God and Man at the DNC
Should President Barack Obama lose reelection this November – and I’m not convinced that he will – his dismal stewardship of the economy and reckless spending will be primary reasons, but I also believe two other variables will have played a part.
1. The “You didn’t build that” speech made in Roanoke, Va. Heard in its entirety and not just one brief sound bite, it reveals Obama’s contempt for the ungrateful private sector and the individuals who conceivably risked everything to start a business from scratch. Obama’s view: Government helped you, you greedy bastards. You didn’t do it by yourself, so cough up your fair share for my Solyndra palls. The collective always trumps the individual! Sen. John Kerry eight years ago helped seal his campaign’s fate by playing into the narrative that he was an opportunistic flip-flopper when he told an audience,”I actually did vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against it.” “You didn’t build that” is 2012′s version of Kerry’s bungle — although, in fairness, Kerry was simply being honest, as was Obama. Honesty can doom a politician and that pol’s party. Which leads me to …
2. The day the Democratic Party booed God and Jerusalem: Sept. 5, 2012, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. This year’s Democratic Party Platform originally omitted any reference to God, unlike previous years when He was mentioned. Also omitted was recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Sen. Dick Durbin got testy when asked about it by Fox News’ Bret Baier. He tried taking Baier to the woodshed for suggesting (which Bret in no way did) that Democrats were a Godless party. The very next day the Democrats realized they screwed up and put the following phrases back into the party platform:
- “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.”
- “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.”
A 2/3rds voice vote from among the attending delegates was needed to approve the measure – which took three times to get because opposition to this inclusion was so fierce. Eventually the chairman deemed enough people affirmed it (they didn’t; listen closely to the following link) and this was met by a chorus of boos.
This is one of the more surreal events I’ve seen in American politics. Sen. Durbin insists the Democrats are not a godless party – even though a majority of his own party stridently booed God’s inclusion in his party’s platform. Hundreds of thousands of people have viewed this scenario on YouTube. Countless others saw it on television or heard it on the radio. Somehow the Democratic party conflates the idea of God being mentioned in their platform as an endorsement of using religion to rule the country. Nonsense. It simply pays homage to the nation’s founding, that rights are not manmade but come from the deity. Remember the Declaration of Independence?
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Do I believe Democrats dislike God and religion? Not all of them, but what happened at the DNC revealed a party that clearly disdains religion and seeks to ban the mere mention of it where feasible. It should come as no surprise that this is the same political party that has forced the Catholic Church and other religious institutions to file suit against the federal government for being forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs and birth control to employees when this clearly violates their religious beliefs.
I can only hope that enough Americans felt the same revulsion I did upon witnessing John F. Kennedy’s party booing God. Americans, at heart, know the country is special because of its relationship to God, as was fully expressed by the Founding Fathers. The Democratic party, as expressed by Barack Obama, seeks to fundamentally transform the United States of America. Into what? Perhaps something that resembles a crumbling European nation? I don’t know, but whatever it is will be unrecognizable and decidedly un-American.
Hopefully there are ad men and women feverishly working on a series of political commercials for the Romney Campaign and for every close Senate and House race in the country.
People will remember the DNC booing God when they go to the polls on Nov. 6. They must. The nation, as founded, is at stake.