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Nathan Pannbacker

Shame to see Gravel not advertised there. Of all the democrats running he's the only one who I think I could vote for. Kucinich has the right ideas regarding civil liberties but terrible ideas regarding government economic control.

The argument that one version of the party name is offensive and the other is laudatory seems weak. The difference between "Democratic Party" and "Democrat Party" seems very narrow, and the argument that one is jarring falls flat. Aesthetically the chief difference is that "Democratic" is one syllable longer and very mildly harder to say.

tim zank

I think the reason todays republicans don't like to refer to the other party as the "democratic" party, is because they feel (and I kind of agree) it implies those party members are fairer, more "democratic" if you will.

From Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry: dem·o·crat·ic
Pronunciation: \ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik\
Function: adjective
Date: 1602
1: of, relating to, or favoring democracy
2often capitalized : of or relating to one of the two major political parties in the United States evolving in the early 19th century from the anti-federalists and the Democratic-Republican party and associated in modern times with policies of broad social reform and internationalism
3: relating to, appealing to, or available to the broad masses of the people
4: favoring social equality : not snobbish

You'll note, of the definitions only #2 makes actual reference to the party. The others simply imply something "democratic" is to be looked up to, admired, and in general is better. (see #4)

Sort of an unfair endorsement, as it implies only members of the democratic party are the ones truly in favor of democracy.

Andrew Kaduk

By their logic, the Republican party should be able to demand that they are only referred to as the "Republicanatic" party.

Cory Craig

I agree with Nathan. I would not vote for any Democrat in the upcoming election besides Gravel and Kucinich.

However, Ron Paul is the great hero in this presidential campaign. He is the Thomas Jefferson of our day. A principled man who follows the Constitution... what more could one ask?

Robert Enders

It is polite to refer to a group by the label that the group has chosen for itself. I will try to remember to refer to that party as the Democratic Party. However, it is a gross exaggeration to label a simple semantic mistake as a slur.

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