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Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.

What follows is our 2016 platform — our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.

This party platform was voted on and passed by our membership at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. The platform will be updated and re-approved at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

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Platform Contents

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Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class

Create Good-Paying Jobs

Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality

Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Opportunities

Protect Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy

Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice

Provide Quality and Affordable Education

Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans

Principled Leadership

Confront Global Threats

Protect Our Values

A Leader in the World


The Monster with the Cane

from CCDC, 1/16/18

Right back where we were 13 years ago!

The witness, on the left, is George W. Bush, identifying the criminal in a police lineup. The “Bush tax cuts” of 2001 and 2003 led to increasing deficits and calls to modify the Social Security program. In his State of the Union address on 2/2/05, Bush proposed partially privatizing Social Security; the cartoon pictured below was published on 2/21/05. The American people received the idea with skepticism and in 2006 voted Republicans out of power in both houses of Congress. Same lineup today, same plans* by the Party of Trump, and Dems hope for the same electoral result in 2018 as in 2006.

*See, for example, Charlie May, “Paul Ryan aims for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security cuts in 2018: Ryan cited debt concerns as the reason for spending cuts, days after GOP passes tax plan projected to hike deficit,” Salon, 12/7/17