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The Far Right is Far Wrong
The 2022 Texas GOP Platform
On June 18th, in a giant step into an abyss, the Texas Republican Party officially adopted its new platform. Amongst its many shocking and disturbing positions, it declares that “homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.” It also opposes “all efforts to validate transgender identity,” supports “reintegrative therapy” to turn members of the LGBTQ community into heterosexuals and eliminate “unwanted same-sex attraction,” and calls for a prohibition on any gender-affirming medical care, including hormone therapy, for anyone under the age of 21. As defined by the document, marriage is “only between one biological man and one biological woman.”
Voted on by over 5000 delegates and alternates at the party’s biennial convention in Houston, the 40-page platform opposes offering any special protections for members of the LGBTQ community, and renounces penalties for those who discriminate against the community.
The party delegates also approved a resolution falsely claiming that Biden was not legitimately elected. It reads: “We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States.”
“Texas Republicans rightly have no faith in the 2020 election results and we don’t care how many times the elites tell us we have to,” party Chairman Matt Rinaldi said in a statement. “The Texas Republican Party is raising record funds for election integrity, and we’ve made election integrity a top priority to ensure Texas never goes the way of Pennsylvania, Georgia, or Arizona. We refuse to let Democrats rig the elections in 2022 or 2024.”
In other platform issues, party delegates voted to support barring the teaching of sex and sexuality in schools while calling on Texas schools to teach the “dignity of the preborn human” and that life begins at fertilization. The document says that the state “retains the right to secede from the United States, and the Texas Legislature should be called upon to pass a referendum consistent thereto.”
A resolution rejects “the so called bipartisan gun agreement” (led in part by Texas’ Senior Senator Republican John Cornyn). And the party rebuked (by name) all the Republican senators who negotiated the agreement. (Cornyn was even booed while speaking at the convention.) Another urges Republicans to “work to ensure election integrity” to “overwhelm any possible fraud,” alleging that “various secretaries of state illegally circumvented their state legislatures in conducting their elections in multiple ways, including by allowing ballots to be received after November 3, 2020” and that “substantial election fraud in key metropolitan areas significantly affected the results in five key states.”
There’s a lot to digest here—or maybe not take in at all— like urging “that the Voting Rights Act of 1965, codified and updated in 1973, be repealed and not reauthorized.” Or supporting “withdrawal from the current United Nations” and its “removal… from United States soil.” Or resolving that “red flag laws violate one’s right to due process and are a pre-crime punishment of people,” that “waiting periods on gun purchases harm those who need to acquire the means of self defense in emergencies such as riots,” and that “all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God given rights.”
It’s as if the Platform & Resolutions Committee went out of its way to disrespect federal jurisdiction, mock and abuse certain minorities, and show contempt for any perspectives which are less than extreme. The radical hatred and violence which these policies reveal, project, foster, and allow have no place in a civil society. There’s a lot in the platform which is likely agreeable to many (if not all) and much else which is the fodder of legitimate political debate. There are some things however, which go well beyond the pale—outside the standards of decency—and should not even be considered matters for political consideration.
Read the entire 2022 Texas Republican Platform <HERE> Vote! It’s important. But first learn where your candidates (Republican, Democrat or Other) stand on these important issues.