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June 12, 2014 3:18 PM The Blue-Eyed Soul of Iowa Republicans

By Ed Kilgore

State party platforms are typically ignored as reflecting the views of the small bands of ideologues who tend to get themselves elected to state conventions and platform committees. But in Iowa, where there’s a sizable overlap between state convention delegates and presidential Caucus organizers, what they choose to proclaim as their core beliefs is worth noting.

So you should take a look at the draft party platform for the Iowa State GOP Convention being held in Des Moines on Saturday. Supposedly a more restrained document as compared to the 2012 platform drafted by the Paulinistas who seized control of the party that year, it’s got some interesting provisions, even aside from the usual systematic oaths about not tolerating any abortions after conception and vows to restore “the honored institution of marriage as the legal union between one natural man and one natural woman” via federal and state constitutional amendments. Check this out:

We support the addition of “stand your ground” and “castle doctrine” provisions to Iowa law, which would strengthen the legal protection of Iowans who find it necessary to use reasonable force to repel a violent attack. We also demand the elimination of “gun free zones”.

And this:

We support the abolishment of any federal or state law or regulations - such as Common Core or Iowa Core - that establishes, funds, mandates or controls core standards, curriculum, assessments or tests intended for children from birth to age of majority.

And this:

We support the repeal of the 16th amendment replacing it with a consumption tax.

And this:

We support the convening of a Convention of the States according to Article V of the United State Constitution of the purpose of limiting Federal Government….
We call for the repeal of the 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

And of course, this:

We oppose the United Nations’ Agenda 21 plan, which restricts or destroys the property rights of Americans under the guise of environmentalist initiatives such as Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, The Tomorrow Plan, and others with similarly “Green” sounding names.

It will be interesting to see if the convention, supposedly a pragmatic group this time around due to the influence of Gov. Terry Branstad, rubber-stamps this big ball of crazy. If so, it’s another sign of the ideological tribute Republicans are willing to pay to the extremists among them, who define the blue-eyed soul of the party.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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