At the convention — It’s a tie — the ‘Yays’ win

To the editor:

I am watching both conventions with great interest. I was stunned on the second day of the Democratic Convention to see a controversial effort by the convention chair to pass on a vote to add the name of God and Jerusalem to the Democratic National Platform. Previous platforms noted that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.

The chair was clearly shocked when verbal “yays” and “nays” were clearly equal in the voice vote. A two-thirds majority is required to pass on a vote. The chair said, “Let’s try this one more time.” A repeat of equal “yays” and “nays” followed. The chair was speechless! A woman whispered into the chair’s ear, “You need to give them what they want.” The chair asked for a third voice vote, with the same embarrassing results.

Ignoring the embarrassing situation, the chair sided with the “Yays” and moved on despite loud boos.

Daryl Gonyon

Fall River

The writer is a former Westport town administrator.

3 Comments

    • GaryM said:

      Focus,

      Israel designated Jerusalem as its capital in 1950.

      The problem lies with the rest of the world recognizing Jerusalem as the capital given the ongoing issues with the Palestinians.

      Thus the current “yay nay” debate over who gets to decide what the capital is of any country: the country itself, or other countries.

  1. focus said:

    GaryM,

    The United States of America has no problem. Just as your name is what the

    United States of America recognizes, so it is with the capitol of every nation in the

    world. The United States of America recognizes Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, as the

    capitol of Israel.

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