A delegate wears a sequined U.S. flag hat during day three of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
A party that deletes God and the capital of Israel from its platform, whose delegates boo the re-inclusion of God and Jerusalem in that platform for political purposes, and that invites the presidents of Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America to officially address their convention, is a party that has little space left for moderates and economically liberal social conservatives.
Take a quick glance at the dwindling numbers of Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives. In 2011, the Washington Post reported that the official Blue Dog Coalition, “had 54 members in the 111th Congress; it now holds less than half of that number at 25.” The headline called Blue Dogs a “dying breed.” This week, the Post reported that this group is now “an endangered breed.”
How could a pro-life American support the Democrat Party anymore? How could an American who believes faith is important to our history and in our lives, cast a ballot for a party that boos God? And how in good conscience could an American who sees Israel as our most important ally in the turbulent Middle East vote for a party that deletes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel from its platform?
Does anyone believe the voice votes were even legitimate? By volume, this is a party that wanted to keep God out and delete Jerusalem. There were no complaints, no boos, about the platform’s endorsement of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.
Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards is right; the abortion industry has a president who’s on their side. President Obama had pledged to “never stop fighting” for an organization that did 40 percent of abortions in the United States. For all the talk about women’s health, i.e. non-abortion talk in these speeches by pro-abortion leaders, consider this – “51 percent of Planned Parenthood’s yearly clinic income – their only self-sustaining revenue sources – comes from abortion.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Nancy Keenan said that, “women in America cannot trust Mitt Romney to protect our health. He would repeal Obamacare, taking away our access to better maternity and prenatal care, and the law’s near universal coverage of birth control. And we cannot trust Mitt Romney to respect our rights. He would overturn Roe v. Wade . . . “
First, Romney can’t overturn Roe – only the Supreme Court has that power and it would take more than a new justice to get to that point. Second, the “near universal coverage of birth control” is a reference to the controversial, unconstitutional Health and Human Services mandate being challenged by religious organizations and secular businesses around the country in federal court.
When it comes to the abortion industry, the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion poses no hurdle to their agenda. They have a president and a party fighting to get them everything they want.
Sandra Fluke, Georgetown University Law graduate who spoke at the convention, is wrong. No, a Romney-Ryan victory will not mean “an America in which states humiliate women.” Ask New Mexico’s Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, former Republican Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and Republican Congressman Diane Black of Tennessee (just to name a few).
A Romney-Ryan victory will mean an America that has respect for the lives of the unborn, an America that acknowledges, not boos, our Judeo-Christian heritage, and an America that stands strongly with Israel.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s closing benediction highlights how closed the Democrat Party is to people who take the dictates of their faith seriously: