Just words?

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

  • Follow Editorials

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.

Comments (91) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
soapy_725
50482
Points
soapy_725 09/10/12 - 07:02 am
1
1
Obama looking more and more
Unpublished

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.

TParty
6004
Points
TParty 09/10/12 - 07:38 am
4
10
"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
4300
Points
Angie H 09/10/12 - 08:01 am
3
2
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.

Riverman1
172019
Points
Riverman1 09/10/12 - 08:05 am
7
2
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.

Angie H
4300
Points
Angie H 09/10/12 - 08:04 am
6
2
EEL....was that by voice

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

rmwhitley
6952
Points
rmwhitley 09/10/12 - 08:06 am
0
1
All I
Unpublished

can say about words: right= good, proper--- left=abandoned! Just words but think about their relevance in today's America.

justthefacts
50680
Points
justthefacts 09/10/12 - 08:18 am
5
4
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.

Riverman1
172019
Points
Riverman1 09/10/12 - 08:26 am
8
3
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.

Riverman1
172019
Points
Riverman1 09/10/12 - 08:28 am
4
3
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
4300
Points
Angie H 09/10/12 - 08:29 am
4
2
EEL..... See 8:26 post.

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

justthefacts
50680
Points
justthefacts 09/10/12 - 08:38 am
0
1
Hmmm

*

Angie H
4300
Points
Angie H 09/10/12 - 08:37 am
2
2
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.

allhans
25545
Points
allhans 09/10/12 - 09:00 am
1
1
justthefacts
50680
Points
justthefacts 09/10/12 - 09:01 am
2
0
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
50680
Points
justthefacts 09/10/12 - 09:03 am
1
1
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
25545
Points
allhans 09/10/12 - 09:09 am
2
2
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.

Angie H
4300
Points
Angie H 09/10/12 - 09:27 am
3
2
Romney is stonewalling? And

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

justthefacts
50680
Points
justthefacts 09/10/12 - 09:40 am
2
1
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.

allhans
25545
Points
allhans 09/10/12 - 09:45 am
1
0
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.

justthefacts
50680
Points
justthefacts 09/10/12 - 09:59 am
3
0
EEL- Correct

Yes, it probably will. That is the state of our country now. Some people are too stupid to realize the truth and many are just totally, morally bankrupt and don't care about the truth. It explains the situation we now find ourselves in.

allhans
25545
Points
allhans 09/10/12 - 10:17 am
1
2
The former Editor of the NYT,

The former Editor of the NYT, Ed Klein tells about Obama's dark side in his book
"The Amateur", a side that is never shown to others but exist. A man who started his own autobiography before he was 30 and had never accomplished anything....

justthefacts
50680
Points
justthefacts 09/10/12 - 10:42 am
2
2
EEL

Nope, I don't believe it is limited to the left....much more prevelent though.

Bizkit
64053
Points
Bizkit 09/10/12 - 10:52 am
4
3
It is really odd that Obama

It is really odd that Obama is so popular. He has ordered the assassination of a US citizen without due process, the median wage has dropped, we've lost our AAA rating, Obamacare is a dismal failue with health care costs still skyrocketing, the real unemployment rate is close to 15% and women and african-americans have suffered the most, our diplomatic efforts are weak at best, still deficit spending and no attempt to address the deficits, the price of gas has doubled and the cost of everything is going up (inflation), still wasting time in Afghanistan, didn't support a revolt in Iran, energy policy in a shambles, wasting tax payers money on green energy failures, govt bureacracy has grown dramatically, there are more poor now than 4 years ago. I don't think ignorance is so bliss.

justthefacts
50680
Points
justthefacts 09/10/12 - 10:58 am
1
0
Bizkit

See the 9:59 post.

Angie H
4300
Points
Angie H 09/10/12 - 11:29 am
2
2
2016 has extreme claims about

2016 has extreme claims about Obama? Are you talking about the direct quotes from his audio book....with Obama himself saying it?

Bizkit
64053
Points
Bizkit 09/10/12 - 11:32 am
4
2
Well I don't pay much heed to

Well I don't pay much heed to the polls because they are all just politically manipulated propaganda. I doubt most mean anything. Polls sure have been wrong the last two years. Given the majority of the new media is sold on Obama I wouldn't expect their polls to express anything else but a win. As an aside, many of my friends and my family members who voted for and supported Obama have changes their minds-he wasn't hope and change but just another crooked politician. But like me they don't trust the Rep either. The Rep are idiots in failing to deal with issues and misinformation. I think both parties assume voters are idiots. Can we have a recall vote for both GOP and Dem conventions and get two new candidates. The two choices now are imbeciles.

DrBailey
38
Points
DrBailey 09/10/12 - 11:47 am
2
2
"And why go through all the

"And why go through all the trouble of taking a completely innocuous reference to God out of the Democratic platform?" -ACES

If it's so innocuous, why devote an editorial complaining about it?
Keep on rallying 'round the bible, boys. Maybe one day the United States will be like that socialist country England and have a state sponsored church.

Sargebaby
4697
Points
Sargebaby 09/10/12 - 11:58 am
3
1
LOVE~~the most powerful force

LOVE~~the most powerful force in the world.†
A wise man once said ...There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

So...the Libs decided to leave God and Israel out of their convention! Not knowing how God's will can affect this, but I imagine that God will pretty much love those folks anyway....just like He loves Israel!

Sargebaby
4697
Points
Sargebaby 09/10/12 - 12:01 pm
3
0
"Well I don't pay much heed

"Well I don't pay much heed to the polls because they are all just politically manipulated propaganda."

Neither do I, as they represent less than 1% of the American population. It's too bad polls have such powerful influence with that kind of participation!

faithson
8015
Points
faithson 09/10/12 - 12:08 pm
2
2
observations...

listened to a discussion by two foreign correspondents on their convention coverage. Tampa was ALL white with a crusty tone among the delegates. Charlotte on the other hand was very eclectic, plenty of faces from all walks of life and very festive. Pretty much puts the whole election in prospective for ME. Of course mittens campaigning on Saturday with Pat Robertson espousing the evangelical point of view was also priceless, especially mittens comment that '-od' created the US of A. and I thought it was all those brave, honorable men who put their lives on the line. (influenced by the Almighty, for sure, but created by MEN)

Back to Top
 
loading...
Search Augusta jobs