Aug. 30th, 2004
Protecting you from non-Christian, Satan-loving, sodomite judges  
It's no secret that for some time, internally, the Republican Party has been controlled by a fringe group of religious extremists. Very few are conservative enough for this group (except for perhaps the likes of Pat Buchanan or Pat Robertson). I've read a few well written essays recently dealing with this group, whom Lee Atwater referred to as the "extra chromosome Republicans." They've systematically taken over the party infrastructure and turned it into a vehicle for their religious crusade. Oddly enough, they're not party loyalists. Their worst enemy isn't a Democrat or even a socialist, but that of the moderate Republican, i.e. the Republican who believes in limited government not only economically, but socially. Even Bush, Sr. drew the ire of this group for not towing the line and being conservative enough. Fortunately, they've found a good friend and Christian soldier in GWB, you know our fearless leader who has taken us into war because God told him to.

The 94-page 2004 Republican Party Platform, which is largely crafted by the fundamentalists, won't get much play during the carefully scripted convention. So for your reading pleasure, I thought I'd highlight a few passages from this learned scripture... I mean platform. Take careful note because the platform is not only against gay marriage but civil unions as well. The text is verbatim (I may have taken liberty with the headings).

Supporting Judges Who Uphold the Law [as we see it] (page 78)

In the federal courts, scores of judges with activist backgrounds in the hard-left now have lifetime tenure. Recent events have made it clear that these judges threaten America’s dearest institutions and our very way of life. In some states, activist judges are redefining the institution of marriage. The Pledge of Allegiance has already been invalidated by the courts once, and the Supreme Court’s ruling has left the Pledge in danger of being struck down again – not because the American people have rejected it and the values that it embodies, but because a handful of activist judges threaten to overturn commonsense and tradition. And while the vast majority of Americans support a ban on partial birth abortion, this brutal and violent practice will likely continue by judicial fiat. We believe that the self-proclaimed supremacy of these judicial activists is antithetical to the democratic ideals on which our nation was founded. President Bush has established a solid record of nominating only judges who have demonstrated respect for the Constitution and the democratic processes of our republic, and Republicans in the Senate have strongly supported those nominees. We call upon obstructionist Democrats in the Senate to abandon their unprecedented and highly irresponsible filibuster of President Bush’s highly qualified judicial nominees, and to allow the Republican Party to restore respect for the law to America’s courts.

The sound principle of judicial review has turned into an intolerable presumption of judicial supremacy. A Republican Congress, working with a Republican president, will restore the separation of powers and re-establish a government of law. There are different ways to achieve that goal, such as using Article III of the Constitution to limit federal court jurisdiction; for example, in instances where judges are abusing their power by banning the use of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance or prohibiting depictions of the Ten Commandments, and potential actions invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Additionally, we condemn judicial activists and their unwarranted and unconstitutional restrictions on the free exercise of religion in the public square.
"President Bush said he was 'troubled' by gay people getting married in San Francisco. He said on important issues like this the people should make the decision, not judges. Unless of course we're choosing a president, then he prefers judges." –Jay Leno

Protecting all god-fearing Christians from Porn and Janet's anti-Christian boob (page 84)

The Republican Party shares the position of the United States Supreme Court in Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973), that obscene material is “unprotected by the first amendment” (413 U.S. at 23) and that “to equate the free and robust exchange of ideas and political debate with commercial exploitation of obscene material demeans the grand conception of the first amendment and its high purposes in the historic struggle for freedom.” Miller, 413 U.S. at 34. We therefore support vigorous prosecution of obscene material by the U.S. Department of Justice.

