This is a draft of a statement of objections regarding our opposition to Obama and our continued support of Hillary Clinton. I have based it on the Declaration of Sentiments, the seminal document of American Feminism. Some parts from that document have been unchanged, as no change was necessary. It is only a draft and is presented here with the idea that the community should have input into it. I think I have covered most of the bases, but if I have missed anything, please post it in comments.
Even if you don’t have suggestions, please post what you think about whether or not this useful. Thanks.
Update: If you’d rather make a private comment, there is a contact link on the right hand side of this page. Also, the text has been edited and reposted as of 4:00 P. M., July 1st, in an effort to clean up the more archaic language, and improve overall communicability. The title was also changed slightly.
Declaration of PUMA Objections
When, in the course of U. S. Presidential Elections, it becomes necessary for one portion of a political party to assume among the people of the nation a position different from that which they have previously occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of their Constitution entitle them, a decent respect for the opinions of fellow citizens requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.
In union with generations who have gone before us, we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed at birth with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
We hold these realities to be self-evident: that the United States political system is one of two parties, namely Republican and Democrat; that the reality of the two-party system is in contravention with the express desires of our founding fathers; that the two-party system diminishes choice in governance; that the two parties are directly responsible for the list of unconstitutional activity undertaken by the government in recent years; and that because of that activity, Americans are perilously close to the ultimate imperative of their citizenship: to insist upon the institution of a new government in the face of internal destruction.
Prudence will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for transient causes; and accordingly experience has shown that citizens are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the political structures to which they are accustomed. But political parties are not governments, and when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such a political party, and to provide different representation for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of many in the Democratic Party, and it is this suffering which compels them to now demand the representation to which they are entitled. The recent history of both parties is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of elected officials against the electors, having in direct object the establishment of tyrannical power over them, for the purpose of profit. This has rendered the Democratic Party unrecognizable to ordinary citizens. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
The members of the Rules and By-Laws Committee violated The DNC charter on May 31, 2008 by meeting in private, in direct violation of the Sunshine Rules Provision of the Democratic Party Charter.
On that same day, the Democratic Party grossly violated ethical standards when it awarded 4 delegates to candidate Barack Obama based on actual votes for candidate Hillary Clinton, and in addition, awarded him delegates based on votes for “Uncommitted.”
Earlier in the campaign season, the Democratic Party violated its own Delegate Selection Rules by applying penalties to only two states who broke section 11 calendar rules, even though five states broke such rules.
Sexism is more evident than before not just because of the behavior of the mainstream press, but also because ordinary Americans, both male and female, engaged in it, and the issue must be addressed at the National party level.
Caucuses are a violation of the one person-one-vote and secret ballot principles upon which this country was founded, and produced a skewed and unfair result this primary season. Caucus states are also over-represented in the pledged delegate count, in violation of the one-person, one-vote principle.
Barack Obama and his campaign exploited racial issues in the primary campaign, risking seriously setting back the Civil Rights movement, and cynical Democratic leaders, as well as some ordinary Democrats, approved of this campaign tactic.
The voices of 18 million voters who supporter Hillary Clinton have been illegitimately silenced, ridiculed, and subjected to outright fabrications on the part of the mainstream press and the Internet press.
Now, in view of the entire dismissal of one-half the people of the Democratic Party, their social degradation, in view of the unjust actions above mentioned, and in view of the disenfranchisement of the voters in two states, and because we do feel ourselves aggrieved, oppressed, and fraudulently deprived of a free and fair primary election, we insist that the Democratic Party immediately address our objections, or risk the loss of our votes come November.
In entering upon the work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we will use every instrumental within our power to effect our objectives. We will employ agents, circulate tracts and flyers, petition state and national Democratic leadership, and endeavor to enlist the press in our behalf.
Resolved, that the Democratic Party must seat the full Michigan and Florida delegation in adherence to the thoroughly Democratic principles of one-person, one-vote.
Resolved, that Michigan delegates must be awarded according to the actual votes cast, specifically that Hillary Clinton must be given 73 delegates and Barack Obama must be given 0 (zero).
Resolved, that the Democratic Party cannot simultaneously call itself the party for women’s issue when they display such gross sexism as has been evident this year.
Resolved, that millions of women and men alike no longer think of the Democrats as the party for women’s issues, or for equality and fairness, or for the protection of abortion rights, and will no longer vote for them based on such criteria.
Resolved, that caucuses should be abolished, and the Democratic Primary system in its entirety must be reformed to better reflect that one-person, one-vote principle, as well as the equal representation principle enshrined in the Constitution.
Resolved, that the cynical exploitation of cultural issues will not be rewarded with votes, and that it is part of the PUMA mission to educate the electorate about such abuses.
Resolved, that we are fighting for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, fighting against the infiltration of authoritarian tendencies into the Party.
Resolved, that the PUMA movement is comprised of traditional and loyal Democrats who have carefully watched and recorded the events of the 2008 Primary campaign season.
Resolved, that 18 million Americans voted for Hillary Clinton, more than any other presidential primary candidate in history, and they have a right to help shape the agenda and processes of the Democratic Party.