New York Times: Biden Beats Trump

New York Times, Sunday, November 5, 2020:

BIDEN BEATS TRUMP  RACE FINALLY CALLED AFTER RECORD TURNOUT;  CHAOTIC TERM ENDS WITH RARE INCUMBENT LOSS.

These Banner headlines were above the picture of Former Vice President Biden addressing the nation with Kamala Harris standing a few feet away on his right.   “Harris Will Become The Country’s First Female Vice President” was next to the picture. 

The days since Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, found millions  of Americans glued to TV watching the results coming in from the states. Throughout Wednesday, Thursday , Friday and Saturday….we watched the big boards and numbers mounting in different states.   It became clear that Joe Biden and Donald Trump were each receiving millions of votes.   This would not be a landslide for either candidate.   There were in person votes and those that had been mailed in.  All had to be counted by teams of workers in every state.

 Due to the pandemic, many states e.g. New Jersey had mailed ballots to all their registered voters.  We filled ours in early as did millions of others.   Lines grew in states where voters wanted to bring their completed forms to the appropriate drop box locations.  It should be noted that certain states like Texas limited the number of boxes.  Texas stood out with their decision to have ONE BOX in Harris County that included Houston with over a million people.  Republicans controlled this decision.  

This election will have the largest participation of registered voters ever.   Joe Biden won the popular vote and the electoral college vote.  The final count has not been reached as I  write.  He won over 74 million votes to Donald Trump’s 70 million.   Biden won the Blue Wall of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania which put him over the top in the Electoral College.  270 is the number that is required of the winner.  He won other states to reach 290.

There are still several states where counting  has not been completed : Georgia,  North Carolina . Biden is leading in Georgia ; Trump in North Carolina.  Georgia has 16 votes  which would give Biden a final count of 3 06.

Sunday was a day when celebrations erupted in cities across the country.  Joe Biden had been confirmed  president elect and hundreds of thousands of American men , women and children were in the streets  dancing,  singing, displaying their excitement and approval.   The TV coverage was in New York, San Francisco,  Miami, Chicago and D.C.  It lasted into the evening when Biden and Harris spoke to the nation.  She wore a white pant suit in remembrance of the Suffragists and said,  “ I have the great honor to introduce the President Elect of The United States, Joe Biden”  The Crowd erupted in thunderous applause.   He spoke of healing the nation  and said, “ I will be the president of those who voted for me and those who did not.”

His entire speech stressed healing the divisions in the nation and conquering the Covid19 pandemic. At the close,  Fireworks exploded in the sky spelling out the number 46 for his presidency  of the United States.  Then he was joined by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden and Kamala by her husband.  The four raised their arms in front of the stage in the traditional close to an acceptance speech. 

Epilogue:

It is now Tuesday and Donald Trump has refused to concede the election.  McConnell  and most Republican senators are supporting him in his right to investigate fraud at the polls.   This shocking event has never happened before in our presidential elections.   The fraud commission Trump created after he was elected ended in no findings.  He had lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton and that will remain on record.

We are facing a strange time during the weeks before January 20 when Joe Biden  and Kamala Harris will be sworn in before millions of rejoicing Americans and the world.  Usually the current president rides with the president elect.  It  would be fitting for Joe Biden to invite Barack Obama as his riding companion. 

While the ceremony takes place, the tradition is that the White House staff prepares the living quarters completely in the hours before the  new president and his wife return.  If Trump refuses to leave, it would be perfect if Colonel Alexander Vindamin and his twin brother also a Colonel who worked in the White House, perp march Trump out.  That reverses the way they had to leave.  Seems appropriate to me.

