Monday, June 29, 2020
Louisiana abortion law plus signs of a backlash out there & more stories 06/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:
The Supreme Court strikes down the Louisiana abortion law......People are marching in support of the police and defending their homes........Oklahoma reminds protesters that this is not Seattle.....90 days since former VP Biden had a press conference.........DiMaggio reaches 41 & 42 in a doubleheader 1941 and other stories.....
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Over the years, Fidel Castro always had two loyal friends in the U.S. First, the editorial page of the New York Times. Second, Karen Bass, congresswoman from California.
Representative Bass is in the news today because she may be the “black woman” running mate that he’s been looking for. At the same time, she has a “Cuban problem,” as reported in Politico:
Democrats worry the presence of Bass on the ticket would needlessly help Republicans in a state where the GOP has historically eked out come-from-behind wins. Florida Democrats also favor a home-state congressional candidate as Biden’s running mate, with Val Demings also under consideration. Demings, a Florida congresswoman who is African-American, is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus while Bass chairs the group.Two of their congressional colleagues from Miami, Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala, are facing reelection challenges from Cuban-American Republicans who have made socialism a top issue. Both support Demings as a running mate for Biden but say that Bass‘ comments in their own right are problematic, and both had also condemned Sanders remarks about Castro in the primary.“I disagree with the Congresswoman’s comments on Cuba. I invite people to come to Miami where we can educate them on the tyrannical dictatorship that has decimated Cuba for 60 years,” Shalala said, adding “my focus is on helping her and Joe Biden win Florida, the White House, and save our country.”
Represenative Bass reacted by saying that her comments were identical to those of President Obama back when he was seeking better relations. I have not read everything that former President Obama said about Fidel Castro but “mi comandante” does not sound familiar. Even President Obama understood the stupidity of making such an endearing statement about a dictator.
Will it be Biden-Bass? I don’t think so, because the vice presidential choice is critical for a man who will be 79 a few days after election day. Adding someone to the ticket who will hurt you in Florida is not smart politics.
President Truman was in the middle of some of the biggest moments of the 20th century. He dropped the two bombs that ended war in the Pacific and led the US into the Cold War with the Truman Doctrine. It was clearly one of the most consequential presidencies ever.
Pres. Truman's library hosted an exhibition in 2008 or the 60th anniversary of Israel or another one of his many important decisions:
"On May 14, 1948 President Harry Truman announced that the United States would offer de facto recognition of the new State of Israel. His decision, coming only eleven minutes after the new government was formed in the former British mandate of Palestine, gave immediate legitimacy to a country that existed only on paper and in the hearts of the world-wide Jewish community." (Truman and Israel: Behind the Decision)
Like most Truman decisions, it was not easy or popular everywhere. However, it was the right thing to do.
Pres. Truman was a great president because he made decisions and took the political heat for them. I call it leadership, which is why he is my favorite Democrat and ranks rather high in most presidential lists!
PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk). Speaking of Pres. Truman, let me recommend once again that wonderful biography by by David McCullough. It is one of best ones ever written about a US president:
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