Robert Knight

Now that we’re past the convention, let’s take a moment to ask, “Are the Democrats really this nuts?”

If the November election is solely about the economy, why did the Democrats boot God and Jerusalem from their platform at the Democratic National Convention only to panic and then rig a vote to put them back in?

It's well worth a couple of minutes to watch hapless Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on YouTube fail three times at the podium to get a two-thirds majority to put God and Jerusalem back in the platform and then declare, Soviet-style, to a cascade of boos that the motion had carried. The mayor's stunned look after the first couple of failures is priceless.

If the economy is the only issue that matters, why did the Democrats feature a parade of speakers who thundered support for abortion? It was so over the top that The Washington Post's pro-life Democrat (an endangered species) Melinda Henneberger's Sept. 7 column was headlined "Democrats and their obsession with abortion."

If the Republican Party is supposed to be the party obsessed with social issues, why were they barely mentioned by the GOP but everywhere in evidence at the Democratic convention?

Instant celebrity and contraceptive freebie advocate Sandra Fluke warned darkly in her "war on women" speech at the Democratic convention that if the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected, Americans will "have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die in preventable deaths in our emergency rooms." The dastardly GOP pair also will cause cancer deaths, but we'll leave that to once and future Obama ad campaigns.

In between claims that the economy is humming along nicely and President Obama is still our savior, speakers also rammed home the message that marriage as God created it is so over.

Democratic National Committee Treasurer Andrew Tobias spent more than half of his nearly four-minute speech talking about homosexual rights, including a hurrah for Rep. Barney Frank's recent "wedding -- to a guy!"

If it's the GOP that is in the grip of religious fanatics, why did the Democrats at first refuse to have Cardinal Timothy Dolan give the closing prayer as he did at the GOP convention or have liberal Roman Catholic nun Sister Simone Campbell give the pitch for more big government?

Vashti McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, gave the party's credentials report while assuring us with a straight face that Mr. Obama had "pulled our country back from the brink" of economic "collapse" and was the "one person with the plan to return this country to prosperity."

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.