Here in NH, with a sitting president of the Democrat Party in his first term, the First in the Nation Primary has mostly focused on the Republicans. Generally, with an incumbent, there is little action in the party in power. That said, as reported yesterday in the Bastion, President Joe Biden is currently finding himself in a weak position (not much of a surprise). This COULD leave an open door for some serious competition for the nomination in 2024.
Until now, the only declared candidate was long-shot Marianne Williamson. This past Wednesday, Robert Kennedy Jr. filed paperwork making his talked-about run for the Democrat nomination official. He discussed the likely run a month ago in an interview during a visit to St Anselm College:
He has now made it offiicial.
What makes his run interesting is that several of his major issues of concern cross party lines and run counter to the mainstream of both Democrats AND some Republicans. One, is that he is an outspoken anti-Covid vaccination (and OTHER vaxxes) critic. News “reporter” Jake Tapper was not impressed, labelling RFK Jr a “quack.” He certainly would know about quacks, being one himself as he represents “news”.
Another interesting issue that he brings to the table is his attention to the “FedNow” Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in July. He certainly expresses a concern held by many, including me, in a Tweet earlier today:
The Fed just announced it will introduce its “FedNow” Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in July. CBDCs grease the slippery slope to financial slavery and political tyranny. While cash transactions are anonymous, a #CBDC will allow the government to surveil all our private financial affairs. The central bank will have the power to enforce dollar limits on our transactions restricting where you can send money, where you can spend it, and when money expires. A CBDC tied to digital ID and social credit score will allow the government to freeze your assets or limit your spending to approved vendors if you fail to comply with arbitrary diktats, i.e. vaccine mandates. The Fed will initially limit its CBDC to interbank transactions but we should not be blind to the obvious danger that this is the first step in banning and seizing bitcoin as the Treasury did with gold 90 years ago today in 1933. Watch as governments, which never let a good crisis go to waste, use Covid-19 and the banking crisis to usher in a new wave of CBDCs as a safe haven from germ-laden paper currencies or as protection against bank runs.RFK jr.
While I am not at all ready to cast a vote for a Democrat, I DO find the issues RFK Jr. raises are worthy of thought and discussion. I hope that as the campaign season moves forward, these matters will gain traction in the overall campaign conversations that we as Americans ought to be having as we consider who we pick as our next president.