The Europeanization of the Democratic Party

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The Democratic Party continues to rapidly and firmly secularize.

The most recent display was the battle at the Democratic convention to exclude God from the party’s platform. That was no minor moment that should come and go with the latest news cycle.

And while it speaks to so many things, at many levels, it reminds me of the recent battle within the European Union to exclude God. Consider:

About 10 years ago, the EU was in an intense debate over God’s place in its new constitution. The God opponents were the predictable Western European progressives: leftist Eurocrats in Brussels, Labor Party atheists in Britain, German socialists, Scandinavian secularists, and, naturally, the French leadership. The God supporters included new EU member states that survived godless communism—with Poland in the forefront—and the continent’s preeminent religious figure: Pope John Paul II.

The pope, suffering from advanced Parkinson’s, took up the fight with vigor. In the summer of 2003, he devoted a series of Sunday Angelus addresses to this political issue that transcended politics. He made arguments akin to those of the American Founding Fathers, namely: It’s crucial for citizens living under a constitution to understand the ultimate source from which their rights derive. Their rights come not from government but God. What government gives, government can take away. What God gives, government cannot take away.

That brings me back across the Atlantic. That the Democrats, in 2012, would find themselves in a similar battle is no surprise.

I’ll never forget the night Barack Obama won the presidential election, when I turned on CNN and glimpsed an unknown Republican congressman from Wisconsin named Paul Ryan. When asked about Obama’s victory, Ryan said he most feared “the Europeanization of America.”

Ryan had nailed it. By the time of their 2012 convention, the Democrats (following Barack Obama’s lead) embraced everything from unlimited taxpayer-funding of abortion to gay marriage. How does one get to these positions? Answer: by removing God. It’s very … well, European.

For Catholic Exchange dot com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.

Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • mother_guadalupe

    God the Holy Spirit inspired Isaiah to prophesy to leftist Catholics “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.” The leftist democrats force good Catholics to pay for abortion which is evil, they lead many to the devil. The women who use drugs that cause abortions have been duped by the leftist dems, they have little knowledge and are most deserving of our Lord’s Mercy. However, those Catholics who have been given much knowledge every Sunday, present themselves to the author of life for Holy Communion, yet voted for the o-man and the leftist democrats and continue to support them, will hear the cry of those who lost their lives due to this HHS mandate. Those leftist Catholics will face the Just judge and have to answer for such a grave sin, unless they repent get to confession soon. God the Holy Spirit inspired Luke to quote Jesus the Son of God “And that servant who knew His master’s will, but did not make ready or act according to His will, shall receive a severe beating. But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.”

  • Poppiexno

    Mother_guadalupe, Your comment is splendid, especially your quote of Isaiah, and I can add little to it. I have long been impressed with the liberals ability to distort language to their end. Often one can read the title of a bill submitted by a liberal and conclude that the intent of the bill is the opposite. the”Afordable Health Care” act is a good example. It’s main intent is not affordable health care; it is intended to demolish companies engaged in providing health insurance, thereby gaining cntrol over health care providers.
    Evil is indeed being called good and good is being called evil. Once, homosexual behavior was regarded as adnormal (set aside for the moment whether it is sinful); now, those who oppose homosexual unions are regarded as the adnormal ones. Abortion, once generally regarded with disgust, is now touted as a good for women and those who oppose are considered to be reactionary. Once, single mothers were, to put it gently, not held in high esteem; now the are praised and supported by the state. Once families, by and large, supported members in need for whatever reason; now, we have a plethora of professionals and agencies. We can’t even support family members experiencing grief; we have professionals doing that. Yes, society was flawed in the past, in some cases seriously flawed; my point is that there has been a huge cultural shift in so many aspects of life so that what once was desirable, is now undesirable, what once was sinful is now praised, what once was our duty and our privilege is now the prerogative of the state.
    As to Catholics voting for Obama, I can only say that I am dismayed by the prospect. But then, we have such eminent “Catholic” politicians as Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Mario Cuomo (who was personally against abortion but didn’t want to impose his morality on others) who support abortion. so why should I be surprised when ordinary “Catholics” do likewise.

  • Richard III

    Does “leftist dems” in the 3rd sentence refer to democrats or demons?