Welcome to yet another woman’s opinion...
The heat of the summer of 2008 has been nothing compared to that which has befallen the Democratic National Committee in the wake of their decision to disenfranchise millions of voters in Florida and MIchigan. I read with interest, amusement and chagrin as mainstream media, both broadcast and print, attempted to downplay, deride and defuse Hillary supports by calling them fanatics, sore losers and wackos. However, as history has proven, it is always unwise to underestimate both the outrage and the determination of a disenfranchised people. Time and again, the disenfranchised have risen up to get their story told and gain representation, and time and again they have succeeded.
Craig Della Penna’s Heraclitis summarizes the current political climate in the Democratic Party and makes an excellent argument for the formation of a third one in light of the DNC's decision to disenfranchise and alienate 18 Million voters.
Not Now Not Ever
The story is not over by a long shot–over past weeks I have listened to people from all walks of life–from people who live in the street to those who clean it to those who it, figurative speaking–and the prevalent view is that they will not stand by and let their own party disenfranchise them by arbitrary rules and back room deals. These people are not going to just “get in line” or go away. They are going to make themselves heard and they are committed to taking action for the future of their country, their families and their party...many are committed to leaving that party when they feel it no longer represents them. They will not accept a candidate whom they do not trust represent them. Overnight, after the May 31 RBC meeting in Washington, DC disenfranchised millions of its own voters, dozens of sites have sprang up, forming a coalition of PUMAs. With thousands of members and more joining every day, We are indeed a force to be reckoned with, and a force that refuses to have its vote stolen by insider party politics.
The outcome remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the story is NOT over!