Kamala Harris has created history by being the 3rd woman ,1st Black & 1st Indian American to be running for Vice President of America. Being an American, I am proud of my country that after electing its first Black President in 2008 we are definitely moving beyond race, religion & gender. Than as an Indian American, I have mixed feelings for Kamala’s candidacy. Kamala was born to highly educated and affluent parents. Her fatherDr Donald Harris, first black Economics professor at Stanford University, came from Jamaica, and mother a Hindu Brahmin Shyamala Gopalan, a cancer researcher from India. Kamala was 5when her parents divorced in 1972 after a bitterly fought custody battle. Her mother got full custody and raised both her daughters. She died in 2009.
Kamala always claims that she & her sister Maya were raised by her Indian mother, as Black. That’s the most admirable thing about her to say for identifying herself with both cultures! It is true or not; I leave it to the Indian American & Black voters to decide. In fact Kamala hardly talks about her father but do use his family name Harris or her multi-cultural and multi-religious roots or her husband whom she married in Aug. 2014 (may be with an eye on Senate seat) is of the Jewish faith or mentions his two college-age children by a previous marriage. Douglas Emhoff is an Attorney and partner at DLA Piper Law Firm in California and makes over a $1 mil per year.
Those who draw similarities between Kamala and Obama; must understand that the similarities ends with multi-cultural and multi-religious back grounds only. Unlike Obama; Kamala can not boast of any Ivy League credentials or community service or social activism.
She earned her undergraduate degree from the historically black Howard University and graduated in 1990 from the University of California’s second-tier Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. She joined as Deputy DA of Alameda County. Kamala, 29, dated California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown for 2 years, who was 60 at the time—and married. He gifted her a BMWand appointed her to high-profile lucrative positions on the state’s Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission where she served until 1998, attending two meetings a month for a $99,000 annual salary. These State political positions gave her almost $400,000 between 1994 and 1999and access to politically influential and moneyed elite of San Francisco. In 2003, they gave her full financial backing and political support for her first campaign for a public office..
Although Kamala & Brown split in 1995 but Brown continued to support her, using his mayoral office to get her financial and political support to become San Francisco’s first black and first female district attorney. Brown himself was the first black mayor of San Francisco. During the campaign for DA Kamala’ mother Shyamala told a reporter that the “malevolence” of the personal attack on her daughter makes her angry. “What has Willie Brown done for her? Introduce her to society people when they dated? If they did not like Kamala on her own right, they would have dropped her after she dropped Willie. Kamala is comfortable in all kinds of social scenes. She can pull it off in high society, too. She has the manners, the eating habits. “Why shouldn't she have gone out with Willie Brown? He was a player. And what could Willie Brown expect from her in the future? He has not much life left.”(Peter Byrne 09/24/2003 SF weekly) May be these are the values Kamala always talk that she learned from her mother!
This is the most disturbing well known fact about. Use of money power, muscle power or religion or sexuality in politics is worst for a country & it’s citizens. Live example is the plight of Indians currently ruled by politicians with flash only, no substance and total lack of ideological compass. They gained power by using muscle power, money power and religion.
During her tenure as San Francisco DA, she came under scrutiny when a technician stole cocaine from the DA’s crime lab and mishandled evidence. Kamala, trying to keep things under wraps, failed to inform defense attorneys. As a result, about a thousand drug-related cases had to be thrown out. In 2004 she refused to seek death penalty for a cop killer rather said she will charge David Hill, 21 with crimes that could send him to life with a no possibility of parole. Hill gunned down Officer Isaac Espinoza,29, with an AK 47 assault rifle and wounded his partner, Officer Barry Parker, 38. Espinoza, who left behind a wife and young daughter, had no chance even to draw his weapon; his partner Parker survived from the wounds.
AG Bill Lockyer, a Liberal Democrat didn’t overturn Kamala’s decision, concluding that she hadn’t abused her prosecutorial discretion—though he noted that he would have sought a death sentence if he were the D.A. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer publicly disagreed with Kamala’s decision. Even Gavin Newsom, San Francisco’s mayor at the time (now CA Governor), said that the case “rattled” his opposition to capital punishment.
