts the experts in his own administration. His attempts to force a premature opening of the country are not only shameful but bordering on criminal. The threat created by this administration–by this president–to our national security is real. And just so you don’t miss the point–one protestor’s placard read: “If ballots don’t free us bullets will.”

Be warned America: unlike Putin or Kim Jong-un, our would-be dictator is not actually in control of his rebels. His careless behavior is akin to the zookeeper unlocking all the animal cages then walking away as though he’s done nothing wrong.  He doesn’t know which animals will escape first or what damage they might do to one another. He doesn’t care. They love him for “liberating” them and that is what matters to him. If some of them die because they choose to leave the safety of their cages–how is that the zookeepers fault? He only hears their shouts of praise and adoration! He will deny responsibility for this just like he has denied responsibility for every other misstep he and his government has taken.

Pair Biden with a woman, pair Biden with a progressive, pair Biden with a Republican I don’t care. Democrats, the media, sane adults must not let this president be re-elected. News outlets should not air anything said by 45 or his spokes people without fact checking it first. Every sane adult should flood his social media threads with factual, respectful contradictions to all the outrageous drivel he tweets, posts, or says. Every time one of his lies or misdirects is repeated by one of his ignorant followers, honest reliable, patriotic Americans should counter it with the truth ten times over! The cages this Zookeeper has unlocked must be carefully monitored. And until the Zookeeper in the White House can be legally put out of office, the rest of us must do what we can to keep one another safe and truthfully informed.

The changes to “our way of life” necessary in order to keep people safe AND get our economy moving again may feel strange and uncomfortable, especially at first. But unless we are willing to listen to the experts, become self disciplined, and put the health and welfare of the masses at the front of our policy making, the additional changes we will be forced to make will be even more financially devastating and personally painful. Please let sanity reign. Please begin, if you haven’t already started, looking for ways you can help those who are even less fortunate than yourselves. Donate to food banks. Plant a garden. Share the produce from your garden with others. Get groceries for your elderly neighbors. Be the positive change the country needs and be the bearers of truth and justice.

 

Posted by: minnow | March 26, 2020

Love the Ones You’re With

The President needs a muzzle. Period. His suggestions that churches will be filled by Easter may come true but only because brainwashed lemmings will stupidly listen to the President instead of medical experts. If the foolish faithful do flood the pews on April 12th, it will probably become the fastest way to KILL off the Church devised by mankind.

People please, shelter in place.

Our President is worried about his re-election NOT the electorate. When we compare our response to Italy’s the prognosis is dire. Italy has been on lockdown for nearly three weeks. Their first case was confirmed on January 29, 2020. Italy has (as of this date 3/26) over 74,000 total cases and their death toll is more than double China’s.  On the other hand, the U.S. confirmed our first case on January 21, 2020, a week sooner than Italy. Yet, we still haven’t been ordered, at the federal level, to shelter in place. As we watch Italy deal with the wildfire like spread of the coronavirus, it doesn’t take long to realize we don’t have enough hospital beds or ventilators for the coming tsunami. Yet, this administration is worried about the stock market. He is making uneducated predictions and his actions, like refusing to impose the Defense Production Act, will end up killing people.

Do the math people.  We don’t have superpowers just because we’re Americans. 889 people in the United States have died from the Coronavirus already–889 people. Not just in New York City. Not just in Los Angeles, California. People are dying in Wayne, Michigan and Weld, Colorado and Clark, Washington and Greene, Missouri, and Palm Springs, Florida. They feel just fine, spread the disease throughout their communities and then they die. In Jefferson, Kentucky and Baptist, Louisiana and Cleveland, Oklahoma, and please, please get this picture.

I beg you, voluntarily shelter in place.

Our nation faces a moral dilemma.  The President has made it more difficult for people of integrity to do the right thing, to stand down, to shelter in place and fight for the lives of as many people as possible. Our President has landed on the side of the almighty dollar. He has declared that the cure can’t be allowed to be worse than the disease.  He, and people like Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, think grandpa and grandma are expendable. Behind closed doors (if people like this even have closed doors) they are probably imagining killing two birds with one stone–medicare and social security will be easier to dismantle with fewer people on it. The grandparents I know are not expendable. The pregnant women and new moms I know are not expendable. My sister and son and cousin with heart conditions, my boss with a compromised immune system, my FB friend with diabetes. Are. Not. Expendable.

