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Democratic Platform

By LeonDurham follow LeonDurham   2018 Aug 19, 6:25pm 7,267 views   95 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


In an effort to kill all the strawman arguments, I've decided to post the Democratic Platform in its entirety here. Hopefully it will stop all of the fake "Dems believe" or the Left wants to... threads. All one has to do is look here to see what Dems want.

https://www.democrats.org/party-platform?source=homepage

Preamble
In 2016, Democrats meet in Philadelphia with the same basic belief that animated the Continental Congress when they gathered here 240 years ago: Out of many, we are one.
Under President Obama’s leadership, and thanks to the hard work and determination of the American people, we have come a long way from the Great Recession and the Republican policies that triggered it. American businesses have now added 14.8 million jobs since private-sector job growth turned positive in early 2010. Twenty million people have gained health insurance coverage. The American auto industry just had its best year ever. And we are getting more of our energy from the sun and wind, and importing less oil from overseas.
But too many Americans have been left out and left behind. They are working longer hours with less security. Wages have barely budged and the racial wealth gap remains wide, while the cost of everything from childcare to a college education has continued to rise. And for too many families, the dream of homeownership is out of reach. As working people struggle, the top one percent accrues more wealth and more power. Republicans in Congress have chosen gridlock and dysfunction over trying to find solutions to the real challenges we face. It’s no wonder that so many feel like the system is rigged against them.
Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.
It’s a simple but powerful idea: we are stronger together.
Democrats believe we are stronger when we have an economy that works for everyone—an economy that grows incomes for working people, creates good-paying jobs, and puts a middle-class life within reach for more Americans. Democrats believe we can spur more sustainable economic growth, which will create good-paying jobs and raise wages. And we can have more economic fairness, so the rewards are shared broadly, not just with those at the top. We need an economy that prioritizes long-term investment over short-term profit-seeking, rewards the common interest over self-interest, and promotes innovation and entrepreneurship.
We believe that today’s extreme level of income and wealth inequality—where the majority of the economic gains go to the top one percent and the richest 20 people in our country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million—makes our economy weaker, our communities poorer, and our politics poisonous.
And we know that our nation’s long struggle with race is far from over. More than half a century after Rosa Parks sat and Dr. King marched and John Lewis bled, more than half a century after César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong organized, race still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind. We must face that reality and we must fix it.
We believe a good education is a basic right of all Americans, no matter what zip code they live in. We will end the school-to-prison pipeline and build a cradle-to-college pipeline instead, where every child can live up to his or her God-given potential.
We believe in helping Americans balance work and family without fear of punishment or penalty. We believe in at last guaranteeing equal pay for women. And as the party that created Social Security, we believe in protecting every American’s right to retire with dignity.
We firmly believe that the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street must be brought to an end. Wall Street must never again be allowed to threaten families and businesses on Main Street.
Democrats believe we are stronger when we protect citizens’ right to vote, while stopping corporations’ outsized influence in elections. We will fight to end the broken campaign finance system, overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision, restore the full power of the Voting Rights Act, and return control of our elections to the American people.
Democrats believe that climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures, and that Americans deserve the jobs and security that come from becoming the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.
Democrats believe we are stronger and safer when America brings the world together and leads with principle and purpose. We believe we should strengthen our alliances, not weaken them. We believe in the power of development and diplomacy. We believe our military should be the best-trained, best-equipped fighting force in the world, and that we must do everything we can to honor and support our veterans. And we know that only the United States can mobilize common action on a truly global scale, to take on the challenges that transcend borders, from international terrorism to climate change to health pandemics.
Above all, Democrats are the party of inclusion. We know that diversity is not our problem—it is our promise. As Democrats, we respect differences of perspective and belief, and pledge to work together to move this country forward, even when we disagree. With this platform, we do not merely seek common ground—we strive to reach higher ground.
We are proud of our heritage as a nation of immigrants. We know that today’s immigrants are tomorrow’s teachers, doctors, lawyers, government leaders, soldiers, entrepreneurs, activists, PTA members, and pillars of our communities.
We believe in protecting civil liberties and guaranteeing civil rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities. We believe America is still, as Robert Kennedy said, “a great country, an unselfish country, and a compassionate country.”
These principles stand in sharp contrast to the Republicans, who have nominated as the standard-bearer for their party and their candidate for President a man who seeks to appeal to Americans’ basest differences, rather than our better natures.
The stakes have been high in previous elections. But in 2016, the stakes can be measured in human lives—in the number of immigrants who would be torn from their homes; in the number of faithful and peaceful Muslims who would be barred from even visiting our shores; in the number of allies alienated and dictators courted; in the number of Americans who would lose access to health care and see their rights ripped away.
This election is about more than Democrats and Republicans. It is about who we are as a nation, and who we will be in the future.
Two hundred and forty years ago, in Philadelphia, we started a revolution of ideas and of action that continues to this day. Since then, our union has been tested many times, through bondage and civil war, segregation and depression, two world wars and the threat of nuclear annihilation. Generations of Americans fought and marched and organized to widen the circle of opportunity and dignity—and we are fighting still.
Despite what some say, America is and has always been great—but not because it has been perfect. What makes America great is our unerring belief that we can make it better. We can and we will build a more just economy, a more equal society, and a more perfect union—because we are stronger together.

