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My last entry was more than 3 weeks ago but I'm just so happy I finally found time to resume the old WIPS. I've still got about a dozen or more on the shelf but rest assured I will continue to submit as often as I am able to.


Also, this new client of Deviantart still feels a bit weird to me so it might take a while to get used to it. I remember when DA7 first came out out and that update took me weeks to find my footing.

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Hi everyone, just wanted to stop by and see how the waters of this beautiful community have colored up over the years

I know that I rarely come by to DeviantART (is that how it's still spelled? I'm not sure anymore) these days, but every few months I just like to look at how the site has evolved since I first signed up for an account more than ten years ago.

I still write every now and then (like every few days or on a biweekly basis), and I still crave to request for other people's permissions to color their base linearts, but I haven't really gotten in the mood.

I've been working from home since the quarantine started, and so far the urge to really dive right back in hasn't come up.

Until now, that is.

I've been going through some old projects I intended to share on DA but have only just gotten around to doing so recently. I'm gonna put in a few finishing touches after work hours and then start submitting again.

Can't give a specific date just yet, but I intend to get up and running in a few weeks.
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It has been about two months since I last touched up on this subject, and I can definitely say its been worth the wait now that there are a total of 16 major candidiates who've pretty much announced that they are running in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. As with the previous post, I'll be listing them below by linking a corresponding video and providing a single paragraph of my thoughts on each campaign. This time around, I've arranged them by last name (just to be fair) so that its easier to follow and read. Here we go!

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01) CORY BOOKER from New Jersey

Cory Booker had one of the loudest, if not attention-grabbing, entrances into the race primarily due to its simplicty and ingenuity. The decision to launch his campaign on the first day of Black History Month is sure to tap into a powerful demographic of the party, and only time will tell whether he can muster enough strength from across the board to make it all the way to the finish line. In hindsight, Booker may not have the polls in his favor but the campaign is pretty high in energy sodefinitely quite a bit to look forward to.

02) PETE BUTTIGIEG from Indiana

One of the quieter, yet strategic, candidiates looking to play the long game for the 2020 race is Pete Buttigieg. His name might not have a lot of recognition, but he knows how to communicate issues in an effective way that all generations can not only understand but also comprehend and appreciate. In the long shot possibility that he does win, he would end up shattering several records such as the youngest president, first Millenial preseident, first Maltese-American president, first openly gay president, first president who is an Afghan War veteran, and first mayor to become president without having previously served as a Governor or a U.S. Senator.

03) JULIAN CASTRO from Texas

The former U.S. Secretary Housing and Urban Development under Barack Obama knows pretty well how to channel his old boss's charisma when it comes to speechmaking, but doesn't have much else to back it up. Julian Castro's approach to issues is as outdated the economic incrementalism being touted by the Democratic party's moderate wing.

04) JOHN DELANEY from Maryland

I honestly don't know why we have to talk about him but since he technically announced over 2 years ago, it seems only fair to give him a slot. His policies are about as exciting as Martin O'Malley's cute little 2016 candidacy, if you even remember who the latter was at all. Delaney's main advantage is that he knows how to get allies from more than one place, and thats about it.

05) TULSI GABBARD from Hawaii

Though I initially had my doubts (which were partially assuaged when she made that LGBT apology video) about her, Tulsi Gabbard has proven to be quite dilligent and dedicated in her focus on the issues. She is no stranger to controversy, and has been known to defy party protocol when it comes to her views on the abstract (yet still realistic) concepts that we know to be war and peace. As the only female congresswoman who is in the running, she's got quite the capitol hill to climb if she wants to win against some of her more senior Senate rivals.

06) KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND from New York

When people say you have to "practice what you preach" at any time, the first thing Kirsten Gillibrand does with her official campaign launch is rephrase it as a question of encouragement and hope. Though initially one of the most conservative members in the House, her quick jump to the Senate enabled her to take huge rish that earned dividends for both her state and the party at large with progressive victories in issues concerning universal health care, redfining patriotism, empowering women, and fighting back sexual assault in the military. Though considered by the media as a low tier candidate in terms of polling data, she is not someone who will back down so easily.

07) KAMALA HARRIS from California


Kamala Harris is not the frontrunner, but her campaign packs alot more firepower than it actually lets on. Her focus on key issues (criminal justice, financial reform, marriage equality, health care, and urban development) enables her a level of support like almost no other candidate, not to mention that her home state is set to provide a lot of back up in the coming year. While she may not be the most experienced (in terms of years spent in public service) person in this race, she can certainly claim to have the widest breadth in terms of social outreach and demographic represenation. Harris's career spans a few decades of law enforcement that handily segueways into federal legislation, but always with a focus both on faith, family, freedom, and the flag:
  • U.S. Senator from California (2017 to present)
  • Attorney General of California (2011 to 2017)
  • District Attorney of San Fransico (2004 to 2011)
  • Chief of the Community and Neighborhood Division under the City Attorney of San Fransico (2000 to 2004)
  • Managing Attorney of the Career Criminal Unit under the District Attorney of San Francisco (1998 to 2000)
  • Deputy District Attorney of Alameda (1990 to 1998)

08) JOHN HICKENLOOPER from Colorado

Hickenlooper has a good fanbase, and given his track record in Colorado its safe to say that it is pretty well earned. However, the positions he's taken don't necessarily allow him to rise above the fray expect when attempting to share the progressive mantle with just about everybody else in this list is doing (or trying) the same thing. If Sanders weren't in the running then he might be getting more attention, but that just isn't the case.

