Today was a proud day at the SEC meeting for the people who are the rank and file of this party. More than once we basked in the glory of being the party that for the past 80 years or so has worked for the things that have pushed this country forward, Social Security, Civil Rights, Regulations that kept the country on an even keel for more than 50 years and saw the largest expansion of the middle class on record. Many of the things that Senator Edward Kennedy stood for.
It was a hard five hours but for the most part I was very proud of the myriad of resolutions that percolated up from precincts all over the state that passed at the SEC meeting today. Here are a few highlights:
First off Delmas Parker presented a heart warming statement of condolences and tribute to the late Senator Kennedy which we voted to adopt.
We had two great speakers with very different styles, Kenneth Lewis and Cal Cunningham They were both grand examples of what to beat Burr with next year. Cal gave a crowded roomful of people his full attention for about 30 minutes before the meeting and continues to impress me with the grace and ease he relates to any size audience.
A resolution in support of the "Recapture" by the People of North Carolina of Their Rights to the Yadkin Hydroelectric Project would return the 50 year lease held by a polluting corporation (Alcoa) to the hands of the People as a better steward of those waters.
For a few minutes I really thought that we would vote to decriminalize marijuana but the scardey cats got their way and watered it down to medical marijuana, making the whole thing crippled since the original intent was really about restoring justice to those who are locked away.
The amendment that passed late in the day added teeth to the Universal Health Care Act Resolution and sharpened the details of what the public option needs to look like.
Be it Further resolved, that the State Executive Committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party directs Party Chairman David Young to instruct Senator Kay Hagan, Representatives G.K. Butterfield NC-1, Bob Etheridge NC-2, David Price NC-4, Mike McIntyre NC-7, Larry Kissell NC-8, Heath Shuler NC-11, Mel Watt NC-12, and Brad Miller NC-13 that the North Carolina Democratic Party and its members – in the absence of Single-Payer as a choice -- strongly support a robust Public Option as an alternative and expect their Congressional Representatives to make a robust Public Option mandatory; and
Be it Further resolved, that Chairman David Young conveys to Senator Hagan and our Democratic Congressional House Representatives that a bill without at least a Public Option is not acceptable to the Democratic Party of North Carolina and its members and urges our Congressional delegation to vote against any health care reform bill that does not contain a robust Public Option.
I watched a bit of the live streaming of the NC Republicans convention recently and it was pretty slick; very controlled from the top down but I wouldn't trade anything for the bottom up, sometimes aggravating way we do things in the Democratic Party of NC.