Media outlets around the nation heralded the news yesterday that Hillary Clinton's name would finally be placed in nomination and that a roll call would take place at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. The story was considered important because of the 2 months of lobbying by Clinton's supporters to secure her place on the DNC ballot. Although media outlets were quick to report the news, most were just as quick to overlook the downside to the so-called victory for Clinton. After all, you can't have a "deal" without concessions by both sides.
In reality, yesterday's decision is nothing more than another propagandist message put forth by the Obama campaign and the DNC to attempt to re-attract Clinton supporters back to the Democratic party. Clinton's name being "placed in nomination" is essentially pointless considering that the agreement also called for Clinton to release her delegates; a move that will all but assure the nomination of Obama. Why Is This Important?
Simply put, the DNC and Obama campaign have exerted enormous pressure upon both pledged delegates and Superdelegates to support the presumptive nominee. In several cases, such as in Wisconsin and Colorado, State Parties have threatened and attempted to strip the credentials of delegates that have openly criticized Obama or refused to support him. Other delegates who are office holders. Additionally, other delegates have been threatened that the DNC would cut off any campaign funding if they did not fall in line. As a result of Clinton releasing her delegates, it's safe to say that enough delegates will switch their vote (for the sake of Party influence) so as to create a wide-enough margin to protect Obama's nomination.
The media has done an outstanding job of painting the "deal" as a victory for Clinton supporters, but in reality it is a meaningless and empty gesture that by no means represents the principle of 'self-determination'. Never in the history of the Democratic Party has a nominee had to make such concessions in order to achieve recognition by the Party. Yet, the Obama campaign and DNC have made it apparent that they are not willing to allow any semblance of Democracy to filter into the convention unless it has been manipulated to their advantage.
Since January, millions of American's have fallen prey to a propaganda machine and marketing campaign that has "legitimized" a candidate that has called for unity but has caused severe divisions within the broader base of his own party. Clinton supporters have awoken to a new world in which the traditional spin of the media and party leadership no longer blinds them. I only hope that they can raise their voices loud enough to expose this ridiculous "deal" as just another diversion and distraction from Obama's new Demockacratic Party.
August 15th, 2008
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