Tulsi Gabbard did something unusual for a congresswoman in this day and age. She left the cozy confines of Capitol Hill and went on a fact-finding mission to Syria, where she met with a wide array of people, in order to gain a better understanding of how the Syrian Civil War was impacting the lives of those who live there. Among the people she ended up sitting down with was Syrian president Bashar al-Asaad.
While Asaad is a dictator, Tulsi believed the meeting to be necessary in order to fully understand the situation in the country. She eventually came away even more convinced that violence in the middle east must be ended. She believes it is up to the United States to lead the push for peace. Tulsi has long been an advocate for the need to halt arms sales to the region and to Syrian rebels because, often times, the weapons end up in the hands of terrorist groups.
This issue has long been at the forefront of Tulsi Gabbard’s platform. She is the leading voice of the anti-war wing of the Democratic Party. A fragment of the party that, once large and prominent, is shamefully small. So, I guess that it shouldn't be surprising that Ms. Gabbard has been absolutely lambasted by “moderate democrats” who claim Tulsi has all sorts of ulterior motives for her visit.
She has been accused of being a supporter of dictatorships, she has been accused of being a republican, she has been accused of being a self-serving fraud. And that is how insane the Democratic Party has become. The establishment Democrats have completely changed their positions on nearly everything over the last 8 years and now they are a morally bankrupt group of neocons wielding an army of angry twitter trolls that parrot any provided message against any perceived threat to the modus operandi of the status quo.
There are few in the Democratic party who have shown more integrity than Tulsi. She stepped down from her position as Vice Chair of the democratic party back in February of 2016, in order to fully support Bernie Sanders during a primary that she felt was unfair. She received waves of hate from the party rank-and-file for that, too. Stepping down, by the way, was exactly the right thing to do, as party officials are pledged to be unbiased during the primary race. Unfortunately, she was the only member of the DNC who gave up their position, while the rest of the party operated a literal extension of the Clinton campaign.
There was a time when the Democrats truly stood for something. They offered a stark contrast to the big business, pro-corporate GOP. They were the party of the people, beholden to the workers and the little guy, they were a party of social justice and real proponents of peace.
Now, one of their brightest young stars, who appeals to the very same people Democrats spat on during the primary season shows actual leadership and conviction and her reward is largely ridicule. She should be elevated, paraded around and shown off as an example what Democrats are. Peace seekers with courage and moral fortitude. Instead, she's mocked and accused of being a Trump supporter. At this point, I wouldn't blame her if she was. At least Trump disavowed our strategy of interventionist wars in the Middle East.
This is what the establish democrats are now. This is what they want the WHOLE party to be. Pro-corporate, pro-donor, pro-war for profit, pro-fracking, pro-anything that lines their pocket. But hey, they support abortion and gay marriage, so I guess that makes it okay, right? Why so many Democrats follow the marching orders of despicable people like Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Donna Brazile and Neera Tanden, who have all been proven to be liars, cheats and frauds this campaign season, is foreign to me.
Tulsi will probably be primaried or lose her seat because she has bucked the party for her personal ideals, that will be sad, but typical of this lost group of elitists. The left and the right aren't the main factions any longer. It's the neo-lib/neo-con cabal and their MSM zombie army vs. the rest of us. If Tulsi ends up a republican, it will be because they become the party of peace. It won't be because she left the party, the party left her and many of us a long time ago.