2020 Presidential Hopefuls Should Unite Into a Team: Team America

Written Jan 12 – updated 2/20/19

Winning an election is a game to Donald Trump and the GOP. There was nothing sacred about the 2016 election to them. Once they deemed they could not win by legitimate means, they tried to fix things. We have seen this many times – at state and national levels – both in 2016 and 2018.

Fixing elections is also central to the Russian investigations. Our country’s executive branch, and most likely many key members of Congress, may have been suborned by an enemy of the USA – Russia. There is little doubt in our minds about that now. We are witnessing an attempt at a slow- motion coupe d’etat – all to keep our cowardly president out of harm’s way for crimes committed to get elected. 

Meanwhile, our president is telling us to ignore the Mueller investigation. He calls it “fake news”. About 35% of Americans still buy the lies he is peddling – but even less believe the news is fake. Fake News is NOT a majority opinion. Thankfully.

I have said over and over again – Putin is directing this coupe. In an interview with a CBS reporter a few years back he practically said this. (link)

And so, though Dems did reasonable well in the 2018 election, we still have a sold-out Senate and executive branch. The resistance must do better in 2020. 

To understand the importance importance of unifying the candidates it is useful to take a step back and think on what the spectacle of 10 to 20 Democrat hopefuls running in 2020 will actually look like. 

I know some will say its great to see all the fresh energy out there. But most of this energy will be wasted when only one will be president. There will be serious heartbreak in many camps. So many lose for one to win. And it’s all very expensive too. So let’s really think about this 20 candidates thing. 

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As of 2/20 there are 12 candidates and its likely going to 20 soon.

Can so many decent candidates really have substantially different messages? That answer is clearly negative. The overall Democratic message is one: a government for the people. There may be different approaches to fulfilling the goals of everyday Americans- but those goals and values are going to be the message no matter who is the final candidate.

As citizens in a democracy, we should collectively define those objectives and goals. And we are doing better at that lately. 

Think back to the spectacle of the 2016 GOP candidate’s race. There was about a dozen running. No one GOP candidate could really differentiate himself from the others without infighting cutting them down. Trump, not a politician, took advantage of that. He had no substantive message – just catch-all phrases, name calling ( low energy Jeb, little Marco, etc.) and fear mongering. – He stood out and won! 

Dems just can’t afford divided messages in 2020. They can’t afford the inevitable infighting as well. Not this cycle. 2024 will be fine for that. But there will be no 2024 for democracy if we don’t get rid of Trump in or before 2020. So Dem’s can’t afford to gamble or be stupid about anything. And Americans can’t afford personal egos to stand in the way of what this country really needs. 

So why on earth are so many Dem’s signing up to run for president? It feels like egos to me so far. The list of top 20 Democrat hopefuls for 2020 as of this post on 1/12/19.

Joe Biden, former vice president of the United States
Bernie Sanders (I), U.S. senator from Vermont                                                                    Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City
Eric Swalwell, U.S. representative from California
Elizabeth Warren, U.S. senator from Massachusetts
Beto O’Rourke, U.S. representative from Texas
Cory Booker, U.S. senator from New Jersey
Jerry Brown, governor of California
Julian Castro, former U.S. secretary of housing
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, New York
Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, California
Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. senator from New York
Luis Gutierrez, U.S. representative from Illinois
Kamala Harris, U.S. senator from California
Eric Holder, former attorney general of the United States
Tim Kaine, U.S. senator from Virginia
John Kerry, former secretary of state of the United States
Amy Klobuchar, U.S. senator from Minnesota
Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana
Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia

If they all send out the same basic message of government working for the people, the only discussion is who is best qualified to do the job and who can actually win in 2020. All these hopefuls will have to differentiate themselves from their competitors like the GOP candidates had to in 2016.

