” CNN Town Hall with Democrats – ‘Awesome Threesome Youth Hastening to DO’ ” – June 2, 2019.

Tonight’s CNN Town Hall featured three Representatives of Congress in their bid to add youthful drive and energy to the Democratic Presidential Nomination in 2020 Election.

        The TownHall was held in CNN center at Atlanta, Georgia.

        Answers to questions on the Impeachment of the President, and  Virginia mass shootings would be the ones the audience and the citizens at large have eagerly scrutinized.

         Here’s my brief presentation of the essence of the event.

          1.  Representative Seth Moulton (D-Mass), a former Marine corps officer, who announced his candidacy on April 22, 2019 is the first. He is a progressive democrat and not a socialist;  he is moderate, pro-growth, and fiscally responsible; and he is known for his bipartisanship. Seth Moulton is not registered on the polling aggegator’s site.

         Victor Blackwell has been the moderator.

         Figure below represents Rep. Seth Moulton’s policy position.

          It comprises of the following three elements viz. Gun Control ;  Cybersecurity ;  and  Green New Deal. He supports increased gun control. According to him no civilian should own a military style assault weapon. It is no different than why we outlaw civilian ownership of rockets and landmines. A highly principled stance.  He is one of the architects of “Cyber Ready Workforce Act 2018” , a grant program within the Department of Labour to ‘create, implement, and expand registered apprenticeships to Cybersecurity’. It offers certifications and connects participants with businesses to boost federal jobs.  He supports Green New Deal which is expected to balance environment and economic inequality in a manner that will benefit the citizens. He supports nuclear energy.

         Figure below represents Seth Moulton’s Strategy triad :

         It consists of the three important elements of : (a) preserving the core values of Americans;  (b)  forging unity among Americans;  and  (c)  combating racism. He strongly urged that “a new Voting Right Act”  as the imperative in this chaotic circumstances.

          While pressing for Impeachment proceedings against the President by the House, he advocated strongly his position to change the Justice Department guidelines that places the sitting President against indictment. 

          While on the Virginia mass shootings, Seth Moulton pins his faith on not permitting high capacity magazines and suppressors. Effective follow-up of legal mechanisms which permit the purchase of these weapons should be carried out to mark solutions to the problem.

         2.  Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) announced his candidacy in April 2019.

          Representative Tim Ryan became famous when he challenged Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be the leader of House Democrats in December 2016. His view : ” Nancy Pelosi to be replaced by someone from the area(s) that Donald Trump won in 2016. Tim Ryan lost his challenge, however, after Nancy Pelosi supported giving more power to young members.

        Poppy Harlow of  CNN has been the moderator.

        Figure  below represents Representative Tim Ryan’s Priorities triad :

         It constitutes the three elements of : (a) making America competitive again ;  (b)  restoring America’s innovation leadership ;  and  (c)  energising and engaging young people. His key emphasis and key reason for contesting is to bring America’s glory back again. In his book titled : “A mindful nation”, he wrote : “If more citizens can reduce stress and increase performance even if only by a little, they will be healthier and more resilient. They’ll be better equipped to face the challenges facing the nation.”  To meet this goal he sees the three main pillars of actions in the direction of making America competitive again;  restoring America’s innovation leadership;  and energising and engaging young people. To me his priorities seem well designed and scripted evoking the highest degree of ‘nationalism’  that in the present day Politics world over is proving to be the chief driver of people enthusiasm and support.

          Figure below represents Representative Tim Ryan’s  Strategy triad :

           It comprises of the three key elements viz.  (a)  incentivising investments ;  (b)  a national Strategy on renewables ;  and  (c)  combating corporate concentration.

         Representative Tim Ryan does not support impeaching the President but argues firmly that special counsel Robert Mueller Report shows that the President committed Obstruction of Justice.

          On Virginia shootings :  Tim Ryan, even while not being very sure of restrictions that would have prevented the shootings, favoured as solution ‘Gun Reform’  that doesn’t allow extended magazines and silencers. Background checks are an integral component of reform.

          3.  Representative Eric Swalwell (D- Calif) announced his candidacy on April 8, 2019

          A prolific user of the Social Media, his interviews on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News due mainly to his part in House Intelligence Committee’s investigation in to Russian interference in elections made him a plain, public, and perceptible figure now. Eric Swalwell is not registered on the polling aggegator’s site.

          Jim Sciutto of CNN has been the moderator.

         Figure below represents Representative Eric Swalwell’s  Work of Time triangle :

           It constitutes : (a)  Gun Control;  (b)  Education ;  and  (c)  Renewable Energy. He has been a strong advocate of increased funding for education, and decreased funding for Defense. He also focused on federal stimulus money to create renewable energy jobs. He is a proponent of Gun Control measures, specially, the buyback and ban of military style semi-automatic assault weapons, non-compliance of which will bear prosecution.

          Figure below represents Representative Eric Swalwell’s  Strategy triad :

          It has the following three aspects :  (a)  Global affirmation ;  (b)  Trust of Citizens ;  and  (c)  Accelerating Dreams of People.  Global affirmation to make sure that allies stand strongly in support of U.S.  Trust of Citizens to ensure huge and positive support from people in any fight against misdeed(s).  While stressing that college should be able to pay for you, if you work for college, he emphasised that student loans should not constitute the memories of college, but learning process should do. This can only accelerate the realisation of the dreams of Americans.

          Representative Eric Swalwell wants to satisfy what he sets as pre requisites for Trump Impeachment clearly : ” (i)  Peoples’ understanding, knowledge, and support for the process ; and  (ii)  Impeachment process should be set in motion only after all avenues of remedial measures are exhausted.

            On Virginia shootings :  A ban and buyback on assault weapons combined with administrative effort to negotiate up as the Gun Safety majority in America would desire.

            General conclusions :  (1)  Age and military experience are Representative Seth Moulton’s key strengths.  (2)  Representative Tim Ryan’s deep knowledge, connection, and support for the working class Americans constitute his key strengths.  (3)  Problems and challenges that young families face, and the community engagement and reaching out to people across the aisle irrespective of party affiliation are Representative Eric Swalwell’s key strengths.

          Whether these strengths hold good and true against the many vulnerable odds the three candidates have to make their presence count in the coming days and months will be worth watching.

 

   ” Dieu avec nous “

   Monday,  June 3, 2019  –  9.19 a.m. (IST)

   Tidbit : ” Current healthcare system is a disease care system ;  a sick care system. ” –  Tim Ryan.

 

 

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