Since the beginning I have been a Bernie supporter; since the beginning I have said I will vote for Hillary if he doesn’t get the nomination. I was so genuinely appalled by the democratic platform I came out and said I can't support Clinton. I knew I was going to lose a lot of readers and I did. I was thoroughly excoriated, my life and physical being threatened, and repeatedly told that if Trump won I was responsible. That a 63 year old woman with virtually no structural power, has more impact on how people vote than the DNC, is ludicrous. What is being said is my position carries more weight than the Democratic elite crafting a platform that is 98% in support of the corporacracy and 2% supportive ($15 minimum wage and a re-enactment of Glass-Steagall) of the people. I seriously doubt Glass-Steagall will have any teeth at all and the $15 minimum wage is not tied to cost of living increases.
The point is this: if Clinton lost my vote because of the platform, then she is going to loose a lot of votes, because I am not terminally unique. I am one of the last holdouts. If she wants my vote than the platform is going to have to change. If she wants my vote I need to see climate change seriously addressed; especially fracking.
Clinton is being given carte blanche because of the very real fear of a Trump presidency. I am accused of being an extortionist because I strongly believe there should be a moratorium on fracking, because I think we should try and stop the TPP, and because I believe in single-payer health care for all. I am accused of being an extortionist for believing that expanding social security should be included in the platform. As I have been repeatedly informed today the political process is a process of negotiation, but as per quite the vast majority of comments on the thread, unless I accept things as they are, vote for things the way they are, it will hand the presidency to Trump. So I am to shut the fuck up and accept my very limited choices. Choices that aren’t perfect but hey you can’t always get what you want. No shit Sherlock but we can do a helluva lot better than this and I am tired of colluding with crumbs from the table. The Liberal Elite has no intention of changing economic policy but we will be tossed some social justice and we're supposed to ooh and awww and isn't this great. I've been fighting for social justice since the 70's, and the more economics has taken over, the less social justice we have. Citizens United was the final nail in the coffin.
I seriously doubt Bill McKibben and Josh Fox are going to quit fighting for the climate and I'm pretty sure they will get something about climate change into the Democratic platform when the Committee meets in Orlando. Clinton will instruct her surrogates to make the much needed concessions to win back the votes she has lost with the first platform. As for the rage, vitriol, and death threats I have received today, you would be better served aiming it at those in power writing policies that are destroying humanity. You would be better served taking that energy and working at the state level to elect progressive candidates.
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan MAWT
Lefty, feminist, progressive, pro-choice, pro-humanity, pro-environment, anti-corporation, resister.....