Values & Principles

Click Here for  a brief video titled “America’s Party” prepared for a contest in 2004 by two “regular Democrats” named Jefferson Smith and Adam Klugman. (It’s good.)

What is a Democrat?

Democrats are people you see in your community: at work, at church, at the store and at the ballpark. We come from all walks of life, but our shared beliefs and values help shape a strong state and nation where every citizen has the opportunity to succeed.

We Believe:

• In equal opportunity for all citizens. 
• In rewarding, honest, hard work with a living wage and a tax system that is fair. 
• In family values that are more than a political slogan.
• In quality education that gives all citizens the opportunity to reach their potential. 
• In freedom from government interference in our private lives and personal decisions
• That individual strengths in our diverse population are a benefit. 
• In security in our homes and safety on our streets. Criminals should face swift and certain punishment. 
• In separation of Church and State to preserve the freedom to pursue our beliefs. 
• In a strong United States–Morally, economically and militarily. 
• In common sense reforms that give us cleaner air and safer water.

Click Here for a brief, printable page on “What is A Liberal?”

DEMOCRATIC PLATFORMS 

Smith County Democratic Party Statement of Values
Rural Texas Democratic Caucus Platform
• Texas Democratic Party Platform
• National Democratic Party Platform

If you really want to get upset about the party in power, read their platform.  What they want to accomplish will astonish you.  Even more alarming is the fact that their candidates are “strongly encouraged” to agree with the platform in order to receive GOP campaign funds (see page P-12, “Enforcing the Platform”).  So when a friend says, “I just vote for the man,” remind him or her that GOP candidates are beholden to their funders and must toe the party line.

• Texas Republican Party Platform

ACCOMPLISHMENTS ACHIEVED UNDER DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP:

• Women’s Suffrage Amendment 
• Social Security 
• Minimum Wage Law 
• Agricultural Extension Service 
• 40-Hour Work Week 
• Workers Compensation Act 
• Soil Conservation Service 
• Unemployment Compensation Act 
• Rural Electrification Act 
• National Labor Relations Act 
• Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 
• Clayton Antitrust Act 
• Securities and Exchange Act 
• G.I. Bill of Rights 
• School Lunch Program 
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
• Full Employment Act 
• Federal Home Loan Program
• Marshall Plan 
• North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 
• Peace Corps and VISTA 
• Medicare 
• Operation Head Start 
• Older Americans Act
• Civil Rights Act of 1964 
• Voting Rights Act of 1965 
• Guaranteed Student Loan Program 
• Medicaid
• Water Quality Act 
• Clean Air Act 
• Family and Medical Leave Act 
• Motor Voter Act 
• 100,000 new police (by Clinton)
• Child Labor Legislation 
• Pure Food and Drug Act


SOME INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES