Having been a left-leaning person politically, when such a term implied liberality of and freedom for personal choice (always within limits, as is necessary for society to function effectively), I became dismayed at the current (read 2020) list of presidential candidates posited by the DNC.
At one time, I was an acolyte to Saint Bernard Of Burlington. In 2016, I contributed the maximum permissible amount to him and no, I am not a millionaire and certainly not a billionaire. But when he kissed the ass of the Giant Rat of Chappaqua, I knew it was all over. He is a cowardly, spineless DNC sheepdog who sold out whatever morality he used to posses for choice committee assignments and promises not to be primaried by Democrats in Senatorial campaigns.
Heroes are hard to find.
My hopes were then attached to Tulsi Gabbard , who as a serving military officer and US Representative, said what I had been hoping to hear:
"Service above self"
and the corollary "People over profits".
My new hero. Great respect for her, her record of combat service in a medical unit, not a people killer (like Buttigieg), and what seemed to me a message of hope for the people delivered with the conviction that comes of integrity. Again, although more limited because of my Bern'ed experience, I contributed to her campaign.
I watched interviews, speeches, read articles by and about her. I was convinced that she was the one. This time I had found my champion. McGovern did not disappoint me although his election-night slaughter did turn me off to politics until Saint Bernard's ascendancy half century later. Still, though Bernie with feet of clay and mouth full of mush (Russiagate is real, I tell you!) soured me, I still kept my large nose inserted in matters political, social etc.
So, I thought I was up to speed, when it came down to the '20's race for 1600 PA Ave. Tulsi was the giant slayer. Her first victim was the oafish Tim Ryan, he of little brain who looked like a deer in the headlights when she wiped him off the electoral map with a few sharp comments.
Then Tulsi slew the Camel from Californicate, which is my home. I have a delightful little swamp, tho I still yearn to live in South Florida. The top-tier Camel stammered and stumbled, but her day in the race effectively ended.
Her next target in the debates would have been and should have been Liawatha, Indian Princess of the Okies. But Lizzie was spared certain skewering when the debate (such as it was said to be) was paused just as Tulsi was ready to unload on Lying Lizzie. Saved by a commercial. The immoderate "moderators" then switched to a different question by a different contestant in the Klown Show of the 20's.
Thence, the DNC, with all manner of wiles, incantations and ad hoc rules changes blacklisted the Major from future debates. She was too potent for the lying hypocrites (all of them) to withstand. I would have delighted to see her excoriate CIA Pete on stage. But such was not to be.
It became a foregone conclusion that the DNC hated Tulsi more fervently than they disliked Saint Bernard (woof, woof). Tulsi realized rapidly and correctly that the object of the DNC was first and foremost getting rid of her and hapless Bernie. In fact, it might reasonably be argued that the DNC then and almost until now would rather lose to Trump than let a real Lefty win.
Thus, as we all know, Tulsi planned her departure from the race knowing that both monetarily and tactically she could not overcome the immense organizational advantages implicit in the DNC power structure. Tulsi offered to support Sheepdog Sanders, but the turncoat traitor of the people demurred, under pain of immediate retribution by the DNC.
Then, spurned by pseudo-progressive Sheepdog Sanders, she offered her support to JoJo ByeDone. Most of her admirers were not only dismayed but shocked that Tulsi, the Warrior Princess of my and their dreams, would give the Seal of Approval to a heinous, racist, misogynistic, corrupt asshole.
My reading of the situation is different. I sensed that her goodbye approbation of Bidenis Corruptus was a giant Fuck You to the whole Democrat Party apparatus. She knew then that Biden was a loser. Biden is even more of a loser now. (Trump afraid of running against Biden? That's funny).
So Tulsi politely and diplomatically gave a third finger salute to the smarmy party from which she withdrew.
Tulsi still has integrity intact. She still serves in the Hawaii National Guard, in the humane medical unit. When she talks of her lost comrades in arms, she genuinely feels the loss of each one. It is to this woman that I have renewed faith in her future greatness--becoming more evident than her current integrity and career have shown.
See and hear what I mean:
Tulsi will re-enter public life forcefully. If she choses elective politics, it will not be in one of the Duopolistic parties, Janus-like two-faced gods.
Here in Plato's Cave, grooving on the flickering shadows, there is not much else to do but try to figure out what they mean. I voted for Gabbard in the California primary, although I have very serious doubt that my mail-in ballot was ever counted. I liked another aspect of her campaign -- her own kinda valiumized delivery on television. The Joy Behars of the world cannot call her angry.
She projects a serenity that nobody in American politics has ever come close to suggesting. I see her as a time traveler from the future when anger has spent its last nickel and people long for peace.
I have no idea what her inner being is really like, of course. She could be a good actress. From my perspective, that does not matter. The sense memory of her serene demeanor as she demonstrated the absurdity that is Kamala Harris is loose in the American dreamscape and that is worthwhile in and of itself.
Whether she has the personal commitment to become The Leader who shuts down the Empire is impossible to know. For her sake, I hope she doesn't. For our sake, I will support her if she does.
Regarding her bailing out of resisting the bullshit, I do not necessarily buy the idea that it was her way of blowing them all off. I quit worrying about politicians when I saw Russiagate take over the Democratic Party in 2017. Democracy was slaughtered years ago, if there ever really was anything remotely resembling democracy in our empire. But Russiagate pushed our corruption from the shadows to center stage, and the Blue Team was simply ordered to believe it, while the majority of non-voters, independents and Republicans were insulted for not seeing the Truth that Russia put Trump in the White House.
There is no effort to build a majority. There is a considerable effort to maintain permanent minority status for each party. This ain't rocket science -- the system does not want to change itself and the system has the power to control the "news." What used to be called Partisan Gridlock has been replaced by the Balance of Illegitimacy as both parties claim the leaders of their opponents belong in jail. This fools too many people into thinking that the two parties are at each others throats, while in reality they are in complete agreement about all the major political issues facing the nation.
So for Tulsi, I don't care about her endorsing Biden. Who pays any attention to endorsements when they are in the voting booth?