The Democrat Party Is Being Ripped Apart By Extremists Wanting To Redefine The Party's Principles
- With the Democrat Party's primary contests all but over, attention turns to the drafting of the party's platform, which is a statement of Democrat principles.
- Just last evening, one DNC Platform Committee member and maxed out donor to Hillary Clinton called for the end of the Second Amendment and all private gun ownership.
- Bernie Sanders has said he will push hard to get the far-left principles he campaigned on built in to the Democratic platform, appointing extreme liberals who spread conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks and invoke the Holocaust to attack Israel.
- The issues Sanders is pushing to include are a grab bag of far-left positions ranging from single-payer health care to a complete ban on fracking to a weakening of our nation's relations with Israel.
- The coming DNC Platform chaos could mirror the events of 2012, when disagreements over removing "God" and "Israel" spilled into a bitter floor fight that embarrassed the Party.
This Week The Democratic Party Began Holding Hearings On Their Party Platform Prior To Its Drafting. "The prolonged Democratic presidential fight now shifts to a different arena, as Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters grapple with presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton over their imprint on a platform that will lay out the party's vision and policy goals. … Work begins this week in Washington, D.C., as the party's 15-member platform drafting committee holds two days of hearings devoted to the economy, education, foreign policy and other issues." (Peter Nicholas, "Democrats Gird For Battle Over Platform," Wall Street Journal, 6/7/16)
DNC PLATFORM COMMITTEE MEMBER AND CLINTON BACKER: NO ONE SHOULD HAVE A GUN
DNC Platform Committee Member Bonnie Schaefer Does Not Think "Anyone Should Have A Gun." SCHAEFER: "I do believe that you're absolutely correct - not just keeping the guns out of mentally ill people and criminals, but I really don't personally think anyone should have a gun. I mean, that's just my own philosophy. Nothing is ever solved when you have a gun in your hand except the worst possible scenario." (DNC Platform Committee Meeting, Washington DC, 6/8/16)
Schaefer Was Appointed To The Plaform Committee By Debbie Wasserman Schultz And Is A Maxed Out Donor To The Clinton Campaign
Schaefer Was Appointed To The Platform Committee By Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "In 2008, during the last contested Democratic primary, eventual nominee Barack Obama chose all the members of the party's platform committee, which sets policy priorities at the convention. … Wasserman Schultz's picks were Elijah E. Cummings, the Democratic congressman from Maryland who will head the committee; Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland; Howard Berman, a former California congressman; and Bonnie Schaefer, a business executive and philanthropist." (Chris Megerian, "Bernie Sanders Gets Voices On Key Democratic Party Committee," Los Angeles Times , 5/23/16)
Schaefer Is A Maxed Out Donor To Clinton's 2016 Campaign. ( OpenSecrets.org , Accessed 6/8/16)
Earlier This Week, Clinton Declined To Say Whether She Believes In A Constitutional Right To Bear Arms
FLASHBACK: On Sunday Clinton "Declined To Say … Whether She Believes In A Constitutional Right To Bear Arms." "Hillary Clinton declined to say Sunday whether she believes in a constitutional right to bear arms, possibly opening the door to a fresh round of attacks from Donald Trump, who has already accused the likely Democratic presidential nominee of wanting to "abolish" the Second Amendment." (Callum Borchers, "Hillary Clinton Wavers On Second Amendment Right To Bear Arms," The Washington Post , 6/5/16)
Clinton: If The Right To Bear Arms "Is A Constitutional Right, Then It, Like Every Other Constitutional Right, Is Subject To Reasonable Regulations." ABC’S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS “Do you believe that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right, that it’s not linked to service in a militia?” CLINTON: “I think that for most of our history, there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late Justice Scalia, and there was no argument until then that localities and states and the federal government had a right, as we do with every amendment, to impose reasonable regulations. So I believe we can have common-sense gun safety measures consistent with the Second Amendment. And in fact what I have proposed is supported by 90% of the American people and more than 75% of responsible gun owners. So that is exactly what I think is constitutionally permissible and once again you have Donald Trump just making outright fabrications of accusing me of something that is absolutely untrue. I’m going to continue to speak out for comprehensive background checks, closing the gun show loop hole, closing the online loophole, closing the so-called Charleston loophole, reversing the bill Senator Sanders voted for and I voted against giving immunity from liability to gun makers and sellers. I think all of that can and should be done and it is in my view consistent with the constitution.” STEPHANOPOULOS: “And the Heller decision also does say there can be some restrictions, but that’s not what I asked. I said, do you believe that their conclusion that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right?” CLINTON: “If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulations, and what people have done with that decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject what has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms.” (ABC's This Week, 6/5/16)
SANDERS HAS APPOINTED A NUMBER OF EXTREMISTS (INCLUDING A 9/11 TRUTHER) TO THE PLATFORM COMMITTEE TO PUSH HIS INTERESTS
With The Nominating Process All But Over, This Week The Sanders Campaign Is Moving To Fight Over The Democratic Party Platform
Sanders Told Rolling Stone He Wanted "The Strongest Progressive Platform That We Can [Get]" If He Is Not The Nominee. Q: "If you're unable to secure the nomination, which is the mathematical likelihood, what are your priorities for the convention: Reforms to the process? Platform planks?" A: "Number one, we want the strongest progressive platform that we can [get]." (Tim Dickinson, "Bernie Sanders Fights On: The Rolling Stone Interview," Rolling Stone, 5/31/16)
Wall Street Journal Headline: "Democrats Gird For Battle Over Platform" (Peter Nicholas, "Democrats Gird For Battle Over Platform," Wall Street Journal, 6/7/16)
A Sanders Campaign Representative Said There Would Not Be A "Kumbaya" Moment Over The Platform Because "There Are Fundamental Differences About The Future Of The Country And The Party." "A Sanders campaign representative, Jonathan Tasini, said that coming to consensus wouldn't be easy. 'It's a mistake to think there will be a 'Kumbaya' moment,' he said. 'We're not going to be standing there on the floor swaying with arms locked. There are fundamental differences about the future of the country and the party.'" (Peter Nicholas, "Democrats Gird For Battle Over Platform," Wall Street Journal, 6/7/16)
In May The DNC Announced That Sanders Would Be Allowed To Pick Five Of The Fifteen Platform Committee Members, With Clinton Picking Six And Wasserman Schultz Picking Four. "Bernie Sanders will be able to claim more sway over the convention in July after the Democratic National Committee partially gave in to his demand for more control over the committee that writes the party's platform. While DNC rules allow the chair to pick all 15 members of the national convention drafting committee, the organization struck a deal with the two campaigns so that Hillary Clinton will pick six members, Sanders will pick five, and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will appoint four, party officials confirmed." (Daniel Strauss, "DNC Agrees To Give Sanders Greater Influence Over Party Platform," Politico, 5/23/16)
Sanders Placed Left-Wing Extremists Who Invoke Conspiracy Theories And Claim Israel Engages In War Crimes On The Platform Committee
Sanders' Picks Included Cornel West, Rep. Keith Ellison, James Zogby And Bill McKibben. "Sanders' picks for the committee were: Arab-American Institute President James Zogby; Cornel West; Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison; Deborah Parker, an activist on Native American rights; and Bill McKibben, an activist on environmental issues." (Daniel Strauss, "DNC Agrees To Give Sanders Greater Influence Over Party Platform," Politico, 5/23/16)
Zogby "Once Compared Israel's Treatment Of Palestinians To The Holocaust." "Driving home that point will be two of Sanders' five selections for the group which is drafting the platform -- James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, once compared Israel's treatment of Palestinians to the Holocaust and Cornel West, a prominent surrogate for Sanders throughout the campaign, once blasted Netanyahu as a 'war criminal' in a 2014 rally (later in the speech he also called Obama a 'war criminal' for using drone strikes)." (Tom LoBianco, "Democratic Platform Fights To Watch In Philadelphia," CNN, 6/8/16)
In 2013 West Said "I Just Don't Know" When Asked Whether He Thought The 9/11 Attacks Was An "Inside Job." "When asked Wednesday if he believes 9/11 was an inside job - just like the 'truthers' he was standing alongside today at an address during the Million Muslim March in Washington, D.C. - outspoken progressive activist and professor Cornel West had this to say: 'I just don't know.'" (Dave Urbanski, "Was 9/11 An Inside Job? Left-Wing Activist Cornel West Says…," The Blaze, 9/11/13)
McKibben Believes Families Should Only Have One Child In Order To Save The Planet And The Earth's Biology. "In Maybe One, McKibben concludes that he and his wife were right to stop with just one child, and that the rest of us ought to do the same. The next fifty years 'will be crucial to our planet's future,' he writes. '[T]hey are the years that could so devastate the earth's biology that it will never again be able to support life as abundantly as it does at present.' The best way McKibben now sees for us to limit the damage that humans wreak on the planet is to make the only child a 'cultural norm.'" (Margaret Talbot, "The Perfectionist," The New Republic, 7/20/98)
And Sanders Is Looking To Add A Number Of Far-Left Planks To The Party Platform
Sanders Plans A Push For A "More Balanced Position Regarding Israel And Palestinians" In The Democratic Platform. "Even with the committee assignments, Sanders plans an aggressive effort to extract platform concessions on key policies that could prompt divisive battles at a moment when front-runner Hillary Clinton will be trying to unify the party. Among other issues, he plans to push for a $15 national minimum wage and argue that the party needs a more balanced position regarding Israel and Palestinians, according to a Sanders campaign aide who requested anonymity to speak candidly." (Abby Phillip And Anne Gearan, "DNC To Offer Sanders A Convention Concession," The Washington Post , 5/19/16)
Sanders Will Push For A National $15 An Hour Minimum Wage. "Even with the committee assignments, Sanders plans an aggressive effort to extract platform concessions on key policies that could prompt divisive battles at a moment when front-runner Hillary Clinton will be trying to unify the party. Among other issues, he plans to push for a $15 national minimum wage and argue that the party needs a more balanced position regarding Israel and Palestinians, according to a Sanders campaign aide who requested anonymity to speak candidly." (Abby Phillip And Anne Gearan, "DNC To Offer Sanders A Convention Concession," The Washington Post , 5/19/16)
Sanders Will Push For "Medicare For All," A Complete Ban On Fracking And Tuition-Free Public Colleges And Universities In The Democratic Platform. Q: "If you're unable to secure the nomination, which is the mathematical likelihood, what are your priorities for the convention: Reforms to the process? Platform planks?" A: "Number one, we want the strongest progressive platform that we can [get]. That would incorporate many of the ideas that we've fought for: from Medicare for all; paid family and medical leave; 15-bucks-an-hour minimum wage; very strong language on climate change and a carbon tax; stopping fracking; public colleges and universities tuition-free, et cetera, et cetera." (Tim Dickinson, "Bernie Sanders Fights On: The Rolling Stone Interview," Rolling Stone, 5/31/16)
#TBT: IN 2012 DEMOCRATS LEFT "GOD" OUT OF THEIR PLATFORM, WITH EFFORTS RECTIFY THEIR "MISTAKE" LEADING TO LOUD BOOS
In 2012 The Democratic Party Left Out "Any Reference To 'God' In Their Platform." "A rare unscripted moment at the Democratic National Convention here Wednesday resulted in an embarrassing moment for the party that is certain to be used in Republican television ads over the next two months. After they took heat for omitting any reference to 'God' in their platform, and for eliminating language from the 2008 platform that identified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Democrats tried to add the language back into their party platform with a voice vote." (Jon Ward And Joshua Hersh, "Democrats' Efforts To Reinsert 'God' And 'Jerusalem' Into Platform Met With Loud Opposition," The Huffington Post, 9/5/12)
The Democratic Convention Hall "Burst Into Chaos" Over Attempts To Add "God" Back Into The Platform, With "Loud Boos" Erupting Around The Arena After The Language Was Finally Added. "Moments after convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa gaveled in day two of the Democratic Convention, the hall burst into chaos as Democrats voted to amend their party's platform to include the word 'God' and name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Villaraigosa called the vote three times. The first two voice votes, which require a two-thirds majority to pass, were tied between 'ays' and 'nos.' On the third vote it was still hard to tell whether he 'ays' were audibly louder than the 'nays' in the half-full arena. When Villaraigosa announced 'the ays have it,' loud boos erupted across the arena." (Jake Tapper And Amy Bingham, "Dems Quickly Switch To Include 'God,' 'Jerusalem'," ABC News, 9/5/12)
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