In the distant past, there were democrats. In the recent past, there were democtats. There are still some democrats. A democrat might be thought of as a person believes in the people's ability to learn and to do. I know little about what those who call themselves democrats now are doing. I do have a sharp emory of that which democrats have done in my lifetime.
I hope you understand that I am not using "democrat" to refer to a member of a political party, but rather as one who holds a certain philosophical position. A Republican may be a democrat.
Democrats have tended to promote certain doings. Many of those doings tended to be definitive of their beliefs.
Democrats have promoted:
enhancement and protection of democracy among us.
the study of legislation affecting democracy.
vigorous ongoing education about the use and doing of democracy.
- improved communication among political organizations and within them.
- development of widespread leadership rather than of super-leaders.
- enhanced education for participation in governance.
- cooperative self-governance.
- willingness to thoughtfully and promptly change a bad law for the better.
- strong respect for law.
- inclusivity and diversity in public life.
- cooperation within and among groups.
- knowledge of the history of democracy including its limitations and advantages.
- respect for the varieties of democracy around the world.
- our Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
- loving care for each and every child.
- respect and honor for the individual, the family, and the neighborhood.
- more nearly equal opportunity for access to healthcare for each person.
- strong support for public health.
- respect and support for the positions of minorities.
- wide, ongoing educational opportunities for all.
This list can be greatly increased.
However, there is already enough here to suggest planks for the platform of a present political party or candidate; or, for a new party or candidate.
by Richard Sheehan
for Mago Bill