In what can only be considered an effort to quiet Republican outrage and hold onto religious voters, the Democratic Party did an about-face regarding God and their platform. David Brody of CBN news initially noted the lack of God in the party’s platform which stated:
“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.”
Brody noted in his article yesterday that the 2008 Democratic Party Platform said:
“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.”
Earlier today Democrats made a last-minute change in order to reinstate God. In order to do so, a motion was needed to skip the formal ballot and instead use an informal process of voice-voting. The Platform Drafting Committee Chair, former Governor of Ohio, Revd. Ted Strickland argued that “our faith and belief in God are central to the American story” in order to support this change to the platform. One wonders where these strong convictions were when the Committee met earlier to draft the platform. Perhaps it is that the Democrats sincerely do not want God included in their party platform. That seems to be the case if you watch the vote where Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declares the amendment passed with 2/3 of the vote, when it sounds more like half the delegates clearly yell no when asked. Then again, maybe it’s not God they’re objecting to but the other half of the amendment where the Democratic Party Platform recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Since every President since 1967, regardless of Party affiliation, has already recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital one would be hard-pressed to explain this as the reason for objection.