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Not all Democrats unified over their 2020 Biden platform
« on: August 17, 2020, 09:39:27 PM »
Not all Democrats unified over their 2020 Biden platform

While the "Unity America" theme is front and center at the Democratic National Convention this week, not all is settled within the party when it comes to its policy platform. 

The far left-wing insurgency of the Democratic National Committee agrees with the progressive and reformer Democrats on one notion, and that is defeating President Trump in 2020.

“The party has coalesced around the Biden-Harris ticket,” says Mark Penn, one of the leading Democratic strategist.

The far left or Jacobins see Joe Biden as not far left enough.

The revolutionaries abhor capitalism, while centrists recognize the financial inequalities stemming from globalization of capitalism. Most Democrats do not want to abolish capitalism and embrace socialism.

The 2020 Democratic Platform does not endorse:

Medicare for All;
The Green New Deal;
Slavery reparations; 
Defunding the police;
Free college for all;
Cancellation of all student debt;
Open borders;
Abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);
A national ban on fracking;
Deep cuts in the defense budget:
and the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
The 2020 platform calls for:

Reforms to existing programs aimed at making affordable health insurance available to all;
Reducing carbon emissions with new technologies;
Improving police practices;
Equalizing opportunity across racial and ethnic lines;
Reducing university costs;
Making immigration enforcement more humane;
A $15 hourly wage;
and reducing the costs of defense procurement.

Sounds like leftist policies.

The Democrats are calling for better relationships with European and Asian allies, and although cautious of China, they do not blame Beijing for the pandemic. They blame Trump.

The Democratic Party is calling for substantially expanding the size of government while admitting that would require higher taxes on corporations, the wealthy and estates.

The platform espouses a rigorous call to action for equality for women, racial and ethnic communities, the disabled, and the full range of gender identities. 

The left is to blame with their obsession with impeachment.

In Common Dreams, Khanna explained his objection.

"With Trump in the White House," some might say, "we need 100 percent unity, and anything that would chip away at unity is dangerous to undertake—including a no vote on the platform,” wrote Khanna.

“No doubt, the specter of four more years of Donald Trump is a compelling argument for unity—but the thing is, I see a vote of conscience against the platform as an ultimate show of unity,” Khanna added.
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