Texas GOP Platform Highlights The GOP’s Irrational Agenda

Texas GOP Convention

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 The Texas Republican Party recently held their Convention in Fort Worth and voted on their new GOP platform. This graphic pretty well sums it up, and as expected, didn’t address any issues that really impact the needs of Texas voters. However, it does put on display to the rest of America that the GOP and their Teabagger brethren’s only focus is on their narrow-minded, right-wing ideological agenda. This is happening in every state across America, Texas just happens to do it in a bigger way.

[The following is a re-post from an article by Brian Tashman on RightWingWatch.com ] Emphasis is mine.

The 5 Craziest Planks In Draft Texas GOP Platform: Ban Morning After Pill, Ending Direct Election Of Senators, Defunding ACORN

According to a draft party platform obtained by the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Republican Party is ready to support a sweeping right-wing agenda with planks related to the “Benghazi cover up,” the elimination of the minimum wage and “the myth of separation of church and state.”

Voting

Not only does the draft platform advocate for the abolition of the Federal Reserve, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Transportation Security Administration and the Departments of Education and Energy, but it also calls for an end to the direct election of U.S. Senators:

Full Repeal of the 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: Return the appointment of U.S. Senators by the State Legislatures.

While the state GOP wants Texas voters to lose their right to elect their U.S. senators, the party does on the other hand “support our right to select our judges by direct vote.”

The party also wants to make it more difficult to register to vote and urges Congress to repeal the Voting Rights Act:

Voter registration: We support restoring integrity to the voter registration rolls and Registration reducing voter fraud. We support repeal of all Motor Voter laws; re-registering voters every four years; requiring photo ID of all registrants; proof of residency and citizenship, along with voter registration application; retention of the 30-day registration deadline; and requiring that a list of certified deaths be provided to the election administrator in order that the names of deceased voters be removed from the list of registered voters.

VRA: We urge that the Voter [sic] Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized.

Science And Education

The draft platform also targets schools, calling evolution a “controversial theory” that should be challenged in the classroom, demanding that schools restrict access to “community organizers” and encouraging schools to embrace “subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded and which form the basis of America’s legal, political and economic systems.”

The platform also includes climate change denial: “While we all strive to be good stewards of the earth, ‘climate change’ is a political agenda which attempts to control every aspect of our lives. We urge government at all levels to ignore any plea for money to fund global climate change or ‘climate justice’ initiatives.”

The draft describes Agenda 21, a nonbinding United Nations agreement on sustainable development, as a threat to America and calls for “the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations and the removal of U.N. headquarters from United States soil.”

Social Issues

Along with supporting “reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle,” the state party also wants to repeal Texas’ hate-crimes statute (or at least its “sexual orientation category”), block non-discrimination laws and seeks a “prohibition of the manufacturing and sale of abortifacients (e.g. morning after pill).”

The draft also calls for bans on “any form of reparation” and Sharia law, and limits to data gathering by the U.S. Census. It opposes “the use of Radio Frequency Identification Chips (RFID) on humans,” while reaffirming opposition to “any direct financial support of special interest organizations, such as ACORN and the ACLU, by any level of government.” ACORN, of course, hasn’t existed since 2010.

Guns

Unsurprisingly, the Texas GOP believes the state should be able to ignore federal gun laws:

All federal acts, laws, executive orders, and court orders which restrict or infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall be invalid in Texas, not be recognized by Texas, shall be specifically rejected by Texas, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in Texas.

Just to clarify that they mean business, the party supports “the establishment and maintenance of a volunteer Constitutional State Militia with assistance from County Sheriffs.”

Vaccinations

To cap it off, Texas Republicans also have an anti-vaccination stance:

Immunizations: All adult citizens should have the legal right to conscientiously choose which vaccines are administered to themselves, or their minor children, without penalty for refusing a vaccine. We oppose any effort by any authority to mandate such vaccines or any medical database that would contain personal records of citizens without their consent.

 Just to clarify after you finished reading the above article…

THIS IS NOT SATIRE.   THIS IS REAL.

It is clear to see that when the GOP/Teabaggers say they want to take their country back, they mean take it back to when their were no equal rights, laws, regulations, education, freedom and no hope of electing a black President.

I only have one word that describes all this… DUMBASSERY!

 

 

America – Do As I Say, Not As I Do…

Voter Suppression - Your Vote Counts - NotAll around the world America has been the most devoted advocate for democracy and free elections. For those brave citizens in countries that have thrown out their dictators and such, seeking civil rights, we emphasize free and fair elections and help organize them. We provide monitoring of elections and send election observers to keep them free and honest.

Great. Wonderful. The people should have their vote on who their leaders and representatives in government should be.

When are we going to do this at home?

Our elections have become a sham. Yes, “we the people” do get out to stand in line and vote (not enough), and expect our vote to count towards who our next president and leaders in government will be. Then we watch the election results come in on TV. While they do show the popular vote tallies, the important part is the number of electoral votes accumulated for the presidential vote, which determines the winner.  That being the case, of course the presidential campaigns are going to focus on those states that have the most electoral votes.

But let’s talk about the dark side of elections – Voter Suppression

“Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from exercising the right to vote. Voter suppression attempts to reduce the number of voters who might vote against the candidate or proposition advocated by the suppressors”. Wikipedia.

On June 25, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act — eliminating the formula used to identify states with a history of voting discrimination and disenfranchisement. Thanks to SCOTUS, the floodgates for voter suppression were opened.

Immediately following the decision, Republicans across the country moved quickly to pass restrictive voting laws. Citing allegations of mass voter fraud and the need to “preserve voter “integrity”, in 2013 alone, 11 Republican-controlled states took action to limit people’s Constitutional right to vote by passing voter ID laws. Not surprisingly, these voter suppression efforts target groups that overwhelmingly support Democrats…Poor, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Women.

