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I’ve given a lot of thought to my vote for the presidency in 2020. Neither Trump nor Biden is attractive to me. These men haven’t earned my vote. Who has?

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I like Tulsi Gabbard, and I’m planning on voting for her in November 2020.

I know: she’s pulled out of the race. She even endorsed Joe Biden. But I can’t vote for the Biden/Harris ticket. To me, they’re corporate cronies who endorse U.S. militarism and empire.

I want to vote for something I believe in, and I believe in Tulsi’s stand against war.

Trump, the Republican alternative, is a disaster. Totally self-absorbed and lazy to boot, Trump cares nothing about our country and will sacrifice anything and everything to his own definition of success.

Now, I live in a state that is safely blue; in the big picture, my vote is meaningless. But it’s not meaningless to me. I want to vote for something I believe in, and I believe in Tulsi’s stand against war.

Here’s a recent statement from Tulsi Gabbard that convinced me she’s still in the vanguard of reform. If only Biden/Harris would say something like this, but of course they won’t.

Statement from Tulsi Gabbard

When I first ran for Congress in 2012, I knew that we needed to bring our troops home from Afghanistan and made that a central focus of my campaign. After two decades of fighting in a war that has no clear objective, cost thousands of lives, and continues to cost taxpayers at least $4 billion a month, most Democrats and Republicans want to continue this war. This is why I voted against this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – a $740.1 Billion defense bill that disproportionately benefits the military industrial complex, continues to escalate the new Cold War, and needlessly continues our decades-long war in Afghanistan.

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Unfortunately, this bill passed the House with bipartisan support.

Nevertheless, as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I fought hard to get many provisions added to the bill, including:

  • improving the quality of life for servicemembers and military families, addressing sexual assault in the military, providing transparency of the devastating humanitarian impact of U.S. sanctions, allowing servicemembers to use over-the-counter hemp products, and helping to mitigate and reduce the environmental threats that impact our troops.

We have much work ahead of us. I will continue to do all I can to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, work to end the new Cold War and nuclear arms proliferation, and ensure the safety, prosperity, and well-being of the American people and our planet.

Now, it’s time for Congress and this Administration to do the same.

Mahalo and be well,

WJ Astore
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