“People before politics. Country before party. Peace, prosperity, security and freedom.” So says Tulsi Gabbard’s slogans on her Substack page under the photo shown below. There has been pushback against former Democratic Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard from the left and right before and since her announced departure from the Democratic Party. Some are cheering while others are jeering. Gabbard served as the Congressional Representative for Hawaii (D). Courtesy of Gabbard’s communications team, which provided the statement below to MHLivingNews, gives readers a clear statement by her of her thinking and motivations. Why her thoughts, and that shared by other Democrats recently matters to affordable housing in general, and manufactured homes more specifically, will be unpacked further below.
Why I’m leaving the Democratic Party
I love our country. Our God-given rights of freedom, life, and liberty enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights are my inspiration. I answered the call to duty and took an oath, dedicating my life to supporting and defending those freedoms, both in uniform and in public office.
Growing up in Hawaii gave me a special appreciation of our home, water, and precious natural resources. So when I was 21 years old I decided to run for Hawaii State House so that I could be in a position to protect our environment. I wasn’t politically affiliated before that, but as I was about to file my election papers, I had to choose which party to affiliate with.
As I did my research, I was inspired by Democrats who stood up against the war in Vietnam, and those who fought for Hawaii’s plantation workers who were being abused and exploited by wealthy landowners. I was inspired by leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy and drawn to the ideals of a big-tent Democratic Party that stood up for working men and women — the little guy. In contrast, the Republican Party seemed like one that stood for the interests of big business and warmongering elites. So I became a Democrat and remained one for over 20 years — an independent Democrat to be sure, but a Democrat nonetheless.
I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue and stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, are hostile to people of faith and spirituality, demonize the police and protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, believe in open borders, weaponize the national security state to go after political opponents, and above all, are dragging us ever closer to nuclear war.
Here are some of the main reasons I’m leaving the Democratic Party, in brief. I’ll be tackling each of these in more depth in the coming weeks.
The pro-war Democratic Party has led us to the brink of nuclear war. The party is led by warmongers who are firmly in the grips of the military industrial complex, and don’t know or care about the cost of war, or who pays the price. President Biden and Democratic Party elite have pushed us to the precipice of nuclear war, risking starting WWIII and destroying the world as we know it. This is the most urgent existential threat we face. I ran for President in 2020 because I knew that this is where we were headed. All the signs were there. I raised this issue every day during the campaign, and on the national debate stage. But politicians and the media ignored it. They didn’t care then, and they don’t care now. Obviously I didn’t win that election, and don’t have the power to do what is necessary to prevent it. President Biden and Congress do. But they irresponsibly refuse to use that power to protect the safety of our country, the American people, and the world from the devastation of a nuclear holocaust. To protect our loved ones, our children, our world, I’m calling upon the American people to join me in standing up to these cowardly politicians now. This may be our last chance to do so.
Today’s Democratic Party rejects the rule of law. The people’s trust in the rule of law is the foundation for democracy. By weaponizing the security state and Federal law enforcement for their own partisan political ambitions, Democrat leaders are undermining the rule of law and turning our democracy into a banana republic. Across the country, Democrat politicians call for defunding the police, enacting laws that favor criminal’s rights over those of everyday Americans, and so-called progressive DA’s let violent criminals out of jail, refusing to charge them when many have been arrested 30, 40 or even 50 times. It should come as no surprise that crime and murder rates are rapidly increasing, people don’t feel safe walking down the street in their own neighborhoods, and firearm purchases for self defense have drastically increased.
Under the Obama administration, the IRS was used to target conservative groups. Biden’s DOJ recently indicted 11 pro-life activists for “organizing an event blockading an abortion clinic.” They didn’t use physical force. They weren’t dangerous. But seven of them are facing 11 years in prison and fines of $250,000. The Biden DOJ and Department of Homeland Security has focused their newly formed Domestic Terror Unit to target parents who are vocally standing in opposition to radical curriculums and explicit sexual content being taught to young children in our public schools – labeling parents as “terrorists” for showing up at school board meetings and demanding change. President Biden campaigned on unity and on healing the partisan divide, but he’s now saying supporters of President Trump are the most extremist group in our country and a threat to our democracy. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris claim the Supreme Court is illegitimate simply because they disagree with its rulings. The Biden administration stood by and did nothing as activists protested outside the homes of Supreme Court justices during all hours of the day and night, in clear violation of federal law. When the party in power does not believe in the rule of law, yet they are responsible for writing and enforcing laws, our democracy is doomed.
