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  •  You're so old fashioned, joe. (7+ / 0-)

    Don't you know that the DLC changed all that attitude toward the social safety nets though somehow we've forgotten to take them out of party platforms.  Of course that was what Howard Dean and others were concerned about with the oft repeated "democratic wing of the democratice party."

    Of course anyone who registers as a Democrat, or says he has, can use that label; whether or not it has any meaning beyond that is subject to interpretation about core values.  I always am always amazed, but especially with the last election how many people registered as Democrats vote for Republicans.  Especially in the last election given Mill Romney's continual outright lying.  But if the polls are correct then about 10% voted for him.  So those people call themselves Democrats.  Everything from there up the scale I would assume would be the number of positions in the Party Platform that one supports.

    The Platform has to be the only definitive measure of the values of the Party at any given time.  Any individual may have any ideas he or she wishes of course, just as any individual may self-identify as anything at all.  So I don't see any other reasonably objective measure.  The platform does still include what I see most often described as traditional Democratic Party values so that would be my standard of measurement beyond the act of registering as a Democrat.

    In the context of Dkos we do place an emphasis on electing Progressive candidates and those are invariably the ones who advocate the most values outlined in the platform.

    In this evaluation, I think Meteor Blades' sig line is also applicable to Democratic Progressivism.  But since it is literally impossible in terms of both time, energy, and personal resources for anyone to advocate actively for all the Platform positions, I fully respect those who have to limit their scope, as long as they don't work against others.

    So that's my position, and I am what I suppose would be called a yellow dog democrat, but by default since I've never been presented with a choice where another would be better except once in the eighties when what we would call today a Liberal Republican running for County Commissioner was clearly superior to the Democratic candidate.

    More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

    by blueoasis on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:41:20 AM PST

    •  Excuse the typos. Not quite awake and didn't (2+ / 0-)
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      tardis10, joe shikspack

      proof as I should have.

      More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

      by blueoasis on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:43:31 AM PST

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