This week, I heard a lot about former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg regarding his infamous stop and frisk policy, his redlining practice, that he held up the settlement of the Central Park 5, and non-specifi c mistreatment of women when he was Mayor of New York. Someone said, “Every candidate is flawed.” But even as flawed as they may be, no one is as flawed as the criminal we now have in the White House. I don’t have enough space to list his numerous flaws - openly calling women derogatory names (He called Omarosa “a dog”). He admitted to grabbing women by the genitals, and kissing them without their permission. He tried to bribe the president of a foreign country. He discriminated against blacks who wanted to live in his properties. He took Mexican children from their parents at the border and locked them in cages. He’s serial liar. The list goes on and on.
Amy Klobuchar voted “For English Only” in her state. She is facing scrutiny over her treatment of congressional staff and her workplace demeanor. Pete Buttigieg who’s attempting to win. If he does, he would be the fi rst gay U.S. President. He stated, “We need a president whose vision [is] shaped by the American Heartland rather than… ineffective Washington politics.” However, some won’t vote for a gay president. As Mayor of South Bend Indiana, he fired the black police chief. Also a former policy associate has fi led a discrimination complaint, claiming bosses at the city ignored her physical limitations and requests for accommodations.
Bernie Sanders is a Socialist. Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging reason to believe that our Revolution, a nonprofi t political organization established by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in 2016 and now supporting his 2020 presidential campaign, violated the federal ‘soft money’ ban.
Elizabeth Warren's campaign is facing a labor complaint filed by a Sanders supporter focused on the campaign's use of its confi dentiality agreement.Joe Biden has a problem with the past crime bill and Lucy Flores, the former Nevada legislator accused the former Vice President of kissing and touching her.
When I was a small child my father’s employer offered an opportunity to leave Oklahoma to come to California. Daddy said “Yes”, and thank God for the opportunity. When I got older I learned that the employer had been unfair to my father. I am still thankful for the opportunity to come to California in what was the 1940’s. The schools were better, we lived in the right neighborhood, the right’s movement had already hit California, and opportunities were available that we didn’t have being black in Oklahoma. Our family ended up in business and we prospered with little open discrimination.
I say open discrimination because my classmate’s parents were newly arrived in California from Texas and Oklahoma, and to them I was just another N--gg-r.. That meant that I had to fi ght each time I was called out of my name.
My dad had to work in unfair conditions because he was black. An example is that he worked in a company’s automobile detail shop, which located in the rear of the dealership away from the main sales area. The bosses’ sons who were trained by Daddy were able to sell repaired and refurbished cars and make more money.
I must say that my Dad was a wise. He fi gured out a way to even out the score. When old cars came in needing minor work, Daddy told the boss the car was irreparable. They let him take the car to “get rid of it”. He would buy the car from them at a cheap cost, fix it up and sell it, making himself a nice a profit.
U.S. Black Congress members, Greg Meeks, Lucy Mcbath (mother of Jordan Davis who was killed by the police) and former Black Panther Bobby Rush are endorsing Michael. Every one of the fl awed candidates, except Trump, has asked for apology.
In addition to an apology, Bloomberg is putting his money where his mouth is. However many, blacks think it's just lip service. He has paid millions of dollars in campaign dollars to black media as well as all other media entities. While Democrats squabble over which candidate’s apology is the truest, Trump is guaranteed to waltz in to win a second term. My vote is for the one I think can beat Trump. I'm still undecided.
Trump is supporting private prisons and selling military weapons to Police Departments. Cases to stop voter suppression are not being pushed through the courts. Instead, they have been dropped, thanks to the president who asked Blacks, “What do you have to lose” if blacks vote for him? Well let’s see: In Florida, you must pay all your debts. This is Trump’s new poll tax. Our rights are being taken away, one by one, behind our backs and under our noses. He is actively working on overturning Obamacare. He is actively working on cutting food stamps and social security. He took money from the Pentagon’s budget for his Trump wall and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow states to cap Medicaid spending –essentially putting forward the notion that we should ration health care for the most vulnerable people in our nation. The Trump administration announced an expansion of its Muslim ban, which will also expand restrictions on additional countries including Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. This is some of what we have to lose. Vote for him at your peril.
All the candidates, except Andrew Yang, have agreed upon reparations, without specifi cs. The only one who could even approach a reparations plan of any kind is Bloomberg.
Keep your eye on Tom Steyer, a billionaire who says his top priorities are breaking the infl uence of corporations, addressing climate change, calling for term limits in Congress, decriminalizing illegal border crossings and expanding the Supreme Court. In many ways, he is running as a populist outsider, much the way Trump did in 2016. He is just proposing a different set of solutions.
Everybody has some fl aw. We have to settle on what we can live with and on the one person we think can beat Donald Trump.