Will Democrats Strip Civil Liberties from Their 2012 Platform?Quicklink submitted by Rob Kall Permalink
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|The 2008 document is at direct odds with how President Obama has governed. Changing it or lAs political scientist Jonathan Bernstein put it: What will the 2012 Democratic Party platform say about civil liberties? What will it say about the U.S. government's lethal attacks on citizens overseas? About Gitmo and military tribunals? About drone wars? And, perhaps a more important question: Will Democratic activists push the party to keep and perhaps strengthen its platform -- and if so, will the Obama campaign push back? It's an uncomfortable choice: either betray your principles and accept the Bush-Cheney-Obama approach to the War on Terror, or else highlight in a minor way how your standard-bearer has betrayed the principles on which he ran and adopted so many of the policies he once criticized. Either way, the wording of the 2012 Democratic Party Platform won't escape scrutiny.|
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