|14 August 2000
Letter delivered to DNC Chairman regarding the 2000 Democratic platform
Mr. Edward G. Rendell
I am writing to you to express the disappointment of the National Space Society in the work of your party's 2000 Platform Committee. The final draft of their work, the platform for your party's 2000 Nominating Convention taking place this week in Los Angeles makes no mention of goals for the U.S. Space Program or enabling measures to encourage commercial space business, one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.
The omission of proposals to strengthen and advance our commercial, civilian, and military space programs is a major oversight for representatives of a candidate and an administration that has claimed space achievements as part of its legacy to the nation. Vice President Gore himself has claimed space and technological matters to be areas of major interest, from the evolution of the next generation Internet to development of the Earth-observing Triana satellite and the joint Shuttle-Mir space station missions.
The Republican Party's 2000 platform contains significant language defining the nation's space goals under a George W. Bush Presidency. Ralph Nader's Green Party also makes mention of space support. By failing to include this important area of American economic competitiveness, the Democratic Party has mimicked the neglect of the Reform Party platform, which also ignores space and technology issues.
We hope that the DNC will consider drafting a statement for the Vice President's campaign that rectifies this omission and sets forth a strong pro-space agenda for your party.