Disclaimer: please read the update from 2022 at the end below!
As your commander-in-chief, I will work to end the new cold war, and lead us away from the abyss of a nuclear war that could destroy our world in mere minutes.
I will build partnerships with other nations based on shared interests, leading with a foreign policy based not on conflict but on cooperation.
I will end the regime change wars that have taken far too many lives, cost trillions of dollars, and and undermined our security by strengthening terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.
I will have the courage to meet with both adversaries and friends in the pursuit of peace and our national security. If we lack the courage to meet with those we disagree with, the only alternative is war.
What our country needs now more than ever is the spirit of aloha – the spirit of respect and love for one another and love for our country.
And this is the the most precious gift that Hawaii has to offer to our country and the world - aloha.
Aloha is so much more than just hello or goodbye.
Aloha means that I come to you with an open heart, I respect you, I have love for you and care about you. Whether a friend or a stranger, I come to you with aloha – regardless of the color of your skin, where you come from, how you worship God, who you love, or what political party you belong.
More from Tulsi: My Spiritual Journey
Update: Please do read the comments on her speech video on YouTube!
Update from 02/05: Tulsi Gabbard at The Joe Rogan Experience. She’s even exploring the pros and cons of Universal Basic Income. And I’d love to donate to Tulsi’s campaign, but sadly I’m neither a U.S. citizen nor a green card holder. Another thing I learned from her is that internally the Republicans are more democratic than the Democrats – the Democrats have Superdelegates who can decide for themselves which candidate they endorse, and completely ignore the popular vote. George Orwell is turning inside his grave…
Update from 05/21: She did it again – show up at the Joe Rogan Experience:
Update from 08/05: Kamala or Tulsi – Tulsi of course:
As Gabbard represents a new emerging political consciousness, she has more than earned her place on stage unlike any candidate since 1972.
She has forthrightly looked the pro-war aficionados in the eye, and without flinching or a waiver in her voice, has spoken consistently and clearly for peace, for negotiation, for diplomacy and civility. In case you are too young to relate or haven’t seen it since 1972, Gabbard’s actions were once described as political courage and speaking truth to power.
Update from 08/12: Matt Taibbi in the Rolling Stone: Who’s Afraid of Tulsi Gabbard?
She’s not an isolationist. She’s simply opposed to bombing the crap out of, and occupying, foreign countries for no apparent positive strategic objective, beyond enriching contractors.
Watch out for more from Rolling Stone:
In a long-ranging interview with myself and my co-host Katie Halper, for a new Rolling Stone-produced podcast, Gabbard spoke about her political evolution, Iraq, the 2018 nuclear scare in Hawaii, her decision to run for president, the confrontation with Harris, and the state of both the media and the Democratic Party.
The full interview will be released in audio and video soon.
Update from 08/30: Tulsi took part in the First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate but not in the recent Third Presidential Primary Debate. As I understand it she still is a possible candidate for the primary though.
All the while here is the Rolling Stone interview with her (she comes in at 25:12):
Oh, and I just ran across an interview by Glenn Greenwald with her from May. In it I learned that she had also supported the water protectors at Standing Rock. She did not take part in the forgiveness ceremony though. Why, I don’t know, maybe she didn’t know it was happening.
Meanwhile I also found a site of grassroots supporters of her presidential campaign.
Last but not least have a look at her entries in the Congressional Scorecard of the Human Rights Campaign.
Update from 11/07: Paul Craig Roberts is pessimistic about her chances to achieve real change: Tulsi Gabbard appears to be Intelligent, and Real, unusual for an American politician.
If Tulsi were to be elected, the military/security complex would immediately assassinate her or render her ineffective with the same trials and tribulations the military/security complex has inflicted on President Trump.
Update from 29/12/2022: Today I learned about the dark side of Tulsi Gabbard – her affiliation with the radical Hindu sect Science of Identity Foundation (SIF). You can read more about it in the Insider article Tulsi Gabbard’s ties to the Science of Identity Foundation, a controversial religious sect that some call an abusive ‘cult’.
After becoming aware of that connection I even found an article from 2019 about it: What do Tulsi Gabbard, Stehekin and the Science of Identity Foundation have in common?.