Texas GOP Unveils Brand New, Far-Right Platform

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Friday, June 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

The Texas Republican Party unveiled its new platform today and it contains some very far-right provisions, to say the least. Media Matters has the full details, but here are some of the more noteworthy measures:

We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

Further, we urge Congress to withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases involving abortion, religious freedom, and the Bill of Rights.

We believe Congress should repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

We strongly believe that the United States of America must protect and defend its national sovereignty as given in the Constitution to the people and remain free of external control or influence and be governed independently of any foreign power, especially with regard to the formation of the North American Union/Community as proposed by the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR). We call upon the President, Senators and Representatives to defend our national sovereignty in accordance with their oaths of office.

Our policy [on Israel] is based on God’s biblical promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel and we further invite other nations and organizations to enjoy the benefits of that promise.

We oppose a one-world government in direct opposition to our basic principles and eroding our sovereignty. We oppose the implementation of one world currency.

We demand Congress stop funding the IMF and any other international financing agencies.

We believe it is in the best interest of the citizens of the United States that we immediately rescind our membership in, as well as all financial and military contributions to, the United Nations.

By most standards, the Texas wing of the Republican Party is on the far-right of the spectrum, and as far as the far-right goes, there isn’t anything new in this document; homophobia, xenophobia, opposition to international cooperation and fear of a “North American Union” are long-standing preoccupations. If there’s anything interesting about the Texas GOP’s platform is that it is one of the clearest examples of the Republican Party’s capture by right-wing extremists. It’s not just the conservative base either; Republican Senate candidates like Nevada’s Sharron Angle and Kentucky’s Rand Paul have clear and abiding ties to the far-right, and congressional Republicans regularly espouse radical views that would have been anathema to nearly everyone a few years ago.

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Louis B.
Comment posted June 26, 2010 @ 3:02 am

Don't tread on me! (Unless I'm gay…)

That being said, some aspects of that platform are evil, others are stupid and others are defensible. It's a mistake to hold them all up as equally worthy of stigmatization on the basis of their association with the “far-right”.

Maybe I'm just rationalizing because I see a lot of radical proposals there that I like but that are marred by their association with conpiracy theories and dickwads who feel the need to arrest homosexuals and write stuff like this:

We support teaching the principles articulated by Republican Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that we be judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character and we celebrate positive contributions to our society by members of all cultural groups without emphasizing their differences. We favor strengthening our common American identity and loyalty instead of multiculturalism that emphasizes differences among racial and ethnic groups.


BurningFeet
Comment posted June 26, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

Despite what it sounds like, your typical Texan does not walk around dragging his or her knuckles on the pavement. The wingnut Republican Right in Texas? OK, sure. But it isn't everyone here. Really. No. Really.
And don't go thinkin' you can just build a wall around Texas and we won't escape.

Why, Rhett! How many times have I told you to wash up after weekly cross burning?
– Jim


Irish_Wake
Comment posted June 26, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

Can someone please explain how the Honorable Texas GOP can state “We believe in strict adherence to the Declaration of Independence and US…Constitution.” (Translation – We believe in traditional American government.)

and not burst into flame by also stating “we urge Congress to withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases involving abortion, religious freedom, and the Bill of Rights.” (Translation – We publicly declare traditional American government anathema.)

Or am I misreading this? Perhaps this is an illustration of critical thinking skills developed through the use of Texas School Board approved textbooks?
*Note to BurningFeet – no offense to you or your kin.


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Steve_X
Comment posted June 27, 2010 @ 3:49 am

This platform may have just been unveiled, but I have a hard time believing that any of it is new.


Shay Guy
Comment posted June 27, 2010 @ 6:35 am

Our policy [on Israel] is based on God’s biblical promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel and we further invite other nations and organizations to enjoy the benefits of that promise.

And like half Israel's population said, “Dude, just…just shut up already.”


par4
Comment posted June 27, 2010 @ 11:01 am

If they ever enforced that sodomy law there wouldn't be much of a Republican party left.


