Happy New Year!

I hope that 2019 will be better than 2018, and I certainly wish everybody, personally, the best, but in all honesty I don’t think it will be.
We all knew that the run-up to the 2020 presidential election in the U.S. was going to be a protracted and painful affair, and confirmation of that came today.  Elizabeth Warren, hated on the right for her economic policies and on the left for the way she stabbed Bernie in the back in 2016, announced her candidacy today.  It’s probably a politically astute move to announce her candidacy early, and give everybody a chance to get over the negatives before everybody else jumps into the fray, but it’s a sure sign that the Democrats haven’t learned shit, and don’t intend to.
I had arguments with people on Facebook which reminded me, word for bitter word, of arguments I had with Hillary supporters in the Spring and early  Summer of 2016.  They are already starting with “If she gets the nomination you will have to support her,” to which my answer is now pretty much the same as it was then: Fuck you.  I’m not going to support somebody I don’t like.  That is over.
Elizabeth Warren is not exactly famous for standing up to the oil companies.  Her opposition to the Dakota pipeline, if it existed at all, was muted.  She voted for the ridiculously bloated military budget.  I don’t know where she stands on MedicareforAll and a Green New Deal, and those are important issues.  If she’s a progressive (and she does talk a good game on economics) then she’s got a long  way to go to prove it.
And from her opening remarks, it seems clear to me that  she doesn’t even intend to try.

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