Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is the former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee who stood up against pseudo-Republican, Hillary Clinton, and her representative, Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz. She did this after asking why the Democratic debates had been limited to six. Their answer was to disinvite Tulsi from the first Democratic debate. The issue of limiting the debates to 6 had threatened to become more than just a little embarrassing to the Democratic National Committee, in part because in 2008, the DNC sponsored 25 debates. Her response to “rigging the primaries” was to resign from a group she found unethical.
There is no apparent personal or political gain from standing up to the DNC and taking a stand against corruption.
Tulsi Gabbard can be described as an honest, responsible adult. (Consider the behavior of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.) These are not characteristics most politicians can lay claim to. Just the opposite. Many adolescents pass through a phase when they experiment with manipulation and deceit as techniques for getting what they want. Most pass through it, deciding their psychological health, and the well being of others, is more important than short term goals gained by deceit. The people who never mature past this adolescent phase often become salesmen and politicians. Gabbard is an exception to the rule.
As already mentioned, Tulsi is a veteran of the U.S. military. This may help explain her sense of honor and responsibility. Facing death often results in a thoughts about life’s priorities, including ethical conduct. Also, there is a bonding that takes place in people who have shared the military experience. It is expressed as a sense of loyalty to fellow military and veterans, and often expands to a sense of loyalty to the civilian population. Enter Tulsi Gabbard.
Not comfortable sitting on the sidelines of the DNC, she has now become a major figure in efforts to reform it. She endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid to become President of the United States, specifically pointing to Bernie’s position on military intervention as part of her endorsement reasoning.
“As a veteran, as a soldier, I’ve seen firsthand the true cost of war. As we look at our choices, as to who our next Commander-in-chief will be, we need to recognize the necessity to have a Commander-In-Chief who has foresight. Who exercises good judgment. Who looks beyond the consequences — who looks at the consequences of the actions that they are willing to take before they take those actions. So that we don’t continue to find ourselves in these failures that have resulted in chaos in the Middle East and so much loss of life.”
Ms. Gabbard, was born in American Samoa and has the honor of being the first Hindu elected to Congress. Prior to her clash with the Democratic leadership, she was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. They were apparently unaware of her sense of honor and ethics, or her personal courage. She has demonstrated a willingness to speak out in ways her party would rather she not.
In Hawaii, she is quite popular. In her rural Oahu district, Tulsi won re-election to a second term with nearly 79 percent of the vote. She is clearly choosing her own path, and it’s not one the Democratic leadership had hoped for, especially with regard to foreign policy. For example, she has criticized President Obama for failing to talk about Islamic extremism.
Now, she has set her sights set on fighting the corruption within the DNC, starting with the superdelegates. Superdelegates are an elite group of insiders who have more voting power than “the average American citizen,” and can be bribed with promises of access. The argument is presented in this letter to the DNC.
Tulsi Gabbard is a person of character and integrity, and deserves our support as she attempts to wrest control of the Democratic Party from a bunch of entitled Pseudo-Republicans, and return it to “We, the people.