I dig

Abbey and I do not see eye to eye on political tactics, I think. We are friends. And this jibes.

It starts with realizing that maybe, just maybe, we’re not the most important part of America after all.

Holding my breath a little longer to see if the Democrats pivot along these lines genuinely, or maybe better: people leave them (the leadership, the neoliberals, the progressivism-hijackers snake-oil sales crews) to shrivel up on the sidewalk and start something else that embodies this attitude.

Clearly I’m sharing in the raw feeling, for maybe not all the same reasons as some who feel defeated today.

Better put than I could

Robert Parry: Why Trump Won; Why Clinton Lost

I am not mournful because I was rooting for Clinton. I was not.

I was naively expecting her to win anyway. I was expecting some grumbly relief for the devil I knew. And not expecting people to do much to push her further.

My nascent hope is that maybe we — not the party machines — we, the people — might learn something we don’t forget so quickly, and maybe we’ll apply that in some sort of political judo and fix what clearly is oh so very broke.

Maybe?

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 soft motives of whoever exposed them. The solution is not to save our corrupt associations at all cost to preserve sovereignty; it is to dramatically, meaningfully reform or replace them to preserve sovereignty and facilitate actual democracy.

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.