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Redlining is evil

One of the first things I learned as a child in elementary school was “de facto segregation”. Pretty advanced topic for 3rd grade but we got it. You don’t have to be subjected to southern style “separate but equal” ordinances. You can be segregated simply by where you live and what your choices of housing are. That will determine what kind of education you get, where your school is located and a whole host of other things. Your parents can be well educated professionals but if they can’t buy a house in the neighborhood of their choice, their children may experience the stigma of living in an “undesirable area”.

So I was both heartened and disgusted when I saw this on Twitter:

I realize that linking to a Trump twitter goes against my values but we should probably tear this tweet apart and this is probably the area where Kamala Harris may have a thing or two to say.

So, here’s the entire content of Trump’s ugly tweet:

First, the bad news. I canvassed a lot of suburban housewives in Pittsburgh. I only canvassed Democrats. By far, the dumbest f{}%s on the planet were middle aged, lower to middle class registered Democrat white women. They swallowed absolutely every outrageously unbelievable stupid story put out there about Hillary Clinton. It was actually worse than that. The overwhelming attitude was that they were an entitled clic of the meanest girls in the country and if Clinton wasn’t going to personally come and kiss their asses in their own homes, they weren’t going to vote for her.{{slam door on canvassers face}}

One thing where I think the Clinton campaign made a big mistake when it comes to GOTV was someone assumed that yard signs didn’t make a big difference. So while the Trump campaign and Johnson campaign occupied almost every square millimeter of available real estate with an excess of signs, there were few Clinton signs until the very last month of the campaign. That was a BIG mistake. YUGE.

That’s because the suburban housewife is a creature of conformity. She might have liked Clinton before the shit got heavy but if none of her neighbors had a sign, she wasn’t going to either. So, when her neighborhood was swimming in a sea of Trump, she decided her social life was dependent on joining his team and adjusting her politics to be consistent with the neighbors who had the biggest summer barbecues. See how that works? Biden and Harris would be well advised to put out their signs THIS WEEKEND. DO NOT WAIT.

Now the reality that Biden and Harris can use:

The damage to the economy and the resulting instability is real. It’s simmering. And with each passing day of no resolution on the stimulus bill that Democrats passed months ago, the more desperation will hit our most vulnerable populations. We are about to see a sudden increase of American Jean Valjeans stealing bread for their families. Do I really think that the sudden increase in crime and break-ins and opioid abuse and violence is going to be confined to inner city neighborhoods? Actually, no. In fact, as bad as it is to live in those communities, there is a built in resourcefulness as well. Yeah, it could get ugly but if you’ve got nothing, you can’t lose very much.

It’s going to get bad in the very suburban neighborhoods that I canvassed. That’s where the newly “never been unemployed before” are going to get the shock of their lives. When you lose your cars, housing, cell phone service, etc. through no fault of your own, you might just start to wonder how you’re supposed to survive. The enemy will come from within.

Other than that, redlining is a horrible legacy of our racist past and I’m shocked that any politician would support it. But it’s especially evil now because it will distract the suburban housewife from seeing the real threats to her safety: kids roaming the streets, not in school, families under stress, lots of 2A types in the neighborhood and a simmering rage about to shake up their quiet little lives.

Why they would want to give Trump another 4 years to jeopardize the safety and economic security of their lives is a mystery to me. But like I’ve said before, they don’t think so good. Older male registered Democrats? Enthusiastic Clinton supporters. Go figure.

In any case, suburban women wanted to shake things up in 2016. And how did that work out? Someone should make them eat it.

Harris

Count me among the few Democrats in America who are not having multiple orgasms over Biden’s selection of Harris.

In fact, I don’t think I was that way with Hillary either. Satisfied that she got the nomination, yes. Panting and flushed? No.

If I recall correctly, there was even a time during 2015 when I didn’t think she was going to run. Why do it when the person who preceded you made any real change all but impossible?

