First Gay In The White House

Dem candidate, Mayor Pete, is once again making news…this time it is about a published op-ed from a well known source…..

Despite apologizing for an “inappropriate and offensive” opinion piece on Pete Buttigieg, the New Republic has lost a sponsor. The League of Conservation Voters was to be one of the hosts of a New Republic forum on climate change in September with the publication. No more, CNN reports. The environmental group said Saturday that it will withdraw because the decision to run the article was “inconsistent with our values.” The article on the magazine’s website, by Dale Peck, mocked Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate, for not coming out as gay until four years ago, and went downhill from there—speculating about his past and future sexuality.

By now the whole nation knows that Mayor Pete is a gay man and he is running for president…..if he were to win the election then he would be the first gay in the White House…..

Not the truest of statements……first there was James Buchanan our president before (1857-1861) the Civil War…….I wrote about this 5 years ago……https://lobotero.com/2014/04/04/will-us-ever-have-a-gay-president/

The WaPo also wrote about this historical piece……https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/pete-buttigieg-wouldnt-be-americas-first-gay-president/2019/03/26/0b7b1eb4-41de-11e9-922c-64d6b7840b82_story.html

What got me thinking was some more history I read about this time it was the wife of Grover Cleveland……https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/grover-cleveland/

The man is not the subject it is his wife Rose who was First Lady and a Lesbian…….

Pete Buttigieg thinks the US has already had its first gay president. Now researchers are pointing out a first lady who carried on a same-sex relationship—Grover Cleveland’s sister, Rose Cleveland. As it was typical for a female relative to fill the role of first lady for a bachelor president, Rose stepped in for 14 months beginning in 1885 until her brother married. Years later, during the winter of 1889-90, she met the love of her life, widow Evangeline Simpson, according to a new book of Rose’s love letters. Preserved after Simpson’s 1930 death, the letters tell of a romantic relationship spanning almost 30 years until Rose’s death in 1918, per the Washington Post. “My Eve! Ah, how I love you! It paralyzes me,” Rose wrote to Simpson, who was 10 years her junior, in April 1890. “I am bold to say this” but “you are mine, and I am yours,” she later added.

Book co-editor Lizzie Ehrenhalt notes Rose struggled to label what the two had, as “this was before there was a concept of sexual orientation.” But Ehrenhalt says she’s certain the relationship was sexual in nature; the Post quotes one letter that mentions “long rapturous embraces” that “carry us both in one to the summit of joy!” The couple bought property in Florida and lived together in Italy’s Bagni di Lucca, where they’re buried side by side. But their love was interrupted by Simpson’s 1896 marriage to Bishop Henry Whipple, who died in 1901; read the full article at the Post for more on the chill that followed the wedding. The book’s publication is timed with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots—which occurred the same year that the Minnesota Historical Society opted to hide Rose’s letters for nearly a decade, per the New York Daily News

Now that brings us to the 2020 election and Mayor Pete…..and the question…is America ready for a gay president?

A decade ago I would have said that we were….but after a decade of vile rhetoric and some violence I am not so sure that we are ready….according the polls and CNN… we are NOT ready.

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 70% of voters (including 86% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic) say they are open to electing a gay president.
The same poll also discovered, however, that only 36% of voters (including 40% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic) think the United States is ready to elect a gay president.
 
I would like the thoughts of my readers on this…..please feel free to comment.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

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“Electability”–The Lie That Keeps On Giving

Do you watch the news? If so, how many times have you heard the term “electability” when reporting on the candidates for the 2020 cycle?

Between polls and electability the lies just keep giving for the MSM…..these are tools used to force certain candidates on the voting public…..the DNC is helping this deception by trying to limit the candidates the public has to choose from for their vote.

I like pundits that pretend to care about the process of voting…like Morning Joe on MSNBC he states….” it is not whether you are too liberal or conservative but rather that you have a message”…..what crap!

When Dems do have a message then they are attacked by the pundits as “socialist”…all the while they promote the useless candidates that have NO message other than being a Centrist with no plans and no guts…..

The myth of “electability” is horse manure!

