The Democratic Party Platform Has No Plans for Peace

PEACE ACTION'S GROUNDSWELL

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Two weeks ago, the Democratic Party Platform Committee met in Orlando, Florida to discuss and vote on amendments to a draft of the 2016 party platform. After two weeks of what must have been an incredibly laborious process of crossing t’s and dotting i’s or perhaps two weeks of a thinly veiled attempt to minimize critique the party finally posted the revised version of the platform, generously giving interested parties one full business day to read the revised version before the Democratic convention in Philadelphia next week.

Despite being hailed as the “most progressive platform in party history,” which on most issues it certainly is, the platform’s stance on foreign policy does little to advance perhaps the most progressive foreign policy value there is: the value of peace. That’s not to say that it doesn’t call for promoting peace, or characterize war as a…

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