“You are required to volunteer.” That would normally be a splendid example of an oxymoron, but it also describes the process for those who want to see Barack Obama speak at Invesco Field as he accepts his nomination.
Apparently the free tickets require the recipients to perform some compulsory volunteer work for the campaign with one ticket being worth two three-hour shifts. Then there's this-
Since 1884, the Democrats have conducted a roll-call vote to nominate their candidate for the presidency, and most expected to have that same opportunity in Denver. However, the Barack Obama campaign — fearful of a floor revolt by Hillary Clinton die-hards — has tried to strike that tradition in order to have Obama nominated by acclamation.
Compulsory volunteer work and then dismantling a decades old democratic system- anyone see a pattern emerge? See if this one helps-
[Sacha] Millstone acknowledged she was frustrated over how the Obama campaign was treating delegates who supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and told a fellow delegate, in what she believed was a private e-mail exchange, that she was not sure she could vote for Obama at the Democratic National Convention later this month.
The other delegate apparently filed a complaint with the state Democratic Party suggesting Millstone lose her status as a delegate.
Rather than dismiss the complaint - free speech and all that- the Democratic Party issued this statement-
“You are directed to come in to the Party Headquarters and explain your comments and why you should remain a national delegate…”
So much for freedom, democracy and dissent, eh? These all seem to be excess to requirements in the world of Obama and his supporters.