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Surprise! Surprise! Los Angeles Really Really Goes for Tulsi

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Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the anti-war candidate who has received very little attention from the media, dropped by Los Angeles on Saturday, March 30th , for a meet and greet. Almost all of the limited mainstream media attention has turned its coverage of the Presidential candidate into attacks of her opposition to war. Though she is a Major and has served on two tours in the Middle East, she has been called a Russian and other names for supporting peace and bringing the troops home. Little did the mainstream media know, but their attacks on her opposition to war have made her the dark horse candidate of 2020 who just might pull out a victory.

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Expecting a much smaller crowd, her staff selected a venue that would do for just some ordinary Presidential candidate. The original venue would have even been large enough for the small crowds Hillary Clinton received in 2016. However, when the RSVPs came in, it became clear that the crowd would spill onto the streets, creating a traffic hazard on Fairfax. So, the venue was moved to the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, the sight of historic protests against the Vietnam and other wars and rallies for civil rights. It turned out that the new venue also underestimated the size of the crowd and hundreds were still in line as the room filled to capacity. The remaining crowd piled up outside the doors in the overflow area.

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None other than Jimmy Dore was the Master of Ceremonies. Popular host of MCSC, Niko House endorsed Tulsi on the stage. Civil Rights activist Jay Ponti, who organized actions from occupying capitol buildings to protecting Native American water rights at Standing Rock, gave a passionate speech for the only 2020 Presidential candidate who had the courage to come to Standing Rock to stand with the water protectors. This is part of the reason for Tulsi's popularity. She doesn't back down when others tow the Establishment line.

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When asked why they were supporting her, attendees from the eager crowd listed off many reasons. This crowd was one of the most informed ones I've seen. These were the ten most common reasons for supporting Tulsi given by the crowd: 1) She is the only candidate who refuses to go along with the talking points for regime change. Other candidates say they oppose war while still echoing talking points for war. Tulsi feels the money could be better used at home than on regime change elsewhere. 2) Tulsi has refused to join the frenzied crowd who pushed Russiagate and who drove America closer to nuclear war than ever before. 2) She supports free college and Medicare for All. 3) She is the biggest threat to Wall Street and the private prison and military industrial complexes. 4) The Main Stream Media is terrified of her because of her courage to tell the truth. 5) She has worked with and supported some of America's greatest leaders, such as Dennis Kucinich. 6) She put her career on the line for Bernie Sanders, giving up her position as Vice Chairman of the DNC to back Bernie. She introduced him at the 2016 convention. 7) She has openly stated that she supports the rights of the Palestinian people. 8) Tulsi supported Ilhan Omar when the Establishment was attacking her. 9) She is a strong environmentalist. 10) She has addressed the real problems with the 2016 elections and has re-introduced her bill for paper ballots.

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If Tulsi does win the nomination, she will be the first woman of color and the first person who is not from a Christian background to be nominated by the Democratic Party for the highest office. The first person to ask a question was a Sikh who tried to attack Hinduism and mischaracterize Tulsi's background. Rather than allow herself to be dragged into a discussion of the merits of one religion over another, she took the higher path to speak out for freedom of religion and respect for people of all faiths. The final question involved free college, which Tulsi supports. She expressed the importance of receiving a higher education.

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At the event, the crowd was ecstatic and Tulsi received thousands of dollars in donations. Both Tulsi and Bernie supporters are continuing to encourage people to donate to Tulsi so she receives the 65,000 individual donations required by the DNC for participation in the debates. At the Bernie rally on March 23 rd and the Tulsi event on March 330th, both Los Angeles crowds saw Bernie and Tulsi as a team and probable running mates for 2020.

 

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Yes! Bernie/ Tulsi. Let's make that happen

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I agree on Tulsi wresting the war machine back from the neocons and neoliberals to a defense of our nation, not Empire and conquest of unilateralism. Although Bernie's stance on the Treasure, Commons and Unalienable Rights with social and legal justice in these United States I do agree but do have serious doubts on his inability to profess against the depredation of the deep state and MIC, not only to the nation but globally as well. I also have reservations after the attack on his wife in dealings with a university and fund raising and suspect might have led to a capitulation, black mail?

