Democrats Not Dumb Donkeys: DNC 2016 Unity and Tolerance

Amaya Sullivan

There is no denying, regardless of your political position, that the Democrats are solid in what they set out to accomplish. They seek the same for all and you can’t help, but feel the warmness radiating from your T.V. watching the Democratic National Convention (DNC). They understand they need each other to help Hillary Rodham Clinton win this election.

Democrats got off to a rocky start with the email breach and everything. Bernie didn’t look too happy when the camera would pan to him. He looked pissed, and even covered his mouth looking like he had something to say.

Even though POTUS’s speech was great, it’s the First Lady, Michelle Obama, who stole the show. She out did everyone. MVP goes to her for best speech of the DNC. If you missed it, here it is:

Acceptance and tolerance are the key points of the DNC thus far. Listening to the mothers and relatives of African Americans whose lives were ended in police custody and by hatred, speaks volumes amongst the party.

Our President, Barak Obama, speech focused regardless of your religious orientation, race, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation we face the same problems and future:

“The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity.  The America I know is decent and generous.  Sure, we have real anxieties – about paying the bills, protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent.  We get frustrated with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions; are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice. There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten. Parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities we have.”


President Obama’s words sum up the entire DNC message. They seek equality and tolerance for America . However, can these social problem be solved through legislation? According to Clinton, it appears she has a plan.

“And that work involves a big choice this November.  I think it’s fair to say, this is not your typical election.  It’s not just a choice between parties or policies; the usual debates between left and right.  This is a more fundamental choice — about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government.”

It’s all good and dandy, Clinton, but these social problems can’t be solved by legislation and laws. The current laws in place are not preventing police to racial profile, shoot before asking questions, or killing African Americans. How will laws, stating, “Thou shalt not racial profile” be enforced?

The law wouldn’t be written quite like that, yet it’s something to think about. How can you tell someone not to judge a certain way? Hillary’s speech was fact checked by NPR. What’s suprising is how she, and many others view Trump’s ban on Muslims.

Hillary reinforces, “Now, you didn’t hear any of this, did you, from Donald Trump at his convention. He spoke for 70-odd minutes — and I do mean odd. And he [Trump] offered zero solutions.” According to NPR’s fact checking, and listening to his speech, Trump offers many solutions around our economy and safety. NPR fact checked Hillary’s statement be saying, “Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland offered a number of measures to address the various problems he defined. They included Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the United States, which he now describes as a proposal for the U.S. to ‘suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.’…

 Trump wants to put a ban on all Muslims. This statement alone sound awful. Why would the United States want to ban a specific group of people from the United States? It’s been done before, right? The Immigration Act of 1924, Japanese Americans weren’t banned, yet some historians compare and argue it was the concentration camps of America. The Red Scare, and so on.

Americans learned how those events were inhumane and just wrong. We all can agree something has to be done to stop a person from committing large acts of violence to others. It’s not just the United States that has suffered these acts either.

America may need to ally together with other nations in order to end these kinds of terror. Trump’s proposal may or may not be the way, something needs to be done.




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