Dear Democratic Party,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you.
We don’t always see eye to eye, Democratic Party. Some of the choices you have made over the years have left me shaking my head.
But in my lifetime you have never once nominated someone completely unsuited, someone who rejects Democratic Party values, someone who I would be unable to vote for over concern that my country, and the world, would be damaged if they were to win the election.
Oh, you flirted with it: Strom Thurmond (actually before my time) and George Wallace come to mind. You sometimes allowed single issues to take priority over electability, leaving us out of power while Republicans hurt us and our causes, but you never nominated someone who I couldn’t vote for.
Today, Republicans are waking up to find that their party, the once proud Party of Lincoln, is now the debased Party of Trump. And that to be a “good Republican” they will have to vote for a man who wants to put a religious test on citizenship, deport 11 million parents and grandparents of American children, leave our European alliances, encourage nuclear proliferation, and repeal Social Security and Medicare. Those Republicans are not entirely blameless; they either missed the clues or willfully ignored them – the pathway to Trumpism was staked out by Nixon, cleared and widened by Reagan, and paved and gilded by the Atwater-Rove Bush family to arrive where it is now. The #NeverTrump’ers claim that they will vote country over party but history suggests they will be unable to resist the chance to gain power by any means necessary … it is in their DNA.
I am proud to be in the Democratic Party, the Party of FDR and LBJ and Barack Obama, the party that remembers and embraces our past and our future. We know that when we celebrate the worth of every human being, when we honor our commitments to equality and justice, we enrich not just our own lives but we make life better for all Americans.
So thanks again, Democratic Party.
p.s. As our standard bearer Tweeted last night:
Okay then, let’s do this!