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Democrats Release Platform

By Jonathan Weisman
Barack Obama's takeover of the Democratic Party is nearly complete.

A draft of the Democratic National Committee's 2008 platform was sent this morning to platform committee members, and aside from some nods to the losers, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards, the 54-page document reads like a compilation of Sen. Obama's stump speeches. There is a section on fatherhood, a definition of patriotism (not only to declare our love of this nation, but to show it), a section detailing Obama's newly rejiggered economic stimulus plan, a call for more service, through an expanded AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, and a whole lot of hope.

"It is time for a change," declares the draft's preamble.

The Democrats commit themselves to a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a commitment to bring illegal immigrants "out of the shadows" and to allow them to "get right with the law." A party at times riven over the issue of abortion will state it "strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of the ability to pay." That piece of the platform appears to favor doing away with restrictions on the use of taxpayer funds to help finance abortions.

And the party promises to turn away from the intrusive police apparatus of the post-9/11 world of President Bush's War on Terror.The platform pledges to "reject illegal wire-tapping of American citizens," so-called national security letters issued by the FBI that leave citizens little legal recourse, and "torture."

"We will restore our constitutional traditions, and recover our nation's founding commitment to liberty under the law," the draft platform states.

For Edwards, who has bigger issues to deal with at the moment, the DNC makes good on Obama's pledge to him to elevate poverty eradication as a policy goal. "Working together," the platform states, "we can cut poverty in half within ten years."

And Clinton is the star of the platform's section on expanded opportunities for women.

""We have produced [the] first woman Secretary of State, the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, and, in 2008, [with] Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first woman in American history to win presidential primaries in out nation," the platform states.

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Posted by: rinaldo | August 16, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic platform makes a big mistake if it includes that statement on Roe v Wade without adding a clear intent to make abortion rare or unnecessary. We must recognize the strong feelings of many Democrats who are pro-choice but not pro abortion, and who do not think the government should make these personal decisions for women.

Posted by: a Catholic for social and economic justice | August 11, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Maggieb - It's time to get back to the real world now. Forget all those weird conspiracies. Barack is an American just like you and me...well, just like me.

Posted by: lionlady_pa | August 8, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Maggieb - It's time to get back to the real world now. Forget all those weird conspiracies. Barack is an American just like you and me...well, just like me.

Posted by: lionlady_pa | August 8, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

TD Foreword: It’s time to TAKE ACTION IN YOUR STATE. Dr. Kate, who’s been researching key questions about Barack Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS, filed this URGENT-ACTION STORY.

The stunning information recently revealed on Barack Obama forged COLB and potential multiple citizenship suggests that Barack H. Obama is not eligible under Article II of the US Constitution to serve as POTUS.

Because the DNC, and likely our respective state Democratic Committees, have not vetted Obama, it has been up to average American citizens to do so. I’ve put this short guide together based on my experience in my very red state to enable others to do so. This is my story.

For my state, and for others, it looks like the deadline for certifying the eligibility of Presidential candidates “under the constitution” to participate in caucuses, primaries and conventions has passed. Obama had to submit papers by Feb 8th 2008 in my state, as did other candidates. So it is assumed that the candidate the party puts forward is legit.

Now we see what the rush with Obama was. Get every state to certify him before any information came out on the eligibility issue—look at how close we are to the convention and he really has just been busted! class="more-link">(more…)

Posted by: maggieb | August 8, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Does the platform include praises for Pelosi for obstructing the business congress was elected for by blocking votes on things she doesn't agree with. What kind of a democracy is that when one person can deny votes on important issues.
Our government is a screwed up mess and the American people have had just about all they can take of stupid politicians abusing the rules. Turn this crap around before you see a forest of pitchforks on the whitehouse lawn.

Posted by: GARY | August 7, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

"the first woman in American history to win presidential primaries in out nation"

What about the in nation races?

Posted by: John Kerry | August 7, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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