Open letter to Kamala Harris – pre-debate notes from the heart

To: Kamala Harris
From: Gary Hooser – on behalf of my grandchildren

Dear Kamala,
While we have not met in person, I am compelled to reach out and share with you my thoughts, which I know are held by many others across the nation.

Wednesday is your night Kamala, and we need you.

Yes, we need you to push back hard against the Trump administration, but what we need now more than ever before is a message of hope and inspiration. America is oh so tired of the bickering and divisiveness.

Kamala, we need you. Yes, today, this week, at this particular moment in time, we need you more than ever.

No single person will ever be able to replicate the deeds, nor fill the space left by the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. But when one leader steps away, others must always step forward.

The world both literally and figuratively is burning. The apocalyptic skies of the West Coast only make that sense more real, more threatening. The urgency of the moment is inescapable.

Now is when we need to be reminded that we are all in this together. We need to know also that there is a bold plan and strong leadership ready to take us to the other side.

We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and our economy is on the edge of collapse. Sparked by violent acts of racism, and fueled by the ever-increasing economic disparity between the 1% and everybody else, the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. Live, in real-time.

In this pervasive atmosphere of uncertainty and fear, everyone, it seems, seeks a scapegoat. Good ole boys from the heartland and Deep South blame the urban “elites” from the North and West. Too many “haves” blame the “have nots”; the “have nots” often blame each other. Agent provocateurs on both sides are manipulated by those in power who benefit from the unrest and uncertainty.

We need you now Kamala to bring us together, and inspire the hope of a future where we set aside our differences and start pulling together.

Unfortunately, a great majority of us are fearful of the future and have no confidence in the government responsible for leading us out of the mess they led us into.

We need you to speak to that fear. Remind us again that we have crossed longer bridges, and climbed higher mountains in the past. We have survived two world wars, numerous plagues, and countless dictators that have in the past sought to destroy our very humanity.

We need a plan and a path forward that will rebuild our economy, give us our jobs back, and rejuvenate our planet. Inspire us Kamala. Take the Green New Deal, move the pieces around if you must, shoot it full of steroids, stick it in a box, repackage it, and then launch this forward-thinking bold initiative to restart our economy and protect our planet. Do it please with gusto and the pyrotechnic enthusiasm it deserves. Call it “Help For The Heartland” or “The Biden Plan” or anything that will enhance its curb appeal to middle America.

Joe is doing an excellent job reassuring us that he is a solid, decent, and capable man who can get the ship of state back on track. And boy do we need that. But of course, we need more.

What we need at the moment you can and must give to us, and that is of course hope and inspiration for the bright future we all know deep down is waiting. Each of us knows in our hearts that “this too shall pass” but we need a clear voice and a fierce commitment to lead that comes from our leaders at the top. That leader is you Kamala, today more than ever.

Yes, Joe is our rock, but you Kamala must be our light.


Gary Hooser (
On behalf of my grandchildren.

About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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7 Responses to Open letter to Kamala Harris – pre-debate notes from the heart

  1. Jon Olsen says:

    “Joe is our rock?” While agreeing that Trump has to go, Joe is a re-tread of the disastrous Hillary–a D- candidate. Clearly, he was part of the team that sabotaged the person who could have galvanized the country for progressive programs, and who was once again denied due to manipulation of the primaries. Biden has the charisma a a 3 week old cucumber. It weakens your credibility to proclaim him as “our savior.” Vote for him grudgingly, sure, but be real. Jon

    • garyhooser says:

      John, I called him a rock. Rocks are not known for their charisma. BTW – look where charisma has gotten us. And I did not proclaim Biden as “our savior”. I said it like I see it. What I did say…all the way through actually is that we need much more and that Kamala was the person to rise to the occasion. I said Biden was a solid, decent, and capable man…which I believe to be true…but also repeatedly said that, that was not enough. So…I think we are on the same wavelength here…but I am just gentler with my words…which I believe is what we need right now.

  2. hartfeltkauai says:

    Well said Gary, mahalo for your eloquence and clarity. I see and feel the fear around us, the stress that has become a part of everyone’s being. I pray every day for the best possible outcome and do my best to be centered and grounded. Stay well and many blessings to you and yours. Love Carol

  3. I think she’s doing it Gary! I think she heard you….

    Sent from my iPhone Sharon Douglas


    • garyhooser says:

      Yes! She did great. Took a few minutes to get warmed up but she did wonderfully well. Moved me to tears when she spoke of Breeona T. Other times also got chicken skin. And kaboom…she put Pence in his place on occasion when he so frequently interrupted etc. She is a bright smart woman and doesn’t need me coaching her 😉 But…perhaps the energy that was put out there all the way from little Kauai helped a little bit. Anyway…hugely relieved and know that this will result in a big bump for their campaign.

  4. Helen says:

    Very well written letter though

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