Right-wingers go bonkers over alleged snub of God in Democratic Party’s 2012 platform

Four years ago, the Democratic Party platform included this passage:

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.

This year, the platform plank at issue reads as follows:

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.

But why no mention of God this time?

A party official tells ABC News: “The 2008 platform reference is ‘God-given’ and is about growing the middle class and making America fair, not actually about faith.”

Ah, but the theocrats on the political right are in high dudgeon over what they see as an inexcusable snub of the Man Upstairs. THIS GUY, for example, says “Democrats are playing up to Atheists and Communists.”

Well then, one can only wonder how this alleged appeal to godless commies is served by the following passage from this year’s Democratic platform:

Faith has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history. We know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith and the countless acts of justice and mercy it inspires. Faithbased organizations will always be critical allies in meeting the challenges that face our nation and our world – from domestic and global poverty, to climate change and human trafficking. People of faith and religious organizations do amazing work in communities across this country and the world, and we believe in lifting up and valuing that good work, and finding ways to support it where possible. We believe in constitutionally sound, evidence-based partnerships with faith-based and other non-profit organizations to serve those in need and advance our shared interests. There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith and country.

There’s one last thing to remember about all of this: The Democratic platform’s omission of any reference to God by name makes it identical, in that regard, to the U.S. Constitution.

FOOTNOTE: The image at the top of this post comes from the Fox News Web site. Big surprise there, right?

FOOTNOTE II: It’s also worth noting that yesterday’s session of the Democratic Convention began and ended with a prayer. Moreover, various convention speakers, including keynoter Julian Castro, referenced God in their remarks.

One speaker even began with this line: “I’m not here tonight as a Democrat or a Republican, but as a man of Christian faith.”

Oh, and the convention will end with a benediction by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.




  1. Wilson: The headline on that Newsbusters piece to which you’ve linked refers to “all three networks.”

    Isn’t Fox also a network? Sure it is. The Newsbusters piece even includes material from Fox News.

  2. Sure ignore Durbin’s tirade and attack the headline.

    You really are thick as a brick, the “three” are the MSM consisting of ABC,CBS and NBC. (but you know that)

  3. wilson: You say I’m as “thick as a brick,” but you’re the dimwit who has actually contended here that the crackpot who calls himself Lord Monckton is a reliable source of info on climate change.

    That’s funny.

  4. LeaderDesslok

    Like most liberals, the writer thinks that the liberal elite, unlike the conservative elite have the middle class’ best interests at heart. The far left is just as bad as the far right in my book. That goes for the mega-rich elites on each side. Do you really think these multimillionaires/billionaires care anything for the working class except as assets to further their wealth? Does Obama or Romney have anything in common with the “common man”? I like what Jesse Ventura said vote all Dems and Repubs out!!!! The problem in this country is NOT liberal and conservative, left or right it’s rich vs poor, haves vs have-nots!
    Turn the clock back to 1970. What did the average CEO make? about $150k-$250k compared to what Joe the plumber made back then–about $25k to $50k. Now FF to today, Joe the plumber makes about $40k-$80k and today’s CEO????? MILLIONS!!!!! This is the problem.

  5. Why is it a problem?

    CEO’s don’t make up their own pay packages, at least not at publicly held companies. It is the board of directors and ultimately the shareholders of the company who make those determinations.

    Even if we agree that it is a problem at the multi-national mega corporations, the issue I have with the Democrats is that they want to use the feel good rhetoric of attacking the mega rich to change policies that impact the not so mega rich but the well off that are earning down to a level of 200 or 250 k per year.

    It sends the wrong message to say families in that class are not paying their fair share or did not earn what they make.

