The one thing Republicans and Democrats have in common is that both parties attack Democrats, especially during presidential primary season.
While the Democratic candidates for president bicker over which of their plans is the solution to providing universal health care coverage, whether it be Medicare for All or building on former President Barack Obama’s health care law with the addition of a public option, their real target is lost in the crosshairs. The real target is the current president whose health care solutions eliminated the individual mandate, which is a critical funding element of health care to keep premiums down and to cover pre-existing conditions.
The target should not have been each other. Every single candidate for the Democratic nomination for president is in favor of universal health care. Their emphasis should not be on attacking each other but on demonstrating how, regardless of which Democrat ultimately wins the nomination, the alternative of four more years of the Trump presidency is far, far worse for the country.
While Tulsi Gabbard questions Pete Buttigieg’s experience to be commander-in-chief, and he questions her association with foreign dictators, the real target should be Comrade Bone Spurs, and neither should ever let the real target become off-target.
Too much is at stake. Our place among the international community must be restored after the series of foreign policy blunders by the Trump administration that benefited Russia’s efforts to undermine our allies such as Ukraine, the Kurds and our most important alliance, NATO.
Cory Booker and Kamala Harris chuckled on stage over a misspeak by Joe Biden who incorrectly referred to Carol Moseley Braun as the “only” Black female elected senator instead of the “first” Black female elected senator. Granted, the “second” elected Black female senator was standing on the same stage. However, clearly, his point was that the “first” endorsed his candidacy for president.
The question for both Booker and Harris is whether that chuckle to embarrass Biden was worth risking more fodder for Trump if Biden turns out to be the party’s candidate. It wasn’t. A simple un-chuckled correction would have been more appropriate and less damaging to the ultimate goal of saving this country from another four years of Trump.
Amy Klobuchar continually blasts Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who “wrote the damn bill,” commitment to Medicare for All.
Klobuchar, as well as Buttigieg and Biden, have made it clear that both favor what they portray as a more realistic approach of building on Obamacare and adding a public option.
No need to lambaste the positions of the other candidates since regardless of who wins the nomination and goes on to the presidency will lead the effort for universal health care, no matter what form it takes and however long it takes to get there.
The main point that should be adopted by each of the candidates and understood by the electorate is that, as was the last election in 2016, the 2020 election is not about who you like as much as it is about what you need.
Do you want a president who recognizes the existential threat of climate change and will be committed to joining the world community to take concrete steps to address it, or do you want a president who ignores that threat to curry favor with the fossil fuel industry? If you are convinced that climate change is an existential threat to our planet, then you must vote Democratic regardless of who the nominee is.
Are you concerned about what happened in Newtown, Connecticut or Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania or El Paso, Texas, or any of the numerous schools and places of worship and movie theaters and shopping malls around the nation can happen in a school in which your child is a student or a shopping mall or movie theater or place of worship that you or your family frequent? Well, if you are because of the glut of guns, including military assault weapons, in our communities, then maybe you, too, need to vote Democratic in the next election.
After the passage of comprehensive gun reform legislation in the Democratic House of Representatives, those bills lay dormant in Mitch McConnell’s senate with no effort by the current president to shake that much-needed legislation loose.
Maybe you are tired of big money in politics that drowns out the voice of the people, or political gerrymandering of congressional districts that enables candidates to choose voters rather than voters selecting candidates, or voter suppression that takes away the votes of specific segments of our electorate.
Well if you are, I suggest you vote Democrat and not Republican since it is that same McConnell senate that is sitting on legislation from the Democratic House to address those very issues…and it is that same Trump presidency that complains about a do-nothing Congress all the while refusing to apply any pressure to McConnell to bring all of that legislation and more to the floor for a vote.
The point of all of this is that the time to target Trump is now.
Setting the narrative for whoever becomes the Democratic nominee for president must begin now and not wait for the general election. Sanders’ attacks on Hillary Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speech during the 2016 campaign only helped Trump.
Let’s not help Trump this time. Let us unify and beat him, as Biden says, “like a drum.”