Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Democratic Convention Delegates Boo Attempt to Reinstate 2008 Platform Language Mentioning "God" and Recognizing Jerusalelm as Undivided Capital of Israel

When the history of the 2012 is written, it may turn out that the critical blow to President Obama's re-election was delivered not by the Romney/Ryan ticket, but by delegates at the Democratic National Convention.



News sources and bloggers began reporting on the story the 2012 Democratic platform omitted 2008 language that contained a brief mention of "God" (the only mention of "God" in that document) and a statement that the Democratic Party recognized Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.

Whether Obama knew about the dropping of the 2008 language is not clear.  Nonetheless, Obama asked that the delegates on the floor make late amendments to the 2012 platform to reinstate the 2008 language.  Chairman of the convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, recognized Platform Chairman former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to introduce the amendments which are as follows:
Amendment 1:  "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people, and gives everyone wiling to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."

Amendment 2:  "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."


In his presentation, Gov. Strickland talks about being an ordained Methodist minister and made clear that President Obama's position was that Jerusalem should remain as Israel's undivided capital and the platform's language should reflect that.  Actually President Obama supported both amendments.

It didn't matter.  Once the amendments were shown on the screen, many delegates turned against the proposals.  Finally on the third voice vote, Mayor Villaraigosa declared that the "aye" votes prevailed by the required 2/3 though that was clearly that was not the case.   At best they were evenly divided.

While the amendments were deemed to have passed, Republicans received the gift of footage of Democrats booing an innocuous reference to "God" in their platform as well as tepid pro-Israel language.  You can bet that footage will be used by Republicans to paint the Democratic Party as being hostile to religious voters and Jewish voters in particular.  Those are issues that can easily tip the balance against Obama in swing states like Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa and Florida.

10 comments:

stanchaz said...

The Democrats do not need to "restore" God.
For they are not hypocrites like the Republicans.
They LIVE their values. Honestly.
But the Republicans real god is MONEY,
and THEIR saints are those who have LOTS of it....and want it ALL.
Those Republicans who would destroy Social Security & voucher Medicare to death,
and who readily admit they “don’t care about the very poor”.
should stop, remember, and take to heart the words.
“Whatsoever you do for the least of these - you do for me”.
As the Catholic Bishops agreed :
The politics of Romney/Ryan masquerades as values...while harming those who are most at risk.
Their budget does not praise God -it mocks God, it defiles God. And man....

Cato said...

Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel.

Unlike the Republicans, it seems the Democrats occupy themselves with serving America first.

patriot paul said...

Tel Aviv is the 'seat of government' whereas Jerusalem is presented as the historical Capitol city.

The Dems have officially been seen by the world today in this video as kicking God to the curb and then putting him back in the car. Wolf Blitzer at CNN even blurted out the vote sounded virtually even. The biggest shock was the arena filled with boos and mad looks when God was mysteriously resurrected from the editing floor. Some of these people would veto the 2nd coming if they could. Oh wait, I think they just tried.

Cato said...

Quit believing in myths that have no historical support. In the preceding 6,000 years, "Israel" had never existed as a country, much less had Jerusalem as its capitol.

The Western Wall wasn't built by the Jews, and the Jews keep digging holes all over the Temple Mount hoping to find some proof of the first Temple and to prove that their myth was actually real.

America has better things to worry about than some foreign country's designs on the land of others.

Nicolas Martin said...

Religion and the Constitution: The Triumph of Practical Politics
http://tinyurl.com/d3wjcoz

"It is one of the striking facts of American history that the American Revolution was led by men who were not very religious," wrote Gordon Wood in New York History. "At the best the Founding Fathers only passively believed in organized Christianity and at worst they scorned and ridiculed it." When asked why the Constitution did not mention God, Alexander Hamilton is said to have answered, "We forgot."

Ben said...

Catos been having out with Bill Levin waaaay to long..Please enjoy your hate filled life Cato

Nicolas Martin said...

Ben, I read nothing hateful in Cato's comments. If you have some evidence that disproves what he wrote then offer it.

patriot paul said...

Israel's capital is whatever Israel says it is - Jerusalem. enough said.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_capital_city_of_Israel

Jeff Cox said...

Well, you could start with Cato's statement that there has been no Israel for 6,000 years. The Exodus, which preceded the founding of Israel, has not been pinned down as to time frame, but has traditionally been believed to have taken place in the 14th century BC. No one believes it took place before the 18th century BC or after the 13th century BC. All of which are much more recent than 6,000 years ago.

Downtown Indy said...

"You gotta let them do what their gonna do."

That was just flabbergasting to see and hear. To see a staged, fake vote with predetermined outcome unfold in full public view on live TV! Just incredible.

Can't you just imagine what they must do in semi-secret with voter registration records and ballots ?