The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.-Jeremiah 8:20
The disillusionment I feel over the 2008 Democratic presidential field is easily summed up in the above scripture. Having outlined my disagreements with leading contenders Hillary and Barack, I feel my enthusiasm slipping for what is most certainly looking to be a clean sweep for the Democratic Party. Normally, this would be a cause of celebration for most black folk but it isn’t for somebody like me. To put it succinctly, the Democratic Party has failed miserably to articulate a progressive alternative to right-wing reaction and to function aggressively as an opposition party to the Republicans. They simply don’t do it for me anymore and I find myself questioning not only my allegiance to the party, but also my continued allegiance to this country.
I always saw myself as holding my nose and voting for the Democratic nominee in the fall, but my crisis in confidence has eroded my resolve to cast that ballot. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m stuck and I don’t know what to do. Any thoughts?