  6. Chuck Sweeny

    Yes, but the statement you cite doesn’t say who or what “faith” is. Faith in Monty Python re-runs? Faith in Ayn Rand? Faith Hill? Regardless of who’s going nuts and who’s not, why would a political party give a big gift to the opposition party like this? It’s akin to planning an acceptance in a giant stadium and then pulling it based on a 20 percent chance of rain. They were afraid that up to 10,000 seats would be empty, and that would be all the media would focus on. Why do this? It’s “strategery” malpractice, right up there with the GOP guy who thought it would be neat to put Clint Eastwood on before Romney. D’oh!

  7. It makes me crazy that people go bonkers over things like this…

  8. Luke Fredriickson

    So Sweeney, using your logic, GWB’s “Faith Based Initiative” was not about faith in God? Did you presume it was a govt. entitlement program run by Faith Hill? I doubt it.

    Anyone with a shred of common sense knew what W meant. However you seem hell bent on not giving Obama and the Democrats the same benefit of the doubt.

    If you really think that the platform terminology referenced above isn’t a sincere reference to the role of God in politics, then you are even more of a provincial toady than I thought.

    Keep the incisive political commentary coming Chuck. If the money changer wins I am certain you will shill for him just as you do for Manzullo and Biondo.

  9. Gee Pat show me where I directly said “Monckton” was a reliable source, you are just making a sad attempt to divert from what Durbin said.

    Aren’t you the guy that used a chart from Steve Benen, at the Maddow blog and made the stretch\lie that “Romney’s campaign ads far more negative than Obama’s” When the chart compared all Republican adds, which were during the primary? Who was Obama running against in the Democratic primary?

    Aren’t you the same guy who asked the following?

    What do these three numbers signify?: 3; 6,000; 50,000; 1.1 million

    1.1 million
    Pat Cunningham | January 5th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I guess math isn’t your strong point.

  10. Wow, did you see the vote to put it back in the platform? What a joke.

  11. I wonder why they had to vote to put God back if he was never gone as Mr. C. proclaimed?

  12. Chuck Sweeny

    Yes,l, the DNC has just put “God” back into the platform, and added back that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel. That was booed on the convention floor. Disaster times 2. GOP having a field day. This is double strategery malpractice.

  13. The GOPers love God unless it involves helping thy neighbor or truth telling.

  14. dogrescuer

    The GOP’s God is hovering overhead right now, sentencing anyone who is gay or has an abortion to roast in hell’s lake of fire for eternity.

  15. Liberals love to make fun of people with whom they disagree and for whom they have no understanding.

    Liberals are convinced the only way to help their neighbor is through government mandate.

    If these liberals actually went to church they would be much less confused and would probably feel good about all that they were able to do for their neighbors and community.

  16. kevind1986

    expdoc – because PC was wrong. Again. Must have KILLED him to see the DNC run backwards after he stuck his neck out there. That’s gotta hurt.
    Steverino – keeping your head stuck in the stand when all evidence – over and over and over – shows even dunderheads like you that Cons are more charitable than Libs just means you are unteachable. Which I guess explains a lot about your posts.

  17. Senator Chuck Schumer doesn’t know President’s Obama’s position on Jerusalem?
    Just heard this on Don Wade and Roma, they also claim the MSM is ignoring this whole thing.

  18. Oh Kevin tsk tsk tsk. Remember boy wonder’s budget didn’t pass the moral test and as for those charitable donations it’s called a tax break. The GOPers can only dream of passing legislation to help the poor and elderly, it’s never been their thing.

  19. You’ve made that tax break comment before Stevo. The comment makes me think you don’t make any charitable contributions or you don’t itemize your tax return.

    If I am being taxed at a 35% rate and I make a $100 contribution to the organization I can indeed claim a tax deduction which means I don’t pay the $35 of taxes on that 100 dollars.

    The CHARITY keeps the $35 (essentially from the government) AND the $65 (from me).

    If I don’t give the $100 to charity the government takes the $35 and I KEEP the $65.

    So when I give the money away, I am really giving it away. To the charities that I choose to support with MY money.

  20. Stevo must live in an alternate world along with that thick as a brick guy.

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