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Traditional Democratic Values Featured
My last post explained why it is time to discard the conventional way of doing politics.
However, preparing for the district convention has made me realize that my campaign, while unconventional by present standards, is part of a long tradition in the Democratic Party.
The Democratic Party tradition is to ask how broad are your ideas, not how deep are your pockets.
The Democratic Party tradition gives those who feel they are outside the political process (whether because of gender, race, or economic status) a voice.
The Democratic Party tradition shows that people have the power in the election process; not that powerful people should always be elected.
The Democratic Party tradition is to make sure that the rules (both written and unwritten) of the political process apply equally to all.
Which leads back to the need for an unconventional campaign to uphold tradition. Today the unwritten rules are acting as a barrier to rank and file Democrats. Wealthy individuals and those who do their bidding have hijacked our politics. Recent academic research revealed that if the wealthiest 1/3 of citizens favor legislation it is passed. At the same time the positions favored by the bottom 1/3 are "totally ignored."
Now this may be the way that the Koch brothers, Foster Friess, and Karl Rove want politics to operate--but it is totally opposed to traditional Democratic values. The delegates to the district convention can allow rank and file Democrats the opportunity to be heard.
That is the traditional thing to do.