Hello everyone, I’m back for another “Weekend Roundup.” I hope you all had a good week watching the Democratic debates (which we’ll talk about) and doing whatever you do to ignore politics. Unfortunately, though, we can’t always ignore them so let’s get this out of the way so that we can enjoy our weekend.
The Democratic Debates
On Tuesday and Wednesday, twenty different Democratic presidential contenders took to the stage in the Fox Theater in Detroit to debate on who should become the party’s nominee. It was quite the affair. To make this easy, I’m going to divide this section up into two parts (Tuesday and Wednesday) and give a few quotes and takeaways from each night.
Tuesday (Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney, and Steve Bullock)
1.“You might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump!” -John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado, commenting on the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.
The obvious divide in the Democratic party was on full display Tuesday as the “moderates” of the party took issue with the “radical” ideas of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Sanders and Warren seemed to tag-team their way through the night in the fight against the more centrist candidates with little to no real debate between the two frontrunners on the stage.
One example of this was when John Delaney, a former representative from Maryland. Said, “We should deal with the tragedy of being uninsured and give everyone healthcare as a right, but why do we have to be the party of taking something away from people. That’s what they’re [Sanders and Warren] running on. They’re running on telling half the country that your health care is illegal. It says it right in the bill.”
When CNN moderator Jake Tapper framed Delaney’s statement into a question directed at Sanders, Sanders responded by simply saying, “You’re wrong,” which prompted laughter from the audience. He then elaborated by saying, “So let’s be clear about this, we are the Democrats. We are not trying to take away healthcare from anyone. That’s what the Republicans are trying to do. And we should stop using Republican talking points.”
The big hit of the night, however, came from Elizabeth Warren. When she blasted the so-called moderates when she stated, “I don’t understand why anyone goes through all the trouble of running for president of the United States to just talk about what we can’t do and what we shouldn’t fight for.”
In the end, the “moderates” of the race were mostly unsuccessful in their attempts to take down Sanders and Warren, who are quickly leading the Democrats down the path to socialism. While Delaney and Hickenlooper fought for the presidency, Sanders and Warren fought to transform this nation into a model of their ideology. What we saw was far from the party JFK, and more like the Soviet Union where Bernie Sanders spent his honeymoon. This debate could be a glimpse into the future of what is to come for the Democrats: socialism trumping realism.
2. “The very foundation of this country, the wealth that we have built, was literally on the backs of those who were kidnapped and brought here by force.” -Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas representative, speaking on slavery.
Beto O’Rourke has lost it. Or maybe more succinctly, Beto lost it when the media traded him for Mayor Pete. Either way, he is now trying to do everything he possibly can to make waves, including complete pandering.
What does Beto mean by basically saying this country was built on slavery? Yes, slavery was a part of this country at its conception, but that doesn’t mean it was built on slavery. Our Constitution states that “All men are created equal.” That doesn’t exactly sound pro-slavery to me. Also, does anyone remember that we fought an entire war to abolish slavery? Thousands died so that all men could be set free from their awful bondage.
Plus, the anti-slavery North was always more profitable than the pro-slavery South. So to say that our country’s wealth was built on slavery is completely false. What we are now seeing from Beto is a last-ditch effort to boost his polling by making completely outlandish claims. Beto will not be the nominee; most Americans know that this bureaucracy is complete garbage and not what this nation needs.
3. “If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid the Democrats are going to see some very dark days.” -Marianne Williamson, author and weirdo spiritual guru.
I have this quote in here to simply point out how weird Williamson is. Remember, in the last debate how she said she would beat President Trump’s “hate” with “love”? Yeah, Williamson is of the strangest candidate up there.
That being said, she has a large, devoted following and is seen by many as something different. She’s also a DC outsider and not a career politician. Sound familiar? She’s a long-shot, but I wouldn’t count her out yet.
Wednesday (Michael Bennett, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, Andrew Yang)
1. “Mr. Vice President, there’s a saying in my community: You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and ya don’t even know the flavor.” -New Jersey Senator Cory Booker speaking to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Let’s just say; everyone came to play on Wednesday. Biden was sandwiched between his two most vocal rivals in Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, but “Sleepy Joe” didn’t back down this time…unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
While attacking Biden on his criminal justice reform, Booker told Joe: “If you want to compare records–and frankly, I’m shocked that you do–I am happy to do that.” The line gained much applause and laughter. Biden tried to punch back, however, by going after Booker’s record as mayor of Newark, Booker responded with the now-viral line. “You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid, and ya don’t even know the flavor.” Effectively telling Biden, he was getting into something he didn’t know much about.
Pretty much every candidate on the stage, with maybe the exception of Michael Bennet, went after frontrunner Joe Biden at some point. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tried to attack Biden by going after an op-ed he had written back in the 80’s. It seemed to say Biden hadn’t approved of women working outside the home. This was an attack, though, that Biden effectively parried telling Gillibrand. “In the very beginning, my deceased wife worked when we had children; my present wife has worked all of the ways through raising our children. The fact of the matter is the situation is one that I don’t what has happened. I wrote the violence against women act…I was deeply involved in all of these things…You came to Syracuse University with me and said it was wonderful. I am passionate about the concern, making sure women are treated equally. I don’t know what’s happened except that you are now running for president.” Got ’em.
2. “Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor, and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record.” Hawaiian Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, referring to Senator Kamala Harris.
Though not one of the top polling candidates, Tulsi Gabbard was once again the most Googled candidate following the July debates. This was in no small part because of her careful, precise takedown of Kamala Harris.
Congresswoman Gabbard said “Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor, and that she’ll be a prosecutor president. But I’m deeply concerned about this record. She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when asked if she ever smoked marijuana. She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California. She fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.” Talk about some opposition research.
Harris tried to rebuttal, but the damage had been done.
3. “If you agree with me, go to ‘Joe 30330’ and help me in this fight. Thank you very much.” -Former Vice President Joe Biden during his closing statements.
Go to “Joe 30330.” Um, what?
Joe Biden’s debate performance was, as a whole, better in July than in June. However, he had the internet scratching its head when he directed people to go to someplace called “Joe 30330.” People quickly figured out he meant to say something more along the lines of “text ‘Joe’ to 30330.”
But what happens if you do go to “Joe 30330”? If you now type joe30330.com directly into your URL bar, it will bring you to a page promoting Josh Fayer for president. The page says, “As the first Gen Z’er to declare candidacy for this office, you can trust that I’m the real deal. And I’m not joshin’ you.”
At the bottom of the page, a message has been added that says: “Hey! If Joe Biden sent you here, we want to make something clear: we’re not affiliated with any presidential campaign. We’re just having some good fun- maybe a little at the expense of Joe.”
Well, that ends this long section on the debates. That was fun. Right?
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-The Fed dropped rates for the first time in over a decade on Wednesday.
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Alright, thanks to everyone for taking the time to read my article. I hope everyone has a good rest of their weekend. Stay cool (literally and figuratively).
-Antonio L. Jimenez