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56   Shaman   ignore (2)   2018 Aug 21, 12:47pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

RecentCost says
"I hate Trump" is a much better platform.


And it totally replaces the aforementioned 2016 Democrat platform. The only bits of public policy that have managed to get shoehorned in beside the “hate Trump” tirade are:
1)ban guns
2)abolish borders and ICE.
3)MOAR Muslim refugees
4)hate Trump supporters.

That’s about fucking it.
With that kind of recognized platform (because honestly, NOBODY is reading that 50 page manifesto Leon posted), Democrats had better pay some great necromancers because they’re really going to need the dead vote to turn out in huge numbers to win anything!
57   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Aug 21, 12:48pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

MrMagic says
Cops are untrustworthy! The military is evil! (So, naturally... only cops and the military should own guns!)

And cops/municipal workers/firePERSONS should be able to retire at 40, courtesy of local taxpayers.
58   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Aug 21, 12:50pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Quigley says
NOBODY is reading that 50 page manifesto Leon posted

I skimmed it, but it reads like Communist Party of Soviet Union Manifesto circa 1982
59   MrMagic   ignore (10)   2018 Aug 21, 1:24pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

LeonDurham says
So, after I post the entire platform that is chock full of ideas for jobs, trade, etc., you are going to completely ignore it and persist in saying they don't have ideas?


I actually printed out the entire manifesto... It's going to make for great back up toilet paper, as that's all it's worth.
60   LeonDurham   ignore (0)   2018 Aug 21, 1:27pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says

I skimmed it, but it reads like Communist Party of Soviet Union Manifesto circa 1982


Really--how about you share the similarities?
61   LeonDurham   ignore (0)   2018 Aug 21, 1:29pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Again--this thread is indicative of the truth vs.lies and fact vs. fiction debate that the country now faces.
62   MrMagic   ignore (10)   2018 Aug 21, 1:31pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

LeonDurham says
this thread is indicative of the truth vs.lies and fact vs. fiction debate that the country now faces.


Exactly right, when will your Democrats finally stop with the Lies and Fiction, as shown in this thread and others?
63   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Aug 21, 1:31pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

LeonDurham says
Really--how about you share the similarities?

In that both are senseless drivel. Oppressed masses (Muslims, POC) need help to rise up against their capitalist oppressors (Fucking White Males) etc
64   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 1:14pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

LeonDurham says
in the number of faithful and peaceful Muslims who would be barred from even visiting our shores;


Of course, no one mentions the peaceful Buddhists, Hindus, and Zoroastrians, who'd never committed an act of terrorism in the name of their faith vs the Muslims who have.