Today’s Democratic Party does not believe in our constitutionally protected right to free speech. Fostering diversity of thought and freedom of expression is the foundation of any flourishing democracy. Democratic Party leaders don’t agree. They are led by fanatical ideologues who pose a threat to our democracy because they don’t believe in freedom — freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion. They try to censor speech they don’t like, labeling it as “misinformation,” “hate speech,” or “violent speech.” They work hand-in-glove with corporate for-profit media and Big Tech to smear and silence political opponents and those who dare to challenge their authority, exposing their insecurities. The Biden Administration even tried launching their own “Ministry of Truth” to control what information we are allowed to read, hear, and say. Their ideology is one of hate and divisiveness, rather than respect and love (aloha) and is diametrically opposed to traditional ‘liberalism’ which recognizes the basic goodness of people and the autonomy of the individual, supporting civil liberties and a government of, by, and for the people. How can a political party that is opposed to freedom be trusted with our democracy? They can’t be.
Today’s Democratic Party does not believe in our constitutionally protected right to freedom of religion. The Constitution recognizes that our freedom comes from God — not governments. Unfortunately, Democratic Party leaders reject this truth and are hostile toward people of faith and spirituality, and actively undermine our religious freedom. During that 2020 Democratic National Convention, they chose to omit the words “under God” from our pledge of allegiance. High profile Democratic leaders mock or openly discriminate against people of faith, especially Christians. President Obama once ridiculed Americans for clinging to their guns and religion. Vice President Kamala Harris, as a senator in 2018, remarked that being a member of the Catholic charity organization, the Knights of Columbus, disqualified Brian Buescher from serving as a federal judge. Senator Dianne Feinstein derided now Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, during a Senate confirmation hearing, stating that “the dogma lives loudly within you.” Article 6, Section 3 of the Constitution states “no religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Today’s Democratic party has forgotten that freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion. Government must respect every American’s deeply personal relationship with God, and our freedom to express and practice that faith without fear of state-sponsored reprisal, censorship or discrimination. Whether one believes in God or not is not the point. Any political party that is trying to erase the presence of God from every facet of public life and is hostile toward those who choose to worship God, cannot be trusted to protect our inalienable God-given rights enshrined in the Constitution and should not be in power.
Today’s Democratic Party does not believe in our constitutionally protected right to bear arms. Our founders passed the Second Amendment out of a recognition that every one of us has a right to defend ourselves and our loved ones, and to serve as a check on a tyrannical government seeking to take away our God-given freedoms. The Democratic Party’s hatred of the Second Amendment and their increasing authoritarian instincts pose a serious threat to our freedoms. “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” Beto O’Rourke said at a debate when he was running for president. Our founders intentionally passed the Second Amendment right after the First Amendment. The majority ruling from the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down New York’s law that barred people from concealed carry firearms summarized very clearly why Democrats are wrong to try to take away our rights: “Just as we do not need to seek a permit to stand on the street corner and exercise our right to free speech, we shouldn’t have to seek permission for a law abiding citizen to carry their firearm. We as a society don’t get to pick and choose which of our rights in the constitution are more worthy of protecting than another.” Protecting our freedom to defend ourselves and those we love, and protecting our rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution against a tyrannical power is exactly why we must ensure our right to bear arms “shall not be infringed.”
Today’s Democratic Party is ‘Big Brother’ undermining our civil liberties: The Fourth Amendment of the constitution ensures ‘the right of [the American] people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.’ Democratic elite Party leaders have had many opportunities to get rid of unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act that violate our civil liberties — I introduced legislation while in Congress that would repeal the Patriot Act and address the dangerous FISA act being used to undermine our civil liberties, especially those protected by the Fourth Amendment. Every time, they choose the security state over our liberty. Whether it’s using the IRS to snoop into our bank accounts for sending someone over $600 via Venmo, supporting the corrupt system of civil forfeiture to seize property from law-abiding Americans who have not even been charged with a crime, or getting credit card companies to keep track of any and all firearm and ammunition related purchases, today’s Democratic Party stands with giving ‘Big Brother’ more power and control over our lives.
Today’s Democratic Party racializes everything and blatantly foments anti-white racism. The Democratic machine has betrayed Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a nation where we are judged based on the content of our character rather than the color of our skin. In their blind pursuit of power, Democrat leaders reduce each of us as God’s children to the color of our skin, using identity politics to tear us apart for their own political gain. Democrats were silent in the face of Chicago’s Mayor Lightfoot’s blatantly racist policy of only accepting interviews with reporters of color because she was struck with the “overwhelming whiteness and maleness.” Modern day segregation in schools is promoted by racial profiteers like Robin DiAngelo and the corrupt self-identified cultural Marxists who lead Black Lives Matter. Today’s Democratic party embraces and celebrates their racist agenda. They support programs that teach children that they are either ‘the privileged’ or ‘the victims,’ oppressors or the oppressed, solely because of the color of their skin. They’ve become the racists they claim to hate.