Let’s be honest……the con of electability is nothing more than fanciful pundit thinking…..shows their prejudices….not a true look at reality.

Let’s look at the phenom of “electability”…..

When Ayanna Pressley was first elected to the Boston City Council in 2009, she wasn’t the image of an “electable” candidate. In the 100 years of the Boston City Council, there had never been a woman of color.

Fast forward eight years, and “electability” in Boston looked pretty different. In 2017, six of the 13 councilors elected were women of color, and the Council is more willing to defy the mayor and push for progressive policies. It’s possible that, come 2020, the Council will be majority female and majority people of color.

Pressley won’t be there, though. She’s now in Congress.

In 2018, when Pressley ran against 20-year incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in Massachusetts’s 7th District, insiders didn’t think she had much of a chance. An informal poll of more than 50 local political insiders by WGBH found 81% expected a Capuano victory. Indeed, polling a month before the election showed that she was largely unknown to voters, lagging by 13 points. But Pressley won by 17.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/13/electability-astrology-pundits

There is one thing that all these pundits seem to overlook…..the “Center” that they are most concerned about is more progressive than they want to believe…..

Donald Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress label proposals they disagree with “fringe,” “radical,” or “socialist.” Well, let’s see where the American people actually stand:

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/22/surprise-center-us-politics-very-progressive

Maybe it is time for the Democratic Party to grow a spine and stop running from radicalism…..they want progress then radical ideas will give the nation that change and progress they have been promised for years.

Be Smart!

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“Lego Ergo Scribo”

This Is How Damn Lies Get Started

Most boasts are usually lies and some of the better ones come from the resident in the White House……” what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!”  Trump starting a new Twitter thread in which he criticized the mainstream media and his 2020 Democratic rivals while praising himself as a handsome “genius.”  Never trust a person who tells you just how smart or beautiful they are…a true smart person does not need to tell you they are so.

Lies go on and on……

We are bombarded daily by the prez and his attacks on the media as being fake news and an enemy to the people…..most of the media is in the pocket of corporate America and does not actually tell the truth all that often…..but this op-ed is a stretch of truth…

In the June 26-27 debates, the candidates were barely bothered with national security or foreign policy matters because the moderators asked a scant few questions about them. On illegal immigration, a huge national security problem, the candidates made it clear that they are all for open borders. That is one of their most extreme positions.

On the first debate night, one moderator asked if the candidates would rejoin the 2015 nuclear weapons deal with Iran to which former President Obama agreed. Nine of the 10 — the exception being Sen. Cory Booker — said they would. Many said the deal was imperfect and they would try to renegotiate it, but none said that successful renegotiation was a predicate to rejoining. That is a radical position entirely contrary to our national security.

 
As FOX is the voice of Trump on the tube the Wa T is in print……it is an op-ed and is packed full of bullsh*t, lies and fear mongering manure.
 
Read it!  If you believe any of the observations then we will know who you will vote for in 2020….ignorance over reality.
 
“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Biden’s Our Man!

First, Not In My Book!

This is the slogan that the media is pushing on the voting public…..not by direct messaging but rather subtleties that cn be easily masked.

But is Biden the right person to lead the country?

OMG….IMHO…..NO.

Why?

He is a corporate stooge that will continue to let the corporations own DC……and keep the Middle Class floundering and make to a living…….

Being anti-Trump may be popular but it is not going to win the vote…..and his policies illustrate just how far in the pockets of the oligarchs……..

Let’s look at my favorite subject….foreign policy.

On the trail, Biden often speaks about his foreign policy credentials earned during his time in the Senate and the White House. Biden served as the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 12 years, and dealt with foreign policy during his eight years serving as vice president to Barack Obama.

“The purpose of our foreign policy is to defend and advance the security of our people, their prosperity, and the democratic values that define the United States. Those are the North Stars that a Biden foreign policy would look to,” the Biden campaign official said.

Biden’s speech will focus on three main pillars: “Repairing and reinvigorating” U.S. democracy, while strengthening democracies around the world; helping the middle class succeed in a global economy with a “foreign policy for the middle class”; and taking a leadership role to coordinate global action on global threats unique to this century, including climate change, mass migration and nuclear threats.

