Save a Puppy.
So, that happened.
AP is now reporting that President Obama intervened personally to change the recently adopted platform, which was pro-Israel by any account, to include more specific language about God and Jerusalem. This was met with opposition by many of the party members and CSPAN zooming in on the only Arab it could find in the crowd. The vote was close and most likely did not reach a two thirds voice approval. But that doesn't matter, it passed.
|He is saying "No."|
Now, I am a Democrat and a Jew. I believe that Israel has a right to exist in peace and security; and I think the US should support Israel. I know that Israel believes that Jerusalem is its capital. The United States has never recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital but still is its only staunch ally in the world. Republicans and Democrats alike have not recognized Jerusalem and both have been supporters of the Jewish state.
The fact that the Parties must include Jerusalem, even if neither has ever had a president that recognized the city as Israel's capital, as a plank in their platform doesn't make any sense. Supporting the country is clearly more important than this stupid semantic argument but hey, substance has no place in convention season.
This is a failure of democracy and transition. This change and then regression, via presidential intervention, is a power play of small minded special interest politics. Good job AIPAC, you still have your chops.
Not only was this a back-track, flip-flop, or whatever else you want to call it, it was done shamefully. The Party builds the platform and nominates its leader...not the other way around.
So, no matter how you feel about the Jerusalem issue, this was just as bad, if not worse, than the rules changes forced upon the GOP by the Party Leaders that the wack-a-do Ron Paul delegates were so pissed about.
If you wonder why young people aren't interested, his presidential intervention a perfect example of why. Party leaders say something and then it is done. No voice for those not in the back room. No voice for those without the ear of the special interests. No power for those who are told they are being empowered.