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Re-Born Fighters

The Democratic Party is being restructured as an opposition party. After the last presidential election, most Democratic leaders have finally let go of the fantasy that our minority status is a temporary anomaly soon to be rectified. They’re switching from a defensive stance to fighting mode - just as the tens of millions of Americans who voted against George W.Bush and the GOP’s wacko agenda expect them to do.

Everyone has a good idea of what Democrats are fighting against. We oppose the fiscal irresponsibility and unrestrained bureaucratic growth that has characterized Republican dominance for the last four years. We oppose ultra-conservative judges who legislate their fundamentalist beliefs from the bench. We oppose allowing industries to inflict unrestrained harm on their employees, the environment, and consumers. And we oppose any change to Social Security that involves siphoning off benefits into the stock market, or letting Bill Bennett bet it all on black.

But until recently, no one had a clear idea of what Democrats stood for. Thanks to Senator Harry Reid, we now have ten key pieces of legislation that define the Democratic Party. Reid's new site, democrats.gov, lays out the Democratic vision: A future of security, opportunity, and responsibility. Go ahead and co-sponsor it.

For fun (yep, I'm a big dork), I compared and contrasted the Democrat's key legislation for the year with the GOP's top ten. Click here to check it out. You know you want to.

So Democrats have a goal. Now the restructuring begins. The first step was to chuck DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe and hire Howard Dean. Say what you want about Dean, but he's a fighter and he knows how to organize,

  • Show Up! Never concede a single state, county, district, or voter. Build a truly national party that wages a permanent campaign in all 50 states.
  • Strengthen State Parties and the Grassroots. Better integrate state and national party operations and support Democrats organizing in local communities.
  • Focus on Our Core Values. Articulate core Democratic values strongly and clearly, and show people how our agenda for reform reflects those values.
  • Take Advantage of Cutting-Edge Technologies. Leverage the Internet and cutting-edge technologies to better organize, empower, and communicate with people.
  • Train Tomorrow's Leaders. Strengthen our leadership institutes so we can recruit new talent, cultivate new leaders, and elect Democrats at every level of office.

If you think that sounds like a good plan, or if you have more ideas, let him know.

As well as opposing a wacko-right agenda - and believe me, we know the difference between senseless obstructionism and clearly focused opposition - Democrats also have a straightforward agenda to rally behind, and brawlers like Boxer, Durbin, Waxman, Pelosi, and Dean to fight for it. I bet there's a brawler in your town too. Talk that person into running for office.

Posted by American Pundit at February 17, 2005 11:05 AM