Texas: GOP Rejects Democracy, Embraces Theocracy

Dean Obeidallah, a frequent contributor to CNN, describes the Texas GOP’s defiant rejection of democracy. In an earlier publish, I pointed out that the state convention booed Senator Jon Cornyn for daring to negotiate a bipartisan gun management offer (which did not incorporate any of President Biden’s demands). That was the mildest of their steps.

He writes:

CNN) &#8211 Disturbing video from the Texas Republican Convention this weekend exhibits convention-goers mocking GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw &#8212 a Navy SEAL veteran who missing his ideal eye to a bomb in Afghanistan &#8212 with the term &#8220eye patch McCain.&#8221

Fox Information&#8217 Tucker Carlson coined the derisive nickname right after the Texas lawmaker dared to convey guidance for beleaguered Ukraine next Russia&#8217s barbaric attack on it.

But apparently even far more heinous in the eyes of some attendees is that Crenshaw turned down former President Donald Trump&#8217s statements that the 2020 election was stolen. One particular guy carrying a purple &#8220Make The usa Good Once more&#8221 hat can be viewed yelling in an on the internet video, &#8220Dan Crenshaw is a traitor!&#8221 and &#8220He desires to be hung for treason!&#8221

As despicable as the actions toward Crenshaw was, even a lot more alarming have been the actions taken by the Texas GOP and the conference&#8217s 5,000-plus delegates.

The collecting rejected the end result of a democratic election, supported bigotry towards the LGBTQ neighborhood and imposed far-right spiritual beliefs on other people by trying to find to have them enshrined into law. And that wasn&#8217t fifty percent of it.

In reality, the conference showed us one particular issue: Texas Republicans are no for a longer period hiding their extremism. As a substitute, they are openly embracing it.

Even just before the opening gavel, they gave us a glimpse of the social gathering&#8217s extremism in the Lone Star Point out by banning the Log Cabin Republicans from location up a booth at the conference.

Texas Republican Social gathering Chairman Matt Rinaldi forged the determining vote on the move to bar the group that has advocated for LGBTQ Republicans for a long time. &#8220I feel it&#8217s inappropriate specified the point out of our country proper now for us to play sexual id politics,&#8221 Rinaldi advised the Fort Really worth Star-Telegram.

When it formally received underway, the conference took a number of appalling and un-American actions. To start with, delegates accepted a measure declaring that President Joe Biden &#8220was not legitimately elected.&#8221 In short, the Texas GOP &#8212 like Trump himself &#8212 is embracing a lie simply because it&#8217s disappointed with the election outcomes. Set far more bluntly, the Texas GOP voted to reject American democracy.

Republican delegates also booed John Cornyn, the senior US senator from Texas, at the conference Friday due to the fact of the Republican lawmaker&#8217s purpose foremost negotiations to arrive at a Senate deal on a bill to stem gun violence. Those people legislative attempts comply with final thirty day period&#8217s horrific capturing that claimed the lives of 19 schoolchildren and two instructors in Uvalde, Texas.

The system authorised at the conference identified as for repealing or nullifying gun legal guidelines currently in place, these as the Gun Command Act of 1968, which stops felons and other harmful folks from getting in a position to purchase a gun legally. Evidently, the Texas GOP believes that even hazardous individuals should have a constitutionally shielded proper to obtain a gun.

The Texas GOP platform also embraced ramping up anti-abortion rhetoric in public educational facilities. For instance, the platform states that &#8220Texas college students must master about the Humanity of the Preborn Baby, which includes … that life starts at fertilization.&#8221 It even seeks to power learners to check out &#8220a live ultrasound&#8221 and for substantial-schoolers to examine an anti-abortion booklet that critics say &#8220features scientifically unsupported claims and shames girls searching for abortion treatment,&#8221 according to The Texas Tribune.

It seems like the curriculum that you may well uncover in a theocratic governing administration this sort of as the Taliban &#8212 not a person in the United States funded by taxpayer pounds. But the GOP in significant swaths of this state is no lengthier hesitant to guidance guidelines to impose its spiritual beliefs &#8212 as we see with steps some Republicans winner that would totally ban abortion. The GOP conference&#8217s document in addition urges officials &#8220not to infringe on Texas faculty pupils&#8217 and staffs&#8217 legal rights to pray and interact in religious speech.&#8221

The Texas GOP system also does its very best to demonize all those in the transgender community. It describes transgender individuals as suffering from &#8220a genuine and extremely scarce psychological well being ailment.&#8221 And it sees sexual reassignment surgical treatment as a sort of clinical malpractice.

The platform usually takes goal at homosexual People in america as nicely with the statement that homosexuality is &#8220an abnormal way of living alternative.&#8221 Instructively, the Texas GOP platform did not include these language in 2018 and 2020.

This platform gives us a glimpse into the sights of the Republican foundation on vital issues that in transform will tension GOP elected officers in Texas &#8212 and potentially past the condition &#8212 to adopt likewise intense positions or operate the danger of a major obstacle from an even much more extraordinary Republican.

What triggered this shift to the significantly correct? Brandon Rottinghaus, a political scientist at the College of Houston, instructed The Texas Tribune about the condition GOP&#8217s new extreme system, &#8220Donald Trump radicalized the social gathering and accelerated the calls for from the base.&#8221 He additional alarmingly, &#8220There basically aren&#8217t boundaries now on what the base may well inquire for.&#8221

I concur &#8212 in component. I don&#8217t believe Trump radicalized the base &#8212 alternatively he only gave persons authorization to be who they constantly desired to be.

But I concur with Rottinghaus that there are now no limits for what the GOP base might search for &#8212 be it rejecting election final results it doesn&#8217t concur with to enacting far more legal guidelines based mostly on serious spiritual beliefs. And that should really deeply alarm every single American who wishes to dwell in a democratic republic.

The conference also issued a call to repeal the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which certain the correct to vote for every citizen of voting age.

The only factor the Texas GOP neglected to do was go a resolution congratulating the shooter at Uvalde for exercising his “God-provided right” to use his AR15 as he observed match.