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  The Democratic Party
Thomas Jefferson founded the Democratic Party in 1792 as a congressional caucus to fight for the Bill of Rights and against the elitist Federalist Party.
In 1798, the "party of the common man" was officially named the Democratic-Republican Party and in 1800 elected Jefferson as the first Democratic President of the United States.
Democratic Party leader William Jennings Bryan led a movement of agrarian reformers and supported the right of women's suffrage, the progressive graduated income tax and the direct election of Senators.
www.democrats.org /a/party/history.html   (1337 words)

 United States Democratic Party - Campaigns Wikia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Democratic Party, in its platform in 2000 and 2004, called for abortion to be "safe, legal and rare"—namely, keeping it legal by rejecting laws that allow governmental interference in abortion decisions, and reducing the number of abortions by promoting both knowledge of reproduction and contraception, and incentives for adoption.
The Democratic party mostly supports affirmative action as a way to redress past discrimination and ensure equitable employment regardless of ethnicity or gender, but opposes the use of quotas in hiring.
The Democratic Party is generally pro-environment and favors conservation of natural resources and together with strong environmental laws against pollution.
campaigns.wikia.com /wiki/United_States_Democratic_Party   (1048 words)

 Italy’s centre-left and Europe’s future Denis MacShane - openDemocracy
Germany's Scial Democratic Party (SPD) was hostile to the "common market" (as the EEC was routinely known) in the 1950s, as are French communists and Trotskyist groups or maverick socialists like Arnaud Montebourg today.
European political parties and groupings cannot be pure sects, seeking to anoint themselves as Cathars at the European level, when at national level a new politics that is fluid and open to all politicians and parties that can share common goals is coming into being.
The Democratic Party of Italy can be an important force for the realignment of European politics and build bridges between Europe's parties of the left, as part of the effort to regain the ability to speak to each other and act effectively on the basis of unity and solidarity.
www.opendemocracy.net /globalization-institutions_government/italy_democracy_3962.jsp   (3632 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Profile: The Democratic Party
The Democratic Party first emerged in the 1790s under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson, organised around the protection of agricultural interests and opposed to concentration of power in the hands of the federal government.
As the minority party - reliant on southern support and the votes of ethnic minorities in the North - the Democrats began to identify with the more marginalised groups such as poor farmers in the west and those left behind by the growth of big business in the late 19th Century.
In 2008 the Democrats will be hoping to take advantage of the continuing unpopularity of the war, retain their advantage in Congress and take control of the presidency as well.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/americas/3341043.stm   (1331 words)

 The Enemyboard :: View topic - Democratic Party outlines pro-war agenda for US elections   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The right-wing, pro-war position of the Democratic Party was on full display Tuesday as the party leadership presented a new report that criticizes the Bush administration for failing to adequately defend the interests of American militarism.
The response from the Democratic Party is to argue that they, not the Republicans, are the more consistent proponents of American “national security” and “defense,” i.e., domestic repression and war.
The general attitude of the Democrats is made clear from the very beginning of the report, which cites approvingly comments from William Kristol, one of the leading ideological figures behind the militarism of the Bush administration.
www.publicenemy.com /pb/viewtopic.php?t=31150&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=   (1300 words)

 The 2004 Us Democratic Primary Campaign - Billy Bragg Forums
US politix talk I'm setting up a thread here to talk about the only US primary race that matters...the one for the Democratic presidential candidate to go up against Bush in 2004.
This is the bete noir of the left wing of the Democratic party.
This is an interest group within the party that has pushed to moderate the Democratic message away from liberalism so as to appeal to independent and moderate voters.
www.billybragg.co.uk /forums/index.php?showtopic=305&st=0   (4013 words)

 New Statesman - Our new old friends
Howard Dean, leader of the US Democratic Party, was the first-ever mainstream Democrat politician to address the congress of the Party of European Socialists, held last month in Portugal.
Italy's combined left-wing parties are going the whole way and rebaptising themselves as the Democratic Party of Italy in conscious homage to their American cousins.
As democratic-left parties around the world struggle to come up with policies for the 21st century, the opportunity for unity between progressives in the US and in Europe may have arrived.
www.newstatesman.com /200701080020   (723 words)

 US Presidential Politics in 2004: Part II. More Democrat Baggage
Democrats had often pledged to "end welfare as we know it", for example, and they proposed a plan replete with vague generalities, but they took no initiative to enact that plan when they controlled all three branches of government.
The Democrats traditionally are the party of big government and a strong public sector.
The actions of a political party's last occupant of high office always present issues for the new contenders for that office to eschew or accept.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/international_trade_politics/100960   (412 words)

