Apparently forgetful of the enormous electoral gains made by Republicans in 2010, liberals love to preach about how the Republican Party has been taken over by Tea Partiers, religious ideologues, and other various extremists. The DNC 2012 spectacle this week suggests that liberals should engage in some self-reflection on the “extremism” charge. Here’s a short survey of some of the crazier things DNC delegates have been up to in Charlotte:
Banning Corporate Profits
A conservative journalist posing as an anti-corporate activist found that an impressive number of convention delegates and attendees advocate a ban on corporate profits (i.e. a 100% tax rate). One interviewee even supported mandating corporate losses.
Until I saw the video, I honestly thought only the most dedicated, Che Guevara t-shirt wearing Occupy protesters could buy into such a whacky idea. Note that these are the same people that decry Paul Ryan’s budget proposal as “extreme.”
The self-proclaimed party of civility embarrassed itself this week when three prominent DNC delegates made over-the-top comparisons between Republicans and the Nazis. Later, the Palm Beach Democratic Chairman asserted that fundamentalist Christians “want Jews to die and convert so they can bring on the second coming of their lord.” Another delegate was investigated by the Secret Service for telling a journalist she’d like to “kill” Mitt Romney.
I suppose when the Vice-President of the United States is comfortable comparing Tea Partiers to Al-Qaeda, outlandish, hateful language would be common for folks at the DNC.
Booing God and Jerusalem
After initially declining to mention “God” or the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel in the Party platform, delegates at the DNC loudly booed when convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa questionably ruled that amendments reinstating the two items had passed. Despite the PR disaster, the Obama administration maintained its refusal to officially name Jerusalem as the capital.
According to a 2011 poll, more than 70 percent of Americans believe Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel, and I’m not sure anyone does polling that would capture whatever sentiment on the DNC floor led to popular outrage over the inclusion of “God” in the platform.
The DNC’s abortion platform: “The Democratic Party 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.” Not only does the platform “unequivocally” support abortion, including late-term abortions, but it also explicitly supports taxpayer-funded abortions.
According to a 2011 Gallup poll, only 27 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal under any circumstances, and 61 percent believe it should only be legal in “a few” or no circumstances. Only 23 percent of Americans support tax-payer funded abortions.
Additionally, newly minted pro-choice champion Sandra Fluke was given a prime-time speaking slot at the convention. The next day it was revealed that Fluke advocates not only insurance mandates for “free” contraception, but also insurance mandates for free sex change operations. Good luck selling that idea to mainstream America, Ms. Fluke!
With so many DNC delegates expressing such extreme views, one might even say that extremists have taken over the Democratic Party, right?