Democratic National Conflation

What I believe to have been the norm in politics has been exposed most recently with the publication of DNC emails extracted through an apparent “hacking.”

How it informs my perception of the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 election cycle stands on its own from whatever is suggested and implied by the alleged or apparent perpetrators of the security breach.

When the facts about the hack itself are fairly well understood, others’ motives and intentions may also seem to be better known. If it truly is the product of a foreign state’s attempted espionage and subterfuge to understand and influence the U.S. election, I’m certain that broadly speaking it won’t have been the first time.

It seems worth noting this perception, because it seems (through the lens of Twitter and the headlines of the Washington Post, New York Times and Politico, among others) that the DNC, the White House, the punditry at large, all conflate these things.

For the Liberals and Centrists of the Democratic party, it is essential for them to preserve some of the momentum they’re generating towards the goal of party unity. The evidence these emails appear to provide should stand regardless of the motives of whoever exposed them. The solution is not to save our corrupt associations at all cost to preserve sovereignty… it is to dramatically, meaningful reform or replace them to preserve sovereignty and facilitate actual democracy.

Clinton uses many of the right words

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Still, I feel like there’s something to be said to elucidate understanding of the impact of macro-economic policies (like “free” trade) on exploited populations. Odes to response and prevention while there are still races to the bottom doesn’t seem all that genuine coming from this level.

Lois Lane with the scoop on Hillary Clinton

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Fandom and citizenship

I have never been a real fan of organized team sports and so I have not been able to really understand others’ fandom. I’ve got my own baggage combined with what I think is a healthy skepticism of the hero-worship and commercialism. I have slowly come around to attending the occasional baseball game or adopting the pretense of giving a damn about one team or the other, based on what I’ve lovingly called “petty parochialism,” at least for an evening while attending someone else’s viewing party.

I have come to appreciate those who have wholly bought-in and invest in their fandom — of their alma matter, their hometown, a particular player, whatever it is — and who, at the same time, truly reject the cult of personality the idea of wholesale loyalty to a party when it comes to politics, while remaining engaged and informed.

There’s something more to be said about making that distinction, but I don’t have that distilled for myself at the moment.

 

It seems like I get around to blogging maybe once a year now.

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