Today’s Democratic Party is anti-woman. There’s no greater expression of hatred and hostility toward women than to erase the existence of women as a category of people. The Democratic Party has long claimed to be champions of women, proud of Title IX and leveling the playing field for women and girls. But now, the Biden Administration and Democratic Party are spitting in the face of these achievements by rejecting the objective truth that women exist and are not just a construct in a person’s mind. They can no longer define what a woman is, demand we replace words like “mother” with “birthing person,” and place women at risk to please biological men who claim to be women at any given moment. They are taking away the opportunities and futures of women in sports by allowing transgender athletes, who until recently identified as men, and who have the biological advantages of men, to compete against women. The Biden administration is quietly trying to change Title IX through a back-door rule change that would remove women and biological sex from the Title IX statute, taking away opportunities for millions of female athletes across the country. They now go so far as to claim it is ‘sexual harassment’ to address someone by the wrong pronouns, trying to force us to comply with this insanity by regulating our speech and thought. By denying that there are biological differences between men and women, they are erasing women and denying the existence of objective truth. If one denies the existence of truth, there are no boundaries in our society and the truth becomes whatever those in power want it to be.
Today’s Democratic Party is undermining families. Families are the bedrock of civilization. Today’s Democratic Party does not recognize this truth and the importance of the central foundational role that families play in our society and civilization. They want to strip away the rights of parents to raise their kids, claiming the government knows what’s better for your children than you do. Former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe said last year that there is no role for parents in determining a school’s curriculum. The largest teacher’s union in the country and one of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, the National Education Association, recently passed a resolution that endorses the teaching of Critical Race Theory in classrooms across the country. Public school districts are implementing policies that sexualize kids as young as five or six years old. Taxpayer dollars are used to bring in drag strippers and encourage gender transition surgery in minors – all kept secret from their parents. HHS secretary Rachel Levine says young children should be empowered to get “gender-affirmation treatment,” which involves puberty blockers, chemical castration, and irreversible surgeries causing long-term harm to children. If parents do not comply, the Federal government threatens to take your children away. Families are the foundation of civilization and our society, and today’s Democratic Party’s policies are quickly eroding that foundation to the detriment of us all.
I look forward to tackling each of these issues in more depth in the coming weeks.
I believe in a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. Unfortunately, today’s Democratic Party does not. Instead, it stands for a government of, by, and for the powerful elite.
Let’s remember the ideals our founders laid out for us. Draw inspiration from their hopes for this country, and take action to actually bring about a government that is truly of, by, and for the people.
So today, I’m calling on my fellow common sense independent-minded Democrats to join me in leaving the Democratic Party. If you can no longer stomach the direction that so-called woke Democratic Party ideologues are taking our country, I invite you to join me. ##
Additional Information with More MHLivingNews Analysis and Commentary
Some credit Gabbard with almost single-handedly taking out former Democratic Presidential Candidate, then Senator Kamala Harris (CA-D) during a Democratic debate. Our MHProNews sister site tracked her stances on issues during the 20190-2020 election cycle. Among a field of largely leftist candidates, Gabbard – a liberal – was not ‘progressive’ enough on issues such as those she expressed above.
While Gabbard may sound like ‘a conservative’ now, the more accurate case could be made that her former party has shifted so far to the left that she now looks ‘conservative’ by comparison. But Gabbard was and is liberal by her own standards. She is not, for instance, “pro-life” in the abortion debate. Perhaps somewhat akin to lifelong Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr., she was willing to take on her own party’s elitists from within. Now, she takes aim from outside of the party.
Other former Democrats have been leaving the party in recent years. Recall the “Walk Away” movement? But what Gabbard is referring to as big tech censorship took down that widely followed platform, even though they originated from the political left. Thus Gabbard’s point is supported by evidence that it is not just conservatives, but anyone who holds a stance different than the strict and current version of the Democratic ‘party line’ is a target for being restricted or deplatformed by left-leaning big tech.
In an apparently censored post on YouTube of a live-streamed Gabbard event is the following.
“Ex-Congresswoman and the first Hindu American to run for the White House in 2020,” said the YouTube comment from 10.21.2022 under a now censored-by-Google-owned-YouTube video, “Tulsi Gabbard, drew parallels between US President Joe Biden & Adolf Hitler. Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard endorsed Trump-backed Republican candidate Joe Kent in the competitive race for a southwestern Washington House seat.”