Greed creates monsters and power in the hands of the greedy is a dangerous, dangerous weapon. For example, right now in Congress Lindsay Graham, Tim Scott, and Ben Sasse are threatening to hold up the Senate stimulus bill–for Coronavirus relief–because it gives too much money to unemployment. Playing to the ignorance of their base, they whine proclaiming it will incentivize people to “get laid off” because they would make more money on unemployment. In the first place–people don’t ask to “get laid off”. (In the second place–there is something wrong with what people are getting paid if they can get more money through unemployment–but that’s a different conversation). People might quit their jobs but you can’t collect unemployment if you quit. And, there is absolutely nothing in this bill that encourages employers to lay off workers! The truth is–Graham and company simple don’t want to help the working class! Perhaps the GOP in congress think if they stall this bill long enough, their “fearless” leader will have everyone back to work and they won’t need to pass it at all. Instead, they can find a way to funnel the money through a different sort of stimulus package into the hands of their wealthy patrons. Greed makes people expendable.

We are at war, folks. The enemy is death in the form of a virus that spreads through the population undetected. As is often the case, the rich and powerful at the top are about to decide how many casualties of this war are acceptable. For them, human life is collateral damage on the way to making money. What is it going to be for us?

Posted by: minnow | March 22, 2020

An Act of Love

Social distancing is an act a kin to loving one’s neighbor, family member, co-worker, healthcare professional, and grocer. It is being Jesus in an upside down world where normal could be a death sentence for those you love. The Bible repeatedly admonishes us: Do not be afraid. And we shouldn’t be. The Bible also tells us over 900 times to be wise. Wisdom can silence fear but only if we act in concert with truth. Our faith often helps us accomplish difficult tasks. Soldiers going into battle, medical professionals facing pandemics take actions that can cost them dearly, yet they act out of duty and honor and love for those they serve.

Today, those the frontlines serve have been asked to help bare the load–not by putting on armor and going into battle with them but instead by staying home–literally, by remaining in our homes, safe, clothed, fed, sheltered, able to be entertained via social media, a good movie, or a well loved book. Past generations scrimped and saved, did paper drives and rubber drives, hid people in their attics, and went on rations. We have been asked to avoid unnecessary gatherings. For the love of God and all His people, do not pretend to be people of faith by fighting fear with stupidity. Do not think you are young and won’t get sick, or if you do get sick won’t die because it’s the boomer doomer. The coronavirus does not discriminate. It is not racist, sexist, or ageist. Without a strong frontline it can, and most likely will, kill you. Your decisions to social distance, wash your hands, close the doors to your non-essential businesses will decide whether tens of thousands die or hundreds of thousands die.

Our government did not act quickly enough to begin with and continues to take inefficient steps to get ahead of this threat. America is not prepared. And Americans cannot wait on this administration to care more about the people than profit margins. Proof of that fact has been played out in each one of the press briefings aired since 45 finally admitted the coronavirus was not a hoax.

On January 31, 2020 the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, along with Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, announced that the coronavirus presented a public health emergency in the United States. Just ten days prior, on January 21, 2020 Washington State reported the first confirmed case of the coronavirus on US soil. Two months later, as of March 21, 2020, over 15,000 cases have been confirmed  by the CDC which updates its count daily Monday through Friday at 4PM. According to the New York Times data base, which updates daily, that number is over 29,000.

If it hasn’t already, the United States as a nation is about to hit the point of no return, which means medical facilities and healthcare workers will simply no longer be able to care for the sick and dying.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

In addition to social distancing and self isolating, practice safe outings. Don’t bring the whole family to the store if you can avoid it. When you go don’t touch items you don’t intend to buy. The virus stays active in the air up to 3 hours. It survives on cardboard up to 24 hours. It can survive on stainless steel and plastic up to 3 days. Leave the non perishable products you don’t need right away in your garage or a corner of your home for three days if possible.

