The Charlotte host committee knew its audience at the Democratic National Convention. “Government,” the narrator says in a video produced by the committee for the opening of the convention, “is the only thing we all belong to.”
The Obama campaign quickly disavowed the video. But it captured all that was to come. The Charlotte Democrats are of, by and for government.
God might have been left out of the party platform in a fit of absentmindedness (and then acrimoniously restored), but government would never suffer such an indignity. It is the Alpha and Omega. The maker of dreams, the giver of succor, the ultimate expression of community. When Democrats say “We’re all in it together,” what they mean is that the Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations in the Department of Health and Human Services needs twice as much funding.
For Clinton Democrats, the era of Big Government was over. For Obama Democrats, the era of Big Government is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.