The following is an excerpt from Jonathan Tasini | May 18, 2017 | CNN.com |
(CNN)The recent Nevada Democratic state convention confirms one thing: The elites in the Democratic Party don't understand the revolt that is underway in the party. And those elites, who want to saddle the party with a deeply flawed candidate in Hillary Clinton, have exacerbated tensions by blaming those who want to renew and revitalize the party.
Let's settle a few things about the Nevada convention. Threats of violence or death posted to social media or telephoned in to party officials are unacceptable, as Bernie Sanders has clearly stated. Despite what was said, no video shown on national networks depicts a single act of violence.
The convention was raucous. People yelled, waved signs, interrupted and booed speakers, including Sen. Barbara Boxer. So what? I've seen a lot more tumultuous political discourse in my time. Sometimes debate gets a little untidy, and maybe even uncomfortable, for those in power. But debate — along with open dialogue — is also a fundamental component of political freedom.
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