Nervous over the growing fracture in the Democratic Party, the DNC is vigorously reminding Democratic voters of the importance of backing the Democratic nominee in order to win the November election. The problem with their position, however, is the DNC is placing all of the responsibility for Democratic success on the voters, while skirting its own responsibility to act in an appropriate and decisive manner. They don’t seem to recognize that party loyalty goes both ways.
In light of what the nation has gone through in the past seven years, political parties can no longer expect the voters to just fall in and march in lockstep to the party line. That’s what’s gotten us to where we are today—involved in a senseless war, without jobs, losing our homes, and with the very pillars of our society under attack.
The Democratic Party is sure to argue that it is for precisely these reasons that we must stick together, however. But that is only true if you’re prepared to accept the proposition that everything that’s gone wrong in the past seven years is solely the fault of the Republicans, and that is clearly not the case.
While it is true that our current condition is primarily due to Republican greed, shortsightedness, and ineptitude, it is also true that we find ourselves in this condition as a result of the total impotence of the Democratic Party. Democratic politicians have been absolutely gutless for the past seven years. Instead of fighting for the soul of this nation and the ideals they profess to believe in, Democrats have been basing their actions on the direction of the wind; and instead of standing up for what was in the best interest of the nation, they were cowering in the basement on Capitol Hill, desperately trying to protect their own political careers.
But now that the Republican Party has all but self-destructed, the Democrats have chosen this moment to come strutting out to tell us all they want to do to protect our interest. Where were they before the Republican Party all but dropped dead of gluttony? If the Republican Party is indeed in the throes of death, it’s only resulting from Democrats allowing them to gorge themselves to death. And even now, the Democrats don’t have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to two egomaniacal Republicrats, as the wreak havoc within the Democrats’ own ranks.
The DNC should have told Hillary Clinton initially that changing the rules regarding Florida and Michigan in the middle of the game purely for her accommodation was out of the question. They should have been unequivocally emphatic that the decision was made in the beginning of the primaries, and everyone agreed, including Hillary, that the delegates from those states would not be counted due their violation of DNC rules. Case closed.
Had the DNC been immediately decisive when the Clintons initially sent up their trial balloon, they would have recognized that they were stepping over the line of fairness. But when the DNC was indecisive, and showed a sign of weakness in carrying out its responsibility, the Clintons smelled blood, and now their trial balloon has become a demand.
So catering to the Clintons and dragging its feet in this matter is only going to complicate things further. The Clintons have no intentions of allowing the Democratic Party to remain unified. Before the Clintons decided upon their course of action, they not only took into account the affect it would have on Obama supporters, but also how it would affect all fair minded voters across this land.
They then decided upon a gamble. They knew that due to Obama’s popularity, Hillary would never become president unless he was brought down. So they decided they were going to do whatever they had to do to tear Sen. Obama down, then even if Hillary didn’t get the nomination this year, Obama would still be so damaged that he would lose the election, in which case, she would run in 20012.
They’ve already accepted the fact that their course of action would deeply divide the party, but, ironically, they’re depending on Sen. Obama’s good character to help rally support for Hillary if, and when, she’s allowed to run. They’re also gambling that Democrats are so desperate to get the Republicans out of office, that they’d hold their nose and vote for Hillary in spite of her behavior when the time comes. They realized it’s a big gamble, but they calculated that a slim chance was better than no chance at all.
Of course, there are those who will say that not even the Clintons could be that Machiavellian in their calculations, but look at the facts—this is a woman who agreed not to count the votes of Michigan and Florida, then even while ahead, managed to leave her name on the ballad in Michigan as an insurance policy.
And we mustn’t forget that one of Hillary’s earliest influences was radical organizer Saul Alinsky. In fact, she did her college thesis on him—a document that the Clintons have managed to be kept securely under lock and key at Wellesley College. But now, Hillary’s current tactics are right out of Alinsky’s 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals.”
Among Alinsky’s rules is to always “personalize” the issue. He taught that “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” He also says that “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” That rule comes to mind in Hillary’s declaration that “all Obama has is a speech.” Another one of Alinsky’s rules is, “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Thus, Hillary’s threat to divide the party. Alinsky goes on to advise that you “Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition,” and “push a negative hard and deep.”And finally he instructs that you “pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it”—thus, Hillary’s comment, “Hard working, White voters.” Hillary has held to Alinsky so snugly that it’s almost as if he’s her campaign manager, post mortem. But I think even Alinsky would frown upon this campaign.
So the DNC might as well make its stand now—and the earlier the better. Because there is nothing they can do to head off a crisis within the party short of handing the nomination to Hillary. It is part of Hillary’s game plan to polarize the party, because she knew from the very beginning that if all else failed, her end game would involve a scorched Earth, and a Hail Mary.
Eric L. Wattree
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