Based on this video:
I sent the following letter to Mayor Villaraigosa and the Democratic Party:
I’m not a citizen of Los Angeles, but I am a Democrat. When Ted Strickland offered his amendment, calling for the party platform to recognize his god, I was disappointed, but not surprised. This sort of religious pandering has become common, but as someone who does not share his religious views, I continue to hope for the day when people will recognize that the party of inclusion should not be including divisive language that is disrespectful to and excludes anyone who doesn’t share the religious views of the majority.
Yesterday was that day – and you destroyed it.
In any rational society, that amendment proposal would have failed, but I expected it to pass. It’s clear that you expected it to pass, as well, and when it didn’t, you looked very puzzled. After calling for a second and third vote, you then had the audacity to toss aside the actual vote and declare that you heard a 2/3 majority in favor of the amendment.
You, sir, were lying.
I don’t care if the amendment called for the inclusion of pancakes at every breakfast – I’m upset about the utter disregard for the actual voting results.
As a representative of the party that has been preaching about the dangers of voter reform and the value of every vote, you willfully ignored the clear desire of the people, spat upon the democratic process, and collaborated to alter the party platform by lying about the result of that vote.
Your decision is an embarrassment to the democratic process, the Democratic party and the people you were chosen to represent. Your actions sacrificed the political high ground and brought disgrace upon the party.
I’m calling for you to issue a public apology and to request that the party respect the vote, as offered, and remove that amendment from OUR platform.
- Matt Dillahunty