This is the latest in a series of profiles of Democratic presidential candidates. For the others, see the list at the bottom of this article. In this series I am making every attempt to be objective, but sometimes my bias may seep through.
Tulsi Gabbard is a curious candidate and hard to pin down. She is economically progressive, supporting Medicare for All, and socially progressive as a fairly recent convert to LGBTQ rights. She is vegan and a practicing Hindu. She has practiced and taught martial arts and served in the armed services. She is anti-war, except when it comes to terrorism in which case she is an avowed hawk, blaming Islam for the spread of terrorism around the world which is more of a right-wing position. This has made her a right-wing media darling, praised by Breitbart and Steve Bannon as well as David Duke and Richard Spencer, noted white nationalist leaders. In some ways this is not surprising given her background – there appears to be a natural enmity between Hindus and Muslims which wasn’t helped by the partition of Pakistan. But it does put her to the right of many Democrats in opposition to her more liberal stances on other policies.
It will not surprise astrologers to learn that Ms. Gabbard (born April 12, 1981, time unknown, in American Samoa) was born under the sign of Aries, a sign ruled by Mars and dedicated towards an aggressive assertion of the Self. Aries individuals tend to be courageous and idealistic, but usually not afraid to back down in a fight. On top of this, her Sun conjoins Mars, the planetary ruler of Aries, which is also in Aries where it is strongest and most easily able to […]