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2008 Democratic Party Platform: "Renewing America's Promise"

2008 Democratic Party Platform: "Renewing America's Promise"

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APPENDIX A
Listening to America
 American Democracy in Action
On July 8, 2008, the Obama for America Campaign and the Democratic National Committee unveiled“Listening to America: The Democratic Platform for Change,” a bold initiative to include ordinaryAmericans in our platform process.In an unprecedented response, 1645 meetings were held with 30,000 in attendance from July 15through August 8. Americans gathered in living rooms, community centers, churches, union halls,schools, and parks.All 50 states participated, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.Here is a state-by-state breakdown:AK 1 IN 22 NH 17 VA 38AL 12 KS 17 NJ 37 VI 1AR 11 KY 19 NM 26 VT 8AZ 30 LA 20 NV 10 WA 54CA 263 MA 47 NY 132 WI 28CO 55 MD 37 OH 39 WV 7CT 24 ME 12 OK 9 WY 4DC 32 MI 46 OR 38 PR 1DE 7 MN 23 PA 57FL 69 MO 29 RI 9GA 47 MS 4 SC 20HI 13 MT 6 SD 1IA 11 NC 34 TN 23ID 10 ND 5 TX 90IL 68 NE 9 UT 13In addition, overseas meetings of Democrats were held in Shanghai, China, Dublin, Ireland, andBangkok, Thailand, among other places.
 
 Following is a sample of participants’ comments from their Listening to America meetings.
This was a great meeting and it included attendees from across the state. A woman from Pierre in themiddle of the state drove four hours this morning . . . . Two college professors . . . drove three hoursto attend the meeting. . . . I am thankful for this opportunity to have direct involvement with our nation’s political process.
Brooking, South Dakota, July 26, 2008
For many of our attendees, this was their first experience in active political discourse. All felt anoverwhelming sense of empowerment and we are all very grateful for the opportunity to have our voices heard.
Oley, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2008.
Our meeting was a great success. Each of us in attendance had never been a part of such an event before. We were all excited and energized by the opportunity to directly participate in the political process. As the host of the meeting, I recognize that our part in the ‘big picture” of the November election is likely to be very small and perhaps even insignificant. However, the simple fact that theObama campaign even took the time and energy to encourage ordinary citizens like me to take part inthis process is extraordinary. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to share my views and evenmore excited about the chance to bring other people into the discussion. Beyond that, 3 out of the 10attendees at our meeting were Republicans! Each of them shared in different ways the fact that theywere ready for change in our country and that Barack Obama is the “man for the job
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Auburn Hills,Michigan, July 25, 2008These reactions were the norm, not the exception. Indeed, a sizeable number of responders wanted theListening to America program to continue under an Obama Administration.Thank you to each and every person who opened their homes and took time out of their busy lives toparticipate in Listening to America: The Democratic Platform for Change.
 
 
APPENDIX BTHE ANNOTATED PLATFORM
What follows is the framework of the Platform and material from the Listening to America PlatformMeeting reports that directly relate to each of the sections of the Platform. Please note that somePlatform sections are left blank because those sections were not addressed in sufficient detail in thePlatform Meeting reports. The comments below are quotations from individual participants orMeeting reports.
Preamble
 Littleton, NH, 7/20.
We the people should be citizen participants, not consumers of government.
 Burlington, MA, 7/19.
The platform should make Democrats’ strongest case for why we should win in2008. It should be bold; it should connect the party’s core values and historic leaders, such as FDR andJFK.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 7/20.
When FDR ran for President, he was a centrist, but because circumstancescalled for it and the people demanded it, he implemented progressive programs such as WPA (WorksProgram Admin), the New Deal, and even Social Security – the same kinds of focus on the commongood that we need our Democratic Party and President to do now. FDR, like Obama was inheriting acountry in need of change, with a strong movement of the people demanding change.
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Renewing the American DreamIntroduction
 Earlysville, VA,
 
7/21.
We see the economy as being the center of every major domestic and foreignpolicy issue that we discussed.
Jumpstart the Economy and Provide Middle Class Americans Immediate Relief 
 Madison, TN,
 
7/18.
We need a starter plan that is thoughtful, fiscally responsible, and flexible sincewe are heading into a minefield of problems. We need to work the plan, and change it when it iswrong. We need to explain why we are changing it, without excuses, and keeping improving it until weget it right.
 Rocklin, CA, 7/23.
Give rebates and tax incentives for builders and homeowners.

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