I had this informal email conversation on democratic primary elections and candidates that I am feeling to share with my readers. Hope it helps for the right cause that I believe in.
Glad to hear back from you. I left California and moved back to Indiana to finish my degree. I may be back next year and if I do, I would like very much to hang out with you guys, playing frisbee and stuff. My position that “Only a progressive can win against Trump”- you are right on that. And I will emphasize that again. A centrist, corrupt establishment tactics won’t work against the radical right, “will do anything, any crime no matter what to win” Trump base and right wing politicians. To defeat corrupt, evil Trump, you need the honest, truthful, street fighter like Bernie. Don’t trust polls, polls reflect what the total population of the country think at a time. Election doesn’t happen that way.. election happens state by state.. gradually increasing the momentum of the winner. So, basically democratic candidates who can not win the early swing states, will not win against Trump. And also, democratic candidate who does not appeal to a portion of Trump voters, black, latin, diverse voters, can not win against Trump. Candidate who can not energize people with their rhetoric to get out and really vote (specially the young people) will not win against Trump. Warren’s base is highly educated white population (like I guess you and many Californian democrats!). So, based on this ideas that I said, I firmly think only Bernie can win. I also think Yang is a good candidate who is now 4th and has real solution. But I am doubtful about Warren (and Yang, because he may not attract establishment democrats) because of her centrist policy, “will get along with the establishment, play along” strategy, because of her lies of being a native american (Pocahontas!) while getting into Harvard, because of her weak foreign policy (she just voted for Trump’s military budget), because of her taking money from corporations, pacs during general election and also channeling her corporate senate stage money now in the primary while claiming she is only running a grassroot movement like Bernie etc. Also the identity politics (vote because she will be the first woman!!) is not gonna hold either this time. But of course Warren will make a good president (way better than everybody else but Bernie) but she will ultimately be someone like Obama who wanted to do a lot of good things. And this country needs more, because it’s literally bleeding. And you truly need changes like FDR brought to this country to fight back the extreme inequality and extreme corporatist culture.
Anyway. My frustration is.. I am not a US citizen and I am not gonna vote. I hate Trump, I dislike warren because of their foreign policies. My interest in US politics come mainly from two standpoints- foreign policy and climate change. US is powerful and if they can’t fix their own democracy and if they can’t change their policy and strategies to fix climate crisis, this world is screwed. And that’s why I care to have a US president who understands and have humanistic values and against corporate greed. And this shift is needed all across the globe. Look what happened in UK, Boris Johnson, turned into UK prime minister, now pushing for Brexit. I am pretty sure.. it’s happened because of the rise of Trump. This right wing monstrous rise across the globe need to stop. Again.. my frustration is.. most americans are not educated enough on most of the policies and details of what’s going on domestically and internationally. And that’s why they elect someone like Trump! Because Americans vote someone based on whether they personally like them or not!!! riddiculous.
Have great days. See you.
On Mon, Sep 9, 2019 at 7:25 PM Carolyn Ray wrote:
Your position that only a progressive can win against Trump is unusual. We
shall see. I hope that a progressive *can* win, but I’m not convinced yet.
Eric and I were just looking at the polls showing that 46% of the country
still approves of Trump, and asking each other, “Who ARE these people!?”
We are stepping up our efforts to get democrats to vote.
I’m also not sure how much a person’s debating skills matter; not that
many people watch the debates. But I do agree that Biden isn’t great at
expressing himself at this point; maybe he’s slipping in his old age.
Have you left town already? I thought I might see you again at frisbee and
lunch to continue discussions…
On Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 12:19 PM
Thanks for your email.
Yes, you are right. Warren specifically is not taking large sum of money from corporations. My criticism was not specifically directed towards Warren. It was more towards Pete and others. And also you will have to look not just the campaign money, rather their previous links and associations.
I don’t have much against Warren. I would like her to be even president. In fact, I want Bernie/Warren or Warren/Bernie together as president and VP.
I don’t think anyone but a progressive (Bernie/Warren) can win against Trump, given that ultimately democrats will have to win midwest swing states like Obama/Biden won in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_United_States_presidential_election#Results_by_state
). For the same reason, established democrats think Biden may win.. but Biden can not because he is super bad at debates and he has multitude of issues with african americans, trade related issues etc. And I don’t think Warren can win there either. So, ultimately it seems to me only Bernie has the capability to win there and ultimately overturn Trump.
Another thing I want to add.. the biggest critique against Warren is that “both Tulsi & Bernie have (opposed) every military budget increase while Warren has (supported) it every time”. Warren will be as bad as Hillary Clinton in terms of foreign policies. But she will be as good as Bernie in terms of domestic policies. So, ultimately, who was right suited for every aspect.. comes down to Bernie. The only issue is his age and I think Tulsi can make a great VP. Anyway, I am a progressive and I do think only progressives can win against Trump.. no corporate dems like Harris, Pete and Biden have any freaking chance.. where US is right now. Thanks.
Just saw this donor related video
But being said that, I think Warren can change. But as you know, past always haunts..
After we talked about this at lunch post-ultimate-frisbee, I looked at the
OpenSecrets site myself. It’s why I asked where you were getting your
information about these candidates’ donors. Then you sent me the link to
the web site that seemed to contradict what you’d said. There must be
something I’m missing. I thought you said something about Harris and
Warren being beholden to big corporations or oil or something like that.
Carolyn Ray, Ph.D.