Division at the Dem Convention

I was a tad confused about all this, so made a timeline. I think the following provides an extraoardinary peek into what a mess the Democrat Party is these days.

September 4, 2012: Democrats made some extraordinary changes to their platform for 2012.

God

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.”

2012 platform: “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.”

Palestinian refugees

2004 platform: “The creation of a Palestinian state should resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees by allowing them to settle there, rather than in Israel.”

2008 platform: The peace process “should resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees by allowing them to settle there, rather than in Israel.”

2012 platform: No language on the matter.

Hamas

2008 platform: “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.”

2012 platform: No mention of Hamas.

Jerusalem

2004 and 2008 platforms: “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel…It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”

2012 platform: No language on the matter.

Israel’s security

2008 platform: Spoke of a “commitment which requires us to ensure that Israel retains a qualitative edge for its national security and its right to self-defense.”

2012 platform: “The administration has also worked to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.” Includes no commitment to doing so in the future.

September 4, 2012: Senior Democrat Senator Dick Durbin refuses over and over to answer the question, “Why did the Democrats do this?” [2:55]

July 26, 2012: Durbin’s refusal to answer a simple question is exactly the same UNtransparent baloney that Obama’s PR head pulled just five weeks ago when he refused over and over again to answer the question, “What is the capital of Israel?” [:51]

September 5, 2012: Dem honchos force reinstatement of God and Jerusalem despite the vociferous anger of the Nays over what was clearly NOT a 2/3 majority Yay vote [3:21]

September 6, 2012: Sources close to the platform drafting process said Obama personally intervened about reinstating the Jerusalem language. Israel’s Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin says the DNC knew exactly what they were doing when they left that stuff out and that Obama only put it back because it was going to cost him votes, not because he believes in America’s commitment to Israel.

Sources:

http://freebeacon.com/pro-israel-language-removed-from-democratic-party-platform/

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=284034

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