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Iowa Republicans, taking "liberties" and "rights" into some crazy territory.
I guess this helps explain Rep. Steve King, sadly. Meteor Blades touched on one aspect of the Iowa Republicans' official party platform: birtherism and investigating the non-existent ACORN. But it's so, so much crazier than just that.

For a start, they want to abolish the federal Departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Energy, Interior, Labor, and Commerce. Also, TSA, FDA, ATF, EPA, National Endowment for the Arts, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Then Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are all phased out, but Social Security becomes a voluntary program, immediately. And of course the U.S. has to leave the United Nations, because it's nothing but a big conspiracy for one world government, particularly when it comes to agriculture and Agenda 21, the UN's global sustainable development campaign.

We demand that the term “sustainable development” be defined, vetted, and controlled by county and state agricultural agencies whose private property it impacts rather than the UN, other international or Agenda 21 agencies, or any federal organization.
That goes for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, too. That's all a conspiracy to take control of families away from parents, so it must not be ratified. This gem is in the education section of the platform, where we find that Iowa Republicans do not like "government schools": "We demand that education be returned to a purely free market system." Even the state Department of Education has be diminished.

Law? Pshaw.

We disagree with Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton as “settled law.” Under the Tenth amendment, these Supreme Court decisions have no authority over the states
In fact, the 10th amendment, according to Iowa Republicans, means that Iowa can nullify any goddamned federal law it wants to, and ignore any Supreme Court ruling: "We support constitutional state sovereignty including nullification of federal oversteps." (Their copy of the Constitution apparently is missing a clause or two, like the Supremacy one.)

They're all for pink slime, though. "We support the continued production of lean, fine-textured beef." So they're okay with ammonia-adulterated beef, but are suspicious of that whole GMO business: "We support labeling GMO (genetically modified) crops and food products made from GMO crops as such."

That's just a smattering of the 403 policy statements or “planks” in the proposed platform, and barely scratches the surface of the document, written after, as Ed Kilgore points out, Ron Paul supporters took over much of the party apparatus. Ed makes a good point about how national Republicans should have to answer for the crazy that is blooming within their party. "Walking those planks," he says, "would do them a world of good in coming to grips with what’s happened to their party."

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue May 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  This is good news for Michele Bachmann. nt (3+ / 0-)
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    MinistryOfTruth, Unit Zero, George3

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Tue May 22, 2012 at 11:20:32 AM PDT

  •  The problem is (10+ / 0-)

    they are a small minority but think they represent the majority, of Republicans if not the whole set of Iowans. They represent neither, just their own batshit insanity.

    Oh and why does this program flag batshit as not a word?  It is, of course!

  •  considering the reach of Paul and Santorum (7+ / 0-)

    in each IA district as indicated in the caucuses, it's not surprising how wacky these goals are, although that NEA abolition will have such an impact on the US deficit and of course "Pink Slime are Iowans!"

    They're all for pink slime, though. "We support the continued production of lean, fine-textured beef." So they're okay with ammonia-adulterated beef, but are suspicious of that whole GMO business: "We support labeling GMO (genetically modified) crops and food products made from GMO crops as such."
    For a start, they want to abolish the federal Departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Energy, Interior, Labor, and Commerce, for a start. Also, TSA, FDA, ATF, EPA, National Endowment for the Arts, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Tue May 22, 2012 at 11:28:43 AM PDT

  •  Gah! My state is (4+ / 0-)

    being taken over by crazies.  There is plenty of diverse opinion here, but this is just too embarrassing.  Steve King is not my Rep., but I always apologize for him anyway.  If the whole Iowa GOP is being taken over by Paulites, I'm not sure what will happen.

    On the whole, we're a pretty sensible bunch, even when we disagree.  If this crap takes hold, though, we could end up in such a bad place.  This is seriously not good...

    OTOH, if it shows these folks for what they truly are, it could help us loosen the grip the GOP got on us last election.  (Oh please, oh please, oh please!)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Tue May 22, 2012 at 11:41:33 AM PDT

    •  One of my favorite people (5+ / 0-)

      in the world is from Storm Lake, though he hasn't lived there since he left for college. Despite not living there, he remains horrified that King represents his home town.