And therein lies the real issue. There will be mixed messages and inevitably a sense of infighting will set in, just like we saw in the GOP 2016 election runoff. The infighting alone will look like the Dem’s are a bit crazed – all saying the same thing basically – but not quite on the same page. The message will become  “I can do this better” than the others. It will be easy for Trump or the GOP to relay that we don’t really know what we want or how to get it. 

We are in the process of losing sight of what is most important: defeating Donald Trump.  I have to get to this sad truth that we all know.  There is a substantial portion of Americans who will not vote for people of color for POTUS. Many of them are happy to see people of color in lower positions in the government – but not as POTUS. And the same is true about women running for POTUS. You can ask Hillary about that – she will confirm. Do we ignore this percentage of people – chalking them up as Trump votes like a handicap to overcome? I don’t think that is smart. We have too much to lose.

This much is certain. The entirety of this county is not on board with a woman or person of color as POTUS. When you automatically lose a substantial portion of the electorate to sex or color, you start the election behind. With 2020 being so important, it seems to me that being qualified to serve, though important, is not as crucial as being able to win easily. And I stress easily because we know the GOP will try to cheat and/or Gerrymander, which is just legal cheating.  

If 2020 is not going to be about people’s egos and childhood dreams to be president one day – but all about saving democracy – then we have to play our best game and run a white male with a heart, a good chance to beat Trump, and the experience to govern. Lack of experience in governing should be a non-starter in 2020 because we all can see how that is not working right now. No Oprah, etc. This is just math folks. Nothing personal. 2024 will be different. But there is no 2024 if we don’t win 2020. 

And I need to say that I love the fighting spirits of Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker – and the cool, steady hand of Amy Klobuchar. But we can’t start with 75% of the electorate. It’s just stupid. Why they can’t they all be part of TEAM AMERICA? Why is that not good enough for them? So then the long list whittles down to five well-known white males with experience and heart. 

Joe Biden, former vice president of the United States – the leading candidate

Bernie Sanders (I), U.S. senator from Vermont – he probably would have beat Trump 

  Michael Bloomberg – former mayor of NYC, rare elf-made billionaire with a heart   

 Eric Swalwell, U.S. representative from California – I also see him as a veep     

 John Kerry, former secretary of state of the United States – and he did lose before, so?

Beto O’Rourke was left off this list because he does not have much time in government. Charisma alone is not enough this cycle. 

Joe Biden: it may be that he just doesn’t have the energy or drive for this job. – So far we have not seen much energy from Joe. Why don’t we hear from him on our weekly Trump crises.  Joe, we can’t take much more waiting. My sense is that he has been quiet for a reason. He is not sure. And that to me is an issue. If Joe Biden does not announce by February 20th – I think is disqualifies him emotionally. He has not. He is on the fence.

Bernie Sanders: He has the heart and drive to be a great president, but is easy to attack on his socialistic policies. We need more socialism in the USA. But it’s not an easy sell. He is now an official candidate. He polls well with Trump voters! And he is off to a great start. Bernie vs. Trump would be the election that should have happened in 2016 – so there is a bit of karma in that alone. And all polls showed he destroyed Trump. So as of today, since Biden is unsure, Bernie is my favorite – but as the leader of Team America.

John Kerry: He has it all. But he lost before. That alone is suspect with Kerry.

Eric Swalwell: A fresh face who really looks presidential. He could do this  job just fine. He is now my number two choice.

Michael Bloomberg: I think he could be the smartest choice if he ran as a Democrat – but he may run as an independent. That sets up the Democrat Party to fight him. and that reminds me of the 2016 and Hillary fighting Bernie. Dems say be loyal to country not party. But will they still say that if a mega- billionaire like Bloomberg runs for president. Frankly I like the idea of the president not being in bed with either party – and I think the public will as well. If Bloomberg runs as a Dem – Trump has no shot. And he’s hard to fight except on one thing: he was born into Judaism. But that did not hurt Bernie.

In my opinion, all the hopefuls should get together in a room now and form committees and assign task lists and openly state they will work for the leading candidate regardless of who that candidate turns out to be. They should NAME the UNITY the way they names the GREEN NEW DEAL. Names and memes work. We all can remember the fallout when Bernie, who seemed to have more grassroots support than Hillary, was quashed by Hillary and the “party” insiders. So much lost energy. We all know that gave Trump a bump in 2016. – And that bump, coupled with Russian bots, tilted the math to elect a genuine psychopath as POTUS.  

a-teamDefining TEAM AMERICA:. No infighting. All candidates united with ONE cause – to take our country back and save representative democracy. We are going to have to coordinate to undo what Trump has done to the USA. We might as well start by projecting that coordination. it will be sensed by the public – just as our division will be sensed, if we don’t unite ahead of the election. 

And guess what? If we do this, the other side of America, Trump’s fan base, is going to notice something different – at last! If 2020 feels like 2016 all over again, it will all come off as same-old thing – and many people will vote in their habitual ways.

Also consider the reaction of the Democrat base, after they have put their hearts, wallets and energies into one candidate only to have them lose to another Democrat. Maybe they won’t vote at all if they can’t have their way! That happened in 2016 with many Bernie supporters. We can’t risk that. This is our last chance to save democracy. No egos. The way it was in WW2 – when people with egos were thought poorly of by so many. 

Elections are a game to Donald Trump. The resistance needs a winning strategy and a war room with a few real potential winners all coordinating and not caring about whom among them wins – just that TEAM AMERICA WINS!

We’ll have to be smarter in 2020. For all the reasons above,  I strongly suggest we run in 2020 as a team – united behind a white, male leader with a strong veep backup that can be female or POC. I know that sounds wrong. I hate writing it and attaching it to my legacy. But winning is everything to Trump and it should be to us as well.

Elections are math games. Numbers. Counting. Don’t fight the given math! There are plenty other things that have to go right for us to win in 2020. The competition will be cheating – count on that from now. I love Elizabeth Warren’s fighting spirit most among the female candidates. But we shouldn’t start this game with a 25% handicap. She could easily be VP on Team America or Secretary of the Treasury. Would that make her work less for Americans? I don’t think so. And I certainly hope not. And the same goes for any of these fine candidates.

It’s time to be team players. TEAM AMERICA is how we not only win, but rule effectively after we win. 

ARE WE DODO BIRDS?

EXTINCTION WORKS JUST LIKE THIS IN NATURE

The last widely accepted sighting of a dodo bird was in 1662. 
Like many animals that evolved in isolation from significant predators, the dodo was fearless of humans. Their fearlessness, coupled with its inability to fly, made the dodo easy prey for sailors.

(Now change a few words.)

The last widely accepted sighting of the American Democracy was in 2020.
Like many people that live ignorant of history, most Americans trusted their presidentsThis trust, coupled with the Americans’ inability to deal swiftly with their internal predatorsmade the American democracy easy prey for takeover.

Relevant prior posts:

How to Entice Trump to Step Down in 60 Days or Less

Trump is One of Many Corrupt Rulers Who Launder Money Internationally

What If Trump and the Entire Executive Branch Has Been Suborned?

And if all else fails, we can use technology to replace politicians.

The Way Back to Political Sanity Could Also Involve Facebook, Google, CNN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Issue Should Not Be an Issue

1-warrenDemocrats! We’re going to have to STOP EATING OUR OWN! Any Democratic charge against Elizabeth Warren is straight out of Vladimir Putin’s playbook: find ways to put the best people in the opposition party into hot water.

I’m sorry.  The only people Warren has to apologize to are full-blooded Native Americans themselves.  – She should do that and ask them if she has been forgiven. Knowing the Indian heart and sense of justice – they already have. Everyday Americans have no substantial dog in this show.

Elizabeth Warren must find her own way to stand up to this challenge which is truly based on something relatively trivial – her family’s identification with their distant Native American heritage.  If she continues to apologize without attacking her accusers and calling them out for their hypocrisy, she will come off as weak. That trend is beginning and she must stop it in its tracks. We’ve all made mistakes if we go back far enough. This trend is going to destroy our country if it continues.

