Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Crazy Town

As much as I love Idaho, Boise in particular, one reason I would never actually relocate there is the nutty brand of far-right conservatism that dominates the state. The latest example is provided here by TPM,

Idaho Republicans held their convention over the past weekend, approving a platform containing some mighty interesting parts of the Tea Party platform -- from state nullification of federal laws, to protecting the institution of marriage from transgendered people, to to a Glenn-Beckesque embrace of gold and silver money...

The convention's platform calls for a radical overhaul of the federal government. One proposal is a Tea Party favorite, calling for the repeal the 17th Amendment, which provides for the direct election of Senators instead of the original system of them being selected by state legislatures. The platform also calls for the state legislature and governor to "nullify any and all existing and future unconstitutional Federal mandates and laws, funded or unfunded, that infringe on Idaho's Tenth Amendment sovereignty." In addition, the GOP calls for the state of Idaho to take back federally controlled lands.

And it goes on from there.

1 comment:

Seth said...

Their fixation on the 17th Amendment still escapes me.