Majority of Americans Support Reparative Therapy for Texans

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While most of us were trying to absorb the eery links between “Benghazi” and “Bergdahl,” last week, Texas rounded up its Republican delegates and sent them to Fort Worth to convene and redraft the state party platform. Few will be surprised to learn that Texas has one of the weirdest state Republican platforms in the country.

It is forty —count ‘em, FORTY— pages of Right wing free association that feels like the product of a bad night of MadLibs and way too much Lone Star Lite.  I’d say that the Texas platform smacks of teenage manifesto but that can’t be quite right because the Texas Young Republicans have declared it totally suckumental.

Way to court that youth vote, GOP!

Anyone with the stomach is welcome to jump right in for themselves, but here are a few highlights from my perspective . . .

There is the much-publicized inclusion of an endorsement of reparative therapy for homosexuals enjoining the legislature to not even think about passing any laws to limit such therapy:

Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin.

Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.

There is the reaffirmation of the hardline immigration stance of yore:

. . . which essentially guts the “Texas Solution” guest worker program and calls for a prohibition on sanctuary cities along with ending in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

So much for Hispanic outreach . . .

There is a call for full repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment such that State Senators would be appointed by state legislature rather than elected.

And while we’re on elections, Texas would also like to see a full repeal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Texas schools should be following a curriculum of “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 Texas platform demands climate change denial . . .

‘. . . 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.”

And, in the tinfoil hat category, the platform condemns Agenda 21 and calls for “the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations and the removal of U.N. headquarters from United States soil;” calls for bans on “any form of reparation” and Sharia law, and limits 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.”

And, of course there is the anti-vaccine position and the nullification of any federal gun laws.

And, oh, so much more . . .

On the lighter side there were some wonderful tweets

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Marvelous quotes:

“Normal Texans aren’t here, sir. They’re back home working.” — GOP conventioneer and tea party activist Jill Fenner of Tyler

“In the great State of Texas, gun control means hitting what you’re aiming at.” — Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-TX)

“Washington Democrats think Texas is their new battleground. Texas will be their political burial ground.” — Gov. Rick Perry (R)

” ... Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible. Amen.” — State Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola

“We need to stand our ground ... stand up for who we are. When you stand your ground, you don’t lose your ground.” — State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels

“I really can’t get enough elephant.” — Kim Blumenthal, a GOP conventioneer from Dallas

Aren’t they special?

There were the usual entrants in the Fancy Dress Division . . .

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And, the piece de resistance, the anointing of native son, Ted Cruz, as king of the straw poll.

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Apparently, a very GOP time was had by all.

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That’s the same stuff that everone’s been focused on. The platform contains planks are less linkbait-y, but are a lot more telling. Take, for example, the subheading “REFORMING THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM,” full of fun ideas on how to mess with the legal system at the state and national level. Among other things, it includes planks aimed at legalizing jury nullification (1-60), putting all judges up for election (1-54), eliminating joint and several liability (1-67), and taking away from the Supreme Court the authority to decide on any of the GOP’s pet issues (1-62).

They also want to open up licensing requirements in Texas so that any goober can become lawyer regardless of education (1-53), but since they also want to start recording trials (1-57), perhaps they’re hoping to start a new reality show when the unfit attorneys collide with the crazy juries and the hardline right-wing judges. There’s some real Law & Order shit, right there.

Texas is what Fox News has planned for us all. 

I love how Cruz looks like he has a halo in that photo. Somehow it makes fun of his liver-lips and pouty, wingnut-come-hither stare.

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