“I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage. I’m proud of my marriage. And I’m proud of my husband. And I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral, as well as political leader of the United States. America has moved on, and we should have a politics of belonging that welcomes everybody.”
– Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, IN, in response to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh commenting on Buttigieg’s sexuality.
I’ve all but abandoned the Democratic Party. In my opinion, they’ve let Americans down on so many issues. They didn’t push for an absolute end to our engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq. They didn’t seek to find the causes of the 2008 economic downturn – the “Great Recession” –which caused millions of job losses and very nearly upended the entire U.S. and subsequently seek to punish (imprison) those who created the mayhem. They didn’t even seek to impeach President George W. Bush when they took over both Houses of Congress in 2007.
But I’m actually starting to like Pete Buttigieg, the young mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He’s highly-educated (a Rhodes scholar); a military veteran (he didn’t have bone spurs or other priorities); multi-lingual; media savvy; and personable. He certainly seems real and unburdened with the baggage of his political elders. A lot of people focus on the fact he’s a homosexualite, but considering what we have in the White House now, is that really the worst anyone can be?
Besides, I feel this nation is at the point where we need someone in office
who’s too young to remember the novelty of color television, but mature enough
to conduct their own spell-check.