THE TEXAS REPUBLICAN PLATFORM OF 2022
The tools that have been used to build this nation remain rooted in ideologies of white supremacy. The insurrection that occurred on our nation’s Capital on January 6, 2021, propagated by former president Donald Trump, opened the floodgates for hate, racism, perpetual political violence by far-right extremists, and fascism. Trump’s “Big Lie,” has taken on a life of its own and has birthed a resurgence of far-right extremist groups, like the Proud Boys, that have pervaded the Republican Party.
Ever since the explosion of election fraud claims, that was fueled by Trump’s contention that he won the 2020 presidential election, there has been a continuous assault on American democracy and core values. To state it plainly, the overwhelming affect that far-right extremism has had on state legislatures and the Republican Party is not only terrifying, but downright absurd.
Take the “great” state of Texas for instance, this past weekend at the Texas GOP convention, the state GOP put forth a party platform calls to:
● Retaining the right to secede from the U.S.
● Repealing the Voting Rights Act of 1965
● Repealing hate crime laws
● Rejecting the Equal Rights Amendment
● Returning Christianity to schools and government
● Arming Teachers
● Defending capital punishment
● Protecting and restoring confederate monuments
● Ending gay marriage
● Penalizing corporations in Texas who boycott the state due to legislative actions
● Passing a more comprehensive version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill
(Joy Reid June 20, 2022, show)
From this listing, it is abundantly clear that Texas is just one step ahead in the craziness of what Republicans want this country to be- a country dominated by white supremacy and extremism.
Republicans in Texas and beyond are embracing a radical agenda that is weaving Trumpian extremism into the fabric of their party.
The current state of our democracy is precarious. We currently have a party- that is currently the minority in numbers- that is embracing hate mongers and racists, and far right extremists that have used political violence as a form of political discourse.
If we do not vote and Republicans retain power in both houses of Congress, all we can do is sit down, shut up, and brace ourselves for the impending storm of doom that will be triggered by The Grand Old Party.