………………………………Joyce S. Anderson

The Forbes 400

The Forbes 400
The latest issue of Forbes Magazine lists the 400 richest billionaires in the United States. To qualify, the men and women must have made at least 2.1 billion the past three years.
Here are the top four:
Jeff Bezos Amazon age 65 179 billion
Bill Gates Microsoft 61 171 billion
Mark Zuckerberg 36 Facebook 85 billion
Warren Buffett 90 Berkshire Hathaway 73.5 billion

Reading the list, we find some very familiar names like Oprah Winfrey and the Koch brothers. Many are from areas of life that do not make the new s magazines.
I listened to a Forbes spokesperson on Morning Joe and heard a shocking statistic. The 400 are at the top of a total 630 billionaires. And only TEN give a set amount of their total wealth on a regular established basis to others who are at the other end of the income level.
I asked my husband to guess the number, and he paused before he said ALL. It seemed obvious to him and reflects his values .
Warren Buffett is famous as the Nebraskan who drives his Chevrolet and lives a simple life far from the hub of finance at Wall Street in New York City. He is known for allocating a distinct percent of his earnings to causes that benefit men and women at the lower end of the income range.
Bill and Melinda Gates are also known for the causes they have funded on a regular basis in African countries to wipe out malaria and other killer diseases.
We are all in the last weeks before the presidential election. It is important to learn the economic views and plans of both candidates. We have four years to judge the current president, Donald Trump. We also have eight years to judge his opponent , Joe Biden who served with Barack Obama.
In their speeches, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have said, “ Health Care is on the Ballot”… They know that Donald Trump and the Republican Senate have tried 70 times to overturn Obama Care… the ACA act. Each time, they have failed.
On November 10, one week after the election, the fate of Obamacare will be heard at The Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett will have been confirmed by the Republican majority in the Senate and sworn in by the president at the White House to become a new Justice. That event will probably become another “super spreader” of Covid 19 since Trump does not approve of masks at the White House.
Under Donald Trump’s presidency, there has been an increase in the difference between the wealthy and the poor in The United States. That is also on the ballot this year. Under Trump tax breaks went to the wealthy. The article in Forbes brought that front and center in my mind. A Biden victory will lead to changes in our future tax and monetary legislation.
I started with the Forbes 400 and it led to the most important presidential election in modern history.
Stay safe and VOTE…. All our lives and future are at stake.
…………………………………………………..Joyce S. Anderson

Amy Coney Barrett

This was the week of hearings for the Supreme Court
seat held by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The judge’s husband
and children were present in the audience each of the
three days. She would be the first Supreme Court justice
to have school age children.

The setting was two rows of senators in an open V shape
with reporters sitting on the floor inside the V. Major
Cable channels carried the confirmation hearing live
without any commercial interruption. Americans could
also watch on their computers.

The Senate Judiciary Committee members, Republican
and Democratic, took turns asking questions of Judge
Barrett. She took the traditional standing oath to
respond to their questions from Lindsey Graham, Chair of
the Judiciary Committee.

The stakes are high for Judge Barrett and for both
parties. Donald Trump has nominated two current
justices, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Barrett arrives with
the history of Merrick Garland being nominated by
Barack Obama when Justice Scalia died.

Senator McConnell refused to allow confirmation
hearings and interviews for eight months . He declared
that the American people should choose the president
who will nominate the successor to Justice Ginsburg.

Now, only weeks and days before the November 3
election, he announced hours after Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg died, that he would schedule interviews and a
confirmation hearing as soon as Donald Trump sent him
a nominee for her seat.

That nominee was high on the Federalist Society list for
the president to make his choice, Amy Coney Barrett.
Trump held a large meeting in the Rose Garden at the
White House to introduce her. She stood next to him as
her husband and seven children were seated in the first
row next to Melania Trump.

It should be noted that political events should not be
held in the White House. Also that seats were close
together and very few people wore masks. It became
known as a 11SUperspreader event” with many attendees
testing positive for Covid 19 in the days that followed.

Judge Barrett was a Notre Dame University law professor
with a sterling academic record when she was confirmed
by the Senate for a seat as an Appeals Court Judge. She
served for the first three years of Trump’s presidency on
that court, a relatively brief time compared with most
judges who start at the District Level and then reach
Appeals Court level.

During the three days of her hearings, there was a sharp
contrast between questions from Republican and
Democratic senators. This was expected since the
circumstances of her appointment were controversial as
well as the emphasis that Trump and McConnell had
placed on having a shift in the Liberal v Conservative
blocs on the High Court.

