I’m a very practical person. If I find an approach isn’t working I’m very happy to try something else. Following your preconceptions too far is a great way to find yourself in a ditch spinning your wheels going nowhere.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) March 27, 2019
Why is the Pepe crowd dropping Blompf like a hot potato for Yang and Tulsi?
“WASHINGTON — President Trump suggested on Wednesday that his administration had warned the Russian government to stay out of Venezuela after two Russian planes carrying military personnel arrived in Caracas this week, a move that places another significant obstacle in the White House’s slow-moving effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro.
During an Oval Office meeting with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan National Assembly politician recognized by the Trump administration and 50 other countries as the rightful interim president, Mr. Trump said that Russia needed to see its way out of the conflict.
“Russia has to get out. What’s your next question?” Mr. Trump told reporters. …”
As President Trump made clear today, “Russia needs to get out” of Venezuela.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 27, 2019
Had an opportunity to discuss the 2020 @StateDept and @USAID budget with Congress today. This budget request will help us achieve our key diplomatic goals with China, Russia, Venezuela, Iran, and help our allies and partners become more secure and economically self-reliant. pic.twitter.com/2o1MABqSyn
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 27, 2019
The nations who recognize Guaido must make clear now what they will do if #Maduro moves forward with this plan.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 27, 2019
I have always been a swing voter.
My voting record has been remarkably erratic and yet consistent. I voted for Gore and Kerry in 2000 and 2004 out of share hatred of George W. Bush and the Iraq War.
In 2008, I voted for Ron Paul in the Republican primary because he opposed neocon regime change wars. When that didn’t work, I stood aside and allowed Obama to beat neocon John McCain in a landslide. I’m pretty sure that I voted for the Constitution Party candidate that year.
In 2012, I again supported Ron Paul in the Republican primary, at least up until the point when he started calling the Border Patrol the equivalent of the Gestapo. When Ron Paul didn’t work out in 2012, I stood aside and allowed Mitt Romney to go down in flames to Obama. I know for a fact that I voted for the Constitution Party candidate in the 2012 election.
In 2016, I was persuaded to support Donald Trump in large part because he condemned the Iraq War as a misguided neocon adventure and promised an “America First” foreign policy. He wanted to the end the Cold War with Russia. He didn’t want to get bogged down in Syria. He lost me when he attacked Syria in April 2017. In fact, I was one of the first in our circles to break with him.
In 2020, I am feeling pretty strongly Yang Gang. I can’t imagine what Trump could do at this point to turn around the brand. If Yang proves to be the Democratic version of Ron Paul, I will either sit out the election or vote for another third party candidate.
What’s the common thread here? Is it being highly allergic to neocons?
Note: Somewhere in this 18 year time span, the “alt-right” rose and fell, but I haven’t gone away. I’ve backed various candidates, but I have always been a non-interventionist. I’ve been branded a “racist” for not wanting to incite destructive conflicts all over the world.