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July 21, 2006

Students say Democrats Misunderstood

Hey Hey! Looks like the National College Dems Convention has gotten some press. Read the following article on Yahoo!s front page.

By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD, Associated Press Writer
Fri Jul 21, 3:45 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - College Democrats sound a lot like the 1960s British rock band, the Animals, who sang — "I'm just a soul whose intentions are good, please don't let me be misunderstood."

While a tangible sense of optimism was evident Friday at the three-day College Democrats National Convention, several students expressed frustration, saying voters simply don't understand the Democratic Party and its priorities.

I Don't believe any of us were able to make it down this year, though last year I know that Britt was able to make it. Anyways, comments? Agree or Disagree with what others said?

Posted by ear14 at July 21, 2006 07:50 PM

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Are Democrats misunderstood by the American public? I think only partly. Lacking a coherent and consistent message over the past few years, the Democrats have been defined as the "not-Republican" party. We have become whatever they say we are and whatever we say they're not. Most people misunderstand us in the sense that we don't stand for much. And I can't say I would come to any different conclusion unless I knew better.

The Democratic Party needs to head back to its populist, progressive roots and find a philosophy. Here's some of I'd include.

1.) Equality of opportunity. Economic growth, fair trade policies, assistance for the poor, and improved education.

2.) Leaving a better country for future generations. Preserving the environment, reducing greenhouse emissions, and balancing the budget.

3.) Creating a safer and more peaceful world. Putting diplomacy first and only using military action as a last resort.

4.) Securing dignity and equal treatment under law for everyone. Decent and affordable healthcare, Social Security, and fighting discrimination.

I like Sherrod Brown's campaign slogan, "We're in this together." I think it sums up my philosophy nicely.

And have college students turned more conservative. No, not our generation. I believe several studies have shown that Millenials are generally more liberal than Gen-Xers.

Finally, on the 2008 question. Democrats are looking good. My top choices: Edwards, Clark, Warner, Bayh, and Feingold. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. A Democratic Congress and a Democratic Ohio governor would go a long way to helping a Democrat's chances in 2008.

Posted by: David Gasser at July 22, 2006 12:02 AM

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