Lila have you seen this?

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Considering I have for years been beating the take money already taxed/raised and allocated for "defense" and spend it domestically on infrastructure and improving communities and lives of those who are left behind drum... how could I not love Tulsi?


I can't help but think that her rally was held just 5 blocks from where the last frontrunner Democratic candidate who gave a crap about people was assassinated. You go full on anti-war, prepare for heavy artillery from the ruling class, both figuratively and literally.

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I've donated. We need her on the debate stage. I wish she'd taken a page from Sanders campaign and continued to stay connected once her campaign had a donor's ok to use that person's email.She'd quickly hit the $65,000. Pay to play bothers me, but having her in the debates is very important.

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Art could you explain your comment as to donor's email and pay to play, like facts I can understand? I agree it is the single most important issue and with out Gabbard there will be no debate, only token campaign lies that will never be implemented.

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George I agree. I've donated to her campaign because if she achieves the $65,000 a barrier will have been eliminated and her presence, however muted will be allowed at least once n the debate. Wish her campaign was doing more to hit those $$$.

In the end this is not meant to be about important issues. It is about protecting the power structure.

I really wish someone like Gabbard would go Green.

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Update: Just received an email from her campaign.

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Go Tulsi! Leave Bernie behind. He is old, weak kneed and horribly compromised by past cowardice in the face of the DNC. He went into the blame Russia mode right after Hillary screwed him. Unforgivable.

We need a warrior to fight the corrupt American Empire. Go Tulsi!

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I like Tulsi too, and have contributed to her campaign, but I also have reservations about Bernie after 2016. I want Tulsi, but I don't want the Democrats. They have totally lost my trust and respect. I realize that if a candidate doesn't run as a Dem, they don't get in the debates and they don't get much if any media coverage, and that can be extremely frustrating coming from a former Ralph Nader, Rocky Anderson, Jill Stein supporter. It's such a conundrum because the person who sits in the White House doesn't really call the shots, both parties get their marching orders from the financial and corporate elites, and they will stop at nothing to make sure their agenda prevails.

And the media will do their part as well. Just look at how many drank the Koo-laid on Russiagate.

Unless we the people were to literally "storm the Bastille," just casting a vote doesn't offer much hope.

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Under the current system, a candidate who does not run under one of the two major parties has roughly a snowball's chance in hell. Go ahead and storm the Bastille and work for change, but it's not happening overnight. Least of all now, when Trump is so divisive that everyone is firmly aligned either for or against, with hardly anyone willing to "throw away their vote". The best hope for now is to work to see the best Democrat and/or the best Republican gets the nomination. Last time the worst of each got it.

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I am on Tulsi's email list and got an email saying she reached 70,000 donors, qualifying her for the primary debates. The email asked for a second donation, which I gave to keep her momentum going. She is the only candidate placing the end of regime change wars and the danger of nuclear war at the center of her agenda. Most everyone at OEN knows we need a peace movement. So anyone whether Democrat ot third party needs our support.

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It is no surprise that Tulsi is being given the silent treatment from the Presstitute Media Propagandists (PMP) as she is against almost everything they have been brainwashing the public with the past several decades. The only means she has of reaching the masses is through the debates, however, let us not forget the PMP controls those debates as well and they allowed Dennis Kucinich something like 30 seconds of talk time in a 2 hour debate several years ago. (It might also be recalled that in the post poll taken Kucinich "won" that debate).

Tulsi's only hope is us. It is up to us to spread the word about her, the PMP will only remain silent or give a negative view of her.


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As an admitted consumer of MSM I haven't heard anyone trashing Gabbard for her anti-war, anti-MIC views, or her supposed past anti-Muslim, homophobic baggage. It's been mostly deafening silence. I hope she's able to get out there and raise some issues. It's early yet.

I do remember a clip on The Young Turks some months ago where she apologized for her previous anti-gay views, which she said were due to her upbringing, and a commentator who shall remain nameless (because I don't remember it) opined she was nonetheless unqualified to be president, which I thought was BS.

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