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While Harris is impressive, will she move us forward in what matters?

Much respect to Ted Lieu, and to Kamala Harris as well. When it came to vetting and opposing Brett Kavanaugh, Harris led the way with a cool and collected competence that I found inspiring.

But for a Presidential candidate, I'm looking for someone who not only opposes Trump with competence, but who can lead on the true crises of the political moment. In my mind, these are the environment (energy, climate, biodiversity, etc.), wealth inequality, reversing decades of overly-punitive, failed criminal justice policies while reinvigorating protection of Constitutional liberties, and rebuilding public infrastructure.

I don't know Harris' stances on most of these issues in detail yet, but on criminal justice and Constitutional liberty matters, she appears to lean in the wrong direction. Here is a clip of Harris from less than five years ago where she dismisses an issue near and dear to you and I both, yuiyoshida:


I'd like to hear a lot more about how Harris' thinking has evolved on this and other 1st/2nd/4th/5th Amendment issues (etc.) before I say either "NeverKamala" or "Kamala2020."


It's not a "loophole," it's how the USA treats private property.

Federal Firearm Licensees (FFL's) are required to conduct background checks of buyers as a requirement of their licensing. Such a license is required of anyone who sells enough firearms that it is part of their routine economic activity and livelihood. You or I, or any other gun owner, can elect to sell a firearm to a private buyer as a means of disposing of our own private property without such licensing. Gun shows just happen to bring a lot of such private individuals together, along with potential buyers. I don't generally attend them, as they also tend to aggregate blowhards and nutjobs, but that's another story...

I'm not particularly in favor of this background check bill changing how individuals may dispose of their private property, but I won't expend a lot of energy opposing it either. Still, there is a growing body of peer-reviewed and published evidence showing that expanding background checks does not measurably reduce crime or gun deaths, such as: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1047279718306161?fbclid=IwAR1Q-PYe6c_oC106rrh3DWARax0nwCG440OH-Au8BUzUJh1CMDjGQ5FSBI8

This bill is doomed to die in the Senate anyway, but I still would rather see Democrats addressing financial regulation, environmental protection, access to education and health care, etc. well ahead of tweaking with Second Amendment issues.


I find Senator Warren to be plenty likable.

And you know what I like most? I like her ideas, her drive to get things done, her competence, her intelligence, and her leadership. Her compassion for and dedication to American workers are also extremely likable traits.

Whatever Politico may dislike perhaps reflects more about them than it does Senator Warren.


(Edit note: I originally misread the OP, and though it was Ms. Schultz leveling the criticisms about 'likability." Thanks to spooky3 for getting me back on track...)

This whole article is very worth a read.

I don't often bother to click-through to HuffPo articles, but I am glad I did on this one. Especially relevant:

Theyíre all considered jobs for men because they require a certain amount of strength. The bigger the risk, the bigger the paycheck. But you donít get to take it easy when your back hurts from carrying a 90-pound ladder that becomes a sail in the wind. You donít get to sit at a desk when your knees or ankles start to give out after crawling through attics, under desks, through crawl spaces. When your elbow still hurts from the time you disconnected a cable line and your body became the neutral line on the electrical feeder and 220 volts ran through your body to the ground. When your hands become useless claws 30 feet in the air on a telephone pole and you leave your skin frozen to the metal tap. So you take a couple pills to get through the day, the week, the year. If painkillers show up on your drug test, you have that prescription from the last time you fell off a roof. Because thatís the other thing about these jobs, they all require drug tests when you get hurt. Smoke pot one night, whether for fun or because you hurt too much to sleep, the company doesnít have to pay for your injury when your van slides down an icy off-ramp three weeks later. I chose pot to numb my head and body every night. But it was the bigger risk.

Her observations on the inevitable (call-of-nature-related) time-delays necessitated by being female in that line of work, and some of the homophobia and sexual harassment she encountered from both customers and coworkers are also poignant.


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