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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 09:06 AM
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30. The party's workers DO write the platform.
At least in my state, you can go as a delegate to the precinct convention and take a platform plank which can be voted on. This process repeats itself at the senatorial district convention and from there at the state level. I have served on the platform committee myself. From the state level, volunteers write the platform and then take what they can to the national level. Now, I don't know what goes on at national, but at least at state level, we write our own platform.

I would encourage you to get involved in the process of running the Democratic Party on a local level if you are interested in platform.

Now, good luck getting the nominees to follow it. In order to do so, the nominee would have to be truly beholden to the party apparatus in some fundraising or fiscal sense. When a nominee does all of their own fundraising and their own campaigning, of course they don't feel bound to support every plan of it.
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  -Can we all agree that the following should be in the 2008 platform, no matter WHO we nominate? Ken Burch  Dec-05-06 04:49 PM   #0 
  - Agree with all, but...  Bullet1987   Dec-05-06 04:52 PM   #1 
  - A TORTURE BAN has no chance at all?  Ken Burch   Dec-05-06 05:02 PM   #6 
  - Now your talkin'!! Again! I like how your  Little Star   Dec-05-06 04:53 PM   #2 
  - well  bowens43   Dec-05-06 04:54 PM   # 
  - Why no to electoral reform?  Ken Burch   Dec-05-06 05:04 PM   #7 
  - more or less sounds like a good platform  ixion   Dec-05-06 04:54 PM   #3 
  - Agree with most or all but the single most important issue  Stevepol   Dec-05-06 04:57 PM   # 
  - I like it, Ken -- and I liked your other post, too. ;)  Blue_In_AK   Dec-05-06 04:57 PM   #4 
  - Not bad, although I want the environment issues taken care of  mtnsnake   Dec-05-06 04:58 PM   #5 
  - I left them out because I figured environmental issues would be there anyway  Ken Burch   Dec-05-06 05:05 PM   #8 
     - They need to be explicity included  YankeyMCC   Dec-06-06 08:29 AM   #27 
        - Yes, environmental issues need to be explicitly stated as...  tex-wyo-dem   Dec-06-06 10:16 AM   #32 
  - Those are things I have no problem agreeing to  goodhue   Dec-05-06 05:09 PM   #9 
  - lets put the PLATFORM before the CANDIDATES  nashville_brook   Dec-05-06 05:25 PM   #10 
  - That's my idea. We draft it, then they run on it, then they're expected to stick with it in office.  Ken Burch   Dec-05-06 05:28 PM   #11 
     - yeah, otherwise you're making yourself a chump... it's like the abusive spouse  nashville_brook   Dec-05-06 06:53 PM   #18 
  - You might as well repeal the free-trade agreement. It's not as if the US is abiding by it anyway.  IntravenousDemilo   Dec-05-06 05:32 PM   #12 
  - Fair enough.  Ken Burch   Dec-05-06 05:36 PM   #13 
  - Agree with all except...  D__S   Dec-05-06 05:38 PM   #14 
  - Torture produces inaccurate information  Hippo_Tron   Dec-05-06 09:17 PM   #20 
     - For the purpose of gathering intelligence...  D__S   Dec-05-06 10:27 PM   #22 
        - You've been watching too much television  Hippo_Tron   Dec-05-06 10:31 PM   #23 
        - TV... no.  D__S   Dec-05-06 10:57 PM   #24 
        - I wonder if this yeilded any good info  JNelson6563   Dec-06-06 05:42 AM   #26 
           - That's torture simply for the sake of torture.  D__S   Dec-06-06 01:06 PM   #36 
              - It doesn't produce reliable info  JNelson6563   Dec-06-06 02:43 PM   #37 
                 - Of course it doesn't...  D__S   Dec-06-06 03:22 PM   #39 
                    - There are ways, of course  JNelson6563   Dec-06-06 06:30 PM   #41 
                       - Yep...  D__S   Dec-06-06 07:05 PM   #42 
                       - War=torture? Ok.  JNelson6563   Dec-07-06 04:50 AM   #46 
                       - "There are ways, of course"  Ken Burch   Dec-06-06 11:25 PM   #44 
  - I have a weird policy/politics concern about the health care plank  cadmium   Dec-05-06 06:05 PM   #15 
  - amendment to #8  Rosco T.   Dec-05-06 06:07 PM   #16 
  - OK. Works for me.  Ken Burch   Dec-05-06 06:09 PM   #17 
  - i didn't see media conglomerate breakup in there. eom  ellenfl   Dec-05-06 07:13 PM   #19 
  - Torture accountability!  gorfle   Dec-05-06 09:46 PM   #21 
  - all good but here are my top two planks ...  welshTerrier2   Dec-05-06 10:57 PM   #25 
  - Seconded!  YankeyMCC   Dec-06-06 08:31 AM   #28 
  - my order and list would be a bit different, although I like your list:  Lerkfish   Dec-06-06 08:55 AM   #29 
  - The party's workers DO write the platform.  crispini   Dec-06-06 09:06 AM   #30 
  - I agree. MOST Americans agree, not just Democrats!  bvar22   Dec-06-06 09:40 AM   #31 
  - Good ideas  ArmchairMeme   Dec-06-06 11:08 AM   #33 
  - One More  Mikey929   Dec-06-06 11:43 AM   #34 
  - That is a great list of ideas.  yellowdogmi   Dec-06-06 12:29 PM   #35 
  - HELL yes. I'll never happen 'cause the gov't is not for the people, but...  bobbie   Dec-06-06 02:56 PM   #38 
  - Perhaps.  Ken Burch   Dec-06-06 05:49 PM   #40 
     - :) Good catch Ken. That's what I meant.  bobbie   Dec-06-06 10:21 PM   #43 
  - I am ok with all of those points.  realpolitik   Dec-07-06 01:02 AM   #45 
  - Yes.  LWolf   Dec-07-06 07:12 AM   #47 

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