In 2004 she came close to Obama when he was running for Senate. They became close friends. Kamala was the first elected official of CA to endorse him for President in 2008. Her niece Meena Harris worked for Barak Obama's 2008 campaign and later co-founded Gen44, the DNC's millennial fundraising program. Her father Tony West, Kamala’s sister Maya’s husband, was Associate AG in Obama administration. Currently Tony is CLO of Uber. In 2013, President Barack Obama was recorded referring to Kamala as the “best-looking attorney general in the country.” He later apologized after critics labeled the comment as sexist!
In 2009, again she repeated the blunders of 2004. She announced that she would seek life imprisonment, rather than death penalty, against an illegal alien from El Salvador and MS-13 gang member Edwin Ramos, who murdered a father and two of his sons in a drive-by shooting in 2008. The third son, critically wounded, had survived. Ramos apparently mistaking them as gang rivals. Despite Kamala’s well documented laxity toward criminals, illegal aliens and labor unions; liberal voters of CA narrowly elected her to the AG’s office in 2010to be the first female and first Black.
In 2011, AG Kamala argued in County Superior Court filing that Trilochan Oberoi can't be properly fitted for a gas mask if he keeps the facial hair required by his Sikh religion. She asked the Court that Oberoi's lawsuit for racial discrimination be dismissed who was denied Prison Guard’s job for being an observant Sikh. Oberoi was in the Indian Navy before moving to the United States and wants to serve as a peace officerand was living close to 2 state prisons.
AG Kamala declined to support two ballot initiatives that would’ve banned the death penalty —raising accusations of political opportunism and inconsistency on the controversial issue. Same Kamala as DA of San Francisco in 2004 refused to seek death penalty for a cop killer and in 2009 again refused to seek death penalty for an illegal immigrant & MS 13 gang member for killing a father and his 2 sons and fatally wounding the third son. AG Kamala continued her predecessor Jerry Brown’s refusal to defend on appeal Proposition 8, a voter-approved state constitutional amendment supporting traditional marriage, because of her personal disagreement with it. The measure’s proponents had to litigate the appeal on their own.
In Hollingsworthv. Perry (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court then ruled that the proponents lacked the “standing” to defend the law on appeal, which left in place a federal district court ruling that the amendment was unconstitutional. The LATimes astutely noted that Prop. 8 “died only for lack of a defender, not because the court reached the serious constitutional questions at the heart of it.”
In 2014, every professional law-enforcement organization in CA and 55 of 58 county DA’s opposed Proposition 47, a ballot measure that, by reducing several felony offenses to misdemeanors, would result in thousands of prisoners going free. Kamala refused to take a position one way or the other. Prop. 47 passed. Kamala agreed to a settlement in 2014 with Rodney Quine, a litigious transgender prisoner serving a life sentence for murder without possibility of parole, allowing him to have a costly sex-change operation at taxpayer expense. That made 1,200 transgender prisoners to be eligible for such operations with tax payers money in the future, if recommended by medical experts.
In 2015 Kamala decided not to enforce a provision of Proposition 83, a measure that voters passed in 2006 to bar the state’s approximately 6,000 paroled sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. The CA Supreme Court had ruled that the residency restrictions violated the constitutional rights of sex offenders living in San Diego County because of a dearth there of “compliant housing.” The court declined to rule on the legality of the restrictions in the state’s 57 other counties. Kamala, concluded that the residency restrictions were invalid everywhere—and then refused to make public her legal reasoning. She unilaterally waived legal restrictions supported by more than 70 percent of California voters, without a word of explanation.
