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June 28, 2012

Texas Republicans Again

The 2012 platform of the Texas Republican Party.

We believe in:
1. Strict adherence to the original intent of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. and Texas Constitutions.

Slavery, three-fifths people, and all.

6. Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman.
9. A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies.

Unless we're talking about who you love and sleep with. That's a matter of public policy.

We decry the appointment of unelected bureaucrats, and we urge Congress to use their constitutional authority to defund and abolish these positions and return authority to duly elected officials, accountable to the electorate.

I don't see any way to misinterpet this. The Texas Republicans want to elect every single employee of the executive branch of government. Will that include the military as well? Massive, massive ballots. And what shall the term of office be? What better way to choose a nuclear scientist than pure democracy of the rubes?

Eliminate aid and cease commerce with any nation threatening us or aiding terrorists or hostile nations.

And the price of Texas oil goes astronomical!

Reparations - We oppose any form of reparation.

For anything. Ever. No exceptions. Or are they that scared to refer to their slavery past?

Water Districts –We strongly applaud the decision made by the Texas Supreme Court regarding regulation, regulatory taking, metering, and restricting production of individuals' underground water. We advocate fair market value compensation for the taking of an individual's private water supply. We urge the restriction of Water Districts to their original purpose of supplying clean drinking water and/or the purpose of reporting regarding underground water. We ask the legislature to allow citizens who are impacted by said water, irrigation, fresh water supply districts the ability to vote on the selection of the board or committee members of these districts and allow the voters the ability of recall of these elected officials of an irrigation district, fresh water supply district, municipal utility district, or any other special purpose district.

Clearly, this relates to some Texas-specific issues about which I know nothing, but it sounds like there have been some water shenanigans.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) - We oppose this act through which the federal government would coerce religious business owners and employees to violate their own beliefs and principles by affirming what they consider to be sinful and sexually immoral behavior.
Qualified Juror Service - Jury service should be limited to registered voters.

Apparently in Texas it is so easy to fill juries they have to work to reduce the potential pool. Want out of the jury pool? Just unregister yourself as a voter - not that I know how to do that.

We urge Congress to withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases involving abortion, religious freedom, and the Bill of Rights.

Because we know for sure that the Bill of Rights never needs defending. One begins to wonder if these Texas Republicans are all a lot of 8th grade dropouts, or is it simple insanity?

Family and Defense of Marriage ― We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists. We call on the President and Congress to take immediate action to defend the sanctity of marriage. We are resolute that Congress exercise authority under the United States Constitution, and pass legislation withholding jurisdiction from the Federal Courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the definition of marriage. We further call on Congress to pass and the state legislatures to ratify a marriage amendment declaring that marriage in the United States shall consist of and be recognized only as the union of a natural man and a natural woman. Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights or status of a spouse. We oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent themselves as domestic partners without being legally married. We advocate the repeal of laws that place an unfair tax burden on families. We call upon Congress to completely remove the marriage penalty in the tax code, whereby a married couple receives a smaller standard deduction than their unmarried counterparts living together. The primary family unit consists of those related by blood, heterosexual marriage, or adoption. The family is responsible for its own welfare, education, moral training, conduct, and property.
Enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act ― We support the enforcement of the State and Federal Defense of Marriage Act by state and federal officials respectively, and oppose creation, recognition and benefits for partnerships outside of marriage that are being provided by some political subdivisions.

Marriage and Divorce - We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that the integrity of this institution should be protected at all levels of government. We urge the Legislature to rescind no-fault divorce laws. We support Covenant Marriage.

Family Values ― We support the affirmation of traditional Judeo-Christian family values and oppose the continued assault on those values.

Supporting Motherhood ― We strongly support women who choose to devote their lives to their families and raising their children. We recognize their sacrifice and deplore the liberal assault on the family.

Except for lesbian moms, of course.

Homosexuality ― We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.

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.

Log Cabin Republicans take heed.

Gestational Contracts - We believe rental of a woman's womb makes child bearing a mere commodity to the highest bidder and petition the Legislature to rescind House Bill 724 of the 78th Legislature. We support the adoption of human embryos and the banning of human embryo trafficking.

Wait, didn't I read something earlier about "A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference."

Social Security ― We support an immediate and orderly transition to a system of private pensions based on the concept of individual retirement accounts, and gradually phasing out the Social Security tax. We insist that Social Security benefits be non–taxable. To protect the Social Security System, its funds should not be co–mingled or spent with general revenues or invested in private or public corporate stock.

