We are discouraged.
We are discouraged not because we lost the last election, but because we DIDN'T lose; not because people don't agree with us, but because most Americans agree with us; not because there is no hope, but because hope is evident all around us, but is being ignored.
We are discouraged because hope is being crushed by the disenfranchisers of the American dream. The American dream of being good.
Who are the disenfranchisers? Certainly the Republican party. But that's nothing new. For at least seventy-five years, they have been the party of the Machine. They have scorned the will of the people. They have used lies, intimidation, racial and religious discrimination, and violence to distract from their true goal of serving the Machine. The new development is that the Democratic Party has been co-opted. The Democratic Party has fused with the enemy.
We are discouraged because the party of Roosevelt, the party of Kennedy, the party of Martin Luther King has lost its soul.
We are discouraged because the Democratic Party freely admits (to a federal judge who is hearing a suit filed by Democrats against the Democratic Party)  that the DNC is NOT a democratic institution. They brag that it was never intended to be. They tell us to our face, to the face of the sitting federal-court judge that the words in the DNC charter are meaningless; that a small number of DNC power brokers have a right to choose candidates literally in back rooms without consulting party members. In other words the Democratic Party is not democratic. It is a return to the "smoke-filled rooms".
We are discouraged because the Democratic Party has the same position as the Republicans on defense spending (which should be called offense spending) -- using cuts to social and health services to transfer money to the arms manufacturers.
We are discouraged because the Democratic Party is war party. It insanely backs the placement of "tactical' nuclear weapons on the borders of Russia. This despite the fact that poll after poll show that the American people do not desire endless wars, including cold wars that would involve placing "tactical" nuclear weapons on the border of another nuclear power. We are discouraged because the Democratic Party has pledged itself to a strategy of regime change despite the fact that this strategy has never worked.
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