DNC 2012 Convention Columns on Townhall

  • Phyllis Schlafly - The Significance of Party Platforms

    The Significance of Party Platforms

    Phyllis Schlafly
    Posted: 9/18/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    House Speaker John Boehner was quoted during the Republican National Convention as saying, "Have you ever met anybody who read the party platform? I never met anybody." Scoffing at the party's platform is the typical attitude of establishment-backed politicians who don't want to be bothered with addressing the hopes and goals of grassroots voters. Downgrading the platform is the mark of losing candidates, such as Bob Dole and John McCain.
  • Thomas Sowell - God and Jerusalem

    God and Jerusalem

    Thomas Sowell
    Posted: 9/14/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Who would have thought that God and Jerusalem would become controversial issues at this year's Democratic National Convention?
  • Thomas Sowell - The Brass Standard

    The Brass Standard

    Thomas Sowell
    Posted: 9/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Politics takes a lot of brass. And Bill Clinton is a master politician. His rousing speech at the Democrats' convention told the delegates that Republicans "want to go back to the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place."
  • Emmett Tyrrell - The Problem with Obama's Polls

    The Problem with Obama's Polls

    Emmett Tyrrell
    Posted: 9/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Nuts. The Democratic National Convention is over. Watching Bill Clinton, Jean-Fran‡ois Kerry, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and all the other preposterosities -- not least being the widely under-depreciated Sandra Fluck -- I fell under a spell. I thought the convention would go on forever. There would be no need for horror movies, action movies, X-Treme sports, cockfights or soap operas. I could enjoy them all in the comfort of my own home -- all provided by the Democratic National Committee, safely watched over by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and probably select units of the North Carolina National Guard.
  • Donald Lambro - The Sooner Obama Goes, The Better The Economy

    The Sooner Obama Goes, The Better The Economy

    Donald Lambro
    Posted: 9/12/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    August's abysmally weak job growth proved yet again that Barack Obama's economic policies are a miserable failure that will continue to undermine our country until he leaves office.
  • Ken Connor - The Ayes Have It... Or Do They?

    The Ayes Have It... Or Do They?

    Ken Connor
    Posted: 9/12/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    According to the breathless reviews of MSNBC correspondents and the like, the Democratic National Convention was a smashing success. With celebrity cameos, notable speeches by Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden, and a grand finale oration chock-full of the "hope and change" rhetoric that won Obama the White House in 2008, it was by all accounts a great week for Democrats.
  • Susan Stamper Brown - Ground Zero Changes No One Should Believe In

    Ground Zero Changes No One Should Believe In

    Susan Stamper Brown
    Posted: 9/12/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Life is messy and full of unexpected twists along the way leaving even the most obsessive control freaks among us feeling a bit undone, considering so much of the change introduced into our lives is rarely invited and not always good.
  • Ralph Benko - Barack Obama and The Long, Hard Road "Forward"...to 1977?

    Barack Obama and The Long, Hard Road "Forward"...to 1977?

    Ralph Benko
    Posted: 9/12/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Obama, belying his slogan of “Forward,” relentlessly pushes to return America to the Ford-Carter era of higher marginal tax rates and easy money. Romney credibly promises to get tax policy right and offers a possibility of monetary reform. Obama declaims: “The path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place.” He’s half right. Obama’s path is harder. But it leads only to more of the same… and to ever greater hardship.
  • Chris Robling - Dems Too Small to Answer Big Issues

    Dems Too Small to Answer Big Issues

    Chris Robling
    Posted: 9/11/2012 2:00:00 PM EST
    It was a goofy, vacuous speech that capped a goofy, vacuous gathering.
  • Thomas Sowell - An Economic 'Plan'?

    An Economic 'Plan'?

    Thomas Sowell
    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Former president Bill Clinton told the Democratic National Convention that Barack Obama has a plan to rescue the economy, and only the fact that the Republicans stood in his way has stopped him from getting the economy out of the doldrums.
  • Cal  Thomas - Truth, God and Jerusalem at the DNC

    Truth, God and Jerusalem at the DNC

    Cal Thomas
    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    In a speech resembling a TV re-run (the liberal website The Daily Beast called it "dull"), President Obama accepted his party's nomination for a second term. In doing so, he made the most ludicrous claim of this campaign, indeed, of his presidency: "You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth."
  • Dennis Prager - The Most Important Event At Either Convention

    The Most Important Event At Either Convention

    Dennis Prager
    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The most important event at either national convention was the "vote" taken by the Democratic delegates on a last-minute resolution to reinsert the words "God" and "Jerusalem" into the Democratic Party platform.
  • Paul Greenberg - The Grand Finale in Charlotte

    The Grand Finale in Charlotte

    Paul Greenberg
    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Everything and everybody hits the wall as a national convention approaches its crescendo, diminuendo, and all the riffs in between -- all crammed into its grand finale: a nightlong recitativo with Wagnerian trills -- a cross between Ravel's "Bolero" and Little Egypt's hoochie-coochie.
  • Daniel Pipes - Democrats Fib Again About Israel

    Democrats Fib Again About Israel

    Daniel Pipes
    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Last week saw a dispute over Jerusalem at the Democratic National Convention that, in the context of similar incidents, provides an important insight into the party's covert distancing itself from Israel.
  • Bill Murchison - The Two Americas

    The Two Americas

    Bill Murchison
    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Two conventions, a few speeches and that's it? Obama-Biden beats Romney-Ryan like a drum and we get back to whatever it was we were doing before the election so rudely interrupted us?
  • Armstrong Williams - Post Convention Thoughts

    Post Convention Thoughts

    Armstrong Williams
    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The conventions are finally over. This week, Congress is back in session. One would hope that that would mean it’s policy time, not politics time in Washington. Unfortunately, that hope is just as vain as President Obama’s hope to lower the seas. The politicking will only intensify as we get closer to Election Day.
  • Matt Barber - The Godless Democrats

    The Godless Democrats

    Matt Barber
    Posted: 9/10/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:33) Are you a believer? I’m not asking if you’re a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. I’m asking if you believe in God.
  • Robert Knight - Democrats Give Us the 'New Normal'

    Democrats Give Us the 'New Normal'

    Robert Knight
    Posted: 9/10/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Now that we’re past the convention, let’s take a moment to ask, “Are the Democrats really this nuts?”
  • Paul  Kengor - God, Democrats, and the Europeanization of America

    God, Democrats, and the Europeanization of America

    Paul Kengor
    Posted: 9/10/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The battle at the Democratic convention to exclude God from the party’s platform is no minor moment. Do not underestimate what transpired there.
  • Star Parker - Republicans Must Offer Alternative to Democrat Moral Bankruptcy

    Republicans Must Offer Alternative to Democrat Moral Bankruptcy

    Star Parker
    Posted: 9/10/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Maybe Democrats have some slick salesmen, like Bill Clinton and our current president, who can sell you swampland and have you convinced that you’ve bought choice beachfront property.