When is a meeting not a meeting?

I spent most of Saturday afternoon sitting on a little chair in a conference room of the Marriott Hotel in Greensboro. It was beautiful afternoon, especially for January, but I didn't mind as I was in that conference room to do the business of the North Carolina Democratic Party. I thought there was to be a meeting of the State Executive Committee; for the most part I was mistaken.

The agenda I received in the meeting packet did not mention that candidates would be allowed to speak or that the guy putting the convention in Charlotte together would speak (and speak, and speak). In between those speakers a little business was allowed to happen.

It was entertaining at times, and David Parker was certainly a good emcee, but I resent being held as a veritable hostage in order to provide cheers and applause as if I were a prisoner at a campaign rally. I felt trapped by my good intentions to participate in doing the Party's business, those good intentions used and abused by the leaders of the NCDP.

If candidates are to speak, fine; put it on the agenda. I would then time my arrival accordingly. If a person rises to place an unannounced resolution before the body, tell him he must wait until "new business". Also, Mr. Chairman, do not gloss over a supposedly required 2/3's vote that is necessary to add an item to the agenda. It did seem as though dissent was not allowed at times.

I am sure most of the good democrats in attendance would disagree with me as there was much cheering and applause at the appropriate times. Aside from seeing a few familiar faces, I feel it was a wasted afternoon with political fluff trumping substance yet again.

Bottom line - The SEC should take care of business first then let it turn into a rally. When placed at the bottom of the agenda, candidates could then speak all they want.

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You would have had more fun

with us. We missed you.

You are 100% correct James

It would have been a much more productive way to spend a Saturday afternoon and a much shorter drive to boot!!

It was a fruit-basket-turnover kinda week

in the Party proper, so I think most folks there were a little not-themselves. I, personally, really enjoyed the day. My positive take aways were passing the resolution to oppose Amendment 1 and chartering the LGBT Democrats. I came away from that SEC meeting more proud to be a NC Democrat than I have been in years.

The bigger picture I saw, was that it kinda seems like the stayed & proper old-time Dem Party is ready to stop playing safe politics. Can't say that is absolutely true, but that is the feeling I get. I don't feel any more "change comes slow" kinda attitude. I FEEL a different mood in the air. I FELT a different attitude Saturday. It's almost like there has been some unwritten collective agreement;

"We've tried to be nice. We have bent over backwards with these guys, trying to give them time to ease their feable minds into the 21st Century gently. No more. EFF those radical SOBs. They want a fight? Compromise is a dirty word? Alrighty then. We've had it with their bull___. There's nothing to lose & we don't have to tip-toe around their fragile sensibilities any more. They're killing our state. They are destroying what took 40 years to build. They have to be stopped. We're goin' at 'em head on. Time to lock horns."

So, it was a totally well-spent Saturday for me. But, as we always say, it takes all kinds. :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Hmmm

"We've tried to be nice. We have bent over backwards with these guys, trying to give them time to ease their feable minds into the 21st Century gently. No more. EFF those radical SOBs. They want a fight? Compromise is a dirty word? Alrighty then. We've had it with their bull___."

That's better. Maybe I do have a place at one of the tables.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Every time...

I've almost worked up enough nerve, or stomach, or whatever it is I need to get involved with the local party (you know, the old reform from within strategy) I read something like this and get turned right back off again.

I want so badly to be involved, to do more than rage against the stupidity from the security of my laptop, but I have no money to contribute, limited social skills, and zero tolerance for having my time wasted.

What's a socially dysfunctional progressive to do?

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

You're doing it already

You are a virtual warrior for a better planet, for which I am personally most grateful.

Gracias

You're too kind.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail