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Tuesday, March 09, 2004


discussion thread: DFA v2.0 principles

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, March 09, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
The o-blog has a thread relating to the principles that Dean laid out for the new DFA v2.0 organization, in his Feb 26th speech in New Haven. These are:

  1. "We will promote grassroots democracy and bring new people into politics.
  2. We will support candidates and office-holders who tell the truth; stand up for what they believe; and oppose the radical agenda of the far right.
  3. We will fight against the special interests.
  4. And we will fight for progressive policies like:
    • Health care for all.
    • Investment in children.
    • Equal rights under the law.
    • Fiscal responsibility;
    • A national security policy that makes America stronger by working with allies and advancing progressive American values."

What do you think? Personally I don't like #3 because I think it's too vague. we need to specify which special interests we don't like and why. Also, investig in children should not mean throwing piles of money at schools, but rather a more focused approach. And I love the fiscal responsibility part, but lumping it into "progressive values" is pretty ambitious. I'd rather drop the "progressive" label entirely.

Chime in with your thoughts, let's try to flesh these out a bit so that they are pragmatic guidelines and achievable goals.


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