hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Monday, July 29, 2002
now that the preliminaries are out of the way, the first new task: to summarize / compare / contrast the various party platforms: I intend to put in a 30-60 minutes a day toward this goal. Others are welcome to contribute / comment. here are the links to a number of party platforms:

the biggies:

Republican party 2000 platform
Republican party rules
Republican oath

Democratic Party charter & rules(pdf file)
Democratic Party 2000 platform
Democratic Party 2000 platform (pdf)
Democratic Leadership Council “Key Documents”

big third parties:

Libertarian Party Intro
Libertarian Party Issues & Positions
Libertarian Party Platform
Special Section on War On Terror

green party platform index
green party 2000 platform
green party 2000 platform (pdf)

Reform Parties and offshoots:

We, the members of the Reform Party, commit ourselves to reform our political system. Together we will work to re-establish trust in our government by electing ethical officials, dedicated to fiscal responsibility and political accountability.
--Adopted November 2, 1997 at the Reform Party Founding Convention, Kansas City, Missouri

current Reform Party Platform
Reform Party Founding Principles
current Reform Party constitution
2000 Reform Party constitution
2000 Reform Party platform
Reform Party Convention Resolutions

American Reform Party platform
American Reform Party statement on immigration

Buchanan’s American Cause issues
about Buchanan’s American Cause organization

Natural Law Party Platform

Centrist Party Platform
Centrist Party policy guide

conservative parties:
Constitution Party history
Constitution Party platform
America’s Party principles
America’s Party Platform

leftist parties:

Peace and Freedom Party Platform
Socialist Party USA platform
Communist Party USA socialist vision
Communist Party USA constitution

comprehensive guide to American political parties