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At their state party convention last weekend, the North Carolina Republicans adopted a new state party platform that outlined its opposition to “all forms” of discrimination. The passage in question reads:
“Government should treat all citizens impartially, without regard to wealth, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sex, political affiliation or national origin. We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination. …
Sexual orientation is not an appropriate category.”
Essentially, the party is completely contradicting itself by saying it seeks to protect all citizens - except gay ones. (And can we point out that “wealth” is the first category they think to mention? Not “socioeconomic status” or even race, but wealth?)
The post linked above from the New Civil Rights Movement explains eloquently why this is, for lack of a better word, complete bull. Feel free to read more of their snarky commentary, but prepare to be outraged.
Yeah, this is absolutely disgusting.
In Laurens County, South Carolina, Republicans wishing to run for office must sign a pledge proving that they’re “real” Republicans. And what does Laurens County define as the signs of a “real” Republican?
Among other things: opposing abortion, claiming you were (or will be) abstinent until marriage, being straight, opposing any kind of unions for same-sex couples, and never looking at pornography again.
Really. Any Republican wishing to run in the county must sign the pledge list the “28 principles of Republicanism,” each of which seems to be more repulsive than the next.
This statement says, in part, the the Laurens County Republican Party “does not want to associate with candidates who do not act and speak in a manner that is consistent with the SC Republican Party Platform; …”
The statement says that the Republican Party has “the right to freedom of political association” that is guaranteed to it by the United States Constitution.
The resolution document says that the Laurens County Republican Party also has “the right to free speech”.
The party’s candidates make speeches and take actions that are “on behalf of the party,” the resolution says, and the party’s Constitutionally-guaranteed rights are infringed upon if the party “cannot determine who are the party’s leaders and standard-bearers.”
I am speechless.
Since the 1970s, New Hampshire police have operated under a progressive policy for handling domestic violence cases that has saved countless lives. Under current law the presumption is that an arrest will be made when police observe evidence of abuse. They have a large degree of discretion and don’t need to witness the assault firsthand or obtain a legal warrant before they can separate the alleged attacker from his victim.
All that will change if Republicans get their way. The state’s GOP legislators are pushing two bills that will reverse a half century of progress, the Concord Monitor reports:
Domestic violence is no longer taken lightly legally or by society. That’s the way it should be, but two bills under consideration by this most unusual of legislatures, would undo that progress and put lives in danger. Both deserve a speedy defeat.
House Bill 1581 would turn the clock back 40 years to an age when a police officer could not make an arrest in a domestic violence case without first getting a warrant unless he or she actually witnessed the crime. That’s an exceedingly dangerous change. Consider the following scenario, one outlined for lawmakers by retired Henniker police chief Tim Russell:
An officer is called to a home where she sees clear evidence that an assault has occurred. The furniture is overturned, the children are sobbing, and the face of the woman of the house is bruised and bleeding. It’s obvious who the assailant was, but the officer arrived after the assault occurred. It’s a small department, and no one else on the force is available to keep the peace until the officer finds a judge or justice of the peace to issue a warrant. The officer leaves, and the abuser renews his attack with even more ferocity, punishing his victim for having called for help. […]
It’s impossible to say how many lives the policy, in place since the 1970s, has saved or how many injuries it’s prevented. If they adopt House Bill 1581, lawmakers might find out, but the price paid could be extraordinarily high.
The other bill Republicans have proposed, HB 1608, limits judges’ ability to order the arrest of someone who has violated a domestic violence restraining order by contacting or abusing the person named in the order. It would also prevent judges from ordering defendants to surrender their weapons or block them from buying guns.
Police say the bill stops them from intervening to protect victims. For instance, they would be stripped of their power to arrest someone who is threatening to use violence against a victim or child. It’s unclear why New Hampshire Republicans have set their sights on repealing protections for abuse victims when promised to focus on economic priorities.
And people wonder why I’ve stopped regarding Republicans with any sort of human dignity. They kinda forfeit that right by doing shit like this.
If this passes I’m going to have so much rage.
Eight presidential candidates have been invited to speak about abortion at a forum that 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will host next month in Iowa, the conservative group Citizens United confirmed to POLITICO. The event will be formally announced later today.
At the gathering, Citizens United, best known for the eponymous Supreme Court decision that last year altered the nation’s campaign finance landscape, will also screen a documentary about abortion that features Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and current Fox News program host.
“Every conservative candidate for president will be fighting to come to this event,” said David Bossie, Citizens United’s president. “I think the campaigns see the value to be at a forum, in Iowa, three weeks before the caucus, standing next to Mike Huckabee. This is a unique opportunity.”
Bossie declined to yet name names, but says two GOP presidential candidates, including one “top tier” candidate, has so far confirmed their attendance to him. Invited presidential candidates are: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum.
Asked about Romney, who has at different times supported and opposed abortion rights, Bossie says he hopes the former Massachusetts governor detours to Iowa, where he’s at times made himself scarce.
“Mitt Romney needs more help on this issue than other candidates because of his background,” said Bossie, who noted that both Huckabee and Citizens United as an organization have no plans to endorse a candidate before or during the forum.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. The film, titled “Gift of Life,” is described by Citizens United as “an inspirational documentary that explores the sanctity of life as a moral issue and looks at the lives of individuals on the front lines of the pro-life movement in America.” Watch the trailer here.
[“Every conservative candidate for president will be fighting to come to this event.” So basically you’re all falling over yourselves to get in line to trample pregnant people in a contest of who can be more misogynist?]
I have a mantra that I say every time I hear about horrible things people from Arkansas do “The Clintons The Clintons The Clintons” at least not everyone from my home state is horrible.