Guest Post: SM updates us…
Posted June 1, 2016on:
Today, we are favored by a guest post by SM. Enjoy! Thanks SM!
Hello Shinners! Woo! This has been a long time coming! A sweet hello and endearing hug to you all.
Before our dear Chatblu passed, she wrote me an email asking me to write a blog post. I let her know that I would once I had something to write about. And I thought that today would be a good day to say hello again.
For those that don’t know what’s happened in the past 8 years since my blogging sabbatical, my little baby girl who was in the 4th through 5th grade in 2008, will be graduating high school next week on June 7. And my Juanita Lunchbucket days are not yet exactly over. Since the crash in 2007-2008, quantitative easing has not been easy, but at least we’ve got a job, health insurance and I’m also back in school, so yay!
Looking back, it was a painful time, personally and professionally, for myself and for many others. We needed an antidote to the Bush years of oil wars and savage cronyism. We needed a fighter and we all rallied for then Senator Hillary Clinton, fighter extraordinaire. The kind of liberal lioness that doesn’t back down to a Republican wall of deliberate opposition disguised as obfuscation. At the time, then Senator Barack Obama called Republicans “the party of ideas in the Reno Gazette.” That, to me, was like a dog whistle to moderates to choose him over the fighter, our girl Hillary. Did I support and later vote for President Obama in 2012? Of course I did. But that Reno Gazette interview is where Obama lost me for Hillary. We didn’t need another John Kerry who would work down the middle and make nice with Republicans, later to get “swiftboated.” Hillary knew they were probably the enemy and it’s OK to say EFF THEM. Republicans don’t care and won’t care about liberal policies that benefit all of Americans, but at least there are some rogue Republicans that defy the Republican status quo.
What happened on May 31st, 2008 at the DNC bylaws committee? Harold Ickes defined what so many of were frustrated about. You cannot divide a vote, as they did mine and hundreds of thousands of votes 2008. I’m not ½ a person, so why should my primary vote be counted as such, especially when the candidate I voted for won the popular vote? Yes, I know, water under the bridge and all that. I have forgiven the Democratic party. I never unregistered from the party so I can vote in the primaries (Florida has a closed primary system), especially for down-ticket Dems like my district’s congressperson Rep. Kathy Castor and state senator Rep. Arthenia Joyner. I still volunteer as a Democratic canvasser and phone banker when called for duty. But I don’t nor won’t, forget what happened on May 31st, 2008. If Sanders supporters and the media want to use what happened to Hillary supporters in 2008 as their excuse to fight, they need to feel that math again, as Hillary won the 2008 primary with 300,000+ votes over Obama.
We all met at the Confluence eight or so years ago during the most exciting time of my political engagement and our collective disappointment. It was very heartbreaking to leave after living such a big political experience together that essentially started out as a joke after Hillary’s win on 2008’s Puerto Rico Primary, devolve into pundit-career media moves and political sabotage. I hated how our outcry of voting injustice was co-opted. I wasn’t involved in any of it, but I was a witness. Opportunists came in and took over. Blogs, PACs, pundits formed that did not represent our liberal values. Not linking to them, but those who were there can vouch for it.
Anyway, if this is an anniversary, it’s a bittersweet one. Sanders supporters need to use Teh Googlez and find out why we fought the way we did back in 2008. I don’t want to live this again, and we shouldn’t because Hillary’s got both the delegate count and the popular vote to get the nomination. But the online harassment, the sexism, the resurrection of right-wing-conspiracy narratives tinge what should be our witnessing history.
I apologize that I didn’t have time to go through eight years of blog posts. Some of the posts I’d like to link no longer exist. Please add any recollections and/or anything else that happened then or currently in the news today :)!
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