To keep your environment clean and you safe practice a few non-invasive measures. The BEST cleaning solution is a 70% alcohol to 30% water solution you spray on surfaces, let sit for 20+ seconds and wipe off. When you wipe make long strokes in one direction like you shovel snow so you aren’t just moving the solution around. Additionally, WASH YOUR HANDS–every time you leave your home and return. AND DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE! Use any kind of soap and water. Rinse hands with warm to hot water, lather up, get in between your fingers and up 2 inches above your wrist, rub the tips of your fingers, around your thumbs and around your wrists, then rinse off with warm to hot water. The water is necessary to penetrate the membrane of the virus, the alcohol and soap break apart the lipids that hold the virus together.

We quell fear with wisdom. We practice wisdom with truth. Fellowships all across the country are discovering the joys (and frustrations) of virtual meetings, prayer circles via FB or ZOOM or…, and how to connect as a group without endangering individual members. Most of us will, in all likelihood, get through this. I hope, when we get to the other side, we wonder if we over-reacted. That will tell me we did the right thing, we loved our neighbors well, and we were people of faith and courage who did not flinch in the face of fear.

Posted by: minnow | March 8, 2020

Done Playing Nice

I am angry, so very angry. I want to scream. I want to bite someone’s head off. I want to swear and break things and pound my fists and cry. I honestly no long know where to put all this anger, how to shove it out of the center of my psyche so I can keep functioning in the day to day. And it has everything to do and nothing to do with Elizabeth Warren and the fact that once again Americans, with the help of a rigged political system and biased media, have decided one of three old white men will be the president of the United States. One of three less articulate, less compassionate, less positive, less empathetic, less capable, and less intelligent, old, white men is a preferable choice. And yes, I did just lump Biden and Bernie in with 45 despite already knowing I’m comparing fertilizer to compost to toxic fumes. I’ll recover. I can’t promise when–maybe by the time I’ve finished this blog. But right now I want to grind glass with my teeth and spit it out at the world.

How dare Bernie supporting progressives criticize the one candidate other than Bernie who who has championed the progressive agenda! It’s bad enough that Warren faced sexism from the right and from the media and from so-called moderate democrats. The rest of you, the so called progressives who other progressives want us to think are just a splinter fringe group, aren’t doing your cause any favors by bad mouthing Warren, by calling her a corporatist, or demeaning her character.

Elizabeth Warren has been every bit as progressive as Bernie Sanders. And she will continue to give voice to the progressive agenda, continue to fight for HER causes, and continue to come up with plans for how to push this country forward, EVEN if she doesn’t endorse your candidate. What’s more–her supporters aren’t sheep. They are fully capable of choosing to support with their time, their voices, and their money the remaining candidate who best champions the issues they care about. Not running to catch the Sanders train does not make her or her supporters less progressive.

I’m done playing nice. I won’t listen to any more excuses from the poor brainwashed white people who would rather blame their situations on people of color than on a broken system. I’m done letting the exception to the rule–the young black man who makes it into Harvard or the single mom who gets her degree–be used to contradict the mountains of statistics which expose the systemic racism and sexism at work in this country. Angry people are my friends and I won’t tell them to calm down, be patient, get in line, settle for crumbs, or shut up! Angry people need to get up, get loud, and get to work!

It is not Elizabeth Warren’s fault if Bernie doesn’t win the Democratic nomination any more than it was Bernie’s fault that Hillary got a majority of the popular vote when she lost the 2016 election. Progressives have a problem and it isn’t Elizabeth Warren. Bernie needs young people to vote! And so far, young people are too lazy, too privileged, too self-absorbed, or too whatever to bother. THAT isn’t on Warren. And to be honest, it isn’t on Bernie, either. That’s on the lazy, privileged, self-absorbed young people who are too busy being seen on social media to be heard at the ballot box. It’s on the whiners whaa-whaaing about what a horrible state Boomers have left the country in but who don’t want to take responsibility for turning 18.

