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(Think Progress)   The Texas GOP party platform includes a number of general republican issues. Things like no taxes, getting rid of multicultural education, and banning critical thinking...wait, what?   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 300
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2012-06-26 11:30:03 PM

propasaurus: "We believe the current teaching of a multicultural curriculum is divisive," the platform says, adding that it supports teaching "common American identity and loyalty instead of political correctness that nurtures alienation among racial and ethnic groups."

Sure, can't have them racial and ethnic minorities thinking they're as good as we are. That would be divisive.


No reason for anyone to assimilate. That hasn't worked at all in America. We should have historically focused more on letting Irish, Poles, Jews, and Italians etc. maintain their own cultural identity. Enough of that new age melting pot bullshiat.
 
2012-06-26 11:38:00 PM
I can't tell if South Park is getting more like America, or if America is getting more like South Park
 
2012-06-26 11:48:27 PM

Rixel: America is getting more like South Park Idiocracy


FTFY
 
2012-06-27 12:00:34 AM
So, the GOP is not only on the wrong side of history, but they actually want to return us to the Middle Ages.
 
2012-06-27 12:22:52 AM
Texas, I can't with you anymore. And that makes me sad because you are my home.
 
2012-06-27 12:36:27 AM

Dusk-You-n-Me: Remember when Obama was accused of indoctrinating our children with his "work hard in school" talk to students?

Good times.


About 80% of my 'friends' on FB are folks from the little TX town where I grew up. I wish I had took a screen grab of the conversation that took place before his 'indoctrination' speech. Went something like this:

Friend 1: There is no way I'm letting my kids listen to that shiat! They will be staying home that day.

Friend 2: Same here!

Friend 3: Yeah, me too

Friend 2: What's he going to talk about anyway?

Friend 1: I don't know

/Facepalm...
 
2012-06-27 12:40:01 AM

Egalitarian: If you are Republican, something is wrong with you!


But, that's true. The current Republican party is the physical embodiment of every bad trait of the human animal. Greed, hatred, fear, anger, dishonesty, selfishness, jealousy, violence, bigotry, disrespect, zealotry...all deeply ingrained in the very fabric of what it means to be Republican. If you look at what the Republican party actually represents (not what they claim to represent) and think, "Yup, that's me!" then there is something very wrong with you.

Now, if you're talking about conservatives, that's different, but there is no defending the Republicans of the last 50 years without outing yourself as a terrible human being.
 
2012-06-27 12:50:06 AM
Thanks for nothing President Lincoln.
 
2012-06-27 01:01:36 AM
Reggie Ray you only have 2 concussions left
Coach says its ok to bleed from the ears
 
2012-06-27 01:02:51 AM
I'm starting to see how this is going to be the funniest thing ever. Follow me here:

All of the rural white Americans (or rather, Republicans) are purposely making themselves stupider. They're foregoing any sort of knowledge that they can't see, hear, or taste in favor for some book that is wide open to interpretation. They also expect that America will still be one of the biggest technological and economic powerhouses despite most of the workers being clinically retarded. So when shiat really gets bad, these pathetic yokels will screech and holler about Jesus while their horribly inbred synapses misfire. And they will be inbred since the insularity of their thought will mirror the geographical insularity as well. Eventually we'll hit the point where Taylorism cannot distill anything more elaborate than farting, making these assholes functionally useless for anything other than cannon fodder.

I wonder if this is the Republican plan, really. There comes a point where keeping people in the dark is a useful political tool. But when you look at rural Americans today, it's hard to see them ever being part of society without some serious effort. Not only are they undereducated, they're dead-set against reeducation for any work at all. Is there any way at all that these people, these sadly mistreated people, won't end up dead and in poverty?

I started this thread on a humorous note, but now I can't help but wonder what really lies in store for these people. Yeah, they can vote, and they'll vote for whomever sounds real pretty. But there's no future for them or their kids. They're just going to vanish up their own asses and take the country with it when they keep playing delusions the right-wing media types are happy to indulge them in. I have faith that everybody else in America who isn't a drooling asshole will somehow make ends meet and perhaps balkanize the country. But I get the real feeling that what is happening in Detroit--drawing back from rural and suburbia to refocus on city cores and its benefits--will be the real future of America. The future of America may lie in two parts: the happier and more adjusted cities surrounded by the dark bleakness of fly-over country where the new lower-class seems to exist in their own little fascist fiefdoms.
 
2012-06-27 01:05:16 AM

Doctor Funkenstein: I really don't think we're all that far away from the GOP running a retard. I don't mean a run-of-the-mill dumbass either. I'm talking a straight up, rubber helmet wearing, mittens pinned to the sleeves tarded guy. Mark my words, one day you're going to flip on C-SPAN and get treated to Republican Congressman Skeeter from Bucklefart, Texas ranting into the mic about how he never got his 'bananner puddin' during lunchtime.


It's already been done.
 
2012-06-27 01:07:58 AM
Can't possibly be for real.

Oh, wait:

Knowledge-Based Education - We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

Wow.

Just.
F*cking.
Wow.

