The end of the Democratic National Convention, the road blocks and gridlock are gone as is the candidate, off to campaign.Checking out the polling on the internet this morning I found one that took place in Pennsylvania (home of the convention). Clinton leads Trump by 9 points. If you throw in third-party candidates Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) Clinton’s support shrinks but she still maintains a comfortable 9 point lead. Stein and Johnson capture a total of 8 percent of the vote.
Where the polling caught my eye was in “voters being excited about the upcoming election, a mere 27% felt so. 58% of voters felt alarmed. What does “alarmed” mean? Concerned for their future? Scared for the country? My personal alarmed, disgusted. What will the 58% of the alarmed do on election day? That should be a question related to a new poll asking this question. Clinton’s comfortable 9 point lead may not be anywhere near that if these “alarmed” voters act on their fear. The polling stated that 2/3 of those polled were voting for their candidate and 1/3 voting against a candidate.
In the 3 plus months ahead there seems to be plenty of room for change. Can a third-party candidate win over the alarmed 58% ? With 27% of the voters feeling excited I believe a low voter turnout is coming. What do you think?
Watching Senator Sanders speech at the Democratic National Convention, tow the line politics? With his endorsement of Hillary Clinton it was to be expected and Sanders did not disappoint. To a roaring crowd Sanders stepped to the podium and once quieted down in the shadows of the sign’s “Stronger Together” Sanders began his speech.
As during his campaign Sanders spoke of his revolution, the 8 million individual donations he received, asking the crowd and “what was the average?” the crowd roared back 27 dollars! Sanders had reached the summit of his speech. From this point the crowd cheered a bit less with each talking point as Sanders moved through his 30 minutes of tow the line party politics, ending reaffirming his commitment to get Hillary Clinton elected.
The Democratic Party Platform: Sanders discussed the changes to this platform with the power of 1800 delegates. Changes as in the raising of the minimum wage higher than proposed by Clinton on the campaign trail. Breaking up the big banks, and a 21st Century version of Glass Steagall Giving a public option for healthcare in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (Another brief loud applause), The addition of the Trans Pacific Partnership or the TPP on the platform as declaring disagreement with. Sanders touted an improved higher-education platform with a joint proposal that with families with incomes $100,000 or less would be able to send their children to a public college tuition-free. This would impact 83% of our kids.
Sanders also took a few brief shots at the Republican nominee Donald Trump. Dividing the country and insulting others was his key points. Sanders did touch on Trumps desire to abolish the ACA. Allowing states to lower the minimum wage below the $7.25 federal threshold. Tax reductions for the billionaires. The dividing of the country was Sanders focus, with the “Bring People together” statements, which were made throughout in some form or another.
Closing out, Sanders stated that “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her”. Sanders as expected fell into line supporting the presumptive nominee and the revolution ends? Big money is why Hillary Clinton is the nominee and Sanders is not. To determine if Sanders campaign was truly a success only time will tell. First, Clinton has to get elected. Then it will be up to her to get some of the Democratic platform that Sanders helped develop passed. Only then will the Bernie Sanders campaign have meaning.
During the Democratic nomination process, “We the Voters” heard much speculation on the Democrat National Committee’s favoritism toward Hillary Clinton. Today, at the beginning of their convention, that favoritism seems to be pretty much fact. The DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced her resignation. Hillary has snatched her up for her campaign, and as for “We the Voter?” I guess we are left to pick up the pieces and maybe shrug our shoulders and say, “that’s politics”.
If Bernie Sanders had a revolution to begin with, our title “Sanders retracts Clinton endorsement and announces third-party run would be the headlines plastered all over the internet and newspapers. But he does not. Instead outside of a few sharp words, Sanders has said nothing of the sort. This leaves me with less respect for the former candidate. But it also leaves me with the 100% knowledge that Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House is a no holds barred (or ethics) run. Taking no prisoners, Party or no party. Will Sanders “Political Revolution” be stated as such in the history books? Or will he go down as just another candidate who fell in line when it was time to a corrupt party.
The 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump has resurrected the 1850’s platform of the Know-Nothing Party (American Party). Instead of German and Irish immigrants, Trumps focus is on Muslims and Mexicans. Trumps platform of anti-immigrant is different from the Know-Nothings, its harsher. Where Trump wants a ban on Muslims, the Know-Nothings had a 21 year path to citizenship. The Know-Nothings proposed bans on voting or holding public office. Those bans unnecessary under a President Trump, as the immigrants he picked out would never arrive. In 1886 the Know-Nothing Party (American Party) had a brief resurgence and their platform centered around anti-Asian, calling for the exclusion of Asians from industrial employment. The theme of the American/Know Nothing Party was consistent, anti-immigrant.
Trump has been consistent throughout this campaign cycle with his degrading remarks and not being limited to just the illegal immigrant. Trump has went as far to verbally assault a Hispanic federal judge. The RNC will attempt to heal the wounds created by Trump but will it be enough? Many big name Republicans have skipped the convention, such as Senator John McCain, Mitt Romney and the host state Governor Kasich. The fractured party have limped through their convention with speakers such as Scott Baio, Donald Trump Jr., and some guy from Duck Dynasty, to name a few. The collapse of the Republican Party? This election may be the final one for the Grand Old Party as we know it, win or lose. History tells us that a party platform based on racism doesn’t go very far.
Source used: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Know-Nothing-party
endorse> to declare ones public approval of. Oxford dictionary
Trump or Clinton who has received the endorsements? Why are we endorsing? Now that the primary season is over the endorsements are rolling in. From Bernie Sanders to Scott Baio to the AFL-CIO public declarations of approval. Yes, approval! New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did it way back in February for Trump. Christie has been rewarded for it as an “advisor to Trump”. As of today Christie will be in charge of his transition team, that is if Trump wins. After, who knows what Governor Christie will get from a President Trump. Trump lists many endorsements on his campaign web-page, some meaningful and some meaningless as in Scott Baio.
On the Clinton side, she has rolled up endorsements from the beginning of the campaign. Bernie Sanders recently capitulated and endorsed, with his intent being to unify the party. Sanders endorsement upset quite a few of his loyal supporters (myself included). With some time to digest his endorsement, I did some thinking, “why endorse?” In many cases as in Scott Baio’s , most people don’t give a shit about an endorsement. To be honest, outside of my small circle, many don’t give a shit what I think and that is fine. Declaring ones approval publicly, seems to be rather easy for many. The AFL-CIO endorsing Clinton, she is a Democrat and nearly all the time they endorse Democrats regardless if they truly support their cause. The why, crumbs do fall from the table. Clinton’s record toward the working-class is not all that good but it probably will be a shade better than Trump.
The definition of endorse is short and to the point, declaring approval. Endorsements don’t have an asterisk next to them with “she or he is the best we got” The endorsement goes down in history as YOU or your organization supports what the candidate stands for, what their platform stands for. Endorsing for the sake of endorsing, doesn’t that devalue the endorser? Or are the endorsements just self-serving? It may be time that organizations like the AFL-CIO look long and hard at the practice of endorsing for the long-term interest of their supporters. Sitting one out may be a benefit.