Every few years, the Texas Republican Party decides to define insanity downwards and releases a new party platform. Every time one is tempted to think that we are witnessing the final stage in the devolution of conservatism from Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose to Glenn Beck’s Prion-Infested Downer Cow, one can always count on the Texas GOP to go to eleven (as the kids used to say).
By way of Hendrik Hertzberg, we come across this doozy (among many, many other doozies):
We strongly support a woman’s right to choose to devote her life to her family and children.
There is no Democratic official at any level who thinks that a woman should not be able “to devote her life to her family and children.” Not a single damn one. You would be hard pressed to find very many radical feminists, if any, who would argue that a woman shouldn’t be able to devote her life to her family and children, if she so chooses.
This platform item is as nonsensical as declaring that you think everyone should have the right to breathe oxygen if they so choose. That’s about as relevant to reality as the GOP proposal is.
What’s terrifying about this little item, though there’s so much that’s bonkers in the Texas Republican Party platform (we would like to think all the loons for playing! You’re all winners!), is that there are Republicans who really do believe that Democrats, not to mention libruls (AAIIEE!!!), who want to prevent women from being stay-at-home mothers.
It seems almost pointless to mention this but there is simply no state Democratic party in any of the 50 states that is so clearly, obviously demented. This is the Republican Party… We allow ourselves only two major political parties. One of them is completely out of its fcking mind. This is a national problem.
The Republican Party, as experienced by its members, not its ‘reformicons‘, can no longer be thought to possess an ideology. Instead, it is a mass communicable psychotic break.
This is a national problem.