“When I signed up to be the vice chair of the DNC, no one told me I would be relinquishing my freedom of speech and checking it at the door.”
Those are the words of Hawaii Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard in a telephone interview with the New York Times. Representative Gabbard claims that she was disinvited from the first Democratic presidential debate by DNC chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the former appeared on MSNBC and called for more sanctioned Democratic presidential debates.
This DNC scuffle is reported in the NYT story D.N.C. Officer Says She Was Disinvited From Debate After Calling for More of Them.
Gee, would Democratic Party leaders really try to silence other Democrats who disagree with those leaders?
“We’re losing Middle America, and it’s all going red,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America.
Since 2008, the party has suffered devastating losses across the board, Ms. Day said. According to the Democratic Victory Strategy report, the party has lost 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats, 910 state legislative seats, 30 state legislative chambers, and 11 governorships.
While the party has been able to win the White House by winning a few big states that have had enough electoral votes, these are hollow victories that leave the rest of the party in trouble, Ms. Day said. Pro-life voters being stranded by the party are a big reason for these losses, she said.
“Pro-lifer Democrats hold their noses and vote Republican,” she said.
In a 09/24/15 commentary published by The Hill, Kristen Day writes the following.
The U.S. Senate had an opportunity to put this practice [of negotiating] to use on Tuesday, when they considered H.36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban terminations of unborn babies at 20 weeks and later. . . But a majority of Democrats in the Senate voted against cloture, thereby not even allowing a debate to ensue on this or further support for pregnant women. Democratic Sens. Bob Casey (Pa.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) all voted to allow debate to continue.
Apparently, Democrats are not supposed to be heard if they are opposed to the ongoing war on unborn babies.
What other dissenting Democrats are being silenced by their own party?