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“Mayor Pete” Buttigieg for President in 2020

Say it with me: “Boot Edge Edge
About a month ago I saw this young guy get interviewed.  The interviewer said the guy was the Mayor of some place in Indiana (okay, it was South Bend, but all I heard was blah, blah hicks-ville, Indiana).  He is in his second term and got re-elected with over 80% of the vote!  He is a graduate of Harvard and an Oxford Rhodes Scholar.  He speaks seven languages and learned one of them just so he could read a book in the author’s native tongue.  He is a former Naval intelligence officer and served in Afghanistan (for seven months) while on leave without pay from his mayoral duties.
So, I listened to him speak…  And, I decided.
Prior to this, my three favorites for the Democratic nomination were (in order): Warren, Harris and Saunders.  (Yes, I am a Progressive / Liberal Democrat!)  To be honest, I think all have their weaknesses, but I believe any of them could defeat Trump.  The rest of the field, I’m not so sure of (including Biden), I don’t know anything about or I don’t really care for.  Anyway, I went online and bought a t-shirt – not realizing Mayor Pete hadn’t declared yet and was still in “just” the exploratory phase.
My daughter came over that evening and we were discussing who we each were favoring.  I said: “Mayor Pete, but I can’t pronounce his last name.”  She said: “Do you really think he can get elected?”  I replied: “Sure.  Why not?”  Her reply: “He’s opening gay…”  WHAT???
She asked how I could support him knowing this and pointedly adding that putting up a candidate who could defeat Trump was the most important thing the Democrats could do and she didn’t think the country was ready to elect an openly gay man.  I said I agreed, but I didn’t think the country was ready to elect an African-American in 2008 or re-elect him in 2012 and look how those elections turned out.
Does being straight or gay matter when you are running for ANY political office?  From an electability standpoint, of course it does.  But should it?  If I don’t believe faith (Kennedy), infidelity (Bill Clinton and probably a host of others), race (Obama) or gender (Hilary Clinton) matter, why should sexual orientation?  Is being “straight” critical to Presidential job performance?
When asked about whether gays should serve in the military, Republican Senator Barry Goldwater replied (I’m paraphrasing):  “I don’t care if someone is straight.  I just want to know if they can shoot straight.”  We KNOW President Trump is not very bright (he doesn’t read and has no curiosity), is a liar, is a cowardly draft dodger, is a tax cheat, is a terrible businessman, he appears to be a Russian puppet and he seems to only be interested in making money off of his term in office.  On balance, Mayor Pete is intelligent, well spoken, well read, a patriot and more than competent in his current office over the last two terms, so no, being openly gay does NOT matter to me.
I hope American will listen to what “Mayor Pete” has to say…  Then you can make up your mind and vote you heart.
Is America ready for an openly gay President?  To be honest, I don’t know…  But, I AM!
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In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
  ―  Martin Luther King Jr.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!  And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
    —  Senator Barry Goldwater
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I cherish a day when our children once again, will restore as heroes the sort of men and women who – unafraid and undaunted – pursue the truth, strive to cure disease, subdue and make fruitful our natural environment, and produce the inventive engines of production, science and technology.
 

—  Senator Barry Goldwater
 

 

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We must assure a society which, while never abandoning the needy or forsaking the helpless, nurtures incentives and opportunities for the creative and the productive.
— Senator Barry Goldwater
[I guess that first part about “abandoning or forsaking” doesn’t really apply for one side of this year’s Presidential election… Just sayin’. — KMAB]
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Let us henceforth make war on all monopolies — whether corporate or union.  The enemy of freedom is unrestrained power, and the champions of freedom will fight against the concentration of power wherever they find it.
— Sen. Barry Goldwater
from his book: “The Conscience Of A Conservative
[For thirty years we have seen nothing but union busting, worker subjugation and the steady increase of power (economic and political) by the corporations willing to weaken America and our freedoms by the constant drumbeat of foreign competition – by both exporting jobs to other countries and importing labor to increase the supply of workers inside the United States.  The net effect of both tactics must always be to drive down the costs of labor for all workers even those at the very top end of the labor market (corporate management).  It is simple supply and demand.  It is just a matter of time before multinational corporations recognize they don’t have to pay hundreds of millions to American executives, when they can pay tens of millions to Asian or European executives.  The loss of jobs is incremental from the bottom up – workforce, supervisors, management, executives.  The American conservative movement has promoted the erosion and crippling of the workforce (apprentice and journeyman) and supervisor levels of our economy.  Much of the management level has also been lost.  Executives are increasingly in the target cross-hairs…  Where are our champions of freedom?  —  KMAB]
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“Republican candidates,” Vice President Nixon has said, “should be economic conservatives, but conservatives with a heart.”  President Eisenhower announced during his first term, “I am conservative when it comes to economic problems but liberal when it comes to human problems.”  Still other Republican leaders have insisted on calling themselves “progressive” Conservatives.”  These formulations are tantamount to an admission that Conservatism is a narrow, mechanistic economic theory that may work very well as a bookkeeper’s guide, but cannot be relied upon as a comprehensive political philosophy.
— Senator Barry Goldwater
Quoted from his book: “The Conscience Of A Conservative
[Isn’t it interesting that Senator Goldwater was able to tell us over 50 years ago EXACTLY what the problem is with Conservatism in the United States.  In fact, he did not go far enough, because he should have stated not that it could not be relied upon, but that it would ultimately fail miserably for a functioning government in a country moving to a post-manufacturing society.  Note: I did NOT say “post-industrial”.  We have industries.  We simply don’t manufacture enough solid, tangible goods to support our society and our economic welfare.  I would argue the current Republicans are NOT Conservatives at all.  They are Corporatists.  They are not interested in personal freedom.  They ARE interested in Corporate profits.  Full stop.  —  KMAB]
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You don’t need to be straight to fight and die for your country.  You just need to shoot straight.
  —  Senator Barry Goldwater
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