While Democrats are still basking in the glow of Bill Clinton’s speech last night, the bigger story is what happened prior to the highly anticipated address from the commanding general in the “War on Women”. After some questioning occurred over the removal of “Jerusalem” and “God” from the Democrat party platform, the committee hurriedly placed the language back in; this despite obvious disapproval from the delegates when the measure was brought up in the chamber for a vote. A resounding chorus of “no’s” drowned out the affirmative votes and left DNC chairman Antonio Villaraigosa dumbstruck on the stage of the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Despite the clear opposition to putting God and Jerusalem back into the platform, Villaraigosa declared that “in the opinion of the chair” the resolution had passed. This decision was met by more than just a couple boos from the delegates and onlookers. An Arab American man and woman, now famously seen during the footage of the vote, are beside themselves in the convention hall; the man flailing about in disgust while the woman shakes her head in disapproval.
Could you imagine if a similar scene had unfolded in Tampa. No, you can’t imagine it, because there is not a remote possibility that something like this would ever occur at a Republican National Convention; at least not in this century.
Can we be so bold as to proclaim the opposition party as a “God-less party”? The convention floor made it perfectly clear that it did not want references to God and Jersualem put back into the platform.
So it has come to this. A major political party in the United States of America pulls God and Jerusalem out of its platform. Then, after an expected backlash (not from Democrats), the references are pasted back in and the vote is rammed through despite overwhelming dissent from the party’s delegation.
The true sentiments of the party leadership are known to us all. They may have crammed a few words back into their platform, but it doesn’t change the fact that they took those same words out in the first place. If you were having trouble understanding where Barack Obama and the Democrat leadership stood, it should now be plainly visible. A hasty amendment to their platform doesn’t change the way they truly feel. Unlike their leadership, the delegates definitely weren’t shy in in expressing their genuine wishes.
These are the people that Conservatives need to moderate and compromise with? Sorry, but we don’t compromise on principle.