Texas GOP – True Conservatives or Authoritarian Jackasses?
UPDATE: Sunday – 1:00 PM – It was gently pointed out to me that the Texas GOP Platform is not necessarily universally endorsed by all Texas Republicans. She is absolutely correct. Let me state, for the record, that where I refer to the Texas GOP in this post, I’m referring to the governing body of the state’s GOP that drafted and finalized the platform. I would not wish anyone to think I believe all Texas Republicans support all of its points.
The Texas GOP recently issued its 2010 Party Platform, which you can read here. (PDF File)
Most of it sounds pretty good. Take, for example, their stance on limited government:
Limited Federal Powers – We support state sovereignty reserved under the Tenth Amendment and oppose mandates beyond the scope of federal authority. We support the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We oppose and refuse any federal mandates which infringe upon the right to self-government and rights of citizens, businesses and public entities of the State of Texas; we also support asking the Governor to direct the Texas Attorney General to pursue all other appropriate legal action that preserves Texas’ sovereignty. We further support abolition of federal agencies involved in activities not originally delegated to the federal government under a strict interpretation of the Constitution. We reject the EPA defining repairs as upgrades.
Excellent! De-centralized government power, relegating those rights not granted to the federal government back to the states and to the individual.
The Rights of a Sovereign People – The Republican Party of Texas supports the historic concept, established by our nations’ founders, of limited civil government jurisdiction under the natural laws of God, and repudiates the humanistic doctrine that the state is sovereign over the affairs of men, the family and the church.
Except, of course, if you’re gay.
On gay marriage:
We call on the President and Congress to take immediate action to defend the sanctity of marriage.
We are resolute that Congress exercise authority under the United States Constitution, and pass legislation withholding jurisdiction from the Federal Courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the definition of marriage. We further call on Congress to pass and the state legislatures to ratify a marriage amendment
declaring that marriage in the United States shall consist of and be recognized only as the union of a natural man and a natural woman. Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights or status of a spouse. (emphasis mine)
Wait. What was the part about state’s rights again? So, marriages granted by states shall now be defined by the federal government? And no state is allowed to have its own definition of marriage or of civil unions? They all must agree with Texas?
Texas doesn’t want to recognize gay marriage. Cool. As far as I’m concerned, they shouldn’t have to. But don’t start pontificating about state’s rights and limited federal government, when you seek to impose your own views of the world on the rest of the country. Secede already. Assholes.
Let me repeat the Texas GOP’s own words for emphasis:
repudiates the humanistic doctrine that the state is sovereign over the affairs of men
But, of course, the state (of Texas) does want to be sovereign over the affairs of men.
On sodomy laws:
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.
In other words, the Texas GOP wants to be able to control what is legal in the bedroom among consenting adults. Sounds pretty “humanistic” to me. And they demand Congress exercise its authority granted by the Constitution. Excellent. Let’s start with the 14th Amendment this time, shall we?
On the Americans With Disabilities Act:
We support amendment of the Americans with Disabilities Act to exclude from its definition those persons with infectious diseases, substance addiction, learning disabilities, behavior disorders,
homosexual practices and mental stress, thereby reducing abuse of the Act.
So, basically, you can’t be labeled disabled if you’re gay. As far as I know, that’s how it currently stands: homosexuality isn’t viewed as a disability. Gay people don’t get special time off for work for shoe shopping or parades.
And “learning disabilities” and “mental stress?” So, no consideration in the workplace for people with Down syndrome, autism or schizophrenia? We do want these people to work, right? If they can’t be given consideration in the workplace, why won’t they just go on welfare?
On “hate crimes”
Equality of All Citizens – We deplore all discrimination. We also deplore forced sensitivity training and urge repeal of any mandate requiring it. We urge immediate repeal of the Hate Crimes Law. Until the Hate Crimes Law is totally repealed, we urge the Legislature to immediately remove the education curriculum mandate and the sexual orientation category in said Law.
Texas correctly wants ridiculous hate crime legislation repealed. But, until it is, they definitely want to stop allowing it to be applied to “sexual orientation.” That is to say, faggots.
The truth is, I agree with Texas GOP on many of their platform items, but when Texas starts demanding the US government tell states what they can do in one sentence, and cries “state’s rights!” in the next, and on the very same issue, they lose credibility.
You can’t grant freedom from government rule with one hand, then oppose self-governance when it disagrees with your morality on the other. If you want the Bible mandated as law, why are you against government welfare and wealth redistribution? After all, didn’t Jesus tell us to give to the poor, and feed and clothe the hungry?
The Texas GOP is authoritarian, and absurd. It makes Texas and, consequently, all conservatives, sound exactly like the hypocritical, homophobic bigots the rest of the nation believes them to be. And I don’t use the word “homophobic” lightly; it’s overplayed.
But look at the platform! Gay people can’t: have employment rights, any recognition of a partnership, adopt children, be covered under the ADA (the fact that Texas thinks “homosexual practices” are covered by the ADA shows where their heads are at), have equal access to protection under federal law (yes, hate crime legislation is stupid. Extending it to every group but one is moronic) or have the right to sexual privacy accorded every other citizen.
The message is clear: if you’re gay, get the hell out of Texas.
There’s a reason a recent poll showed most of the country considered itself moderate to conservative, yet the country is being run by far-leftist progressives, and this is it.
Pick a side, Texas. Federal power or state’s rights. Individual liberty or government mandated morality. You can’t have both.