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Democrats are Self Destructive and Self Righteous

Chicago Tribune 28 December 2016 2 Comments

If Democrats want to recapture their old self-image as “the people’s party,” their political self-examination will have to go deeper than strategy and further back than millennials can remember. The party’s alienation from the white working class began in the streets of Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. There, antiwar protesters and activists for a host of countercultural causes fought the police of Mayor Richard J. Daley while the nation watched on television:

“The kids and their supporters saw the mayor and the cops as authoritarian, ignorant, violent bigots. The mayor and his largely blue-collar police force saw the kids as foul-mouthed, immoral, unpatriotic, soft, upper-class kids who were too spoiled to appreciate authority, too selfish to appreciate what it takes to hold a society together, too cowardly to serve in Vietnam …”

daley

2 Comments »

  • G Smith said:

    And I was ONE of the THIN BLUE LINE… then and FOREVER…

  • No Thanks said:

    For all of the hand wringing, gnashing of teeth, and other childish protests directed against Middle America and the Electoral College, let it be remembered that in the past two presidential campaigns were the Democratic nomination was contested in the caucuses and the primaries, the nominations of Barack H. Obama (2008) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (2016) were effectively determined by “super delegates.”

    These unelected party appointed delegates were a sop to various interest groups which ousted the elected the delegates at the Democratic Convention in 1972 and have been a fixture ever since. Their influence on the nominating process is completely undemocratic and that was especially true in 2016 when the Democratic National Committee had effectively stacked the deck for Hillary.

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