‘Extreme makeover’ at Democratic Convention

To the Editor:

A cartoon summed up the Democratic Convention, “Democrats boo God and cheer abortion activists.”

Democrats removed the word God and a line stating Jerusalem is the capital of Israel from their platform. Did Obama know of these changes or not? Doesn’t the party realize how strong Obama feels about his relationship with Israel? Never mind when Obama asked Israel to return to pre-1967 borders or not being more vocal while Iran acquires nukes or not visiting Israel or sitting in a church for 20 years listening to anti-Semitic rants from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It was on display for all the world to see that the Democratic Party overwhelmingly booed Israel and God no matter how many lies come out of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mouth. She is a disgrace.

Elizabeth Warren, candidate for Senate, angrily spoke of our system as “rigged.” So much anger and screaming at this convention. Her gloomy view of America was offensive, but she may be right. When Obama realized he needed to amend the platform or risk financial support from Jewish donors, convention chairman Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa expected a routine vote from his delegates to reinsert God and Israel. The vote was “rigged” because the teleprompter already decided to change the platform contrary to almost two-thirds shouting “nay!”

Women’s issues became the centerpiece of the DNC convention starring the most egregious offender of women, Bill Clinton. Letter writers Ken Camarro and Richard Ross spoke to the Republicans’ extreme beliefs on abortion. As a pro-life woman, I am not extreme. Respecting the life of an unborn child is not extreme. You can be pro-choice and not be pro-abortion. Obama’s record on abortion is extreme: Abortion at any stage for any reason. Including partial birth, infanticide, gender selection and after a child is born from a botched abortion. Outside the womb?

The Democratic platform went through extreme editing this year.  The democrats removed “Abortion should be safe, legal and rare.” Their platform, “… strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”

Democrats are no longer talking about access to abortion and contraception. They are demanding taxpayer funded abortions and free contraception even though 72% of voters oppose public funding of abortion.  Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown student, asked us to pay for her contraception in a time when parents are struggling to buy sneakers and gas for carpooling. Selfish and out of touch!

We watched strong, confident women, Republican governors at the RNC convention. Contrast that with victimized Fluke who told our young women she was “silenced” by Republicans and powerless. Lies. Obama personally consoled her but stays silent when donor Bill Maher viciously attacks Sarah Palin’s children and all conservative women. Michelle Obama gladly sits with David Letterman, who has said similar disgusting remarks against women and children.

The extreme makeover was showcased at the DNC convention.


Julie Criscuolo


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