Today around 5:00pm something crazy happened: delegates to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) were asked to add references to God and Jerusalem back to the 2012 Democrat platform, and the true face of modern liberalism was captured on camera.
Ted Strickland – one of last night’s speakers at the convention in Charlotte, an ordained Methodist minister, and a failed Ohio governor – was recognized by DNC chair Antonio Villaraigosa as chairman of the platform drafting committee and invited to offer two amendments to the party’s 2012 platform.
In an apparent nod to the Democrats who aren’t terrorism apologists and/or militant atheists, Strickland introduced two amendments to put God and Jerusalem back in the Democrat platform. Approving the amendments required a 2/3 voice vote, which C-SPAN footage indicates the amendments did not receive.
Democrats being Democrats, Villaraigosa “deemed” Strickland’s amendments passed after three voice votes which seemed to get progressively worse for the “Yes” side. So much for quickly resolving a couple issues that made you look like fringe-left cranks, Democrats!
Because I haven’t seen it posted elsewhere, here, word-for-word, are the apparently objectionable amendments Strickland introduced to what sounds like at best an even split among Democrat delegates. First, the “God” amendment:
We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.
Second, the “Jerusalem” amendment:
Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.
Fun context: Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, said in a Fox News appearance on Sunday that the GOP’s platform “looks like the platform of 1812.”
Get it? Because Republicans are bigoted, patriarchal racists. Because when your leaders’ economic policies have failed so dramatically that even the Left’s patented class-warfare lines are looking shaky, racism and sexism are always waiting right there in the background to shelter Democrats from cruel mathematics.
Meanwhile, Democrat delegates appear to be split down the middle on unquestionably mainstream concepts like tipping your hat to an amorphous “God” and respecting the sovereignty of America’s only ally in the Middle East.
Over the next two months, how much will we hear from devoted leftists about any inclusion of a capital-G God is theocracy? How much will we hear from the Israel-haters who are quite obviously more than a marginal contingent at the DNC?
In other news, Barack Obama hasn’t solved that pesky squabble between Israel and the bloodthirsty maniacs dying to push Israel into the sea. He also hasn’t done quite the bang-up job he promised bringing a unifying new tone to American politics… but hey, he’s only human!