CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 1994

Prioritizing the Party Platform: DNC progress


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Only a few hours into debate, the 1968 Democratic National Committee (DNC) is already polarized, because there is strong disagreement about how to establish a party platform.

Some members want to make the Vietnam War a strong point in creating a policy for the party, whereas others seem to want to minimize the issue. Tom Hayden expressed in a speech, "In order to get something done, you can’t be wishy-washy. You need to be strong and assertive." Southern Congressman Carl Albert is working with Larry O’Brien, Marvin William Watson from Texas, and others to work on crafting ideas for a party policy.

Among the more generally agreed upon ideas are lowering the voting age to 18 and creating youth delegate positions for the convention in 1972. With the creation of youth delegate positions, there would be a body of young people who can officially advise the president, giving a voice to the people of the future.

A more controversial proposal discusses ranking the priority of certain issues, namely: the Vietnam War, agriculture, the Great Society, and civil rights. Some argue that taking a clear stance on issues is the only way to garner support, whereas others do not feel comfortable prioritizing the rights of certain people in society over others. The members of this working group have ultimately decided to not rank issues in their party platform.

With this same close attention to public reaction, the DNC is also planning to “lock down the city in a sense” for the upcoming Democratic National Convention, such that only select people will be allowed entry. The goal of this is to protect the delegates that are at the convention, as it is clear to the DNC that the public is very angry and may go to drastic measures, including violence, to get answers.