Texas GOP Follies

donald trump lost the 2020 presidential election.

Period. Exclamation point. Double underline.

Despite atempt after attempt after attempt to challenge it, trump’s repeated denial of it, and the insurrection on January 6th, 2021 to try and overturn it, it remains a solid, incontrovertible fact.

Most of the United States has accepted that, though a certain segment has done so begrudgingly. A lot of folks don’t like it, but at least have the good sense to admit it.

Which brings us to last weekend’s convention of the Texas GOP, the living embodiment of what Forrest Gump’s mother told him:

Stupid is as stupid does.

These guys adopted a party platform at their convention in Houston that, upon reading, left me in shock, disbelief, horror, disgust, and just outright anger.

You’ve heard of the Five Stages of Grief? I think I went through the Five Stages of Pissed Off.

Not to mention, utter embarrassment for my home state. We already were a laughingstock, and this sure doesn’t help any.

To list all the outrageous things declared in this platform would take more than a single post – much more – but I’ll just mention a few:

Regarding the aforementioned 2020 election – which, I will remind you again, trump lost – the Texas GOP party platform includes a resolution stating, in part: “We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States.”

Yes. It actually says that. Proving that facts that are inconvenient to these people are simply wrong. They’re kissing trump’s tookis so hard, they’re gonna leave bruises.

Not content with stopping there, the platform also issues a rebuke to the 10 Senate Republicans involved in the bipartisan talks on gun legislation — including Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who was booed during his speech Friday at the convention.

The platform states that “all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God given rights.”

I’m just gonna say this once. God never, ever gave anyone the right to carry a gun. You believe otherwise, you have no idea who God is.

Oh, and then, there’s this: the platform calls for a referendum “in the 2023 general election for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation,” asserting elsewhere that “Texas retains the right to secede from the United States.”

Yep, secession fever is flaring up again. Won’t get anywhere, of course; the US Constitution, the US Supreme Court and legal experts all agree that Texas cannot do this. (Which will disappoint Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who wrote a piece titled, “Texas Republicans Want to Secede? Good Riddance.”)

And I haven’t even got to what this platform says about abortion, voting rights, gay and transgender rights, the World Health Organization, the Federal Reserve, the United Nations, education and oh, so much more. If you think you’ve got the stomach for it, read the whole thing here.

Now, of course, this is only the platform; none of it is policy.

Yet.

But it gives a clear picture of what’s on these people’s minds. And I don’t like it the least little bit.

13 thoughts on “Texas GOP Follies

  1. I share your angst, even though I (thankfully) do NOT live in Texas. But it isn’t just Texans … it’s Republicans in every state who would love to have a similar platform. It is bigoted, racist, narrow-minded, and shows the utter ignorance of those who drafted it and who obviously have never so much as read the U.S. Constitution, for they certainly do not understand it. I haven’t read the entirety of their platform yet, though I have it in my TBR bin at the moment and have read about 1/4 of it thus far. I’m not proud to admit that when Dana Milbank’s column hit my inbox a few days ago and I saw the title, I said, “Yeah. let ’em go and see how well they can survive without the federal funding they currently rely on for survival.” Sorry … words said in anger. Hang in, my friend … you’re always welcome up here, though with that fool Vance running for Senate from Ohio, and Gym Jordan serving in the House, it’s not a great place to live, either.

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  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    We’ve all heard bits ‘n pieces about the Texas GOP’s new ‘platform’, a disgusting piece of racist, homophobic, fantasy … and yet it shows us the dangers of the current GOP mindset. Our friend Larry lives in Texas and I thought his views would be even more relevant than the views of the rest of us. Here’s what Larry has to say …

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  3. It’s time for a new party to replace the GOP. There are always extremists; they can find some closet to crawl into and close the door. The idiocy has given the Democrats an unusual ability to sweep the floor of the GOP; it’s time they step up. (I think that’s why McConnell broke with his own party on the fun legislation. He can see where the idiocy is going.)

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  4. Robert Reich did a post on this on Substack, and I suggested to let Texas secede from the USA, but Austin (and any other city that wants to) secede from Texas. He thought it was a good idea. Not sure where you live, Larry, but I mean you no harm. It was just a reaction, or maybe a just reaction. Not sure.
    (Actually it may have been Ted Block on Word Press, I get those guys mixed up all the time. Either way, just wondering what you think?)

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  5. Yes .. “Steers and ……” and not much more evidently. The political platforms that are drafted anywhere at all reflect the intellect and experience of those doing the drafting, so if this platform is defective or devoid of reason, then it can only be because the people who drafted it are somehow defective or devoid of reason … which, at the present time, I believe, covers all or most of the people in this country who have made Trumpism into their personal religious and political ideal. I say if they want to live under a tyranny of radical right wing authoritarianism, let them darned well do it. But in the process, let us also make sure that if they do secede from the Union, they will lose their welfare checks. That should put a stop to any such inclinations on the part of most of the dissidents. (https://limingslynkz.com/)

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