In the United States, at the beginning of this century, the right and its racist elements created the Tea Party. Named after the Boston Tea Party, the new movement was born to fight the first African-American president.
And on a deeper and subconscious level, to curb the inevitable demographic shift of the nation away from its white, Protestant core, towards a more multi-ethnic and multi-faith society.
Born out of broadcaster Glenn Beck’s defense of Tom Paine’s common sense on his daily afternoon TV show, the Tea Party managed to cripple Obama’s two terms by sending Republican majorities to Washington for both. chambers of Congress, lawmakers for the most part mired in Tea Party rhetoric. .
Obama won a second term, but the Democratic Party’s misinterpretation of deep fear and rage against modernization led them to choose Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate in 2016.
Although Clinton, on paper, was and is the most qualified person to ever run for office – a lawyer at the Watergate hearings in the 1970s, just out of law school; First lady; Senator and Secretary of State – she was defeated by reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump. He knew where the Fear And Rage button was.
Trump created the Make America Great Again movement, an assemblage of right-wing and far-right grievances and a bugle call to the deeper darkness of the American soul. He took the nation and the world to the Bates Motel of the American psyche and to the cave where the horror resides. The country is still there. The rest of the world is suspicious.
Joe Biden, the common thread in this saga that started in full swing around 2005, as Obama’s two-term vice president and now as president, gave the nation the nation’s first female vice president. She is also the first Vice-President of African descent, the first of South Asian descent, the first to have a male spouse, the first to have a Jewish spouse, the first to have immigrant parents, the first to graduate from what’s called a historic black college.
In other words, for those who believe in America, and here too, in the UK, that the real battle is against a growing “Race Industrial Complex”, Harris is the ultimate nightmare.
For women, and for us women of color, she is the example of the broken glass ceiling. But many of us haven’t checked out the cuts to her head. Neither the deeply radicalized Republican Party, and its intention to inflict many more. Because Vice President Harris, if Joe Biden decides to be president for a term, could run for the highest office in the country herself.
The president gave him two tasks: the right to vote and immigration to the southern border. The decision by several Republican-controlled states to remove and restrict access to the vote has become one of the hills on which the presidency and Biden’s legacy have chosen to die.
This fight is in the blood of the vice president. Her militant South Asian mother decided to raise her two daughters as African Americans, and Harris attended Howard University, Yale University, and Harvard University of African America.
The right to vote and access to it is a key requirement of civil rights and has taken a century to achieve. Now the states, under the governance of the GOP, formerly known as The Party Of Lincoln, have decided to ensure that fewer African Americans can go to the polls.
Initiatives like “Souls To The Polls,” a program that encourages blacks to vote after church on Sundays, has been a target in the South. Harris has spoken out against the Republican plans, but the unsaid is that it could be out of date and out of date. A new accusation against a woman who has always been perceived and proven to be a winner.
His plaintive plea of “Don’t come! To immigrants from Central and South America, has been mocked both on the right and on the left. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez spoke specifically about what she sees as the Vice President’s failure to address historic wrongs to the United States and the Americas.
Even though AOC overlooks Nicaraguan de facto life president Daniel Ortega to begin with, she represents the emerging progressive wing of the Democratic Party and if Harris is to run for president she needs to be aware of what is alive in her. left.
But the challenges Vice President Harris faces are not just political. They sink much deeper.
She is that horror for still too many people: A Woman In Charge. And if you think we’ve got past that, think again.
What struck me about the G7 conference in Cornwall was not the politics, but the two women’s groups there. There was what you might call The Duchess of Cambridge Tendency, the flowing hair, flowing dresses, and flowing smiles of Jill Biden and Carrie Symonds.
Then there were the WIPs, the Women In Power: Angela Merkel and Ursula von der Leyen. Dressed in pants and jackets and short hair, for their generation, it was the emblem of “Don’t Ask Me To Make Coffee”.
Back then, women of this and Clinton’s generation weren’t doing the following at work: putting on a lot of makeup or having photos of their family members visible in the office. Trouser suits were required; and above all, he was therefore harder on female subordinates than on men.
Those days are gone, but at the top, where Harris lives, the signal she needs to send and do it minute by minute is that she can make it work. The feeling that women have no place with the levers of power, and especially a woman of color, is deeply rooted and the vice-president therefore has two battles: her politics and her gender.
Now Kamala Devi Harris, named after a Hindu goddess of power and beauty, faces what is nearly impossible to fight: the deep psyche of her nation.
This has only happened a handful of times: Abraham Lincoln faced the nation’s deep divide between the idea of federalization and individualism, which resulted in a devastating civil war; FDR had to fight against the deeply rooted creed of capitalism whose continued control would have destroyed the United States at the start of the Great Depression; LBJ and the Vietnam War, the end of American adventurism and the idea that the American way of life was paramount. And now.
Now the Republic is facing its essence, and Kamala Harris, and his vice-presidency, is that essence in the flesh.
What’s happening in the United States, culminating in the sacking of the Capitol – the first time this has happened since the War of 1812 against the British, and something that could not be achieved even by the Confederacy headquartered in was a few miles from Washington – is an endgame. Don’t underestimate this.
John Nance Garner, first vice president of FDR, once said of the vice president versus the presidency, that it was “not worth a bucket of hot piss.”
Kamala Devi Harris must refute this notion and more because President Biden has done something extraordinary: he made her de facto his co-chair. She’s what he calls, “The last person in the room.”
In this, it has already changed the shape of the American political landscape.