Biden also would challenge private businesses to engage in the discussion, and charge tech and social media companies to “make their own commitments to make our democracy more resilient, and also to deal with the way technology is being abused in other countries — for surveillance states facilitating repression and censorship, spreading hate, spurring people to violence,” the official added.

(ABC News)

In other words we will continue the adventurism and interventionism of the past….wars will continue…..and corporations (M-IC) will continue to run the nation for their profits.

The problem is it comes up short in two big ways.

First, it lacks any specifics about what the former vice president would do to reverse Trump’s foreign policy. The roughly 100-second video effectively boils down to “Trump is bad” without offering why “Biden is good.” (Biden will hopefully offer a bit more detail on how he would conduct foreign affairs differently than Trump during his speech later on Thursday.)

Second, it conveniently overlooks some of Trump’s successes on the world stage. For example, his administration destroyed ISIS’s physical “caliphate,” improved ties with Israeli’s government (though angering Palestinians), began peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan that seem to be bearing (some) fruit, and renegotiated and updated the North American Free Trade Agreement known as NAFTA.

(vox.com)

In other words a vote for Joe Biden is a vote for the status quo….the rich will get richer and the poor will fight the wars of aggression…..and quite possibly die.

Not what I am looking for….there are several candidates that would be better for the workers and their families….

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VOTE!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

One Out, One In

Just a couple of days ago the first Dem had to take his leave from the 2020 campaign trail…..https://lobotero.com/2019/07/09/say-good-bye-3/

But not to worry…..the number of candidates has not changed even with the departure of Swalwell…..but how can that be?

On Monday, the crowded 2020 Democratic field was thinned by one when Eric Swalwell dropped out. On Tuesday, yet another candidate made up for it by joining the race. Tom Steyer, described by NBC News as a “billionaire activist,” made it official with this campaign launch video. His two big themes: climate change and curbing corporate influence on politics. Steyer had publicly ruled out a run in January, saying he wanted to instead keep his focus on helping impeach President Trump. Steyer, who made his money as a hedge fund manager, funds two political organizations—Need to Impeach and Next Gen America. The Washington Post expects him to lean heavily on both in an attempt to get 65,000 donors in a week in order to qualify for the second Democratic debate later this month.

“The other Democratic candidates for president have many great ideas that will absolutely move our country forward, but we won’t be able to get any of those done until we end the hostile corporate takeover of our democracy,” says Steyer in a statement. “As an outsider, I’ve led grassroots efforts that have taken on big corporations and won results for people.” The 62-year-old Californian amassed a $1.6 billion fortune through his Farallon Capital hedge fund, which he sold in 2012. One apparent reason for the change of heart about running in 2020: His backers tell the Post that he’s been unsatisfied with the current crop of Democratic candidates. Trump has previously dismissed the pro-impeachment figure as a “weirdo.”

I had not heard this news before my friend and reader of IST Doug of https://findingpoliticalsanity.com/  I appreciate him keeping me on my toes.

Like Doug said this should put the subject of impeachment in the forefront for that is about all Steyer has to say.

I am still waiting for the herd to thin and we can actually get down to issues and stop all this celeb worshiping.

Will this madness ever cease?

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“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Trump In 2020

The report is history and now the news medias will have to find something else to inject into the conversation of the nation…….how about 2020?

Looks like Trump will run for re-election in 2020…..and did you know he is the only president that has NEVER gotten the support of the majority of the nation?

His support has NEVER rose beyond 45%…….

Donald Trump is the first president to fail to win over the support of a majority of Americans during his term, according to an analysis of Gallup polls by the New York Times.

While Trump’s low polling numbers come after George W. Bush failed to earn a majority of support in his second term and Barack Obama failed to earn a majority in the last three years of his presidency, they still mark a record low for presidential approval ratings.

The Times report, which was written by the paper’s chief White House correspondent Peter Baker, noted that the majority of Americans haven’t backed Trump for even a day of his presidency, while his approval rating has fluctuated between 35 to 45 percent.

