lotesse: (afrofuturist)
I do believe that the Democratic Party is strong and healthy. Our leadership are good and competent, we've successfully moved our platform left over the last decade, we're espousing the right values. We have a strong organization, and a strong sense of unity. I contend that it is an error, now, to start tearing ourselves up looking for the thing that we did wrong. I think we did most things right. We are going to have to adjust now to a new landscape, and it is not time for the SJ and economic leftists to squabble; if we'd won, maybe, but we didn't and now everyone is needed.

I don't think we'd be papering over anything really important. Some things were less than perfect, but they are completely overshadowed by the international movement toward conservative white nationalism that has been growing in the world and that has now taken root here. Our only significant fault, I contend, was goodwill and compassion toward our enemy, who seemed weakened and sad, but who is apparently still strong enough to be a dangerous threat. I do believe this.

I believe that Hillary Clinton was a good candidate, that it was overall a good primary and a good general, that we fought well and cleverly. We did not prevail, but I do not think that we should abandon the course. This is a time for tenacity, not transformation. We already are the ones we need, we just need to keep working, keep listening, and protect the vulnerable among us as much as we can from what's to come.

Date: 10 Nov 2016 08:28 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] thistlerose
thistlerose: by <lj user="mairbh"> (politics)
YES. THANK YOU. I'm so tired of hearing about what a weak, flawed candidate she was. Weak how? I never heard a male candidate dismissed that way. I wanted to tear my cousin a new one for saying she didn't have a warm personality that drew voters in. (But I was merciful because he voted for her anyway.) I disagree with him, of course, but really, it shouldn't matter. Her position on the issues was the important thing. I believe she was motivated by a sincere desire to do good, and I'm gutted that we ended with essentially the opposite.

The left has never been good at agreeing on anything, unfortunately, while the right will flock to just about anyone.

Date: 11 Nov 2016 05:28 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] starlady
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
Yes, all this. I'm still so angry about this, and how I can't even talk to half the people who voted for her because of their ideas about it.

Date: 11 Nov 2016 05:35 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] msilverstar
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I think we all made mistakes, all of us. I made a few measly phonecalls, some organized texting and some money: not enough. But we need to unite to fight back, that's for sure.

Date: 11 Nov 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] msilverstar
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Your point about Labour is an excellent one, though there the leader didn't really participate in the referendum, leading a lot of people to disrespect him.

The Electoral College has been good to Dems, it hurts desperately that we won the popular vote and lost the election. Will we be smart enough and confident enough to get rid of it next time we're in power?

Non-violence is a good answer if we can focus long enough.

*hugs you in solidarity*

Date: 13 Nov 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] lavendertook
lavendertook: eartha kitt with fingers to the sides of her head (can kill u with my brain)
Agreed. And I love your letter to Hillary. And thank you for warning me that the first thing Dem guys will say is we can't run another woman, because I just got that fucking argument from my brother in email, and goddamn it's upsetting. *hugs*

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