Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Did the Ron Paul wing mess with the Texas Republican platform?

So there is plenty of coverage of the 2012 Texas Republican platform's utter insanity, but the coverage seems devoted to insanity that is more or less in line with the crazy that passes for "normal Republican" these days. But some provisions seem to have some Ron Paul influence.

Patriot Act - We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens.
Emergency War Powers and Martial Law Declarations - We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act and end our declared state of emergency. Any Declaration of Martial law should be approved by Congress. Real ID Act - As the Real ID Act effectively creates an unconstitutional and privacy-inhibiting national ID card, we hereby call for its immediate repeal.
While some Republicans indeed have opposed the most egregious portions of the Patriot Act, the majority have not, except of course for the Ron Paul wing. As for the War Powers part, it's a little vague but it sounds like what they want repealed is the "state of emergency" provision. This may just be Obama Derangement Syndrome but it may be the Paul people. The same goes for Real ID.
Government Intrusion into the Internet – We oppose the government’s ability to shut down websites either directly or through intimidation without a warrant or judicial hearing.
This provision seems particularly Paul-oriented, as the biggest lobbiers for this provision has been various entertainment corporations (who generally command overwhelming support from both parties in such things except when particularly egregious).

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