Maine GOP Jumps the Shark

The Maine Republican party has voted in a new platform filled with buzzwords, diatribe and just plain craziness.

Usually, I don’t care too much about other state’s political doings, but my in-laws mostly live in Maine and it’s sad to me when one of a state’s two major (and very important) political parties gets hijacked by right-wing nutjobs.

If you think I’m being harsh, I invite you to go read the platform. I had to dig around to find the document, but I’m pretty sure this is the real deal.

Some criticisms:

  • Whoever drafted this has never seriously studied the history of US politics or political discourse. Either that or they’re flat out misrepresenting themselves (that’s politician speak for “lying”).
  • The drafter(s) also need to have their bag of air-quotes revoked. There are way to many terms with “quotes” around them.
  • I call attention to this item:
  • II. To Establish Justice:
    a. Restore “Constitutional law” as the basis for the Judiciary.
    b. Reassert the principle that “Freedom of Religion” does not mean “freedom from religion”. [emphasis added]

    I’m very curious why they felt the need to place this religious call out under a Justice heading? Oh, right, because there’s nowhere else to put it, the U.S. constitution specifically divorcing government from religion. Silly me. I suppose you could put it under a heading titled “We made this up because we’re scared of non-christian people” but that doesn’t have the same ring of fear that “Justice” does.

  • My final criticism is to the actual republicans in Maine. Shame on you for allowing the Tea Party wackos steal your party. This is not what the Republican party stands for. Or at least, it’s not what it should be standing for. I’m sure you all found it great when the Tea Party was a fringe element drawing fire away from your amorphous appeal to a past time, but now they’re coming front and center. If you ever want to win a national election again, I suggest you shoot your own dog, like a real party.
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