Seriously, when will ppl realize that not giving credence to the Muslim faith doesn't mean Christian Fundamentalism.
65   NoCoupForYou   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 6, 1:16pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Everybody knows the Party Platform will be followed 100% or even 90% by the Elected Officials! Anybody who says otherwise is peddling Fake News!

Right now the Democratic Platform seems to be "Sabotage Senate Confirmation Hearings with Crazytown Antics"

66   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 1:19pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says
Oppressed masses (Muslims, POC) need help to rise up against their capitalist oppressors (Fucking White Males)


Last I'd checked, the Boston bombers were 'White' Muslims.



Yeah, I think this not so "dark skinned" Italian/Greek/Russian-looking American was oppressed, growing up in Cambridge MA, next to some Sudanese guy. Seriously, give me a fucking break!

Cambridge MA has 90 sub-nationalities. This guy was probably the whitest of them all.
67   NoCoupForYou   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 6, 1:20pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
Last I'd checked, the Boston bombers were 'White' Muslims.


But they were Muslims!

Also it turns out the elder brother was dealing drugs and murdered somebody.
68   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 1:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce says
But they were Muslims!

Also it turns out the elder brother was dealing drugs and murdered somebody.


The point is that they were not facing discrimination in Massachusetts, as a result of having dark skin. Let's get that straight.
69   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 1:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
Last I'd checked the Boston bombers were 'White' Muslims.

Muslims and/or PoC - the Boston Bombers were Muslim but were not PoC, I believe they were from Caucasus mountains. According to Politically Correct terminology, if you are a Muslim, you are not a Fucking White Male any more.
70   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 1:24pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says

Muslims and/or PoC - the Boston Bombers were Muslim but were not PoC, I believe they were from Caucasus mountains


And if the brothers were let's say { Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Zoroastrian, pick-some-less-know denomination }, chances are, they would have integrated into Massachusetts and have been upstanding citizens instead of terrorist bombers.
71   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 1:25pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
And if the brothers were let's say { Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Zoroastrian, pick-some-less-know denomination }, chances are, they would have integrated into Massachusetts and have been upstanding citizens instead of terrorist bombers.

Exactly. Even Satanists would have integrated much more smoothly
72   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 1:28pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says
Exactly. Even Satanists would have integrated much more smoothly


So you can be white, Muslim, but at that point, you're a different "Fucking White Male", one under "Riyadh's control" than one's own.
73   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 1:31pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
So you can be white, Muslim, but at that point, you're a different "Fucking White Male"

At that point you become an oppressed, helpless minority persecuted by Fucking White Males and deserving of Safe Spaces and Affirmative Action. You are not a FWM any more. Technically, even people from Egypt qualify as white. So if you are a Coptic Christian from Egypt, you are a FWM; if you are a Muslim from Egypt, you are an oppressed person.
74   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 1:34pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says
Technically, even people from Egypt qualify as white. So if you are a Coptic Christian from Egypt, you are a FWM; if you are a Muslim from Egypt, you are an oppressed person.


So you're talking about how politically correct advocates think vs the reality of the situation, where if a white person dropped Islam and became a Unitarian, than he'd be an upstanding citizen in the west.

You see, a Sudanese man, even if he leaves Islam for Unitarianism, will always be a black guy in America.
75   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 1:39pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
So you're talking about how politically correct advocates think vs the reality of the situation, whereas if a white person dropped Islam and became a Unitarian, than he'd be an upstanding citizen in the west.

Yes, this appears to be how the new pseudo-left thinks.
Rin says
You see, a Sudanese man, even if he leaves Islam for Unitarianism, will always be a black guy in America.

Also true. But I have taught in my classes and later followed up on their careers probably tens of black immigrants from Africa/Caribbean who have been very successful and are now doctors, nurses, PA's, and so on. Not being Muslims, they do not intend to blow anything up and are pretty happy in US.
76   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 1:40pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says
They do not intend to blow anything up and are pretty happy in US.