 TruthForce! | Democratic Revolution?
The US Democratic Party is celebrating not only its takeover of the US House of Representatives, the US Senate and the majority of the governorships in the country.
In addition, the Democrats are delighted at the resignation of the highly controversial Donald Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of Defense and architect of the Iraq invasion.
However, for the democratic forces in the US, within and outside the Democratic Party, this is the time to work even harder to ensure that the victory of the Democratic Party will not end up basically advancing the same hegemonic stance of the US in the world.
www.truthforce.info /?q=node/view/1992   (1052 words)

 EU Sees Opportunities in US Democratic Win at Polls | NEWS | Deutsche Welle | 08.11.2006
Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi vowed to push for a change of policy in Iraq on Tuesday after her party gained control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, for the first time since 1994.
The race for US Senate in several states, and the ultimate balance of power in that body, was still too close to call several hours after polling closed.
Democrats also gained six gubernatorial seats in to take the majority of state houses for the first time in 12 years, US media reported.
www.dw-world.de /dw/article/0,2144,2230228,00.html   (995 words)

 Green Left - Cover Story: Why the US Democratic Party is shrinking
This is fine for the Republicans, traditionally the party of employers and the better-off.
The choice is simple: expand the electorate to include the people on the bottom, or move the party to the centre to compete for the votes of the smaller pool.
A party and its national candidates who cannot, or will not, fight for the issues of low income communities of immigrants and people of colour, even at the risk of losing support on the right, can't attract them to the polls.
www.greenleft.org.au /2000/429/22276   (1045 words)

 The US Democratic Party: A Vast Sleeper Cell
Democrats want to cut and run as fast as possible from Iraq, betraying the Iraqis who supported us and rewarding our enemies--exactly as they did to the South Vietnamese under Ford.
After a half-dozen years of Democrat presidents creating a looming disaster in Vietnam--with Kennedy ordering the assassination of our own ally in the middle of the war and Johnson ham-handedly choosing bombing targets from the Oval Office--in 1969, Nixon became president and the world was safe again.
Democrats haven't admitted error in rejecting Ford's pleas on behalf of South Vietnam because there are still dangerous foreigners trying to kill Americans.
www.aina.org /news/20070103171231.htm   (873 words)

 A US Democratic Party bereft of principles
The polarization of the US economy accelerated during the presidencies of George the Father and Bill Clinton because both parties catered to the corporate elites.
This strategy worked when the Democrats had something to sell, namely their control of at least one of the key bastions of political power, be it the Presidency, or one or both Houses of Congress.
Another Democratic Congressman, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, who denounced the impending war against Iraq and may be a presidential candidate in 2004, won with 74 per cent of the vote in his district.
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk /rburbach15.htm   (1133 words)

 US Democratic Party Failures
Firstly, that many Democrats act as if one or other document not only will tell the truth but that it will be a revelation that major media corporations will expound to all.
Secondly, that many Democrats present their candidate as if he were a person who prefers `to play by the rules' and lose rather than fight `dirty' and win.
In the US, the belief in a `second chance' is part of the culture.
www.rattlesnake.com /notions/US-Democratic-party-failures.html   (1125 words)

 US News / Special: Decision 2004 / Democratic National Convention / Ten unforgettable convention gaffes | The Christian ...
As Republican and Democratic delegates prepare for the confetti and balloons of nomination night, party planners are minding the mistakes – and stealing the successes – of conventions past.
By the time the Democratic candidate overcame delegate feuding and poor floor management to accept the nomination, half the country was asleep.
In a bid to bind the party's moderate and conservative factions, Ford invited Reagan to speak at the Kansas City convention.
www.csmonitor.com /specials/decision2004/DNC_04/conventionGaffes/gaffes.html   (1445 words)

 'The Democratic wing of the Democratic party' | US elections 2004 | Guardian Unlimited
That is that he is seen as the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination, despite a disappointing result in Iowa.
The party was meant to have given up picking New England liberals as its candidate after Mike Dukakis' pasting by George Bush senior in 1988.
That is why so many of the Democratic party's Washington establishment oppose his candidature, fearing it will end in a repeat of George McGovern's crushing defeat by Richard Nixon in 1972.
www.guardian.co.uk /uselections2004/story/0,13918,1127312,00.html   (1815 words)

 US Democratic Party Chairman's Comments Stir Controversy
Democratic Party Chairman and former presidential contender Howard Dean is making news again, but not the kind of news some Democrats want.
But many Democrats say they support Dr. Dean's tough talk about the Republican Party and President Bush, and there seems to be no serious move to force him out as chairman of the Democratic Party, a post he has occupied for the past four months.
Democratic Congressional leaders have cautioned Howard Dean that his main job is a party organizer, not party spokesman.
www.voanews.com /english/2005-06-14-voa32.cfm   (599 words)