At present there is no longer a split of four liberals and
four convervative with Chief Justice John Roberts the
Swing vote on certain important cases like ObamaCare
and DACA . Judge Barrett was a conservative in her
rulings on the Appeals Court. Gorsuch and Kavanaugh
are also conservatives. Thus the Supreme Court would
become six –three. Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan are
the liberals …. Thomas, Alito , Gorsuch, Kavanaugh .
Barrett, and Chief Justice Roberts who usually votes
Conservative.

On the Supreme Court docket in early November is the
Trump administration case to eliminate Obamacare. This
is the seventieth time 70 Donald Trump has tried to
destroy ObamaCare. First he tried for years to have
Congress destroy it . In that dramatic finale, John Me
Cain returned to the Senate when they were voting.
Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski had already voted No.
Only one more No vote was needed. Me Cain came in
from his sick bed … walked to the desk and turned his
thumb down. It was one of the most dramatic votes ever
taken by the Senate.

Democratic senators stressed Health Care for the
American people in their questions to Amy Coney
Barrett. ObamaCare serves millions of Americans and
losing all aspects of it would be a crushing blow to their
lives. The senators each dealt with that in their
questions. Some had pictures of their people and told
their stories. Others stressed the pre existing conditions
coverage that they would lose if Obamacare were
declared invalid. Issues of law were discussed by other
Democrats in depth. Senator Kamala Harris, who is Joe
Biden’s running mate ended the third day with an
impassioned emphasis on Obamacare to the American
people.

Republican senators stressed Barrett’s academic record
and offered rebuttals to Democratic comments. Several .
including Chairman Lindsey Graham, have very close
races in their states and must weigh the Obamacare
argument at home. Graham has another problem. He
said at the time Merrick Garland was denied his seat that
it was wrong to do that. He is being shown on cable
news saying “You can quote me on that.”

Amy Coney Barrett had been one of Antonin Scalia’s
clerks. She knew that Merrick Garland was Chief of the
important D.C. Circuit Court. She also said that he should
have been given his seat on The Supreme Court .

……………………………………………………………

At present, we don’t know how the entire Senate will
vote after the Judiciary Committee takes their vote. It
does not appear that the Democrats have four
Republican members who will vote No. It will be a close
coun~ but there will be the required number to appoint
Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

—-Joyce S. Anderson

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Notorius RBG

On the night the American people learned of her death,  hundreds of women and men gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court.   A picture shows them sitting holding a giant sign that said, “Honor  Her Wish”  The  large picture was in The New York Times.

She had dictated the words to her granddaughter before she died.  “My fervent wish is that my seat on the Supreme Court will be filled by the next president of the United States. “ 

On the same night, just a few hours after the announcement, Senator Mitch McConnell,  Majority  Leader announced that  a successor to her seat would be nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate.    Minority Leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer responded by quoting Mc Connell’s statement when Barack Obama  nominated Merrick Garland , Chief Judge of the important D.C. Circuit Court   to fill the seat of Justice Antonin  Scalia  after his death.   At that time, McConnell declared  that “The American People should decide who fills that  seat since we will have a national election within the coming year.”   He refused to hold a confirmation hearing and vote in the Senate to confirm Judge Garland during the many months until the next election. Thus, Barack Obama was not able to fulfill his Constitutional role of  nominating a successor to Antonin Scalia.

 This time there will be a national election in weeks and days.  However, Mc Connell said  since  the senate and president are of the same political party, the Constitutional  procedure will be followed.  This explanation was criticized by other respected political figures and commentators .  They   stressed the need for the American People  deciding  the Trump v Biden 2020 election.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been described as an historic  judicial  icon  by many jurists.   Before she was  nominated by President Bll Clinton,  she had forged a reputation  as a lawyer in the  courts supporting women’s rights in all areas of American life. 

  She was one of nine women to enter Harvard Law School in a class of five hundred men in her early years.   When the dean entertained the group one afternoon, he told each woman, “You know, you replaced a man in the class.”  She never forgot that question. 

There are two excellent books about her :  Notorious  RBG  The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg  by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik    and

In My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Her early years and Lighter side.   Major decisions and dissents

Both books reveal  her brilliance as a thinker and writer.  She liked to write at night when she said “my pen is hot”.   Most of  her fellow judges and justices have always praised her humanity and openness.  She appeared tiny in size sitting next to Clarence Thomas on the bench.   His customary silence was a contrast to her strong and  compelling decisions and dissents . 

