This’ll be short (I think).
Paul Ryan wants the Obama administration to explain why the Democratic platform doesn’t include the word “God” in it.
Is he fucking serious?
“It’s not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision. I’d guess you’d have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform.”
I’ll answer for Obama.
God is not mentioned once in our founding documents. Nowhere. And if you want to say that the reference to some “creator” in the Declaration of Independence refers to Paul Ryan’s version of the Christian god, then you are equally delusional. The term “Creator”, written by the deist Jefferson, is not the god of Ryan’s Catholic faith. It’s an intentionally ambiguous term allowing the reader of the Declaration to think whatever they want to think. (I personally think my Creator is called “mom and “dad”. )
The Constitution (which is actually the only “founding document” that counts) does not even mention a Creator, much less “God”, and goes out of its way to ensure that religion, any religion, is not involved in our intentionally secular government (see the First Amendment, and Article VI “…but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”).
So Paul (oh, ye of Pinocchio nose), there was no purging from the Democratic platform, because there is no need to have God in the platform. You really need to stop reading David Barton. The Democratic platform, to the extent it doesn’t really use the word God, even though there is a reference to “faith”, is more in keeping with the founding documents of this country, not to mention the historical interpretation and jurisprudence surrounding those documents, than the Republican Platform.
There sure is a lot of mention of government.
Well, D’uh. It’s the political platform for the party supporting the candidacy of the man who is going to continue to be the head of the government. You know, the Chief Executive of the American Federal Government, our Commander in Chief? He’s not running for Archbishop.
Sentiments like these don’t belong in a secular government document:
- Reaffirm that our rights come from God…
- May God continue to shed his grace on the United States of America…
- We offer our Republican vision of a free people using their God-given talents…
- We are the party of the Constitution, the solemn compact which confirms our God-given individual rights…
- In a free society, the primary role of government is to protect the God-given, inalienable, inherent rights of its citizens…
- We acknowledge, support, and defend the law-abiding citizen’s God-given right of self-defense. [WTF?]
- We condemn decisions by activist judges to deny children the opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety, including “Under God,” in public schools and encourage States to promote the pledge.
- In assessing the various sources of potential energy, Republicans advocate an all-of-the-above diversified approach, taking advantage of all our American God-given resources.
- the Republican Party believes in the moral obligation of the people to be good stewards of the God-given natural beauty and resources…
- A young person’s ability to achieve in school must be based on his or her God-given talent and motivation, not an address, zip code, or economic status.
Frankly, I’m suspicious of any party platform that would rely so heavily on God.
OK. That was short and to the point, wasn’t it?