My Reflections On The Democratic National Convention

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by Kenny Madden
(Kenny was a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25th to 28th. This is his summary of what transpired.)

This has been a tough week for those of us who worked hard to make Bernie Sanders the Democratic nominee for president. But it has also been an exciting week for us, with Bernie speaking at the Democratic National Convention; his delegates voting for him, the most progressive platform the party has ever written, and a commitment to cutting super delegates by two-thirds by 2018; and Bernie supporters inside and outside the convention protesting everything from voter suppression and election fraud to policies like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and even the nomination of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
We saw our fair share of losses: Hillary was nominated, our excitement about having a roll call vote was deflated by the inclusion of super delegates in the first and only round of voting, and Tim Kaine was nominated without us even given the opportunity to voice our opposition. But we also won some important victories: Bernie got to share his message about income and wealth inequality and transforming our country and the Democratic Party at the DNC during prime time; we passed a platform that includes 85% of what we wanted; we passed rules significantly diminishing the influence of super delegates; and parts of Bernie’s stump speech were echoed throughout the entire convention. Bernie may have lost the nomination, but he won the convention. No other losing candidate has ever had this much influence over a Democratic National Convention. That’s a testament to the strength of this movement.
Now that we have officially reached the end of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president, we must give ourselves space to grieve for what could have been. But we must also hang on to the sense of hope that Bernie instilled in us. Whether you choose to continue following Bernie in his effort to work with the Democratic Party to make sure they don’t abandon the platform, you choose to follow Jill Stein in her effort to create a viable alternative to the Democratic Party, or you choose another path, the important thing is that you stay involved in the political process. That is what this political revolution is really about. ‪#‎OurRevolution‬ ‪#‎StillBerning‬ ‪#‎ForeverForward‬‪#‎TheStruggleContinues‬

 

*Video by Ashley Bays

A little about me. I have a BA in Theatre with a minor in Creative Writing. I'm currently working a book titled, Nostalgic Nudity, which will be published in the upcoming months. My passions are writing, photography, music, politics, philosophy, acting, singing, people, spirituality and making friends. I'm a love guru: everything I do is meant to be an expression of love. My life has led me down many paths, some were great and some not so much. But they were all important in bringing me to this place in life. Many of these paths are illustrated in my book. My friends call me, Ramblin' Dave, but not because I travel a lot.