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Tulsi For Prez

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I ambled into my wife Susan’s “Nest Building” clay workshop in the garage/studio yesterday, to say hello to a friend taking the class, and meet a few others. Someone made a comment about the Kansas City Royals, to which someone else said the only Royal he could think of was George Brett, to which I replied that I was considering Richard Nixon for President this year. Not really, duh, kind of a let’s do the time warp again thing. But my flip remark got a conversation going among the group of having no one to vote for, no one truly worthy of a vote, for President this year. And no idea of who to write in.

“I’Tulsi 1m writing in Tulsi Gabbard,” I said, to which no one agreed, disagreed, or knew who I was talking about. And maybe you don’t either. But I do. I’ve been following her for a while now – on the news, the internet, Twitter, and Facebook www.facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard. She’s a two-term US Representative Democrat for Hawaii’s 2nd District, a US Army veteran, a strong environmentalist, and, – this is so cool – a surfer. If you want a more thorough summary of who she is, I offer this from her official Government website:   http://gabbard.house.gov

Tulsi Gabbard, spent her life growing up in beautiful Hawai‘i. As a teenager, she co-founded an environmental non-profit called Healthy Hawai’i Coalition, focused on educating children about protecting Hawaii’s environment. An advocate for environmental policy, Tulsi was elected to the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 2002 when she was just 21 years old, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. A year later, she joined the Hawai‘i Army National Guard to serve Hawai‘i and our country. In 2004, Tulsi volunteered to deploy with her fellow soldiers, becoming the first state official to voluntarily step down from public office to serve in a war zone.
Tulsi served two tours of duty in the Middle East, and she continues her service as a Major in the Army National Guard. Tulsi’s 2005 deployment was a 12-month tour at Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Iraq, where she served in a field medical unit as a specialist with a 29th Support Battalion medical company. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the end of this tour.
In between her two tours, Tulsi served in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), where she advised him on energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veteran issues. While working for Senator Akaka in 2007, Tulsi graduated from the Acc
elerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy, where she was the first woman to finish as the distinguished honor graduate in the Academy’s 50-year history. Tulsi was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and again assigned to the 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalio
n of the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard—this time to serve as the Military Police Platoon Leader.
Tulsi continued to work for Senator Akaka until 2009, when she again voluntarily deployed with her unit to the Middle East. During this second Tulsi 3deployment, in addition to leading her platoon on a wide variety of security missions, she also conducted non-military host-nation visits and served as a primary trainer for the Kuwait National Guard. Tulsi was one of the first women to set foot inside a Kuwait military facility and became the first woman to ever be awarded and honored by the Kuwait National Guard for her work in their training and readiness program.
In 2010, Tulsi was elected to the Honolulu City Council, serving as Chair of the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs Committee and Vice Chair of the Budget Committee. In 2011, she visited Indonesia as part of a peacekeeping training with the Indonesian Army. Tulsi was elected in 2012 to the United States House of Representatives, serving Hawaii’s 2nd District. She is one of the first two female combat veterans to ever serve in the U.S. Congress, and also its first and only Hindu member.
 Tulsi serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee where she is a strong advocate for veterans, our service members, and making smart strategic decisions that best secure our nation. Tulsi is working every day to make sure we have a sustainable economy that works for all families, with access to affordable health care, good jobs, and a quality education.
Tulsi resigned from the Democratic National Committee last February because she made the decision to support Bernie’s Sander’s run for office and because the Committee was charged as a neutral body (which, of course, we know just wasn’t so). And now, in late July, we are left with this – Bernie didn’t make it, then punked out and endorsed Hillary. Hillary remains the long-lost twin of the aforementioned Richard Nixon, dishonest, arrogant, and unlikable. Donald Trump has crowned himself the Evil Lord over all things Sauron-like in his view of a dystopian hell on earth, as in the Emperor’s got a new ring.
Tulsi 2
Ah, what’s a boy to do, a boy who loves his country and loves the planet and thinks we should all try a little more tenderness. Well, the consensus of yesterday’s clay class out in the studio, as I was leaving, was that everyone was going to write in Bernie. Everyone, that is, but me. I’m writing in Tulsi. I hope you do too.
She can save us.



Author: buddycushmanart

This is my Blog, my opportunity to say what I think and write what I feel. The content has morphed in the two years of existence -- I began with personal tales of sillyness and drunkeness and soberness and times, places, and events within. Then I wrote a whole a lot of opinions about the world and its often sad shape, and how I thought we could make it better (re: engaging stories of hope). More recently I've taken to writing about this and that, including links to movies, Ted Talks, rock and roll, other writers' web pages, and more. These past seven years I have taken up the life of a painter, and my work can be seen on my web page ( www.buddycushmanfineart.com ) and my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/musicflower67). But I've been writing since I was just a young thing living on the Massachusetts coast, and storytelling is my home. I have a number of fiction works in varying degrees of completion, and have published two books of fiction in the last year, under the name W.B. Cushman. But it's here I get to share my whatevers of sorrow and hope, and hopefully, wonder and magic. Thanks for stopping in.

One thought on “Tulsi For Prez

  1. Thanks for bringing her to our attention. And, Go Royals!! 🙂

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