There’s A New Right-Wing Crazy Train Headed Your Way. Get Off The Tracks!

Tea Party supporters


Doubling down on right-wing extremism, the fed-hating, red state, Wackadoodle Express, is pulling into the station of national consciousness once more. Its cargo is the latest move of the ultra-conservatives to separate completely from anything resembling a federal government. Brace yourselves!

The train is starting to load up with states that eventually hope to attend something called the Article V Convention of States (COS). Georgia has claimed the dubious honor of being the first state in the union to pass a resolution calling for an application to Congress for a Convention of States with the intent of proposing a bunch of amendments to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Passage of Georgia Senate Resolution 736 was by a nearly 2-1 margin. A month after Georgia’s March approval came the April nods from Alaska and Florida. These efforts are not to be confused with state applications to Congress for literally hundreds of Article V Conventions, dating all the way back to 1788. Most of those were for reasonable changes, not to destroy the country.

That’s my concern. Every statement from COS supporters sounds substantially off-key to me. Consider the quotes of South Carolina State Representative, Bill Taylor, in praising the COS as a mechanism to “restrain a runaway federal government.” A runaway federal government? As Paul Krugman recently pointed out, corporations used to fund a third of our government fully; today’s number is 10%. The only thing running away in Washington is money that used to go into the Treasury. This is a sham movement to rid the millionaire and billionaire power elite of any constraints whatsoever. No taxes; no regulations; no oversight; no restraining powers whatsoever from the feds.

Here’s the Article in question:

Article V of the Constitution

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”

Now, the Engineer and Conductor of this Wackadoodle Express: Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, can soon lend all of his energies to conducting the project, as he is leaving the senate permanently by the end of the year. Then, through the COS initiative, he can work on reforming (severely restricting) entitlement programs, put a “choke-hold” on regulation and bring a government he describes, when quoting George Mason, as “too powerful, too big and too unwieldy” to its knees.

He’ll be joined by a long-time radical who is little known outside extremist’s circles, Michael P. Farris. The redoubtable SourceWatch has been tracking Farris for years. According to their research, he is the founding President of Patrick Henry College. Its mission is “to train Christian men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to the spirit of the American founding.” We used to call those seminaries.

Farris is up to all kinds of right-wing mischief. A lawyer, he created the Home School Legal Defense Association. Keep the kiddies out of them thar awful “Government Schools.” He is also on the Board of Directors of the Free Congress Foundation (FCF), a Joseph Coors project, once led by the late Paul Weyrich, who put the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on the map in ’73. The website of FCF spells out its primary focus as being trained on the “Culture War.” FCF wants America to “return to our great, our traditional, Judeo-Christian, Western culture.” The Foundation is convinced we have slid into the “cultural and moral decay of political correctness.” Translation: Helping them blacks, tolerating them gays and not booting out them Hispanics by the millions. What a sweetheart organization!

Also, high on the COS agenda is a mass overhaul of the Constitution to assuage those who are frustrated by Congress’s entitlement reform failure. Imagine, feeding starving children. I don’t want to be too tough on Coburn personally. He’s battling recurring prostate cancer after earlier undergoing treatment for colon cancer and melanoma. Odd he should hate the Affordable Care Act with every cell in his body. Its core raison d’etre is to provide insurance for many fighting the same fight as Coburn. As a multi-millionaire, at least the money is not a factor in his health battles.

So, I’ll give props to the senator in his courageous health battles, but part company with his generally incomprehensible political positions. The COS is certainly near the top of the list.

Another voice heard, closer to home, on the subject, is South Carolina State Representative, Bill Taylor. He’s sky high on the prospect of a Convention of States. He pre-filed legislation last December calling for the COS. Virginia did the same. Many of the resolutions for COS are identically worded, always a red (pardon the pun) flag that there is major model-legislation bucks behind COS.

Many prospective states have fancy and expensive Websites with similar looks and wording. This is not your father’s Oldsmobile. This whole effort smells of the Koch brothers, their billionaire pals, Fortune 500, Cato, the Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and that power hungry mob of interlocking right-wing Boards of Directors. Certain of the locals are stuffing their pockets and taking orders, word for word. This is a highly organized cabal. Both the Georgia COS story and the South Carolina pre-file emanate from the primary Convention of States Website. That’s the reason red state COS websites match the national website. They ARE the national website. One final point;

Surely you didn’t think the American Legislative Exchange Council wouldn’t be knee-deep in this right-wing muck did you? They are, as you can readily see here.

