On January 27 Kamala Harris declared her candidacy for the office of The President of the United States. Her career to date has been as a public servant in and of the state of California. Intern to Prosecutor to District Attorney to Attorney General to Senator. At age 54 she is seeking the promotion to the highest position reachable.
Her career in public service and a law degree from UC Hastings School of Law are good qualifiers for her abilities to handle the job. Her kickoff rally in Oakland drew estimated 20,000 people. This speaks to her electability. She has succeeded in multiple campaigns.
If you don’t watch MSNBC or other news sources where she is being interviewed, read her book “The Truths We Know: A journey”. I am currently listening to the audio version narrated by herself. The first half went fairly quickly, it being mainly biographical. The second half slowed as it started with a recount of the GOP atrocities at our border.
She explained the pronouncement of her name as “kah mah lah”. No inflections of the syllables.
A takeaway from the first half occurred as I compared her story with that of Michelle Obama (the first subject in this series of blogs) as told in her book. My takeaway is that inspirational parents should wear hero badges. In Kamala’s case it is primarily her mother who is an immigrant from India.
The book gives a clear picture of what her core values are. For me core values are honesty, integrity, empathy. One of Kamala’s first statements is “..must tell the truth”. In her time in the state justice system, her quest was not only justice but prevention and mitigation of consequences to innocents.
The book shows mental and moral qualities that meet a high standard. While justice is her strongest suit, it is justice applied correctly and without bias. The narrative also has strong family values.
Now, a question members of Olympia Indivisible seek answers to is “How progressive is Kamala Harris”?
Kamala Harris will be one of the strong contenders for the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. There will be other strong candidates in the primary. It is going to be an exciting race.
Written by Olympia Indivisible member Glen Hubbard