Texas has the second largest population of all the 50 states in the Union. That means that when the Republican Party of Texas approves a GOP platform for it's state party, that platform carries more weight than, say, if Wyoming Republicans approved a GOP state platform.
Just this past Saturday Texas Republicans did just that.....approved a platform of "principles" for Texas Republicans to run on in the 2014 midterm election. Because Texas is a cocky red state, because Texas ain't Wyoming, the rest of the country should pay attention to what Texas Republicans really stand for.
Is this what establsihment Republicans will fight for?.....
*....We strongly urge the Texas Legislature ignore, oppose, refuse, and nullify any federal mandated legislation which infringes upon the states's 10th Amendment Right. All federal enforcement activities in Texas must be conducted under the auspices of the county sheriff with jurisdiction in that county.
*....We urge that the Voting Rights Act of 1965, codified and update in 1973, be repealed and not reauthorized.
*.... We support the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations and he removal of the U.N. headquarters from United States soil.
*.... 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.
*.... We believe the Minimum Wage Law should be repealed.
Nullification, repeal national laws which protect minority-Americans against discriminatory practices in the electoral process, isolation from the UN, climate change denial, and a repeal of the national minimum wage law.
That from the 2nd most populous state's Republican Party. Many times when elected Republicans say some of the craziest things while in front of cameras or microphones they later issue an "I misspoke" "apology." But when a wide majority of the second most populous state's GOP delegates vote affirmatively for a written platform of priority policies......there are no mistakes.
Allow me to translate. 1) Texas Republicans believe, wrongly, that states have the right to nullify federal laws. States do not have that right according to the Constitution.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.
Nullification of federal laws by southern states precipitated the Civil War.
2) Even though Texas Republicans swear they are colorblind, their political party's multi-state effort to disenfranchise Democratic voters of color through state voter ID laws meant to defend against an in-person voter fraud problem which is non-existent, suggests otherwise. Texas is a voter ID state.
Although GOP voter-ID laws are not racist, per se, because the bottom line on voter ID laws is to trim likely DEMOCRATIC votes, not just votes of minorities......but it's a wink-wink, nod-nod thing.....because Republicans realize that minorities vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.
Repealing the Voting Rights Act would give Texas, and other red states, the opportunity to manipulate elections in favor of the GOP through many of the same gimmicks that were the cause of the Voting Rights Act being passed in the first place.
3) Hatred for the UN is a Republican fixture. Co-operation with other world nations is anathema to a political movement which believes that the U.S. is the only godly, exceptional nation in all of the world. Texas Republicans think that "exceptional" America should just do what pleases us in the world.....unilaterally. This particular platform plank is consistent with the current national GOP's attitude of rejecting negotiations and compromise with elected Democrats. That attitude, it can not be said often enough, is anti-democratic.
4) Denying that global climate change exists is one thing. Voting in favor of a proposition that 97% of all scientists are caught up in a glacier-sized "political agenda" is something else entirely. Sure, Texas has a bunch of influential oil barons whose fortunes must be increased at all costs......but flat-earthing climate change just makes Republicans appear ignorant, or worse, slavish pimps for fossil fuel billionaires. When it comes to the "anti-science" labeling directed at the GOP, Republicans have done it the old fashioned way.....they've earned it.
5) If the topic of income and wealth inequality is broached, Republicans often remain silent. A few will argue that if the .1% have accumulated so much more than the rest of us.....it is because those few work so much harder. But Texas Republicans think that the inequality gap is not big enough. How else can one make sense out of favoring a repeal of the national minimum wage? You see, if American workers will work for LESS than $7.25 per hour, then those billionaire .1%'ers can accumulate even more unto themselves.
Summation: Texas Republicans voted to wage a political war against federal government laws, voters who are likely to cast votes for Democrats, the world at large, science and American workers.
Remember what it is that Republicans hold dearest when you go to the polls this November.
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