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Decision time for Mississippi Democrats

Decision time for Mississippi Democrats

By: Magnolia Tribune - July 31, 2012

Politico ran a story Monday announcing that the Democratic National Committee is likely to include a pro-gay marriage statement in their convention platform for the first time in history.

As Politico noted, the “language will not become official until the party’s full Platform Committee meets August 10 in Detroit.” However, since it passed the recommending committee unanimously and seemingly has support of President Obama, it is likely to find a favorable vote for inclusion.

Now, I’m not writing this to debate the controversy and politics of gay marriage, whether it’s Constitutional or biblical; I’ll leave that to you as individuals to decide. My suspicion is that a vast majority of our readers will find this news appalling. But again, that’s another discussion for another day.

What I would like to know is what the Mississippi Democratic Party will do with this new DNC platform statement.

Will Mississippi Democrats embrace it and promote it in the Magnolia State or will they ride the fence as they do so conveniently with other issues their national counterparts employ that is obviously not popular in this red state?

You’re not likely to hear Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole publicly tout this addition to the DNC platform, neither will the lone statewide elected Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood.

It would not surprise me, however, to find the state’s lone Democratic federal official, 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson, speaking in support of the addition. Thompson has to retain his liberal credentials with Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus.

For voters, this should highlight how out of touch Democrats at every level are with the majority of Americans, especially here in Mississippi.

Mississippi Democrats would like nothing more than for voters not to associate them with their party’s platform, none more this one. As if being in the party of Obama isn’t enough in a red state, now having their local city alderman, county supervisor and state representative embrace gay marriage will not set well with most Mississippians.

Should the DNC approve this pro-gay marriage statement as part of their platform, the Mississippi Republican Party may well find their ranks swelling once again with party switchers.

In a time where Democrats are getting pummeled at every level of government, why the DNC would impose such a damning initiative on their candidates from City Halls to Congress just shows how far to the left today’s Democrats are.

It’s decision time for Mississippi Democrats. To be or not to be, that is now every Mississippi Democrat’s question.

Don’t be fooled, Mississippi… Party affiliation speaks volumes.

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