It has been nearly a year since the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election, and ever since November 9th, the thought of who will be our next president has crossed all of our minds. Pollsters made their polls, pundits jumped into the news, correspondents toyed with potential 2020 contenders. I was one of those people who already began to shut out what was going on now to think about the future. That was a bad idea. It was a way to cope with a shocking and horrifying truth about what lie in the shadows of our nation. So, instead of just trying to cope, we need to evaluate. We need to evaluate our needs, and who can give us what we need.
2016 was not the most consequential election of our time, it was a “whitelash” (as stated by CNN commentator Van Jones in November of 2016) from extreme conservatives, racists, white supremacists, and nationalists who have loathed and resented the Obama Era. The election of Donald Trump was their attempt at molding the country they want, but it is time to show the hateful that this is not their country.
2020 will be the most consequential election. Will we as Americans truly unite against hate? Like really unite? Not this garbage spewed out by the Trump Administration and also the DNC. The unity they convey is falling in line to their neo-fascist and neo-liberal ideals, respectively, or risk complete excommunication from the party. Will we stand together in the face of hatred, will we defeat acts of neo-fascism, will we condemn white supremacy to an eternity of silence and exile? We must. Now, who are our choices that can do that? If this two-party system does not allow in a third, then it is up to the Democratic Party to uphold this duty. A duty to restore our constitutional republic and its principles of equality, justice, and of course freedom. The Democratic Party can change.
Bernie Sanders is probably the most likely person to run for the Democratic nomination again in 2020 due to his continuation of remaining in national headlines, as well as traveling across the nation and even abroad to spread his message. A message of progressiveness, inclusive politics, and one of equality in all aspects. He has not made any clear decision or hint at 2020, but tireless acts prove otherwise. He has not hesitated in any fight when it comes to defending our values from being attacked by the Republican Party and Trump Administration. He has not held back in calling out Donald Trump’s horrible decisions, that earn him interesting headlines every single day.
Most of us can agree that the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary; the use of super-delegates, having more Clinton campaign members on the DNC party platform, as well as limiting the number of debates during the primary. The list goes on. Hillary Clinton lost, so it would make sense that the DNC would take a hint from this lesson. They should support his candidacy, along with whoever runs, they should not undermine his campaign. Bernie Sanders deserves a real chance.
Hold on, don’t react just yet. Yes, Joe Biden could be a good President, and could solve a lot of our issues. Joe Biden is a humble man, he’s spent his entire life in public service. Many would say he is a center-left Democrat, and I can agree with that. He isn’t as vocal as Bernie Sanders or even Elizabeth Warren when it comes to what changes our nation needs. However, Joe Biden could be our transitioning President into a new era. According to his most recent book, Promise Me, Dad, the former Vice President has “not decided not to run in 2020.” In 2015, Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, passed away due to brain cancer. If not for his death, Joe Biden would have run for President in 2016. He has said that we need to reach a consensus if we are to get anything done… there’s our beacon of hope. Joe Biden has respect from both sides of the aisle, he has allies on both sides of the aisle. He hasn’t been an entirely polarizing figure, and this could come in handy.
If Joe Biden were to run for President in 2020, he would surely bring in both the establishment Democrats, and the Democratic base which is mainly progressive. A President Biden could be the safe transition from a viciously and violently divided nation of the Trump Era, into a nation of understanding, and actual unity. A President of finding common ground, and working from there. He has the experience, he’s spent his entire life to helping others, and will surely continue to make our lives better.
Tulsi Gabbard is the Representative of Hawaii’s second congressional district, and a strong potential candidate. She could be the first woman President in 2020, and also the youngest, currently 36 years of age. Tulsi Gabbard has earned respect from both parties, due to her sacrifice in serving in the Armed Forces, including serving a tour in Iraq. She has been vocal about ending the “unnecessary regime-change wars” which indeed have backfired. She understands the costs of war, and recently proposed the Stop Arming Terrorists Act which would prevent the CIA from arming Syrian and other forces on the ground, which end up in the hands of ISIS.
On October 29, 2017 the Representative of Hawaii released a video on Facebook regarding the current status of the Democratic Party. She tells us that the infighting continues, and it is true because those on social media see it as well; infighting from the base to the upper echelons of the DNC. She is fighting for a reform within the DNC, including the elimination of super-delegates, which the DNC once promised to do at the end of the 2016 primary.
Tulsi Gabbard is not a warhawk like many establishment Democrats. She is a steady voice, she is a young face, a new face, and someone who listens to what the people want.
On October 24th, 2017, I wrote an article about Elizabeth Warren being the “Second Coming of Theodore Roosevelt”. I faced harsh criticism on social media for it, anger and discontent in a myriad of forms. One of those criticisms was how could I support a woman who voted to increase our military budget to a staggering 700 billion dollars? Bernie Sanders did not vote for it, Kirsten Gillibrand did not vote for it, Kamala Harris did not vote for it… but Elizabeth Warren did. However, I am choosing to not let this one bad decision determine what I think of Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren grew up in a lower middle class household in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and spent her life fighting for working families to prevent bankruptcy and to stop banks from dictating the lives of many.
Throughout her first term as Senator, which began in 2012, she has been a big nasty thorn for Wall Street and corporate America. She has relentlessly questioned numerous CEOs and CFOs, including Wells Fargo and Equifax with ferocity after their financial blunders that hit our economy hard. Being born in the central regions of our country, Warren has ties to populations of the nation that may feel neglected by the Democrats. Democrats have been associated as coastal elites, due to the strong blue states like New York and California dominating the electoral map. She is evidence of a mid-western American being a left-wing progressive and that the Democratic Party is not about coastal liberals.
Elizabeth Warren has made a mistake in voting to approve the 700 billion dollar budget, we don’t know the whole story. She could have been trying to get on the good side of some Republicans in order to counter Trump and defeat the Republicans’ regressive agenda.
We don’t know the whole story in why some people voted the way they did. It is not a pass for them, but it is acknowledgement.
So now, as we wait for special counsel Robert Mueller to tear down the Trump Administration, we must set our sights on 2020. We need to encourage these fellow individuals, these leaders, that they are what is needed to help our wounded nation. Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Tulsi Gabbard, and Elizabeth Warren have visions to how we can fulfill the United States’ destiny. Revolutions never happen overnight, they take time. They are built over days, weeks, months, and years of consistent dedication and determination for change.