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Ryan
Comment posted June 28, 2010 @ 1:21 am

“Gene Manufacturing – We support a ban on research that alters human DNA in living human beings at any stage of life, including the altering of artificial, manufactured, and natural genes and chromosomes.”

So they oppose gene therapy, one of the more promising new treatment methods out there, and the current best hope for a cure for cancer? Awesome.


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Comment posted June 28, 2010 @ 1:24 am

LOL


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Comment posted June 28, 2010 @ 2:57 am

Easy: they're morons.


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Comment posted June 28, 2010 @ 10:31 am

Bunch of Neocons Israel firsters. Ron Paul is the solution.


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Comment posted June 28, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

I think that we should split up this country and let the Republicans have the deep south. All the rest can come up north where we can all work together to create a society that puts the common good first. Think what it would be like to live in a world without Republicans! Everyone would have good jobs, universal healthcare, decent housing, and peace of mind. There would be no crime, because we would all have an equal share of good things, and an equal place at the table. Actually, this is exactly the kind of world that is coming, and Republicans will have to accept it or find another planet to live on. Is Texas a planet?


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Comment posted June 28, 2010 @ 11:39 pm

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Conservative Mom
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

Good God, you leftist Dems/Libs are IDIOTS!!

AND “come up North” LOLOL Plenty of people “up North” are fed up with the Dem/lib party and esp Obummer and his merry band of thugs!!


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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

Well at least you used your post for solid constructive policy issues, & not just baseless insults & name calling. Oh wait…


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Comment posted July 5, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

Being against public espousal of homosexuality is NOT homophobia. I'm against it but have homosexual friends. Just like I have other moral views but friends I disagree with. Having a moral opinion and supporting it in politics is NOT the same as being afraid of people or being hateful. Stupid word choices to insult those you disagree with.


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GubbaBump
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

Umm what you have just described in your post is Socialism! It has never and will never be successful in the long term. The United States Government is the longest standing government in existance for a reason. When we take away peoples right to make decisions for themselves and give those rights to the few in power we have made ourselves slaves to the decisions of those very few! Unfortunately the ignorant do not see this until it is too late to do anything about it…America has cancer, you are its seed!


GubbaBump
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

I think you may have the most rational post/reply in this string! However, lets follow the basic principal of majority rule! as long as Texans support the GOP in Texas then they can pass the laws and make the requests that the majority of their citizens support! Or should we be a nation of minority rule?


worrywart
Comment posted August 8, 2010 @ 3:44 am

People like you are why I'm afraid for the kids of this generation and future generations. You're teaching your kids to hate people and call them stupid for, OH NO, having different beliefs than you. Never mind the fact that's what started so many wars in the past! It's all right to hate people if they have different beliefs, dear, because THEY'RE in the wrong and YOU'RE in the right!


Bob
Comment posted August 31, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

They do realize that “sodomy” refers to any sexual activity other than normal intercourse right? That means no more oral for you right wingers!


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Comment posted September 5, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

Modern Europe is socialist, and they are doing just fine. Something is wrong with your intellectual laziness.


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Comment posted September 5, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

We have a nation with minority RIGHTS. Which means the majority, no matter how pissed they get at a certain group, cannot trample on the rights of a minority. That is critical to a free society. “majority rule” is a nice sound byte, but it's more complex than that. Only the intellectually lazy do what you just did.


FreedomFirst
Comment posted October 16, 2010 @ 7:30 am

i hope you get arrested when you give your husband a blow job you fascist slut


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Comment posted October 16, 2010 @ 7:33 am

i dunno man, i'm not big on a lot of modern Europe's high income tax rates, but i am going to move to Spain to smoke pot all day and party all night and then maybe not smoke pot in the afternoon so i can sleep, so i can PARTY ALL NIGHT. that's what Spain is about you know :P


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