Dude, only psychopaths like to blow things up. Islam is that.
77   curious2   ignore (0)   2018 Sep 6, 1:42pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says
black immigrants from Africa/Caribbean


I would guess they were not Muslim, especially the Caribbean ones. If the Africans came from Muslim familes and got away from Islam, they would likely have some concerns about Muslim immigration, e.g. apostate Ayaan Hirsi Ali had to leave the Netherlands for America due to death threats and the inability of Dutch police to protect against Islamic murderers enforcing Sharia.
78   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 1:46pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

curious2 says
dr6B says
black immigrants from Africa/Caribbean


I would guess they were not Muslim, especially the Caribbean ones. If the Africans came from Muslim familes and got away from Islam, they would likely have some concerns about Muslim immigration, e.g. Ayaan Hirsi Ali had to leave the Netherlands for America due to death threats and the inability of Dutch police to protect against Islamic murders.


This is why I'd never bought into the B.S. PC nonsense that the Boston bombers lived some "separate" lives in Cambridge MA, home of 90 sub nationalities. The younger brother was on Cambridge Ridge-Latin's wrestling team and had friends in the region. These were not oppressed ppl being treated like crap for being 'foreign' in a city full of non-White-Anglo-Saxons.

I'm so glad my parents moved out to the north shore, when I was a kid, otherwise, that dickwad would have been with my alma mater.
79   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 1:53pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
Dude, only psychopaths like to blow things up. Islam is that.

NO! It is their oppression by FWM's that causes them to be violent! Not All Muslims (TM)! You are an Islamophobe!
80   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 1:55pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

curious2 says
I would guess they were not Muslim

One was from Somalia, but he did not care about religion at all. Others were either Christians or nonreligious. One from Caribbean (very intelligent student, will go VERY far) specifically told me how grateful she is to live in US.
81   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 2:13pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says

NO! It is their oppression by FWM's that causes them to be violent! Not All Muslims (TM)! You are an Islamophobe!


Stop being facetious. We all know that the Boston bomber was not oppressed in Cambridge MA, home of lots of PoC! And none of those Vietnamese and Nepalese have bombed anyone.

And yes, the Zoroastrians who were murdered were Islamophobes! (Read: Sarcasm)
82   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 2:20pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
Stop being facetious.

Why? It is so much fun. Try it out on a Left Wing Drone (I understand that you are not one). Quote Dawkins about Islam, then call him an Islamophobe. Start telling your resident Democrats that womyn's rights are very protected under Islam, that womyn universally want to be segregated and have their testimony count as 1/4 of man's testimony etc.
83   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 2:22pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

The only good Muslim is one who really doesn't buy into his parents' faith. That's a good Muslim because on some level, he knows that his family was duped by a bunch of marauding Arabians.

BTW, I know such ppl. One is Turkish, who'd gone for Buddhism and another, an Iranian who's been rediscovering his Zoroastrian roots. And finally, a Slavic person who's looking at Nestorian Christianity and its modern day equivalents, as he's not a fan of Orthodoxy & its hierarchical nonsense.
84   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 2:23pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
dr6B, if White Males oppress Muslims than does that give 'em carte blanche to kill Buddhist and Hindus, also PoC?


It is rather complicated, and depends on so-called Oppression Olympics. You need to assign oppression scores to everyone, and then it becomes clear who oppresses whom. For example, Heterosexual Fucking White Christian Males oppress everyone, while Lesbian Islamic Black Transgendered Womyn are oppressed by everyone. Others are in middle.
According to this scale Islamic>Buddhist, Hindu>Christian.
85   NoCoupForYou   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 6, 2:26pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
This is why I'd never bought into the B.S. PC nonsense that the Boston bombers lived some "separate" lives in Cambridge MA, home of 90 sub nationalities. The younger brother was on Cambridge Ridge-Latin's wrestling team and had friends in the region. These were not oppressed ppl being treated like crap for being 'foreign' in a city full of non-White-Anglo-Saxons.