RBG will be missed  by  all who knew her personally and by the people of the United States. … the women especially.

Post Script:  The response to Mc Connell and Trump rushing to place another woman on the Supreme Court , one who will be a strong Conservative in favor of ending  Roe v Wade has electrified the women of this country.  Seventy percent of women are in favor of Roe , guaranteeing  the right to abortion.  Millions of dollars were donated over the weekend when Mc Connell and Trump made their statements.  Donations to Planned Parenthood and to Joe Biden who supports Roe v Wade as established law.

Prediction:  Mitch Mc Connell who is tied with Amy McGrath, a former Marine Pilot will lose his seat in the Senate when the women of Kentucky vote him out of office.

Donald J. Trump who continues to trail Joe Biden in the national and state polls will lose the re-election  he seeks so desperately,   He announced today that he will strive for a THIRD TERM IN OFFICE!!!

Only Franklin Delano Roosevelt served more than two terms during World War II.  He died during his fourth term and Harry Truman became president.

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Donald Trump and The Military

Early History:  As a teenager,  Donald was sent to a military school  to learn discipline. He later worked with his father as a young man in the real estate business.  He learned to circle certain potential clients with a large C for those they would not accept as clients.  C meant Colored.

During the Vietnam War,  Donald Trump had a doctor verify that he had “bone spurs in his heels” and used that to dodge the draft .  Years later when that doctor was interviewed, it was not clear if this excuse was valid.

When one of his sons suggested he would go into the service,  Trump said  “ If you do, I’ll disown you.”

Update to 2020:  A record of his statements about the military and actions he took  since becoming president have been reported and compiled.  At present, there is a fierce explosion of comments he made that appeared in The Atlantic reported by their Editor in Chief  Jeffrey Goldberg.  Here are some that are being discussed on Cable News and in The New York Times and TheWashington Post :

Trump was in France in 2018 and a visit to The  Aisne –Marne American Cemetery was canceled , “due to rain”.  Later, he told senior members, “Why should  I go to that cemetery?  It’s filled with  losers.”   A leak to the press was that he did not want his hair mussed up by the rain.

When he returned from the visit, he was so impressed with the military parade in Paris  that he wanted a similar parade here  on Pennsylvania Avenue . He would be saluted when they passed his box.  Another requirement Trump wanted was that “No wounded soldiers would be included in the parade.  It didn’t look good.”  Defense Secretary James Mattis was successful in downplaying the idea of a military parade of any kind in D.C.  Trump had seen one in North Korea and loved it there as well. 

Another incident occurred when he was standing next to  his Chief of Staff ,  Former General   John G. Kelly   at the grave of  his son who had died during wartime . After the service at the military cemetery filled with rows of hundreds of  white tombstones, Trump  turned to him and said “I don’t get it .  What’s in it for them?”  

The first time the president insulted Senator John Mc Cain became an indelible memory for many Americans.  He said very succinctly when a discussion of heroes was being recorded.  “I don’t consider soldiers who have been captured as heroes.  I only like the ones who were not captured.” Those  were his words for Mc Cain who was shot down and tortured for five years by the North Koreans.  After John Mc Cain died,  the staff lowered flags at the White House and Trump complained that he didn’t want them down.  John Mc Cain had “killed his Health Care Bill “and Trump never fore gave him for that.  However, the staff prevailed and the flags stayed down.

The Atlantic article also included  examples of Trump calling soldiers who had died in war , “suckers”.   The response on cable news channels from former military commanders has been harsh   on hearing  this label for the troops they commanded during wartime.  “Disgusting” said one.

Trump has repeatedly called the article and the uproar from military leaders a HOAX…his favorite label .  He denies the quotations  that are affirmed by multiple people in each case.   He has gone on the offensive and said today, “The generals want war. They benefit from combat and the economic boost.”  Yet we know that Eisenhower for example did not want us to enter WW II.  And most generals deny his accusation vociferously.  

This morning, Trump said, “The troops love me. That’s what’s important.” 