What? Still not convinced?
What if we throw in more gay-bashing? ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Protecting children from those damned homosexuals (page 85)

We strongly support President Bush’s call for a Constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage, and we believe that neither federal nor state judges nor bureaucrats should force states to recognize other living arrangements as equivalent to marriage. We believe, and the social science confirms, that the well-being of children is best accomplished in the environment of the home, nurtured by their mother and father anchored by the bonds of marriage. We further believe that legal recognition and the accompanying benefits afforded couples should be preserved for that unique and special union of one man and one woman which has historically been called marriage. After more than two centuries of American jurisprudence, and millennia of human experience, a few judges and local authorities are presuming to change the most fundamental institution of civilization, the union of a man and a woman in marriage. Attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country, and anything less than a Constitutional amendment, passed by the Congress and ratified by the states, is vulnerable to being overturned by activist judges. On a matter of such importance, the voice of the people must be heard. The Constitutional amendment process guarantees that the final decision will rest with the American people and their elected representatives. President Bush will also vigorously defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which was supported by both parties and passed by 85 votes in the Senate. This common sense law reaffirms the right of states not to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.

President Bush said, “We will not stand for judges who undermine democracy by legislating from the bench and try to remake America by court order.” The Republican House of Representatives has responded to this challenge by passing H.R. 3313, a bill to withdraw jurisdiction from the federal courts over the Defense of Marriage Act. We urge Congress to use its Article III power to enact this into law, so that activist federal judges cannot force 49 other states to approve and recognize Massachusetts’ attempt to redefine marriage.

What would you pay for a document containing so much knowledge?

But wait... there's more!

Read about our campaign to give an official voice to the Vatican in the United Nations (page 25).

Read about our promotion of Christian.. err.. I mean faith-based initiatives (pages 31, 56, 73, 75, 76, 79).

Read about our call for an end to discrimination against everyone except ho-mo-sexuals (page 76).

Let us tell you about our worldwide campaign to ban legal abortion (pages 26, 78, 83, 86).

And, as an added bonus for signing on now, we'll throw in our little secret to the solving the world's problems: terminating funding for programs teaching safe sex education and doubling up funding for programs teaching abstinence! (pages 31, 79, 82, 83).

Sign on now, America, so we don't have to try to scare the bejesus out of you with scary 9/11 imagery and terror alerts until the election! And, remember, Osama bin Laden wants you to vote for Kerry. You don't want to be a traitor to your country, do you? Keep America strong and safe. Be a patriot and vote for Bush and live... or vote for Kerry and die. The choice is yours, America. Amen. *barfs*

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For your own copy of God's Word the 2004 GOP Platform, you may download it here (PDF)
Mood: cynical
Listening to: Thursday - Asleep In the Chapel
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bgtothen on August 30th, 2004 - 11:31 pm
The Republican House of Representatives has responded to this challenge by passing H.R. 3313, a bill to withdraw jurisdiction from the federal courts over the Defense of Marriage Act.

They are trying to disassembly the constitution of the United States. The courts role is to balance the power of the executive and legislative branches. Also "activist judges" could be the ones that forced integration of schools. Would someone like to say that those judges were activist? I'm waiting.
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The People's Exhibit A: state of affairsdavidology on August 31st, 2004 - 10:37 am
"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator," -George W. Bush

I believe they labelled the judges as activists back then as well. It's actually pretty chilling if you read some of the quotes from those against desegregation. It's the same tired arguments the bigots today use to attack us.

These are fools misguided by their bigotry which they justify under the guise of religion. "I hate you because God told me to."
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scootermark on August 30th, 2004 - 11:49 pm
I didn't think I could get more upset, until I started reading the platform. Speeches are one thing, but the platform tells you what they really want without the careful couching in nonoffensive terms they use in the speeches (if they remember).

More and more disturbing.
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Blissfully Awarekerfect on August 31st, 2004 - 12:40 am
My god, this is scary. They're trying to circumvent the court? WTF?
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The People's Exhibit A: state of affairsdavidology on August 31st, 2004 - 10:33 am
Of course.. Well, at least the courts that disagree with them.