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Tue May 22, 2012 at 11:54:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Obama likely to win state (7+ / 0-)

      Only when people allow a crazed  and motivated base to vote with better turnout as they did in 2010 can Iowa move to Tea crazy.  The majority of Iowa is very moderate. No one can really explain Steve King, he'd never survive in Eastern Iowa.

      The past, present, and future are equally compelling; none of the three are easily understood.

      by Grey Panther on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:14:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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        TofG

        The Iowa GOP base has gotten more tea party/wingnut lately, but they represent a minority of voters, as always in non-Confederate states.

        And this extremist platform will make it easier for Democrats to win state and national offices.

        Steve King is facing his toughest challenge in years from Christie Vilsack, and if she has the resources to get some strong negative ads out there, she could win.

        A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

        by devtob on Wed May 23, 2012 at 08:08:35 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Teh Stoopid (2+ / 0-)
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    Photobucket

    If you play Microsoft CD's backwards, you hear satanic things, but that's nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.

    by Unit Zero on Tue May 22, 2012 at 11:53:08 AM PDT

  •  states rights, states rights, states rights....... (1+ / 0-)
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    George3

    WHAT THE FUCKOVER

  •  Why stop with (2+ / 0-)
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    Melanie in IA, George3

    all those departments?  The zeroing out of these agencies should also include the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.  In fact, they should raze the whole place.

  •  Are they competing with AZ? (1+ / 0-)
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    adrianrf

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Tue May 22, 2012 at 12:42:41 PM PDT

  •  Supreme Court decisions do not bind the States (1+ / 0-)
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    adrianrf
    We disagree with Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton as “settled law.” Under the Tenth amendment, these Supreme Court decisions have no authority over the state[.]
    So, then, how and why did President Eisenhower nationalize the Arkansas National Guard and send troops into Little Rock to enforce the desegregation decision first set forth in Brown v. Board of Education (1954)?
  •  The sad part (0+ / 0-)

    If voters actually bothered to read this lunacy or if the MSM reported it, no one with a nickel's worth of sense would vote for a republican in Iowa. Just watch the number of people who will vote against their own self interest this fall due to sheer ignorance of what is at stake.

    Just another day in Oceania.

    by drshatterhand on Tue May 22, 2012 at 01:27:02 PM PDT

  •  THESE people are crazy but please remember (1+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose

    when you make fun of Iowa, you paint with a broad brush. WE are not like that, on the whole. A few things you may find of interest in my diary

    Ten Things You Didn't Know About Iowa

    •  thanks for the link! (2+ / 0-)
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      Witgren, Melanie in IA

      I was a little frustrated with seeing this front page article. It paints with a very broad brush, and not in a terribly flattering color. Iowa is a swing state, how about instead of categorizing the whole state by the ideals of what can only be the far right fringe, and work on keeping what is generally a very moderate state blue this cycle?

      Also, seems appropriate to bring this back. It hasn't seen much play since the primaries (NSFW, some swearing!):

      "There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible." - Henry Ford

      by sixeight120bpm on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:44:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Iowa Stubborn (3+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, drmah, Wee Mama

    (The Music Man/Meredith Wilson)

    Oh, there's nothing halfway,
    About the Iowa way to treat you,
    When we treat you,
    Which we may not do at all!
    There's an Iowa kind,
    A kind-a chip-on-the-shoulder attitude,
    We've never been without that we recall!
    . . . .

    But what the heck!
    You're welcome,
    join us at the picnic.
    You can have your fill of all the food you bring yourself.
    You really ought to give Iowa a try,
    Provided you are contrary.
    . . . .

    But we'll give you our shirt,
    And a back to go with it,
    If your crop should happen to die.
    . . . .