The next time I hear someone complain about 45 I’m going to ask them, politely of course, what they are doing to get rid of him. The next time I hear someone whine about the broken system I’m going to ask them what they are doing right now with their time and their resources to fix it. The next time I see a meme quoting some dead civil rights leader or poking fun at the right I’m going to ask the poster: how have you picked up the charge, made a difference, or moved the country forward. If you want single payer healthcare–VOTE progressive. If you want campaign finance reform–VOTE progressive. If you want an equitable criminal justice system, lower student debt, minimum wage increases, and attention paid to climate change VOTE progressive.

That’s what I was doing when I was rooting for, blogging about, contributing to, and planning to vote for Elizabeth Warren. But wanting the smartest person in the room–the woman with a plan on HOW to get these things done–obviously wasn’t enough. Now I must be root for, blog about, contribute to, and vote for Bernie Sanders because he also stands on the same side of the issues I do.

The urgency of this moment is only going to grow. I hope my second choice becomes Americas first choice because I think our opportunity to change the trajectory of this nation without significant hardship is quickly closing. We can’t afford status quo policies and bread crumb politics. I just hope it doesn’t take a more painful awakening for us to act.

Posted by: minnow | March 2, 2020

The DNC has Made Their Pick–Have YOU?!

No secret–the DNC want someone who will not rock their money boat. They want someone who will attract POC but who isn’t going to promise too much in return. The DNC is focused on the status quo before 45 and they think they can get it by offering the voters leftovers.

Personally, I believe the DNC has picked Joe Biden, however reluctantly, to be their Democratic presidential nominee. Initially it looked like Pete might have been their favorite. And, if he’d continued to climb in the delegate count, it would have been. But each primary showed diminishing returns. Ultimately Buttigieg just couldn’t capture enough of the Democrat’s base–in spite of being a millennial mayor of a city with a 26 percent African Americans and 13% Hispanic or Latino population.

On Sunday Mayor Pete dropped out.

Ever since the talking heads have been praising Mayor Pete. They’ve labeled him a rising star in the democratic party and a sure candidate for the future, teasing that they’ve even learned how to say his last name. Dropping out now is, in the eyes of the DNC, a magnanimous gesture, a gesture they hope will galvanize the party–behind Joe.

Amy Klobuchar caught a flash of attention as well, with her 3rd place finish in the New Hampshire primary. But it, too, didn’t last. So today, Monday March 2nd, not 24 hours before Super Tuesday, she too dropped out. I didn’t see THAT one coming. I thought she would at least wait until Super Tuesday and let her own state show their support. But no, she had a date in Dallas with Biden and Buttigieg instead. To add to the intrigue, Klobuchar was actually winning in Minnesota with 29% of the projected vote, compared to Bernie Sanders’ 23 percent, and more pointedly–Biden’s 8.

If I were just a wee bit more cynical, considering the timing of these two announcements, I might be wondering if these old sparring buddies weren’t trying to out position one another for the VP spot on a Biden ticket. As I recall, there was even a little joking to that effect in the most recent debate.

Should Biden get the nomination, Buttigieg would be a great VP choice. He’s an eloquent speaker. He’s from the mid-west. White Americans, and rich Americans, obviously like him and he could potentially attract a few from the younger set. Klobuchar, on the other hand, might do Biden even more good than Buttigieg. It certainly wouldn’t hurt his “Uncle Joe” image to have a woman on the ticket. Like Biden, Amy comes from a working class background and as I’ve said in previous posts she’s got a reputation for getting things done. She too, is from the midwest and a swing state which, in the world of traditional politics, balances and strengthens the ticket. Still, she doesn’t bring quite as many delegates to the table as Buttigieg which could suggest she doesn’t have as much appeal.

Ultimately, with Pete and Amy out (for now), Bloomberg not even on all the ballots, Sanders causing the DNC power brokers to reconsider their objections to 45, and Vice President Biden the “if only there weren’t term limits” option–where does Warren fit?

I believe the perfect fit for Warren is at the top of the ticket. Senator Warren is eloquent, passionate, and smart. She has a plan to hold corporate America accountable. She knows how to get the wealthy to pay their fair share. She believe diplomatic solutions should be exhausted before military ones are deployed. She’s aware of how systemic racism has shaped our economy, isn’t afraid to say it and more than that has several plans to fix it. She’s willing to work across the aisle and has the record to prove it. She takes equal rights, human rights, civil rights, and what is right seriously.

