Something has been bothering me regarding the controversy of the Democrats taking God and Jerusalem out of their party platform.
At the time, I had Fox News on in the background as I was trying to fix an error in one of my programs. All of a sudden, I was distracted by Dick Durbin screaming that he would not allow Bret Baier to suggest that the Democrats were godless.
That piqued my interest, and I rewound to the beginning of the interview to find out what Baier had asked.
He had simply asked why the reference had been taken out.
But, Dick Durbin exploded, claiming Baier was suggesting that Democrats were godless.
It looked like he was he was protesting a little too much.
Later the same day, before the moves to reinsert God and Jerusalem in to the party platform, a message from American Atheists crossed my Google+ stream, praising the Democrats' decision to take God out of the platform.
Then, of course, I laughed with everyone, as Villaraigosa re-instated the mentions over the objections of at least half those present (the change required 2/3 majority to pass ... There is the difference between democratic process and Democrat process for you).
But, one question remained unanswered: Who had originally taken out the references, and why?
The Democrats seem to really be working to get the Arab vote this year. Now, in most places, there Arab vote does not matter, but in Michigan, they are an important voting bloc.
The Yalla Vote t-shirts along with the "Arab-American Democrat" placards were very visible in the audience shots on CSPAN. This is not a broad based appeal to all Muslims in America, but a specifically targeted attempt to pull Arab voters in.
In fact, if you look at the one close-up of the audience members protesting the re-insertion of the language, you'll see them wearing such t-shirts, and carrying such signage:
It looks like the controversy was not about God at all. A Muslim has no reason to object to that.
But, many Muslims, especially Arabs, do object to Israel's right exist.
Now, clearly, the Democrats do not want to lose the support they enjoy among Jewish voters. So, unless they believed there was a decent reward for taking out the reference to Jerusalem from their platform, they would not have done so.
From that, I will infer that they believed they really needed the Arab voters in Michigan, and bowed to their demands, until the whole thing was noticed, and the question came up.
Dick Durbin's loud protestations over imagined claims of godlessness was a successful attempt to misdirect the discussion, and obscure the fact that Arabs wield enough influence in the Democrat party so as to lead the party to remove language affirming that "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel."
It doesn't look good for the Democrats if they are willing to sell Israel out for a fistful of votes in Michigan.
Now, all of this is speculation, of course. As far as I know, the Democrats have not provided any explanation of why and how and by whom the language was taken out. Lacking inside sources, I can only make inferences based on the information I have. So, if you have a better explanation, please let us know.