Two disingenuous speeches by Barney Frank and Latisha Van De Butte, and one genuinely appreciated speech by Diane Russell
Highlights from this video
1:30-3:15: Barney Frank: It was “a fully open debate, in every aspect”
Barney Frank speaks to the DNC.
“On Saturday… The rules committee… Spent seven hours in a fully open debate, in every aspect…”
This is in direct contradiction to our live stream from Saturday, and with the fact that only five Bernie people and 10 Hillary people are on the platform committee.
3:15-4:00: Voice vote. It feels like the “nos” are being ignored.
5:30-7:45: Platitude-filled speech by Latisha Van De Butte: “We are going to open up our democratic process so that the grassroots always has a seat at the table! (original emphasis)”
Speech by Latisha Van De Butte. Platitudes about inclusiveness and how the party is committed to listening to all. Ideas that have not thus far come to fruition.
“We must do everything to ensure that our party carries on a vision that makes us stronger as a country. So, we are proposing the creation of the Unity Reform Commission. This commission has overwhelming support from all members of the rules committee. And together, we’re going to see what’s working, we’re going to see what’s not working, and we’re going to work together to build a stronger Democratic Party, for our children… And the commission will make recommendations regarding unpledged delegates, to be sure that our process reflects our true democratic values, and our unwavering goal at a representative democracy.
And we’re going to open up our democratic process so that the grassroots always has a seat at the table! (original emphasis) We are going to ensure that our party hears every voice and it hours every person with the chance to contribute. And so to all the activists, to the organizers, to the officials and the volunteers and the las familias, and community leaders out there: we hear you. We respect you. And this Unity Commission will work for you to build a lively, growing Democratic Party, today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.”
7:45-10:25: delegates reactions to the speech.
- “Bullshit bullshit bullshit”
- “A whole lot of hot air, whole lot of platitudes. Hillary people need to understand we are not going away.”
- “But Barney Frank said it was totally open and democratic process.” … “HA!”
14:50-27:30: Diane Russell from Maine. Bernie peep!
A rare DNC speaker genuinely enjoyed and appreciated by Bernie delegates.