UNBELIEVABLE, ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE, YET, SOMEHOW, CONSIDERING THAT IT IS THE PARTY OF DEATH, IT IS BELIEVABLE!!!!!!!
Earlier in the week the Democrats has adopted a Party Platform that did not contain any reference to God and did not mention that, as it had in the past, that the Party recognized Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel.
Tonight, the Chairman of the Platform Committee, following widespread criticism in the media of the Democrats for the two above omissions from the Party Platform, took to the podium and proposed an amendment to Platform recognizing God and Jerusalem. The Chairman stated that the adoption of the amendment required a 2/3 vote of the delegates. He then put it to a voice vote.
The whole world watched as the delegates voted overwhelmingly “no.” The Chairman, obviously chagrined, called for a second voice vote. Again the delegates voted overwhelmingly “no.” Now, really embarrassed, the Chairman called for a third voice vote and again the delegates overwhelmingly voted “no.” The Chairman stood there stunned and a party official approached him and obviously told him to rule that the vote had been “yes” and so he did so.
Look and listen for yourself:
GOP Ad: ‘Three Times They Said No To God’
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is quickly out of the gate with a new ad attacking the Democratic National Convention, for delegates who loudly voted no on recognizing the word “God” in the party’s official platform.
“Three times they said no to God,” the on-screen text says.
“That’s Patrick Murphy’s party,” the text says, referring to West’s Democratic opponent, a construction and environmental cleanup executive, accompanied by news clips about the vote. “Are those your values?”
Did Democrats really boo God? Not quite. It’s worse than that.
By Phil Lawler | September 06, 2012 12:34 PM
Thousands of bloggers are reporting this morning that delegates at the Democratic convention in Charlotte booed when God was reintroduced into their party’s platform. That’s not entirely accurate. But the true story does not reflect any better on the Democratic Party.
This Breitbart report has the story right, I think. The boos from the floor were aimed at Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was running the convention at the time, and asked for three separate voice votes on the amendment that restored a mention of God. On the 3rd vote, Villaigosa ruled that the “Ayes” had won—by a two-thirds majority.
That ruling from the chair was an obvious abuse of power. It was impossible to say, simply from the volume of voices, whether the “Ayes” outnumbered the “Nays.” To assert that the “Ayes” predominated by a 2-to-1 margin was simply absurd. Quite understandably, many delegates objected to the ruling. So their boos were aimed at Villaraigosa, not at God.
But it’s not quite that simple. This vote didn’t occur in a vacuum. In drafting the original platform, Democratic leaders had removed references to God (and to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel). They didn’t merely forget to mention God; in updating previous party platforms, they made a conscious decision to remove Him. When that decision was brought to the attention of ordinary American voters, outside the orbit of the Democratic Party apparatchiks, it was unpopular. It didn’t play in Peoria. Belatedly, the Democratic leaders realized that they should put God back in the picture. So an amendment to the platform was place on the convention’s agenda.
And here’s where things get interesting: That amendment was controversial! Quite a few delegates opposed the mention of God. Some, no doubt, were primarily concerned about the mention of Jerusalem. Party leaders might have simplified matters by introducing two separate amendments: one to restore a mention of God, the other to name Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But that tactic would not have suited the purposes of the party strategists. They didn’t want an open debate on God (or on Jersualem) during the convention. They didn’t want to give American voters the opportunity to see just how radical the Democratic party has become. They wanted the amendment approved quickly.
Villaraigosa did his part, pronouncing the amendments victorious at a time when any sentient observer realized that their passage was in doubt. He might have called for a ballot vote, but that could have proved embarrassing. The Breitbart account captures the moment:
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.
Today we don’t know whether or not a majority of participants at the Democratic convention actually objected to mentioning God in the party’s platform. The party leadership didn’t want us to know.