In addition to voter identification laws, there are innumerable cases of voter suppression:

  • Redrawing of voting districts (Gerrymandering) to favor a specific party
  • Restrictions on non-profit voter registration drives
  • Reducing the early voting period by nearly half
  • Billboards erected in predominantly black neighborhoods threatened that “VOTER FRAUD IS A FELONY!”
  • Requiring proof of citizenship at the polls
  • Releasing misinformation about the opponents immigration and labor policies
  • Robocalls to predominantly black counties that encouraged voters to “stay home” rather than go to the polls
  • Releasing misinformation about actual voting dates and times
  • Fake websites to fool voters on who they are actually donating to
  • And on, and on…

So again, while we are out preaching free and fair elections for other countries, we are doing everything we can to “not have free and fair elections” in America. Republicans are so dedicated to supporting the 1% that they can’t win an outright election based on votes, so they turn to voter suppression and disenfranchising tactics, with full support from the Supreme Court.

It appears we need our elections to be monitored so we can have our own

free and honest elections.

Voting Rights Suppression – Wake Up America!

Voted picThroughout our history, Americans have fought and died for the right to vote. It wasn’t easy, but every American has a “Constitutional Right to Vote.” A brief history lesson on voting rights…

The Civil War – The end of the Civil War not only abolished slavery, but started the movement to give all American citizens — regardless of race — the right to vote.

Reconstruction and the 15th Amendment – “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

Women’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment – For America’s women, securing the right to vote was a long, hard-fought struggle. But their efforts were not in vain. Victory was attained with passage of the 19th Amendment “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

The Civil Rights Movement – While the Constitution guarantees equal rights for every American citizen, through the 1960s some states continued to employ discriminatory voter suppression tactics to keep African-Americans from the polls.

Historic Voting Rights Act – In response to states passing discriminatory laws aimed at disenfranchising voters, Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Act provides a variety of protections and required states with a history of discrimination to acquire federal approval before making any changes to their voting laws.

Voter Discrimation Supreme Court ToonHistoric Setback for Voting Rights  —  On June 25, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act — eliminating the formula used to identify states with a history of voting discrimination and disenfranchisement — thus turning back the clock 150 years.

Immediately following the Supreme Court’s decision, Republicans across the country moved quickly to pass restrictive voting laws. Citing allegations of mass voter fraud and the need to “preserve voter integrity”, in 2013 alone, 11 Republican-controlled states took action to limit people’s “Constitutional Right to Vote” by passing voter ID laws. Not surprisingly, these voter suppression efforts target groups that overwhelmingly support Democrats…Low-income, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Women.

Before the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, the Department of Justice successfully blocked Texas’ voter identification law. However, with the Voting Rights Act dismantled, the law was immediately passed and went into effect, potentially disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of Texans. And this is just one state.

Voter ID laws are a sham. Their purpose is to prevent people from showing up at the polls and pretending to be someone else. In reality, in-person voter fraud is virtually non-existent. One study found that just 0.0023 percent of votes are the product of this type fraud. Thus, a person is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit fraud at the polls.

Voter Fraud - Whats wrong with this picIt is obvious what’s going on here…Republicans can’t win elections the lawful way, so they will change the rules protecting our “Constitutional Right to Vote” so they can suppress the “Constitutional Right to Vote” of those that don’t vote Republican — by disenfranchising as many potential Democratic voters as possible.

Do you not think this is UNCONSTITUTIONAL?  

Does this not PISS YOU OFF?

My fellow Americans…please wake up and pay attention to what’s going on around you. Our rights are being taken away from us, day by day, and we are sitting on our hands and letting them do it. WAKE UP!

Source: http://www.votingrightsmatter.com/

Wendy Davis Campaign Hits Back At ‘Desperate’ Greg Abbott, Rush Limbaugh

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The campaign for Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D) hit back at her opponent Greg Abbott and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for attacking her personal life earlier this week.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/25/wendy-davis-rush-limbaugh_n_4665452.html

[ The Huffington Post | By Paige Lavender ]

Turn Texas Blue – ‘Wendy Davis’ Secret Weapon Revealed: Here’s How She Can Win Texas’

Let’s make this happen…

The Last Of The Millenniums

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This is and always was going to be a huge uphill battle but of all the possible Democrats, she may well have the best shot.

Empathy.

‘Texas Senator Wendy Davis knows our struggles because she has live them’.

‘An empathetic politician wealthy or otherwise can be an asset to society. Politicians who have lived the life of millions of poor and middle class Americans possess that empathy within their DNA’.

‘Texas has one of those politicians running for governor’.

‘Democratic Senator Wendy Davis went from living in a trailer park as a single mother to Harvard. If Texans allow themselves to vote their interest and not their fears she will be the next governor of Texas’.

‘Democratic Senator Wendy Davis went back to her trailer park with Maria Shriver for a piece she is doing on the 50 year war on poverty’.

Maria Shriver: “You haven’t been back here since…

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Link

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/03/1252733/-90-Year-Old-Legendary-Speaker-of-the-House-Jim-Wright-Denied-Texas-Voter-ID-Card

Re-posted from DailyKos.

Governor Perry and his cronies trying to fix a “non-existent voter fraud” problem in Texas. This is a prime example of what voter suppression is all about in Texas:  Keeping all those senior citizens like Jim Wright, who has voted in every election since 1944, from committing voter fraud; because, you know he doesn’t have a valid Texas Drivers License with a photo. For God’s sake, he’s 90 years old. I hope he’s not driving around…