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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.
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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.

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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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