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Posted by againes654 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Sep 28th 2007, 10:52 AM
Well I consider myself a democrat. I have always been a democrat. I tend to be more liberal than conservative. Several discussions on DU over the last few days prompted me to write this. There are some on this forum that feel that if a person does not support a democratic candidate, that they must be a freeper, a troll, or a republican.

I think people have forgotten what it is to be a democrat. Here is a definition.

dem·o·crat /ˈdɛməˌkræt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. an advocate of democracy.
2. a person who believes in the political or social equality of all people.
3. (initial capital letter) Politics. a. a member of the Democratic party.
b. a member of the Democratic-Republican party.

4. Also called democrat wagon. a high, lightweight, horse-drawn wagon, usually having two seats.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dem...

The first definition is an advocate of democracy. So what is democracy?


de·moc·ra·cy /dɪˈmɒkrəsi/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun, plural -cies. 1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dem...

No where in the definition of democracy do I see anything about political parties.


Now the 2nd definition of democrat is a person who believes in the political or social equality of all people.

I think we can all agree, regardless of whom we support, that we believe in this definition. I could go on, but I think you all get my point.

Being a democrat, or an advocate of democracy does not mean that you HAVE to agree with every political figure that is a REPRESENT IVE of the democratic party.

If I don't agree with candidate X on several issues doesn't mean that I am not a democrat. Actually I believe that if a candidate does not represent democracy, is it very democratic to support them because of their party affiliation.

We all have to remember what being a democrat really is, and evaluate whether your candidate best represents that. Otherwise, the once great democratic values will be completely lost!

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