Right Wing Kookery

The Republican Party is going to have an awful hard time changing its image given some of the laws percolating up through state legislatures.  Banana RepublicansTake a look at these insane bills in state hoppers near you.  First up, the ever whacky wingers from the state of Idaho. 

Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.

When Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, asked Goedde why he chose that particular book, Goedde said to laughter, “That book made my son a Republican.”

Goedde said he doesn’t plan to press forward with the bill, but it was formally introduced in his committee Tuesday on a voice vote. He said he was sending a message to the State Board of Education, because he’s unhappy with its recent move to repeal a rule requiring two online courses to graduate from high school, and with its decision to back off on another planned rule regarding principal evaluations.

“It was a shot over their bow just to let them know that there’s another way to adopt high school graduation requirements,” Goedde said after the meeting. “I don’t intend to schedule a hearing on it.”

The 1957 novel has been embraced by libertarians and the tea party movement, in part for its opposition to “statism” and embrace of capitalism, as Rand expressed her philosophy of “objectivism,” focusing on “the morality of rational self-interest.” In recent years, the novel has been touted by conservative commentators including Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

So, we got more folks!!  How about this one from one of the states on my list of NEVER would live there EVER.  It’s Tennessee!!

Tennessee bill would prohibit discussion of “non-heterosexual” sexuality in schools and force teachers to warn parents if their kids identify as LGBT.

SB 234, colloquially known as the “ Don’t Say Gay” bill, bars elementary and middle-school teachers from discussing “non-heterosexual” sexuality with their students. Even more shocking, a new version of the bill would require counselors and teachers to warn parents if they think their child is gay.

By way of justification the bill’s sponsor, Republican senator Stacey Campbell, said, “ The act of homosexuality is very dangerous to someone’s health and safety.”

Campbell’s hateful bill is the real threat to health and safety. As Think Progress’ Annie-Rose Strasser notes, “Kids who are LGBT often face alienation, if not outright abandonment, because they come out.  Forty percent of homeless youth are LGBT, and many of them report that the reason they left home was to escape an environment hostile to their sexual orientation.”

It seems that this is the strategy of cultural conservatives: restrict open discussion that could pave the way for a more tolerant generation, and harm children while doing so.

Okee dokee then.  Thought people were just joking about arming first graders after the Newton Shooting?  Not in Missouri.

First-graders would be required to take a gun safety course in school under a measure a Senate committee considered Tuesday that was introduced one day before the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, told the Senate General Laws Committee Tuesday that his bill was an effort to teach young children what to do if they come across an unsecured weapon.

Under his bill, the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program would be taught be a certified instructor in first grade classrooms across the state. The program is already being used in some schools, but it is not a state requirement.

“I hate mandates as much as anyone, but some concerns and conditions rise to the level of needing a mandate,” Brown said.

Senators watched a brief segment of the training video during the hearing. The segment featured a cartoon eagle telling children to step away from an unsecured gun and immediately report it to an adult.

Remember those days in school when they actually forced you daily to pray, pledge allegiance to the flag, and do all kinds of things contrary to your free speech and thought?  Well, it’s back in Arizona.

Arizona lawmakers  introduced a couple of authoritarian bills that would violate students’ free speech rights and laugh in the face of secularism. The first bill, introduced by Republican state Rep. Bob Thorpe, would force all high school seniors to proclaim their loyalty to a 200-year-old document under the blessings of the almighty deity. Under the bill, seniors would be obliged by law to repeat this pledge:

I, _______, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God.

A second bill, introduced by Republican state Rep. Steve Smith would require all students, K-12, to recite the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance every day. Currently, all public schools are required to set aside time for the pledge, but students can opt out if they prefer.

Arkansas continues to be the state of Fetus Fetishes.  There’s a bevy of laws meant to deny medical science, promote whacked religious views, and just promote your basic woman-hating forced servitude.  Fetus Fetishists continue to try to find a way to redefine “human life” to their religious, misogynistic liking.

In a blow to women’s rights, the Arkansas state senate  approved a bill that would ban abortions when doctors detect a fetal heartbeat. If passed by the House into law, women would be denied abortions as early as five weeks into pregnancy. Arkansas would become  the most anti-choice state in the country.

Not only do Arkansas lawmakers want to strip away a woman’s right to choose—they also want to invade women’s privacy in the process. The bill, sponsored by the  openly racist Republican state senator Jason Rapert, would require doctors administer vaginal probes to detect whether women pass the cut-off of fetal heartbeat.

It gets worse: doctors who perform abortions after the cut-off would face up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Essentially, the bill would jail doctors who adhere to  40 years of federal law.

In a speech to her colleagues, Democratic state senator Linda Chesterfield captured the cruelty of the proposed legislation: “I don’t want to go back to when women used kerosene and clotheshangers because they didn’t have a choice.”

It’s hard to see how any of this leads to “smaller” government and less government interference in our lives, isn’t it? Unnecessary and insane Government Regulation any one?  And just think, I haven’t even included examples from Kansas or Louisiana yet!!!

