2020 Profiles: Richard Ojeda

By:  Justin Holden

Richard Ojeda (D-WV) is one of the first confirmed presidential candidates on the democrat side to challenge Donald Trump in 2020.  Of course, Ojeda will first need to win the nomination through the democratic primary process, which won’t be easy.  It’s still early on as of the date I am writing this article, but we expect a crowded field of democrat presidential candidates for 2020, and only one of those candidates will emerge victorious as the party’s presidential nominee.

Ojeda is a relative newcomer to the political scene.  He’s been West Virginia’s state senator from the 7th district since 2016.  Ojeda won West Virginia’s 3rd congressional district democratic primary in 2018 by winning more than 50% of the votes in a field of four candidates.  Ojeda went on to lose in the general election to Republican Carol Miller.  However, Ojeda did receive 43.59% of the vote in the general election despite the fact that Carol Miller’s campaign had significantly more money and the district heavily favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Ojeda’s backstory is an interesting one.  He’s a United States military veteran that has names of his fellow soldiers that died in battle tattooed on his back.  Ojeda felt compelled to run for public office upon his return from military duty, because he truly believed that many of the children in his hometown had it worse than the children in Afghanistan.  Ojeda is regarded as a progressive candidate.

Ojeda’s Policy Positions:

  • On Immigration:  Supports DACA and a pathway to citizenship.  Does not support a border wall with Mexico.
  • On Healthcare:  Supports a medicare for all system where every U.S. citizen, regardless of their employer or background, will be on the same healthcare plan.  Additionally, cracking down on “big pharma” is a major element of his campaign.
  • On Gun Control: Describes himself as “pro 2nd ammendment”, but also supports universal background checks and closing “gun show loopholes”.  Does not support an assault weapons ban.  Views mental health as a major factor in gun control.
  • On Abortion:  Position is unclear.  Describes himself as “pro-life”.  However, he recently stated on a TYT Network interview with Cenk Uygur that he supports a woman’s right to choose and that he’d like to increase planned parenthood spending.
  • On Campaign Finance:  Wants to get corporate and special interest money out of politics.  Has advocated for mandatory body cameras on lobbyists.  Has a unique pledge in his campaign asking that anyone elected to federal public office donate their entire net worth over $1 million to charity; once out of office, cap their annual income at $250k.

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For additional information on Richard Ojeda and his presidential campaign, you can check out his website and YouTube channel:

https://voteojeda.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXxOxYVc4FK8QtU0cboYnMw

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My Take On FIFA World Cup 2018

By:  Justin Holden

Okay so first of all before diving into this article let me just state for the record that yes, LitTube Channel has been slacking in terms of putting out YouTube videos in recent weeks.  There are legitimate reasons behind this slowdown in production that I will not go into detail on.  But rest assured, articles are still being put out and we will ramp up the videos soon.

I just wanted to write a brief article discussing the FIFA World Cup and my thoughts on this year’s event that is being hosted in Russia.  First of all, allow me to vent about something.  The United States did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Do you know how pissed off this makes me?  We are talking about the most exciting professional soccer tournament and it only comes along once every four years.  The last time the United States missed the World Cup main event was in 1986.  Such a sad state American soccer has become.

We lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1, a team that at that point had already failed to qualify.  And that result clinched the US men’s team staying at home for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Instead, we will be seeing Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama representing the CONCACAF group of countries in this year’s World Cup main event.  It will be Panama’s first ever World Cup main event appearance.  There is a lot the United States must do to get back on track and actually be competitive.  The top two things in my opinion are scouting/developing the younger players and actually trusting them in the starting lineup.  We’re never gonna win a tournament with an old team.  The other important thing is working to change the culture within the United States.  Our country just doesn’t give enough of a shit about soccer.  We would kick ass in a World Cup of baseball, basketball, or american football.  No doubt.  But we need to improve our culture in terms of respecting the world’s number one sport.

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A few results for 2018 World Cup are actually already in the books as of the writing of this piece.  From Group A, Russia defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Uruguay defeated Egypt 1-0.  From Group B, Iran defeated Morocco 1-0 and Portugal tied Spain 3-3.  From Group C, France defeated Australia 2-1 and Denmark defeated Peru 1-0.  From Group D, Argentina tied Iceland 1-1 and Croatia defeated Nigeria 2-0.  There are eight more games to be played for matchday one in the group stage.  Of those games that are left, I believe Brazil vs. Switzerland is the must watch game.

Group E is, in my opinion, this year’s “group of death”.  Brazil and Switzerland are both high quality teams and rightfully so favorites to advance out of the group stage.  However, Serbia and Costa Rica are sneaky good teams in their own right.  Under normal circumstances, they’d make for great dark horse candidates to go far in the tournament.  But, it will be extremely difficult to advance out of this group given the quality of competition.

Group H seems to be the group with the lowest quality teams overall, although Group A is an honorable mention for this category as well.  Group H has Poland, Senegal, Colombia, and Japan.  None of those teams are powerhouses.  Whichever teams advance from this group, I do not expect them to last much longer in the tournament.  At least Group A has Russia and Uruguay.

Since the United States is not playing in 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, I have decided to root for another team.  I am rooting for Switzerland this year.  Why?  Because they’re a high quality team that isn’t getting recognized as such, and I want to see them get the upset over Brazil for their opening game.  Full disclosure:  I am a Neymar hater.  This is mostly because my cousin Miles is a huge fan of Neymar.  But regardless, I want to see him and his country lose badly.  Aren’t we tired of seeing Brazil go far in the World Cup tournaments anyway?  I’d literally laugh my ass off if Brazil doesn’t advance from the group stage.  An unlikely event, but one that is possible nonetheless.

You can keep up with the 2018 FIFA World Cup standings and results by copying and pasting the following link into your internet browser:

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=XeQlW4fiL6jf5gLD_Y0I&q=fifa+world+cup+group+standings&oq=fifa+world+cup+group+standings&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i131k1j0i22i30k1l9.488.5527.0.5608.31.25.0.4.4.0.133.2098.19j5.24.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..3.28.2135.0..0j35i39k1j0i131i67k1j0i67k1j0i131i20i263i264k1j0i131i20i263k1j0i131i20i264k1j0i20i263i264k1.0.WqGB-dpik7E#sie=lg;/m/06qjc4;2;/m/030q7;st;fp;1