Monday, August 1, 2016

No repentance, no love, no good faith: The DNC digs in, blames victims

My reaction to Bernie Sanders law suit: Sanders followers have sued the Democratic National Convention and Debbi Wassermann Schultz for their roles in alleged voter fraud in trying to support Hillary Clinton while dealing with Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders.
As for me and perhaps others, "feeling the Bern" has taken on new meaning.
I suspect that this main problem, this trust issue with the Democratic Party following the revelation of the Party's basic dishonesty, is not going to go away any time soon.

One would think they might be embarrassed, but if they are, I have yet to see any sign of it. Partly as a result of this arrogant attitude, as well as heir alleged election fraud, the party is having problems with disunity and guess who they blame? The victims! 

Perhaps the Party at some point assumed that they could get along without us, without Sanders' followers. But soon, once they feared losing this base of progressives, they must have had second thoughts, and so they started threatening us with the specter of a Trump Presidency, lashing out at us, chiding us, lecturing us, sometimes to the point of browbeating.

They could have reached out to the movement's delegates to reassure them, to make promises and offer the hand of fellowship, but what did they do? They locked them out of the convention, stacked noisy equipment to block out their protests, even tried turning out the lights and of course they derided them and tried to marginalize them.

Approach is dead wrong
This much I know: Bernie Sanders did not cause this breakup of the party, and his followers did not cause this exodus, whether it is large or small, from the party. The Democratic power structure, the power brokers themselves caused this, and I don't know what can be done now to fix it, but the way they have been handling it is dead wrong.

Things will never be the same again, and I don't know what would restore the trust in the party. It is a tough problem for all of us Progressives and should be viewed as a problem by the Democratic Party too, including Clinton fans. And Hillary supporters are right, this issue, this division, could cost them the election, and Hillary fans acknowledge this, frequently, in Facebook posts..
But please, Hillary Democrats, your approach sucks.

Please let's stop blaming and shaming the victims.

Bernie supporters (and all honest Democrats) are the victims, as are the poor, misguided people who think that Donald Trump will make them great again. They are victims too, if HIllary loses the election.

As for the DNC and company.  however, there has been no genuine repentance that I am aware of. No sorrow indicated on the part of the Democratic movers and shakers (including HIllary Clinton). No real attempt by the party to address the horrific wrong inflicted upon Sanders' followers. The one thing that they could have done, they refused to do: Clinton could have named Sanders as her running mate as a sign of her good faith, but no. And as the saying goes, "Trust but verify." There is no way for Sanders followers to verify Clinton's intentions when she marginalizes him as I think she has been trying to do.

The Democrats must have at first figured they get along fine without us. Or maybe they thought we would never know, or never be able to prove their dishonesty. But once the matter was broadly known, there was no sign of heart felt shame, no asking for forgiveness. No tears shed. No admission of guilt.

As for Debbie Wassermann, she merely plays musical chairs with another high position under Clinton..

Please don't point at us if your coalition falls apart. You are the ones making it happen, and then making things worse by mocking and taunting Bernie Sanders' supporters for their lack of support.
Sure, some of us may vote for "the lesser of two weevils" as one of my friends put it. Others probably will not. And the long term result cannot be good for the party nor can it be good for the country. I am really sad about this but I can't just get it out of my mind.
I want to vote for the person who will support progressive ideals, but I sure would like to feel good about it, and right now I simply don't.

#electionfraud #dnc #sanderssupporters #

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