I love the look on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's face when he's confronted with the audible vote to revise the DNC party platform to include a reference to God and Jerusalem being the undivided capital of Israel.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Takes vote at DNC to restore God and Jerusalem to Platform
He clearly does not have a decisive two-thirds vote for the amendment, but the teleprompter nonetheless reads, "in the opinion of the chair, two-thirds have voted in the affirmative.”
So he tries again. And again. Three times in all. And then he proceeds to read the teleprompter.
To me, this is one of many moments in this election when I marvel at how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go. This is a beautifully complex moment in American politics, and I would hate to see it be brushed aside as a quirky mishap, though I know that it will be... as easily as that emphatic "NO!" was shrugged off by the teleprompter.
First, I want to address how the original omission of the word "god" from the DNC platform was held up by Fox News pundits as proof that the Democratic Party is "out of touch with the American people." Really? Because I'm pretty sure that convention center was filled with people who were, in fact, Americans.
Next, I want to talk about what I think that audible vote meant. I'm guessing that the vote was about 50% in the negative. That doesn't mean that 50% of those voters don't believe in God; statistically, that is unlikely. But it does mean that about 50% of the people present wanted take a stand against the necessity to include God in our politics. Fifty percent of the delegates present didn't want to snivel at the feet of conservative religious grand-standers who want to dictate which beliefs count as "American."
Lastly, I want to point out the failure of the Democratic Party to live up to the ideals put forth by our own presidential candidate who campaigns on the slogans of "Hope," "Change," and "Forward." Bowing to the religious ideology of the conservative party is more of the same old weak-kneed politics, and to take such a step in the face of clear opposition within the party ranks, is a huge step backward.
So I want to say that I am proud to support a party that is made up of such brave and freethinking citizens who answer to a higher calling than the religious constructs of our so-called leaders; and I want to say that I am disappointed in the leaders that will stand before that group of American delegates and answer instead to the call of the Almighty Teleprompter in the sky.