Anh Lê Shares His Views on the Midterm Elections
Responding in part to the article, "Special Edition: Election Predictions for November 2018," By Randy Shaw, published at BeyondChron, an online news medium in San Francisco, on November 5, 2018 Anh Lê, a writer & independent gives his perspective.
*I agree with the author's prediction that the Democrats will retake the House of Representatives, and regain the majority.
The American people are tired and fed up with the Republicans' chokehold on the governance of our nation.
Retiring Speaker Paul Ryan's legacy is one of incompetence and ineffectiveness.
Earlier references to Ryan by the Republican party, as well as by the media, as the "economics policy whiz" was just a branding full of hot air.
Moreover, Ryan's silence on the abuses of power from the White House during the past two years and his marching blindly and obediently in lock-step with its occupant, are glaring and fail the American people.
Congresswoman, and soon-to-be Speaker once again, Nancy Pelosi, has been an effective leader in Congress and for the American people.
Pelosi's commitment to serving the American people and advancing the interests of ordinary working men and women and families is strong and solid.
Pelosi's focus on issues such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and protecting them is among her strengths and forte.
Pelosi's commitment to these issues and to the American people is tough and enduring. It reflects Pelosi's strong personal vaĺues.
Pelosi's statesmanship and leadership are unwavering.
Pelosi has been a steady hand in steering the rudder for the Democratic side in the House, not an easy task, and especially even more so during the last two years. Pelosi's experience, skill,
political acumen, integrity, have helped her to be the effective captain of her ship.
While Pelosi's leadership has been steadfast, strong, and effective, I believe that soon-to-be Speaker Pelosi, like her Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate, will need to become much more assertive and much more vocal in their carrying out the people's work.
* I believe that there is a good chance that the Democrats will regain the Senate.
Majority leader Mitch McConnell has been barking out his orders to his serfdom, the other Repuican senators.
McConnell and the Republicans march in lock-step and blindly, guided solely by their greed, their abuses of power, and their desire to rule dictatorially, to serve the current occupant of the White House.
Their actions, like his, try to decimate the best values of our great nation, tear our country apart, and pit Americans against each other.
McConnell's and the Republican Senators' actions, like his, have not served the American people, but have only looked out for the interests of the millionaires, billionaires, corporations, and Wall Street.
* Beto O'Rourke may win in Texas.
Articulate, eloquent, dynamic, and fearless, O'Rourke conveys high hopes of a new brand of progressive politics and governance.
O'Rourke evokes inspiration.
* Stacy Abrams will win decisively in Georgia.
Abrams represents the new South.
Georgians will vote for Abrams, a woman, an African American.
The days of the Old South and the racism of Gov. Lester Maddox of Georgia and Gov. George Wallace of Alabama have long passed.
The current occupant of the White House proudly calls himself a "nationalist."
His recent criticism of Abrams conveys his own fear of her as a woman and as an African American person.
Unfazed, Abrams calls his words "vapid."
* Andrew Gillum will be the next governor of Florida.
Gillum, similar to Abrams, reflects the New South.
At the recent rally held in Miami, that is part of President Obama's crisscrossing the country to call on Americans to make sure to vote, it was inspiring and uplifting to listen to President Obama, Gillum, and Senator Bill Nelson.
* President Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders have been zigzagging around the country to remind the American people that this midterm election is most important and crucial.
Standing with my fellow Americans, I feel deeply grateful to President Obama and Senator Sanders for their leadership and statesmanship.
* I believe that not only will overwhelmingly large numbers of Americans go to the polls to cast their votes, among them will be record-setting numbers of women voters.
I also believe that it will be the votes cast by women voters that will make the most critical difference in this midterm election.
When we are reminded of how the white Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee rammed the recent nomination and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh down the American people's throats, American women voters will remember.
As the Republicans and the occupant of the White House gutted over $50 billion in Medicare, slashed $1 trillion in Medicaid, and gave a $1.5 trillion tax cut to the millionaires, billionaires, and corporations with abandon (Op-Ed, "Trump's Medicare scare tactics won't fool Americans," San Francisco Examiner, November 1, 2018), Americans will remember when they cast their ballots.
When the record-setting deficit was recently announced, and Majority leader McConnell said that the three entitlement programs - - Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security - - would have to be looked at for cuts to address the deficit, American voters will remember at the polls.
And when other issues such as the education of our nation's children, poverty, health care for all Americans, and the global warming crisis, confront us, American voters will speak clearly and resoundingly on November 6.
COPYRIGHT Anh Lê, NOVEMBER 5, 2018