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Iowa: Republicans creep birtherward

It has been an article of faith that mainstream Republicans wish the birthers would go away. They don’t want the baggage of nut-case conspiracists making it harder to win elections.

There is an exception in Iowa. The current draft platform (retrieved 5/22/2012) of the Iowa Republican Party contains a birther provision; Section 1.16 of the platform draft, under Elections (page 7) states:

We believe candidates for President of the United States must show proof of being a ‘natural born citizen’ as required by Article II, Section I of the Constitution — beginning with the 2012 election.

Barack Obama is ahead of the game, having released his Hawaiian birth certificate to the Press over a year ago. Mitt Romney will have to get on the ball to satisfy Iowa Republicans.

I think the Iowa Republican birther provision should be placed in the larger context of Iowa Republicanism (just a few planks selected from a long document):

  1. No school activities on Sundays or Wednesday nights [when Baptists hold Prayer Meeting].
  2. No mandatory school attendance.
  3. No voting by non-tax-paying out-of-state college students.
  4. Mandatory ultrasound prior to abortion, which should be outlawed anyway.
  5. No stem cell research.
  6. Abolition of the Department of Agriculture.
  7. Abolish all farm subsidies
  8. Oppose UN Agenda 21 (a popular conspiracy theory related to the New World Order) on sustainable development. It is described as “diabolical.”
  9. No regulation of dust by the EPA.
  10. Ban foreign corporations from owning Iowa farm land.
  11. No money for bike trails until the federal deficit is eliminated.
  12. No government money to ACORN, AARP, ACLU and Planned Parenthood and anyone else who lobbies against the platform.
  13. No federal money for public broadcasting
  14. Support a landlord’s right to refuse to lease on “moral grounds.”
  15. No “hate crime” laws.
  16. No Sharia, or other foreign laws. [Note to self: there go the 10 Commandments]
  17. No smoking bans.
  18. No First Amendment protection for pornography.
  19. Eliminate the Federal Department of Education.
  20. No regulation of private schools or home schooling by the Iowa Department of Education.
  21. No teaching of “multiculturalism” in public school.
  22. Education “purely returned to a free market system.”
  23. No reporting requirements for home schooling families.
  24. Balanced presentation of evolution and creationism in public schools. “Darwinian evolution is only a theory and not a scientific fact.”
  25. Tax-funded libraries must include “intelligent design” and creationism books.
  26. Parents may opt-out their children from health screenings and surveys.
  27. No school clubs based on sexual orientation.
  28. Repeal the “No Child Left Behind Act.”
  29. Oppose anti-bullying laws. Students should stand up for themselves.
  30. Repeal the 17th Amendment (direct election of US Senators by popular vote)
  31. Abolition of the US Department of Energy
  32. No regulation of greenhouse gasses or carbon dioxide.
  33. Claims of human-based globing warming are “fraudulent.”
  34. More deer hunting licenses.
  35. Parents have a right to know what their children read at the library.
  36. The US should drop out of the United Nations.
  37. End foreign aid.
  38. Oppose any revision of the original intent of the US Constitution (except for a few Constitutional amendments called for in the platform)
  39. “We support Congressional action, including an Amendment to the United States Constitution if needed, to repeal the 1943 (sic) Wicker (sic) vs. Filburn ruling by a divided US Supreme Court cowed by Democrat FDR’s “court-packing attack” which set in motion ever-increasing misuse of the Commerce Clause in Article 1, Section 8.”
  40. Public display of the Ten Commandments.
  41. Return money to the gold and/or silver standard.
  42. Impeach judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.
  43. Eliminate the Department of Homeland security
  44. Eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  45. Eliminate the Department of Labor
  46. Eliminate the Department of Commerce.
  47. Eliminate the Department of the Interior
  48. Eliminate the TSA, FDA, ATF, EPA, the National Endowment for the Arts, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  49. The US Census should only count citizens.
  50. Juries instructed that they may consider questions of law as well as fact.
  51. No federal regulation of guns manufactured in Iowa for use in the state.
  52. People with concealed carry permits may take their guns to school.
  53. Repeal the “allopathic medicine” monopoly. [“Allopathic medicine” is a pejorative term used by alternative medical practitioners to refer to conventional medicine.]
  54. “Philosophic exemption” for childhood vaccination requirements.
  55. End the “Patriot Act.”
  56. Oppose any military draft.
  57. Drug testing for all persons on public assistance.
  58. Opt-out of the Social Security system until it is privatized.
  59. Anchor babies are not citizens.
  60. The Supreme Court not have jurisdiction over cases related to marriage.
  61. No “no-fault divorce.”
  62. No minimum wage.
  63. No public employee unions.
  64. Repeal of various financial reforms: Davis-Bacon, Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank.
  65. Abolish the IRS and repeal the 16th Amendment (Income Tax Amendment).
  66. Abolish the Alternative Minimum Tax [a tax on rich folks who through loopholes avoid paying much tax].
  67. Eliminate estate, gift and inheritance taxes, and let heirs avoid capital gains when they sell appreciated inherited property.
  68. No unmanned cameras allowed to enforce traffic regulations.

The items I selected where ones that I thought that even a lot of Republicans would find extreme (except the deer hunting license thing). The normal right-wing stuff, I didn’t mention (like abolish NAFTA, English only, school vouchers, no public benefits for undocumented aliens, etc.) There were a very few provisions that I even thought were good. My favorite:

We believe that the national “Do Not Call Registry” also should apply to political calls.

Iowa Caucus tomorrow

imageIn a series of meetings across the state of Iowa, Republicans will vote on candidates for President. Mitt Romney is defending a narrow lead against Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.

I’m not predicting the winner in Iowa, but I can predict that whoever the winner is, they won’t be raising crank birther claims against Barack Obama in the general election. Birthers think that only Obama supporters deny birther claims, but the Iowa caucus belies that.

New poll results: most Iowa Republicans are idiots

In a new Public Policy Polling result, 52% of Iowa Republicans surveyed either believe Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States (31 percent) or say they aren’t sure (21%).

With the 2012 primary election cycle starting in just a couple of weeks, I think it’s time for our own Obama Conspiracy Theories Republican presidential nomination prediction poll.

Who will be the 2012 Republican nominee for President

  • Mitt Romney (60%, 73 Votes)
  • Ron Paul (16%, 19 Votes)
  • None of the above (9%, 11 Votes)
  • Newt Gingrich (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Rick Santorum (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Buddy Roemer (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Vern Wuensche (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Matt Snyder (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Gary Johnson (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jon Huntsman (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Fred Karger (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Michele Bachmann (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Rick Perry (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tom Miller (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jimmy McMillan (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 122

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The poll will end at noon Central Standard Time on January 3.

The Great Mother of All Natural Born Citizen Quotation Pages

Partial lists don’t carry the full impact of citations scattered here and there. This project is to collect everything accessible and to the point into one place If it takes much context or argument, a brief reference and a link is included. I promise you that the quotations will mean the same thing when you read them here than they mean if you read the larger context, and the larger context will be linked to the text. No tricks, no deception.

For additional citations, see The “Natural Born Citizenship” Clause (Updated) to whom this article is indebted for some of these citations. And for EVEN MORE citations see SCOTUS & “Natural Born Citizen” – A Compendium, Books on Google that define “Natural Born Citizen” and History of US citizenship laws.

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