09) JAY INSLEE from Washington

Inslee's biggest claim to fame in this field is that he's the climate change guy. While running as a single issue candidate does have its downsides, I don't think this takes anything away from him since he's been at the forefront of this issue throughout his career. While his ultimate fate in the race remains uncertain, other candidates will be hard pressed to match their records on environmental protection with that of his.

10) AMY KLOBUCHAR from Minnesota

Klobuchar's biggest strength is her sincerity on pretty much every issue you throw at her while her biggest weakness is that her method of answering questions involves an egregious ton of policy wonk. She would be the closest incarnation to 2008 Hillary Clinton in this 2020 race, given how she feels that being openly moderate on the issues is nothing to be ashamed of. Her presence on the field might not be as powerful as some of the other high profile names, but Klobuchar is at least proud of being pretty tough while also being incredibly boring.

11) WAYNE MESSAM from Florida

The newest contender in this the 2020 race is a lot like Pete Buttigieg, a small town mayor who worked hard to get where he is and hopes to use his executive platform as a launchpad into the White House. What differentiates Wayne Messam from the rest is his tenacity to enact a vision for America that takes a hard look at social and fiscal issues with respect to race and class. Time will tell whether his candidacy will take off like that of Buttigieg.

12) BETO O'ROURKE from Texas

Just to keep it simple, this guy is super popular because everyone says he's the "white Obama" who can draw huge crowds the former president did back in the day. O'Rourke's rhetoric is largely composed of progressive platitiudes that inspire action but his legislative record takes a drastic right-wing turn as evidenced by his super close relationship with the oil and gas industry. Still, his interpersonal relationships with the moderates of the party are nothing to laugh at given how much star power he has both with the mainstream media and with voters who haven't seen what the likes of Warren or Harris can do. O'Rourke's main strength lies in his ability to reach into that previously untapped wellspring of undecided voters that can erupt into a powerful force at the voting booth.

13) BERNIE SANDERS from Vermont

Everbody's favorite democratic socialist is back for a second chance to win the position on top brass. Bernie Sanders is certainly the most experienced candidate (not to mention oldest) in this year's crop, and as such has both the policy chops to virtually cut down almost every arguement that opponents could make while at the same time consistently uphold left-wing values through the decades without breaking a sweat. His career began in executive power before eventually pivoting into legislative overdrive, and has seen him rise above the crop to become a true champion of the people:

* U.S. Senator from Vermont (2007 to present)
* U.S. Represenative of Vermont's Lone District (1991 to 2007)
* Mayor of Burlington (1981 to 1989)

14) ELIZABETH WARREN from Massaschusetts

The most determined fighter in this entire election, Elizabeth Warren is no stranger to seemingly impossible David VS Goliath battles and yet somehow she always keeps pushing on. From waging Bankruptcy Wars against the biggest financial institutions to going after credit companies that cheat middle class homes of their money, she has not relented in her quest of true economic justice for everyone. Warren is the ultimate definition of a tried and true fair market capitalist who believes in the capability of a robust economy that is powered by competition and innovation.

15) MARIANNE WILLIAMSON from California

This poetic and well versed New Age novelist has decided to take her spritual approach to life and literature by running for president in an effort to take United States in a similar direction. Williamson's greatest asset is her ability to give social speeches a solid backing through a combination of historical analyses and economic references. I'd say she is the one candidate in this race who gets first place on running by preaching (better than Gillibrand or Sanders) and platitudes (as effectively as Harris or O'Rourke) for the general audience.

16) ANDREW YANG from New York

A similar problem to Delaney in that Yang announced way too early, but more than makes up for it with his smart plays on the political stage. Unlike most of the other candidiates, he's not afraid to verbally browse his business credentials as a means of winning votes. His idea for a Universal Basic Income is about the most solid thing you can expect from almost any candidate, but there's definitely more than meets the eye for this man, especially considering the positive coverage he's been getting as of late.

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On a side note, I didn't include Joe Biden because while it seems like he's pretty much gonna run, there isn't anything official yet from staff members or official accounts. Same thing goes for the likes of Eric Swalwell, Stacey Abrams, Wayne Messam, John Bennet, among others. I chose these videos in particular because until we have a final list of everyone who is actually running and has made a formal announcement at a rally, my focus will be more on their digital presence. I can also confirm any suspicions you might have about my biases on certain candidates (just to be clear so that you know why I wrote all fo this) but nonetheless figured it would still be good to put them all together so that everyone can formulate their own opinion.

