On June 14th 2017 I wrote a post about Michael Bloomberg. It was actually a ‘good people’ post. Here are a few of the things I said about Bloomberg, some two-and-a-half years ago …
- Many outside the New York area may not be aware of how much good Bloomberg does, but over his lifetime he has given away more than $4.3 billion!
- I have always had rather a soft spot for Mr. Bloomberg, knew he was a good man, but even I had no idea just how much he has given back to the world.
- The majority of his contributions are in the fields of Environment, Public Health, the Arts, Government Innovation, Education, Women’s Economic Development in Africa. Mr. Bloomberg has also signed the Giving Pledge started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, vowing to give away at least half of his wealth over the course of his lifetime.
Then I went on to list some of his causes in the fields of the environment, education, public health, women’s economic development, the arts and more. I wrote …
- One thing that makes Bloomberg stand out in the crowd of wealthy philanthropists is that he is willing to try new things rather than, like some, wait for what they think will be the perfect organization and miss a lot of opportunities along the way.
- Bloomberg is human, so I am certain that he wasn’t always right, either, but overall I believe he was a good mayor and is a good human being.
- Bloomberg, in addition to being a philanthropist, is two things: a politician and a very successful businessman. In recent months, we have had every reason to trust neither politicians nor businessmen, but Mr. Bloomberg is the exception.
And I concluded, back in 2017, with …
- He is living proof that politicians and businessmen CAN also be good people. I thought it important for us to remember that, especially now.
And then, in a response to a comment by Roger, I wrote …
“I would love to see him run on a democratic ticket, however … I would surely support him!”
Fast forward to November 12th 2019, nearly a year-and-a-half later, when I wrote a post titled Please Mayor Bloomberg, Don’t Do It where I re-blogged one of Jeff’s posts and in my intro blurb, I said …
“We do NOT need wealthy businessmen running our government … men who have never in their entire lives known what it’s like to have to beg for someone to help you pay the rent, or make a choice between paying the electric bill or taking your sick kid to the doctor!”
Left to my own devices, I would not have remembered what I said about Mr. Bloomberg in June 2017, nor likely what I said just over a month ago. I am old with a calcified brain, remember? But, our friend rawgod asked me, a few days ago …
“Today is Jan. 1, 2020. Bloomberg is running for the Dems, as you hoped. But I have not heard his name much on Filosofa’s Word. Has something changed? Or do you still believe he is a good person for the Oval Office?”
And I had to find out what he was talking about, for I had all but forgotten that Michael Bloomberg was once my ‘good people’ and that I had said I would support his candidacy on the democratic ticket.
So, now I ask myself the tough question: Am I a hypocrite, or has my view changed, and if so … why has it? What has changed? Is my reversal valid?
Well, the answer isn’t going to be found in any of my usual sources, such as The Washington Post, the New York Times, The Guardian, or Politico … the answer will have to come from some soul searching, some pondering. And here are the results of such pondering and musing …
- I think that when I responded to Roger that I would “love” to see him run on the democratic ticket, I was caught up in the mood of the moment, having just researched all the philanthropic works Mr. Bloomberg has done.
- I am certain that he would make a better president than Donald Trump could ever think about being.
- That said, I do not think he is the man I want to see win the nomination to be the democratic candidate. Why?
- Because for the past three years, we have watched the wealthy take over this nation, make decisions that in no way, shape or form helped the average person.
- Because the more I see, the more I am convinced that we need in the Oval Office somebody who can honestly understand the plight of the average person, and I find it hard to believe that someone born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth can truly relate to We the People.
- Because as Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg was responsible for the long-standing “Stop-and-Frisk” policy that was used to discriminate against African-Americans and other minorities, though he has recently apologized for that.
There are still things I like about Mr. Bloomberg’s platform …
- Gun control – he supports universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and a crackdown on gun trafficking.
- Climate change – he upholds the Paris Accord and is a proponent of action to combat climate change, though not to the extent I might like.
- Civil and LGBT rights – he is supportive of both.
- Women’s rights – he claims to believe that reproductive choice is a fundamental human right.
But, he does not support raising taxes on the wealthy, which I believe is critical to reducing our national debt and deficit. He is not strong enough on environmental and other issues. I would not vote for him at this point, though I might have in 2017, as I told Roger. That said, I would vote for him if he were to become the democratic nominee, but I see the chances of that being slim-to-none, for he is polling at only around 5% and is not even on the ballot in a number of states.
The Democratic Party really needs to pull itself together, to stand behind the strongest candidate and soon, in order to unseat the incumbent, for if they keep backstabbing and eating their own, they are doomed, and will doom the citizens of this nation to an almost-certain autocratic regime. Michael Bloomberg is not the solution, though through his philanthropy he can continue to make a positive difference in this world. Not all of us can be president.
So, am I a hypocrite, or have circumstances merely led to an evolution of my thoughts? I leave it to you to decide. Jerry? Roger? Keith? David? Ellen? Jeff? Scottie? Nan? Padre? John? Let me know what you think, for I’m truly not sure.