Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Off the Deep End

Even when compared with some of the other ridiculous Republican’t ideas of how to run a country, this has got to be one of the most mind-numbingly stupid things I’ve heard in a very long while. From Think Progress:
At its state convention in Des Moines last month, the Iowa GOP adopted a new party platform that includes the repeal of mandatory minimum wage laws, the elimination of the U.S. Department of Education, and even clarification on the definition of manure. Out of the “387 enumerated planks and principles,” Newsweek’s Jerry Adler found the most “startling” section of the platform calls for “the reintroduction and ratification of the original 13th Amendment.”

Adopted in December 1865, the current 13th Amendment of the Constitution prohibits “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” in the United States or any place under its jurisdiction. The Iowa GOP is not trying to overturn this amendment to reinstate slavery. Instead, it wants to reintroduce the “original 13th Amendmentfirst offered by senator Phillip Reed of Maryland in 1810. The amendment states that “if any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honor” from a “foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen” and “shall be incapable of holding any office of trust.” In receiving only 12 out of the 13 votes needed for ratification, the amendment was never adopted.

Traditional supporters of the idea are known as “Thirteenthers,” who seek to prevent those with the title of “esquire,” such as lawyers and bankers, from participating in government. But according to its spokeswoman, Danielle Plogmann, the Iowa GOP supports it as an attack on President Obama’s Nobel Prize win.
Read more here.

Why it is that members of the GOP (Gridlock and Obstruction Party) think Americans would support such ridiculous and hateful propositions is beyond me.

1 comment:

Rural View said...

For the first time I'm ashamed to have been born in the Midwest (although since I'm originally from Illinois, Chicago politics have been a source of embarrassment forever). But to the point, has someone been spiking their lemonade in Iowa? Of all the stupid political moves, this takes the cake. Speaking of the definition of manure . . .