Kicked to the Curb
by Shazone, Tue May 20, 2008 at 07:19:32 AM EDT
OK, I get it.
I have been fighting like crazy for Hillary Clinton and her nomination as the Democratic candidate for President, and I have, quite frankly, been surprised with the depth of my feelings on this subject. I didn't even become a supporter of Hillary until about early February of this year. But I have come to learn and love the fact that Hillary Clinton represents me, my values, and all of the efforts and struggles and, well, crap, that I have lived through to become the person that I am (and, despite what Obama's supporters have told me time and time again, I am successful, happy, committed to progressive agendas, a friend and a lover...God's in my heaven and all's right with my world.)
But something else was at play in my passion this primary.
This morning it came to me. I have been fighting not just for Hillary Clinton (whom I genuinely feel is so much more qualified to be POTUS, and whom I will continue to support right up to November and for anything she ever wants to do in the future), I have been fighting to stay in the Democratic Party.
And I have failed. I have been kicked to the curb. Given my walking papers. And told to "get out".
So I am going.
But before I go, please know who is leaving.
I organized for the Democratic Party (I ran a campaign in my hometown that brought a Dem majority into power - so much so that the Repugs have not even put up a slate in the past 3 elections).
I have created advertising and mailers for local Democratic Party candidates.
I have donated - thousands of dollars - much to my husband's chagrin.
I have marched in DC for every Pro-Choice rally that took place during my lifetime.
I have marched in two New York City Anti-War rallies.
I have phoned, and walked, and talked, and e-mailed for every Democratic candidate in my lifetime.
In the past, I, and others like me, were the backbone of the party. We got things done. We funded campaigns. We turned out the vote. We won elections.
I believed in a party that supported hard working people, health care for every American, all human rights, every part of the Constitution, worked - together - against racism, jobs in America, fairness in monetary policies and justice for all (I know, pretty sappy, isn't it!)
And now I have been asked by so many Obama supporters who are proclaiming control over the Democratic Party to leave and not let the door hit me in the ass on my way out, that I have decided to do it.
Originally those were just "fighting words" to me. And I choose to ignore them. But this morning I realized that this is exactly what the Democratic Party wants me to do, too. So, I'm going.
Because the New Democratic Party is a complete unknown to me. I don't recognize who the power players are. I don't understand what those power players are trying to do except, IMHO, disenfranchise the former backbone of the Party. I don't support the candidate that those power players are pushing on the electorate. I can't tell you his policies...because he can't articulate those policies to me.
Yesterday I got a mailer for Mr. Obama that included a "Special Message from Ted Kennedy" in which Senator Kennedy said: "The Obama Campaign is about a new generation of leadership....we will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation, distortion and division..." - a strange message from Senator Kennedy who is one of the oldest parts of those old politics.
And the overall theme of the mailer from Mr. Obama played off of and repeated one of the most asinine lines I have ever heard in my entire life: "We are the change we've been waiting for." My head exploded.
So I get it. In the bigger scheme of things I am "yesterday", old news, past my prime. The New Democratic Party doesn't want or need me, my time, my money, my passion, my commitment or my vote. You just want me out of your way.
So I'm going. Not with rancor. Not with bitterness. I'm just going.
Good luck. And God Bless America.