Elizabeth Warren First Candidate to Announce 2020 Presidential Run
The senator establishes an exploratory committee, makes plans to visit Iowa, and releases Instagram video
1/3/19, 5:04 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from Glamour
On Monday, the last day of 2018, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren announced an exploratory committee to run for president in 2020. An exploratory committee is essentially a small body organized to see whether or not someone should run for president; or: at least that’s what I got out of it. it all but flat-out announces that Warren will be running for president in 2020, challenging incumbent President Trump. To add to the obvious, Warren announced yesterday that she will be traveling to Iowa this upcoming weekend. Iowa, of course, is the breeding ground for presidential hopefuls and has long been known as the first stop on any campaign tour.
In addition: Warren released an Instagram video, posted above. In it, she talks politics, cooks and drinks beer with her husband. It is a clear rip-off of the videos Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does, in which she does many of the same things.
Up until a few months ago (what happened?), Warren was also fairly good at another one of AOC’s favorite pastimes: ‘CRUSHing’ republicans on Twitter.
Full disclaimer here: I’m going off on this. I do not find AOC or Warren to be ‘complete' morons’ or maniacal demons spawned from Marx’s dystopian paradise in Stalingrad or anything like that; I think that if the atmosphere concerning politics and philosophy among the general public, as well as the ruling class, were different, both Warren and AOC would be in very different situations, and would likely be spouting very different personalities (given that this hypothetical atmosphere actually for such a thing (unlikely, I know)). However, this not being the case, I have some issues with the way people have reacted to them, particularly AOC, who, while a pleasant enough person, seems, from what I can tell at least, to have never read a book beyond Harry Potter in her life and would never plan to specifically because ‘talking to the people’ is what really matters as a politician. That’s tyrannical. That’s stupid. That’s everything every political philosopher worth mentioning has warned about since the beginning of time. By all means, talk to people, as you can’t tell what people are thinking without talking to them, but if that comes at the cost of doing your own thinking, you’ve got your priorities wrong.
The rhetoric concerning the ‘partisan divide’ is tired. There is one major difference between conservatives and liberals, and it is quite major: conservatives think more about th past, liberals more about the future. It’s why conservatives tend to be more conscientious and more orderly, yet also more blatantly prejudiced or stubborn when it comes to letting go of the past, and why liberals tend to be more open-minded and creative, yet scatterbrained and essentially anti-reality at times (lately: it would seem at all times, but hopefully that will pass). Everything in the universe has pros and cons. Stop pretending you, or your ideology, is any different.
I really don’t say this to be mean, but I also don’t see how that’s controversial. Liberals and conservatives need each other, just as up and down, peanut butter and jelly, or Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (or Drake and Kanye West, depending on your age).
So if it’s not obvious, I tend to think more about the future. This isn’t really a choice, and I don’t think I factor it much into my ‘identity’. My ‘identity’ is just something that exists for other people to more easily understand me before getting to the details. It’s a tool, that’s all. I find the fact that I think more about the future than the past is fairly obvious if you’ve ever met me: I’m not analytical, most times I look as though I’m either totally blanked out or have way too much going on in my head (though usually the former) and I have a tattoo of Gollum from Lord of the Rings smoking a cigarette on my leg. About two seconds into any philosophical conversation, I’m already off about ‘well, how do we fix it, maaaaaaaaaaan’, and I don’t feel any need to apologize for it. If you feel I should, I would recommend Carl Jung’s Modern Man in Search of a Soul (specifically: the chapter on Freud).
However, I do feel the need to apologize for some of the rather negative aspects of my personality, and especially those which may come as a price for my, dare I say it, brilliant liberalism and creativity *SoBrilliant *SoBrilliant #Genius #TotalGenius. For example, I tend to far too often lose track of listening to people as a result of getting all wrapped in my own thoughts, which is not very cool. I defend myself (primarily to myself, though occasionally to others, to quite the CRUSHing of my argument (jerks)), by saying that I’m simply antisocial, and that I’m uncomfortable in most social situations, which may be true, but that doesn’t justify me being a condescending jerk to a person who’s just trying to give me her honest thoughts on the upcoming Game of Thrones season (everyone should die). Being human is not all fun and games; one of the goals in life is: if it simply isn’t in-reality so, make it psychologically so.
But this does not seem to compute in the minds of our modern liberals. To the *modern liberal, that need to challenge one’s self and the ways she might be wrong, as she doesn’t, just as nobody does, know everything, has been replaced by a need to CRUSH the opposing ideologies. And the only way to CRUSH something is to have full confidence, to not dare think for one moment that we may be wrong in any way. This is everything liberalism stands against and it has no place in a world where Donald Trump, wrong and/or right he may be, is president. AOC is pioneering this new type of politician, one that is now very *new, but which I’m coining a new term here to replace the old (tyrannical):
Because complicated words like ‘fascist’ or ‘socialist’ or ‘capitalist’ are all up solely to interpretation (and all other words to ABSOLUTE SCRUTINY!!!).
Warren of course isn’t as bad as AOC with it (and again: I do not think that AOC is this terrible, left winged succubus or something like that; just that she’s fed into exactly what will keep getting people like Trump elected (at best– or start a civil war at worst)), but given AOC’s rising popularity, and the premise of that amazing video on Instagram, it’s likely that she, as well as any other Democrat wanting to take the top spot, will continue in that direction. There is no point to ‘CRUSHing’ the GOP, or republicans, nor for the GOP or republicans to ‘CRUSH’ liberals and democrats. We’re all on the same team, morons, even if it oftentimes doesn’t feel that way. If it doesn’t feel that way, make it feel that way by doing everything you can to connect and listen to the other side, and if they won’t connect or listen back, have faith that one day they;’ll change, and move on to the next person. The country is divided at least in part because of how divisive the rhetoric is on the pats of our leaders, and at this point, liberals have become at least as bad, if not worse, than the HORRIBLE DEMON republicans ever were. If Democrats want to win in 2020, or any time in the future, for any reasons having anything to do with ‘open-mindedness’ or ‘creativity’ or ‘diversity’, as opposed to partisan dehumanizing, they’ll have to go back and remember what makes their politics different in form from conservatives’ (‘in form’ being the ket part there; for conservatives I’d go with ‘authenticity’ (and only as a difference in order– both have those qualities, just on different scales)), and is exactly what they’ve seemingly completely forgotten:
Self-awareness (and yes, that’s a burn on Warren (seriously: I want you to do better, but this is just– RIDICULOUS!!! #Crushed #TotallyCrushed…)).