 
Plus there is bad news for those that do not like Trump (full disclosure…I am one of them)…..there seems to be a consensus that Trump could win re-election…..

Most Americans don’t like Donald Trump.

Trump will most likely be reelected in 2020.

How can both of these statements be true? Here’s how:

Even when people are unhappy with a state of affairs, they are usually disinclined to change it. In my area of research, the cognitive and behavioral sciences, this is known as the “default effect.”

Software and entertainment companies exploit this tendency to empower programs to collect as much data as possible from consumers, or to keep us glued to our seats for “one more episode” of a streaming show. Overall, only 5 percent of users ever change these settings, despite widespread concerns about how companies might be using collected information or manipulating people’s choices.

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-05-11/president-donald-trump-will-likely-win-reelection-in-2020

Yes you read that right……but how can this be?

Democrats accuse President Donald Trump of violating the norms of the American presidency and of the US political system, and in most cases, they’re correct.

Unfortunately, instead of making clear they will right where Trump went wrong, some members of the party apparatus and 2020 presidential candidates aren’t advocating correction. What they’re proposing seeks to overcorrect, creating an environment in which Trump can win a second term by labeling Democrats the extremists.

Trump’s routine trashing of the free press, his dismissal of the intelligence community and the people he handpicked to lead those agencies, and his attacks on the Justice Department apparatus investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 election have created a political climate unlike any other we have seen in modern times.

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-trump-could-win-reelection-in-2020-early-democrat-mistakes-2019-3

There are 3 reasons why Trump could win….again…..

It seems absurd to believe that America could make the same mistake again, to elect an ignorant and vulgar narcissist to the most powerful position in the world. But we can’t underestimate the ability of the self-serving super-rich to convince millions of Americans that a surging stock market and a powerful military are essential to their livelihoods. All at the expense of jobs and health care and education.

There are at least three good reasons—strangely and sadly enough—why Trump could win again.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/13/3-dark-and-disturbing-reasons-why-trump-could-win-again

Dems need to focus less on Trump and more on bread and butter issues to the voter…health care, jobs, income, etc……if they focus on being anti-Trump then I feel they will lose the election.

2020 will be an interesting election…one unlike anything most Americans have never seen….but with that said I do not believe either presidential candidate will have a walk in the park……

“The 2020 election isn’t going to be close.”

That’s the provocative first line of a Washington Post piece by conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt in which he makes the case — as you might have already surmised — that President Donald Trump will be easily reelected.

Here’s the key piece of the Hewitt case, referencing the positive gross domestic product number released last week:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/the-idea-that-donald-trump-will-win-easily-in-2020-is-ridiculous/ar-AAAK8gR

Keep in mind something that I posted back in the early days of the 2016 campaign………https://lobotero.com/2016/03/10/is-hillarys-nomination-political-suicide-for-dems/

So to contradict the MSM, who desperately wants Biden as the nominee, the country does not need another Obama-esque candidate…..that ended badly in 2016.

The key to saving the country is……

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Say Good-Bye

The 2020 Dem field has 25 or so candidates and as of yesterday there is one less….24 and counting…..

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California is ending his presidential bid, becoming the first candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary field to exit the campaign. Swalwell announced his decision Monday, the AP reports. He had signaled that he would consider bowing out of the presidential race if he was in danger of missing the cutoff for the next nationally televised Democratic debate, which is based on separate polling and donor qualifications.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock missed the threshold for last month’s debate but was ahead of Swalwell in the competition for this month’s televised Democratic faceoff before the four-term California congressman exited the primary. If Swalwell seeks another term in Congress, he already has a challenger ahead of next year’s election in his liberal-leaning district: Democrat Aisha Wahab, a city councilwoman in Hayward. Another candidate appears ready to fill the void: Tom Steyer, a billionaire who has funded political causes—including calling for President Trump’s impeachment—has told staff members he’s going to enter the presidential race as a Democrat, per CNN.

I said that the lesser known candidates would start dropping after the first debate….but I thought Swalwell would go a little deeper into the process before cutting and running.

And the beat goes on.