Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A salute to the courage of the unknown Clinton delegates

At this point I have only very general information about Clinton delegate efforts to assemble a nominating petition that could be used to put Senator Clinton's name in nomination in Denver this August. The reason I lack concrete information has everything to do with the climate being created by the current DNC leadership and nothing at all to do with the courage or stamina of the Clinton delegates.

The DNC has done everything they can to chill efforts by delegates to produce a nominating petition on behalf of Senator Clinton. This particularly disturbs me because the delegates involved in any such effort would simply be following the DNC's own rules as put forth in the Call to the Convention. When an institution discourages its own most central members from using the institution's own procedures, something has gone terribly wrong.

Top DNC officials signal that delegates who do not go along with the new script, rather than the official rules, will suffer retaliation. We need to make it clear that no authentically democratic Democratic Party would treat its own delegates this way. By doing so, I hope we can fortify the delegates who choose to exercise their right to participate in producing a nominating petition.

This issue goes beyond the question of whether Senator Clinton decides, using her own best judgment, whether to sign such a petition. It goes to the heart of the crisis that has befallen the Democratic Party, a crisis of conscience. The official national leadership, the DNC, shows no signs of limiting their efforts to mislead the American public about the current state of the nomination process. That same leadership wants to ignore, diminish, or punish any Democrat who resists these efforts.

The delegates, Democrats who worked hard to enjoy the privilege of representing the voters of their respective states at the Democratic National Convention, deserve better. If the DNC will not honor them, then it is up to us, rank and file Democrats, to do so.

In that spirit, let me say to any Clinton delegate who exercises his or her right to sign a nominating petition: you are the truest Democrats of all. You represent not only those who cast ballots on behalf of Senator Clinton. You evidence the bravery and the integrity that characterize American democracy at its best.

7 Comments:

Anonymous ann said...

Yes...I salute you and thank you from the bottom of my heart. The bravest people are the ones who resisted wrong government and leadership for the sake of human rights. The underground railroad, the resistance fighters, and American rebels are all examples of people who were willing to stand against great authority and power for justice, freedom and basic human rights.

We are at such a time. The Obama campaign uses censorship, authoritarian power, propaganda and simple thuggery to threaten and demand complete adoration and approval. For some reason our Democratic representatives have abandoned us or acquiesced to his threats and appear subservient to his commands. That leaves us, and more specifically you. You are the front line as convention delegates. You are the ones who have the power to stand for the true Party and the true majority of Democrats who want to have our votes for Sen. Clinton counted and recognized. Thank you, thank you for being willing to stand for us...you are truly brave Americans, like the originals.

July 30, 2008 at 2:39 AM  
Anonymous minty said...

The consequences of acquiescence may be far greater than the threats of retaliation. The sun will always rise in the East. The question remains as to what that ultimate horizon will look like.

July 30, 2008 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger PuppyDogMom said...

The triumph of evil depends significantly on the good people doing nothing. I hope that we have good people of courage who will fight back.

July 30, 2008 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here, here! Let them speak. I am a Clinton supporter all the way now, and will continue to be in the future. Give us the right to speak and come forward to make things right.

July 30, 2008 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger JoeySky said...

Dear HRC delegates,

If you are reading this page, please know that we really appreciate your courage to stand up for the democratic principle. We, PUMAs, will do everything in our power to ensure a fair treatment at the convention for Hillary.

July 30, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous mm said...

Well said Heidi. This is an auspicious moment in the history of our country and it calls for bravery. We need both pledged and super delegates who have the courage to do "the right thing" based on democratic principles and personal integrity. Well done to those pledged delegates for taking a risk and standing up for our rights.

July 30, 2008 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes me wonder if they actually want the party destoryed and that is what they are seeking as they shred every political norm in sight....leaving scorched earth behind.

Thank you for your efforts Heidi! They are vital!

July 30, 2008 at 12:52 PM  

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