Editor’s Note: Over the next few months, we will be asking our regular contributors who they favor for president in 2020. Today, Chris Madsen gives us his choice, and it is Tulsi Gabbard, from his own home state. Stay tuned to see other selections from other of our writers.
Tulsi Gabbard will be running for the Office of the President of The United States of America. She has been a representative in the House of Representatives in my district in Hawaii since 2013. I figured I would share some of what I know about her and why I personally do endorse her.
She’s on numerous committees and was a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee until February 2016. She did resign that position so she could fully endorse Bernie Sanders in his campaign for President of the United States. She is currently the best that Hawaii has to offer politically. She will most likely be the only candidate from Hawaii that will run for President of the United States in 2020.
She served in a combat field medical unit in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 and has been involved in the Hawaii Army National Guard since 2003. She currently has a rank of Major in the Hawaii Army National Guard. She was first elected to public office at age 21 on the Hawaii State level. Her father, Mike Gabbard, is a State Senator in Hawaii. She was born in American Samoa and lived there 2 years before coming to Hawaii. So expect some of the same insane birthers to crawl out from underneath rocks and insist she was never born because a birth certificate in American Samoa looks different than one on the United States mainland.
Last June I did ask her if she would consider running for President in 2020? She told me at that time it was more important for everyone to focus on the upcoming midterm elections. She went on to keep her seat in the House of Representatives getting an impressive 77.4% of the vote in my district.
Tulsi is a very likable person. I’ve already heard a few nay sayers complaining that since she supported Bernie Sanders in his presidential bid that he might support her in some capacity. Apparently, they are still feeling ‘The Bern’ in a very uncomfortable area. I would also like to remind people that if Sanders had been given the Democratic ticket most people believe him and his more populist policies would have easily defeated Donald Trump. Hence, there never would have been a “President Trump”. I can’t help but think of all the articles that I wouldn’t have had to write then.
Overall, Hawaii in general tends to be an even bluer state than most blue states. Hawaii also has a long history of having to create policies to prevent the wealthy of Hawaii from taking advantage of their more powerful position and treating the working class unfairly. So in this certain respect Hawaii even with it’s more laid back attitude is actually ahead of the rest of the country.
I’ve also heard nay sayers complain about Tulsi not supporting a civil unions bill some 14 years ago. First off this is now water under the bridge in Hawaii and has been for years. Hawaii eventually did the right thing and no one cares anymore. I will also say I was living here 14 years ago and the issue wasn’t as cut and dry then. I’m sure she had many people from the public approach her giving their opinions. This personally affected me in my home state and I can tell you this is a non-issue in Hawaii.
I still laugh over the time that Tulsi Gabbard referred to Trump as “being Saudi Arabia’s bitch” on Twitter. I’m pretty sure TweetleDumb was afraid to respond back because he knew with her security clearance and committee positions she already knew a lot about what he had been up to.
I ran into Tulsi at a benefit for victims of the lava disaster last June in Keaau. I am aware of at least two times that she came to my district from Washington D.C. during last year’s lava flow that destroyed over 700 homes to meet with other politicians and discuss options for moving forward.
Mahalo, for taking the time to read this article and to learn some more about Hawaii’s own Tulsi Gabbard.