[Marxism] Sanders and Clinton

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 14:37:01 MDT 2016


The Contract With America actually proves the point.  It came out of a
closed door lobbyist confab before the 1994 Congressional campaigns.  It
provides yet another demonstration of how platforms written in presidential
nominating conventions mean next to nothing.


On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 1:19 PM, Sheldon Ranz <sranz18 at gmail.com> wrote:

> "I suppose you could argue that the platforms reflect something of what the
> base wants, but that's BS, too."
>
> I believe the Sanders campaign is using Newt Gingirich's "Contract With
> America" as an example of how to recruit new officeholders around a list of
> demands.  The hoped-for new platform is designed to have a major
> substantive impact NOT on the White House, but on Berniecrats in the
> upcoming Congress and state-wide offices.
>
> On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 12:23 PM, Mark Lause via Marxism <
> marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
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>> Naive indeed.  Anyone who thinks that writing crap on a piece of paper is
>> going to bind Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party to do anything just
>> hasn't been paying attention.
>>
>> In fact, the party platform has more often than not never more than a list
>> of phony promises.   It hasn't mattered much in American politics for over
>> half a century.
>>
>> More than this, since the 1970s, we've had presidential candidates running
>> for office on positions just the opposite of what their platform says.
>> Nobody cared.
>>
>> Indeed, nobody's even notices that since the invention of the sound
>> byte.
>>
>> I suppose you could argue that the platforms reflect something of what the
>> base wants, but that's BS, too.
>>
>> Heck, I don't think even political scientists spend much time on
>> platforms.
>>
>> ML
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