If the Democratic National Convention tells even the most passive political observer is that there’s very stark visual and psychological contrast between the visions that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have for the nation. I would argue like in no other time since the 1868 conventions have the views between the two main political parties been presented so distinctly. At its 1868 national convention, the Democrats were fervent supporters of the suppression of rights and freedoms of the Black American so much that it had the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan as its leader and the Republicans were as fervent in supporting the rights and freedoms of the American Blacks.
This year the Democrats kicked off their convention by openingly declaring that it is the people who belong to the government. Its platform was initially absent any reference to God. And they featured an ex-president who was impeached for lying to the Congress and the American people and once said that, “The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people.” and called the Constitution and the Bill of Rights “radical” and called for the limiting of personal freedoms in saying, “When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly…. [However, now] there’s a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there’s too much freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it.” They featured San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as keynote speaker whose mother is closely tied to La Raza Unida, a radical Mexican civil rights group who supports unabated ill-legal Mexican immigration, reportedly said that the truth behind the Battle of the Alamo was taken by “a bunch of drunks and crooks and slaveholding imperialists who conquered land that didn’t belong to them.” They topped the convention cake off by featuring Barack Obama who voiced his great disdain for governmental limitations once said, that the Court [Warren court] failed to “break free from the essential constraints” in the U.S. Constitution and launch a major redistribution of wealth.” And has done everything in his ability to not be constrained in such a manner.
The constant theme of the Democrats was that big government is the answer to all things and the freedoms and rights of the individual and his property is to be subordinate to the wants and the benefit of the society as a whole; that those who chooses to be responsible for themselves and actions are to be required to be responsible for those who chose not to be such. The whole DNC certainly had a collectivist undercurrent to it. Even the Obama slogan “Forward” has a significant socialist connection – it was a slogan first used by none other than Karl Marx himself. Coincidence? Right!
I am not by any means saying that the Republican Convention was perfect. But, I am saying the vision from the Republican view was one of youth and vigor, high standards, prosperity, national unity, independence, freedom by taking responsible for one’s actions – whether it is a nation or as a people, and above all a genuine love of God and THIS country. The ultimate choice is that of the U.S citizens and the American people whether we believe that rights and freedoms is the venue of the government or of the people. Whether we are to be destined to live within the plantation of the collective mind or free to prosper or fail limited only by one’s own dreams and choices as free-minded individuals. Or whether we reinvigorate our uniquely American belief that our rights come from God and not from man and that it is we the people who give life to the government and not the government that gives life to the people.