Jennifer C. Braceras | Boston Herald | Monday, September 10, 2012 | Op-Ed |
Is it me, or did most of the Democratic convention in Charlotte seem like a “Saturday Night Live” skit?
With the exception of Bill Clinton’s speech on Wednesday, the entire week was an embarrassing ode to left-wing social issues and redistributive economics.
Sure, Republicans had Clint Eastwood. But the Democrats had an entire convention of crazies.
There was Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, hailing the diversity of the delegates — diversity imposed by Democratic Party quotas.
There was Barney Frank calling gay Republicans “Uncle Toms” and being, well, Barney Frank.
There were some female delegates (and MSNBC reporters!) wearing pink buttons printed with the word UTERUS and women dressed in vagina costumes — yes, vagina costumes.
All, I suppose, to make some grand point about sexism.
There were endless platitudes about how St. Barack made equal pay for men and women “the law of the land.” (Actually, it’s been the law of the land for decades, but far be it from me to get in the way of the “Only-Obama-can-protect-women” narrative).
Of all the PC nonsense at this convention, the most ludicrous, however, was the prime time speech by feminist activist Sandra Fluke.
Fluke is best known for her spirited defense of Obama’s decision to force Catholic institutions to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. Although she attends a $50,000-a-year law school, she is apparently unable to afford $10- a-month birth control pills (despite spending God-only-knows how much on her cell phone bill, iTunes downloads and lattes).
As you will recall, Fluke gained near-celebrity status last winter when Rush Limbaugh mocked her inappropriately on his radio show.
Although Mitt Romney and every other major Republican condemned Limbaugh’s language, their opposition to Fluke’s demand for government-mandated free contraception and abortion made them the targets of feminist wrath.
To Fluke — and the Democratic Party — the critical issue of the day is not the economy or our national security, but rather which man will best protect women from Rush Limbaugh — and then force the Catholic church to pay for contraception and abortion.
And so, Fluke spoke of a choice between two Americas — one in which the president “has our backs” and another in which the president would “turn his back” on women.
The rich irony that the DNC scheduled Fluke to speak just before Bill Clinton — the president most famous for preferring women “on their backs” — was, of course, lost on the liberal audience.
Other take-aways from the DNC? Rich people are evil. And a life without government is not worth living.
There were numerous demands for the rich to pay their “fair share” so that government can hand out more goodies. And there were multiple hostile references to Romney’s wealth.
Telling was the video that proclaimed government to be “the only thing we all belong to.” I thought the government belonged to the people, not the other way around — but what do I know?
Meanwhile, as the speakers on stage deified the president and glorified government largess, delegates were busy removing any reference to “God” from the party platform.
Now I don’t happen to think that platforms mean much of anything, but in the context of all the other PC nonsense on display in Charlotte, the incident sure sheds light on the ideological mindset of today’s Democratic Party.
You see, for Democrats in 2012, the only religion is government. The only god is Barack — the man who will heal us all (and the planet) if we can give him just a little more time.
Make no mistake about it, this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party.