Hillary Rodham Clinton is now blamed by pundits and Bernie Sanders because a lot of white people left the Democratic Party, installing Republican Party majority wins in the House, the Senate and the White House.
Sanders, who is not a member of the Democratic Party, wants to bring them back into the tent, but I say, Good riddance. And you, too, Bernie. Start your own party. Leave the Democrats alone; you’ve done enough harm to last many lifetimes. And no, you would never have won the presidency, and you weren’t part of Hillary’s ticket because you didn’t want second place, so stop with the embarrassing hypocrisy.
Had 4 million+ more voted for you in the primaries, by the time the GOP finished with you for your support of communist Cuba, your honeymoon in Russia and your lack of working full time until well into your 30s, I’m guessing you would have lost by the widest margin in history of any country. I personally don’t care about this, but the GOP would.
To imply that the Democratic Party failed the white working class is to discard the lessons of history.
A similar white flight happened when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The party lost the South.
That migration was based on race. This time, add gender, and race again.
In a way, the Democratic Party’s 2016 Platform, introduced at the convention last July, begins, “In 2016, Democrats meet in Philadelphia with the same basic belief that animated the Continental Congress when they gathered here 240 years ago: Out of many, we are one” and ends some 50 pages later with the most pro-worker and anti-Wall Street running wild set of proposals ever, is a continuation of the Civil Rights Act.
It is written like we learn to write compositions in middle school. Noun, subject, verb.
It could have been read at home, talked about at the dinner table.
It is clear and concise.
It carries the authority of the American flag itself.
You snap to attention, it is so passionate and unflinching about right and wrong.
It is the country’s conscience, the party’s constitution, an echo of the U.S. Constitution. It booms the heartbeats of all us, regardless of political ideologies.
Its pledges include “Raising Workers’ Wages,” “Support Our Troops and Keep Faith with Our Veterans,” “Expanding Access to Affordable Housing and Homeownership,” “Reining in Wall Street and Fixing Our Financial System” and “Ending Systemic Racism,” “Honoring Indigenous Tribal Nations” and “Fostering a Manufacturing Renaissance.”
You and your concerns and your grief and grievances were there, in black and white. Your struggles, your despair to make ends meet, to care for your loved ones, your hopes to retire without financial worries, your dreams for your children and grandchildren to have more opportunities than you did, were all right there, so plain and simple, like the essays we read in school. You are seen, you are heard. You are cherished.
Veterans, sacred citizens, are promised more and better services:
- “That is why we will push for more educational benefits and job training, end chronic homelessness and combat suicide, and protect and preserve the post-9/11 GI Bill for future generations.”
Companies with their eyes on cheap labor overseas were put on notice:
- “Democrats will claw back tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, eliminate tax breaks for big oil and gas companies, and crack down on inversions and other methods companies use to dodge their tax responsibilities.”
Hillary crisscrossed the country dozens of times on these and other promises, raising millions of dollars to also help pay for the congressional campaigns of other Democrats. There are two more Democrats in the Senate and 9 more in the House now.
She tried to get her message through the prickly thicket of non-scandals and non-stories that the real yet lost media served up, and the fake news sites invented to fuel insidious Hillary hate on social media.
She tried to be heard over the growling of Bernie’s band of bros, CNN and MSNBC’s favorite cast of click-baiting characters with the endless stream of allegations that punctured her reputation. The lies and distortions became truths and disillusioned Democrats stayed home or voted against her.
This woman who has spent her adult life in public service, who has raised millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation that directly works to increase opportunities for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, promote economic development and health, was demonized by the media and liberals for the blood sport of it. You, Bernie, are part of this disgrace.
I’m so mad, and without a church, I turn to pop culture’s voice of God, Morgan Freeman, narrator of the stirring video about Hillary presented at the convention.
“Here is a woman,” his commanding baritone intones. “What does she dream of? When does she feel proud? How many times will she leave her mark? How many times will she light up the world?”
America is already greater again.