The Iowa Republican Party has long been one of the most right wing state parties in the country and their 2012 platform includes a whole bunch of crazy and stupid. You’re especially gonna love the preamble language about how much they love individual liberty:
As Republicans, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and are never deprived of property or forced to sacrifice one’s values for the benefit of others. We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized. Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. We defend the right of each individual to be free and to follow their own dreams in their own ways, unless the exercise of their freedoms infringes upon the valid rights of others.
Hey, I agree with all of that. They don’t, of course; it’s just a bunch of empty rhetoric. If they really believed each individual is free to do what they want unless they infringe upon the rights of others, they wouldn’t also be against reproductive rights or equal rights for LGBT people. Or want to ban pornography. Or demand the prohibition of Gay Straight Alliances or any other group that advocates equality. And there’s plenty more hypocrisy:
We strongly oppose government monies being given to private organizations such as Planned Parenthood, AARP, ACORN, ACLU, and other groups which lobby for policies contrary to the views expressed in this platform.
Yeah, anyone who disagrees with them should be ineligible for any public grants of any kind. Those who agree with them, of course, should get it instead. Very nice. And that’s just the beginning of the crazy. They oppose requiring kids to go to school. I’m serious. Under education it says, “We opposed compulsory attendance laws.” They demand an investigation into ACORN, which hasn’t existed in three years. And then there’s this:
We support the elimination of the departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Energy, Interior, Labor, and Commerce as well as TSA, FDA, ATF, EPA, National Endowment for the Arts, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.
You should read the whole thing. There’s so much insanity that it’s almost amusing.