If the not-so-distant whistle of the Wackadoodle Express doesn’t get Democratic voters off the right-wing tracks and to their November 4th polling place, nothing will.

28 Replies to “There’s A New Right-Wing Crazy Train Headed Your Way. Get Off The Tracks!”

  1. Idiots demonstrating what idiots would do in an idiotic nonsensical way by dressing up as idiots to play idiots ;they really are idiots.

  2. If these ideas that these idiots think work, why are those states that are doing the proposing in such dire straits themselves?

  3. bb They plan on doing this just before midterms? Another reason why I am not worried about the GOP taking control of the Senate.

    We can rely on the RWNJ’s to ruin everything for the Republicans. I will just sit back and enjoy the movie while eating my popcorn and drinking my soda.

  4. This thing is being done on the sneak. I live in Florida, and although I’m reasonably attentive to current events, I guarantee you I was unaware our Legislature had done this. You may bet that Koch-captured Northern states will follow suit.

    You notice all the noise about how slavery wasn’t so bad, women shouldn’t vote, people shouldn’t elect their senators, the unemployed and even unpropertied don’t deserve the franchise, corporations are people, the separation of church and state was a mistake…et cetera? Well, if a Constitutional convention is called, that, and worse, could be the law of the land overnight. They sneak people who believe in this crap into state houses and governors’mansions especially in off years, because they figure no one is paying attention. So pay attention — and vote!

  5. Please do not ever again call these traitors to America , Patriots ! they want to destroy our America . This STUPID idea is only benefitting the ultra rich who want to get rid of regulations where they can make more money and not care about ruining the planet . You can tell the intelligence level of these people who blindly follow the rich bastards! There are 2 kinds of RATpubliKKKans , Millionaires and CHUMPS ! To find out what catagory you fit into just look into your wallet !

  6. Before you sit down and enjoy your popcorn PLEASE VOTE ! Take a friend with you to vote also ! Thank you !

  7. The GOP wants to destroy this nation, and they use idiots like Sarah Palin to get out there and call for a “return to the values of the Founding Fathers! A Christian call to arms!” Right, because the Founders were all about selfishness, power to the few, and the Bible as law. I’m sure that’s in the fine print, isn’t it?
    Yes, we need to vote. Get rid of the ALEC nonsense. Send the Kochs home to their counting houses, and send Rove into apoplexy. Progressives will not be the end of democracy, as the right insists, but RW Christians who don’t care about having a nation as long as they have their pile of money, certainly will.

  8. Years ago Reynardine, I read an article on Dominionism. The plan was laid out. Start first with the PTA, then the school boards, then small offices of state and local Gov. These people have worked for years under the radar, now think they have enough push and control to attain their goal. change this country to one THEY think is the correct way..Preferably a Theocratic one.
    WE,..had better wake up (and fast)Vote like your life depends on it, for that may be just the fact, your life!!!

  9. Just a thought, most of our european allies
    adore our president and wish they had a leader as wise and thoughtful as he is, the cannot understand the US media.

    By the way did anyone watch Rachel last night-
    it was a must see, the reception Prince Charles gave for the foreign leaders,they all arrived and shook hands with him one by one,
    rather awkwardly, but when Obama arrived he was met with cheers and applause.

  10. Yesterday, I was talking to the local funeral director. Found out he was a raging Republican. He is also Catholic. Wanted to tell him about the Domionist. That if, they were to take over, he would be among the first to be under the microscope of their rule, along with any one else who did not or would not follow their idea of religion. Still might one day. But wonder if there is any point. Would or could anything change the minds of these people?

  11. Shiva, I disagree. There are too many tea party wacko gov now running Northern states ( WI,MI, etc) who will fall in line.

    I grew up in Michigan and spent most of my life there but now live in Georgia. I have watched my beloved native state turn from purple to deep tea red. Never thought I would witness this in my lifetime but it is happening.