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Elizabeth, feel free to make this your own. It is written as if it were a speech made by you. America needs to hear your hallmark never quit spirit right now.   It’s about time we all call BS on the racism that’s going around like the flu these days. 

Salutations _______,  

Barack Obama is actually a person of two races  – 50% black and 50% white.  He was raised mostly by his white mother – so Obama is sort of more white than black. Yet most people think of Obama as a 100% black man – and the racists among us (including Donald Trump) have accentuated Obama’s blackness by adding “from Kenya” – which is not true. Obama is genetically 50% black, but in actuality a smaller percentage of black genes can qualify you to “be black” in America.  The actual social standard is still “can any typical Negro race features be seen”. Did you know Soledad O’Brien has one black parent? I’m sorry folks, but this standard is just weird anymore. It’s 2019 – not 1950. 

Racists use the superficial visual differences among us to shout out “you look different than me, I don’t trust you, I am afraid of you”. That is exactly the sentiment Trump promotes almost daily. And his GOP supporters have been complicit. That same racist sentiment motivated the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter and was behind the Holocaust. It underpins most of the wars on planet earth today. And it’s so superficial that it ought to be embarrassing to all decent Americans by now.  

The truth is – we humans are all mutts, mixes and mongrels on planet earth – and our racial mix should not really matter to us any way. We are all mixed nationalities to various degrees – and we all choose to identify with certain portions of that mix more than others. In my case, my family and I identified with our Native American heritage as much as our European heritage. I don’t really know why. This sort of thing starts when we are very young children. Maybe it was romantic for me to think I was part Indian. Maybe it was these cheekbones. (Elizabeth, point to your cheeks when you say that. )

My inner sense of being part Indian stayed with me proudly when I was a struggling young lawyer in America – and still exists. If writing myself in as “American Indian” has offended any full blood Native American I sincerely apologize. I received no special treatment because of this. You all should know this:  I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. My parents barely survived on the ragged edge of the middle class. So let me now remind you of what I am not accused of.

I am not accused of faking bones spurs to get out of military service . I am not accused of cheating the federal government out of 500 million in taxes. I am not accused of working with Russians to get elected. I am not accused of visiting the dressing rooms of teenage girls when I was in my 50’s. And I am not accused of being heartless and feeling no remorse about separating young children from their parents – or creating phony universities to bilk people of their savings – or using federal workers as pawns to try and get my way.  I am not accused of lying 8000 times in the last 2 years. And I am not accused of grabbing women by their genitals.

Our sitting president is accused of all those things. And that seems to be okay with those who say I should not have listed myself as a Native American. 

(Speaking as if to Donald Trump now. ) So if you want to make a big deal about me identifying with my Native American heritage,  and call me Pocahontas – go right ahead – because most American people see through your racism now.  Their racial and misogynist blinders are off – and they are coming after you, Donald Trump – not for your pedigree – but for the actual person you are and have been. A criminal is a criminal – regardless of racial mix. And an upright citizen is still the standard of excellence here in the USA – regardless of racial mix.

History will judge us all by our actions, not our racial mixes. I stand on my record for the American people. And by the way, – though it does not concern me in any way  – your mother was an illegal immigrant. I just think the people you incite to rise up against immigrants – should know that too. 

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Donald Trump is Drunk-Driving Our Governmental Institutions

GOVERN (v.): late 13c., “to rule with authority,” from Old French governer “steer, be at the helm of; govern, rule, command, direct”. Originally “to steer, to pilot,” a nautical word borrowed from Greek kybernan “to steer or pilot a ship, (also the root of cyber – interesting huh?). 

We elect officials into our government to effectively STEER our institutions for the common good. How is our current government doing at that task?

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Ask yourself these questions: If a train engineer gets drunk and derails a train is he responsible? If a car driver gets distracted by texting and accidentally kills a pedestrian, is that driver responsible?

