Random Thoughts About the Convention

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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