Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Saturday, June 08, 2002
The Endangered Texas RINO
A group of Texas GOPers is pushing to prevent anyone from running as a Republican whom they consider to be insufficiently sincere in backing the state party's platform. The Texas platform calls for, among other things, teaching creation science and re-occupying the Panama Canal, but it seems that those positions may not be 'core principles' and are therefore optional for Party candidates. At first I was amused by this, since a party really doesn't determine its own candidates. But they do have a plan for kicking out candidates who don't match their standards, and some ambiguous precedents that suggest it might possibly be legal.
So if a candidate fails to match some Central Committee's standards of ideological purity, other factors - for instance winning a primary election - just might become irrelevant. As a descendant of one-time members of the Communist Party, I can certainly respect their goals. If it hadn't maintained its firm opposition to all forms of revisionism through repeated expulsions, the CPUSA wouldn't be the major political and intellectual force it is today.
And as a Democrat, I wish Robert Johnson and his allies the best of luck.