Maine Republicans Officially Go Tea Party

Ken AshfordObama Opposition, Tea PartyLeave a Comment


A group of Knox County conservatives succeeded Saturday in tossing the state Republican Party's proposed platform and adopting an entirely new one, an event that threatened to overshadow the seven gubernatorial candidates seeking to make an impression at the state GOP convention.

The new platform reaffirms a pledge to the U.S. Constitution and the Maine Constitution — not any specific political party — and addresses criticism that the old one was too general, said Steve Dyer of Rockland.

It was created by 12 Republican activists from Knox County. Some of them also attend tea party events and there were tea partiers on the floor of the convention who cheered their effort.

Now, you may think "So what?"… but when you read the actual platform, it's pure wingnut stuff.  In fact, it's so wingnut that Dan Billings, who has served as an attorney for the Maine GOP, had called it "wack job pablum" and "nutcase stuff."

You can read the test of the platform here, but the document:

  • calls for the elimination of the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve
  • demands an investigation of "collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth"
  • suggests the adoption of "Austrian Economics"
  • declares that "'Freedom of Religion' does not mean 'freedom from religion'" (which I guess makes atheism illegal)
  • insists that "healthcare is not a right"
  • calls for the abrogation of the "UN Treaty on Rights of the Child" and the "Law Of The Sea Treaty" and
  • declares that we must resist "efforts to create a one world government."

… plus the usual claptrap about keeping your guns and no gay marriages and the "unborn" are entitled to human rights even if the "unborn" is a two-celled zygote.