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Commentary :: DNC
Democrats in Boston preach "equality", while a few practice something else entirely
30 Jul 2004
Dems got preferential treatment from the MBTA, while the rest of got screwed.
The Democrats came to Boston this week to nominate their candidate for the presidential election that is to be held on November 4, 2004. They held their convention at the Fleetcenter, which also houses the commuter rail trains that run into North Station, one of the major public transportation hubs in Boston. This week the commuter rail station in the Fleet Center and the combined green and orange subway line superstation that lies directly across the street from the Fleetcenter on the corner of Causeway Street was closed to the General Public. In addition to that, passengers riding on the orange line trains that went through North Station were subject to searches of their baggage by officers of the Boston Police department.

Inside the Fleetcenter, numerous Democrats talked about their ideals for this county and a common theme was that of "equality". However, it turns out that an elite group of DNC guests and delegates were given preferential treatment and had access to the supposedly closed North Station subway lines located on Causeway Street. At 11:45 pm on Thursday evening I rode through North station on an inbound orange line train. I was surprised to see approximately 30 delegates waiting in the station that was supposedly closed to the public. About 45 minutes later I entered the subway station at Government Center, which is about 1/2 mile from the Fleetcenter.

While waiting for an outbound train that would take me towards the neighborhood that I live in the middle of the city near Fenway Park, a single car train came through the station and it was marked with a "No Passengers" sign on the front and back. That wasn't the case however, as around 30 DNC guests and delegates were aboard ~ on a private ride of sorts. At that point it became obvious to me what was going on. Certain elites got preferential service from the MBTA. These people enjoyed what amounted to private transportation service away from North Station. I have to wonder if they were forced to go through the humiliating baggage searches upon entering the forbidden North station green line subway platform. It is important to remember that it is we the citizens of Massachusetts and the regular paying riders that finance the system. It may not seem like much, but this blatant example of hypocrisy shows that the elites in our country don't give a damn about the little guys and gals.

Citizens of Massachusetts, don't forget that the MBTA raised fares across the board just a few months ago. Did we get our money's worth this week?

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Re: Democrats in Boston preach "equality", while a few practice something else entirely
30 Jul 2004
I fail to see this as an example of blatant hypocrisy. You said in your first paragraph that the fleet center housed the commuter trains into North Station. Alright, then what would you say would be the most efficient way to get delegates at the fleet center to somewhere else? Maybe the trains that are there perhaps? In your effort to find an issue, you have only made yourself seem rediculous. Like you said, you paid for the trains, why would you want them to just sit closed and idle? At least they were used. What a non-issue!
Re: Democrats in Boston preach "equality", while a few practice something else entirely
30 Jul 2004
wow, you're a either an MBTA troll who's scared that someone found out, or you're just a complete douchebag who's never ridden the MBTA ever in your life!

I find it a real fucking issue that north station was closed to everyone but the delegates... especially since the MBTA made a big stink about how the delegates would not get special treatment from them!
Re: Democrats in Boston preach "equality", while a few practice something else entirely
30 Jul 2004
Nope, not a troll, nor have I ever even ridden your MBTA. I guess I just still think that selecting the next president is something special to be doing. I also don't call using a train to shuttle people from point a to point b special treatment - I call it common sense. If it had been done for the media, I would scream - the politicians themselves - I would scream. But the delegates from other states that came to your city as guests to participate in democracy? I have no problem with Boston providing them a ride at taxpayer expense when they are advancing the democratic process for the taxpayer.

Complexities and complex thought I guess have become the hallmark of "complete douchebags".
Equality
30 Jul 2004
(Unless you're Ralph Nader.)
Re: Democrats in Boston preach "equality", while a few practice something else entirely
30 Jul 2004
that's wonderful. You find it much more appropriate to shut down the stations, tell everyone they can't ride it and then let delegates ride it, while thousands of bostonians are now forced on unpaid vacation for a week because they can't afford to commute in.

The delegates can walk for all I care. they don't represent democracy in any sense. just more rich elite dancing on the backs of the working class. I'm glad they're leaving.