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Hillary and the Democrats don't get it

After watching Hillary Clinton on the Today Show and reading about her explanations for why she lost last November's election, I have to conclude that she still doesn't get it and probably never will. She seems to offer only the same "party line," corporate-approved reasons that we've been hearing for months. She seems clueless and completely out of touch with the mainstream.

Conspicuous by its absence is any mention of the ill-conceived Democratic National Convention, which was a celebration of every minority in the country with almost no favorable recognition of the majority. In its efforts to make sure no one felt "left out," the Democrats did leave a whole lot of mainstream folks feeling just that. Given that a large number of people watched it on television, it's safe to assume many votes were lost by that convention. Another obvious omission from Hillary's explanation is the lack of respect her campaign afforded Bernie Sanders and his followers. Bernie proved that there is a significant number of people who want real change — single-payer health care, a fair and reasonable tax system, and better regulation of Wall Street for starters. Hillary barely threw us a bone. If she had incorporated Bernie's position on any one of these issues into her platform, she could have won one or more of the swing states.

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And speaking of swing states, that leads to the 800-pound gorilla in the room — the democracy-busting Electoral College. For the second time in 16 years, the Democrats won the popular vote but lost the election. The corrupting effect of the Electoral College, which gives voters from mainly rural states a disproportionate number of electoral votes (Wyoming voters have 3 times more electoral power than California voters), has produced two of the worst presidents in our nation's history. For reasons unknown, neither Hillary nor the media will deal with this disgracefully undemocratic anachronism. No other western nation has such a system, and we should not either.

Until the Democratic leadership recognizes the obvious, that people are sick of status quo policies that benefit the few at the expense of the many, non-explanations for why things are the way they are, and silence on matters of importance, there are going to be more political losses. It's time for the Democratic leadership to wake up and realize the real reasons they lost in November and to actually embrace real democracy and get rid of the Electoral College.

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Greg Fischer, Timonium

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