Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and current US Representative for the state of Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard wants to make one thing clear: She is in it to win it. And she is proving that by showing that she is not like most of her fellow White House hopefuls. Naturally, any such candidate would strive to stand out and prove to the people she is the one they want to lead them.
However, in a race with so much uncertainty, most contenders have a backup plan if things don’t go their way. For those like Andrew Yang and Donald Trump himself, there is always business to fall back on. Both are successful entrepreneurs and as such own a number of their own companies.
But most candidates, like Gabbard herself, are politicians. Sure, they may have done other things in their lives, but their life-long careers have a foundation of politics. They are the elite of Congress. Men and women already chosen by their districts to represent the people in our capital and to make sure that the average American’s voice is heard. They are senators and House of Representative members. And when their presidential elections don’t look like they will pan out, most will also run to keep their seats in Congress.
Gabbard isn’t like most, though, as she has already proven. Instead of also running to represent her home state of Hawaii in the House or even try out the Senate, she has just announced that she will try for the Oval Office and nothing else.
Her tweet early Friday morning pretty much says it all.
“I’m fully committed to my offer to serve you, the people of Hawaii & America, as your President & Commander-in-Chief. So I will not be seeking reelection to Congress in 2020. I humbly ask for your support for my candidacy for President of the United States.”
She did explain herself a bit further by attaching a video form of her announcement to this tweet. In the video, she said, “As President, I will immediately begin work to end the new Cold War and the nuclear arms race, end our interventionist foreign policy of carrying out regime change wars and redirect our precious resources toward serving the needs of the people here at home.”
She went on to say that she would lead the nation with the Hawaiian idea of “aloha,” a term that represents compassion, peace, and love.
“Washington, our country, and the world is in dire need of aloha. Only aloha has the power to heal the divisive wounds in our nation. Only aloha has the power to bring our nation together – recognizing we are all God’s children, and we are all Americans. As President, I will with aloha – putting people ahead of profits, putting people ahead of politics, putting the wellbeing of our people and our planet above all else.”
And while these are beautiful words and an excellent idea, they border on the same kind of romantic notions that pushed Marianne Williamson right out the door. Unfortunately, there is simply too much evil and crazy in the world to rule with only love and peace.
Moreover, Gabbard should understand that more than most. Of all the 2020 White House candidates, she alone has served her nation by being a part of the United States armed forces. In fact, she even put her presidential campaign on hold for a while so that she could participate in her assigned active duty.
And this isn’t the only time she has proved that she would fight fire with fire and not peace alone.
Just last week, she hit Hillary Clinton back hard after the former secretary of state said that Gabbard was being groomed by Russia to be a third-party candidate and Kremlin asset.
Gabbard didn’t waste any time in calling Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that sickened the Democratic Party for so long.”
She has, on numerous occasions, also taken shots at media outlets that she believes are biased in favor of only a few of the top 2020 candidates such as Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders. For instance, when The New York Times joined with Hillary in the Russian asset accusations, Gabbard was sure to let them know they were wrong.
So to say she can’t stand up for herself and possibly even our nation is definitely a complete falsehood. But it makes her words about peace and love seems a little hypocritical.