Sunday, March 16, 2008

It's On Now, or Playing With Fire - Democratic Party Style

I've always been registered as an Independent but my votes have been consistently for the Democrats when it comes to national office. Simply put, our interests have aligned. But the scorched earth, "I win or nobody wins" campaign being run by Hillary Clinton has touched a nerve with me and pretty much every Black voter I know.

The Clinton's seem willing to help chase off the Democratic Party's most loyal voting bloc through divisive campaigning, when a historic opportunity to retake the Presidency and both houses of Congress is within reach. People, especially Black people are not so ignorant as to realize what is happening at our expense.

Based on this petition starting to make the rounds, which I've posted in it's entirety below, the blowback from such a divisive campaign could be potentially mortal. Read it, and If you're feeling it, sign it and pass it on.

Senator Hillary Clinton Must Concede Defeat and

Support the Democratic Presidential Ticket

The signatories to this statement urge that Senator Hillary Clinton must concede defeat in her quest for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and must support the Democratic ticket.


(1) The Democratic Party base has spoken. The delegate count shows that Senator Hillary Clinton cannot win the nomination on the strength of earned delegates, based on the will of the voters.

(2) Mrs. Clinton’s political attacks upon Senator Barack Obama have increasingly appealed to and sought to increase resentment against others based on the color of their skin.

(3) This divisiveness is regrettable because, via the presidential candidacy of Senator Obama, the vast majority of African-Americans stand united with millions of white Americans and Americans of all colors, genders, ethnicities and religious backgrounds, erasing divisions to implement a program of Democratic change.

(4) It appears that Mrs. Clinton is about to shatter this historic unity.

(5) We therefore call on Mrs. Clinton to face the reality of the earned delegates count, concede defeat, and thereby contribute to healing a wound which is opening and continues to widen.

(6) Mrs. Clinton must wholeheartedly support the winner of the nomination, who has earned the most delegates, and devote herself honestly and enthusiastically to defeating Republican electoral hopes in 2008, not attacking Democratic politicians and Democratic constituencies.

(7) Should the Democratic Party leadership nullify the people's votes by giving Mrs. Clinton the nomination, despite the popular will as represented by earned delegates, we would then call upon African-American voters and all Democratic Party constituencies and supporters to withhold their support from a Hillary Clinton candidacy in November.

We have survived eight years under President Bush and, if compelled to do so, we will survive four years under a President McCain. However, we cannot and will NOT survive the nullification of our most hard-won right - our votes.


The Undersigned:

Available online for signatures at:


That Girl Boo said...

I signed it

a_tip_pickle said...

I don't mind signing it but I can't see what good it will do. I also think that if Barak would toughen up, this race would be over anyway.

DP said...

Boo - Right on.

a_tip_pickle - We don't know what type of impact it will have, but sometimes you have to stand on principle. I think this is one of those times. Thanks for stopping in.

boo said...

thanks for posting Tip