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The Republican Party of Texas released their official platform (warning: pdf) earlier this month.  You won't be surprised by how much crazy they can pack into 22 pages.  You'll be horrified.

I saw a summary blurb over at Think Progress and some of the the claims are so ridiculous they have to hyperbole.  Right?

They oppose most taxation?  They support the gold standard and privatizing social security?  Those are horrible, terrible policy decisions but not out of line for the GOP in general.

Then I got to the next two - The Republican Party of Texas supports corporal punishment in schools and is against teaching critical thinking skills.  Those are so extreme I had to check to make sure the truth wasn't being stretched a bit.

Classroom Discipline –We recommend that local school boards and classroom teachers be given more authority to deal with disciplinary problems. Corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas.
Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
I literally have nothing to say.  A subsection of one of our two major political parties has come out in favor of beating kids and against critical thinking.

Think Progress only lists 5 of the most outrageous policy planks.  Unfortunately that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface.

The Texas GOP wants to outlaw pornography and red-light cameras.  They want a ban on Sharia Law.  They rail against environmentalism and now-defunct ACORN.  They support giving clergy the right to advocate for political causes and candidates without losing their tax exempt status.  They support voter ID laws and are against the Voter Registration Act of 1993.  They oppose mandatory vaccinations.  They support allowing prayer in public schools.  They want the Departments of Energy and Education and others not enumerated in the Constitution eliminated.  They oppose all foreign aid except during a crisis.

Those are extremely fringe views.  However, those aren't fringe views within the Republican party.  These are views espoused and supported by their presidential candidates and offered up as legislation.

This is the direction the GOP wants to take America in.  Does that sound like an improvement?  Progress?  It sounds like a vivid description of the Dark Ages to me.

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  •  Everything's bigger in Texas. (7+ / 0-)

    The stupid
    The evil

    Maybe they're planing to secede, Maybe this is a blueprint for the New Republic of Texas! Hope I get out before that happens!

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 12:17:48 PM PDT

  •  well this is a face-plant diary. Especially.. (5+ / 0-)
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    the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority
    They need to alter the definition in the dictionary because it reads:
    the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
    the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
    a degree, level, or kind of schooling: a university education.
    the result produced by instruction, training, or study: to show one's education.
    the science or art of teaching; pedagogics.
  •  Well, as one man from Texas put it... (8+ / 0-)

    You can't fix stupid.
    --Ron White

  •  Corporal punishment? (4+ / 0-)
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    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"- MLK

    by SwedishJewfish on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 12:34:35 PM PDT

  •  Texas is #1 in beating schoolchildren K-12 (5+ / 0-)

    Texas is #1 in the number of Students K-12 are physically punished by school teachers, coaches and administrators hitting them with thick wooden paddles, often injuring students to the point of having to seek emergency medical attention, legally everyday!  US Schools in 19 States have discipline policies known as School Corporal Punishment with no safety standards to protect students from excessive force injuries! See graphic brutally violent shocking injuries to students YouTube video Trailer for Documentary “The Board of Education” by Jared Abrams at employees are Immune from criminal/civil charges leaving no legal remedy! Some State Laws, including Florida and Tennessee, do Not require parental consent or notification to inflict Pain as Punishment in school, yet it is Illegal in Schools in Nashville (yet 2/3 of TN Students attend Paddling Schools) and 31 U.S. States!

    Spanking can be sexual abuse

    School Spanking, known as Corporal Punishment, is Discriminatorily applied to boys, minorities, disabled, autistic and low-income students.

    Watch short YouTube Video of Montel Williams, 2007 Supreme Court of The United States complicit in child abuse/beatings of minor schoolchildren no legal remedy

    U.S. Organizations Opposed to Corporal Punishment in Schools

    "School Immunity Laws"  for "Paddling Injuries to Students" Contradict "Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse Laws"  Cost to Abolish School Corporal Punishment/Paddling $0  

    Sign Petition to End School Corporal Punishment at

  •  I had a pro-corporate punishment... (6+ / 0-)

    teacher in third grade. An old burnout I suppose. She smacked kids with a ruler, and that's not all - she would pound on a kid's back with her fist, literally. For answering a question wrong or not paying attention.

    A  frequent target of this treatment was a girl we would today call "disadvantaged" and possibly  learning-disabled.  She was bigger than most third-graders, wore shabby clothing and thick glasses, and was taken to be "dumb."

    I was a straight-A student - but for not paying attention one day, I got smacked with a ruler, then shut in a coat closet when I protested. I don't know for how long - maybe only 5 minutes, maybe a half hour.

    Good times! Let's go back to that. A fine way to enforce learning.

    This wasn't in Texas, it was upstate New york.

    •  My sympathies, even in todays environment I (2+ / 0-)
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      hope that that kind of stuff has been minimized. The (mostly) nuns who taught me very rarely used such tactics, despite their fearsome demeanor (mostly feigned) and reputations. When they did whack somebody it was well deserved, IMO.

