Not since the tear gas and mass arrests
of Chicago 1968 have the Democrats put on a convention that better
demonstrated the sorry state of the left's values and ideals.
Not since the tear gas and mass arrests of Chicago 1968 have the
Democrats put on a convention that better demonstrated to the
American people the sorry state of the left's values and ideals
than what just happened in Charlotte. From the opening refrains
that echoed the macabre yet unifying obsession amongst Democrats to
promote the killing of unborn children, to the culminating moment
of President Barack Obama telling us why we need more of him in our
lives to survive, the Democratic National Convention revealed just
how deplorable things have become in that party.
Truth be told, most casual observers could see the train wreck
coming a mile away. Once the speaker line-up for the
convention's opening day had been released, the ensuing circus was
completely predictable. First, the Democrats would give the
floor to a communist from the SEIU, followed by the most rabid
abortion fanatic in the country. Then, Harry Reid would take
to the stage, presumably to tell everyone of a secret phone call he
had just received informing him Mitt Romney had once molested a
pack of wild penguins. He wouldn't have proof because it's
Romney's job to prove it didn't happen.
And just in case the mentally unstable Senate Majority Leader
wasn't embarrassing enough, corrupt Mayor Rahm Emanuel was invited
to take a break from his busy schedule of presiding over Chicago's
descent into the third layer of Hell to come lecture on good
government. Not that Emanuel's speech was necessary to depict
exactly what Democrats see as an effective administration.
The stirring video tribute to the disastrous Carter years, as well
as the keynote address from a man with the appropriate last name of
Castro, pretty much said it all.
When Michelle Obama finally approached the microphone, she was
following a procession of idiocy and buffoonery that no
conservative commentator could even hope to parody. And keep
in mind that was just the first day.
But lest you were tempted to think that the Democrats are
incapable of equaling such incoherence, day two should have laid
those fears to rest. For that was the moment when the podium
was handed over to a 30-year-old woman whose life mission appears
dedicated to getting you to pay for her birth control.
Perhaps nothing better defines or encapsulates the left's view of
government's appropriate role than having it function as a
prophylactic Pez Dispenser. And what does it say about the
extent of liberal visionaries when prime speaking roles are given
to individuals who are significant only because a popular radio
host called her a nasty name?
Yet amazingly, Sandra Fluke wasn't the real spectacle of the
evening. Nor was the keynote speaker, former President Bill
Clinton, who spent his time reminding Americans how he balanced the
budget and created jobs. Apparently, we were all supposed to
just ignore the inconvenient reality that such success was
predicated upon him following the pro-business, free-market
policies enacted by a Republican Congress. Absent from
Clinton's speech, of course, were the multiple criticisms he has
made in recent years of President Obama's decision to abandon that
pro-growth approach in favor of economy-crushing, high tax, big
But the pinnacle of the week came in two key moments. The
first occurred in an opening DNC video that included the
jaw-dropping line, "Government is the only thing that we all belong
to." Who, exactly, wrote the script for this video?
Chairman Mao? As Mitt Romney appropriately tweeted in
response: In America, "We don't belong to the government.
Government belongs to us." That Democrats see this
foundational reality completely backwards is extraordinarily
Couple that revelation with the Democrats' decision to drop the
one reference to God from their platform. Now, in some ways
this was a mere formality -- codifying what their public policy
agenda has embraced for some time. After all, when the leader
of your party and President of the United States shakes his fist at
the sky and tells God that His definition of marriage is bigoted,
removing His name from the platform shouldn't really be a
And yes, after public outrage, the Democrats reinserted God --
to much consternation, boos and hisses from the raucous
crowd. But the larger point comes in the context of a
convention dedicated to the proposition that government is the new
god. It cares for us, provides for us, nurtures us, teaches
us, corrects us, props us up and wipes the tears from our eyes.
Without it, we can do nothing -- we are nothing. We are
a people of, by and for the government.
So while we didn't witness SWAT teams and riot gear this time
around, we were left to consider this pathetic reality: in 1968,
most mainstream Democrats were embarrassed by what happened in
Chicago. In 2012, they are thumping their chests with pride
over the spectacle in Charlotte.
Peter Heck (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a public high school
government teacher and radio talk show host in central
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