Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Biden-Abrams in 2020, Republicans now a cult, and Proposed Rosemont Mine.

In this post from the Daily Star opinion, March 19th, 2019: Biden-Abrams in 2020, Republicans now a cult, and Proposed Rosemont Mine.

Dahleen Glanton: One could dream for a dream presidential ticket: Biden-Abrams in 2020.

He is a charismatic, experienced statesman with a knack for mixing serious politics with the perfect amount of humor.

She is relatively new to the national scene, but in the Republican-dominated state of Georgia, she has firmly established herself as a Democrat to be reckoned with.

He is an old-school moderate, a Washington insider, entrenched in the traditional values of the late 20th century Democratic Party. She is a symbol of the party’s future — a diverse, progressive wing that is forcing Democrats to move in a fresh direction.

He is a 76-year-old white male, a lifelong politician and former vice president with an unmatched political resume. She is a 45-year-old African-American who recently came very close to becoming the nation’s first black female governor.

Without a doubt, they would make a stunning political couple. And last week, they met for lunch.

There once was a time that Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams might have seemed an unlikely pair to be at the helm of a presidential ticket. But in the era of Donald Trump, the two of them together would comprise a dream ticket for the Democrats in 2020.

Of course, we don’t know what they talked about over lunch. But for the purpose of this column, let’s assume that Biden asked Abrams about being his running mate should he win the party’s nomination.

Democrats are anxiously awaiting the former vice president’s decision as to whether he will run for president this time. Abrams, a former Georgia state House minority leader , also is weighing her options.

Some might argue that she should be the one heading the ticket. Biden has had two unsuccessful runs at the presidency, and he is getting up in age. The newly appointed darling of the Democratic Party, Abrams is seeing lots of opportunities dangled in her face — a U.S. Senate seat or perhaps her own presidential bid.

An Abrams presidency likely would be an insurmountable long shot. Biden would have to be at the top of the ticket. As broad-minded as Americans like to think we are, we have yet to prove that we can elect a woman as president. So it isn’t really a stretch to think that the next U.S. president probably will not be an African-American female.

Some might argue that she should be the one heading the ticket. Biden has had two unsuccessful runs at the presidency, and he is getting up in age. The newly appointed darling of the Democratic Party, Abrams is seeing lots of opportunities dangled in her face — a U.S. Senate seat or perhaps her own presidential bid.

An Abrams presidency likely would be an insurmountable long shot. Biden would have to be at the top of the ticket. As broad-minded as Americans like to think we are, we have yet to prove that we can elect a woman as president. So it isn’t really a stretch to think that the next U.S. president probably will not be an African-American female.

In order to unseat Trump next year, Democrats will need someone who not only Democrats feel comfortable with, but also independents and Republicans who are on the hunt for somebody other than Trump.

The safest bet would be an older white man with a proven track record. Like it or not, that’s the type of leader many Americans trust the most.

There are many excellent qualities about a Biden-Abrams ticket. Their contrasting ideologies would give each faction of the party a voice. It could lead to a much-needed discussion about the direction of the party and how to best address the needs of the nation’s changing demographics. This is a conversation that America is in dire need of, and it will not happen under Republicans.

But more than that, choosing a white man and a black woman would give Americans a chance to make amends for the horrible mistake of electing Trump.

Contrary to how America has looked the last few years, it would paint us, in the eyes of the world, as a racially progressive nation after all. It would send a message that, while we have some serious flaws, Americans — for the most part — are tolerant people. And it would reaffirm our belief that inclusiveness is the only way to build a strong nation.

Republicans now a cult

Again we see Republicans violating their oaths of office to support and defend the constitution in order to support the lying President who leads them. Its clear the Republican party is now more a cult than a political party as we see in Arizona with the Chair sending out emails that are almost fascist in nature. Lying is now endemic with Republicans who cant seem to tell Social Security and Medicare from Communism. Hype is one thing but outright lying has now become a habit the Republican party just can’t resist. We all benefit from social endeavors like Hoover dam. Salt river project, CAP which we get water out of daily and friends that is all part of a social fabric welding America together. Think about it: weigh no Medicare or Social Security and how that would affect us all.

Donald Shelton
Northwest side

Proposed Rosemont Mine

My kids have grown up camping in the Santa Rita’s and Cienega Valley southeast of Tucson, climbing trees, playing in the creeks, and running through the grasses trying to spot prairie dogs. For my Mom’s 70th birthday last year, my brother and his wife came in from San Diego and we spent the day hiking in Patagonia and picnicking at the Sonoita vineyards. The drive along the incredibly scenic highway to Sonoita takes less than an hour from downtown Tucson, yet it is worlds away. This is a place so naturally special that it’s visited by jaguars and contains one of the few creeks in Arizona designated by the State as an Outstanding Water. Don’t be fooled. The proposed Rosemont Mine is not about copper, it’s about greed. There are places in Southern Arizona suitable for copper mines, and places not. Don’t give up yet.

Nicole Fyffe
West side

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