Kamala Harris announces her 2020 Campaign

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Harry C. Alford and Kay DeBow

Beyond the Rhetoric

By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow

Kamala Harris is wasting no time with her political career. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 and has already set her immediate target – the presidency of the United States. On January 26, she formally announced her campaign. The setting was in Oakland, California where she was born in 1964.

She is the child of American immigrants. Her mother is of Asian descent, Tamil Indian, while her father is Jamaican with African and Irish blood. Her maternal grandfather was a distinguished Indian diplomat. Her rally had over 20,000 participants which is very impressive and reminds us of the beginning of Barack Obama’s successful run in 2008.

She and her younger sister, Maya, started early in Oakland where her father was a Stanford University professor and her mother was a medical researcher. At an early age her parents divorced, and her mother packed up and moved her and her sister to Montreal, Canada.

Her mother worked as a medical researcher and enrolled her two daughters into a French speaking Catholic school – Marymount. This is where she matured. In looking at some pages of her yearbook we find that the school was quite multi-racial. Many of the Black kids had roots in the Caribbean and Africa. The two Harris sisters matured into attractive “red bones.”

Kamala chose Howard University, the HCBU located in the heart of Washington, DC. She apparently wanted to be immersed in the African American soul culture. She joined the AKA sorority and is using those connections in establishing her political base. Upon graduating from Howard, she returned to California and matriculated through the Hastings College of Law.

She began her professional career as a deputy district attorney in Oakland. She soon met the prolific career politician Willie Brown who became her mentor and assisted in her rising career.  It was strongly rumored that Willie became more than a mentor.  He was her “Boo” despite his marriage and family.

In 2012, she came on the national circuit at the Democratic National Convention. A great speech raised her national profile in the same manner as that of Barack Obama a decade earlier. Two years later she married Douglas Emhoff, a successful white attorney.

Creating a great reputation as a District Attorney she set her sights on the Attorney General slot for the state of California. She narrowly won-by one percent. There she grew even more prominent and became a powerful figure in the California political arena. In 2016, she became a U.S. Senator replacing the retiring Barbara Boxer. She has risen to undeniable prominence.

She sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as the Intelligence Committee. She participates in the Congressional Black Caucus as well as the Congressional Asian Caucus. She has arrived and is a force to be respected and not underestimated.

Harris has recently published her memoir, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.” We look forward to reading it. She seems to be following Barack’s “footprint.” Why not? It was certainly successful.

Kamala’s politics is typical California style progressive. She wants to tax the hell out of the wealthy.

She has a laundry list of “freebies for the people.” Free Medicare for everyone. While we are at it: free education from pre-K to college. Somehow, she and the rest of the liberal side must come up with a convincing cost analysis to sell this to the masses.

We are quite skeptical and believe in good old fashion capitalism.

That is what brought our nation to greatness and that is what is going to take us to a brighter future. The democratic candidates, Kamala is no exception, are in “la, la land” when it comes to setting a platform that is going to win over the masses. She has a big task ahead of her. But you know what, we think she has the backbone and drive to compete with the rest of the ever-growing list of candidates on the Democratic side.

Howard Schultz, creator of Starbucks, is planning to run on a Third-Party ticket and this is inflaming the Democratic mainstream. They must stay united in order to compete with a Trump re-election.

It is not an understatement to say that the 2020 election is going to be the most pivotal and dramatic election in U.S. history.

The world is in turmoil. War, insurgency, financial uncertainty is growing and growing. We pray that God sends us a true leader who will take us to a better world. That is difficult to predict, and we are far from deciding on any favorites.

These times are not for the faint of heart. Kamala is facing a field of more than 20 Democratic rivals. Who will win out and face President Donald Trump? May the Lord help us in making the right decision.

What do you think about Kamala? Please let us know your thoughts.

Mr. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Ms. DeBow is the Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of the NBCC. Website: www.nationalbcc.org Emails: halford@nationalbcc.org kdebow@nationalbcc.org.

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