    You really ought to give Iowa a try

    (That sound you are hearing is a paradigm being shifted at Warp Factor Infinity using no clutch.)

    by homogenius on Tue May 22, 2012 at 06:36:53 PM PDT

    •  I had a friend from Iowa (0+ / 0-)

      I remember her getting ready to go back for a visit, running around singing "Going to Iowa, the land of the corn, cows, and pigs!" Since then that's all I think of when I see anything about the state. Just corn, cow, pigs. Now I get to add crazy to the mix.

      "But much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was the victim of the great compromise." John Prine

      by high uintas on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:33:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Totally meshuga. (5+ / 0-)

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:05:58 PM PDT

  •  But surely, if we just dialogue with these folks (5+ / 0-)

    we can bring them around, or reach some bipartisan solutions.

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act--Orwell

    by jhannon on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:06:55 PM PDT

  •  Plank as in walking the. Only a Jedi uses a plank (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, high uintas, drmah

    as a diving board

    These clowns are not Jedi

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:07:59 PM PDT

  •  secession is looking more attractive to me (3+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, TofG, VictorLaszlo

    every fucking day.

    honestly, I'd love to give these idiots a few states, let them declare themselves independent and be done with them once and for all.

    Any legislative body that could write such shit (and not be embarrassed by it) is a shame on itself but also on our country.

    •  "A few states"!? (0+ / 0-)

      All of the Confederacy except Virginia (which profits a lot by being next to D.C.), Oklahoma, Kentucky, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, for sure.

      And maybe West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Arizona.

      That would be an awful, probably bloody, mess, like before.

      The Dems need a 50-state strategy that emphasizes policies that encourage economic growth and infrastructure development, support working families, reduce income inequality, provide an ever-cleaner environment, and take care of the elderly, sick and poor.

      And competent politicians who will promote and execute that strategy.

      A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

      by devtob on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:48:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  America needs people who can think, first. (1+ / 0-)
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        devtob

        And who don't equate what's said on the pages of a king James bible with a prescription for public policy.

        As for competent politicians: sure. Half the country sneers at actual accomplishment and all of us are subject to competence being overwhelmed by money and corrupt influences.

        Sorry to be so dour. But the shit in that Iowa document  (that I'd bet a good 35-45% of americans would actually agree with) indicate that we may just be a country that's gone too far down the path.

  •  The crazy is strong in these Hawkeyes. (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, high uintas, devtob
    •  Hadn't read your comment when I posted mine (3+ / 0-)
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      TofG, JML9999, devtob

      it seems we think alike friend.

      "But much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was the victim of the great compromise." John Prine

      by high uintas on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:19:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The crazy is strong in the Cyclones. The Hawkeyes (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      TofG, high uintas

      are mostly dems.  It's that land grant v. liberal arts thing.

      You have rights in Iowa!

      by deweysmom on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:33:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  the crazy is strong everywhere... (0+ / 0-)

      The above diarist just decided to single out Iowa without pointing out that Iowa is a fairly moderate/left leaning state, taken as a whole. Throw a stone in any state in the union and you have a 20%-30% chance of hitting someone who would think the views discussed here sound pretty good.

      I don't have a problem with crazy being pointed out, but it'd be nice if we didn't lump in whole states with that crazy.

      "There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible." - Henry Ford

      by sixeight120bpm on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:51:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Fine (4+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, TofG, drmah, devtob

    if Iowa GOP wants to refuse federal law, then they don't get federal support (and money), and they should remove their representatives from Congress. Give the GOP plenty of rope. Let them hang themselves. And maybe next time, the sane Iowans (as in the rest of the US) will not stay home and let these crazies take over.

    "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" T. Jefferson

    by azureblue on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:11:42 PM PDT

  •  "We demand that education be returned to a purely (10+ / 0-)

    free market system"

    WTF?  When was it a "purely free market system" in the history of this country?  Back in the 18th century?  Really?  They really want to return to a system in which only the wealthy could afford to send their kids to school?

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:12:25 PM PDT

  •  Jesus Christ! (6+ / 0-)

    I'm glad Iowa has out-crazied the Oklahoma Republican Party!

    The next time I get discouraged to the point that I don't want to vote, I'm just going to look at this platform. I won't be able to get to the polls fast enough.

  •  Wow (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, devtob, ferg, VictorLaszlo

    and I say that as a Utahn. The crazy is strong with that bunch, too much pink slime IMO.

    "But much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was the victim of the great compromise." John Prine

    by high uintas on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:13:32 PM PDT

    •  I have never understood the whole (1+ / 0-)
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      jts327

      "We produce it, therefore we feel compelled to pretend that it's normal and acceptable" thing.

      Obviously Pink Slime is disgusting. Don't try to fool anyone, just - start producing a product that isn't disgusting! That way, you can promote it with your head held high.

      There's really no reason to make a bad product then be a weasel about it. That situation is lose-lose.

      I don't get it.

      'Betting against Facebook since 2012'

      by VictorLaszlo on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:39:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  pink slime = maximum profit (2+ / 0-)
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        VictorLaszlo, sethtriggs

        Producing only quality meat means fewer price brackets, therefore less market share, therefore less profit overall even if the margins are higher.  Because pink slime exists, capitalists have a moral obligation to make a penny off it, and this means only capitalists care that a meat-flavored food product is available at very low cost.  Liberals are the real elitists who want a world of Kobe beef and bread and water for everyone who can't afford Kobe beef.

        /snark ... except they actually think it

  •  yeah. i feel ya. As a Floridian...I thought (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    high uintas, TofG, devtob, ferg

    well, we were on a fast track.

    looks like our governor and legis are nothing but slackers compared to IA.

  •  Wow I'm surprised they didn't say that Hawaii (7+ / 0-)

    is not now nor has it ever been a State or Territory.

  •  I'll throw the nutters a compromise bone: (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, drmah, high uintas

    Let them have the boondoggle that is Homeland Security.

    They can kiss my ass on the rest of it.

    ePluribus Media
    Collaboration is contagious!

    by m16eib on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:21:18 PM PDT

  •  Tea party extremists (4+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, katiec, TofG, Says Who

    no longer bother with rallies that feature embarrassing signs and speeches.

    They have been running for, and winning, local and state GOP committee positions all over the country.

    As a result, state platforms, and candidates at the state and local levels, have become more wingnut than ever.

    Which is fine by me -- the more extremist the GOP becomes, the more elections they will lose.

    Even in Iowa.

    A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

    by devtob on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:26:52 PM PDT

  •  As a former Minnesotan I will just say (2+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, VictorLaszlo

    The best thing coming out of Iowa is STILL Interstate 35 heading north.....

  •  One of my biggest revelations (4+ / 0-)

    over the past few years was that there was a not insignificant number of people in this country who are, effectively, batshit crazy insane (which, to speak to some recent diaries about how some people have been abusing and misusing the word "crazy", means not technically mentally ill, but rather so stupid and out of touch with reality as to be effectively insane).

    E.g. people who believe that Judicial Review is unconstitutional and that Marbury v. Madison was wrongly decided and thus not controlling.

    That the people and states and not the courts are the final arbiters of what is constitutional or not and are thus not bound to observe rulings (and even amendments) that they believe to be unconstitutional.

    That the elastic clause and implied powers do not exist and are thus not valid.

    That the 9th amendment does not say what it says and that therefore unenumerated rights do not exist (including the right to privacy).

    That McCulloch v. Maryland did not hold that the federal government has authority over interstate commerce including banking.

    That the Federal Reserve, IRS, FBI, EPA, FCC, FAA, FTC and other federal agencies and departments not explicitely mentioned in the constitution are unconstitutiona (which would, logically, include the Air Force).

    And so on.

    These people are nuts, and need to be locked up. Or at least put out of office, provided with a lifetime supply of Cheetos, and ignored from here on.

    Most especially Mr. King, the nonpareil of batshit crazy wingnuts.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:32:35 PM PDT

  •  Admirable consistency to GOP looniness (2+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, TofG

    It's very difficult to understand why everyone's mad uncle has suddenly become the policymakers of the world. But there it is.

    Iowa allows its residents to deduct their federal income taxes from their state income taxes, and as tax brackets from 0.39% to 8.98% for the latter.

