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09 Sep

How Can We Insult Our Arab Americans and Others More?


Resurrection: DNC Overrules Delegates, Rams God and Jerusalem Back into Platform

The Democratic National Committee suspended the rules of the convention and inserted language regarding God and the State of Israel back to its platform. They had to vote three times to do it – and they had to lie to deem it passed, even though it was clear that the measure did not pass a voice vote in the chamber. The original 2012 Democratic Party platform had excised all mention of God and Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio made the motion to change the platform:

This summer, I was proud to serve this party as the platform drafting committee chair. I came before you today to discuss the two important matters related to our party’s national platform. As an ordained United Methodist Minister, I am here to attest and affirm that our faith and belief in God is central to the American story and informs the value we have expressed in our party’s platform. In addition, President Obama recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and our party’s platform should as well. Mr. Chairman, I have submitted my amendment in writing and I believe it is being projected on the screen for the delegates to see. I move adoption of the amendment as submitted and shown to the delegates.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, the head of the Democratic National Convention, got up and asked for a two-thirds vote on the amendments to the platform. He took a voice vote, with people stating aloud “aye” and “nay.”

The first time, he couldn’t determine if two-thirds of the voters had said “aye”; a loud “no” vote was heard. He asked for a second vote.

The second time, he couldn’t determine whether the voice vote had passed. Again. Villaraigosa looked around in confusion.

Finally, on the third attempt, Villaraigosa took a voice vote and simply declared, in the “opinion of the chair,” that it had been passed. There were widespread boos in the convention hall to the renewed inclusion of God and language about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And Villaraigosa was lying, in any case – there is no way that the voice vote had passed. Opponents stood up and protested, waving and shouting. The fix was in. The Democratic leadership had to ram a mention of God and a mention of Jerusalem through, violating their own rules, to avoid the fallout within their own ranks.

This is incredibly disturbing on a few fronts. Separation of church and state. We don’t all believe in God, and even if we did – it’s not the same God. The God that is being assumed here is the God of the bible. Incredibly ignorant to still believe in the 21st century that this is THE higher power all spiritual people believe in . For a  party to make such a statement representing all the people they serve is beyond belief but there it is for all to see. It is an illusion that God is what unifies Americans. It’s what silently divides us.

This is President Obama’s doing.

And what must have passed through the mind of  the Democrat in the picture above, holding an Arab American Democrat sign? Look at her face. Obama, look at her face. Do you see what I see? I see disgust and yes, pain. And if I would meet her in person what do you propose I say to her? Be patient, look to the future? Damn it, the future is upon us.

The only words I could say are “I am sorry. Many of us are saddened. They had to lie and cheat in front of the whole
world to achieve their desired goal.”

The McGlynn

One Response to “How Can We Insult Our Arab Americans and Others More?”

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    mary Says:

    Obama fails again.

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