The inmates are running the asylum.
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Blissfully Awarekerfect on August 31st, 2004 - 10:36 am
I'm beginning to smell anarchy. And not the good kind.
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E&Jasondnb_blues on August 31st, 2004 - 03:25 am
hm ... i read the first few paragraphs and stopped . not much in to politics and all . i should be , since i reacently turned eighteen . well . im taking the required governemnt class this year ; so that should get me up to date with all that stuff . and THEN ... i can comment about these kinds of posts .
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ex_prezrober685 on August 31st, 2004 - 05:28 am
Seems a bit disingenuious.
But, I agree on everything except abortion and homo-discrimination.
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machmed on August 31st, 2004 - 05:26 pm
Re: Seems a bit disingenuious.
Isn't that pretty much all it's about though? Oh, wait, you're joking(?)
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eviltickles on August 31st, 2004 - 10:16 am
hahaha. you "may" have edited the titles? i wonder what would have happen if those were really the titles :-P
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The People's Exhibit A: state of affairsdavidology on August 31st, 2004 - 10:32 am
It would be more honest?
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eviltickles on August 31st, 2004 - 10:39 am
and funnier!
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Alexander: chat bubblealexanderwolf on August 31st, 2004 - 11:38 am
I've recognized this for some time, but your entry here spells it out with some evidence, etc.

I find it disturbing, as the Christian Right still tries so desperately to assume power, and push an agenda of influence as it wields its web of archaic ideals.
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The People's Exhibit A: state of affairsdavidology on August 31st, 2004 - 12:15 pm
Re: yep.
There's a ferocity none like you've ever seen, and they execute it with such precision. They're well organized, and they're quite trained in the Art of War, and to them politics and religion are indeed war. It's no accident they call this a "culture war."

The Republican Party is their armored vehicle, and you think the fighting against Kerry is something, you should see what they do to their own. Gay and moderate Republicans rarely get nominations, and are systemically ostracized within the party ranks.

These people are rotten, evil, evil, sons of bitches.

I've always assumed it was just "politics" and things were just as ugly in the Democratic Party, but sometimes I wonder.
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driftwoodsun on August 31st, 2004 - 02:43 pm
Re: yep.
I think the Log Cabin Republicans are very close to withdrawing support for the party at this point; they're considering withholding an endorsement of President Bush at the very least. (Read about it here.)

As an aside, have these people ever heard of footnotes?

I'd like the claim that "social science confirms, that the well-being of children is best accomplished in the environment of the home, nurtured by their mother and father anchored by the bonds of marriage" to be backed up.

Particularly since the American Anthropological Association released the following statement on February 26, 2004:

"The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households, kinship relationships and families, across cultures and through time, provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution.

“Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies.
” (Link)

Oh, wait, that would seem to contradict their claims. No wonder they don't want to bother citing their sources. If they did that, everyone would know that they were lying.
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calichilloutcalichillout on August 31st, 2004 - 03:49 pm
Re: yep.
Thanks for finding that citation dude! It's right on! There have been countless research studies in the last several years showing that children do not need a maternal and a paternal presence to become functioning, stable members of society. I had a mother and a father and I turned out pretty fucked up anyway! Interesting, huh? And their argument goes against single parents too...that should be pointed out. By the way, you seem like a cool, intellectual guy. Can we be friends?:-)
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driftwoodsun on August 31st, 2004 - 06:23 pm
Re: yep.
[grins] Consider yourself friended. :-)
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on August 31st, 2004 - 09:13 pm
Re: yep.
geeeeeez... get a room already!
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calichilloutcalichillout on August 31st, 2004 - 09:40 pm
Re: yep.
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calichilloutcalichillout on August 31st, 2004 - 09:39 pm
Re: yep.
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The People's Exhibit A: me2davidology on August 31st, 2004 - 09:20 pm
Re: yep.
I know. I got a kick out of that. I wish I could have written my papers like that... would have saved so much time. But I guess I was just writing papers for classes, not like I was writing the doctrine by which the country is to be run.

