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Tue Feb 9, 2016, 02:16 AM

Op-Ed: Martin O’Malley 2020

Martin O’Malley 2020.

Yes, I just said that. The longshot presidential candidate just dropped out of the race after finishing third in Iowa, and his dismal 2016 campaign is now behind him. He only secured 0.6 percent of the vote in Iowa and burned through his own money at an alarming rate, while barely making a splash among voters.

However, I support Martin O’Malley. Any other year in a presidential race, he would have done quite well. Most of his ideas were progressive, yet fell short of socialism, and he has a proven track record of working with the other side of the isle. The only problem for him was that this is not a normal election year. With Trump stealing airtime from every candidate, and Sanders and Clinton fighting it out on the left, there simply wasn’t enough space for a third candidate for the Democrats. It happened to be O’Malley who drew the short straw.

Martin O’Malley is a quintessential Democrat. He embodies many progressive ideas, and has a set of 15 goals for the country that he would have implemented if he was elected this year. Some of them are things I hold near and dear to my heart. For example, O’Malley had a goal of having a 100-percent renewable electric grid by the year 2050. The environmental and economic impacts of that goal would be monumental for our country and our world. He also wanted to cut the youth unemployment rate in half by bringing back job programs for young people. This would make college more affordable and would put money back in the American Infrastructure. This is a pragmatic approach, proposing to put a real plan in place to accomplish a problem that everyone on the left has been yelling about for many years. Martin O’Malley is full of plans like this.

Additionally, O’Malley has the experience needed to run this country. He served seven years as the mayor of Baltimore, and during that time, he oversaw monumental change. For example, he lowered the number of homicides in Baltimore to less than 300 for the first time in more than 10 years. He also passed one of the first municipal laws banning transgender discrimination all the way back in 2002, something many municipalities still do not have. O’Malley cut crime and saved money, all while revitalizing the city of Baltimore. After that, he ran for governor of Maryland, where his progressive actions continued. He championed criminal justice reform, and passed the Dream Act in Maryland, which allowed more children to get a college education. He passed marriage equality, and included “Gender Identity” as a protected status at the state level. He even repealed the death penalty and passed gun safety laws, something many other candidates have not been so quick to support. Under O’Malley, wages have gone up, and graduation rates have, too.

O’Malley is also the frontman for an Irish rock band, and was rated as one of the most attractive men in politics. He’s also the only candidate on the radar right now who has any meaningful experience with urban areas, which are a key part of American culture. In fact, he has promised to bring back America’s cities and work with local leaders to revitalize and restore our neglected cities like never before. O’Malley isn’t just a good leader, he’s the leader we need. Nobody else will work together with everybody in Washington to accomplish real progressive change with people in mind.

I support Martin O’Malley — because he can bring our country together to accomplish progressive reforms in a way neither Clinton nor Sanders can. I strongly urge him to run again in 2020, and to hold strong as a Democrat and reformer. 2016 may not have been the year of O’Malley, but I firmly believe there will be one soon. So I say it again:

O’Malley 2020.

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Reply Op-Ed: Martin O’Malley 2020 (Original post)
elleng Feb 2016 OP
DesertFlower Feb 2016 #1
MH1 Feb 2016 #2
Peacetrain Feb 2016 #3
JustAnotherGen Feb 2016 #4
Koinos Feb 2016 #7
JustAnotherGen Feb 2016 #8
Koinos Feb 2016 #13
one_voice Feb 2016 #5
elleng Feb 2016 #6
Koinos Feb 2016 #9
elleng Feb 2016 #10
Koinos Feb 2016 #11
elleng Feb 2016 #12

Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 02:20 AM

1. if not 2020 how about 2024.

in the meantime if hillary is prez i hope she gives him a cabinet post.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 07:21 AM

2. I'm hoping it's 2024. But otherwise agree wholeheartedly. nt

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 08:33 AM

3. I miss him more every day!!!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2016, 06:21 PM

4. He may have to in 2020

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 05:24 PM

7. It is possible that the next president will serve only one term.

Frankly, I have been following the character and the conduct of the other two Democratic candidates, and I cannot bring myself to vote for either of them in the primary. I will hold my nose and vote for the Democratic nominee in the general election; but beyond that, I will do nothing. O'Malley, whom I considered to be the best candidate, was rudely shoved aside, blatantly ignored, and even needlessly slandered.

This country is burning with the fire of anger and hatred. Candidates and their supporters are at each others' throats. The people are in an ugly mood. They don't want incremental problem-solving; they want everything all at once. They don't want brotherly love; they want revenge. They want to even the score against their enemies, both real and imagined. They don't want to listen to "their better angels."

O'Malley was too good for this election cycle. I am heartened by the humanity and goodness of those who supported him.

If O'Malley runs again in 2020 and if there is anything left of this once great country, I will work as hard for him as my elderly constitution allows. Hopefully, by then, we will have a rebirth of common sense and mutual respect. Maybe, by that time, people will outgrow their anger and be ready for the full breadth of O'Malley's indefatigable optimism and faith in human nature.

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Response to Koinos (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 05:26 PM

8. I'm with you

Im not voting in the Primary.

I will vote against the Republicans in November.

And yes - he was too good for this election cycle.

That heart is from me. Thnk you for this post.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 15, 2016, 02:23 PM

13. Thank you, Gen!

For the heart and the kind words! Thank god for good and reasonable people like yourself!

I'm waiting for O'Malley to go public again. I would rather listen to him and read his statements than engage in DU mud wrestling.

I hope he has lots to say in the coming months, although I realize he has to step back and have some quiet reflective time for now.

He inspires me. The others do not. O'Malley is imbued with the spirit of American pragmatic idealism. His words are fresh air to me.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 02:45 PM

5. I missed this yesterday..

I miss him. I so wish he was still in the race. I wish he'd done better. I wish so many things...

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Response to one_voice (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 10, 2016, 02:52 PM

6. So do I wish so many things, one_voice.

Things are changing, pretty clear the populace is anxious for CHANGE, so maybe making room for him to IMPLEMENT the changes we seek.

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 05:42 PM

9. When the country's anger burns itself out...

it may be ready for a pragmatic idealist (and humanist) with executive experience who knows how to get things done.

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Response to Koinos (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 05:45 PM

10. Getting more and more anxious about this.

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Response to elleng (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 06:08 PM

11. These are anxious times.

And is anyone paying attention to the election-year economic trends? We may get a worldwide recession in the next six to nine months. There are bad signs all over the place. That would make Sanders' promises empty and his tax proposals dead on arrival. Moreover, it would open the doors for the non-incumbent (read "Republican" party to take control of the white house.

Our two remaining candidates (and their supporters) who are trying to strangle each other to death are perhaps missing the bigger picture. They had better get back to the "elephants" in the room. If the recession doesn't wait until after the election, history is not on our side.

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Response to Koinos (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 06:22 PM

12. TERRIBLE trends,

and utter misery for the globe without, at least, a boost in U.S. minimum wage NOW, which clearly isn't going to happen.

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