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Gabbard stumps in Lancaster

Hawaiian Democratic Congresswoman Tusli Gabbard addressed a small crowd at The Granite Grind in Lancaster on the afternoon of July 5 as she travels the state in her bid for a Presidential nomination. (Photo by Angel Larcom) (click for larger version)
July 11, 2019
LANCASTER — Hawaiian Democratic Congresswoman Tusli Gabbard addressed a small crowd at The Granite Grind in Lancaster on the afternoon of July 5 as she traveled the state in her bid for a Presidential nomination. A 38-year-old Iraq War veteran, Gabbard became the first Samoan American and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress when she was elected to office seven years ago.

Gabbard was 21 years old when she first served in the Hawaiian state legislature. She became the first female combat veteran to run for President when she announced her campaign on January 11, 2019. She is a Major in the Army National Guard, and she has served on two deployments to the Middle East.

The Hawaiian Democrat has long been an open critic of American foreign policy. She spent the majority of her time at the Lancaster cafe focused on war, corruption, and spending.

"Instead of a government of, by, and for the people, what we have is a government of, by, and for the rich and powerful," stated Gabbard. "We have a government of, by, and for special interest corporations that pay high power lobbyists to have a seat at the table and write the policies that impact our lives."

According to Gabbard, healthcare is the foremost example of this corruption.

"Even the Affordable Care Act that expanded coverage for so many people continued the atrocious policy that bars Medicare from negotiating lower prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies," she stated as she described caravans of mothers driving to Canada to fill prescriptions for their children.

"You deserve a President that puts service above self at the forefront of every decision that is made. Someone who thinks about the well being of our people first," Gabbard continued. "This kind of corruption has eroded the trust that we had in our leaders for both the political parties."

Gabbard continued, "We cannot take the freedoms that we have for granted, and they are being threatened. Our freedom of speech is being threatened."

Gabbard stated that right now, the cost of operations in Afghanistan costs the federal government approximately $4 billion each month. By comparison, the annual budget for Community Block Grants in all fifty states is only three billion dollars per year.

"The cost of war is affecting every aspect of our lives. Unless we address the cost of war, we will never have affordable housing, healthcare, or quality education for our children," she added.

"There is no greater sacrifice any one of us can make than to be willing to lay down one's life for our country," continued Gabbard. "I get asked this question; how can you still wear the uniform when there are so many people making decisions that are undermining why we serve. I am running for President to end these wasteful wars."

In addition to her strong views on war, the military veteran supports the federal legalization of recreational marijuana and an increase of the hourly minimum wage to $15 an hour. She also supports universal healthcare and tuition-free community college. She was previously a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee until she resigned in 2016 to endorse Bernie Sanders.

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