The 2012 Democratic Party Platform stole some of the wind from Mr. Obama’s sails last week in their attempt to take God and Jerusalem out of their Platform. The Democrats later put them back in amidst much controversy. Well, Mr. Obama may have no one to blame but himself. The platform for the incumbent party usually comes from the sitting president.
Democrats v. Republicans: the God question
A cross, a Bible, and an ancient symbol from a time when Christians met literally underground. Graphic art courtesy Microsoft Corporation.
The more interesting aspect of the “God” question is where the Democratic and Republican Parties differ ideologically. The inclusion or exclusion of God from any political party’s platform would be an argument that strangely enough would come down along party lines. Most likely, the Republicans would keep Him in and the Democrats without a directive on a teleprompter (as we witnessed at the Convention) would be split.
Whether it is Sandra Fluke arguing that the taxpayer is obligated to fund her sex life, or Andrew Tobias, Democratic National Committee Treasurer, extolling the virtues of same sex marriage, the Democrats – both politically and morally – have a consistently liberal philosophy. I have long been fascinated about how much God has influenced the philosophy of each political party – regardless of the celebrated separation of church and state. Whether we acknowledge it or not, and whether we like it or not, our spiritual life does influence our thought life. Hence it influences our political ideologies as well. So, I decided to do a comparison to illustrate this point.
Democrats v. Republicans: synopsis
|Our rights come from Government
||Our rights come from God
|We shouldn’t have to support Israel
||Israel is our friend and we should support her
|Abortion is a woman’s right to choose. Some support partial birth abortion.
||A woman does not have the right to choose if her child lives or dies. Only God has that right – again, this goes back to our rights coming from God. Most Republicans believe that partial birth abortion is infanticide
|Healthcare should be government funded. Religious institutions do not have the right to decide if they want to provide healthcare benefits that cover abortion and/or birth control.
||The government does not have the right to come between you and your doctor, and every employer has the right to choose what they include in their health care benefits package
|Supports same-sex marriage
||Supports civil unions but believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
|Government must supply all our needs
||Government should provide an environment where people can work and pursue happiness.
||Everyone is entitled to the fruits of their own labor and taxes should be fairly imposed on all
|Only government schools should be funded by taxpayer dollars
||School choice vouchers should be available and parents should be able to decide which school is best for their children
|Environmental rules and regulations should trump energy development and impact individual property rights
||Environmental rules and regulations should be practical and property rights should not be intruded upon – unless extreme circumstances apply
|We belong to government, and government knows best about everything
||Government works for us, and our representatives serve by our consent
|Government should bail out failing industries and/or companies
||Industries and/or companies should fail or thrive under their own initiatives