What follows came from Harper's Magazine, October 2010.
The article was labeled "Squawkeye State." It derives from the Iowa Republican Party's 387-plank platform which was posted on their website this year. It should give pause, I think, to President Obama and any other progressive who believes it is possible to compromise with Repugnicans.
Here it is. Read it and weep - for Iowa, for our country!
The function of law is to protect the free exercise of a person's God-given rights: life, liberty, and the right to property (pursuit of happiness).
We call for the repeal of all mandatory minimum-wage laws.
We call for reinstating, with proper safeguards, the death penalty for murderers, rapists, kidnappers, and drug dealers, with a firm limit of twenty-four months for appeals and no intrusion of federal authorities.
We believe that claims of human-caused global warming are based on fraudulent, inaccurate information, and that legislation and policy based on this information are detrimental to the well-being of the United States.
We believe all individuals and business owners have the freedom to choose the quality of air in their homes and establishments.
We call for the elimination of the Iowa Department of Education and of the U.S. Department of Education.
We support abolition of the IRS.
We call for the repeal of the Federal Reserve Act, eliminating the Federal Reserve, and we support returning to the gold and/or silver standard.
We believe candidates running as Republicans for any local or state office should be required to complete and return to the Republican Party of Iowa a signed questionaire indicating whether the candidate agrees, disagrees, or is undecided about each plank of the current party platform.
That's it. You can cry now. The neanderthals have taken over! Iowa, unfortunately, is just one state where this has happened. Ignorance and self-interest rule!