Alright now, all conventions have their moments when everyone in the leadership wishes something hadn't happened. With the Republicans, it was the Clint Eastwood "empty chair Obama" routine. Bad taste, bad programing, disrespectful, offensive and dumb (I'm aware that I am in the minority among Republicans, but I still believe in Conservatives acting like mature adults and with a degree of decorum when discussing the President--I boiled when GWB was the but of many disrespectful attacks, I remain unhappy that BHO is receving the same).
That said, what occurred yesterday at the convention in a platform committee action should shock everyone.
- First one must wonder what genius believed removing the word "God" from the platform would be a good political move. What we know is that it was done with the President's (at least) tacit approval, because he knew of the deletion of both "God" and "Jerusalem" (as the capital of Israel). This nation still polls at about 75% "God-fearing" Christians--down historically, but still a massive majority of American people (voters included) attend church regularly and profess their faith in God.
- The second occurrence was the decision to reinstate both phrases. Obama personally directed that the language be reinstated . . . AFTER it became a big negative issue. This was not a President Obama "offended by the absence or removal of 'God,'" this was Candidate Obama in panic at being attacked--once more--on the perceived weakness of his claimed "Christianity." NOT A MOVE OF PRINCIPLE BUT OF POLITICS.
- Third (and most shocking) was what occurred during the floor vote. This party, this "Democratic" party, this party which claims to be the "true party of the people," held a voice-vote on the floor of the arena and the motion was clearly voted down (such a vote requires a 2/3 majority to pass) and the vote wasn't even close. Mayor Villaraigosa was so shocked that all he could think to do was to ask for the people to vote again . . . and again.
I feel sorry for Mayor Villaraigosa, he looked like a deer in the headlights out there on the stage. I don't think he had any idea what was happening, like someone just grabbed him and told him to go out and read the teleprompter.
The members on the floor who voted no immediately erupted with shouts of BOO! Protesting the fiat actions of the DNC.
NOTE: I do NOT believe, as has been asserted by some, like Sean Hannity, that the people in the arena were booing the reinsertion of "God" into the platform per se--isn't it enough that they originally chose to remove it--that it was NOT, as has been claimed, "an oversight," but a deliberate choice?How can you trust a party that doesn't even live up to its own name? How can you trust a leader who believes it is perfectly acceptable to dictate actions AGAINST THE WILL OF HIS OWN SUPPORTERS?
No need for embellishment, Democrats hang themselves with little help. What they were expressing their vehement displeasure over was the heavy-handed way in which the vote was handled and the fact that, very clearly, not only did they not have a 2/3 majority in support of reinstatement, but they had a clear vocal MAJORITY who objected to reinclusion of the language.
What does it say about the moral bankruptcy of the Democrat Party that they are offended by the very word "God?"
Love of God was the prime motivator for the migrations which created this greatest of nations. The people came to America to escape religious oppression and for the freedom to worship God as they pleased. God permeates every facet of our founding,
He was mentioned in the Declaration by Jefferson in his justification for American independence. We are a Judeo-Christian nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles. In spite of the best efforts of atheists and liberals, God and God's laws remain at the very core of our system of government. And the freedom to worship when and where we wish is the paramount, the first individual liberty our Founding Fathers saw fit to protect in the Bill of Rights.
The only thing astounding about this whole episode is that the Democrat Party of FDR, HST, and JFK has so thoroughly turned it's back on American traditions and founding principles that they assumed no one would care that they removed "God" from their platform.
Truthfully, WHICH PARTY IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?
Simply shocking to see a major American political party TURN IT'S BACK ON GOD.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!
UPDATE: The White House, which earlier admitted that Obama had seen and signed off on the language of the platform is now claiming that they didn't become aware of it until AFTER it became a topic of political controversy.
Again, we get two diametrically opposite statements within a matter of hours from a White House that is asking Americans to TRUST them with another four years in office.
How do you trust people who lie so routinely that they are in virtually continuous emergency response mode?
". . .Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive . . ."