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2nd UPDATE with video: UPDATED: Godless Democrats in Charlotte

[1]Remember how we got days of discussion regarding the Republican Party Platform meetings in Tampa? It was only logical we’d hear the same discussions coming out of Charlotte, right?

But Tuesday while Governor Abuser Fees [2] re-enacted his role as Obama Cheerleader-in-Chief [3] and while Michelle I-want-to-control-your-groceries [4] Obama sang an extended version of “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man Of Mine,” serious changes were happening in the Democrat party platform that weren’t exactly mainstream headlines.

Abandoning Israel

The 2012 platform drops the call for recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Israel thinks Jerusalem is the capital. Isn’t that enough?

Mitt Romney responded: “It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama’s shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Four years of President Obama’s repeated attempts to create distance between the United States and our cherished ally have led the Democratic Party to remove from their platform an unequivocal acknowledgment of a simple reality. As president, I will restore our relationship with Israel and stand shoulder to shoulder with our close ally.”

On Twitter, the Republican Jewish Coalition [5] said the platform was “the most radically unsupportive statement of policy on Israel by a major U.S, party since [its] founding,

This is even more interesting when you consider that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed on Monday that Israel’s ambassador to the United States has accused Republicans of being “dangerous” to Israel by criticizing President Obama’s record. [The Washington Examiner [6]]

Proving once again Wasserman Schultz’s lack of any credibility The Israeli ambassador to America, Michael Oren responded in a statement saying “I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.” [The Weekly Standard [7]]

In 2008, Barack Obama received 78% of the Jewish vote.

The mind. It boggles.

Abandoning the Unborn

Truth is, the Democrats abandoned the unborn a long time ago and this really isn’t a change in their platform. But Tuesday night turned into a celebration of abortion as speaker after speaker addressed the faux “War on Women.”

The platform states “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.” [The Weekly Standard [8]]

Never mind that the patron saint of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger was all about eliminating African-American babies. Never mind that one of their keynote speakers is none other than Bill “I didn’t have sex with that woman” Clinton. Never mind that this was the same night that the party celebrated the life of Ted Kennedy.

This party accuses Republicans of waging a “War on Women?”

I can’t wait for the Robert “Exalted Kleagle” Byrd Celebration of Civil Rights.

Abandoning God

Perhaps the most disturbing of all, God is no longer welcome in the Democrat Party Platform.

In 2008, the platform read:

“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.”

But the words “God-given” have been removed and the paragraph has been re-written to say:

“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.”

H/T The Brody File [9]

No this is not a call to a Christian nation or a theocracy. We are, and have always been a nation where you are free to believe or not believe as you see fit.

But we have also always been a nation that has acknowledged God, and called on God in times of trouble, and in times of plenty. Lots of money floating around down there in Charlotte carries our national motto “In God we Trust.”

Earlier this year, at the National Prayer Breakfast President Obama said [10]it’s always been an opportunity that I’ve cherished. And it’s a chance to step back for a moment, for us to come together as brothers and sisters and seek God’s face together. At a time when it’s easy to lose ourselves in the rush and clamor of our own lives, or get caught up in the noise and rancor that too often passes as politics today, these moments of prayer slow us down. They humble us. They remind us that no matter how much responsibility we have, how fancy our titles, how much power we think we hold, we are imperfect vessels. We can all benefit from turning to our Creator, listening to Him.

Apparently the platform writers didn’t tune in for that speech.

Democrats don’t have to be followers of God, but they don’t have to be hostile toward his followers either. In fact, I know there are many Democrats who have a real, sincere faith in God. For the life of me, I just can’t grasp how they can reconcile their party “values” with the teachings of Scripture. But they do, and while I don’t understand, I do not doubt their sincerity.

There’s nothing that says that the Democrat Party Platform has to reference God, although presumably it always has.

Still, while I’m no End Times conspiricist (although I have read the entire Left Behind [11] series), it chills me when we as a nation, or when a major political party, purposely decides to no longer acknowledge God.

While certainly unwise, Democrats are perfectly within their rights to reject God. And we are perfectly within our rights to reject Democrats.

Rights that are, in fact, endowed by the Creator.

UPDATE:  Apparently there was some major damage control going on today with the platform, and it was revised.  Word on the street has it that not everyone was happy with, or voted for the re-revisions.  But that’s just rumor.

Nevertheless, Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued this statement:

“The platform is being amended to maintain consistency with the personal views expressed by the President and in the Democratic Party platform in 2008. Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.

“It has been the policy of both Republican and Democratic administrations for decades that Jerusalem is a final status issue to be negotiated directly between the two parties, as part of discussions to achieve a two-state solution that secures the Jewish state and homeland. Our Party platform already expresses strong support for the peace process and makes clear the steps that any Palestinian partner must take to be a part of such a process  — recognizing Israel’s right to exist, rejecting violence, and adhering to existing agreements.”

“Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”

NY Daily News [12]

It’s apparently turning into a convention of revisions.  Michelle Obama presents a revised version of her husband, they revised the platform, they’ve revised the venue for the final speech.

And, perhaps the most tragic revision of all…no balloons [13].

Here’s how the revised “vote” went down. Two thirds, Mr. Chairman? Really?