Wow, the repeal of Social Security. I wonder if this has been in their platform since 1938, or if there were a few years when they found Social Security to be acceptable.

Medical Records and Informed Consent ― We oppose any state or federal medical record computer database or registry (with exception to diseases that are a public health threat, i.e., HIV and/or Tuberculosis), which stores personal identifiable records on citizens without their written consent.

The Texas Republicans have a very short list of diseases that are a public health threat: HIV and tuberculosis. Unless, maybe, they meant to say "e.g." instead of "i.e." but they are all Texas educated and in support of American English as an official language, so I'm sure they wrote what they meant. As for all those other diseases that you thought might be a danger to public health - well, I guess they've been turned over to the jurisdiction of the Christian Scientists. (And where was that missing opening parenthesis supposed to be?)

Immunizations ― All adult citizens should have the legal right to conscientiously choose which vaccines are administered to themselves or their minor children without penalty for refusing a vaccine. We oppose any effort by any authority to mandate such vaccines or any medical database that would contain personal records of citizens without their consent.

That only makes sense, because there are only two diseases that are a threat to public health and there are no vaccines for those yet. These other things are matters for, as I said, the Christian Scientists - or maybe some fall under the purview of plastic surgeons. But in no way is pertussis, for example. to be considered a communicable disease. Not in Texas. Not amongst Republicans. Of verified citizenship.

We support having 80% of school district payroll expenses of professional staff of a school district be full-time classroom teachers.

Weird rule. The 80% can be achieved by either adjusting pay or adjusting staffing or both; neither of which is guaranteed to produce a better education or lower expenses.

We oppose any official entity from detaining, questioning and/or disciplining our children without the consent of a child's parent.

Are these people Republicans or anarchists? A police officer would have to get parental consent before detaining or questioning a child?! Cop sees a kid throw a rock through a window. Kid runs away. Cop's power is limited simply to yelling after him "What's your parents' phone number!"

We oppose any sex education other than abstinence until marriage.

Note that this does not say "publicly funded sex education" or "sex education in our public schools." No, they don't want anyone, not even parents, telling their kids anything about the birds and bees until...when? Marriage? This is despite the fact that earlier they said they support parents complete and total rights to raise and educate their children.

We oppose the mandated use of Smart Meters as well as the use of collected data to reduce freedoms of U.S. citizens.

And we oppose the regulation of the tin industry in such a way as to make practical tin foil hats unaffordable for most citizens.

We support a free and open internet -- free from intrusion, censorship, or control by government or private entities. Due to the inherent benefit of anonymity, the anonymity of users is not to be compromised for any reason, unless consented by the user; or by court order. We also oppose any mandates by the government to collect and retain records of our internet activity.

This stands in marked contrast to their earlier plank: "We encourage the enforcement of laws regarding all forms of pornography, because pornography is detrimental to the fabric of society." Texas Republicans remain blissfully unaware that the internet is the Pornography Machine, which also brings you other stuff.

On economic issues: "We support the principles regarding the public economy as stated in the Republican Party Platform of 1932." Then they quote their opposition to aspects of the New Deal. Honest. I don't make this stuff up. Next they'll be wanting to move LBJ's grave to Massachusetts.

Keystone XL Pipeline – We support the immediate approval and construction of the Keystone XL and other pipelines that will reduce our reliance on imported oil and natural gas from unstable or unfriendly countries. Deep Water Drilling – We support immediate resumption of deep water drilling and production in the Gulf of Mexico. Land Drilling – We support land drilling and production operations including hydraulic fracturing. Ethanol – We support the repeal of legislation mandating ethanol as fuel additives and/or primary fuel. Natural Gas - Alternative Fuel - We urge the use of natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel and as complimentary fuel to gasoline and diesel.
• We support the manufacture of vehicles that utilize natural gas as an alternative fuel and/or a complimentary fuel
• We support and encourage the conversion of existing private fleets to natural gas as a dual use fuel
• We support the use of natural gas in electric power generation and other industrial uses
Exotic Livestock – We encourage the freedom of farmers, ranchers and producers to be able to raise and promote all livestock, wildlife and other protected species for conservation, consumption and economic development.

Come to the big feed this weekend: pupfish soup and deep-fried fringe-toed lizards. Dodo egg salad one dollar extra.

Believe it or not, this is an improved platform. According to Box Turtle Bulletin the 2008 and 2010 platforms of the Texas Republican Party included these provisions:

Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy…

Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.

The 2010 platform also opposed the rights of gay parents to have custody or visitation of their own children. No exceptions were stated, except by court order.

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