Wednesday, September 3, 2008

From the Party that brought us the original Voting Rights Act to a DNC that refuses to recognize the significance of votes

In 1965, enabled by the brave actions of civil rights activists who created the political climate who made it possible for him to do the right thing, President Johnson signed into law the original Voting Rights Act.

In 2008 the leadership of the DNC, with the assistance of state party officials across the country, brought us a rigged role call vote; refused ever to fully recognize the voters of Michigan and Florida, treating primary voters in those states differently than the voters in other states whose primaries were not held according to DNC requirements - but those states were not ones that seemed likely to harm the chances of the preferred candidate of Dr. Dean, Speaker Pelosis, et al; and continues to show its apparent incomprehension of the sentiments and values that made so many Democrats so proud that in the modern era the first major federal statute dedicated to justice in voting was enacted and signed into law by a Democratic president.

Although this disgrace and its consequences can never be fully erased, mitigation is possible even now. Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Donna Brazile and every other top DNC official could publicly apologize to rank and file Democrats who, regardless of their attitude toward any particularly candidate, have been embarassed, disappointed, and appalled by the actions and inactions of the current DNC leadership. To mean anything, these apologies would have to befollowed up by immediate resignation from their positions; and verifiable commitments from the apologizers - e.g. Dr. Dean, Speaker Pelosi, and Ms. Brazile - that they will have no part in, play no role in, be entirely uninvolved with the internal election of the next DNC Chair and other the elections and appointments of a new crop of DNC officials. They must make the same verifiable commitment to play no role in similar processes in state Democratic Party branches.

One way you can be part of a public demand for a complete change in DNC leadership is to support The Denver Group. Please consider a contribution to The Denver Group. For a summary of The Denver Group's post convention objectives go here.


Anonymous adamonis said...

Keep fighting, they may have to resign when you finish them off!

September 4, 2008 at 9:21 AM  

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