Wednesday, February 12, 2020


I've just received a letter from the progressive action group, Justice Democrats, asking me to sign a petition against the DNC's making billionaire Mike Bloomberg an exception to rules applied to all other Democratic hopefuls. If you're not familiar with this group, here's the Wikipedia entry on them.
Many of you will not agree, and I respect your position and, as Voltaire said, will defend to the death your right to hold it. But I'll be signing the petition. Personally, and despite being an independent voter, I don't want to see the Democratic Party usurped by another billionaire the way the GOP was usurped by one in 2016. So far, Bloomberg appears to have thought himself above the primary debating process. He apparently hasn't wanted to get his hands dirty—as former Vice-President Biden has, for instance—duking it out on a stage populated with also-rans. So he has remained above the fray. He seems to be waiting until only those "worthy of him" are left standing.
Rules are rules. Liberals should stand for equality.
Here's an excerpt from the Justice Democrats' letter:
"After the 2016 election, the DNC set rules to require any 2020 presidential campaign to meet a polling threshold + number of donors threshold to make it onto the official debate stage. They stuck to the rules at first. Even though they prevented Julián Castro and Andrew Yang from being on stage in the last debates. Rules are rules!
"Right before jumping in the race, Michael “Billionaire” Bloomberg sent the DNC a $325,000 check. Now the DNC has announced they’re clearing the number of donors requirement to allow Bloomberg on the next debate stage.
"The DNC seems to be rigging the system to allow a second billionaire on the stage.
"Justice Democrats exists to remake the Democratic Party from the inside out. We are electing a slate of bold, progressive, uncorrupted candidates who will listen to Democratic voters, not donors. But we can’t do it alone."
Here's a link to sign the petition, if you're interested: 

Let's Make America a Democracy Again! 

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