Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 6 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Road to the White House: The Winnowing

By       (Page 2 of 6 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page. (View How Many People Read This)   10 comments, In Series: Defeating Trump: Election 2020
Author 513630


Amy Klobuchar wants to be the moderate alternative to Joe Biden. She has a lot to offer the electorate. She has a reputation of being honest and trustworthy but I find her argument against Medicare for All increasingly disingenuous. She pointed out that on page eight of Bernie's "damn bill" it states that private insurance as we know it would cease to exist. This is a Republican talking point and it is deliberately misleading. Of course it would cease to exist. It would be rendered unnecessary. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that supplementary insurance would still be available under Medicare for All just as it is available now under Medicare. I don't need to go out on a limb to say that Americans are not in love with their private insurance companies. They're despicable institutions dedicated to denying needed services and boosting profits.

Maybe this is why her campaign has failed to gain more traction. As Joe Biden has faltered, Klobuchar is the next logical choice. But thus far those votes are going where the energy is: Warren and Sanders. Maybe that's because neither she nor Biden are willing to tell the stone cold truth: They don't want to lose support of the insurance industry the very same industry that wrote Obamacare to protect their own interests.

Klobuchar seemed to back away from Biden's Republican talking point shared by mainstream media that we can't pay for universal healthcare or alternatively that it will raise taxes. Whether you call it taxes, fees, co-pays or whatever, the fact is it will cost significantly less because we will no longer be paying for insurance company profits.


The Texans took different paths in the third debate. Both engaged in a desperate maneuver to climb the ladder of viability. Julian Castro took a shot old Joe and missed. That his greater point is correct does not matter. If your going after the frontrunner especially one that is sentimentally beloved by old school Democrats you'd better make sure you're standing on solid ground. Castro accused Biden of forgetting what he said "two minutes ago." Biden looked flustered but Castro got his facts wrong.

Beto O'Rourke stood apart from the lower tier crowd by boldly asserting that he would confiscate weapons of war from private citizens. While every old school Democrat shivered in his or her shoes at the proposal, Beto rose above. The real reason Democrats fail to take control of this country is that they bow down every time they should stand strong. They take their political advice from Republican strategists. The people have come along faster than the Democrats imagine. Beto may survive to the next round because he took a stand. Those who fail to stand up will surely peel away.

In the end, O'Rourke and Castro are vying to challenge Republicans John Cornyn in the coming election and Ted Cruz six years down the road. The first to drop out of the presidential race stakes claim to oppose Cornyn.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Must Read 1   Interesting 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

JACK RANDOM Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Jack Random is the author of The Jazzman Chronicles and the founder of Crow Dog Press. His novels include Wasichu: The Killing Spirit, Number Nine: The Adventures of Jake Jones and Ruby Daulton, Ghost Dance Insurrection and A Patriot Dirge in (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

A Long & Winding Road: The Rise of Mayor Pete

Reclaiming America: Impeach the President

A Long & Winding Road to the White House

F*ck Zuck: Zuckerberg vs. Warren

Road to the White House: Warren Takes the Heat

The Fall of Bolivian Democracy

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: