[T]he Republican Party of Texas has a dream. Lots of dreams: its platform, unveiled last week, has sixteen thousand words' worth. The road it maps is anything but royal; these good people, after all, are republicans, albeit with a capital “R.” But the document does lead to the G.O.P.’s unconscious, or part of it: its fearsome, rampaging id.That last one should be familiar as one of the rallying principles of the militia hero Cliven Bundy, and is based on the unconventional notion that all legal authority in America derives from your local sheriff. It and the other talking points are common touchstones among conspiracy theorists, nullification advocates, secessionists, and modern Republicans.
[...] Let's proceed to policy. In the next of its forty pages, the platform demands, among other things,• That the Texas Legislature should nullify—indeed, “ignore, oppose, refuse, and nullify”—federal laws it doesn't like. (Unmentioned is the fact that, beginning in 1809, the Supreme Court has steadfastedly rejected state nullification of federal laws.)
• That when it comes to “unelected bureaucrats”—i.e., pretty much the entire federal work force above the janitorial level—Congress should “defund and abolish these positions.”
• That the Seventeenth Amendment, which was adopted in 1913, be repealed, so that “the appointment of United States Senators” can again be made by state legislators, not by voters. (Admittedly, the Texas Legislature could hardly do worse.)
• That all federal “enforcement activities” within the borders of Texas—including, presumably, the activities of F.B.I. agents, Justice Department prosecutors, air marshals, immigration officers, agricultural inspectors, and tax auditors—“must be conducted under the auspices of the county sheriff with jurisdiction in that county.”
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2006—The Concrete Clarity of Unvarnished Truth:
|Political discourse today, whether it takes place on the Senate floor or on Sunday talk, is slathered with slogans and tired catch-phrases. It's saturated with bullshit. It's bloated. It's fat. It's ineffective. Great ideas and practical solutions are buried under the avalanche of platitudes that inevitably pour of every politicians mouth, so that every politician regardless of his character ends up sounding the exact same.
Let's travel back in time to a real no-spin zone. In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was handed the keys to the White House at a time of national peril, the Great Depression. In hisinauguration speech, Roosevelt spoke plainly to the America people. He revealed the whole truth, "frankly and boldly":
On today's encore performance of the Kagro in the Morning show, it's the 7/11/13 podcast, with lots of nuclear option background and discussion. Greg Dworkin called in to discuss Eliot Spitzer's run, Bob McDonnell's problems, Snowden/NSA, and more. Afterwards, a crazy GunFAIL story, a discussion of the provocative BusinessWeek "Hedge Fund Myth" cover and just what that myth might really be. We close out the show with at least some of the promised extensive discussion of the looming "nuclear option," and some #KITM only-level detail about what's going on, and what's driving the internal debate.