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Context matters.

July 28, 2016

OK, sometimes enough is enough. Maybe you can carry “fair and unbiased”  too far.

So far at the DNC and the events spinning around it, Democrats have managed to attack most of the salient features of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

Take freedom of  religion and oh yes, that hoary old stalwart, “all men are created equal” for instance.

The House minority leader was quoted as feeling that Hillary seems to have a problem with non-college degreed white men (apparently non-college educated men of color and women in general  aren’t included), “because of guns, because of gays and because of God”

The candidate meanwhile was recorded as saying that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

Um…what about the Constitution? Isn’t there something in there about the freedom to exercise religion?

Oh yes, here it is…apparently it was just misplaced. You can also find it under “Bill of Rights”

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Ordinarily, you could and probably should just let whatever you hear or see at a political convention go in one ear and out the other, allowing none of it to reside in a single brain cell.

Or to put it more plainly, it’s pretty much all a load of crap, particularly when it’s being shoveled by surrogates.

This seems a bit over the edge, even for a political convention, primarily because it has been repeated and demonstrated to be central to the basic philosophy of the candidate and her party.

There is a difference between your personal decision to repudiate any religious teachings or code of morality you may have, and having those beliefs “changed” at the canonical level by the government.

It isn’t just religion either.  On Monday, a Clinton surrogate, the always fair-minded and unbiased Lanny Davis, was being interviewed by Fox News show hosts Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum.  Eventually they must have struck a nerve, because Mr. Davis got up to leave, ending the interview by tossing off this not-so-thinly-veiled threat as he did so –  “I’d hate to see you do anything to damage your careers.”

Golly darn, there’s that old First Amendment thingie again.

Donald Trump says among his first actions as President  will be to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Apparently  Mrs. Clinton has repeal and replace the Constitution high on her to-do list.

It’s OK if you can’t stand Donald Trump, or anyone else, but when everyone is in lockstep around an issue, that becomes more than just a trend.

As you’re listening to the star-studded list of speakers the rest of this evening, try putting what they are saying in the context of their philosophy.

You decide.

From → op-ed

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