Elizabeth is a unifying candidate. She is decidedly pro working class, pro family, and pro progress. She wants to invest in capitalism but also wants to hold those with the most accountable to where and how the got what they have. She understands that we need to be good stewards of the planet yet she also knows we can’t afford to leave workers behind just because the jobs they used to have are no longer needed. We need a path to the future that’s wide enough for everyone to travel whether that’s the coal miner learning a new trade or the immigrant making a new home.

PLEASE–if you’re a voter in Massachusetts, Utah, Minnesota, Texas, California, North Carolina, Maine, Alabama, Colorado, Arkansas, Vermont, Tennessee, Virginia, or Oklahoma–

Think about who can stand toe to toe with 45 on the debate stage.

Think about who appeals to progressives but will reach across the aisle to get the job done.

Think about who gives us hope, hard work, and a plan forward.

Then VOTE. Vote for Elizabeth Warren. Give America back to Every American.

 

 

Posted by: minnow | February 19, 2020

Who is Elizabeth Warren?

Elizabeth Warren has worn many hats. She grew up in Oklahoma, the youngest and only daughter in a working class family that struggled to make ends meet after her father’s heart attack. She graduated high school at 16, and went to Georgetown on a full debate scholarship. Two years later she added a hat when she married her high school sweetheart, Jim Warren, moved to Texas and finished her degree at the University of Houston. In fairly quick succession Warren began wearing several other hats: Special education teacher, mother, graduate student, and lawyer. She began her law career practicing from her home but didn’t stay there long. In 1978 she divorced and in 1980 she married Bruce Mann. She also acquired a professor’s hat. Elizabeth taught at the University of Houston, The University of Texas, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. Finally, in 1995, she landed at Harvard. Warren has been an advisor for the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, the chair for the Congressional Oversight Commission when Harry Reid was majority leader, and a special assistant to President Obama. In 2010 she helped design and run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And, in 2011 she ran for the US Senate against incumbent Scott Brown, and won.

On December 31, 2018, standing outside a mill factory in Lawrence Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy for the President of the United States as a Democrat, stating, “Hard-working people are up against a small group that holds far too much power, not just in our economy, but also in our democracy. Like the women of Lawrence, we are here to say enough is enough!…It won’t be enough to just undo the terrible acts of this administration. We can’t afford to just tinker around the edges — a tax credit here, a regulation there. Our fight is for big, structural change.” Warren wasn’t always a Democrat. She became one because Republicans weren’t the fiscally responsible people they claimed to be. She was tired of power held in the hands of the wealthy and the few. She got into politics because wanted to do something about it.

So that’s her story.

As a Senator, and now as a presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren has been listening to Americans. She’s been asking hard questions and wrestling with difficult truths. She knows we need to joint together and politicians need to work together if the solutions to the problems facing our nation are going to help ALL Americans. “I’ve got a plan for that!” isn’t just a campaign slogan–it’s Elizabeth Warren’s promise to US–the American people, the working class, the new immigrant, the marginalized, the tired, and the ready! In town halls, during the debates, on podcasts, and on TV, Warren has continued to call forth those changes, share her vision, and invite Americans to join the fight. But, it isn’t enough to be enamored with a speech or two–we need to commit to change with our votes to be sure, but with our time and our resources as well!

Intelligent, hard working, compassionate Americans cannot afford to sit this election out. For the last three years, as we helplessly watched, the man in the White House has gotten away with inciting hate, creating chaos, threatening civil war, turning his back on our allies, obstructing justice, locking children in cages, calling white supremacists  “fine people” and barbarous dictators friends, profiting personally from the government, vilifying the free press, and denouncing our own intelligence community. He must be stopped! We must chose a candidate who can bring all the factions of the Democratic party together, who won’t settle for the status quo, and who knows–at a personal level–what it means to want and need change.

I believe Elizabeth Warren is that candidate! Please check her out. Please listen to her speak. And please vote Elizabeth Warren in your local primary or caucus!

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