Democrats released their approved platform last night, a curious Labor Day exercise considering the results. With unemployment the chief concern of voters in this election, how often does the word “unemployment” appear in the DNC document? BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski counted, and found only three mentions;abortion got four. What other terms outplay the biggest issue in this election? Andrew finds a few interesting comparisons in his pictorial:
- Joe Biden – 1 time
- Osama bin Laden – 4 times
- Romney – 22 times
- Auto – 15 times
- Jobs – 77 times
- Obama – 111 times
Here are a couple that Andrew missed:
- Fair share – 9 times
- Contraception – 3 times
It seems that contraception is as important to this document as unemployment, abortion slightly more important, and redistribution three times more of an issue for Democrats as unemployment.
Speaking of abortions, John McCormack notes that Democrats have taken an extreme position on the issue by refusing to limit their support to the first trimester and to push for taxpayer subsidies for abortions:
The 2012 Democratic party will officially adopt an extreme position on the issue of abortion on Tuesday. According to a copy of the party platform, which was released online just before midnight on Monday, “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”
That last part–“regardless of ability to pay”–is an endorsement of taxpayer-funded abortions, a policy that President Obama has personally endorsed. …
The 2012 Democratic party also endorses an unrestricted right to abortion-on-demand. According to the platform, on the issue of abortion “there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way.”
No place at all, huh? Remember when Bill Clinton pushed his party into supporting a policy to make abortion “safe, legal, and rare,” a position that appeared in their platform through 2004? Democrats don’t. There is no longer any such language in their platform, which should inform voters that Democrats not only don’t want to make abortion rare, they want taxpayers footing the bill for them.