Guy Benson

Does this party share your values?  Let's take the new platform revelations -- several of which Katie touched on yesterday -- in order: (1) "God" is out, according to CBN News:
 

Guess what? God’s name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform. This is the paragraph that was in the 2008 platform: “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”

Now the words “God-given” have been removed. The paragraph has been restructured to say this: “We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.” The Brody File has calls into [the] DNC to explain why God’s name has been dropped from the platform. Some critics will suggest that when you have planks in your platform that support abortion rights and gay marriage then it's no wonder that God's name would be dropped as well. Delegates will vote on the platform on Tuesday.


(2) The official 2012 Democratic policy document has also excised a previous passage (rightly) recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in addition to eliminating language critical of the terrorist group Hamas.  Will Jewish voters notice?
 

Several pro-Israel sections of the 2008 Democratic Party platform have been removed from the 2012 platform—on Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, and Hamas. The new platform represents another shift by the Obama Democrats toward the Palestinian position on key issues in the peace process. For Jerusalem, the new platform has been brought into line with the Obama administration’s policy of not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and supporting its division. Jerusalem is unmentioned in the 2012 document, whereas the 2008 and 2004 Democratic Party platforms declared “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel…It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.” The Obama administration’s refusal to recognize Jerusalem has been a point of significant controversy in recent months.

Gone as well is the language from 2008 on the terrorist group Hamas, which currently controls the Gaza Strip. That platform declared, “The United States and its Quartet partners should continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel’s right to exist, and abides by past agreements.” The 2012 platform contains no mention of Hamas


(3) In accordance with the convention's heavy emphasis on abortion, the DNC platform sketches out a radical vision for taxpayer-subsidized abortion at any stage of pregnancy.  This isn't "pro-choice."  It's pro-abortion:
 

The 2012 Democratic party will officially adopt an extreme position on the issue of abortion on Tuesday. According to a copy of the party platform, which was released online just before midnight on Monday, "The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay." That last part--"regardless of ability to pay"--is an endorsement of taxpayer-funded abortions, a policy that President Obama has personally endorsed. Obama wants Medicaid to pay directly for elective abortions, and Obamacare will allow beneficiaries to use federal subsidies to purchase health care plans that cover elective abortions. According to a 2009 Quinnipiac poll, 72 percent of voters oppose public funding of abortion and 23 percent support it....The 2012 Democratic party also endorses an unrestricted right to abortion-on-demand. According to the platform, on the issue of abortion "there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way." In 2003, Obama was asked if he was pro-choice on abortion "in all situations including the late-term thing." Obama replied: "I'm pro-choice."


The party's formal abortion stance is wildly out of step with public opinion and again affirms Barack Obama's ghoulish extremism on the issue.  Meanwhile, while "abortion" is mentioned four times in the platform, "unemployment" only merits three, apparently.  The idea of a "balanced budget" is nowhere to be found in the document, except for a segment criticizing Republicans.  Priorities


UPDATE - Liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz, a stalwart Israel supporter, is alarmed by the DNC platform change:
 

“I think one shouldn’t give too much weight to platform pronouncements, but in this case, I think the omissions are troubling — particularly the omission about the Palestinian refugee issue and Hamas are, I think, deeply troubling.”


Again, will Jewish voters notice or care?  This group is working hard to ensure that they will.


UPDATE II - So this happened: As I waited in line for a hot dog yesterday evening, a gentleman in front of me struck up a conversation (where are you from, etc).  He was an official DNC guest from California at the convention, having served on the party's platform committee.  Totally unsolicited, he confessed, "I'm proud of our work, but I'm glad [the platform] isn't getting a lot of attention in the media."  I innocently asked why he would say that.  "Because there are parts of it that might be problematic if people focused on them."  I again asked what he meant.  "Some of the abortion things might not be very popular, and there are certain groups in our coalition that could be upset about some things."  Was he talking about Jewish voters?  "No comment."  He had no idea I was in the media; he offered this information as small talk.  His bottom line was that he stands behind the platform, but he's also relieved that the MSM is largely ignoring its specifics, "unlike with the Republicans and Akin."  Very telling on several levels.  I wish I had it on camera.

Guy Benson

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