For the last several months, I have received phone calls and a zillion emails about the Hillary issue. I supported the move to get the Democratic Party Florida delegation seated before any other Democratic National Committee (DNC) member outside of Florida signed on.
I argued that the DNC Rules Committee did not have the authority to not seat DNC or Congressional members of either Florida or Michigan. The DNC Charter is controlling. As a retired civil rights lawyer, I know something about how the supreme law of any organization works.
As you all know, for the past eight years I have been trying to get the DNC to commit to the Latino voter. I raised the issue of the need to get the Mexican American voter back into the Democratic fold. Since the days of Bobby Kennedy, the numbers have steadily eroded. I asked all Democratic Presidential nominees for a $20 million commitment to this block of voters. I was looking to see what kind of commitment any candidate was willing to make to Latinos. The press picked this story up and said I was trying to sell my vote. I was surprised at the spin and how much hate there was by the progressives to think that Mexican American voters should deserve special attention.
I ran recently for reelection to the DNC. There was a concerted effort by the progressives to get me off the DNC and they did. [What that means is, starting in 2009, after serving 8 years on the DNC, I get back 28 days a year and $10,000 in my pocket because I will no longer be spending my hard-earned money to travel to DNC meetings in the Washington DC bubble.]
I want to make one thing clear, I hate whiners. I did not whine when Bill Richardson was rejected by the voters. Adios DNC. Next issue.
Ironically, now that the primary is over and Clinton has “conceded, suspended” her candidacy, the obscene phone calls, and emails have doubled. I have been plagued by calls telling me I am communist, racist, feminist, piece of S*&t for not committing to vote for Hillary or to vote for John McCain. Do not worry. I am a Yellow Dog Democrat. This means that I would rather vote for a rabid one-eyed, three-legged, yellow, mangy dog than any Republican. I would rather be a piece of S*&t Democrat than a piece of gold Republican.
Here is the question of the day, when did Hillary become the nominee?
I personally cautioned Hillary last year at this time that she needed to pay attention to the absentee voter in any state where that was a voting process (she needed to get into the streets and out to the people like Barack). She and her media vampires ignored me (she even dipped into her own money to keep the media vampires fed, and now Barack is working to get her campaign debts paid). When she fired Patty Solis Doyle just before the Texas campaign, I knew she was done. And I said so.
Now the disgruntled Democrats or “Republicrats” are trying a campaign of fear and racist intimidation to promote disunity within the Democratic Party. They say if she is not the nominee they are going to vote for McCain. I will have none of it. I told them where to go in no uncertain terms.
The Republicrats are waging a war to lose this election for the Democratic Party. They want nothing more than Obama to lose no matter how bad it is for the country.
We Democrats need to stand up against this tactic of attack against Senator Obama by the right wingnuts. You Sunshine Democrats need to look back at Nixon and Humphrey. When you ran away the last time, it got us six more years of war and hate. Have you not been listening? McCain goes around singing Bomb Iran! He now supports the terrorist methods of interrogation in Gitmo. (Something I am personally ashamed that I have not spoken more about.)
Prince John’s policy has helped to create terrorists in Afghanistan for export to other countries. Prince John is all about destroying democracy in the United States and eliminating the constitutional protections we have as Americans. What about the Republicrats? The Republicrats are supporting Prince John because Hillary was too stupid to put on a ground campaign in Utah and Idaho.
If real Democrats surrender our principle, moral values, our spine, and our ability to fight to win this election, Prince John and Bush the Lesser will get elected. If the “progressives” side with the Republicrats because they are “disappointed in a vote that Obama makes, then we have surrendered.
If we surrender then the terrorists will win.
by Steven J. Ybarra JD
Steven J. Ybarra JD is a retired civil rights attorney who operates a consultant company in California. He is a member of the Democratic National Committee and a long time political activist. Contact Steven at email@example.com.
This article is copyrighted by Steven J. Ybarra JD and was originally published in www.Hispanicvista.com. It is republished here with permission.
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