Friday, July 22, 2016

Local DNC (and Sanders) delegate speaks out before his journey

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:45 AM

click to enlarge MIKE MADAY
  • Mike Maday
Mike Maday, a Colorado Springs resident and prominent activist in the Democratic party, has agreed to provide the Independent with some reports next week as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

But after watching the Republicans this week, capped by Donald Trump's acceptance speech Thursday night, Maday felt compelled to file his first thoughts before making the weekend trip to Philly. His observations:

Now that the Republican National Convention dumpster fire has burned out, I’m looking forward to representing Colorado Springs as a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week. The RNC in Cleveland was a crazy mixture of anger, hate, bigotry, disorganization and no new ideas.

Good speeches articulating a conservative vision that, by the way, I disagree with, but were clear statements of conservative principles, were ignored or booed.

In my geeky prep for the RNC, I listened to Tricky Dick Nixon’s acceptance speech from 1968 in Miami Beach and it sounded like he had the same speech writer as Trump: “I am the law and order candidate!”

Democrats get together next week to articulate a very different philosophy that supports individual freedom but also honors the importance of our obligations to each other and the fact that we are always stronger together.

Democrats have a had a very spirited nomination process. I’m looking forward to voting for Bernie Sanders at the DNC and supporting Hillary Clinton to beat Trump in the fall. While Bernie and Hillary disagreed on some issues, Democrats overwhelmingly see eye to eye on nearly all the important ones.

This is my third DNC in a row. The DNC is a lot more diverse, star-studded, intellectually stimulating and uplifting than the RNC. But the main reason those of us elected as delegates are going to Philly is to launch the effort to stop Trump and his hatred. I’m looking forward to helping with this effort, adding to my button collection and to blogging about what I see from the floor of the convention and the streets of Philly next week.

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