A friend and I had lunch yesterday at one of the new Los Angeles area fusion restaurants in a newly gentrified neighborhood. Big money increasingly edges out regular people in American cities and we get fancy eggs and vegetables in return.
The cappuccino arrived and my friend asked me, "Who should run in 2020?"
This is the wrong question.
It's a talking point, a cliche. And cliches are traditions that serve no purpose but to allow us the luxury of not thinking.
Something big is happening in our country. Let's open our eyes.
I made the following points:
- We need justice for 2016
- We need a President to help us, the people, fix our democracy*
Surprisingly I got a little bit of sticky resistance. My friend insisted we needed someone to beat Trump. That suggestion has an air of fantasy.
How can we "beat Trump" if we have no justice for the crime committed in 2016?
Fix the problem at hand.
He floated celebrity names. I pushed back. If we encourage billionaires and celebrities (ones who have not begun a new political career by running for city council or school board) to populate the road to the White House simply because they have name recognition then soon the billionaires wil totally absorb our political sphere, which is our public sphere.
Public, that's us.
2016 was not a flash in the pan. It was a fire that's burning down our house. I told him we needed Hillary.
He resisted, I persisted.
Anyone who thinks 2018 and 2020 is going to be a normal election is naive.
Only we can fix the problem.
Fake news, online trolls and hate for any candidate that espouses strong democratic values will be a target of interference from the various anti-democratic forces sweeping the world.
President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte said in February, “Tell the soldiers. There’s a new order coming from the mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina."
We are in a wave of anti-human rights sentiment and actions across the globe.
Prior to the 2016 election Trump was heard on the Access Hollywood recording saying, "You can do anything ... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."
These men are not friends of women or children yet, women and children are a supermajority.
This time that we are in is a part of something big: the women's movement continuum that is moving into a phase of female global leadership equal with men.
There are men who are not friends of women and children in powerful positions who are attempting to remind us that we are just body parts. (And they have female enablers.)
We are the people and we exist.
The USA is now a flawed democracy: https://www.salon.com/2018/01/31/new-report-classifies-us-as-a-flawed-democracy/