Politically Speaking – October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

I, of course, watched the VP debate last week and frankly, it played out exactly as I expected, with VP Pence behaving professionally and Senator Kamala Harris, whom has a less than desirable track record, conducting herself with her usual smug looks and actions. This was what most expected, Republicans and Democrats alike.

VP Mike Pence’s background is as follows. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2000. He served as chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2007 to 2011. Pence describes himself as a “principled conservative” and a supporter of the Tea Party movement, stating that he is a Christian, a conservative and Republican in that order. Upon becoming the Indiana governor in January 2013, Pence initiated the largest tax cut in the state’s history and pushed for education funding to pre school voucher programs and charter schools, but frequently clashed with supporters of traditional public schools.

Pence withdrew his gubernatorial re-election to become President Trump’s running mate. He became the VP on January 20, 2017. In February 2020, Pence was appointed chairman of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, which was established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Kamala Harris is a California Senator. She is the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party. She describes herself as a pragmatic moderate. Ms. Harris was a barrier-breaking prosecutor before being elected to the Senate in 2016. She was also a prosecutor in Alameda County and across the bay in San Francisco when some critics denounced some of her tough-on-crime policies, especially on African American males.

One of the most famous controversial cases during Harris’s stint as a district attorney was that of Jamal Trulove who served more than 6 years in prison on a charge from a 2007 shooting. He was later acquitted and was awarded 13.1 million dollars. Ms. Harris is 55 years old. Her mother is of Indian descent and her father, Jamaican.

A few of the policy positions Harris ran on:
• On healthcare: She supported “Medicare for all,” but in August 2019 she said she was uncomfortable with it.
• On immigration: She wants to reexamine and potentially overhaul immigration and customs enforcement. But while serving as district attorney, she supported city policing that turned immigrant minors over to ICE.
She opposes Trump’s border wall. She called it a “medieval vanity project.”
• On guns: She supports a ban on assault weapons and as California attorney general, she initiated a statewide gun sweep.
As always, I recommend each voting individual do their own research on all candidates.

On to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s announcement to introduce legislation related to the 25th Amendment. She will introduce legislation to allow Congress to oust President Trump, or remove any future President from office by setting up a committee on Presidential Capacity to discharge the powers and duties of the office.

Just the very idea that the Washington Democrats’ leader Pelosi would even try this is scary. And, of course, Pelosi’s legislation is almost certain to die in the Republican-held Senate.

It’s time to step back and let these attempted takeovers sink in.

The 25th Amendment of the Constitution provides authority for the VP to take over if the president becomes unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office.

I’ve come to the conclusion these people will stop at nothing to continue their corruption and destroy the current president and future presidents that hold them accountable.

Until next week.

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