I attended Tulsi Gabbard's Town Hall on Kauai last night
It was like being in a room jam-packed with JackPine Radicals Standing room only. The room erupted in wild cheers at the mere mention of Bernie’s name (not to mention sun-faded Bernie stickers on cars in the parking lot). Based on the questions asked, it confirmed for me that progressives are much MUCH more informed and intelligent than the counterparts on the right.
Both Hawaii US Senators, State legislators, County Council, and others were there – I believe to see which way the wind was blowing – not as a matter of courtsey. I thought why they were not holding their own town hall meetings. Cowards.
Tulsi made some opening remarks mostly about North Korea [I’m paraphrasing]; that Trump’s chicken match with Kim is very dangerous; that she thinks Kim has or will soon have ICBMs that can reach Hawaii; that most Congressional members know nothing about Pacific Rim countries; that Trump said during his campaign that North Korea didn’t have nukes and wouldn’t have them if he was elected (which she thought was jaw-droppingly ignorant then castigated the Media for not calling Trump on the lie).
Questions [I’m omitting local issues]:
= First question right outta the gates from a gentleman whose first vote was for Truman (I thought I was old!): “Who controls the moral compass of the Democratic party”; the corporate control over the party; and it’s not the Democratic Party he joined in 1948. [big cheers!] Tulsi’s gave a sort of non-answer but pointed out that she was in Bernie’s camp in 2016.
= Healthcare: Tulsi has introduced a bill in the House to mirror Bernie’s Senate bill for Medicare for all. She emphasized that the bill was about access to Healthcare; not access to Insurance. The bill includes removal of barriers to negotiate drug prices and import less expensive drugs. [big cheers]
= Legalizing Marijuana: She quoted FBI stats that opiate deaths (not use) decrease by 30% in states with legalized weed; that every 42 seconds someone in the US is arrested for weed; that weed needs to be decriminalized but acknowledged the conflict between Federal and State laws and the current Administration’s intent to prosecute. She supports legalization. She also pointed out there is always money in budgets for new or expanded prisons but not for critical issues like heathcare, education, etc.
= Impeachment of Trump: [big cheers]. Quoting my favorite Sesame Street phrase – “what happens next?” she said she believes (and I agree) that Pence is worse than Trump. [I think "be careful what you wish for" - Trump is a bombastic baffoon, but Pence (coupled with Sessions) is substantially more sinister].
= Her trip to Syria / meeting w/ Assad: She related that she also met with Syrian citizens who are being bombed not only by Assad but Russia, Turkey, Israel and the US. The Syrians just was the war to stop. She said the US policy of “illegal” regime change” is counterproductive and doesn’t work.
= Right to Work Laws: She does not support right-to-work laws and defended unions.
= Trumps astounding conflicts of interest especially with foreign nations and refusal to disclose: She acknowledged that all members of Congress are required to file a disclosure forms and Trump should not be exempt. She tacitly implied that both side of the asile believe Trump needs to disclose (although not publicly).
She repeatedly pointed out that with every issue there is an opportunity which we as progressives need to find. I agree.caliny, nevereVereven, DesertRat2015 and 71 otherstwenty, Paka, Deadpool, TIME TO PANIC, Zentrum, Sienna86, Odd John, strangeviews, Marym625, mntleo2, OCMI, Enthusiast, NJOCK, Ichingcarpenter, glinda, Samantha, Matthew76, Spanishprof27, Shlabotnik, WillyT, leftcoastmountains, tonyl, Ohio Barbarian, Lord Thomas, iggy, ChiciB1, Art from Ark, area woman, A little weird, nenagh, Baba OhReally, Mnpaul, frylock, shanti, bbgrunt, Jefferson23, GloriaMundi, B Calm, Rocker, so far from heaven, 7wo7rees, disillusioned73, pacalo, PADemD, hypergrove, Pam, , NV Wino, Tuesday, Rozinante, madfloridian, Peace Patriot, mmonk, aspirant, gordyfl, ZimInSeattle, senz, jdpriestly, OzoneTom, Fire with Fire, Pakhet, incognito, RadicleFantast, jwirr, Charles, faultindicator, Jan Boehmermann, Mom Cat, Land of Enchantment, DirtyHippyBastard, Gryneos like this
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