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Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 08:01 PM
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"Traditional Democratic Values" according to DU'ers.
Edited on Mon Aug-08-05 08:02 PM by Writer
The following is a list of, well, us. Who we are. What we believe. I found reading everyone's responses truly remarkable, as I believe you will.

What struck me hardest was everyone's unique take on similar issues. Even if we share the same values, each person has his or her own take on it. In my opinion, NOTHING could be more Democratic (big D) than this!


I also added some of my own thoughts, as well.

Enjoy!

Writer.


Help for those in need.

Equal rights for all in everything.

Do what's good for the people, not for corporations, like Medicare, Rural electrification, etc.

A strong working class, support of trade unions, a strong middle class.

An economy that creates jobs and opportunity.

Social benefits and opportunity investment in education for the poor and disadvantaged.

Encourage those who need encouragement.

Help those who need help.

Adequate shelter, health care, food, job for the people, not the corporations.

Don't hurt people or the world.

It is the role of government to use the nation's resources to lift the lot of the common citizen, to provide free public education a safety net of social security to protect the elderly from want in their later years, to protect working men and women from the hazards that might exist in the workplace, to lift the wage basis which directly impacts the well being of the American family, and to regulate the markets to preclude speculators and greedy charlatans from manipulating stocks and other financial instruments so that investors can be protected

It is also a Democratic 'tradition' to defend the nation in times of war.

A foreign policy that respects and nurtures its alliances, leads the rest of the world towards democracy, peace and prosperity. Leading by example and diplomacy rather than bullying.

To protect the average citizen against the caprice of the rich and powerful.

To treat every citizen, regardless of whatever inborn trait or appearance, as equal before the law. To fight and destroy prejudice and discrimination in every form.

To provide the best possible education to our young and to promote education and growth as a life long pursuit.

To uphold the separation of church and state without exception and protect the rights of the minority.

To ensure that military strength for the sake of our safety and sovereignty as a nation does not deteriorate into imperialism at the behest of the rich and powerful.

To make sure that the decisions made by our leaders are guided by common sense, scientific knowledge and hope, not by religious dogma, prejudice and fear.

Working for the good of all - not just a select group - of Americans

Freedom of choice, equal rights for all, helping those in need.

They boil down to freedom, opportunity, prosperity, fairness along with community building, cooperation, and open and honest two-way communication.

A respect for the environment and a desire to protect all creatures great and small

Democrats are the arch enemies of poverty and the lack of opportunity for everyone to live the American dream.

To me, the Democratic party is about honesty, decency and rule for the people.

Equal rights for all anti-discrimination, women's rights, right to privacy, take care of the needy and the poor, truthlulness, count every vote, real diplomacy.

Fairness.

A foreign policy that reflects American values.

To make the world a better place for all to live in.

Do not think short term, and think about how your decisions will affect society.

Truman first proposed universal health care that remained as a part of the national party platform until 1996.

RESPONSIBILITY and EMPATHY. Below those blanket values come broad prosperity, mutual responsibility, effective government, a better future, and a stronger nation.

Strong military and a willingness to use it.

Civil rights.

Free trade, or at least "Fair" trade.

Sensible laws concerning issues of safety (firearms.)

Rights of privacy.

The willingness to fight for what you say are your principles. Saying what you believe in is all very well; upholding what you say you believe in is another thing altogether.

Sticking up for "the little guy."

Populism -- Plain and simple. On any given issue, you can expect (or rather SHOULD expect) Democrats to stand up for the working PEOPLE.

At the Dem booth at our State Fair, some seemed to think FDR and going all the way back to the New Deal populism was the ticket.

Civil rights,national security,a fair chance for individual prosperity, maintaining a strong and knowledgeable citizenry. All of these work together to the benefit of all, no matter how lucky or unlucky you have been in life. And all of the others contribute to the all too essential national security.

Commitment to labor should be issue #1.

The core Democratic value is optimism about the future.

Family, honesty, helping those that are less fortunate, volunteerism, community, having a conscience, knowing in your gut when something is wrong, love with pride of our Country, strong convictions, tender hearted.

Democrats stand for family values, values like believing in the importance of having real employment, values like education, family values like health care, that those who are more advantaged in life should reach out and help those who aren't so advantaged, and a strong national security.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED.

Living wage.

Pragmatism. Acceptance. Civil rights. The GOLDEN RULE and the GOLDEN MEAN. To me, that makes one a Democrat.
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atommom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 08:06 PM
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1. Great list! Thanks for compiling it.
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bread_and_roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 08:21 PM
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2. Original Thread AND this compilation very interesting
I really recommend them to everyone here. Thanks for the compilation.
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Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 11:37 PM
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3. Thanks. I hope it keeps our party and our goals in perspective. n/t
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idlisambar Donating Member (916 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-05 12:28 AM
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4. everything except this one
Edited on Tue Aug-09-05 12:29 AM by idlisambar
Free trade, or at least "Fair" trade.


more accurate -- "Fair Trade not free trade"
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atommom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-05 07:14 PM
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5. kick
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-05 08:29 PM
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6. may i add...
free and fair elections, where EVERY vote counts.
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Leeny Donating Member (298 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-11-05 10:06 PM
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7. Democratic Values
I think "Fairness" says it all. There is a good book called "Homegrown Democrat" by Garrison Keillor. Not a heavy or a long read, but worth it.
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-11-05 10:35 PM
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8. you're obviously a person of quality and judgment !!!
Edited on Thu Aug-11-05 10:37 PM by welshTerrier2
welcome to DU, Leeny !!!

i hope you become a regular poster here ... we need as many fresh ideas as we can get ... don't be shy about posting and don't worry about getting beat on a little ... there are lots of people here with very strong opinions ...

btw, the "fairness" line was one of my contributions ... you're obviously a person of quality and judgment ... :hi:

i keep meaning to read "Homegrown Democrat" ... thanks for reminding me ...
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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-12-05 04:37 PM
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9. An excellent list, w/one small caveat on "issues of safety"...
Edited on Fri Aug-12-05 04:39 PM by benEzra
To make sure that the decisions made by our leaders are guided by common sense, scientific knowledge and hope, not by religious dogma, prejudice and fear.

Freedom of choice, equal rights for all...

They boil down to freedom, opportunity, prosperity, fairness along with community building, cooperation, and open and honest two-way communication.

Sticking up for "the little guy."

Populism -- Plain and simple. On any given issue, you can expect (or rather SHOULD expect) Democrats to stand up for the working PEOPLE.

Sensible laws concerning issues of safety (firearms.)


Depending on how the last statement in the selection above is defined, it can conflict with all of the others.

The national party does need to learn that "sensible laws" regarding firearms do not involve banning civilian rifles because of the way the stock is shaped, or saying that my wife's 15-round handgun is a "weapon of mass destruction" useful only for "killing as many people as possible without reloading," or demonizing competetive target shooters because their rifles look too modern. ~36% of Dems and at least as many swing voters are gun owners, and the vast majority are nonhunters...

The adoption by the DLC of the draconian Communitarian position on post-19th-century guns in the late '80s/early '90s has been a disaster for the party. Banning responsible ownership of nonhunting guns isn't a core Democratic value, IMHO...

The neocons justify allowing the government to shake down your librarian to see what you've been reading (Patriot Act) on grounds of "safety." That doesn't make it the right position to take...the Bill of Rights (all of them) are there for a reason...
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-12-05 04:38 PM
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10. Acceptance.
I think that is the most important "value."
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