“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth”. ~ Revelation 3: 15-16, The Bible
Last year, as Democrats tried to ram gun control legislation down our throats, Senator Ted Cruz stood strong and threatened a filibuster, which then caused citizens to start calling their own Republican Senators to ask why they were not joining his effort. Ted Cruz related how these Senators came to him complaining, saying: “Listen, before you did this, the politics of it were great. The [Democrats] were the bad guys, the Republicans were the good guys. Now we all look like a bunch of squishes.” After which Senator Cruz responded: “Well, there is an alternative. You could just not be a bunch of squishes.”
On Saturday, as a delegate at the GOP state convention, I witnessed the Iowa GOP join the Squish Club. Somehow, from caucus to convention, our elite establishment decided to gut the entire platform, throw out a majority of our planks (over 120) which were approved by our caucus, county & district delegates, and rewrite it into the image they thought best. While it started out noble, it quickly descended into the squishy. No longer do we have a platform of clear, actionable principles; we now have a platform of mostly high sounding platitudes, invoking the greatness of the Constitution without the teeth of accountability. Our party platform was specifically designed to be the voice of the people, to give clear direction to our elected officials, to be used to hold bad officials accountable and to give good officials cover. So, without mandate or permission from their delegates, the state platform committee decided to silence us. And for what? Because some in leadership felt the platform was too long to read and caused the convention to go too long? Oh, please; grow up. If people don’t have the time to read it, or stay through the convention until the end, then they should do the honorable thing and not stand to be delegates.
I don’t have the space to list all of what was stripped from our district and state platform, but I will give you the biggies:
- Gone is the support for a Human Life at Conception Constitutional Amendment
- Gone is the support for the repeal/overturning of Roe v. Wade
- Gone is the opposition to gun registration
- Gone is the opposition to changing current immigration law in order to support amnesty
- Gone is the support of Israel’s right to exist, protect its borders, or self-govern – all that is left is support for their right to maintain an undivided Jerusalem
- Gone is the opposition to internet taxes
- Gone is the opposition to an increase in the gax tax
- Gone is the opposition to earmarks
- Gone is the opposition to taxpayer funded light rail
- Gone is the support of Iowa’s Right to Work law
- Gone is the support for the repeal of the unconstitutional Patriot Act
- Gone is the support for the repeal of indefinite detention of Americans under the NDAA
- Gone is the support for the abolishment of the EPA, the Dept. of Education, the Dept. of Energy, and the IRS
- Gone is the inclusion of homeschooling in the parental rights plank for school choice and tax credits
Curiously, they justified the removal of these things because they feel it would be covered by their preamble of support for the Constitution, yet they still included a specific plank that addressed the repeal of the unconstitutional Obamacare (I don’t care what the Supreme Court says – remember, they once ruled slavery as Constitutional). Oh and then there were these plank pearls: support for the legalization of the growing of hemp, support for the legalization of cannabis oil for medical use, and support for the legal recognition of manure as a natural fertilizer. So, there you have it folks. Instead of standing strong on all the clear principles we hold dear, our state platform now stands strong on pot and poop. Pardon the pun, but what a bunch of bull crap.
As a state, we need to be more careful regarding whom we send as delegates to convention, as well as whom we choose to serve on the convention committees. Clearly this cadre had a mandate from somewhere else other than the district delegates, who elected them with the expectation that they would honor the approved district platform. If you are as outraged at this as I am, please contact your local and state party leaders, as well as your elected state officials, beginning at the Governor’s office. And then, please get involved. We will need you to help fix this in 2016.
Down with the squishes!
For a copy of the 2014 GOP platform go to: http://www.iowagop.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/PDF-State-Tabloid.pdf. Please note that this does not yet include any plank amendments approved at the 2014 Convention.