It's almost settled. Considering all the acrimony in this contentious primary season, the Democrats seem to be getting their act together. Sanders supporters, along with Clinton's delegates happily agree on the $15 minimum wage. Hillary agreed to the Public Option (Sanders has to be okay with settling for the halfway point between the ACA and Socialized medicine).
The TPP? No one wants it, but all in attendance have the decorum and foresight not to make their own President look badly. What will become of the TPP remains to be seen, but we do know one thing: however the Republicans would construct the deal will be infinitely more dangerous, irresponsible and worse for the majority of Americans. Only the top 0.1% are going to benefit with the GOP. At least some of us will have a chance, statistically speaking, under a Democratic administration.
The panel also approved criminal justice language endorsed by both campaigns -- with (Ben) Jealous making the pitch for Sanders and Ben Crump, the lawyer for Trayvon Martin's family, for Clinton's side.
It calls for the mandatory use of police body cameras, and says Democrats will "stop the use of weapons of war that have no place in our communities." The platform doesn't detail what it classifies as "weapons of war."
It also calls for the Justice Department to investigate all "questionable or suspicious" police shootings.
The proposal to reject Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory was defeated with disapproval. Cornel West's point about the Israeli Apartheid is fairly well-received
The amendment was voted down, 73-95. Its rejection led to the loudest boos of the day, with one man being escorted out after he stood up and declared that Democrats had "sold out to (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)."
Marijuana could become legal much sooner under a Democratic-led government. We just have to keep the power-hungry sociopaths from starting any illegal wars or committing other acts of treason, like threatening the life of our President. Twitter is always a good source of info. Here are a few tweets.
Uproar in the place #DemPlatform over removing marijuana from 1 Federal Controlled Substance OMG↓ Story continues below ↓
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) July 9, 2016
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 2, 2016
The Helms and Hyde Amendments are absolutely aimed at poor women and finally, the Democrats have agreed to prioritize the defeat of such horrible poor-shaming misogyny.
— NARAL (@NARAL) July 1, 2016
For the first time, @TheDemocrats' Party Platform includes repealing the Hyde & Helms Amendments!