Post script:   Senator Tammy Duckworth was a combat helicopter pilot in Iraq,  when an enemy rocket exploded inside the cockpit shooting down the plane. Her co-pilot saved her life, carrying her unconscious to the medics.  Duckworth lost both her legs that tragic day.  She received the  Purple  Heart and retired in 2014 as a Lieutenant Colonel. She is seen as a hero by most Americans.

Donald Trump said of her, “She didn’t know how to handle the helicopter.”   Her response was to create the perfect label for him.   We all know he loves to give unflattering nick names to people he sees as  political enemies.   Duckworth coined “Cadet Bone Spurs”  for Trump, the Draft Dodger.

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Republican Convention at The White House

It is important to headline the location of the convention for several reasons.  The White House, known as the people’s house, is where the president and his family live on the second floor.  The  Oval Office on the first floor is the center of the Executive Branch of our government.  It is where the president does his work.  Adjacent offices house important staff members.

When planning took place, Donald Trump decided the four night Republican National Convention should take place on the White House lawn.  This has never happened since The Hatch Act was passed in 1939 and amended in l993.  The Hatch Act makes clear that The White House should not be used for political purposes.

Thus, four nights of a thousand people crammed together on the lawn should not have occurred. We do not know whether the Hatch Act was discussed in the planning process.  We do know that what Donald Trump wanted to happen did happen.  There were several comments in the media when it was announced about The Hatch Act, but they apparently had no effect.

During the convention,  Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo appeared virtually  from Jerusalem, Israel, definitely with a political purpose of support for the president’s  re-election.

A second serious concern about choosing  the White House lawn was that it was a dangerous place to seat the audience for the four nights. Only the people coming for the first two rows were tested for the Corona virus.  Very few people were wearing masks.  The results of this experience on their health are not known at this time.  We do  remember the effect of the Tulsa rally for Trump  when people were seated this way. Herman Caine is the most well known person who died afterward from the virus among others who became ill.

 

Content and Design of the four nights

The focus was completely on Donald Trump and the Trump family throughout the convention.   The president and first lady walked slowly down a curved staircase to applause to open the events.  Each of his adult children took part during the days that followed.   They  spoke on different topics about his  achievements during the first four years. Those in the audience as well as TV viewers  would have to weigh the accuracy of their speeches.   Certain newspapers did fact checking on their speeches as well as the final hour and a half speech Trump gave accepting the nomination.

The president’s speech pulled out all the stops , attacking his opponent Joe Biden as a far left Socialist who would harm America with similar themes to the ads that are running on TV.  He warned of chaos in the streets of the cities in Biden’s America.  It was ironic that his descriptions were of the scenes that are happening  right now in his  America.

At one point, he said he favored a woman some day for vice president but  “ Kamala Harris was incompetent.”  He suggested Ivanka Trump would be a good choice.

The final night of the convention brought fireworks that spelled out  TRUMP  in the dark sky.  The spectacle was over.  In the final days of August , polls showed that Donald Trump did not get a bounce from the Republican convention.  In fact,  Joe Biden’s lead had increased in National Polls and Swing States as well.

……………………………………………..Joyce S. Anderson

Snapshots From The Two Conventions

Democratic Convention

First Night

When Michele Obama spoke at the 2016  Democratic Convention, she introduced the phrase,  “When they go low, we go high”.  She told this convention that she had not changed her mind.  She said, “ After four years of President Trump, some might ask ,  Does going high  still really  work?”

“My answer –Going high is the only thing that works, because when we use those  tactics of degrading and dehumanizing others, we just become part of the ugly noise that is drowning out everything else.”

Senator Bernie Sanders  also ran for the Democratic presidential nomination as he had with Hillary Clinton in 2016 .  At this convention, although he did not agree with Biden on some major policies, he urged his supporters to support Joe Biden and be sure to  vote.

Kristin Urquiza, a woman whose father died from the Covid 19 virus. electrified the Convention and all of us who heard her that night.  She was quoted in newspapers and on Cable TV  for days.  She said, “ My father, Mark Antony Urquiza . sixty five year old  had no underlying health problems  had voted for Mr. Trump and went out  one day  because he believed the pandemic was under control. “ She said he died isolated from his family.  She  added. Her father’s “only pre=existing  condition was trusting Donald Trump.  For that, he paid with his life.”

