When the debates and primaries began, I had a different idea of who I wanted to represent me in the upcoming election. The first thing I thought was, "Please, no old white guys." Not Bernie. Not Biden. I wanted a woman and/or a person of color who would represent the real America.
Elizabeth Warren was my first choice. She had a plan for everything. I also liked Cory Booker. He spoke with friendly confidence. And, after the first debate, I had wonderful dreams filled with Kamala Harris going toe-to-toe with the current White House occupant. It was not to be.
Where does that leave me when it comes to the Democratic ticket? I'm good. No, it's not my dream ticket. But, it has a whole lot of potential. And I am filled with hope.
I never doubted that Joe Biden was a decent man. His life has been filled with tragedy, but he remained ever hopeful and optimistic. I have vehemently disagreed with him in the past, but he proved one thing since the beginning of his campaign - he listens. And, he's capable of change.
Biden is also capable of brushing aside differences and focusing on what really matters. He proved that by choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate. Harris and Biden sparred in the debates with many people thinking she was "mean" or too "aggressive." Just for the record - I didn't think that. But, that's another story altogether.
Biden is gaffe-prone and brings baggage. But his voice just may be the one we need to heal our country and move forward.
Kamala Harris has baggage as well. After my initial reaction of wanting her to be in a position to go after "he who shall not be named," I thought Elizabeth Warren was still a better presidential candidate. But, I am confident Harris is ready to help lead this country back from the brink and build it stronger than ever.
It's not my dream ticket, but it just may be the right one for now. Sitting out the election or voting third party is a vote for the other side. It cannot happen in 2020. I thought I'd seen important elections before. But this one really is the most important of my life - and yours.
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"The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division. Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I will be an ally of the light, not of the darkness." - Joe Biden
“So, let’s fight with conviction. Let’s fight with hope. Let’s fight with confidence in ourselves, and a commitment to each other. To the America we know is possible. The America, we love. Years from now, this moment will have passed. And our children and our grandchildren will look in our eyes and ask us: Where were you when the stakes were so high? They will ask us, what was it like?
“And we will tell them. We will tell them, not just how we felt. We will tell them what we did." - Kamala Harris