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The 2004 Democratic Party Platform

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Not yet ratified, but the recommendations of the platform committee.
A 41 page PDF document.
TOC: PREAMBLE
A STRONG, RESPECTED AMERICA
DEFEATING TERRORISM
KEEPING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS
PROMOTING DEMOCRACY, PEACE, AND SECURITY
STRENGTHENING OUR MILITARY
ACHIEVING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
STRENGTHENING HOMELAND SECURITY
A STRONG, GROWING ECONOMY
CREATING GOOD JOBS
STANDING UP FOR THE GREAT AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS
STRONG, HEALTHY FAMILIES
REFORMING HEALTH CARE
IMPROVING EDUCATION
PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT
A STRONG AMERICAN COMMUNITY
You can read it here
(Of course it will have political tones, it's for the elections and it's from the Democrats --- Kerry's Camp) but Allow me to quote some parts that make sense:

Alone among nations, America was born in pursuit of an idea – that a free people with diverse beliefs could govern themselves in peace. For more than a century, America has spared no effort to defend and promote that idea around the world. And over and over, that effort has been marked by the exercise of American leadership to forge powerful alliances based on mutual respect with longtime allies and reluctant friends; with nations already living in the light of democracy and with peoples struggling to join them.

The might of our alliances, coupled with the strength of our democratic ideals, has been a driving force in the survival and success of freedom – in two World Wars, in the Korean War, in the Cold War, in the Gulf War and in Kosovo.

America led instead of going it alone. We extended a hand, not a fist. We respected the world – and the world respected us.
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Victory in the war on terror requires a combination of American determination and international cooperation on all fronts. It requires the ability and willingness to direct immediate, effective military action when the capture or destruction of terrorist groups and their leaders is possible; a massive improvement in intelligence gathering and analysis coupled with vigorous law enforcement; a relentless effort to shut down the flow of terrorist funds; a global effort to prevent failed or failing states that can become sanctuaries for terrorists; a sustained effort to deny terrorists any more recruits by conducting effective public diplomacy; and a sustained political and economic effort to improve education, work for peace, support democracy and extend hope.

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Increasing public diplomacy to promote understanding and prevent terrorist recruitment. At the core of this conflict is a fundamental struggle of ideas: democracy and tolerance against those who would use any means and attack any target to impose their narrow views. The war on terror is not a clash of civilizations. It is a clash of civilization against chaos.
Not everything is squeaky clean so again I defer to the experts for their analysis. It's election so it will have its color, but it's a sign of things to come. There was a part in the document where it cited the role of independent media and even Islamic groups fighting terrorism and suggesting the correct viewpoint on Islam. I guess that means independent publicist and well... others like us: bloggers :D
America must make a choice, I wonder how it turns out come November.

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posted by Jdavies @ 7/26/2004,

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Jdavies lives in Quezon City, Philippines and has been blogging since 2002. A brand manager in a leading technology company and a freelance new media/web strategy consultant, he has refocused his blogging from personal, political & sociological observations, to marketing-related efforts and Internet trends that are relevant to his career and branding advocacies.


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