 

Second night

Sally Yates, the former Acting Attorney General listed the norms Trump had broken before and after she refused to defend his ban on Muslim people. “His constant attacks on The F.B.I. ,  the free press, inspectors general . They all have one purpose, to remove his abuse of power.  Put simply, he treats our country like it’s his family business— this time, bankrupting our nation’s authority home and abroad. But our county doesn’t belong to him. It belongs to us.”

Formal normination of  Joe Biden to be President  was done with a virtual roll call of the fifty states.  Each state cast ballots and he was officially the choice of the Democratic Party.   His speech was a block buster hard hitting presentation.   Not the  “sleepy Joe”  Trump attacks.  Joe Biden   has the years of experience  as Vice President with Barack Obama to draw upon.

Dr. Jill Biden, his wife gave the keynote speech at the close.  She gave it from a classroom where she used to teach ar Brandywine Highschool in Delaware.   She told the story  of Joe Biden’s life and his resilience in times of  personal tragedy when his young wife and daughter were killed in a car accident.   He was a young newly installed senator at the time.  His two sons Beau and Hunter were at home and he commuted each day from D.C. to Delaware to be there in the morning when they awoke and at the close of the day, returning  on the train to be there when they went to bed..  He became a legend on the train.

She spoke of their meeting and life together.  She also spoke of  Beau Biden who became Attorney General of Delaware and who died of brain cancer when Joe was Vice President.  The book “Promise me Dad” is about his plea to his father to run for president.

Jill Biden drew a comparison between  Joe making a family  whole again and  his qualities to make a nation whole again after the pandemic and Trump’s divisive years.  She stressed that people know Joe as a decent man who can be trusted.

 

Third Night

Barack  Obama  broke a tradition of former  presidents not criticizing their  successors by name when he said, “President Trump has abused his power and shown no interest in treating the presidency as one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”

“I did hope for the sake of our country that Donald Trump might shows some interest in taking the job seriously – that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care –but he never did.  Donald Trump hasn’t gotten into the job because he can’t”

Obama’s searing denunciation of Trump was followed by  Kamala Harris entering the stage to address the virtual audience of millions watching on television.  She walked confidently to the podium and began a memorable speech as the first woman of color to be chosen to join a major party’s  presidential ticket.

She recalled her mother, a cancer researcher, who died of the Corona Virus in 2009.  “ I keep thinking about that 25 year old Indian woman, all of five feet tall, who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland California .  On that day, she would never have imagined that I  would be standing here before you now, and speaking these words.”

She then paused,– and said with confidence and passion, “I accept your  nomination for Vice President of The United States of America.”

Hillary Clinton,  winner of the popular vote for president in 2016,  had a warning for the viewers.  She said, “Remember,  Joe and Kamala can win three million more votes and still lose – take it from me.  We need numbers so overwhelming Trump can’t  sneak  or steal his way to victory”.Like Obama, she said she had hoped Trump  would rise to the job and she urged people to vote as early as possible.  People have told me, “I didn’t realize how dangerous he was. I  wish I had voted.   Look. This can’t be another woulda,  coulda shoulda election.”

Former Representative Gabriel Giffords speech was an emotional high point for listeners.   She has become  one of the most dedicated advocates for stricter gun control  laws after being shot in the head  in 2011.  Her husband, Mark Kelly , running for the senate seat in Arizona , has worked for years with her to restore her speech.   She still has difficulty speaking from the brain injury  and her speech  was the longest she has ever given.

She said, “I put one foot in front of the other.  I found one word and then  found another.  My recovery was a daily struggle but fighting makes me stronger.  Words once came easily. Today I struggle with speech.  But I have not lost my voice.  America needs all of us to speak out,  even when you have to fight to find the words.”

 

Final Night

The first hour presented the Biden-Harris policy agenda , the programs they would emphasize and others they would bring back after Trump cut them.  ElizabethWarren  spoke about child care from a preschool classroom.  She gave her personal experience as a young working mother when her aunt moved in to help her.   Climate change was discussed by several young activists  in response to Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Pact.  A third area was Immigration policy.  An eleven year old girl,  Estela Juarez whose mother had been deported  told  Mr. Trump in that segment,  “Instead of protecting us, you tore our world apart.” Biden=Harris would insure DACA  would be safe.

