Sunday, January 19, 2020

I Vote for What America Needs, Not What I Need

"I'll be honest: I don't know."
 - Mayor Pete Buttigieg, during the Fox News Town Hall

I've only voted twice, once in the 2016 presidential primary, and once in the 2016 presidential general election.

I'd been registered to vote for years, but 2016 was the first time I had somebody to vote for, not just vote against. And I stood behind Bernie Sanders four years ago. I was a rational anarchist (still identify as one) who tried to elect a socialist, not because his views aligned with mine, but because I felt his approach would be what this country needed most.

I'm not so sure about that anymore.

Don't get me wrong. I still like Sanders, I still like all that he stands for, his policies, his honesty (especially the bit when he says taxes for the middle class will go up under his medicare for all plan, but overall expenditure will go down). But he's starting to sound like a rabble rouser to me (especially with the scratchiness growing in his voice), almost on par with Elizabeth Warren (who, personally, I don't like at all, if nothing else than for her difficulty in not starting an answer to a question with "So look" and finishing it by not answering the question).

There are some better voices in the lineup.

I like the cut of Pete's shtick. And I have no doubt that he would do (or try to do, and be slowed by Congress's dithering and filibustering) great things for the minorities of the US, including the LGBTQIA+ which for hopefully obvious reasons, is important to me. And he's young; that's not a detractor for me, especially after this post last year. Unlike some of the other candidates, he's not working to build a future for the next generation, he's doing it for HIS generation and all the generations that follow.

And for all the people who really wanted a woman as president, with Pete, you might not quite get that, but you'd still get the first president with a husband.

Joking aside though, I think it's too soon after the Clinton fiasco (so glad she's not even trying to run this time) and the Trump horror (I don't imagine the people who love him think women belong many places outside the kitchen or the bedroom) for a female president.

Don't even get me started on Biden.

I may be a small voice. I may be an armchair activist. I may have a wider readership among web-crawlers than real human beings. But I still openly endorse Mayor Pete for President in the 2020 election.

And I hope he has a good birthday today, too.