Sad to say – I flunked. I guess good intentions like “We believe everyone should live a good life free of fear” sounds alike. Mind you, if “free of fear” means the Guantanamo Concentration Camp, waterboarding, and the “Patriot Act” for one party, and access to justice, upholding the Bill of Rights, and ending homelessness for the other party it might just matter if the Party Platform is specific…you think?
The process was open. The process was transparent. The process was inclusive.
Sure looks like business as usual.
Quite a few of us — the rank and file members who believed with all their heart that their input into the platform would be listened to, and put real time and effort and sacrifice into these hearings were treated with uniformly – with contempt.
Will that mean some newly activated Democrats, brought into activism by hope, will drop out? I don’t know. I hope not.
But there are many, many delegates now talking about voting NO on the Draft Platform because the old one – with all its warts – is better than this empty, feel good draft platform that promises nothing, contains no calls to action, and sounds just like the Republican party’s platform. Sad, really. Shameful, maybe.
But then – follow the links above and give the dissonance between the process regarding the Draft Platform and the result some thought.
After you read the Draft – – I actually DO want to hear what you think.
Unlike the deafening silence from the 40 members of the Platform Committee – I will respond.
PS: 40 members is too many for a working committee. On the other hand, if the members were carefully selected to silence dissent by playing on “loyalty”, maybe 40 members for the Platform Committee was just about right.