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BANGKOK 21 May 2019 03:26
Jingthing

Mayor Pete -- Is the USA ready for it's 2nd or 3rd gay president?

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Buttigieg is an interesting person.   I saw him on TV, I think it was the View.   He is charming, articulate and knowledgeable.   He was asked some challenging questions and was extremely diplomatic and logical in his answers.  

 

He is apparently fairly religious and answered questions regarding sexuality and religion.   I don't recall his exact answer, but it was about the Jesus he knows was one who loved people, not hated them.   He then explained a little further, but obviously was interested in moving on to more interesting topics than his sexuality.

 

The only question he waltzed around was about did he believe in paying reparations to descendants of slaves.   He referenced a committee that is looking into the issue.  

 

I was impressed with his likeability, his quick wit, and his general grasp of issues.   I was also impressed with his handling of his sexuality in such a casual manner and seeing it as unimportant to the issues facing the country.

 

Oh, and I am a Beto Boy, by the way -- no good reason, just like Beto's energy and charisma, so more emotional than rational.   I suspect if I had to decide between the two, I'd have some sort of a psychotic breakdown.

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Here we go again!  Presidents are not elected on their sexual preferences...thank you Buddha...😮

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If a TV Reality persona can make it to the White House, what is the issue with a homosexual.

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"It is 3rd or 4th gay president" simply doesn't make sense.  It's "its" not "it's"

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1 hour ago, ThaiBunny said:

"It is 3rd or 4th gay president" simply doesn't make sense.  It's "its" not "it's"

True dat, sire. 'Twas a mere brain furt.

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Just now, Jingthing said:

True dat, sire. 'Twas a mere brain furt.

He's a Southerner?

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2 hours ago, steven2018 said:

If a TV Reality persona can make it to the White House, what is the issue with a homosexual.

He's not really running as a gay candidate. He is gay. He's open about it. He is definitely not stressing that. Of course, people will notice. There are bigots that would never vote for a gay presidential candidate but they are mostly from the other party. Any identity thing like that will have pros and cons electorally. 

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2 minutes ago, ThaiBunny said:

He's a Southerner?

If you're from Michigan. 

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3 hours ago, Puchaiyank said:

Here we go again!  Presidents are not elected on their sexual preferences...thank you Buddha...😮

Of course not. But at this point, he has already made history. He is the first openly gay presidential candidate to be eligible for the debate stage of a major party. He's not stressing the gay part. His bigger issue as far as his identity is going to be his extreme youth as far as potential presidents go. 

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2 hours ago, Ahab said:

I am libertarian but normally vote Republican. I have no issue with a candidates sexuality (except for pedophilia or bestiality), and how he/she stands on issues is what matters to me. In this guys case though, anyone who cannot point out how divisive and unworkable the proposal for reparations for slavery would be does not deserve to be anything more than a mayor, ever. Many blacks in America emigrated from Africa or other countries after slavery was ended and were never slaves, or the offspring of slaves, do they get reparations because of the color of their skin? Both of my grandparents emigrated to the USA long after slavery was ended in the USA, would I still have to pay reparations?

 

It is a stupid idea, in the long history of the world many races and groups of people have been victims of some sort of slavery, do we give reparations to all of them also? The correct answer is no. 

Well, it's certainly fine for you to oppose him on policy issues. It's very early to pin candidates down on such issues. He's running now in the democratic party primary where of course the voting base is much more left than for a general election. I don't think there is any candidate that is suggesting all Americans with African background would ever be eligible for literal reparations payments. I also think that the majority of the democratic party base is well aware that African Americans as a generality have paid a price, an economic prices and other prices as well, for decades of institutionalized racism.

 

To add, I wouldn't suggest that gay Americans support him just because he is gay any more than women should support a candidate just because she's a woman.

 

It's early in the race. 

 

Cheers.

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3 minutes ago, Puchaiyank said:

Defense of US borders...defense of the US as a country are important issues for most people with a modicum of commonsense.  I doubt this candidate can present himself as strong on these issues...or has any international experience to shape his worldview...

No, he isn't a seasoned foreign policy expert. Or really seasoned much in anything. He's young. But Americans will be impressed by his willingness to volunteer for military service in Afghanistan even if they oppose the policy there.

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