Monday, July 25, 2016

The drama heats up in politics - Democrats and Republicans share equal blame.

Oh brother . . .

As if we didn't have enough drama last week with plagiarism and last-minute Scott Baio cameos, this week with the Democrats promises to be something special.

Julian Assange, founder of Wiki-leaks (a media association that publishes secret information that is leaked from anonymous sources), released 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee this weekend - right before the Democrat's Convention this week.  The emails are pretty damaging - damaging enough to force the Democrat National Committee Chairwoman to resign.  

I am not as interested in the politics of it - more interested in the humanity of it.  What I mean to say is that it doesn't matter what political ideology you subscribe to - we are all human and capable of some very manipulative and short-sighted behaviors.

Here is what these emails reveal . . .

 - In one section, the CFO of the Democrat National Committee tries to put Bernie Sanders in a position where he has to talk about his agnosticism - which would presumably cost him votes in a very Christian Kentucky:  "I think I read he's an atheist.  This could make several points difference with my peeps.  My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."  Now, not only is this bordering on racism but it is plainly manipulative.  His recipients return emails chiming in with 'amen.'

- In other emails, directors within the DNC talk about donors as "clowns" and compare who gave certain amounts of money and whether they get better seats closer to the president of the United States.  They even used donation amounts in ranking who gets to sit where.  It is almost Orwellian the way that they talk about people as pawns in their game of politics.

- In still other emails, leaders of the party are purposefully trying to derail Bernie Sanders' campaign.  These leaders were supposed to be impartial and let the people decide who the nominee should be but it is obvious they are strategizing over how to take Bernie down.  There are plans of payments being made to people who would counter political arguments on social media.  At one point a strategist proposes delivering a narrative that Sanders never had his act together.

. . . the whole thing is a mess.  

And if you think the Republicans operate any differently you are sorely mistaken.  

The true casualty here is Bernie Sanders.  This is what he said:

"I told you a long time ago that the—that the DNC was not running a fair operation, that they were supporting Secretary Clinton. So what I suggested to be true six months ago turns out, in fact, to be true. I’m not shocked, but I am disappointed." 

Sanders goes on to suggest Shultz, the leader of the DNC be fired . . . and that is exactly what happened.  The long-term loyalist to Hillary Clinton was dumped in a heartbeat and the convention will go on with forced smiles and closed curtains.  

And if this is the kind of stuff that is done to get elected - regardless of your political affiliation - can you imagine what might happen if these people were actually in power?


One of the dozens of reasons I don't put my faith in Republicans or Democrats . . . and neither should you.

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