Further evidence of the sheer level of extremism found on the political right comes from a candidate survey given the so-called “Campaign for Liberty,” who’s byline is “Reclaim the Republic, Restore the Constitution.” And while the questions are bad, the answers are even worse.
Now, whenever you see the words “family,” “liberty,” “patriot,” “American,” “values,” “Constitution,” or “children,” in an organization’s name, it’s probably for the best that you assume they’re a theocratic fascist organization, or hard right wing at the very least. And the Campaign for Liberty doesn’t disappoint, polling the candidates on such pressing issues as the “Castle doctrine” and support for a “Constitutional Carry” bill:
- Do you oppose the use of unmanned devices being used for law enforcement and used in order to fine citizens?
- Will you support a “Constitutional Carry” bill that would allow any law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm concealed without a permit?
- Will you support a “Castle Doctrine” bill that would protect any law-abiding citizen who is protecting their property from civil lawsuits?
- Would you support a bill that would remove the state and local government’s power to use eminent domain to confiscate citizen’s private property to transfer it to another private party for economic development purposes?
- Will you support legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as ObamaCare?
- Do you oppose taking federal money to create a state health insurance exchange?
- Will you support legislation that would allow TSA agents to be charged with sexual assault if they use invasive “pat-down” procedures?
I’d like to call your attention to number 5:
Will you support legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as ObamaCare?
Remember that nullification is illegal. The South tried this during the Secession War, when they betrayed the Union over the issue of the enslavement of Africans. I know it might be too soon, but — spoilers — it didn’t turn out so well for them.
If you thought the questions were scary, wait until you see some of the answers — for instance, the answers give by everyone’s favorite hog-castrating Tea Party mom:
Joni K. Ernst
Republican, Red Oak, State Senate
- Y +
- Y +
The “+” means they’d sponsor legislation in that vein.
She’s not even the worse of the bunch, though. Take, for instance, State Senator Dennis Guth — the same Senator who, last year, went on a bigoted anti-gay rant:
Republican, Klemme, State Senate
Now, when you’re doing a questionnaire, this is the sort of answer you throw out, because it usually means they didn’t read the questions. But Guth isn’t the only one. Vicki Stogdill of Des Moines, Ryan Flood of Ceder Rapids, Brad Bourn of Burlington, Shawn Hamerlinck of Dixon, William Johnson of Dubuque, Jake Highfill of Johnston, Daniel G. LeRette of Des Moines, Greg T. Heartsill of Chariton, and several more said the same thing.
Once again, they’re talking about nullification. Where does the GOP find these lunatics?