Seven former presidential rivals spoke about Joe Biden in the next hour with Cory Booker as host. They gave examples of Biden reaching out to people in need,  his empathy for the millions of families that have lost a member to the Cororna virus, and his “decency”  and  moral character traits.    The contrast with Trump was evident.

Mayor Keisha Bottoms of Atlanta paid tribute to John Lewis of Georgia.  She said, “ The Civil Rights leader’s passion for making “good trouble”  is what  the Democratic Party has been reaching for this past week.”

He walked gently among us not as a Civil Rights icon but as a God fearing man who did what he could to fulfill the unfulfilled promise of America. “

Joe Biden’s  acceptance speech was the finale of the Convention.  He spoke in clear strong words of his goals and plans for the nation.  His tone was positive throughout.   His speech was a direct contrast with current speeches of Donald Trump’s  emphasis on law and order  to control the Black Lives Matter protests occurring after the death of George Floyd.

…………………………………………Joyce S. Anderson

Note:  The Republican Convention will be covered separately .  I am working up to it.  Sincerely, JSA

Harris Joins Biden on Democratic Ticket: A First!

 

Three other women were chosen by Democratic Presidential contenders to be their running mates. Kamala Harris, daughter of a Black father and mother of Indian descent is the first woman of color.  Both parents are immigrants who came to the United States before she was born in Oakland , California 55 years ago.

Joe Biden announced his selection in a text message and in an email to his supporters. “Joe Biden here. Big news.   I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate.  Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.”   This happened on  Tuesday , August 11. Biden had said he would pick a woman and interviews of qualified women had taken place.   Susan Rice,  Karen Bass,  Elizabeth Warren, Val Demings and Gretchen Witmer  had been finalists.

Harris has a formidable background  that led to her entry into the 2020 Presidential race in Oakland when 20,000  excited people gathered to cheer her first official speech.  It is ironic  that  Donald Trump ,who is fixated on numbers in crowds commented at the time about her crowd size being amazing.

As a child,  Kamala rode a school bus during  Civil Rights Movement activities.   She grew up learning history first hand and attended Howard University, a leading Black college for her bachelor’s degree.  She earned a law degree and became a prosecutor , developing formidable  questioning skills in courtrooms.  Next, she decided to seek a political career and ran against  the District Attorney  in San Francisco who was her boss.  Kamala won that race  and built a reputation  as knowledgeable , fair and tough on criminals.  Kamala finally  sought the top legal position in California,  Attorney General and won.  During her years as Attorney General of California she became friends with the Attorney General of Delaware,  Beau Biden,  son of Joe Biden.

Kamala Harris finally ran for the United States Senate and won.  Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey who has known her for over two decades, said,  “ There was no path laid out  for her.  She had to be savvy to find her way through the set of obstacles  that most people in the positions she’s held have not had to deal with.  Cory Booker, who served as the Black mayor of Newark, New Jersey, the largest city in the state, knows exactly what those obstacles are:  racism and prejudice.

As a senator, Harris serves on The Intelligence Committee as well as The Judiciary Committee.  Different important hearings were held when her questioning skills became known to the American public during televised hearings.   William Barr the Attorney General of  the United States was questioned by her  about his introduction of Robert Mueller’s  400 page Report about Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.  He had submitted a four page cursory overview and she asked him if he had read all of it including footnotes.  He hemmed and hawed and finally said he had not read everything.  She had cut him down to size before millions of viewers.  Some of us never forgot that.

Kamala also was a fierce questioner of Brett Kavanaugh when he was Donald Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court.   When Joe Biden introduced her, he said “She is the best person to take the fight to Donald Trump.”

Now, we see that Donald Trump  has created a second Birther Lie…..   He is saying that she was not born in the United States.   Her mother was born in India, NOT KAMALA…. GOT THAT DONALD….. Your grandfather was born in Germany… not Sweden as you lied for years.   Stop creating BIG LIES ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>     Joyce S. Anderson.

