If the Democrats are planning a greater role for US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), I think everyone outside the party should give a resounding HELL YEAH!! How much more so if she were to be nominated for the presidency. Whereas in the past Black America was represented by such luminaries as Barbara Jordan, Louis Stokes, Adam Clayton Powell, and yes even Charles Rangel (who was classy and witty despite his own corruption), the Congressional Black Caucus of our times is dominated by geriatric comfortable demagogues that are basically expected to be attack dogs or sentries by the Democratic establishment when they need to grind the stone of race relations.
To list all of Waters’ gaffes would require too much space, so let’s start with some of the more famous ones:
- In February she was prank called by a Russian “hacker” claiming to be the prime minister of Ukraine and was convinced that Russia had hacked the election of Limpopo, which is in reality a river not a country.
- Also in February Waters claimed in a remark before reporters that Russia had invaded KOREA, forgetting that it was CRIMEA.
- She has more than anyone else gone before the cameras on MSNBC and called for Donald Trump’s impeachment, despite failing to name any clear evidence of a crime on his part.
- She was recently at the center of a controversy where Bill O’Reilly claimed she was wearing James Brown’s wig.
— d. Watkins (@dwatkinsworld) April 12, 2017
So given this track record of a basically imbecilic grasp of world issues, perhaps rivaled only by fellow CBC members Hank Johnson (Guam capsizing question) and recently convicted Corrine Brown (trust me, search on your own), who would think she’s fit to be president? Only someone with just as shallow of a comprehension of the issues. In this hilarious video SALON magazine columnist d. Watkins attempted to make the case that Waters should be the next Democratic challenger to Donald Trump. Way to pick the person most obviously incapable of controlling her mouth to match an incumbent notorious for having the same issue. Yet Watkins made this even sweeter by completely garbling his five reasons that she should be president. So let’s go through all five:
5.) “Maxine understands the people . . . ” True, according to Watson she came from humble origins. She also married a former pro football player that became a Mercedes dealer and US Ambassador to the Bahamas and then invested in OneUnited Bank which received TARP funds during the 2008 bank bailouts. Waters was later cleared inexplicably of ethics charges, probably due to the fact that spineless Republicans also benefited from TARP funds therefore setting up the classic standoff between pot and kettle. Yeah, I guess she’s like my neighbour Drew, except for the part about going to prison.
4.) “Advocating for women, children, the poor, . . . everyone left out of the Trump campaign”. Waters supported a candidate (Hillary Clinton) that fully supported “Welfare to Work” and NAFTA, both policies despised by progressives. Waters never even entertained the notion of supporting a more consistent progressive like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton also claimed she would put coal miners out of business, and is notorious for concealing her ties to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street donors. Trump may not be genuinely the candidate of the poor, but he has far more credibility than Waters or Clinton due to his public condemnation of existing and proposed trade agreements.
ALSO under this “Fighting AGAINST divestment from the Apartheid South African Regime”. Unfortunately, Watson would have been 100% right if he had worded it correctly. He hilariously implies that Waters actually opposed the divestment. For those of you that need reminders DIvestment is the opposite of INvestment, and in this context it implies dumping holdings in a company’s stock or bonds in order to express disapproval of a specific policy. Sorry Maxine, he did you wrong. Rep. Waters was in fact very dedicated to fighting Apartheid.
3.) “She opposed the War in Iraq unlike McCain, Clinton, Trump”. Nevertheless she endorsed Clinton in 2008 and 2016 as opposed to supporting Iraq War opponents Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. Also, Trump’s support of the war is heavily disputed and he expressed public doubts about going into Iraq including saying that the economy was “a bigger problem”. Claims that he supported the war are largely based on a lukewarm comment from the Howard Stern Show.
2.) “She likes millennials”. Yup, and she also claimed that she used to be one, even though she was first MARRIED in 1956. I’ll be polite the old-fashioned way and not talk about her full age.
1.) “She’s not afraid to go after the right”. Aaand?? Since when is that a badge of honour? Neither were Anthony Weiner, Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton and none of them have turned out to be successes. After all, they failed to even blunt the advance of Donald J. Trump to the White House.
Interestingly, Rep. Waters appears to be a very nice and spirited woman, but she is devoid of any real ideas. In fact, she would probably do better by her constituents if she would help find someone to take over and bring better representation to southern California.
Let me tell you what would have been a better entry into this list Mr. d. Watkins. How about an actual legislative accomplishment besides looking after her husband’s banking interests?
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