pr -- I would disagree with you. Bernie is a DINO. He has never been a member of the Democratic Party until April of 2015. He is running for president on his own platform, and not the Democratic Party platform. After the election (if he doesn't win) he'll go back to being an independent from Vermont.
The Democratic Party Platform is updated every four years. It's in the process of being updated now as members have put forth resolutions at the local level in caucuses and other party venues. These are consolidated at the state level into State Party Platforms, and the state party platforms are then consolidated into the national Democratic Party Platform. The 2012 Democratic Party Platform is the latest available. You can read it at the link.
Thanks for posting the Platform link -- which I'll read, but I think you're missing the point of my question. Have you always been a Democrat? What was it about the Democratic party that earned your allegiance and when was that?
Mcsweet -- Like Hillary Clinton in her youth identified as a Goldwater Republican, I was a Democrat because my parents were Democrats. My Dad was a miner and union activist in Butte, Montana. At 12 years old I was kicked out of bars for distributing union literature for my Dad. He felt that the local Mine Mill union had become corrupt and therefore wanted them replaced with the Steelworkers union. Times were good and pay was good while he was working. But during the frequent strikes not so good. During some of those very long strikes, my parents had to ask for handouts from the welfare agency...powdered milk and powdered eggs because we couldn't afford even those basic essentials. I still remember to this day the taste of the powdered milk. It had a distinct taste and wouldn't mix well with water. We never owned a blender.
Anyway, we were a family of seven living in a very small two bedroom house up an alley way. My brother and I shared a mattress that my Mom rolled out on the floor at night. My parents were extremely frugal with what little money they had saved, but was always wiped out with the next strike. So I have been a life long union supporter, but as I learned early in life that unions can also have corrupt leadership and not act in the best interest of the workers. And at times if I appear to be critical of unions on this website, I feel like I have earned that right.
Despite all those difficulties financially, all of my siblings and I were able to work our ways through college while also borrowing the rest. Upon graduation, I worked for a major oil company, and we lived an traveled all over the world. My first assignment was Libya at age 25. I loved the Libyan people...they were so welcoming to me and my wife. My son was born in Tripoli, Libya. Our next door neighbors were Palestinians displaced out of their homeland by the Israeli occupation. After living in Libya for three years we moved to London where we lived for nine years. Beyond that there were other foreign assignments of a temporary or semi-permanent nature...Brazil and Venezuela included. In all those overseas assignments, I never voted (too difficult to register) and didn't identify with either party. I was an independent, but my early life's experiences were always a part of me as I got to see first hand what real poverty looked like in the shanty towns on the outskirts of major cities.
I cherish those cultural experiences and in all my travels and foreign assignments, the people treated my wife and me wonderfully. We were invited into their homes, some of which were very humble. We adapted to the circumstances, and I feel we learned so much from them...especially their cultures and their religions.
Now in my retirement, I can look back at all those experiences and see how they have molded my worldviews. I guess you could call me one of those "Democratic elitists" that Tom Frank criticizes in his new book because I do fall back on those experiences in writing my various posts. I have very liberal social views, but otherwise on economic, wars and trade my views are more mixed depending on the circumstances. Part of my training and assignments in working for a company was to participate in technical audits of major projects. We were trained to question everything about the project without bias and assign a risk profile after running numerous computer simulations.
That's why I am just not ready to accept the populist and often emotionally driven view on issues. And that's why I support and appreciate President Obama, who I consider one of our best presidents ever. He thinks long term and has a global perspective. Hillary Clinton does not have the same charisma as Obama, but as I remove the personality or likeability of the candidate, and look only where she stands on the issues and the reality of being able to accomplish her goals, then yes she does align closely with Obama. I should also say that I haven't always been in agreement with Obama on several issues, nor am I am in agreement with Clinton on every issue, but they are a thousand times better than any of the Presidential candidates and VP candidates that the Republicans have nominated in the last several elections.
Sorry, this is rather long winded. I know my worldviews are largely out of step with many on this website (Jared is the exception), but I'll continue to post them, expecting them to be shot down by others whose worldviews and life's experiences are different from mine. That's okay with me. I have thick skin.