A hundred years ago... (a bit of hyperbole here, it's really not been *that* long) ... when I was in junior high school civics class, we were given assignment to memorize these words.
We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I'm sure you recognize this passage as being a part of the Declaration of Independence, one of our nation's founding documents. To this day I can quote this passage which taught me that as far as our founding fathers were concerned there are certain universal truths, or common facts that should be obvious to us all. Every human being possesses rights inherited from a creator (architect, designer) who bestows equal value to everyone.
Now you may believe that we were all spontaneously generated and that our rights are issued to us by "the government". What you cannot do is deny that our founders did not share your point of view. Having said that, just as sure as Debbie Wasserman Schultz lies, someone will try. Fortunately, this has always been the exception, not the rule, or at least it was until recently.
Fast forward to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Apparently the Democrats have been having second thoughts about our founding documents and some of the basic principles they espouse. For example, in 2000 the word God was found four times in their official party platform, in 2004 seven times, in 2008 once, and in 2012 God disappeared entirely. The lone 2008 reference that was removed this year and then hastily strong armed back into the platform yesterday says:
WOW, you can see how this could be offensive and highly controversial!We must keep moving forward and doing the hard work of rebuilding a strong economy by betting on the American worker and investing in a growing middle class. We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.
What the hell is wrong with these people? When exactly did God become persona non grata in the streets and convention halls of this country? Our founding principles are based on the assumption of a "creator". Those principles are sound and have served us well. As they say here in fly over country, "If it ain't broken . . . " But speaking of broken, what are we going to do about the Democrats?