America Needs Senator Gillibrand

Senator Gillibrand joined Cory Booker, John Lewis and others on the steps of the Capitol to protest/discuss trumpcare. Photo credit: Ben Walker via Twitter

America is in turmoil over the current administration. Many of us are focused on 2018 — to fight for the senate and congress; some of us are focused on 2020, but who will lead us?

There’s a list of viable candidates: Kamala Harris, Al Franken, Gavin Newsom, Sherrod Brown, Cory Booker, etc. which one is best? Who not only can beat Trump, but also be a great president?

I’m talking about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

What makes for the perfect 2020 candidate?

We must consider the current issues, the things that might sway independent voters, and the things the republicans will use to attack our candidate. I love all of the potential candidates I mentioned above but Kirsten Gillibrand stands out for a number of reasons.

The Case for Kirsten

For starters, she’s the only senator who stood up for the American people when she voted against most of Trump’s cabinet. The majority of us pleaded with our senators to block his cabinet — the worst in American history. She listened. She has repeatedly slammed Donald Trump, using the language and expressing the thoughts millions of us have had. She seems to be one of the few senators who remembers her purpose in the senate and is quick to remind the rest of the house.

She’s a goddamn champion for human rights — always voting in favor of minorities, the LGBT, and women. She cosponsored the new equal rights amendment.

One of the republicans leading tactics in keeping the house (aside from gerrymandering) is voter suppression. If they can eliminate the votes from all minorities and the poor, they will keep winning. Kirsten Gillibrand is a goddamn superhero when it comes to ending voter suppression. Just read this kickass bill she sponsored. Or this bill she cosponsored. Or this one.

She’s fierce enough to defeat her republican opponents in huge landslides. Look at her damn electoral history. She eats republicans for breakfast. She is the definition of a Slay Mama.

We saw millions question the stamina of the Democratic presidential candidates this year (uh have you seen Hillary Clinton’s resume? She is stamina). No one would dare call Go-Get-Em-Gillibrand low stamina! Homegirl has been a member of these committees:

Committee on Aging (Special)

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Committee on Armed Services

Committee on Environment and Public Works

Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade

Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research

Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing and Agriculture Security, Ranking Member

Armed Services Committee

Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities

Subcommittee on Airland

Environment and Public Works Committee

Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife

Subcommittee on Personnel Chairman

Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife

Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health

Subcommittee on Children’s Health and Environmental Responsibility

And the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Uhh… is there any area she doesn’t have expertise in? She’s seriously got experience everywhere from human rights, to agriculture and the environment, to armed forces. She also serves the great state of New York! Which is great because New York and California officials arguably have the most foreign policy experience. We’re gonna need that to fix the goddamn international joke we’ve become.

She’s the best age to be president — in her early 50's.

She’s been in the senate for more than a decade, so no one can say she’s “too new” or inexperienced.

She’s already written a fantastic book telling the world who she is and what she’s all about.

She has nothing compromising in her history. No scandals, no arrests, no drugs, no ties to shady companies, etc.

Lastly, right now there is a war on women in America. Planned parenthood is being attacked, a woman’s right to choose is being attacked, women are not getting equal pay, they’re losing their right to take birth control, sexual assault and just general assault rates in America against women are high, and on November 9th every little girl in this country was told they can be the best and some people will still choose the man. America has been called the leader of the free world every year (except now obviously) and yet we haven’t had a female leader. It’s time. It’s time to not just shatter that ceiling but blow it up.

I’ve spent the last few months asking all democrats (those who supported Bernie and Hillary) — as well as some independents who on the list I gave above would they be most excited to see run for office. Who would give them a tremendous amount of enthusiasm. Who they would knock on doors and make calls for. Most said Kamala and Kirsten. The downside to Kamala being that she’s new to the senate and many feel she would be better suited for a later run (I’m not one of those many, I think she’s as ready as she would ever be). However, I see what they are saying. She would be attacked for this. Maybe her and Kirsten could run together.

So Senator Gillibrand, know that the American people don’t just want you, WE NEED YOU GIRL. Run in 2020 girl and save us! Fix this goddamn mess and shatter that ceiling!!!