Dear Mr. Fowler and Ms Germond,
I was disappointed to see that two months of our steady demands for recognition have not yielded results. Indeed, your latest missive to we few “shrieking bands of paranoid holdouts” indicates that you still do not understand the dilema you have created within the ranks of the Democratic party. Let me try to describe this to you slowly.
By February 5th of this year, Senator Clinton had won MI, FL, NY, NJ, CA, MA, AZ, TN, NM and AR as well as several other states. In any other year, the contest would have been over. Senator Obama would have graciously conceded defeat. This year was different because more weight was given to states for which we haven’t a prayer of winning in November and Hillary had no prayer of winning in February and March. And yet, you and your Rules and Bylaws committee persisted in withholding delegates from Clinton, killing her momentum. Not only that, but you awarded mysterious, non-voters to Senator Obama in MI while ignoring all of the real voters in the caucus states who were unable to leave work or other responsibilities to vote for Clinton during a few precious hours.
But that is not what bothers me the most about your incredibly ill-advised letter. The thing that bothers me the most is that as a New Jersey resident with a gifted child, I am struggling to find an appropriate educational setting for her. This kid could be the next Edison or Andrew Wyeth but much to my dismay, the state of NJ allocated no money to gifted and talented education this year. The individual districts are left with mandates but no funds. There is no gifted and talented curriclum advisor in my district. The gifted and talented teachers who are trained in the subject of these exceptional children are instructed to teach them social studies. Math, science and other subjects are left to the discretion of the regular classroom teachers who are not aware of the eccentricities of the gifted child, their over excitabilities and their peculiar study habits. As a result, some of these children are misdiagnosed each year as ADHD. My own nephew dropped out of school after years of being categorized as a problem child. He is now working as a security guard. His IQ has been measured at 160+.
So, what does this have to do with the election? Everything. My state of NJ paid millions of dollars to have a primary. I dutifully voted in that primary for Hillary Clinton. In fact, all of the states I mentioned previously voted decisively for Hillary Clinton. And now you are telling me to shut up, sit down and support a candidate that did not win my state. A candidate whose name will be placed in nomination over the person who *did* win my state. A candidate who took the ill-gotten delegates from MI who were offered to him even though he earned none of them, who took delegates who belonged to his opponents. A candidate who does not represent my sense of fairness and ethical behavior. A candidate who failed to defend the fourth amendment on FISA legislation, who fails to comment on the Bush administration rule redefining birth control as abortifacients, who grandstands in Europe. A man who willfully robbed my daughter of money that might have paid for a real gifted and talented education coordinator for my state and the money to fund programs.
You are saying to me that I forked over my tax money for a sham primary. That is what your letter is saying. Your party has perpetrated a fraud on the states that conducted primaries and voted decisively for Hillary Clinton. The convention hasn’t been held yet but you have pre-determined the outcome and have stripped my vote of any meaning. This is the message you are sending to me and others.
Think very carefully if this is the message you meant. God help you if you really mean it.
Riverdaughter at The Confluence.