Dear 100 Hour Board,
Who is your favorite presidential candidate in the 2020 race and why?
Rep. Larry McDonald
Ace Watkins 2020 Gamer for president https://twitter.com/gamerpres2020?lang=en. Don't let his video game puns fool you, he actually comments on real issues and has very solid opinions on minimum wage, immigration, health care etc.
I'm still working on my research, so I'm not entirely positive yet. I'm sure you could have figured out that I'm definitely not going to be voting Republican at this point. You can argue if you want, but I don't love voting for independent candidates who barely make a blip on the map. It doesn't prove anything to anyone, and to me it doesn't get stuff done. I'm not expecting candidates to perfectly represent me, I'm expecting them to have good principles. So, right now I'm working through the Dems. Here's what I've come to thus far:
I like the way Kamala Harris thinks, but I don't think she'll ever be ahead enough in the polls for it to make sense. I hope when she doesn't win, she still gets some high position because she does a good job of taking radical ideas and coming up with ways to make them work realistically. (For example, the housing tax break for people spending over 1/3 of their income on rent.)
I also like Pete, but sometimes he reminds me so much of an awkward RM that I can't help but cringe. Is it a superficial reason not to like him? Yes. But the whole "oooh look at me I can speak Spanish I am so cool I'm such a good boi" energy throws me off and I just... don't like that? He weirds me out.
I honestly really do like Warren. She's smart, she thinks things through, she's kind and charismatic, she can be a little bit frazzled sometimes (she's excited about her big plans! That don't involve separating families or starting an era of American Isolationism!), but I think I would prefer her to be the head of the country than Biden or (obviously) Trump. She's also better about being a little more middle ground than Sanders, and at this point I think he should think about his health. I know most of her ideas are not perfectly realistic, and I know that she doesn't have the power to put all of them into action. I am expecting that. What I care about is the way she talks about issues, her specific care for the concerns of individuals, and the time and research she puts into her ideas.
Anyway. When I think about the future I would like to see for America, I think Warren can do the better job in helping us get there. She thinks things through. And, what people often forget is that as much debating on policies that presidents do, they ultimately don't have a ton of power to make huge changes. There's enough opposition that the more controversial or lofty goals will probably not go super far - but they will push a discussion.
I also won't have to check the news every day to see which of Warren's compatriots in the White House are getting arrested that day or are being questioned for corruption, or are molesting little kids, or are saying racist garbage. We won't be talking about impeaching her for (insert [unbecoming conduct] [emoluments infringements] [bribery] [other criminal activity] here) before she's spent a month in office.
Why is that something people even have to consider? I don't know. I feel like that should be the minimum requirement for someone to be a qualified candidate. In any case, I like her.
Marianne Williamson because she would be the first President signed in on a deck of tarot cards and I want that in my life.*
I’m trying to be open-minded about all of the candidates but my current favorite is Elizabeth Warren. I agree with most of her views and I especially like her focus on structural change. I also like that her focus is on the problems of real people and utilizing governmental powers to fix those problems.
I don't like that sometimes, especially when she's talking about tax reforms, she doesn't acknowledge all of the barriers that would make her plan unlikely with a President's limited power. But to be fair, a lot of politicians talk idealistically like this with their ambitious goals.
Overall though, I think she is intelligent, passionate, articulate, persistent, and I think she would make a great President.
*To clarify: I don’t want that.
I'm favoring the veteran candidate Vermin Supreme, whose policy is "zombie preparedness and the pony economy."
You really should check out his platform for yourself, but his platform is thus:
The mission of this campaign is to spread a loud and unapologetic message of free thought, clean smiles, and ponies. Through satire and humor, I present real issues with fantastical context, in-depth analysis, and a dose of much-needed humor in the political sphere. With thought provoking activism, I stand against the tyrannical duopoly, the violent police state, and all forms of overreaching government.
I seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and are not forced to sacrifice their values for the benefit of others. I believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.
Consequently, I will always defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world I seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams, in their own ways, without interference from the government or any other authoritarian power. With honesty, empathy, courage, and free ponies for everyone, I will lead past, present, and future America to the pinnacle of freedom under the rule of the one and only Tyrant You Can Trust.
He's figured out a simple solution to polluting energy: zombie power.
It is vitally important to Vermin Supreme that we all ensure a beautiful and healthy world for our ponies into the future. To do so, President Supreme will do away with widely used sources of energy that are detrimental to pony habitats. These sources will be replaced with infinite and renewable zombie power.
Pony up, America.