Whether a party’s political platform is meaningful or not, much like beauty, is in the mind of the beholder. But there were two changes to the Democrats’ platform this year which lead one to wonder.
First, unlike prior years,
[t]he Democratic Party platform doesn’t state that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel…
This change was done with the “advice and consent” of President Obama, and, in reality, is not a surprise given the President’s treatment of Prime Minister Netyanhau during a state visit to this country, and his insistance that Israel should retreat to its 1967 defenseless boundaries. But, this change may speak volumes to the Jewish voters in this country.
The second change is even more perplexing. In 2008, the 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.
“God-given”, or any mention of God for that matter, has mysteriously disappeared from this year’s platform.
From these two changes, what I hear is, “Israel, you are on your own”, and, “God has nothing whatsoever to do with your potential…something else does”.
What do you hear?
And, are these changes meaningful or simply language tinkering?