But a process of true transparency would have provided a version of the platform for consideration by all who participated, including those who posted language.
I am one of those who did participate, wrote language, showed up to my City Committee hearing in Worcester, submitted that language to the massdemsplatform.blogspot.com for inclusion, in effect, did everything possible to insure the platform reflected necessary values and priciples, commonly shared by the vast majority of us.
So the platform committee, the state committee have an obligation to provide transparency. But they are not. Go ahead, try to get copy of what will be voted on by the state committee this Saturday. Its secret. I’m not sure even the committee members have been provided advance copy. Should be a long document – a careful review would require advance copy. So it will likely be a vacuous vote, made under the duress of having something for the convention June 6th, votes on the presumption of transparency, but the fact of secrecy. Its being played by the insiders.
Now I’m not greedy – I just want a few words to be included, as guiding principal. I want this:
“Enter an international treaty on climate change prior to 2012, that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions a minimum of 80% by 2050, and reduce atmospheric carbon at a maximum of 350 ppm by the end of the century.”
Because we’re at a climate tipping point, because climate science is way beyond consensus, because we really need a “green new deal” now, because COP15 in Copenhagen this December must adopt a tough love approach and set stringent standards for the ongoing conduct of global commerce, so as to substantially reduce our collective carbon footprint, because time is running out. The term “a maximum of 350 ppm” is mandatory. I’m not willing to compromise planet earth, home to life, including that of the human species.
Do I want assurance that language was not conveniently dropped out of the platform? You betcha. Do I have a right, in advance of the state committee meeting, to see the platform governing the affairs of MY party? I do believe so. So, where is it? Being played by party insiders, like a paper football.