By Robert J. Garrison
Convention Grade: B+
Theme: A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families
The day started off with Bernie speaking to supporters at a rally in Philly. They booed him again for saying that we must support Hillary for president. The group of supporters that the media has labeled the “Bernie or Bust” supporters are the ones that are the loud vocal opponents against the Senator’s support for Hillary Clinton.
The media has tried their best to categorized these people as a small fringe group; however, I believe there are more of them than what the media would like to admit. Yesterday details were reported of what the Senator received in exchange of back Hillary (You can read about here). It appears that 30 pieces of silver back in Jesus’ time is the equivalent to a private jet now when adjusted for inflation.
The optics of the convention changed after media reports started to surface that there were no American flags anywhere to be found at the DNC. Well on day 2 they made sure they were visible. Really guys? Speaking of optics, the desire for the Hillary campaign to use Senator Sanders to bring the party together just left a bad taste in my mouth.
After the roll call of the states where they reported the number of delegates for the candidates, Vermont requested to go last. The reason was to have Senator Sanders make a motion to have a voice accumulation to nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. This parliamentary procedure nullified all the delegates that went to Senator Sanders and gave them all to Hillary.
Their drive to unify the party is too tunnel focused and could cause those that are new to the process, which many of the Sanders supporters are, to become disillusioned with the whole process. This could lead them to vote for a 3rd party candidate; for example, Jill Stein of the Green Party.
Last night, the convention was packed with a group of mothers dubbed “The Mothers of the Movement.” These were mothers that lost loved ones after their encounters with police officers.This issue has been very divisive and the topic always gets heated but all that is distraction from the real issue: inner city violence.
Now I understand the plight of the African-Americans and their uneasy and hostile relationship with law enforcement, but I just cant help but wonder why there isn’t a bigger outcry about the crime and violence that is going on daily in many of the inner cities throughout this country. We ALL need to stand together and fight for the children that will be the next ones to lead this country, which was the motto of the night and the main point of former President and Hillary’s husband, Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton gave everyone a detailed description of Hillary’s life and her passions. Clinton’s use of the phrase “this girl” while telling of the courtship between him and her could be seen by some as sexist and rude. This was the opinion of MSNBC host Rachael Maddow. While she liked the speech overall, she felt that the first part of the speech was shocking and rude.
Bill’s speech was an introduction of her to the swing voters that may have been watching to convention. It was definitely aimed at those outside the Democratic party. This is something that you really didn’t see too much of at the RNC. The main theme woven throughout Bill’s speech was Hillary’s passion to enact change and empower children.
The tactic of the DNC is to create a narrative that America is a great country and can be even better if we continue to empower the next generation. This is a sharp contrast to the narrative of the RNC which states America has lost her glory and that we all need to stand up and restore it.
We will see which narrative connects with the voters. According to Rasmussen, more 2/3 of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track. So one will think that the pessimistic view would favor the Republicans message but on the other hand if Hillary crafts the message well she will be able to convince voters that she can create new growth and economic opportunities for the working class, just as her husband did in the 90’s. I must say that the economy we have now is vastly different from what it was in the 90’s.
Either way nothing will happen unless there is cooperation and compromise by both parties in congress. This will be a close election; so close that events that happen outside this country could determine who will win the presidency. For political junkies like me, my mouth waters at the idea of staying up all night and well into the next morning to watch all the results coming in. America is in for a long electoral ride.
Robert J. Garrison is a political and religious contributor for The Systems Scientist
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