Monday, February 14, 2005

Democratic Platform in 6 Words or Less

The Labour Party in the good ol' UK has come up with a wonderful idea to help present their platform -- put it on something the size of a business card.

It's time for the Stanford Dems to let everyone else know what we stand for. Please take a minute to list an issue (or several) in a few words and follow that with a little more detail (in 25 words or less). We will compile a list with the best submissions and put it on a business card to hand out.

I'll start with a couple ideas:

Leave No Child Behind
Ensure every child has access to quality health care, a quality education and never goes to bed hungry

Protect America
Secure America's future with a smart and strong foreign policy, investing in the best intellignece, and properly equipping and training our soldiers.

OK, now it's your turn!



At February 14, 2005 1:13 PM, Blogger BenElberger said...

Dem Platform:
Equality of opportunity for all Americans

At February 14, 2005 1:14 PM, Blogger BenElberger said...

Maybe Clinton had it right: Safe. Legal. Rare.

At February 14, 2005 10:00 PM, Blogger alextmw said...

Peace, Prosperity, and Protection.

Hmm... come to think of it, the last one sounded good only until I wrote it down.

At February 15, 2005 12:30 AM, Blogger Marie said...

Youth Involvement.
Our future, our responsibility. Stay informed, involved and active so we can reclaim our democracy in the years ahead.

At February 15, 2005 3:01 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

Is it really a stupid idea?It was mentioned that this is a "stupid idea". Fair enough. Yes, it's just a vague description of what we'd like to do. But take a look at the GOP "Contract With America":

I doubt that many people remember the details of the Contract, but as is argued in The Right Nation, it placed Clinton in a very defensive position.

I rarely come across people who can adequately articulate in a straightfoward manner what we stand for as a party without being reactionary. The Democratic leadership in Congress has articulated a plan "The Promise of America" with specific bills, but that barely got a mention in the media. It's worth reading:

My specific proposals mention key things that Democrats have been, or are now trying to implement. For children, Kerry is proposing a bill to give every child health care. Bush and the GOP has completely ignored this issue. On security, Bush and Rummy have been extremely slow to equip the soldiers and had to be forced into providing extra hazard and death pay to troops and their families. Both issues that Dems have been bringing up for a while.

This may be a stupid idea, but at least it's trying to stop the GOP from defining our party on their terms.


At February 15, 2005 3:01 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

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At February 16, 2005 10:39 AM, Blogger alextmw said...

who said this was a stupid idea? clearly articulating basic party aims and beliefs? who would ever be against that - not having 'moral' values or any particular direction except 'anti-bush' is exactly what makes us unappealing to so many. at least its what a lot of people blamed the election on. congratulations to whoever's in support of keeping our values obscure and disorganized.

At February 16, 2005 12:11 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

To be fair the criticism dealt more with the fact that you can't be very detailed on a business card and the Labour Party essentially had some campaign pledges as opposed to legislation. I do think that is a fair criticism. However, there is stuff that the party is doing (see above link). My intention is to get people to think about some of these and get it down to a handful of words and issues important to us at Stanford.

The "Contract" had a handful of topics along with proposed legislation. Few remember or know the legislation, but most people have a vague recollection of the Contract.

I personally believe we stand for a lot of good and decent things as a party, but horribly articulate what it is we stand for. Sen. Obama is so damn effective because he talks about a politics of hope. Short and simple, but powerful.

At March 31, 2007 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Business Cards...HOO-RAY, Business Cards.


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