*edit, February 12, 2018 – The link I used, below, to the Common Dreams website, is kaput. I seem to have found the same article however.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:
Al-Jazeera sums it up well, as the Common Dreams staff (who accept an awful lot of submissions from fake progressives) note:
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To reinstate the language on Jerusalem, Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles mayor and Democratic convention chair, had to call for a voice vote three times on Wednesday and looked uncertain as to how to proceed when the “no” votes seemed to be louder.
Proposing the motion, Ted Strickland, former Ohio governor, said “faith and belief in God is central to the American story” and “President Obama recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and our party’s platform should as well”.
But when a voice vote was called, the “nays” appeared to match the “ayes”.
“I — I — I guess, I’ll do that one more time,” Villaraigosa said.
Despite the second attempt leading to a similar response, he declared: “In the opinion of that chair, two-thirds have voted in the affirmative. The motion is adopted, and the platform has been amended.”
That sparked a chorus of boos from the floor.
Campaign officials said the language change was ordered by President Barack Obama himself to reflect his own personal views.
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Check out the video below. And notice the ‘Christian’ dude, a former governor named Ted Strickland, providing what in fact is an indispensable service to his political allies by proposing a motion for a vote on re-inserting racist, imperial language regarding Israel and Jerusalem back into the Democratic Party platform. For without a constituency, namely a group of voters (including sub groups) who will vote at election time, the entire sham, undemocratic, elite-serving electoral system would unravel. The need then is to convince enough voters that their (usually tv) religions are true and be sure to push those religious hot buttons at election time and watch them march to the voting booths to save ‘elite’ democracy from the bewildered herd who don’t own anything because they don’t deserve to.
And no need to worry about principles or supporters who may be principled. There are many principled people left on the planet. Although you have to wonder about that strategy. Only macho, reckless yahoos like our current crop of rightwingers would play this game of chicken. And it is chicken they’re playing, as you can see from the video which shows clearly no ringing endorsement from an overwhelming majority of delegates on the floor. Or perhaps the people in charge of deciding how things should go here, before votes are taken, just figured that the delegates would ‘get it’ and get with it. I mean, Really? By now, Who can be an intelligent Democratic Party supporter with any principles at all and not be looking for the exit door? The racist, imperial language of the two major business parties is a detail. Those two ‘parties’ are the problem, along with the sham system they are a part of.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that more important than trying to determine which chorus was the loudest, namely the ‘yays’ or ‘nays’, is trying to determine which side has the most votes, something you shouldn’t try to do by determining which side can shout loudest, especially when the nays and yays are roughly equal in number. Duh! You have to COUNT their votes. But that’s only important when common democracy is important. Savvy delegates to Democratic and Republican conventions should know that. Or should they?