DNC Meeting Concludes

The conflict is over: both Florida and Michigan get to go to the convention with the compromise that their "flawed" votes (with voters in both states advised not to bother going to the polls, with only Clinton on the MI ballot) will only count by half.

Can I just say that it was great to watch? It was a room full of passionate people pounding on desks, pulling very few punches, and putting politeness aside to make sure their voices are heard. People were actually behaving as though lives depended upon their arguments, which is great because it's true: in a democracy your voice is your life -- and when your vote is your voice... There you go. So people persuaded instead of pandered, and while the audience in attendance may have been a little rowdy, it's great to see Americans excited about the process that will define their lives rather than American Idol or a bunch of rich, dumb jocks jumping around after an ovoid ball. 

That said, there was quite a bit of ignorance on display. But the thing about ignorance is that when it is hidden, it cannot be cured. It's kind of like how the crime rate can go down but if there's more reporting on it, we feel like the world's going to hell. Or how journalism used to be much less objective and trustworthy, but we tend to feel like journalism is in its dark days now, because now's when we're getting some truth alongside the lies: an improvement because the lies are actually being caught, but it replaces a false "peace" with something that "looks" bad. Or consider these DNC meeting attendees interviewed by Salon:

"Superdelegates? All of a sudden we are hearing about them. Who are these people?" asked Sharon Miley, a 66-year old woman who traveled by bus from South Bend Indiana. "I've been voting since I was 22. This is the first time I felt like my vote did not count," she said.

"It is the whole system," added Phyllis Steele, who came along with her. "It is not democracy any more."

In the past, these people were ignorant: they believed that America was a direct democracy, and that their votes were deciding things. Now they've learned the odd intricacies that were there all along, and they're scared, they think that something's changed. But the only thing that's changed is their ignorance. This may feel scary and bad to them, but in the long run this can only be good.

Here's a taste of the meeting, with Florida Rep. Robert Wexler. The good stuff starts about 1:20 in.

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