CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 1994

Democrats to address Vietnam War, race relations at convention

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By Rachel Block,  The Chronicle

The first matter for the Democratic National Convention of 1968 to settle is creating a policy platform. It is no secret that the war in Vietnam, and other political debates, have polarized the United States of America. In what will be a historic election on November 5, 1968, the Democratic Party will be looking to satisfy both voters and party members. However, it is important to note that it is not just the war in Vietnam causing distress to this country and its political parties. 

“The future of the Democratic party lies in desegregation, not in a pacifist approach,” said Illinois Governor Samuel Harvey Shapiro, a Democrat. “Once we win the election, we can quietly de-escalate, but we should not take a strong stance now. We must take a radical stance on race relations because as we have seen in Chicago if there are not strong ones, there can be massive costs. This should be the future of the Democratic party, not the ending of the Vietnam conflict.” 

Often, party platforms are vague in nature so that party members can appeal to as great a number of people as possible, gain support, and ultimately be elected. Governor Shapiro has somewhat acknowledged this but assures that a strong stance will and should be made once the party is re-elected. It will be important to stay updated and informed on what the Democratic Party decides to do in regards to its policy in the upcoming months before the election.