The Democrat’s platform changes

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?


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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Dimsdale on September 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    We need to place as much import on their platform as they seem to place in ours: if Romney, regardless of his stated position, is bound by the stipulation free abortion statement in the Republican platform, then the anti Semetic, godless positions (or is that pro Islamic, commie positions?) in the Dem platform must apply directly to ?bama.

  2. Linda Mae on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Oh – the platform only counts in the Republican party – not the Dems.? Mark Shields said it best – just a wish list of the party’s different factions – does not indicate 100% agreement – except if it is the Rep. platform and then it counts, counts, counts.? Hypocrites.
    The conservatives need to get their talking points out each day so that everyone has the facts and figures to argue the negative attacks.? Kim Gandy – on to the Contary – repeated the Dem party line about Ryan’s “lies” and the 2 conservatives on the panel did not fight back with the fact that the charge? had been proven false.? It was repeated several times on the Sunday shows – continuing the spread of their lies…..

  3. Dimsdale on September 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Abortion used to be “safe, legal and rare”, but the abortion enthusiast Democrats have dropped the word “rare”.? They now support a woman’s right to an abortion in any situation.
    The pendulum swings…

  4. ilovevice on September 5, 2012 at 7:24 am

    God Bless anyone who can WATCH the Democratic Convention!

    I’m still flying high from the Condoleezza Rice speech, and don’t want to come down.

  5. Dimsdale on September 5, 2012 at 7:44 am

    At 7:38, Chuck you Schumer, when asked about the Jerusalem change, stated “It’s not ?bama’s platform”.??? So Romney’s stated position is different than the platform, but he owns it, while ?bama’s position is reflected in the platform, but it “isn’t his platform”.
    My head is spinning, but not as fast as these Dem mouthpieces.

  6. Lynn on September 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Hypocrisy after hypocrisy, where’s the surprise? Something new would be what they promised in 2008 – transperancy.

    • stinkfoot on September 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      ?We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it?
      We’re still waiting to find out what’s in it, Pelosi.? The only thing transparent about them is their disregard for the will and best interests of the middle class.

  7. Murphy on September 5, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Do the Demoncrats really want the Mossad mad at them? Not a move I’d suggest.

  8. JBS on September 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

    The first is a foreign policy shift; the Democrats have assessed (rightly so) that the Jewish vote is not something that they are going to get.
    Secondly, why would racist Socialists need God?
    The Way the Democrats see it is that there is no god but Obama. Obama Akbar!

  9. stinkfoot on September 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Nothing about their has changed.? To me- this is a backhanded admission of their real agenda and serves as proof that they were lying to us all along… as though we needed any more proof of that.

  10. RoBrDona on September 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    1. Communists deny the existence of God.
    2. They actively dislike/envy the Jews, who killed Christ, took the Palestinian’s land, (whoever they are) and most importantly they believe completely in the combination of fake “Islamist Victimization” and bowing for Arab oil.
    3. Obama is a Communist.
    4. You get the picture.

  11. ABO (Romney/Ryan 2012) on September 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Amidst Boos And Multiple Votes, DNC Reverses Position And Reinstates Jerusalem and?God

    • ricbee on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      The DNC & Obama will say anything to win the election & those greedy Jews will give them a fortune to let Israel collapse. They are more concerned with money than paying lip service to Judaiam.

    • Lynn on September 6, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Oh Ric please don’t use those terms.

    • ricbee on September 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      I’m sorry to say the Jewish stereotype is all too true.

    • ABO (Romney/Ryan 2012) on September 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Ricbee your bigotry is noted

    • PatRiot on September 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      The “Nays” won, but not by 2/3’s !? The true vote results were ignored.? I am susre there is a procedure for this result.
      If these folks do as they please to their own?delegates, they will treat the rest of us very poorly.
      This falls under the category of ” The ignorance of arrogance.”?

  12. Gary J on September 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    That is it for me……………..With those changes I’m not voting democratic this year. <Nor any other year> Unless my dad runs and he’s 94

  13. SeeingRed on September 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Mayor V: the chair determined that the voice vote was ‘yea’.? Man, the only thing that was missing from this lynch-mod styled ‘vote’ was cigar smoke (which the Dems have outlawed) and a burning cross.? They don’t see the ironies?

    This episode once again proves there’s no democracy quite like Democrat Party democracy.

    • JBS on September 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

      A DNC/SEIU spokesperson murmurs:
      “Pretty good cohiba, no?
      We do not have any ironies here. WE have everything under control. There are no, ironies, here!
      Enjoy the fine cigar smoke.”

  14. Murphy on September 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

    What a frackin joke…… now we see that the Demoncrats fix the vote in there own internal voting also.

    • Dimsdale on September 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      SOP for the Dems.? Or is it SNAFU?? 😉

  15. ABO (Romney/Ryan 2012) on September 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

    the funny part was the video showing the mayor reading the preordained vote off the teleprompter

  16. PatRiot on September 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    SOS, These changes are meaningful.? Big red flags and warning sirens.
    The Dems?tell us what they don’t want, yet won’t reveal what they do want.
    What do they offer as a better replacement to the follwing:?1.?
    high expectations of the 10 commandments??

    • PatRiot on September 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      1. cont. – which for the most part are non religious and all about respect.? 2. Upholding the US Constitution ( relevent to high standards, personal freedom and democracy).? 3. Supporting another Democratic government – Isreal.


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