Presidential candidate, Army National Guard Major and Congressional Representative from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard has repeatedly advocated for such enlightenment to expose the true costs of war during her 2020 campaign, but likely or not, you did not hear it. Just as it dismissed the Dennis Kucinich antiwar platform during his 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns, corporate media has all but erased her anti-interventionist war message since the day she announced her run in February 2019, and barring any debate participation by her since November.
Antiwar veterans will not remain silent as the Democratic National Committee attempts to suppress her antiwar positions – positions integral to our Mission Statement – and to disappear her from the political dialogue central to our nation’s democratic process. Political party elites and their MIC handlers effectively eliminate or narrow all paths to the White House any antiwar candidate might take. To be sure, Congresswoman Gabbard, a two-tour Iraq veteran, cannot win the Democratic nomination, but her relentless voice against endless war has expanded the parameters of the electoral process and future primary debates in ways beneficial to the mental and moral health of this nation.
After kicking off her campaign in March 2019, Tulsi Gabbard said in a speech to an enthusiastic gathering, "I’m not running for president to be president. I’m running for president to be able to bring about this sea change in our foreign policy that is so necessary for us and for the world, and I’m most qualified to do that."
This statement is not about endorsing Major Gabbard as a Presidential candidate or second-guessing her qualifications. It is about standing up for a combat veteran’s relentless opposition to endless war, the bedrock of our Statement of Purpose, while exposing its true cost. Therefore, Veterans For Peace Chapter 111 commends her effort and has her back.