It’s Still Not 1968

Is this why Hillary Clinton will bring Bill back to the White House?

It’s worth repeating: there is no precedent in modern history for such a mass display of disunity by elected delegates at a national political convention as occurred this week in Philadelphia. Hundreds of people elected at primaries and caucuses not only vacated the Wells Fargo arena, they subsequently staged incendiary acts of civil disobedience and stared down Pennsylvania State Police riot cops—all to express the depth of their opposition to Hillary. Then, on Thursday, swaths of delegates chanted, booed, jeered, and walked out on Hillary during her nomination-acceptance speech. The closest analog may be the infamous Democratic convention of 1968, which erupted into turmoil mainly over the Vietnam War. But that turmoil mostly had to do with external protests met with violence by Chicago police. These acts of rebellion in Philadelphia were carried out by duly credentialed delegates.

The lack of coverage the tumult received, despite its historical significance, is indicative of a wider problem that Sanders supporters have long identified: few members of the elite media are sympathetic to the “Bernie or Bust” movement, which has resulted in disproportionately little media attention. Conversely, the failed #NeverTrump movement had countless devotees active in elite political, media, and ancillary spheres, so it received outsized coverage relative to the actual number of GOP voters who supported that position.

11 thoughts on “It’s Still Not 1968

  1. But I am being told that the recycled (especially by Obama) Reagan exceptionalism proves that the Democrats have switched sides with the Republicans. Now Democrats are the majority party, and “America is the finish line”, which means Democrats can give the finger to the socialist left and anybody else who’s against the current wars.


  2. ’68 Chicago was far more entertaining

    The adults in the room thought the police barrage was the greatest thing ever


  3. We’re in this mess because the land of the free and the home of the brave couldn’t muster the courage to break the shackles of tradition and politically invest in third parties. And until we do, we will be choosing to vote for the them or not them candidates


  4. Curt, both Wallace and Perot changed the course of the elections they entered as third party candidates. It can be done.

    A third (or n-th) party of seriousness tends to cause indecisive boundaries of government, minority coalitions and break-ups that force elections frequently, fringe group parties based on very narrow platforms. There are several examples out there, including the country to your North, but they are parliamentary or of some other like structure in nature.

    The US does not have time for these games, probably a good thing. A mere 4 percent difference in popular vote can turn into a decisive victory in the electoral college.

    Are you playing Pokémon? If not, why aren’t you getting with the times? It has swept almost everyone in my life under the age of 45 and many older than 45. Yet I still resist.


  5. Kent,
    The voting for the lesser of two evils promotion always tells us that we don’t have time to consider voting for third parties. Structurally speaking, it is our only hope for redeeming the two major parties or providing a way of survival should they never change. But that is structrually speaking

    There is a civic moral apsect to. That moral aspect is that for as long as our Capitalism influences our Democracy more than our Democracy influences our Capitalism, we are doomed to self-destruction. We are doomed because competition will cause us to self-destruct. We will know when Democracy has more influence on our Capitalism when we continually share more with others. Such will protect us from self-destruction


  6. Kent,
    No, but I am aware to which sphere I am referring when I use words. ‘Redemption’ is a word used in human relationships that exist in secular society as well as used to describe what Christ has done for us.


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