Just words?

'God' and 'Jerusalem' throw Democratic commitment into question

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Voters may not normally be swayed by party conventions – and almost no one by a party’s platform.

This time should be wholly different, though.

Democrats inadvertently made their platform the big story of their national convention this week, when they oddly omitted “God” and “Jerusalem” from it – then used questionable tactics to return the references in the face of loud opposition from the convention itself.

The 2012 Democratic platform initially cut out the word “God,” where before it referenced the need to allow people to fulfill their “God-given” potential.

That’s certainly a bizarre edit, and one they went out of their way to do.

Also, ominously, the new document removed language from the 2008 Democratic platform recognizing that Jerusalem is, and always will be, the capital of Israel, and that it is the staunchest U.S. ally in the Mideast.

Given the imminent, existential threats to Israel from Iran, and perhaps a radicalized Egypt, such a severe shift in the Democratic Party’s dogma has to make American Jews question their own commitment to the Democratic Party.

That convention leaders defied the convention delegates themselves to re-insert “God” and “Jerusalem” should give no one any comfort. The move was clearly public relations damage control, not a sudden change of heart for Israel.

Moreover, asked three times to approve the reinsertion, Democrats on the floor appeared to shout it down – and actually booed the reinsertion of God.

That speaks volumes.

But so does this: The Democratic platform took out, and kept out, language encouraging the U.S. to isolate terrorist group Hamas. Why?

All this should hurt Obama and the Democrats going forward, in two ways: first, by making you wonder why any Jewish American would consider voting for a party that fails to recognize either Israel’s capital or its dire enemy Hamas; and second by angering Arab and Muslim Democrats by reinserting Jerusalem, particularly when the majority of delegates appeared to be against it.

“Arab-American and Muslim party officials expressed anger over how the issue was handled,” NBC News reported, “and predicted that it may suppress Democratic votes this fall among constituents in key swing states.”

It should. Democratic leaders proved themselves to be poor friends indeed – ironically to both Jews and Arabs, in one fell swoop.

The White House was quick to claim credit for the reinsertions – but who doesn’t think the White House was behind the deletions as well? Democrats wanted to assign every punctuation mark in the Republican Party platform to presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Do you believe for a second that the president’s people weren’t involved in his party’s platform?

Even liberal network CNN’s Dana Bash noted that likely link in a report from the floor of the Democratic National Convention, saying Democrat officials told her the original decision to excise the party’s support for Jerusalem was “simply following the Obama administration’s policy” on Israel.

Bash went on to predict that American Jews, particularly in swing states such as Florida, might now question “President Obama’s commitment to the state of Israel. This is probably going to raise a lot more questions in their minds.”

It should – especially in the face of recent hemming and hawing from the president’s spokesman Jay Carney over what the Obama administration view of Jerusalem is.

And why go through all the trouble of taking a completely innocuous reference to God out of the Democratic platform? When He was only used as an adjective anyway! How goofy is that?

And how telling?

Lest you fall for the notion that these word changes aren’t important, we’d simply remind you of something a great Democratic presidential candidate once said:

“Don’t tell me words don’t matter! ‘I have a dream.’ Just words? ‘We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal.’ Just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words? Don’t tell me words don’t matter!”

That candidate, of course, was Barack Obama.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/10/12 - 07:02 am
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Obama looking more and more
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like the Antichrist. He will of course be the greatest politician in human history. The first half of his reign has been hell for some. The second half of his reign will be held for all mankind.

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TParty 09/10/12 - 07:38 am
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"Democrats inadvertently made

"Democrats inadvertently made their platform the big story of their national convention this week, when they oddly omitted “God” and “Jerusalem” from it..."

The big story came from only one network. I wonder which one it is.... I wonder....

And who cares about the god thing- it's your own private beliefs, just keep them private. Policy shouldn't be made based on your religion and god.

The bigger scandal is how the parties treat their delegates. The RNC, the way they treated Ron Paul, and changed rules. The DNC, with how they ignored the mandatory 2/3 votes needed to change rules- and changed the platform even though it was 50/50 at best. How is that democracy tasting over there?!

And as for words being important- why worry and stress about if a capital for a nation was omitted- and not worry about how Romney not saying the words 'Armed forces', 'Soldiers', 'Marines', 'Sailors', 'Airman', 'Afghanistan', and 'Veterans'?

How about putting some concern into those groups, and a current, on going war??

Angie H
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Angie H 09/10/12 - 08:01 am
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Congress shall make no law

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

No mention of "keeping it private."

I agree that the 2/3's vote being ignored is strange....and the fact that the motion passing was on the teleprompter even before the vote was cast.

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Riverman1 09/10/12 - 08:05 am
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Yeah, the voice vote actually

Yeah, the voice vote actually did not pass. It was hilarious. That dysfuncional convention was like a meeting of Lord of the Flies after the conch shell has lost respect.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 08:02 am
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oh, by the way...

Obama 49%, Romney 45%, and the lead is growing. Have a nice day!

Angie H
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Angie H 09/10/12 - 08:04 am
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EEL....was that by voice

EEL....was that by voice vote? LOL

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rmwhitley 09/10/12 - 08:06 am
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can say about words: right= good, proper--- left=abandoned! Just words but think about their relevance in today's America.

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justthefacts 09/10/12 - 08:18 am
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Interesting

When intelligent libs, like EEL, resort to childish taunts rather than, as an athiest, give us their perspective, it says something doesn't it. I imagine it was bit embarrassing.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 08:18 am
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by the way (2)

Update: this morning, Gallup now has it 49% Obama, 44% Romney.

