The DNC Begins…Divided We Stand?

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Beginning on Monday afternoon the DNC means another week and another overwhelming post storm on Facebook and other social media outlets regarding a national convention. Is it just me or have these two conventions received the most attention in the last 20 years? I rather doubt conventions make all that much difference in who people chose to vote for but they are an important tool for party unity.

Make no mistake, Bernie Sanders supporters are not happy, nor is the majority of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. But that does not mean we are divided. People complain that we have no choice. To me the choice is very clear; regardless of the allegations against Clinton, the majority of which re hot air, they pale in comparison to the daily barrage of foolishness, divisive rhetoric and fear mongering spewing out of Donald Trump’s mouth on a daily basis.

I know mass media, especially, social media isn’t going to change anyone’s mind about who or what people support.  We are merely trying to activate our own base, polarize support and ensure that those who believe in democratic ideals support the Democratic Party in November. We all may have election fatigue already in this particular polarizing cycle. That’s the system’s fault not Hillary’s or Donald’s. We need a better system for electing politics that doesn’t cost billions and doesn’t begin 2 years before election day. We need you to follow you conscience and civic duty and get out there and VOTE!

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Let’s look at the speakers and themes of the DNC for Monday in Philadelphia. According to NPR Monday’s theme is:

Monday: United Together

Featuring first lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders and DREAMer Astrid Silva

Gavel time expected at 3:00 p.m

Silva is currently the organizing director at the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. She has testified before Congress and made frequent appearances to push for expanded deferred action and an overhaul of the immigration system.

But appearing as a highlighted speaker on the opening night of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia on July 25, particularly in contrast to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, should give Silva her biggest megaphone yet.

– See more at: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/meet-least-familiar-headliner-democratic-convention#sthash.nRa2RxIS.dpuf.

Monday will focus on putting the future of American families front and center and how we’re stronger together when we build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top and when everyone has a chance to live up to their God-given potential. DREAMer Astrid Silva will share her story and her fight to keep families together.

Whats nice about his convention is we don’t have to do much searching to find out more bout the speakers. Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders need no introduction from me. So let’s look into Astrid Silva.

Astrid Silva is a famous immigration activist who shared her story with minority leader Henry Reid. She came to the US when she was 4 years old and shared the history of her families desire to fit and participate in the American Dream without documentation. According to Rollcall:

“Silva is currently the organizing director at the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. She has testified before Congress and made frequent appearances to push for expanded deferred action and an overhaul of the immigration system.

But appearing as a highlighted speaker on the opening night of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia on July 25, particularly in contrast to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, should give Silva her biggest megaphone yet.”

The theme of Monday night at the  DNC is “United We Stand”, in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s divide and conquer rhetoric this theme attempts to bring many under the big tent of the Democratic Party. There has been much talk and wrangling about Hillary Clinton’s choice of Tim Keane for the Vice Presidential slot. I myself am not too happy about the selection, but that will not keep me from supporting the ideals and beliefs of the Democratic Party which are those of the average American whether they recognize it or not.

 

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