This is me not caring about the Democratic race for the 2020 presidential nomination—not caring so hard that I'm writing about it again.
To be more precise, I am writing yet another post about Tulsi Gabbard, the candidate whose rhetoric thus far best embodies progressive ideals—yes, better than Bernie in that regard. And she delivers that rhetoric so calmly and smoothly. I'm beginning to wonder if she ever raises her voice to be heard over a cheering crowd.
This morning, inspired by the clip of Rep. Gabbard on The View, I took to Twitter and hammered out a nine-part thread. Rather than link to the tweets or embed them, I figured I should preserve them here. As of this afternoon, to my complete lack of surprise, Gabbard has yet to respond. She and her crew keep a rather busy schedule.
This was also inspired in part by a recent reminder in a secret Facebook group: The author of the post referred to Gabbard as a "tool of empire" and warned that as long as she remains a Democrat she will play a sheep-dog role in the campaign after the party nominates yet another centrist warmonger.
Figueredo has a lot to say about this View segment; Kulinski has even more. The first portion of her appearance is below the fold.
First, an apology to my dozen or so regular readers. My intentions for this blog in 2019 have fallen into disarray. I have been posting only sporadically, mostly because I find myself with less time to write, or even to read the stack of books on my bedside table, and even less time to think deeply about what to write. Work, home life, and artistic endeavors have made my plate fuller than usual thus far, not that that's a bad thing in itself.
In re-reading recent posts, it has not escaped my attention that my attention has focused on some Democratic politicians. Why would this longtime Green even care about the political ambitions and positions of Reps. Gabbard and Ocasio-Cortez? It's not because I'm a middle-aged white dude with a thing for attractive young women who can talk intelligently about matters of policy. (I'll candidly admit to heavy long-term crushes on Abby Martin and Eleanor Goldfield, but those two are NOT Democrats and that's NOT the explanation.)
The best answer I can offer to that is that the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party has fascinated me from a distance. Can this ethnically diverse, mostly young freshman cohort swim against the tide and pull their party back to the left? Can they get their agenda past the neoliberal gatekeepers in the Capitol?
There was a reason—well, several—for my giving up on the Democratic Party more than 20 years ago. If anything, Team Donkey has become more corporatized and corrupted than it was when President Clinton took his political triangulation performance art to DC. I'm not exactly optimistic about a party that Sen. Joe Manchin can call home even trying to dismantle late-stage capitalism and all its feudalist tendencies.
But I'm rooting for that outcome anyway. Socialism or barbarism, y'all.
It's a busy day here at UST Blackboard Support, this being the first day of classes for Spring 2019. But I wanted to toss out a link to Caitlin Johnstone's response to Tulsi Gabbard's announcement that she will her announce her presidential candidacy soon.
Caity says what I was thinking when I saw the video from Gabbard's interview with Van Jones over the weekend. But, being a full-time blogger, she says it better than I would.
Branko Marcetic's analysis of Gabbard from Jacobin in 2017 is making the rounds, reminding us that Gabbard is not perfect, progressivism-wise. Well, yeah, if she were perfect, she would not be running as a Democrat. Marcetic does give Gabbard allowances for the way her stances have evolved in a positive direction, but when it comes to her role as BJP cheerleader, she has a lot of explaining to do.
It's easy enough to say, Coverage of Syria has grossly exaggerated Bashar al Assad's human rights record because the US empire has had a hard-on for Syria for decades. The US and its Western allies have no such imperial designs on India (that we know of), so saying the same thing about Narendra Modi's record of lethal anti-Muslim attacks both in Gujarat and in India as a whole.
As for her drawing the admiration of David Duke and Steve Bannon, that's even tougher.
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