Democracy can be so boring. It's not sexy like the #metoo movement or outrageous like the daily tweets of the fool in the White House.
I hung on every word of the first two debates last June. I was getting to know the candidates, and they differentiated themselves significantly.
But on Tuesday night, July 30, after I made a list of the ten speakers, I soon crossed out five of them. Listening to them was pointless. None of these five could beat dt.
- Steve Bullock, governor of Montana--obnoxious.
- John Delaney, rich guy and former congressman from Maryland--worse.
- John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado--not a bad guy but boring. Possible VP nominee.
- Marianne Williamson of California--author and lecturer, interesting but can't beat dt.
- Tim Ryan, congressman from Ohio--ditto. At least as a VP nominee he could bring in a key state.
That left me with the two handsome youngish men, Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, Texas. Again, I like their politics but they don't have a chance of defeating the ass in the White House.
So then I was down to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, along with my favorite, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. All three are more credible candidates, but IMHO, none of them can beat the clown that many fools will still vote for.
I would vote for any of these ten candidates if he or she is nominated by the Democratic convention next summer in Milwaukee. But I don't think any one of these three senators can defeat dt.
- Sanders--too old to win the votes of younger people.
- Warren--too female and too strident to win the middle-of-the-road voters. I love her for being female and strident and smart and having plans to implement, but as Williamson said, people vote for personalities, not for plans.
- Klobuchar--not enough money at the moment. She could win Midwestern voters and those voters who are neither strongly to the right nor strongly to the left. If she had money and more supporters, I think she could give dt a run for his money. Your average Democrat would support her if nominated. If, if, if...
Marianne Williamson made the most important point in Tuesday's debate when she called for reparations to descendants of slaves imported from Africa. I am glad I witnessed the debate to hear her speak and to hear the others respond.
Listen to her Prayer of Apology for African-Americans on Youtube.
Yes, today's economic differences between African-Americans and Euro-Americans are rooted in the kidnapping of these people, the enslavement of them to profit from their labor, and the Jim Crow laws that followed the emancipation.
Monetary reparations have been needed for a long time. Better late than never.
That's what democracy is all about--listening to a 2 1/2 hour debate to hear one good, concrete idea.