When I was 16 years old, I was named a Deputy of the Town of Tonawanda Democratic Committee. My first assignment was the candidacy of Harold Izard for a seat on the Erie County Legislature. He lost in a primary race. My second assignment was canvassing my neighborhood in support of George McGovern. One day I went out canvassing in the rain, on my bicycle, and wound up fighting pneumonia for a month.
I registered to vote as soon after I turned 18 as possible but I refused to register with a political party. I have not to this day because, to me, it's worth it to forego primary elections for the sake of my independence. For President, I always voted for the Democrat, until I noticed Barack Obama insisted on being vague about his position on Israel. I was ready to vote for Hillary Clinton, until she told the moderator of the 3rd debate that she wouldn't change anything to improve the economy's 1.5% growth rate.
And now the American Democratic Party is facing the very real possibility of nominating a candidate who is not even a member! Bernard Sanders can run in the Democrats' primaries but he can't vote in them. How could the Party allow such irony? Is it any wonder that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz endorsed Joe Biden? (as did Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg) She had no choice!
American Democratic Party betrayed me and, chances are, betrayed you too.
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