The answer to those questions is clearly “yes” – both morally and legally. In these cases, the bad actors would be found temporarily incompetent and fully responsible for the damages done due their incompetence. After all, when we board a train we expect the engineer to be competent. – And we expect licensed drivers also to be safe drivers.

So why then is it okay to violate one’s oath of office and stay in power? Why is it okay to head the institution of Environmental Protection and use that power to derail its commissioned mission to protect the environment? Why are the players in the Flint Michigan water crisis not responsible for the Flint deaths and misery?

And yes – why do we allow Trump to stay on as president? Should not lying over 8000 times in office be enough evidence for us to deem him unfit to act as our president? Why is lying to citizens while in office not illegal? It is a violation of the presidential oath. It seems to you can lose your driver’s license easier than lose your license to act as president. It makes zero sense.

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Is not the word “faithfully” diametrically opposed to “dishonestly”? So lying to the public is not faithful execution any more than lying to one’s spouse would be a faithful act. 

When you take a job that can effect the lives of others, there is an inherit obligation to function in a manner that is sober, honest and competent. Donald Trump had repeatedly shown that he is okay with lying. There have already been over forty criminal indictments so far in the Mueller probe – and they involve people that works for Donald Trump one way or another. That pressure is substantial. If every moment of every day he has to worry about his family and business being dragged into a criminal status, like his associates and accomplices are right now  –  how can he soberly steer this gigantic ship called the USA? How could anyone in that situation be trusted to steer our ship?

Donald Trump is steering our government – but more like a drunk driver speeding away from a hit and run. His judgment at the helm has been effectively impaired by a combination of narcissism, greed, criminal activity – and a total lack of empathy. Further, Trump is constantly shouting “fake news” to divert his base from believing their own eyes about the committed crimes with Russians to get elected. Election meddling is the actual hit-and-run crime he is speeding away from.

Nothing is off the table for Trump in his effort to avoid that prosecution. We must be careful – and even more careful over time.  – As judgment day approaches his only escape routes are war escalation – national emergencies – and pardoning his accomplices. 

All these incessant diversionary efforts would be exhausting for anyone, let alone the 72-year-old, out-of-shape Trump.  They compound daily and serve to cloud his judgement in steering all our government affairs – domestic are foreign.  How can we feel safe with Donald Trump at the helm of our government? We can’t and we don’t.

Do you feel safe with Donald Trump at the helm of our nation? Are we just getting used to feeling unsafe, the way we got used to the Cold War? Take a poll if you want to – but most people don’t feel safer today than they did 3 years ago. When in the past Presidents have let us down, we always thought at least they cared about Americans. There has been no evidence that Donald Trump is capable of caring about us – or anyone – in his first two years in office. That is more troubling than his bumbling incompetence. Even his base only gets lip service. He’s not doing much for them either. Ask red state citizens if they are really doing better under Trump’s new tax policy that favors the wealthy or if they like his tariffs. They don’t!

People who did not know Donald Trump before he burst into politics often thought he was just another rich business-owner and likely competent for the job of POTUS. But even if he was competent at one time,  after two years of scandals and indictments, Trump has become totally incompetent to soberly steer our country! He is functioning like a drunk driver – carelessly veering from point to point – all to escape justice, with neither direction nor respect for history and tradition.

There are steps we can and must take to safeguard our democracy until the full truth comes to light about Donald Trump. Cornered criminals do not give up easily. Trump is like a cancer in our body politic. Treating Trump with a wait it out strategy, like one does for a common cold, is a huge tactical error – and is totally irresponsible on our part.

So we must immediately limit his powers to pardon anyone in the Mueller cross-hairs (including himself)  and limit his war powers until the investigation into his criminality is finished and published.

Pass this post and your ideas forward and upward. United We Stand.

Joseph Aronesty: Author, Linguist, Songwriter, E-commerce pioneer, Activist   @EnglishCodeWord 

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