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I just remembered someone who spoke at the convention talking about Hubert Humphrey’s 1948 civil rights speech. So I went and listened to it. (Listen here, it’s not long)
I was struck by a multipe things. The first thing was, wow, he was a really good speaker. Two, he kind of reminds me of J. P. Barone. Three, I had no idea the passion that some people had for civil rights in the 1940’s. But one of the main things that I was struck with, was the fact that back in the day, delegates to the convention could actually *do* things. It would have been great to at least have a minority report about the TPP. I think we could have convinced a lot of Hillary delegates to vote with us.
I was also struck with a sense of awe at the fact that I was in the same place as someone who, while only vaguely referenced in U.S. history and Minnesota history, was a very influential person in politics in the 20th century.
And if you’re wondering, the minority report passed by a narrow margin and a large chunk of the south walked out. Of that convention and the party for good. (More on that and more, here)
All I can say is, Good Riddance.
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