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September 9, 2012

It was a Lot to Do about Nothing

Filed under: Civics,Elections,Government,Obama — by Robert @ 4:41 pm
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A major disconnect occurred at the Democratic National Convention last week.   There was a disconnect between President Obama, the majority of US citizens, and his own Democratic Party members in the persons of their platform committee.  You see, after public criticism started to seep into the DNC inner sanctum about its obvious omission of any mention of God in their stated platform (let alone the intentional omission of any mention of the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel), delegates to the platform committee were hurried into the hall for a vote to vote for God and Jerusalem, at least that they be included in the official platform.  President Obama specifically sought the actions.

Before we advance to far into this mess, let’s settle on some facts that are undeniable:

  1. Jerusalem was named capital of Israel between 1010 and 970 BC, the reign of King David.  It was confirmed again on December 14, 1949.
  2. The planned (original) DNC platform made no mention of God or Jerusalem.
  3. There are at least four references to God in the Declaration of Independence
  4. God has been God forever. For those who don’t believe, it’s a lot to do about nothing; for those who do believe, no proof is necessary.

According to a recent Gallup poll, more than 9 of 10 Americans believe in God.  The DNC left any mention of God out of their platform (agenda).  An early release of their platform generated criticism that finally reached the Charlotte contingent.  President Obama requested the procedure to amend the party platform.  Here’s where it gets interesting.

Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, was called on to oversee the procedure to seek an amendment to the platform.  Three times he called for a voice vote to alter the platform.  The crescendo of nays grew with each subsequent vote.  Only a fine forensic analysis could give an answer to which vote carried, but many spectators indicated that they just weren’t sure which way the vote went.  The problem for Villaraigosa was the seeming factual vote against the idea was contrary to what Obama wanted.  Indeed, the television images captured showed delegates in strong opposition to both ideas.  But the vote carried.

Villaraigosa indicated that this was “a lot of ado about nothing.”  When confronted by reporters that they just didn’t hear the necessary 2/3rds vote in support, his response was a terse, “That’s nice to know.  I was the chairman and I did, and that was the prerogative of the chair.”

In essence, Villaraigosa said that he didn’t care about the vote of those citizens in the arena—he had a different agenda.  Surely both he and Obama realized the political implications inherent in a yes vote. 90 percent of the American people have a faith and it wouldn’t do well to run up against them.  But Obama’s own followers expressed their opinion; but it too wasn’t heard.  The chair overruled.  If the facts don’t agree with reality, change the facts.

Villaraigosa was also saying that in his world, might makes right.  He’s the chair and he’ll arrange the data, challenge the impressions, or even lie about the results in order to please his lord and master.  He got the job done.  He was actually proud of the “decisive way (I) he handled that.”  Facts are selective to him.  According to him, truth is relative to the power of the chair.  Imagine taking a vote on God!  What temerity.

I feel sorry for the people of El Pueblo Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula.  I felt sorry for the vast numbers of California citizens when Villaraigosa exercised these same Chicago-style tactics when he was Speaker of the Assembly.

“It was a lot of ado about nothing,” Villaraigosa ended.  The platform? The inclusion?  The process?  God?  Except for God, maybe he’s right.  All of these words, all of these promises, all of these platforms mean absolutely nothing.  If the chair can alter a vote on his own say-so, imagine the government in the mind of his party leader.

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