As AG she refused to enforce federal immigration laws, vigorously defended SF’s sanctuary-city ordinance and opposing California’s participation in the federal Secure Communities Program, which requires local authorities to detain criminal suspects for deportation if they’re illegal aliens. Even in the wake of the highly publicized killing in 2015 of Kate Steinle by Jose Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal alien from Mexico with a string of prior felonies and five previous deportations, Kamala wouldn’t criticize San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi for his earlier refusal to deliver Lopez-Sanchez to the ICE. In response to Donald Trump’s criticism of illegal immigration, Kamala declared, “an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal”—ignoring the fact that being “undocumented” in the United States is, in fact, a federal crime.
The Media, Party Bosses & CA voters were willing to overlook her whimsical performance, inconsistency on the controversial issues and repeated betrayals of her oath. They were more obsessed about her good looks, expensive designer dresses, Chanel handbags, and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
In 2016 they backed and elected Kamala as Senator to replace Barbara Boxer, 75, of left ideology. They completely ignored the fact that she is farther more on the left of Boxer! She defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, a moderate congresswoman with 20 years of experience. In Jan 2019 as CA Senator she did not attend the funeral of an Indian origin officer, Ronil Singh, who was shot & killed in the line of duty by an illegal alien in Dec 2018.
She is against any meaningful control at the border, rather she is for open boarders, welfare, free education & healthcare for all illegal aliens. She even compared ICE to the KKK on the Senate floor. In Jan. 2019 just before announcing her run for the President, she told a radio interviewer, “That she considers herself to be African-American is beyond dispute-“I was born black and I will die black”.
After her announcement for President she was asked on the NY radio show about whether she smoked pot when she was young. She joked, “Half my family’s from Jamaica, are you kidding me?” She had thoroughly enjoyed marijuana—and that, unlike Bill Clinton, she had inhaled it. Her father, Donald Harris, who perceived the joke as a slam at his family’s heritage.; released a statement to a Jamaican news site. “My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
She had adopted Bernie Sander’s policies to claim she believes in progressive left policies and than abandoned him to claim she is a moderate when she ran for President! One month before the first vote was cast for primaries in Iowa she abandoned her bid for President after major flip flops in multiple debates. Her campaign aides accused her of mistreating them and allowing her sister, Maya Harris, to have too much influence. She raised $39 mil and owes over $1.1 million in unpaid bills from her failed presidential bid, according to filings with the Federal Election Committee.
Kamala has proved to be a hyper-ambitious opportunist that lacks political ideology, always combine her flash with her killer political instinct. She lacks personal integrity and cares for herself only. She is farther left than the majority of the Democrat Senators. Support decriminalization of illegal immigration, rejects building Wall on the Southern Boarder, Compared ICE to KKK, wants free welfare, education & healthcare for illegal immigrants, lax towards criminals & sex offenders, against traditional marriage, supports abortions, wants to abolish private healthcare, co-sponsor of Green New Deal that will kill 9 mil jobs, wants to repeal Tax cuts for Middle class, wants to raise Taxes for 82% of Americans, inconsistent on the controversial issue and has repeatedly betrayed her oath of office.
Does she sounds like a moderate politician? In fact she is the most radical politician to ever run for the highest office in the history of America. Kamala’s flip flops, low poll numbers & even rock bottom support from Black voters during primaries will be a drag on Biden. That is beside the point that Biden’s own constituents in Delaware could not name his single achievement in last 47 years. Some thinks that he has been living in Delaware for the last 47 years, is his achievement! Biden, 44, created a history in 1987 for being the youngest Presidential candidate and again at age 77 he has created a history by being the oldest candidate to run for President in 2020.
Biden is very famous for his gaffes for over 4 decades in Washington. But lately his gaffes have become a serious matter of concern about his health. If elected he will be of Regan’s age when he left office. That is a matter of grave concerns. Then Kamala with hardly any political ideology, integrity, moral compass and her inconsistent stand on the controversial issues does not give any comforts. Both these factors do not give confidence to the voters that if the need arise, Kamala can take over as President! The voters will keep all these things in their mind when they will vote on Nov 3, 2020 to Elect the President of the most cherished and powerful democracy in the world, United States of America!
Compiled by Dave Makkar