The older brother dealt drugs and abused steroids with a diverse crew of ethnic friends, one of whom he killed for reasons that aren't clear but about drugs.

So they made buddies.
86   curious2   ignore (0)   2018 Sep 6, 2:28pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
The only good Muslim is one who really doesn't buy into his parents' faith. That's a good Muslim because on some level, he knows that his family was duped by a bunch of marauding Arabians.

BTW, I know such ppl. One is Turkish, who'd gone for Buddhism and another, an Iranian who's been rediscovering his Zoroastrian roots. And finally, a Slavic person who's looking at Nestorian Christianity and its modern day equivalents.


These people are apostates, subject to legal execution in several Muslim countries, prosecution in others, and vigilante Sharia death squads everywhere. An apostate is not even a Muslim, let alone a good Muslim.

American foreign policy should absolutely always encourage Muslims to leave Islam. Returning to an ancestral culture, e.g. Buddhist or Zoroastrian, would be a huge improvement.
87   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 2:29pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
an Iranian who's been rediscovering his Zoroastrian roots

In my experience, 90+% of Iranians in US are not religious at all. They care about booze, parties, and chasing girls, while girls wear skirts which are not larger than belts. Persian culture is very different from the rest of Middle East.
88   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 2:30pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

curious2 says
These people are apostates, subject to legal execution in several Muslim countries, prosecution in others, and vigilante Sharia death squads everywhere.

American foreign policy should absolutely always encourage Muslims to leave Islam. Returning to their ancestral culture, e.g. Zoroastrian, would be a huge improvement.


Hence, they're real Americans today and not middle eastern stooges, living in the United States.
89   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 2:34pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says
They care about booze, parties, and chasing girls, while girls wear skirts which are not larger than belts. Persian culture is very different from the rest of Middle East.


First of all Persia is not 'the Middle East' per se. They're the largest ancient era empire which extended from the borders of China, to the Ukraine, and all the way to Ethiopia, at their peak.

What followed afterwards was an invasion of the Caliphate and his dirt bag marauders. And thus, if anything, Persians are more likely to reject Islam as a result of it being Arabic in origin than Persian. So what you're seeing among the diaspora is exactly that, a group of ppl who don't take orders from Riyadh.

Middle East = Arabia & its imperial out reach
90   Brd6   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 6, 2:37pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
So what you're seeing among the diaspora is exactly that, a group of ppl who don't take orders from Riyadh.

Persians very, very strongly resemble people from south Italy or south Spain in their attitudes. Loud, friendly, and noisy people :)
91   Rin   ignore (8)   2018 Sep 6, 2:38pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says
Rin says
So what you're seeing among the diaspora is exactly that, a group of ppl who don't take orders from Riyadh.

Persians very, very strongly resemble people from south Italy or south Spain in their attitudes. Loud, friendly, and noisy people :)


From a racial/ethnic p.o.v, that's exactly what they are. What's happened is that Islam separated them from eastern & southern Europe.
92   CBOEtrader   ignore (6)   2018 Sep 6, 2:45pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

dr6B says
Rin says
an Iranian who's been rediscovering his Zoroastrian roots

In my experience, 90+% of Iranians in US are not religious at all. They care about booze, parties, and chasing girls, while girls wear skirts which are not larger than belts. Persian culture is very different from the rest of Middle East.


Yeah fun people. I've never met a religious Iranian, but they are certainly cultured.

I think it was the worldly Iranians who fled the shah. My buddy tells me his family left everything, and came to US w cash in their pockets. 40 years later and they are rich again, with a thriving real estate business and amazing americans.
94   Patrick   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 8, 10:56am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I have a couple of predictions

* Democrats will not do very well in the midterm elections and Congress will remain Republican-majority in both houses.
* Blacks in particular will note that their job prospects have greatly improved due to Trump policies and double their support for Trump in the next presidential election.

I could be wrong of course, just my feeling on how things will go.
95   Patrick   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 8, 10:59am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Meanwhile, Democrats will continue to approach problems this way:

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