One need not agree with all that Gabbard said or stands for to recognize that several of her remarks have a solid basis in reality. MHProNews has been pressing the notion for years that the Democratic Party has become – as Gabbard phrased it – the party of “the powerful elites.”
Gabbard has not announced that she is becoming a Republican. She is holding to an independent stance. That said, she has announced support for candidates that are often those backed by deposed President Donald J. Trump.
Why This Matters to Affordable Housing Seekers and Manufactured Home Owners
Gabbard’s announcement has been followed by this remarkable statement by the #3 House Democratic Whip James “Jim” Clyburn (SC-D). He is one of the highest ranking elected Democratic officials in the country. While Clyburn remains a Democrat, he bluntly admitted that Democratic policies that he and “all of us” Democrats voted for have caused inflation. That admission makes it clear that housing, also impacted by inflation, is less affordable due to Democratic policies that Gabbard is decrying.
“All of us knew this would be the case… anytime you put more money into the economy, prices tend to rise.”
— Calvin Moore (@CalvinMoore_) October 20, 2022
Sunday 10.23.2022 MHProNews report features a few snips from Gabbard, but more from other high profile Democratic leaders. Her remarks should be compared and contrasted with what that report – which quotes Democrats at length – reveals. To learn more about what Clyburn said and how it relates to issues impacting affordable housing and manufactured homeowners, click the linked report below.
MHLivingNews as well as our MHProNews sister site has carefully tracked several of the issues that Gabbard is highlighting in her ‘Why I’m Leaving the Democratic Party’ statement above. Some of the so-called advocacy groups in manufactured home communities are authentic, but others are arguably paltering, preening, platforms that are subtly working for the ‘powerful elites’ that Gabbard’s has been decrying.
It isn’t just Gabbard, but even pro-Democratic (left leaning) publications such as the New York Times, NPR, PBS, and the billionaire Jeff Bezos Washington Post have pointed out that billionaires and corporate elites are increasingly dominating that party.
As right-of-center Justin Haskins said for the Heartland Institute, it isn’t that big tech or big corporate interests are necessarily having a ‘come to Bernie’ (Sanders, the self-described Democratic Socialist) moment.
The Capital Research Center (CRC) and their Influence Watch nonprofit profiling and tracking platform has reported for some time about what they call “Deception and Misdirection.” This MHProNews has been referring to as the tactics of paltering, posturing, pretty promises (nice sounding pledges that routinely fail to materialize) and projecting onto their opponents what they themselves are guilty of doing. Gabbard compared Biden to the Nazis, whose full name was the “National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei), or Nazi, for short,” said Facing History on 3.15.2018. Just as Benito Mussolini as a socialist, so too was Hitler. They differed from Soviet preached “international” socialism in that they were nationalists. But Hitler and Mussolini were more specifically fascists which Mussolini defined as shown below.
Why go through an elaborate charade to cover up what the Democratic Party has emerged as in recent years? The classic movie scene from the film Charade answers that question. People lie and deceive because they don’t think the unvarnished truth will get them what they want.
Charade-Reggie Lampert: “Why do people have to tell lies?” Peter Joshua “Usually it’s because they want something. They are afraid the truth won’t get it for them.”-Plague of Deception, Misdirection, Corruption
Billionaire Nick Hanauer noted years ago in left-leaning Politico that if his fellow elitist billionaires – which he referred to as oligarchs and plutocrats – aren’t careful, a police state would rise OR the masses would go after them with pitchforks.
Hanauer was prescient in this respect. The abuse of federal law enforcement that Gabbard is speaking about is coming to pass.
She ripped ex-President Obama for his weaponization of the IRS against conservative groups too. What directions Gabbard will take are not yet known. But what is certain is that she is opening up an important line of discussion that may cause numbers of longtime Democrats to vote against their party in this midterm election season that culminates with voting on Tuesday November 8, 2022.
Facts always are whatever they are. Denying a reality like gravity is like denying the sun, moon, or stars. Gabbard is saying in part that Democrats are denying nature in a way that harms women and parents by their leadership’s push for a “trans” agenda.
Private property rights are under assault, a point Gabbard touched upon too. MHLivingNews will continue to monitor and report as deemed prudent on her emergence as a defiant voice against the elitists who at times have brazenly admitted are taking over the U.S.A. To learn more, see the related reports.
When your state’s election laws permit, ponder Gabbard’s revolt and that of others who have left the Democratic fold. As political independents, we encourage voters to lawfully vote all of the Democrats out possible and then hold Republicans feet to the fire for their campaign promises to reign in inflation and other harms that are undermining the freedom and rights of all Americans of whatever background. ##
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By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHLivingNews.com.
Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com. This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.
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