I feel the same way about Harris that I did about Obama. I’m not stampeded into emotional highs and I’m not swayed by the rewriting of her history that we’ve seen over the past 24 hours. After all, it was only a day ago that her promoters were insisting that Biden’s choice MUST be a black woman. MUST, MUST, MUST.

Now I wake up to find the Washington Post has given Harris a whole new background of qualifications as if none of the other senators or governors who also were in contention could match up. That’s the thing that drives me up a wall.

We all saw Kamala Harris’s debate performances. I went into the primaries open to her and thinking that California was going to decide it all. My gut said Warren because of economic issues. But the numbers favored Harris. I was ok with that.

Then she turned out to be meh. She staged a fight with Biden over bussing. Yeah, I can believe it was a legitimate personal experience but it felt artificial to single Biden out as the symbolic of that era. Then her campaign sort of inexplicably sputtered and died. It was… weird.

She’s been on the Justice side of government throughout her career. Although she has a background in economics, and her father is an emeritus professor of economics at Stanford, economics doesn’t appear to be the area she has chosen to focus her attention. Why is that?

But here’s the thing that bothers me most about the excitement around Harris. It reminds me of Obama. When he first decided to run, I thought, the more the merrier. Then when Edwards dropped out after being discovered to be a complete PT Barnum, all of the Democratic operatives and some suddenly extremely aggressive Obama boosters took over. Then it was in your face, 24/7, up in your grill, don’t question Obama. He was given a new CV and did everything but solve nuclear fusion. And the journalists got in on it and rammed him down our throats.

I suspected something was up but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then the financial collapse of 2008 happened and it started to make sense. Obama was hired by the Wall Street boys. He even said as much a few months into his administration when he told them he was the only one standing between them and the pitchforks. We should spend more time thinking about that instead of lauding him for stuff he didn’t actually do.

I’ve never found him particularly inspirational and found his actions, when he’s been prodded to make them, to be half measures too late. For example, you can blame Comey for that stupid letter before the 2016 as being a pretty direct cause of Clinton’s loss. But we aren’t equally angry that Obama sat on the information that McConnell knew about the Russian connections to Trump and was ok with it? Who has done the most harm to the country since? Who sat on Merrick Garland’s nomination? Who gave us Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and a cast of hundreds of ultra conservative authoritarian minded federal judges appointed for life. McConnell couldn’t do this much damage if Trump wasn’t President.

I hate being on the wrong side of history. I’ve been a BLM supporter since it’s inception. I live in a diverse neighborhood, in a diverse city, I take the bus to work, I feel comfortable here. I campaigned for Hillary with dozens of Black women and it changed me for the better. But I can’t help but feel like the push for a Black woman for president was revenge for all the stupid white women who voted for Trump. And that anger was exploited by the ultra powerful who absolutely didn’t want Warren wrecking their “beautiful wickedness”.

Once again, I’m an observer of all that black euphoria while seeing the other factors that drove this decision. Yes, a Black woman is an achievement. And she’s overqualified compared to Pence. Needless to say, she’s immensely overqualified, more ethical and professional than Trump. Of course I will vote for her.

But as the tail end boomers and X Generation move to the end of our working lives, we’ve probably lost our last opportunity to hit a hard reset. That’s going to hurt us all regardless of color.

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Dear journalists, please stop already with polishing Harris’s resume. It’s already impressive. But your attempts to justify Harris over a fierce voting rights advocate like Stacey Abrams, a steely Governor like Whitmer or an FDR type visionary like Warren or a hard hitting Justice crusader like Demmings is starting to look defensive. Plus, it’s not like Biden didn’t have California in his back pocket.

The more you try, the more you shine a spotlight. Just stop.

Better to say Joe Biden had a wealth of talent to pick from and the choice was hard. All true. The reason why Kamala is now VP nominee is because the times, and a lot of very influential people, demanded it.

She’ll be fine. She doesn’t have to be the fricking Holy Ghost.