The President is Not Above The Law

 

On  Thursday,  July 9,  Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a 7-2 decision, “No citizen, not even the president,  is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding.” The court’s four liberals voted with him as well as Donald Trump’s two conservative appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.  Justices  Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.

Trump immediately attacked the decision on Twitter, “ This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt and others and now I have to  keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York . Not fair to this Presidency or Administration.”

Justice Kavanaugh had said it a different way, “In our system of government, as this court  has often stated,  no one is above the law. That principle applies, of course to a president.”

Trump had claimed “absolute immunity” from investigators seeking his tax returns.   For years, he had said that he was under audit, therefore he could not give his tax returns.  That tired excuse no longer was valid.

He also had boasted at the failed Tulsa rally that he had appointed two “great justices to the Supreme Court”.    Their votes with the majority made clear that they were independent in their new positions.  In recent weeks, the court defied the president in  cases on gay rights, DACA  immigration, and abortion.  Two years ago,  Roberts rebuked Trump by saying there were “ No Obama judges and Trump judges” .

The landmark 7-2 decision was Trump  v.  Vance that New York prosecutors  could seek Mr. Trump’s financial records.

……………………………….Joyce S. Anderson

Hillary Clinton Won The Popular Vote in 2016

I am becoming angry with TV commentators who refer to Hillary Clinton’s poor campaign”. Were they seeing the same Democratic women that I saw wearing “I’m With Her” Shirts? Did they see Hillary sit through thirteen hours of grilling by a hostile Republican oversight committee and never lose her cool. Or watch the four debates with Donald Trump where she was judged as the WINNER of all by the judges? Even of the one where he loomed behind her in a threatening manner and she continued talking to the audience? Do these TV political “experts” remember the New York Times endorsement which described her as the most qualified nominee in the modern era. As Secretary of State for Barack Obama, she had traveled the world and laid the foundation for the crucial Nuclear Treaty with Iran that Donald Trump refused to honor when he took office.

Early in the campaign, Trump gave her the nickname “Crooked Hillary” which had no logical foundation since she was a lawyer. Then Michael Flynn, Trump’s buddy started the “Lock her Up” chants that caught fire at his rallies.

Hillary Clinton campaigned on a platform that reached out to all people to build togetherness and strength in our society. Her use of her personal server became an issue Trump magnified. Remember when her debate opponent Bernie Sanders said, “I’m sick of your damn emails” and broke up the audience. However, she never did anything illegal.

James Comey, Director of The F.B. I., decided to hold a press conference without consulting his boss, the U.S. Attorney General to report on their investigation of her emails. He was breaking the rules by doing this. He reported that she and her staff were “careless” in their work. He did not mention that the F.B.I. was also investigating Donald Trump and his staff at the same time. This label harmed her reputation. James Comey was to hold other press conferences about Hillary Comey at crucial times in the campaign that affected the outcome. After the Access Hollywood tapes occurred that revealed Donald Trump as a molester of women, Comey held a press conference to share that he was investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails again. Then in November on the Sunday before the Tuesday election, he again spoke about her campaign.

While she was in Philadelphia with Barack and Michelle Obama with all the political experts predicting a huge victory, Russian cyber experts were working to affect the vote counts in key states of Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. They did their work well. Hillary won the popular vote by over two million votes.

But Donald Trump won the Electoral College with the necessary 272 votes for President of The United States. He did not expect to win and neither did the experts.

Now, as we prepare for the election in November, we know what that result has meant to the country and all of us. We know that Trump is a very different president from his predecessors. He does not read or listen to the PDB each morning. The President’s Daily Brief that is compiled by our Intelligence experts. We also know he favors Twitter for his communications and has told over sixteen thousand false statements and lies, documented by a reporter at The Washington Post. He is a very different president from the Hillary Clinton we knew before and during the campaign.

I think of how she would have handled the Pandemic and the Russia crisis of paying the Taliban to kill our soldiers. I know she would have had the right advice from her military and state department officials. She would have been a very different president from Donald J. Trump.

Let’s hope that Joe Biden wins the election in a landslide in November.

…………………………………………………. Joyce S . Anderson