 Lessons of the Democratic debacle in California
The debacle for the Democrats is even more stark in light of the parade of party celebrities who made the pilgrimage to California to appear with Davis and show their support.
The last thing the Democrats wanted to do was provide a focus for the growing hatred for the right-wing clique in the White House, because that could unleash a social explosion and threaten the basic interests of the financial oligarchy.
All that remains for the Democratic Party, its credibility shattered by its humiliation in the recall election, is to move further to the right and collaborate with the Republican governor in launching new attacks on the working class in California.
www.wsws.org /articles/2003/oct2003/cali-o09.shtml   (1357 words)

 How the Democrats assess their election debacle
Instead, he wrote, the party had to be bold and “stand for something.” Democrats had to be “the defenders of ordinary Americans against the power of our burgeoning plutocracy.” Even to speak of a “burgeoning plutocracy” places Krugman on the outer fringe of the Democratic Party.
The decay of the Democratic Party is one manifestation of a broader phenomenon—the erosion of the popular base of both bourgeois parties.
Only a party that is openly and frankly opposed to capitalism and turns resolutely to the working class can serve as an instrument of struggle of the broad masses of the population.
www.wsws.org /articles/2002/dec2002/dems-d11_prn.shtml   (2331 words)

 BBC NEWS | Americas | US Democratic Party targets graft
The Democratic Party in the US has launched a scathing attack on what it calls a culture of corruption created by the country's Republican Party.
Mr Reid was flanked by other leading party members, including the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, as he spoke of the proposed legislation in the Library of Congress.
The US justice department is believed to be investigating as many as 20 members of Congress and aides, with some Democrats also said to be implicated in the scandal.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/americas/4626312.stm   (437 words)

 US Democratic Party Chairman's Comments Stir Controversy
Democratic Party Chairman and former presidential contender Howard Dean is making news again, but not the kind of news some Democrats want.
But many Democrats say they support Dr. Dean's tough talk about the Republican Party and President Bush, and there seems to be no serious move to force him out as chairman of the Democratic Party, a post he has occupied for the past four months.
Democratic Congressional leaders have cautioned Howard Dean that his main job is a party organizer, not party spokesman.
quickstart.clari.net /voa/art/gb/2005-06-14-voa32.html   (519 words)

 Dean chosen to lead US Democratic Party - World - www.smh.com.au
Dean promised to plunge immediately into the effort to broaden the party's appeal in all 50 states and lead Democrats back from a bruising election in November, when they lost the White House and more seats in both houses of Congress.
Some Democrats have questioned whether Dean, an early and fierce critic of President George W Bush and the Iraq war whose blunt talk often sparked controversy on the campaign trail, was the right choice to lead a Democratic resurgence in conservative Southern and mountain states.
But Dean countered those concerns in recent months by wooing party leaders with promises to focus on state operations, energise the grass roots and build an army of small donors similar to the one that supported his presidential bid.
www.smh.com.au /news/World/Dean-chosen-to-lead-US-Democratic-Party/2005/02/13/1108229838734.html   (695 words)

 US Democratic Party Chooses Howard Dean as New Leader
Dean, who was elected chairman by the Democratic National Committee, said the party must move forward from November's defeat and connect with American voters, if it hopes to be successful in congressional elections in 2006 and the 2008 presidential race.
Dean, who was the early favorite to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination last year before losing to Senator John Kerry, was the first national candidate to harness the power of the Internet to raise funds and build grassroots operations.
Some Democrats have worried that his liberal image could be a detriment in areas of the country where Republicans have made strong gains in recent years.
www.voanews.com /english/2005-02-12-voa31.cfm   (496 words)

 The left and the US Democratic Party (or UK Labor?)
I have, for a long time, been saying that it would be worth another four years of Bush in order for the Democratic party to take the left in America seriously.
Whatever comes after is going to be a very, different set of politics in the U.S. and possibly one that is even nastier internally.
Paleocons would fill the void on the right and they might be ideological brethren on the antiwar side they are more racist and religious than the neocons.
www.gnn.tv /threads/57/The_left_and_the_US_Democratic_Party_or_UK_Labor   (444 words)

 US Democratic Party Debates
And with Dean at the helm, I predict political annhilation for the Democratic Party in the November 2004 elections.
The US economy grew by 6% in the 3rd quarter.
The US is the only developed country in the world which doesn't have genuine universal health-care for all its residents.
www.unitednorthamerica.org /post-3339.html   (1977 words)

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