The Democratic Leadership Council holds its first convention next month in Cleveland. Jesse Jackson and George McGovern will not be there -- at least not as speakers. DLC Executive Director Al From said they were not invited to speak because, "We are trying to change the party, and Jackson and McGovern represent. . . old-style politics. . . the ideological approach to government we are trying to change." A Jackson aide characterized it as a "heavy slight." Mr. Jackson wrote several DLC leaders asking if Mr. From "was speaking on your behalf, too?" We certainly hope he was, but we certainly hope they won't say that he was.
Why we hope he was speaking for Democratic Party and DLC leaders: The party needs to change direction. It has to get away from the disastrous politics of the left advocated by Messrs. McGovern and Jackson. The former symbolizes a weak and passive America on the world scene. The latter symbolizes preferential treatment, based on racial, sexual and ethnic identification, to overcome past wrongs. Both these ideologies have been consistently and soundly rejected by American voters in every recent presidential election and are sure to be again in 1992. Americans want the country to be strong, and they want to look ahead to new opportunities, not back to old grievances .