North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

September 13, 2012

Voting out God not a good idea for Democrats


North Jefferson News

AN NJN EDITORIAL — ´╗┐In all of the mostly-orchestrated show that was the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., one thing stood out that definitely wasn’t on the party’s script.

In their debate over the platform — the document which states the party’s stand on numerous issues — the Democrats had somehow deleted references to God and “God-given rights,” language that had sailed through the 2008 platform debate without controversy. The platform also did not include the party’s support for deeming Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel — frankly, a much more substantive issue than platitudes toward the Almighty.

Someone discovered the omissions and spread the word on the Internet. The Democrats scrambled to save face, and had former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (an ordained United Methodist minister) introduce amendments to the platform from the convention floor to restore the 2008 language.

When the matter came before delegates, DNC Chairman and Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa called for a voice vote, which required a two-thirds majority to pass. To his surprise, the “no” vote was quite loud — possibly a majority, and by any measure enough to deny a two-thirds affirmative vote.

Villaraigosa was stunned. He paused for a second then asked for another vote, with the same result. When it became obvious that the vote was not bringing about the result desired by party hierarchy (and President Obama’s campaign), Villaraigosa looked around for help. A party official mumbled a word or two in his ear, and then Villaraigosa took a third vote. Even though the “no” voters appeared to be at least as loud as the “yes” voters, Villaraigosa deemed the measure to have passed.

In the end, the vote will have little true policy effect. But the video has already made the rounds, showing the Democrats denying God three times.

Simon Peter tried something like that once, many years ago. Didn’t go well.