      "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

      by Bluefin on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 02:29:15 PM PDT

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  •  If Jewish Republican Lawmakers in TX... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... have their way - Yom Kippur services will last about 5 minutes.  They'll show up, say Kaddish and hit the road.  All of the things I ask forgiveness for during Yom Kippur services will be the law of the land in their state.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 02:09:34 PM PDT

  •  Here are the key words: (3+ / 0-)
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    challenging the student’s fixed beliefs
    It's all about the fundy indoctrination process used on (against) their children to control them and set them apart from the non-'Chosen Ones'.
    The whole concept of education and 'larnin' is to instill a capability to think, analyze, interpret and function in a world which is both changing and challenging; and very little of it stays "fixed" for long, at least human perception of it. Such things are very, very dangerous to what they truly believe.
    I wouldn't give a ratsass if they kept it amongst themselves, but they won't stop until they install a theocracy in the USA, and eliminate any and all 'others'. Glad y'all are getting a glimpse of the Texas batshit crazy environment in which many of us live.
    When my youngest children were in P/S schools (mostly public, except for a few years in very good parochial ones) I got into trouble a few times questioning the effects of the fundies tightening grip in our rural ISD. It has only gotten worse since.
    With my older children, our public school system was still a sane place (some distance away, not quite as rural but still small town) back then (although the poor teachers, several of whom I dated, put up with some really draconian outmoded old-south style 'behavior codes', which they adeptly skirted, heh)..

    "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

    by Bluefin on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 02:21:10 PM PDT

  •  Most whackadoodle POS I've ever read (2+ / 0-)
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    and that's saying something.

    Repeal Sarbanes-Oxley? Yes, because we need more Enrons

    The gold standard? Really? Yes, because inflation and interest rates are so high.

    Return to 1932 economic platform of state of TX? Yes, because in 1931 and 1937, those positions worked so well.

    "We oppose any form of reparation".  Really? So abolish the tort system entirely?

    "Repeal the voting rights act".  Really?

    "We oppose any laws regarding the production, distribution or consumption of food."  JEEBUS, WTF? Really? Disband the FDA? Allow restaurants to serve up uncooked rats?

    "Repeal gov't sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development"  Really? Repeal Head Start, one of the most cost effective and uplifting gov't programs we have.  Sight

    "All Texas students should be given acceptance priority over out-of-state or foreign students."  Okay, so we're going to admit student #400 out of 400 from the East Butthole HS in Texas who graduated with a D- average and give him acceptance priority over out of state students. And, BTW, anyone check with the universities on this plank as to how this will cause tuition to jump like crazy, since you'll knock all the people paying higher tuition out?

    "We believe that parents and legal guardians may choose to educate their children in private schools to include, but not limited to, home schools and parochial schools without government interference, through definition, regulation, accreditation, licensing, or testing."  WTF? Really? So, coupled with the above, I can give my kid a diploma and say he's a HS graduate without any accreditation, license or testing, and then he/she gets priority at TX colleges?

    "Judeo-Christian Nation – As America is a nation under God founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we affirm the constitutional right of all individuals to worship in the religion of their choice."  LMAO, no contradiction here.

    "GMO Labeling - We support labeling of all products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as cloned organisms, in a uniform and recognizable fashion." - LMAO again - no laws concerning production/distribution/consumption of food (see above) but now they want a law concerning the production of food.

    "Prisoners should not have access to private information of any citizen".  YES, including themselves, by God

    "We oppose gambling, as it is a regressive tax on the poor".  "Shift the tax burden to a consumption based tax."  LMAO, again, no contradiction here.

    "Federal Reserve System – We believe Congress should repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913." Uh, this would basically eliminate the banking system in the US.

    "We support full diplomatic recognition of Taiwan as an independent and sovereign nation." LOL, just LOL

    Truly, these are the most batshit crazy people on earth.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 03:11:19 PM PDT

  •  then there's this... (2+ / 0-)
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    2. "sanctity of life ... created in the image of God..."

    Whose God?  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 03:48:23 PM PDT

  •  I added a tag, (2+ / 0-)
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    maybe you'll get more eyes.

    I also read about this and looked at the platform.  It actually made me feel ill.

    There's a good write-up at Texas Freedom Network that has multiple links.


    The religious right's dominance over the Texas Republican Party remains clearly evident. In many ways the 2012 party platform turns back the clock on issues such as religious freedom, public education, voting and gayrights, and even solutions to the nation's economic troubles. Numbers in parentheses indicate specific pages in the platform. Click here for the full 2012 platform as adopted by Texas RepublicansI totally can't believe the stupidity!!

    The platform again calls for privatizing Social Security and “gradually phasing out the Social Security tax” (P-11), thus effectively ending the program.

    The party would allow college students to carry guns on campus. (P-14)

    The platform calls for “the establishment and maintenance of a volunteer Constitutional State Militia with assistance from County Sheriffs.” (P-14)

    The party calls for the United States to withdraw from the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization (P-22) and the United Nations and expel the UN headquarters.

    The platform calls for repealing the state’s hate crimes law and, until such repeal, the removal specifically of sexual orientation (but no other characteristic) as a protected category in that law.

    They  oppose any sex education other than abstinence until marriage although Texas has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates.

    They want to abolish the minimyum wage.

    And the list goes on......

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 03:51:36 PM PDT

  •  Of course they do (1+ / 0-)
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    We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs

    "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 06:59:15 PM PDT

  •  Speechless (0+ / 0-)

    Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand.

    by Floyd Blue on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 04:06:57 AM PDT

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