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41 Comments on “Right Wing Kookery”

  1. RalphB says:

    They are indeed totally freakin nuts. Check this out REPUBLICANS STILL INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY INSANE

    A proposal to study whether Virginia should adopt its own currency passed the state House of Delegates on Monday….

    Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) has been fighting for the bill for three years as a safeguard against what he believes is a central banking system that has swung out of control. But until Monday, the plan seemed little more than a quixotic quest. The House voted 65 to 32 to approve the measure….

    There’s a small load of other stuff from the same fool at the link.

    • dakinikat says:

      The Virginia legislature and governor are clearly in the crazy zone.

    • dakinikat says:

      On Abortion in the case of incest and rape Marshall said: “Sometimes incest is voluntary.” Marshall added, with regard to rape, that “the woman becomes a sin-bearer of the crime, because the right of a child predominates over the embarrassment of the woman.”

      Okay, that ranks up there with Todd Akin Crazy.

      • RalphB says:

        Oh hell yeah! Completely despicable.

      • bostonboomer says:

        OMG, that guy must come from one of those hillbilly families where everyone intermarries.

        “We have no business passing this garbage out and making these co-eds chemical Love Canals for these frat house playboys in Virginia.”

      • NW Luna says:

        So Marshall thinks rape is merely an” embarassment” ?

        This man needs to crawl back into his swamp.

    • janicen says:

      I intend to petition state government here in Virginia. I have an idea to help raise revenue. Since the governor wants a hybrid car tax in order to tax people who are getting out of paying taxes on gasoline, I’d like to propose a non-smokers tax in order to tax people who are getting out of paying cigarette taxes. Good idea, no? ;-)

  2. dakinikat says:

    This is funny …

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/so-god-made-a-banker-2013-02-06?mod=e2gp

    And on the eighth day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need someone who can flip this for a quick buck.”

    So God made a banker.

    God said, “I need someone who doesn’t grow anything or make anything but who will borrow money from the public at 0% interest and then lend it back to the public at 2% or 5% or 10% and pay himself a bonus for doing so.”

    So God made a banker.

    God said, “I need someone who will take money from the people who work and save, and use that money to create a dotcom bubble and a housing bubble and a stock bubble and an oil bubble and a commodities bubble and a bond bubble and another stock bubble, and then sell it to people in Poughkeepsie and Spokane and Bakersfield, and pay himself another bonus.”

    So God made a banker …

  3. RalphB says:

    GOP senators going further McCarthyite on Hagel nomination. This is downright ugly now.

    Foreign Policy: GOP senators call for delay in Hagel committee vote

  4. bostonboomer says:

    I was just reading about that wingnut state senator in Idaho. What a wacko.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Passage of Arkansas heartbeat law looking less likely.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Ed Kilgore: Idaho legislator needs to be held accountable for

    …robustly endorsing for consumption by children a book that preaches atheism as relentlessly (and no one in

    the history of literature has been more relentless than Ayn Rand) as capitalism—indeed, the author thought the two were indivisible.

    I don’t have a copy of Atlas handy (like most people, I read it as an adolescent, though not as a school requirement), but here’s one quote from John Galt’s famous radio address:

    [I]f devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking…. the alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind.

  7. RalphB says:

    Congress is in for a rude awakening when the post office eventually dies, because most of them have been in the beltway so long or are so stinking rich that they have no idea how much the rest of the country relies on the post office. It’s as big a blind spot for the privileged dummies as anything else out there. They just don’t get how big of a deal this will be for most of the country.

    • dakinikat says:

      It also shows they really have no respect for the Constitution also. Given, we’re not supposed to have a standing army –real purpose of the second amendment–and we’re supposed to have a US postal service per the constitution provided by the Federal government. (Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution)

  8. ANonOMouse says:

    Down here in bumfuckerville the kookified section of the TN State Legislature (otherwise known as the GOP) wants to OUT scared vulnerable and desperate school children to their mommy & daddy so that daddy can beat the gay out of them. If the bill passes that’s exactly what will happen to many gay teens. Stacey Campfield likens homosexuality to shooting heroin, I liken Stacey Campfield to a pile of Horse Shit!!!

  9. dakinikat says:

    Here’s one for JJ ;-)

    PR Firm Advises U.S. To Cut Ties With Alabama

    Suppose Georgia is next? Or possibly Mississippi or Bobby Jindal’s version of Louisiana?

  10. List of X says:

    I’ve missed a few recent posts here, so I am not sure if this was already covered here or not, but this story fits the topic of crazy GOP laws well: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/05/arkansas-to-allow-concealed-guns-in-churches/ Arkansas to allow concealed weapons in churches.

  11. Linda C says:

    ….; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; (OF THE OFFICE OF WHICH I AM ABOUT TO ENTER) So help me God.

    This is the oath/ affirmation of one entering into federal service. I took this oath as well as many others and those entering the military have a similar oath. The stupidity is just astounding