Not to be outdone in the completely insane category, the Texas GOP has released their state platform (PDF). Here are some of the...lowlights:
Limited Federal Powers –We strongly support state sovereignty reserved under the Tenth Amendment and oppose mandates beyond the scope of federal authority, as defined in the U.S. Constitution. We further support abolition of federal agencies involved in activities not originally delegated to the federal government under a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
We didn't need that Department of Education anyway. We're Texas, goddammit. Oh, but it gets worse. It may be the greatest piece of performance art and political satire written in the last generation.
Reparations - We oppose any form of reparation.
Well gosh boys, how else am I supposed to buy off your nubile young daughters?
Livestock and Pet Locations - We oppose a mandatory animal identification system.
We like to brand things in Texas. This here is Clem's pig, dammit.
Free Speech for the Clergy - We urge amendment of the Internal Revenue Code to allow a religious organization to address issues without fear of losing its tax-exempt status. We call for repeal of requirements that religious organizations send the government any personal information about their contributors.
Church, State, same thing.
Real ID Act - As the Real ID Act effectively creates an unconstitutional and privacy-inhibiting national ID card, we hereby call for its immediate repeal.
To recap, national identification of pigs, VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. National identification of people, DON'T TREAD ON ME.
Voter Rights Act – We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized.
Yeah, it's not like minorities need to vote. We're offering to do it for them.
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.
What about liberal women who devote their lives to their family and raising their children?
Harassing Pregnancy Centers - We urge legislation to protect pregnancy centers from harassing ordinances to require pregnancy centers to post signs in violation of their Constitutional rights. We further oppose any regulation of pregnancy centers in Texas which interfere with their private, charitable business.
Silly people. Harassment is for abortion clinics.
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.
So, no SS tax...and the fund stays solvent without income because SHUT UP THAT'S WHY MATH IS HARD.
Health Care -- Health care decisions should be between a patient and health care professional and should be protected from government intrusion.
Except for the two pages on telling women what to do with their vaginas, in which case the government needs to firmly occupy the smelly thing.
American Identity Patriotism and Loyalty – We believe the current teaching of a multicultural curriculum is divisive. We favor strengthening our common American identity and loyalty instead of political correctness that nurtures alienation among racial and ethnic groups. Students should pledge allegiance to the American and Texas flags daily to instill patriotism.
This of course will prevent indoctrination of our children by liberals. We'll indoctrinate the little bastards first.
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.
You will be stupid and you will like it.
Federal Tax Reform – We recommend repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, with the goal of abolishing the I.R.S and replacing it with a national sales tax collected by the States. In the interim we urge the income tax be changed to a flatter, broader, lower tax with only minimal exemptions such as home mortgage interest deductions.
NINE NINE NINE.
Minimum Wage – We believe the Minimum Wage Law should be repealed.
If we want to pay you 25 cents an hour, what are you going to do about it?
United Nations – We support the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations and the removal of U.N. headquarters from U.S. soil.
Screw those other countries, we're Texas.
Israel – We believe that the United States and Israel share a special long-standing relationship based on shared values, a mutual commitment to a republican form of government, and a strategic alliance that benefits both nations. Our foreign policy with Israel should reflect the special nature of this relationship through continued military and economic assistance and recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths. We believe that the US Embassy should be located in Jerusalem. In our diplomatic dealings with Israel, we encourage the continuation of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but oppose pressuring Israel to make concessions it believes would jeopardize its security, including the trading of land for the recognition of its right to exist. We call on the U.S. to cease strong arming Israel through prior agreements with the understanding of delivering Palestinians on the West Bank. We support the continuation of non-recognition of terrorist nations and organizations. Our policy is based on God’s biblical promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel and we further invite other nations and organizations to enjoy the benefits of that promise.
Whew. There's a boatload more wackiness in there. You really do need to read the whole thing. After all, it's coming to a state where you live. All you have to do is nothing.