And for the first time in four months, in August, Obama outraised Romney in campaign funds. With the difference in reactions to the two conventions and the polls starting to swing, I predict in September Obama will have the largest fund-raising month in history. The far right was absolutely right in their suspicions about Romney's inability to beat Obama....

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 08:25 am
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as an atheist....

if you mean, justthefacts, what do I think about the "God" and "Jerusalem" flap? I think it's all much ado about, literally, nothing. And, by the way,
49% and 44% are "just the facts"......

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Riverman1 09/10/12 - 08:26 am
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EEL, it's always the case

EEL, it's always the case that coming out of a convention, the candidate's popularity rises even if it's a dysfunctional one like the Democrats had. No big deal here. Talk to me in November.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 08:27 am
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Angie H

Given the new polls, do you think Romney and Ryan are LOL now?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 08:27 am
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Riverman

You can count on it....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/10/12 - 08:28 am
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At the convention when Bill

At the convention when Bill Clinton spoke I was hoping he would use Power Point (no pun intended) and put up pics of some of his presidential EXPERIENCES.

Angie H
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Angie H 09/10/12 - 08:29 am
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EEL..... See 8:26 post.

EEL..... See 8:26 post.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/10/12 - 08:38 am
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Hmmm

*

Angie H
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Angie H 09/10/12 - 08:37 am
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If the poll update is this

If the poll update is this morning, how can you say the lead is still 49% and growing? The next poll could show less.

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allhans 09/10/12 - 09:00 am
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justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/10/12 - 09:01 am
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Jews in America

"Bash went on to predict that American Jews, particularly in swing states such as Florida, might now question “President Obama’s commitment to the state of Israel. This is probably going to raise a lot more questions in their minds.” I disagree with that. Most Jews apparently have very little regard for Israel. I have never understood why.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/10/12 - 09:03 am
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Allhans

That is some opinion piece that Dowd wrote. She is right on. In his acceptance speech he blamed the voters for the failures of his administration. Very funny.

allhans
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allhans 09/10/12 - 09:09 am
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There were Muslim delegates

There were Muslim delegates with the DNC...You can't offend your faithful - or can you?
It should have been embarassing to the Dems or even more so disgusting, but instead it was like, if it comes from the king of con men then it must be oaky.
As long as there are so many falling for the game Obama is playing ...this is what we will have.

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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 09:16 am
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and growing....

Angie H: do some research and you will find many analysts say the most recent poll shifts reflect only the first two or three days of the Democratic Convention. Most of these analysts predict polls taken after the Dem Convention was completely over will show Obama's lead growing further.
Can the polls reverse? Of course. Really bad economic news in September / October would hurt Obama, or some unforeseen major international crisis. But more crucial for the polls in my view is Romney's continuing stonewalling over what "loopholes" he would eliminate to offset his proposed Tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Are you really ready to vote for someone who would end the homeowner interest deduction or the small business employee insurance write-off? Obama will brutally exploit Romney's silence on these issues....

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 09:20 am
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Ohio is key....and I quote:

Ohio is a key state to watch, since no Republican has ever won the White House without also winning the Buckeye State. The Ohio poll shows Romney has a 46%-44% advantage among independent voters, but Obama is doing better overall because of his strength with the Democratic base.

"It's hard to see a path to victory for Mitt Romney without Ohio," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "But Barack Obama's led in our polling there all year and now his advantage is getting larger."

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 09:24 am
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Just more stuff ACES doesn't want to talk about....

Politico had a story up this weekend featuring many Republicans acknowledging that Romney's internal data in Ohio is showing him trailing by solid single digits. Ohio poses a key problem for Romney -- he has no realistic path to win without it, but Obama is crafting his entire campaign message to the types of blue-collar workers that make up the state. It was not an accident that Democrats seemed to talk non-stop about the auto bailout and middle class workers during their convention last week -- that message will resonate in Ohio.
Read more at http://www.411mania.com/politics/columns/254236#Hzxe29JMMFCRbJuo.99

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Angie H 09/10/12 - 09:27 am
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Romney is stonewalling? And

Romney is stonewalling? And Obama is so crystal clear on his plan to fix the economy.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 09:30 am
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Gotta love Ohio!

Romney's remarks on the auto bailout are killing him in Ohio, and really have energized Ohio's blue collar workers who depend on the auto industry. Remember, these are the so-called "Reagan Democrats." As the old saying has it, "the worm has turned." The Republican strategy in Ohio now seems to be to manipulate voting regulations to suppress Democratic voting. So far, the courts have slapped down almost everything the Right has tried.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 09:31 am
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Angie H

Stonewalling works much better where you're ahead in the polls....

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/10/12 - 09:40 am
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Back to the article

So, the question is, does President Obama believe in "figments of imagination", or his willing to say or do anything to save his tail? I think we all know the answer.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/10/12 - 09:43 am
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save his tail?

No, JTF, the question is will it work, and based on the polling trends, I think we all know the answer!

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allhans 09/10/12 - 09:45 am
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Ohio does have a great

Ohio does have a great Republican governor.

Before we get too worked up let's get past the debates.
The polls are up and down daily.
seldom are any two the same.
Truthfully, I am worried.
Obama tells folks that Romney wants to put them on a "voucher" system, the crowd reacts...He tells them Romney wants to release the regulations on Wall St to help his rich friends...the crowd roars.
If lies pay, then Obama will win the election.

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