Nuke Texas from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
/Sorry, Austin.
 
2012-06-27 01:12:31 AM
Man, looks like I got out of the party just under the wire.

(NOTE: Was still in party under the delusion that this cascade to lunacy could be averted, eventually decided to get a bag of popcorn and watch the show like everyone else)
 
2012-06-27 01:14:26 AM

orclover: simplicimus: It's my observation that there is a sub-current of prejudice against "free-thinkers" (whatever that is supposed to represent) among the fundies here in Texas. It can easily be expressed as being against critical thinking.

I have close to 100 relatives spread across this sun blasted desert of a state and we meet up a couple times a year for a reunion of sorts at some baptist church in whichever relatives turn it is in whatever town. Jesus and politics is pretty much all they talk about. The older the relative gets, the more agitated and insane the talk gets. The word's "educated" and "liberal" go hand in hand and are spoken with great venom. Terms such as "free-thinker" and "multicultural" are honestly beyond them. They are concepts they hear from their radio's and tv's, not things that they talk about because honestly its too much effort for them. If its brought up enough during this election year then I suppose they will be spouting it with hatred during the next meet. But that's just it, they will toss it out like an insult during some rant, its just something they have heard, they don't really understand the definitions. My.....kin, like most rural Texans, don't really debate these things with anybody. It would be nothing but shouting if they ever did try to debate anybody on these issues. They don't think about it, they just repeat what they have been told from the news and church and vote accordingly.

We have a few "non-theist" who wander off during these things and talk amongst ourselves. Were not even considered liberals or traitors by our family, they just figure that we don't have the same energy for the cause (and no its not the frickin Klan, they are just ultra conservative tea par-tiers.....no tattoo's involved) as the rest do. When you see it up close in an amiable setting you don't even get mad at them any more. I mean, they will never have a simple deep conversation over wine or coffee somewhere with someone who they don't ...


Do they ever forget to breathe all at once? That would be entertaining.
 
2012-06-27 01:21:49 AM
cheerful, southern neofascism.
 
2012-06-27 01:28:32 AM

apoptotic: whidbey: Lost Thought 00: Remember, the Texas curriculum is effectively the de-facto curriculum for the rest of the country.

So that makes it OK.

I guess we're just being silly being outraged about it, then.

I think what (s)he was saying is that if the textbook industry isn't rescued from Texas, you're all farked.

/related note to self: stop referring to Alberta as Texas North immediately
//reading the platform and can't stop facepalming
///horrified for friends who live in Texas


I hadn't considered that angle.

I thought the post was sarcasm, that Texas actually doesn't reflect the rest of the country, so why should we care about what they're doing...my bad.
 
2012-06-27 01:34:35 AM
You know how you destroy a consumer-driven economy? This is how:

Instead, it supports "shifting the tax burden to a consumption-based tax."
 
2012-06-27 01:36:21 AM
We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills
 
2012-06-27 01:42:20 AM

phaseolus: Doctor Funkenstein: I really don't think we're all that far away from the GOP running a retard. I don't mean a run-of-the-mill dumbass either. I'm talking a straight up, rubber helmet wearing, mittens pinned to the sleeves tarded guy. Mark my words, one day you're going to flip on C-SPAN and get treated to Republican Congressman Skeeter from Bucklefart, Texas ranting into the mic about how he never got his 'bananner puddin' during lunchtime.

It's already been done.


That Andersen didn't manifest some Scanner power and explode Gohmert's head during that interview is a testament to the man's character. I will never truly understand how these dumb farks get elected. I remember when I was young and thought that you had to be special to hold office. It was true, but not in the sense that I had imagined.
 
2012-06-27 02:05:07 AM
More and more it seems Schismatrix was disturbingly prescient in how it describes the lines that Homo sapiens will fracture, when it finally speciates: a multitude of diverse ideas embracing the change, leaving behind the religious idiots, the last fragments of (self-proclaimed) "original humanity", stiffing anything they see as Different in an endless effort to "preserve the Unchanging, Pure Race".

(yes, you should read the book. it's vastly underrated. Probably because the beginning is slow, causing people to quit before the plot even starts. Stick with it - the book is one long exponential-growth curve)

/lol... for once, my username is actually kinda on-topic...
//life moves in clades
 
2012-06-27 02:17:28 AM

Guntram Shatterhand: All of the rural white Americans (or rather, Republicans) are purposely making themselves stupider. They're foregoing any sort of knowledge that they can't see, hear, or taste in favor for some book that is wide open to interpretation. They also expect that America will still be one of the biggest technological and economic powerhouses despite most of the workers being clinically retarded. So when shiat really gets bad, these pathetic yokels will screech and holler about Jesus while their horribly inbred synapses misfire. And they will be inbred since the insularity of their thought will mirror the geographical insularity as well. Eventually we'll hit the point where Taylorism cannot distill anything more elaborate than farting, making these assholes functionally useless for anything other than cannon fodder.


