Herbert Hoover's promise to keep #USA out of #WW1 likely won him 1916 presidential election. 1 year later, he broke that promise. Activists for women's suffrage opposed him & his Democratic Party because of their failure to support women's suffrage. Will Trump's disingenuous
references to being a peace president, especially due to the complete silence Biden & today's @TheDemocrats practice on the issue of #endlesswar, also enable a Trump victory? Why are Biden & Dems silent on war? Is it because Biden voted for #Iraq War &, as VP, witnessed the
expansion of the global assassination program via drones & special forces? Is it because the DNC supported HRC in 2016, who voted for #Iraq war & pushed military intervention in #Libya? Is it because Obama, the most popular of these centrist democrats, increased the deployment of
USA military in #Afghanistan? Is it because the Democratic Party's astroturfed McResistance focused on #Russiagate & #Ukraine & #China, all issues where the assumption is that more foreign militarism is required? Why is the Democratic Party trying to appeal to a segment of
LatinX voters by promising increased hostility to #Cuba & #Venezuela? Aside from being morally wrong, these positions give @GOP room to pretend that it is the party against military intervention, and that remains a popular political position among many voters.
This info about Hebert Hoover & the 2016 election comes from @PBS @AmExperiencePBS "The Vote (Part 2)" pbs.org/video/part-2-t…

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The biggest crime of @TheDemocrats is allowing #USA's citizens to become believers in #fascism & #misogyny & Ayn Randian #socialdarwinism by neglecting to defend #humanrights & #genderequality & #socialjustice & pursing corporate $. Biden might sneak this one out, but @GOP won
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All views are entertained, if they find a sponsor
Two factions emerged, each with a champion
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The criers and heralds on every corner
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his boss, the first Black leader we did appoint."
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