Let’s Have a Party

Or, let’s have a platform. Or, let’s have a plank. “A Party” sounds more attractive, but I have reason to consider a plank first

The kind of plank I am considering is political. It is the name given to fundamental parts of a political platform. Political party platforms are made up of planks. This kind of plank does not come from a lumbar yard. but rather from the minds of men and women. We can shape one, or more planks.

Most of us have some ideas about the nature of a political party. Historically each person running for political office usually has a platform much like the platform of his party. So, we may consider that a platform is what a person running for political office stood on and, perhaps for. In Great Britain, I believe, one stood for office rather than running for it as one does in the USA. A platform was once more often about  one stood for rather than on. A party and its platform may be much about wants, interests, needs, desires, values, and even philosophy of citizens, th men and women of the nation.

So, parties can have platforms. An important part of those platforms are its planks. Each plank is likely to represent a specific want, need, value of citizens.

Now I am less interested in specific candidates, and even parties and much more interested in the specifics of the platform they stand on. The specifics are best found in the planks.

So we can be  in our platforms and the planks of those platforms.  We can be interested in the nature of specific planks we can be proud to stand for. We need to be practically aware of our fellow citizens. We can work to polish solid planks to see implemented among the people of our nation.

We can continue work on planks which  represent real and specific values and needs to present to our fellows in highly understandable and attractive ways.

We can practice justice and honesty as we form some great planks. With those great planks we can form a great platform. On that great platform we can learn to stand a great (new) party. A party to be proud of entails constant, renewal, reform, update, and cleaning. It’s a lot of work and there are a lot of us.

Haven forbid that other parties copy planks we present.

 

by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill