Rather than drafting a statement of principles or a platform in advance, the group says it will rely on its nominees to define its policy agenda.
Avoiding a clear stand on issues such as Iraq and energy policy could help attract Americans who share a discontent with the political system but don't agree on much else, some experts say. But others say it will be difficult to build a mass movement behind a cause no more explicit than reducing partisanship.
"Maybe that's enough for the short term, but it's hard to find an example of a political party that has been organized simply around dissatisfaction," said GOP consultant Terry Nelson.
Quote:Rather than drafting a statement of principles or a platform in advance, the group says it will rely on its nominees to define its policy agenda.
Why exactly would anyone want to start a new political party whose main policy is "to be determined?" Isn't that what the Democrats are for?
Isn't that what the Democrats are for?
Where is your sense of humor Princess? I thought this aside was funny.
Excuse me, Joe, while I agree that is a silly way to build a party, that is just plain insulting for you to suggest that is the Democratic Party's stance. The democrats have a very clear platform with workable solutions which could be implemented to bring about change for the good of nearly everybody. I know your irreverence was meant to be humorous, but it missed its mark.
Quote:"Maybe that's enough for the short term, but it's hard to find an example of a political party that has been organized simply around dissatisfaction," said GOP consultant Terry Nelson.
Well, there were the Anti-Masons.
I have yet to see anything to convince me that the Democrats have a clear platform with workable solutions. Lots of rhetoric and posturing, to be sure, but not a lot of substance. Of course, in that respect they differ little from the Republicans, except that the GOP is obsessed with homosexuals as well.
And to learn more about the Anti-Masons, click here.
I'd have to say I disagree w/your statement that the repubs differ little from the democrats...
Time for a 3rd party again? Perhaps... But even more important, I would say it's time for every citizen to vote. What was the voter turnout last election? Not very great, if remember correctly... But setting up a 3rd party byte by byte, can you imagine the possibility for hackers?
When the Christian far right felt that they wanted more influence... they didn't start their own party. Instead they put pressure on the Republicans and gave them a solid block of votes provided the Republicans give them goodies (like pro-life votes, school vouchers and gun rights).
The progressives have made the mistake of supporting the Democrats even when the Democrats don't support us. We have not done what the far right has-- and that is why the far right has more influence than the left.
I don't think that progressive voters want a new party (except as a place to hold our votes until the Dems support our issues). In the current system, the two parties are too entrenched and I want to have influence in a shorter time than it takes to start a new viable party.
I think the best strategy is for Progressives to do in the Democratic party what the right has done in the Republican party. We should make it clear that our votes are there for the Dems.... but only when they stand for progressive issues.
If I understand MoveOn... they are working to build the Progressive movement within the Democratic party. I think they get it.[/quote
Please, please, please listen to ebrown.
Insist that the Democratic party move to the far left ...no wait, make that 'represent Progressive virtues." Let MoveOn.Com be your guide...(please...)
Where is your sense of humor Princess? ....
The democrats have a very clear platform with workable solutions ...