Dems Gavel God Back Into the Platform

The Democratic Convention approved an amendment to the Democratic Party Platform this evening returning God to the document.

Even though language including the name of God won the vote, it was hardly a slam-dunk. Amending the platform this late in the process requires a floor amendment and a 2/3 vote of approval from the delegates. Rather than allow a vote of each individual delegate, party officials decided the matter by gaveling through a voice vote.

Ohio Governor Ted Stricklin made the motion to include the words “make the most of their God-given potential,” and “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel” in the official Democratic Party Platform. It took two calls for a vote, and many who were in the hall claim that the nays yelled at least as loudly as the ayes, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared that the ayes had it and banged down the gavel, ending the matter. This was greeted by boos from delegates on the convention floor.

So there you have it. The Democrats have put the name of God back in their platform. Does anybody besides me question their sincerity?

Check here to see a video of the vote.

 

No Room for God in Demo Platform

In another one of those does this surprise anybody moves, the Democratic Party platform committee has removed references to God from their platform.

According to an article in The Examiner the new party platform removes the word “God” from this paragraph:

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.

The new paragraph reads:

We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.” 

The change is not significant in itself. I don’t think God is going to fall out of His heaven because a political party expunged His name from a paragraph in its platform. The significance of the change lies in its consistency. A one word change could mean anything, but when it is grouped alongside the HHS Mandate and party position on abortion and marriage, it becomes part of a pattern. That pattern says a lot. 

This change in language has no force of law. Democratic elected officials are not required to do what it says. But as a reflection of the values shift within the inner circle of party activists, I believe it is meaningful. It doesn’t so much change things as it acknowledges the way things truly are. 


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