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Democrats Detroit Debate, Night 1

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

UPDATE: Today, around 10AM CST, a fatal shooting occurred at a Wal-Mart store in Southaven,MS – the 3rd largest city in the state, population 49,000, and a rural suburb of Memphis – in which two people died, and one law enforcement officer was wounded.
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Tonight, Tuesday, July 20, 2019, will be the first night of the 2nd Democratic Debate, which will be held in Detroit, MI.

Political Prediction: Joe Biden will go down in flames.

Then-Vice President Joe Biden cops a feel of then-Democratic Presidential nominee, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Scranton, PA airport tarmac on her campaign trail in August 2016.

Why?

Despite the fact of his 10-15 point lead in polls over his next closest competitors, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President creepy “Uncle Joe” Biden remains vulnerable on many political fronts. In his 36-year Senate history, he has voted on thousands of bills, some of which have been very costly to Americans, fiscally, and sociologically.

One such bill was first mentioned by California Senator Kamala Harris, which was Biden’s early opposition to busing as a tool to integrate and desegregate schools. After her announcement of that almost-forgotten historical item at the first Democratic candidates debate in Miami, Biden’s support – as polled – fell at least 15 points.

Senator Joe Biden as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee when he helped write the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, which created the “Gun Show Loophole.”

Recently, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has criticized Biden somewhat obliquely (though not by name) when he Tweeted “It’s not enough to tell us what you’re going to do for our communities, show us what you’ve done for the last 40 years. You created this system. We’ll dismantle it.” Senator Booker’s Tweet was in reference to then-Senator Biden’s support of the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.” At the time, Biden was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

That law continues to be criticized because it has disproportionately harmed the Black and Latino communities, by incarcerating them at a rate far greater than Whites, or other ethnicities. The net effect of that law has been to break up Black and Latino families by incarcerating the males, economically impoverishing them, and denying opportunity to them, such as quashing eligibility for educational grants or loans, or Federally-guaranteed small business, housing, or farm loans.

And now that another mass shooting has just recently occurred, this time in Gilroy, California at the city’s annual Garlic Festival – by yet another demented, White Supremacist with a legally-purchased AK-47, a Russian-designed assault-style rifle – there is little doubt that at least one candidate will remind the public that then-Delaware Senator Joe Biden, as Chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, supported the 1986 Firearm Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA), which was practically single-handedly responsible for many mass shootings, because it significantly popularized Gun Shows, and created the so-called “Gun Show Loophole” in which private individuals are not required to abide by Federal law requiring background checks on prospective firearm purchasers. As well, the FOPA allowed Internet sales of firearms and ammunition, which has also contributed to the ease of amassing enormous stockpiles and caches of ammunition and firearms by private individuals, the exceeding majority of whom are not bonafide collectors and have no educational, historical or scientific interests.

And then, there’s statistics.

Historically, Vice Presidents have not been elected to the Presidency in their own right. The Vice Presidency is, in effect, a dead-end job, a political coup de gras, or practical political death knell. Statistically as well, Senators and Governors are better positioned to win the White House.

Only 5 Presidents, who were elected independently of succession, were ever Vice President.

That’s 5/45, or 11.1%.

The United States Senate website writes this about Senators:
“To date, 16 senators have also served as president of the United States. Three Senators, Warren G. Harding, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama moved directly from the U.S. Senate to the White House.”

That’s 16/45, or 35.5%, of all POTUSes who were ever a Senator. And 3/16, or 18.75%, were elected as POTUS directly from the Senate.

 

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