Brian and Garrett Fahy
Often in politics, what is not said is as or more important than what is. Silence can serve as an endorsement, an admission, an evasion, or all of the above. As the Democrats gather in Charlotte for their convention, it is useful to consider what you will not hear or see from the party vowing to move the nation “forward.”

1. In God We Trust. The Democratic platform removes all reference to God. (San Antonio mayor Julian Castro missed the memo: he invoked God five times in his keynote address Tuesday night.) This emerging antipathy towards God is unprecedented and it represents a radical departure from past political experience, where both parties recognized the critical role religion plays in society. Indeed, such a radically secular platform would have confounded the leaders of the abolitionist and civil rights movements, whose convictions were rooted in faith in the Almighty, and who appealed to equality under God, not the state, in their quest for greater civil rights. In contrast, the modern Democratic credo appears to be, “In (Big) Government We Trust.”

2. America is Exceptional. Barack Obama said he believes in American exceptionalism like the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. Given the current state of Greece, that is a sad statement. This week in Charlotte, expect the food stamp Democrats to speak of an America that is exceptional only insofar as everyone is exceptionally dependent on federal largesse, and therefore exceptionally miserable, like the Greeks. Indeed, a new Democratic National Committee video proclaimed, “The Government is the only thing we all belong to.” God forbid. This revealing statement is offensive, and exactly backward. As President Reagan said at his first inaugural, “We are a nation that has a government, not the other way around.” In Barack Obama’s America, e pluribus unum has been replaced by a nation of 300 million dependent wards of the federal nanny state.

3. Leading from Behind Succeeded. In the Middle East, “leading from behind” produced atrocities in Syria, a Muslim Brotherhood president in Egypt, chaos in Libya, and an emboldened Russia menacing its neighbors, hardly a record about which to boast. On the European debt crisis, which threatens our economic wellbeing, Obama has been AWOL, an inexcusable failure of engagement and leadership. Foreign leaders have seen past President Obama’s empty rhetoric, and in his hollow slogans (“reset”) they see an abdication of American authority and influence unthinkable four years ago.

Brian and Garrett Fahy

Brian and Garrett Fahy are attorneys from Los Angeles who previously worked in the White House and Senate Republican Conference, respectively. They write on national legal and political affairs. They can be reached at BGTownhall@gmail.com.