The Democrats released the draft of the party platform this afternoon. Aren’t you excited to read it? Of course, you’re not. Nobody ever reads that document. I could be wrong, but I’ve yet to meet anyone who identifies as a left-winger whose vote hinged on what’s in the party platform. Nobody ever says,”Well, I usually vote for the Democrat for president, but I have to read the party platform before I fully decide who I’m going to vote for.” No, that never happens; and, it never will.

But hey, don’t tell that to Sen. Bernie Sanders; or, any of the many supporters he has that are still holding out. I suspect anything short of an unveiling of a 10ft. golden statue of Bernie at the convention in a few weeks, wouldn’t be good enough.You know, ’cause anything less just isn’t progressive enough, or to their liking.

After all, Democrats must appease Sanders because…

democrats-party-platformYou can head over to Mother Jones if you’re interested in reading the full draft of the document. Mind you, it’s simply the final draft and it’s non-binding until the final version is voted on in Orlando, Florida, by the Platform Committee. However, below is a summary of what’s in it.

The platform won’t be finalized until the Platform Committee meets in a week, followed by a vote at the party’s convention in Philadelphia, but it’s a good guidepost for what will make it into the final version. The proposal includes a host of liberal policy ideas, including raising the minimum wage to $15 nationwide; opposing an increase in the retirement age and cuts to Social Security; taxing top earners more to pay into the Social Security trust fund; equal pay for women; 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for all workers; and abolishing the death penalty.

Now, aren’t you excited?!!