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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

God and the Democratic Party

p>I realize that the national Democratic Convention is shrinking in our rear view mirror, but there was one event at that convention that I quite upsetting—the Democratic Party's elimination of any reference to God in their official Party Platform.  Actually, it is not the elimination of God from the platform presented to the convention that bothers me, but rather the voice vote on whether to put God back into the platform that startled me.  I must admit there was a bit of levity.  The written rules of the Convention said that any changes to the Platform as presented to the delegates required a two-thirds vote.  In other words, in order to re-insert God into the Platform the voice vote had to be clearly a two-thirds majority.  Now, the Democrats have never been big on abiding by the letter of the law.  If you doubt this, consider their approach to the supreme law of the land, the United States Constitution.  According to the Democrats, it's not a matter of what the writers of the Constitution intended, but rather how it is interpreted today.  They have even come up with a cute term, "a living Constitution" which is shorthand for the Constitution means whatever we want it to mean. 

Anyway, the individual at the podium called for a voice vote to put God back into the Platform (Did God even want to be there?), but, as millions on TV listened in, it was clear that those in favor of putting the Good Lord back into the Platform were of about the same number as those opposed to putting God back into the document.  In fact, to my ear it sounded as if those opposed outnumbered those in favor.  The podium guy knew that wasn't the right outcome (as scripted by the Party bosses), so he said he could not determine if the necessary two-thirds majority had been reached.  Therefore, he called for a vote again (where was the parliamentarian?) and, not surprisingly, received the same response.  About that time a lady leaned over and counseled the speaker at the podium.  Her comments could be clearly heard through the microphone.  Her advice went something like this, "Just go ahead and call it two-thirds and let's move on."  So the presenter did as suggested and moved on to the next presenter of the evening.  We'll just say that the Democrats found the written rules of the Convention, to be like the US Constitution, a living document to be changed and modified as necessary.

The news media did its best to cover up the unpleasant episode of throwing God out of the Convention and the Platform.  Other scoffed at wasting time on such an insignificant event.  And quickly, with the help of the media, it was swept under the carpet.  But, in fact, does this incident tell us something about the modern Democratic Party? 

When it was discovered that the Democratic Party had left our Maker out of the Platform, it was dismissed as an oversight.  I can just see that explanation now, "Well, we were writing this really serious document, supporting abortion on demand, and homosexual marriage, and just forgot about the God thing.  It just didn't seem relevant."  No one asked God if he felt comfortable in a document that took those positions.  But never mind, this is politics after all and we can't be bothered with things like God.

Leaving God out of the Democratic Party Platform was obviously not an oversight, as claimed.  The truth is, God just didn't fit in very well with abortion, homosexuality and all the jealousy and envy that was part and parcel of the entire Platform.  Sin and God just don't go very well together.

If there was ever a need for evidence that today's Democratic Party is not the Party of Roosevelt, Truman and John F. Kennedy, this is it.  The fact of the matter is that today's Democratic Party has been captured by radicals who would have never felt comfortable in the Democratic Party of FDR, Harry Truman, and JFK.  The 2012 delegates would have felt more at-home in the Socialist Party of Norman Thomas and groups further to the left.  This is not your Father's Democratic Party.  This party has been taken over by secular humanists who are uneasy being in the same room with God.

On at least two occasions President Barack Obama made it clear that he is very comfortable in today's God-free Democratic Party.  He did this by leaving God (the Creator) out of his rendition of words taken from the Declaration of Independence.  He said…

"As wonderful as this land is here in the United States, as much as we have been blessed by the bounty of this magnificent continent that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, what makes this place special is not something physical.  It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire and said, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,'"

What the Declaration really says is…

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." [emphasis added]

But these two omissions were not the first time that our President has shown his disdain for God and for Christianity in particular.  In his first presidential election campaign he spoke to a group of enlightened liberal elites in San Francisco in regard to small town folks in Pennsylvania where businesses had shut down.

"They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion…"

What other implication can you draw from the President's remarks other than people who cling to their guns and religion are naïve fools?  That, apparently, is his real view of people who cling to God.

Anytime the President is unguarded or in bad humor, his true feelings about people and their faith come out.  He doesn't just view his opponents as political rivals, he really dislikes them.   

Speaking to a Hispanic audience, candidate Obama said,

"We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us…"

He's talking about you and me.  We aren't just his political opponents, we are his enemies.  I guess that's why he said in another 2008 campaign speech in Philadelphia…

"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun…"

I probably don't need to remind you that this is the same President (and his allies in the News Media) who self-righteously condemned Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, etc. blaming them for the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Arizona by a deranged killer.

After Mitt Romney won the Republican nomination for President, Politico reported the Obama re-election strategy this way…

"…the Obama White House thinks they have found the key to the president's re-election: a campaign strategy whose purpose is to 'kill Romney.'  Democrats will not only seek to besmirch the record of the former Massachusetts governor, but they will also slime his character..." [emphasis added]

But as I said, this is not the Democratic Party or a Democratic President in the mold of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, or John F. Kennedy.  All of these men made frequent references to God and to our Creator.  Each one loved this country.  I didn't agree with their political philosophy, but they were Americans through and through.  Both Truman and Kennedy fought for their country, Truman in World War I, and Kennedy in World War II.  Roosevelt, of course, was unable to fight for his nation due to his physical handicap.  There's no doubt in my mind, that had he been able he would have done so.  All these men were liberals, but they were not radicals.  They respected the Founders and they acknowledged the long Christian heritage of this nation.

President Roosevelt didn't announce the D-Day invasion with a boisterous speech.  Instead, he announced it with a prayer that read in part…

"…help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice."  …I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer.  As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts…And, O Lord, give us Faith.  Give us Faith in Thee…With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy…Thy will be done, Almighty God…Amen."

It was planned to add this historic prayer to the walls of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, but that effort has been blocked by the Obama White House.

This is not your father's Democratic Party.  Barack Obama is not Franklin D. Roosevelt.  He is not Harry Truman.  He is not John F. Kennedy.  Barack Obama is a far left radical with an agenda and an outlook that far different from any President, Republican or Democrat, who preceded him. 

There's still time for you to get this message out to your old time Democrat friends.  Do it before November 6th.

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