Democratic Party Platform of 1996

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Introduction

In 1996, America will choose the President who will lead us from the millennium which saw the birth of our nation, and into a future that has all the potential to be even greater than our magnificent past. Today’s Democratic Party is ready for that future. Our vision is simple. We want an America that gives all Americans the chance to live out their dreams and achieve their God-given potential. We want an America that is still the world’s strongest force for peace and freedom. And we want an America that is coming together around our enduring values, instead of drifting apart.

Today’s Democratic Party is determined to renew America’s most basic bargain: Opportunity to every American, and responsibility from every American. And today’s Democratic Party is determined to reawaken the great sense of American community.

Opportunity. Responsibility. Community. These are the values that made America strong. These are the values of the Democratic Party. These are the values that must guide us into the future.

Today, America is moving forward with the strong Presidential leadership it deserves. The economy is stronger, the deficit is lower, and government is smaller. Education is better, our environment is cleaner, families are healthier, and our streets are safer. There is more opportunity in America, more responsibility in our homes, and more peace in the world.

Today’s Democratic Party stands proudly on the record of the last four years. We are living in an age of enormous possibility, and we are working to make sure that all Americans can make the most of it. America is moving in the right direction.

Now we must move forward, and we know the course we must follow. We need a smaller, more effective, more efficient, less bureaucratic government that reflects our time-honored values. The American people do not want big government solutions and they do not want empty promises. They want a government that is for them, not against them; that doesn’t interfere with their lives but enhances their quality of life. They want a course that is reasonable, help that is realistic, and solutions that can be delivered—a moderate, achievable, common-sense agenda that will improve people’s daily lives and not increase the size of government.

That is what today’s Democratic Party offers: the end of the era of big government and a final rejection of the misguided call to leave our citizens to fend for themselves—and bold leadership into the future: To meet America’s challenges, protect America’s values, and fulfill American dreams.

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Chicago: "Introduction," Democratic Party Platform of 1996 in Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party Platform, 1996, Pp.72-76 Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DMBB6YSJ1KH7DLN.

MLA: . "Introduction." Democratic Party Platform of 1996, in Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party Platform, 1996, Pp.72-76, Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DMBB6YSJ1KH7DLN.

Harvard: , 'Introduction' in Democratic Party Platform of 1996. cited in , Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party Platform, 1996, Pp.72-76. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DMBB6YSJ1KH7DLN.