    Iowa's problems stated right there. It's a Mad Uncle state.

    "If you don't use your majorities, you lose your majorities."

    by SteinL on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:33:03 PM PDT

  •  One deadly question for Romney (3+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, Gooserock, sethtriggs

    is whether he can keep his own party's crazies in check.

     He can't. Their own leaders can't. They see Romney as an alien species, so they'll thwart him at every turn. And trying to legislate with them from within the same party would be like a podiatrist trying to perform brain surgery on himself with a broken mirror.

    Romney would be able to accomplish nothing as president beyond appointing business associates to run regulatory agencies, rich contributors to choice ambassadorships, and rich friends' kids to 8-hour-lunch-break political plum jobs while the financial-military-industrial industry goes ungoverned.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:38:34 PM PDT

  •  More planks! (4+ / 0-)

    Plank 17: We demand that the winners of all Supreme Court cases be entered into a championship tournament bracket.  First case: Loving vs Roe.

    Plank 42: All toilet paper must be hung in proper, over-the-top fashion.

    Plank 171: We demand that the borders of the state of Iowa be redrawn so as to make the state a circle, centered at Des Moines.

    Plank 299: We demand the repeal of all constitutional amendments which are not prime numbers.

    Plank 322: We demand a return to gold currency.  All gold coins shall feature a picture of Ronald Reagan.

    Plank 367: All candidates for the office of the President or vice President shall provide proof that the state in which they were born actually exists.

    Plank 401: We demand the reintroduction of lead and asbestos into all manufacturing processes.

    Poor people look for work. Middle class people find a job. Rich people seek employment.

    by k4pacific on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:40:35 PM PDT

  •  My security system detected a virus (0+ / 0-)

    when I clicked on the "so, so much crazier" link to the Iowa GOP Proposed Platform.

    Unclear what this means, as I'm no techno-geeque.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:43:08 PM PDT

  •  They're Merely Representing Global Economic Owners (1+ / 0-)
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    oxfdblue

    which is the Republican constituency. They demand we return to original intent.

    Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
    And I DO mean ORIGINAL

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:53:00 PM PDT

  •  damn, what would the USA look like (0+ / 0-)

    if those nuts actually got their way? It goes beyond sick I really think they'd take away womens sufferage and reinstitute segregation.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Wed May 23, 2012 at 07:53:07 PM PDT

  •  Need to jettison the freako states from the Union (0+ / 0-)

    Reverse secession:

    Iowa

    Arizona for sure

    Texas is nothing but wildfires, scrub, drought and fruitloops

    Kansas is now Taliban territory

    LA?  Only good is you marry your first cousin and want to watch the bottom half of the state going under sea water.

    Add to the list

  •  When the Montana Freemen advocated (0+ / 0-)

    crazy shit like this, they were roundly mocked and hooted down. Now it's mainstream Republicanism.

    It's an illness that threatens the world.

  •  Have You Seen Idaho's Plank? (0+ / 0-)

    All of the Republican State Parties have gone bat shit crazy. Idaho wants purity test in which all of the Republican candidates pledge to stand by the platform or outline where they disagree. Part of the plank:

    The platform includes planks such as calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment, which let voters, rather than state legislatures, elect U.S. senators; returning to the gold standard; abolishing the state's redistricting commission and handing that task back to the state Legislature; and calling for state nullification of federal laws .
    It's really bizarre how intent they are rolling back direct Democracy.

    http://www.spokesman.com/...

  •  Defined, vetted, and controlled by the (0+ / 0-)

    people it affects. Great idea, literally the definition of no oversight.

  •  I'm sorry, is that the Iowa State flag? (0+ / 0-)

    If it is, why does it remind me of the tricolors of the French national flag?


    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Wed May 23, 2012 at 09:28:01 PM PDT

  •  My favorite plank (0+ / 0-)

    "We support the definition of manure as a natural fertilizer."

    What the...?

  •  Even the corn is rotten..... (0+ / 0-)

    Ever driven around/thru Iowa? It's kinda like Kansas.... Bleak...  And even when you stop for gas in your journey in and around Iowa... Bleak....

    Maybe, Iowa and Kansas should annex each other and then, in one swoop, we can convert them to the nation's landfill... That seems to be the only upside unless we agree to allow them to use their 1654 calendars...

  •  I'm sure they wouldn't mind losing their subsidies (2+ / 0-)
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    Hey BB, darlalalala

    for corn, since the Dept. of Agriculture has to go.  That averages about a billion dollars a year.  Who needs it?

    "There's been a little complication with my complication"

    by dash888 on Wed May 23, 2012 at 11:43:58 PM PDT

  •  This would be great.... (0+ / 0-)
    "Walking those planks," he says, "would do them a world of good in coming to grips with what’s happened to their party."
    If only they had to walk those planks alone. Unfortunately they want the rest of us along for the ride.

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abby

    by SaraBeth on Thu May 24, 2012 at 02:56:27 AM PDT

  •  Primary (0+ / 0-)

    And Iowa leads the primary season, unbelievable.

  •  We actually agree? (0+ / 0-)

    If they want to get rid of the Department of Agriculture, surely they're on board with ending all the federal subsidies for large megafarms growing (genetically modified) corn and soybeans?

    This should be high on the list of domestic cuts, IMO, and would have an immediate helpful effect on the artificially low prices of overly processed foods and soda compared to fresh fruits and vegetables.

    And are they willing to have ads running that include how much of that money flows into Iowa itself, and what would happen to the local feed store and everything else if those subsidies ended?

    If so, I say, good on you, and glad to have you on board.

  •  I recommend that the Iowa Republicans read (0+ / 0-)

    the Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase's majority opinion in the case Texas V White, so they can get an understanding of the Supremacy Clause, and get the  idea of what a state is, and the message that:

    (snip) . . .  "without the States in union, there could be no such political body as the United States." [n12] Not only, therefore, can there be no loss of separate and independent autonomy to the States through their union under the Constitution, but it may be not unreasonably said that the preservation of the States, and the maintenance of their governments, are as much within the design and care of the Constitution as the preservation of the Union and the maintenance of the National government. The Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union composed of indestructible States. [p726]

    When, therefore, Texas became one of the United States, she entered into an indissoluble relation. All the obligations of perpetual union, and all the guaranties of republican government in the Union, attached at once to the State. The act which consummated her admission into the Union was something more than a compact; it was the incorporation of a new member into the political body. And it was final. The union between Texas and the other States was as complete, as perpetual, and as indissoluble as the union between the original States. There was no place for reconsideration or revocation, except through revolution or through consent of the States.

    Considered therefore as transactions under the Constitution, the ordinance of secession, adopted by the convention and ratified by a majority of the citizens of Texas, and all the acts of her legislature intended to give effect to that ordinance, were absolutely null. They were utterly without operation in law. The obligations of the State, as a member of the Union, and of every citizen of the State, as a citizen of the United States, remained perfect and unimpaired. It certainly follows that the State did not cease to be a State, nor her citizens to be citizens of the Union. If this were otherwise, the State must have become foreign, and her citizens foreigners. The war must have ceased to be a war for the suppression of rebellion, and must have become a war for conquest and subjugation.

    Our conclusion therefore is that Texas continued to be a State, and a State of the Union, notwithstanding the transactions to which we have referred. And this conclusion, in our judgment, is not in conflict with any act or declaration of any department of the National government, but entirely in accordance with the whole series of such acts and declarations since the first outbreak of the rebellion.

     Emphasis mine.

    It is my strong belief that when the citizens and voters of  the state of Iowa take a hard look at just how radical the Republican platform is, and just how idiotic it shows the people who prepared that document, which is in effect, a manifesto to support secession from the Indestructible Union of the United States of America, the sensible voters of Iowa will act to soundly reject this radicalism.  A full and public airing of this radical document will expose the framers of this document for what they are.  A group of people who are disloyal to America, and not in touch with reality.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu May 24, 2012 at 07:53:54 AM PDT

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