I wonder if the delegates understand that the "700 Club" does not constitute this mysterious "social science" to which they refer.
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calichilloutcalichillout on August 31st, 2004 - 03:53 pm
Hey buddy,
This is an amazing post! Goes right to the center of the REAL GOP. I hope people don't fall for the crap they're putting on at the convention this week. Btw, you'll find this funny. There was a car driving out of Stanford yesterday (the most liberal place in the world) and it had a "Bush/Cheney" bumper sticker. I screamed at the top of my lungs, "Fuck you!" and gave the two women in the car the universal gesture. Then, I speeded out of there in my car. hehehe.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on August 31st, 2004 - 09:13 pm
thanks... and nice. I fully empathize with the people of New York right now. I'd feel the same way if my town were invaded by those aliens. I must admit to grinning a little when I read about how so many New Yorkers have been going out to make sure delegates do not feel welcome.

At the same time, I feel a little bad that I get some pleasure out of that. But I just don't understand these die-hard Bush supporters. They're either blinded by party loyalty or hate. Either way, it's just disgusting.
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calichilloutcalichillout on August 31st, 2004 - 09:51 pm
No prob. Glad you appreciate the story:-) And yes, I totally empathize with New Yorkers too. It's so fucked up that the idiots chose to gather in a city where they're universally hated. The only reason why Republicans get elected there is because they are socially liberal! The national GOP is anathema to New York. I totally smile when I hear about the harassment too. I was actually hoping for a big repeat of Chicago 1968 but then I realized that would probably do more damage than good for our side.

I try not to feel guilty about this. Guilt really is the worst human emotion. And why should we feel guilty? These people want to take away our rights! They honestly feel like we're worse than dirt. I don't feel bad hating them and wishing them ill because they feel the same way about us. And yes, die hard Bush supporters are disgusting. I think it's all about hate and then the hate found a party to belong too. In this case of chicken and egg, I definitely think the hate came first. Sad, isn't it?
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SoCalDummysocaldummy on August 31st, 2004 - 05:10 pm

I'm an independent, but I highly doubt that anytime in our Nation's history a party's platform has been driven by as much FEAR as does the current RNC platform.

And, if you think about it the FEAR resonates across the platform to nearly every issue, foreign and domestic.

"Fear leads to anger, anger to hate, hate to suffering." -- Yoda
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on August 31st, 2004 - 09:08 pm
Isn't it scary?

The level to which American politics has sunk.... Unfortunately, the Democrats don't play the game well, and I fear it's likely Bush will be reelected. I don't think anyone will be surprised by his pulling out something from his bag of dirty tricks. What's sad is the American voter will fall for it, hook, line, and sinker.
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SoCalDummysocaldummy on August 31st, 2004 - 09:32 pm
6 months ago, I would have said there's no way Bush wins. Right now, I think the odds of Kerry winning are slim. The economy needs to keep tanking.
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calichilloutcalichillout on August 31st, 2004 - 09:57 pm
Yes, it's quite sad. The American people are actually pretty stupid. If you look at it, only 30% of the population is college educated..and granted, there are some smart people who didn't go to college but I would say at least half the population (probably more) is just stupid and will willingly let the wool be pulled over their heads.

I too feel that the chances of Bush getting reelected are extremely high and I am really scared. Honestly, I expect a lot of my rights as a gay man to be taken away in the next 4 years as well as the economy to continue to tank AND for us to be involved in wars in Iran and North Korea. It's fucking scary! And what's worse is that he'll probably get to name some Supreme Court justices which will mean that his hateful policies could go on and on. Democrats are too noble to play the hateful politics game but, you know what, negativity sells. Psychology shows this. And the GOP is better than anyone at going negative.
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mark or marky: spikeymarkormarky on September 1st, 2004 - 09:08 am
btw not sure if you're aware of this: for "security reasons" mr. bush's people are keeping the identities of the platform committee SECRET - so if anyone wants to try to get something addressed in the platform no one will know who to go to. uh, yeh, this is a fact:
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