But I'm not supposed to support her because I'm gay.
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As a latte-drinking lesbian who traveled to Buffalo, NY, Minneapolis, MN, and Baton Rouge, LA in the 1990's to help keep abortion clinics open while Operation Rescue was trying to shut them down, I have read many articles defaming Representative Tulsi Gabbard and instructing me (and all of my fellow pro-choice gays) that Tulsi should not be supported because she used to oppose gay marriage and she used to oppose abortion rights.
Tulsi Gabbard meets all of our other criteria, she wants to take America in the same progressive direction as the rest of us, she is a female Bernie Sanders but 30 years younger and with a record of military service. She is the kind of politician that Steve Bannon speaks well of and that the wrinkled apricot himself invited to Trump Tower during the transition, sparking short-lived rumors that she was in consideration for Secretary of State. So, she obviously cannot be taken seriously as a potential Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2020. Some people in the party of Trump said some nice things about her, so she's got cooties now, and the undisputed master of the playground, Trump, walks away maniacally laughing at how easy we are to fool.
Tulsi Gabbard scares the living sh&* out of the party of Trump because she appeals to his base.
Let me say that again. She appeals to his base. The base that Trump knows is so small that he can't afford even the tiniest whiff of a sniffle of an idea that it could grow smaller.
Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, any of the establishment Democrats would absolutely annihilate Trump in the debates and maybe even win the popular vote, but they will absolutely not have a snowflake's chance in hell of splitting Trump's base. And, with Trump's base intact, the electoral college will be his again in 2020. That is why Donald Trump took notice of Tulsi Gabbard, not because he likes her but because he fears her.
There is a strong and angry populism at work in the United States; and for good reason. College is as unaffordable as it is no longer a guarantee of being middle class, health insurance is taking up almost as large of a percentage of income as rent, the idea of a secure retirement is a thing of the past, the growth of technology has led to fears of being automated right out of a job, and every day the news speaks of another police shooting of an unarmed black citizen, another school shooting, another workplace shooting, another death of someone we know from heroin or prescription drugs.
So many people are angry and so many people have a right to be angry. Donald Trump is taking advantage of that righteous anger and steering it into avenues of hate""and the Democratic Party is allowing him to do it.
We let him rile up that hate every time we choose the more electable candidate to nominate over the truth teller in the race. But we also let him rile up that hate when we split off into camps and inspect the previous views of all candidates to see if they checked off every single progressive box on our wish list. And then, even when they do, even when they are perfect and literally from paradise, we still have our doubts and wonder if our potential candidate means what they say.
Tulsi Gabbard scares Donald Trump because she could go into Nebraska or Missouri or Pennsylvania or Florida with hope and not with hate. Because she could tell Trump's base that they have every right to be angry, and that she has a program to fix it. A real program. She would tell them the truth; that immigrants aren't stealing their jobs, it's the greed of the corporations that has broken America and our government has allowed that to happen. She would talk about her service in Iraq and her determination to never allow someone from their hometown to be sent off to die senselessly. She would tell them that the deaths from the opioid epidemic are just as senseless and avoidable as the deaths that she witnessed in the Middle East. She would offer them hope and not hate""and they would believe her.
So should we.
(Article changed on May 16, 2019 at 19:02)
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