On Monday, the Democratic National Committee unveiled the 2012 Democratic Party Platform, which will be officially adopted by delegates on Tuesday, articulating President Obama's vision for the future of America.
The platform serves as a direct contrast to the Republican platform, which the GOP released last week during the Republican National Convention. It will undoubtedly anchor the bulk of the discussion this week, as high-profile Democrats try to sell Americans on the liberal vision of America over the next three days, througout the DNC Convention.
The official platform is the culmination of two months of hard work, as the Platform Drafting Committee, chaired by former Governor Ted Strickland met in July in Minneapolis to write the first draft with the input of the public. On August 11, members of the Committee chaired by Mayor Cory Booker and Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy met in Detroit and approved ammendments.
The platform pays homage to American workers, immigrants, and the middle class, pledging Democratic support for unions, comprehensive immigration reform, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and closing the corporate tax loopholes. As expected, the platform also defends women's abortion rights, and offers Democrats' first formal pledge of support for same-sex marriage.
Of course, the platform also takes aim at Mitt Romney, particularly on the issue of job creation and insourcing. "The Democratic Party believes in insourcing so that America can out-build the rest of the world again. We want to cut tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas and for special interests, and instead offer tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in the United States of America, betting on American workers who are making American products we sell to the world that are stamped with three proud words: Made in America."
"But the Republican Party has nominated a man whose firm invested in companies that were pioneers of outsourcing -- and whose plans would actually encourage outsourcing by eliminating all taxes on the foreign profits of U.S. companies."
Here are some notable excerpts:
1) On gay marriage
"We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.
2) On immigration
"Democrats know there is broad consensus to repair that system and strengthene our economy, and that the country urgently needs comprehensive immigration reform that brings undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and requires them to get right with the law, learn English, and pay taxes in order to get on a path to earn citizenship.
3) On unions
"Democrats believe that the right to organize and collectively bargain is a fundamental American value."
4) On taxes
"We Democrats support lowering the corporate tax rate while closing unneccesary loopholes, and lowering even further for manufacturers who create good jobs at home."
5) On abortion
"We oppose and and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way."
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Weigh in: What do you think of the Democratic platform? What are the strongest points and which points are particularly weak? How does the Democratic platform stack up against the Republican vision for America's future?