If you're interested in seeing the first post (focusing on Sanders, Warren, Harris, O'rourke, and Gillibrand) I made about the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, you can check it out here:
  My early thoughts on the 2020 U.S. Pres. electionsOkay, so just a bit of a refresher for those who don't know, I really like politics and news concerning election updates. Its okay if you don't, since researching about these kind of topics is really more a hobby of mine. From late 2013 (which was the year I first voted) until today, I never really thought about talking about it more seriously. Why would I though? Since candidates are traditionally people you only ever see on TV or the internet, it becomes 
Even though I'm not American myself, I've always found the United States to be a super interesting fun place for democracies to experiment with contents that let people decide their own leaders. Its that same desire to experiment that inspired the Philippines (if only in part) to evolve from its own paradigms. Democracy is a bit messy when done wrong. However, there are alot of good things to be had when done right.
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Basically, I think that the following Democratic Party candidates will have the most likely chance


Until next time!

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EDIT: I removed Andrew Gillum from the list after he announced that he wasn't running for president, but made it clear that he was going to focus on registering over 1 million new Flordians to vote at the polls in the hopes of beating Donald Trump in 2020.  I swapped him with Wayne Messam after the latter made his announcement official a few days ago.
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Okay, so just a bit of a refresher for those who don't know, I really like politics and news concerning election updates. Its okay if you don't, since researching about these kind of topics is really more a hobby of mine. From late 2013 (which was the year I first voted) until today, I never really thought about talking about it more seriously. Why would I though? Since candidates are traditionally people you only ever see on TV or the internet, it becomes 

Even though I'm not American myself, I've always found the United States to be a super interesting fun place for democracies to experiment with contents that let people decide their own leaders. Its that same desire to experiment that inspired the Philippines (if only in part) to evolve from its own paradigms. Democracy is a bit messy when done wrong. However, there are alot of good things to be had when done right.

UNITED STATES
Basically, I think that the following Democratic Party candidates will have the most likely chance of taking back the White House are:

1) Bernie Sanders - Everybody's favorite progressive champion who has never wavered from his stance on almost any issue. Though he didn't win against Hillary back in 2016, its still good to see him making the rounds and giving support to the younger folks like AOC while still bringing people up to their feet whenever he begins a speech.


2) Elizabeth Warren - The most consistent fair market capitalist firebrand you will ever see on the federal stage, her greatest strength lies in her abilitiy to reach out to people with a story that touches a little too close to home. Warren is considered by Wall Street to be the most dangerous candidate due to her powerful approach to banking issues and financial lawmaking that spurs millions to act and protect the middle class.


3) Kamala Harris - My personal favorite (and not just because she's from California) and the candidate who holds great appeal with the central party base (millenials, Latinos, Blacks, Asians, party loyalists, and millenials) while attracting some (but not much) interest from the left wing due to her stance on issues concerning criminal justice reform. Harris has alot going for her now that she's in the race, and that is mostly to do with the massive base of support she can expect from her home state as well as the fact that many people felt galvanized to address matters that pertain to truth, race, decency, gender, sexuality, freedom, religion, family, patriotism, and democracy as a whole.


4) Beto O'rourke - While he's got Barack Obama's magnetic charisma, this guy from the Lone Star state is still his own man. O'rourke is the rare Lincoln breed of candidate who can still bring up legions of followers despite not really winning the first time around while also being pretty focused on the issues he cares about.


5) Kirsten Gillibrand - While you could say that she's something like an HRC 2.0, I think she's more of a liberal evolution that seeks to expand beyond her predecessor's moderate approach to politics. Gillibrand isn't particularly interesting as a candidate, but she does bring a fresh outlook on gender issues while highlighting the need for better oversight and transparency in light of sexual assault in the military.


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Given that its the midterms, at the moment there's just one candidate I'm sure will get into senatorial Magic 12 winner's list while the rest are still undecided.

1) Grace Poe - She's the classic unity candidate whose focus is on bringing everyone together while carrying a bipartisan label that most other senators running for the top brass job have a hard time holding onto. Though she didn't win the presidential elections in 2016, Poe still got enough votes to be taken seriously as a politician on the national stage.

And thats about it for now. As for the other countries holding their elections this year (Japan, Israel, India, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand, South Africa, etc...) as well, I don't know much about them yet.
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As of this writing, I'm actually behind by a day compared to the actual time I first logged in to this website (I assume it's because of Pacific Day Time settings) but the feeling is still there. I just felt it would be appropriate to make a journal update since my last one was well over 3 years ago.

Looking back on the past, I signed up on deviantART at the time largely because I felt it could provide me with the outlet I need to express myself in ways I thought would be helpful to my own development. I generally loved writing poetry and colouring other people's works, so that's what I largely stuck with. My comfort zone was very much limited to what I could do at the time, though I am happy at having made some attempts to submit other types of deviations that did not fall into my usual curve. Though there were some troubling times on dA, I'm still grateful for the experiences and hopes that came up and about as a result.

These days, I've got a decent writing job that I like and I'm living pretty far from home. It's actually what I wanted, but not what I was expecting to be. For the present, I plan to work hard to save up so i can make something of myself in the future. It does sound pretty generic, but I want to believe I can make a career out of writing, so that's why I'll keep on trying.
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