On that last post, the Minnesota teacher, coach, sportsman and good Democrat whose internet handle is Troutbirder and whose blog I link to in the right hand column, left this comment:
But at about 29 minutes into the speech Humphrey starts showing the real HHH and laying out his vision for America, which, as I say was, like the party, in turmoil and deeply divided on the war, race and on what to do.
Humphrey says emphatically that every public official has the responsibility to guarantee basic rights like racial equality. "There can be no compromise," he says, on the right to a good education, the right to decent housing, the right to a job "It is to these rights that I pledge my life and whatever capacity and ability I have."
Think of today's Democrats. Is there one who even comes close to this? The right to an education, to housing? To anything? The right to a job? Are you kidding? Today's Democrats don't believe anyone has a right to a job. You've never heard those words from the vast majority of today's Democrats. They believe in the right of the already filthy rich to get even richer and that's about it.
With the exception, maybe, of a few, like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, both of whom at the moment, along with President Obama, instead of pledging to fight Donald Trump with every fiber of their being are groveling before Trump and pledging to work with him and ensure he's successful.
And New Mexico's Democrats? Not one word. Not a word of encouragement, no leadership, no ideas about what to do next, on how we might get to a better future. They are in their usual places at times like these, cowering under their desks in their offices, quivering in fear, hoping everything blows over and that this doesn't impinge on their fancy job and big salary and gold plated benefits, or their status, or on their lucrative future prospects.
Far, far from the ideal of a public official put forth by Hubert H Humphrey as guarantor of rights and a better life, far from the principled stands he took that probably cost him the presidency, New Mexico Democrats put themselves before their constituents, before the people of New Mexico and before their country.