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Kamala Harris and the Rest of Us Will Regret Portraying Civil Rights as a National Security Issue

Kamala Harris and the Rest of Us Will Regret Portraying Civil Rights as a National Security Issue

Musa al-Gharbi

Testing out new campaign material for her recently announced presidential bid, Democratic hopeful Kamala Harris recently argued:

“Russia was able to influence our election because they figured out that racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and transphobia are America’s Achilles heel. These issues aren’t only civil rights—they’re also a matter of national security. We have to deal with that.”

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2020 is looking like a repeat of 2016, and Harris is looking like a repeat of HER.

But sure, WTF, let’s do it the Schumer way cuz that works so well:

“For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.”

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The far worse aspect of Ms. Harris’s argument is not “securititzation” as bad as that is, but instead it rips of Dr. Kings moral arc out of the realm of, well morality, and puts it instead into the sphere of “what in it for me-me-me”.

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Sen. Sanders hasn’t even announced yet. Joe Biden hasn’t even announced yet. The people who have are doing so for fundraising purposes or name recognition purposes. Neither Joe or Bernie have those two big issues to deal with right now.
To the article’s point: Democrats would be wise to run on " It’s the rigged economy, stupid ". You can’t play ( and have success ) on a level playing field if the inequality of oppurtunity is rigged by a malovelent gov’t, bent on propping up elites ( 1%ers ) at the expense of the 99s and their economic and basic physical well being. Including issues like environmentally healthy and intact neighborhoods, good paying jobs and a strong national health plan for every citizen. No more creeping separate and unequal can be tolerated, allowing room for it to instill itself permanently into our every day national identity.
Let Trump and his bunch be the party of petty, provincial panderers. They’re very good at it. But it’s not a viable governing strategy; minority rule never works for long without creating a quasi-police state. Which is where Trump & Co. are trying to steer us, btw.
The Democrats have the chance in 2020 to adopt a share the wealth strategy and hold plutocrats responsible for the damages they’ve done, to full account. Anything less would be a botched and hamhanded missed oppurtunity to create a still viable and much better country.

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Let’s just say I don’t share even your low level of faith in the d-party.

You placing odds on who will be your party’s nominee and his/her chances of beating Trump?

Trump is in office and just declared a national emergency to keep the people he employs at his clubs out of the country. He tells us they are raping and murdering with abandon. This article reads like progressive trigger porn in that respect, a one-off comment Is The Thing to keep us in the church of They are All Unacceptable. In reality, a racist conartist and a stooge of a Senate Majority Leader are filling our courts with people that don’t give a shit about our precious triggers. It’s hard to even read some of this stuff anymore, especially when a second term Trump will likely appoint an additional SCOTUS justice or two.

And your ‘they are all acceptable’ position got you Trump. But you still still cling to it.

For someone as pragmatic as you, it’s pretty funny to see you not understanding the premise of this article. But hey, play on Trump’s terms like Harris, I’m sure that’ll work.

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Only the platforms of two potential Democratic candidates for POTUS interest me; that is Sen. Sanders or Sen. Warren, respectfully. They can take the fight to Trump and have gained the experience to get their iniatives enacted. The art of the possible will take courage and also deeply knowing it will be your last fight, before the curtain drops for the very last time. It may be just that dangerous to your personal health and mental well being.
The rest of the list of candidates are either running for VP or cabinet positions, possibly. I see no one in this announced field who could gain my vote right now. I’ll focus on supporting and voting on the local and state level and vote 3rd Party again, as well. In protest mode just like in 2016, since Trump won’t win Oregon in 2020. He’ll lose this state by about a 55-57% to 40% margin. Which is still too close for my liking.

I’m going to vote for the Democratic primary winner because I will vote my conscience for two Supreme Court appointments that won’t be complete assholes on race, the environment, voting rights, etc. I’ll let the rest of you can’t-get-over-the-90s-era “progressives” do all you can to help Trump win while pretending you are “helping” bring some revolution or whatever BS. Progressive nihilism is an affliction Republicans love, I don’t.

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Harris is the last person we need as president in the era of The New Jim Crow & mass incarceration in the USA.
Harris record as a prosecutor clearly shows her hand in prison growth & mass incarceration even as she failed to prosecute criminal banks.
We need to actively work against Harris.

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Look, I don’t want to be the Harris defender here, but you are just misinformed. The Intercept, as is typical, wrote a half-baked article about Harris that misinformed its readers. I covered the non-bank prosecution before. First, it was a civil matter, not criminal. Second, the case was a low reward one with a very uncertain outcome, and that’s assuming the AG’s office even got to discovery. I’ll let my previous comments stand on it since it’s obvious you have just taken what you’ve been told but not really read any of the documents themselves.

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You have a good measure of, cool, KC.

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