    The Dominionist agenda runs deep and is taking over at the school board level, the city level, then is taking over the states.

  12. Oh my gosh you are so right. I am a Christian (liberal) and have watched in horror as the Dominionist take over. People are unaware or unconcerned or just don’t understand.

    It was a concerted plan to take over the school boards, then the city government leading to state level control. They are doing it.

  13. Coburn knows what he is doing. Just because of health problems he should not receive a free pass because of his health. Use their own words to throw back to him. Maybe God wants this to happen to him because of what pain he is inflicting on others. In his heart of hearts he truly is a rotten man to want to take away SNAP, health care not want freedom to vote or choose your own partner and provide good schools for everyone. It’s a shame we have the terminally stupid who support these politicians. Do burn doesn’t care about others health as long as he receives all the perks for him and hits family.he’s just another greedy,twisted right wing extremist.

  14. If you look at the beginning of this country, that hot July in Philadelphia, this country has never truly been a democracy. There were no minorities, blacks or women in that room–just white, landed men. Those same men are still in control, at least until the “second” revolution. The events in France 1789 could pale in comparison.

  15. Yeah, get out and vote. Bring everybody and vote every Teapublican out for their crazy, no new realistic ideas, their wanting to take America backward and fall way behind China, Russia, Burma. They’re all loudmouth crazies that have completely fallen for outrageous propaganda by certain people trying to profit from their stupidity.

  16. That doesn’t shock me at all. See, I’m close enough to get the networks from Portland and those ads did appear.

    To me, it basically sounds like Wehby is pretty much throwing in the towel. She’s down by 10-15% in the polls and outside of the fact that she’s a doctor and hates the ACA like every right wing nincompoop, she hasn’t done a damn thing to get her noticed here. In fact, I bet you that most people in Oregon don’t know who she is.

    As for the topic at hand: The title is misleading, man. We can stop this crazy train. By voting them out, we are, in spirit, standing on the tracks and delivering a massive blow to their plans.

  17. So if they really believe the fed help is bad, the red states should eschew fed entitlement funding..on ethical standards of course…see what happens. Pitchforks

  18. DAMN I hope, nay PRAY, that these right wing dumbasses secede. We fought the Civil War for naught–the slaves would have been able to outwit their inbred masters with some help with abolitionist guerillas anyway. But the truth is just let them go. The “blue” states are propping up the reds anyway and I’m sick of it. “Don’t go away mad, Red States, just GO AWAY”!

  19. I live in Michigan and we really aren’t that red. Went for Obama in 2012. 2010 did us in. The RWNJs are in Lansing. Gov Snyder is not a total whack job (naïve), but the idiots in Lansing have him by the balls. We have been hurt a lot. Hopefully we will be able to get rid of Synder and some of the repubs in Lansing. Gerrymandering is in play too. A lot of folks have woke up, but turnout is key.

  20. I was born and raised in Lapeer, but live out of state for the last 13 years. I am shocked that Michigan would elect republican governors and legislatures

  21. This is the million dollar question, nordangb.
    And it can be asked of TEAtards in almost every situation.

    The MOST red states are not only the poorest states in the nation, receiving MORE federal subsidies and hand-outs than their blue neighbors, but they have the largest number of “fiscal conservatives” who vote, when casting their Republican ballots, to cut off their own noses, to spite their own faces.

    Then again, judging by the level of education in those states, they are also the least well-educated, most ignorant voters in the nation.

    That should tell you something.

  22. The same here, live in rural sw Michigan. 2 things have kept our state from total destruction. Medical cannabis and the auto bailout. Neither one had anything to do with Snyder. Our roads are the worst they have ever been. Schools are shutting down left and right. Then to top it off they want to make it a hostile environment for the gay community which brings millions to this state. Car insurance is a total scam, my insurance has tripled since Snyder has been in office. Snyder raised taxes and fees to pay for a billion dollar tax cut for corporation’$. The Michigan legislature has dominion of uterus of women. Allowing goofy fanatical christians to sabotage women’s health clinics. The list goes on and on, almost out of character’s here.

  23. Our Founders were not even Christians, and the Constitution deliberately fails to even mention God at all. They intended for this country to be secular. They would hardly have wanted our laws to be Biblical!

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