On September 5th, 2012, Antonio Villaraigosa, while serving as chairperson for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, disregarded the obvious results of a voice vote on the issue of reinstating language that recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and declared that it had passed by a 2/3rds majority when this was obviously not true. Such an autocratic course of action is a complete betrayal of the values of the Democratic Party, and thus cannot be tolerated without causing harm to the Democratic Party.
The Democratic Party must be defended against individuals and groups who would ignore the will of party members and delegates, and impose their own. To allow tyranny and tyrants within our party would be to cede the will of the people to the will of the few, and to abandon the principles of the Democratic Party.
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