I didn’t think the Democratic Party could potentially offer a more apathetic candidate than Hillary Clinton, but it seems as though they’re trying their damndest to outdo themselves once again.
By Patrick Jude
You’d think that after the biggest political upset in history the Democratic Party would realize that the same old political insiders simply won’t cut it among their voters; it doesn’t seem as though they’ve realized. While the talking heads of the media lampooned Joe Kennedy’s delicate ginger hair, along with the drool stains that seemingly cascaded from the sides of his lips during the State of the Union address, what should really be embarrassing the Democratic Party is the fact that they’ve once again put an establishment centrist at the forefront of their party.
Where does one even begin when analyzing the political history of Joe Kennedy? I guess a good place to start would be his donors, the folks who really run any candidate. Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Raytheon all grace the top 10 list when it comes to Kennedy’s backers, not exactly an all-star resume when trying to relate to the working men and women of America. Several health care and pharmaceutical groups are also included in the lengthy catalog of big money donors. Despite an estimated net worth of $43.2 million, it seems as though Kennedy doesn’t mind a quick handout from massive donors in exchange for political influence.
In an already split party that’s crying out for progressive representatives, Kennedy is as stuck as it gets. Kennedy is anti Medicare for all, anti college for all, against taxing Wall Street and has a track record that can only be described as shaky when it comes to voter’s rights. Perhaps the most laughable aspect of Kennedy’s politics is his vehement opposition when it comes to legalizing marijuana. Is this really still an issue? Half of the Republican Party has even gotten on board with the natural growing, highly taxable, pain-relieving plant. Joe Kennedy is STUCK.
Now, of course, just because Joe Kennedy made the State of the Union rebuttal that doesn’t mean that he’ll run for president in 2020. It is however indicative that he very well may be preparing for a step up in his party in one way or another. Many previous rebuttal speakers have went on to lead a presidential or vice presidential run of their own (Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Tim Kaine, etc.). At the very least, being chosen for the rebuttal signifies that the speaker is someone who represents the ideals of the party, where it has been and where it’s going.
I didn’t think the Democratic Party could potentially offer a more apathetic candidate than Hillary Clinton, but it seems as though they’re trying their damndest to outdo themselves once again. Already in 2018 the party aides in the media have gauged civilian interest with a potential celebrity candidate, Oprah Winfrey. Truly though, the Democratic Party doesn’t need more insiders. It doesn’t need celebrities. It doesn’t need Joe Kennedy, or Joe Biden for that matter.
What the Democratic Party needs is sound leadership, the likes of which is exemplified through Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Canova and Keith Ellison. The Democrats are seemingly hoping to bank on the fact that many leftists have become tired of the Trump era, the massive tax breaks for the rich, the little tax breaks for the working class, the $110 Billion dollar arms deal Trump made with Saudi Arabia, etc. However, if the Democrats, once again, choose to take the party over people route, history may very well repeat itself come 2020.
Born and raised in Orlando, and Socialist to the core, Patrick Jude graduated from The University Of Central Florida in 2015. He currently holds a B.A. in English Literature, as well as an A.A. in Jazz Performance from Valencia College. Jude is heavily tattooed, abstains from alcohol and is an avid Packers fan
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