I've thought that for quire some time. At the SAME INSTANT they're shrieking about Evil Science and Evil Education and Evil Soshulizm, they're carrying on about how America is falling behind 3d World Nations in math and science testing, how all our jerbs are being outsourced to furriners, and similar idiocy.

You can't have it both ways. Either we teach kids math and science and "higher order thinking skills" to enable them to compete in the global market--and thus boost American prosperity and industry--OR YOU DON'T and watch as Chinese and Indian and German students leave us in the dust. Jesus is NOT coming to save your sorry asses, he is NOT going to be wiping out the colored people so White Men can do whatever it is they think a bunch of functionally illiterate cretins can accomplish on their own. YOU ARE F*CKED, and that would be fine, if only you weren't dragging the rest of us down with you.

Stupid people, uneducated people, can't design or build technology, and nobody is going to pay Americans to sit on their fat asses and watch "Idol" reruns all day because you were too shortsighted to realize actual human people made all that stuff and needed to be smart to do it. God didn't rain the Model-T and the semiconducter and the atom bomb down on us because we're so Godly--people invented them and built them right here on Earth. But not for much longer, if these imbeciles have their way.
 
2012-06-27 02:24:20 AM
We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills
 
2012-06-27 02:24:55 AM
We
 
2012-06-27 02:25:32 AM
oppose
 
2012-06-27 02:26:09 AM
the teaching
 
2012-06-27 02:26:49 AM
of
 
2012-06-27 02:27:25 AM
higher
 
2012-06-27 02:28:03 AM
order
 
2012-06-27 02:28:40 AM
thinking
 
2012-06-27 02:29:17 AM
skills
 
2012-06-27 02:32:20 AM
lol
 
2012-06-27 02:38:25 AM
SHUT YOUR YAP MIKE BEFORE I SLAP IT OFF YOU AGAIN WITH MY FRYIN PAN
 
2012-06-27 02:40:25 AM

BuckTurgidson: We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills


Well, I think that "Higher Order" means that you are putting it above Jesus. I support Below Jesus Thinking Skills.
 
2012-06-27 02:57:32 AM

vrax: BuckTurgidson: We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills

Well, I think that "Higher Order" means that you are putting it above Jesus. I support Below Jesus Thinking Skills.


Jesus was a carpenter. The last carpenter I hired tried to pound a nail in with a pair of pliers then nearly fried himself trying to move a live electrical outlet.

That sounds a lot like the Texas Republican Party.

/Yes, I went with the lowest bidder. Your point?
 
2012-06-27 02:59:26 AM

Kittypie070: SHUT YOUR YAP MIKE BEFORE I SLAP IT OFF YOU AGAIN WITH MY FRYIN PAN


I'M SORRY I SWEAR

PLEASE DON'T HURT ME
 
2012-06-27 03:09:24 AM
[hisses menacingly]
 
2012-06-27 03:11:09 AM

NewportBarGuy: vrax: BuckTurgidson: We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills

Well, I think that "Higher Order" means that you are putting it above Jesus. I support Below Jesus Thinking Skills.

Jesus was a carpenter. The last carpenter I hired tried to pound a nail in with a pair of pliers then nearly fried himself trying to move a live electrical outlet.

That sounds a lot like the Texas Republican Party.

/Yes, I went with the lowest bidder. Your point?


It is not for me to judge.

As a side note, I've just decided that I'm going to refer to the Texas Republican Party as TRP. Now I can say, "It's a TRP!"
 
2012-06-27 03:19:43 AM

Kittypie070: [hisses menacingly]


i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-27 03:29:25 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-27 03:35:10 AM
Well that de-escalated quickly.
 
2012-06-27 03:36:50 AM
One ought not to screw around with Happy Fun Yarn Ball.

Because if you piss it off it will eat you.
 
2012-06-27 04:59:13 AM
I just read the entire 22 page platform (pdf warning) and wow there's a whole bundle of stupid in there. One of my favourite parts is that in direct contrast to the whole teach the controversy goal, they also require that any textbooks used be "factually and historically correct". But private schools, including homeschooling, shouldn't be subject to "definition, regulation, accreditation, licensing, or testing".

Aside from what's already been mentioned in this thread, and the obvious and expected (abstinence only education/denial of gay or common law marriage/banning & criminalizing abortion/repealing "job killing" regulations and minimum wage/eliminating federal departments/repealing the 16th Amendment), also on their wish list: they want to go back to banning gays from serving in the military, privatize veterans' healthcare, prohibit any money collected from gas tax from being put toward mass transit, and pull out of the UN (and for some reason they felt compelled to mention they oppose the UN levying taxes on Americans), the WTO, the IMF, the World Bank, and the Canada-US CDP, CAP and BTB deals. But free trade is good.

Their economic platform is "as stated in the Republican Party Platform of 1932", and in the foreign policy section they say that the US needs to "cease strong arming Israel...Our policy is based on God's biblical promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel".

Oddly, they claim to support single issue legislation and net neutrality, and oppose unrelated riders, earmarks, indefinite detention, and the TSA. I feel a hurricane's worth of spin coming on.
 
2012-06-27 05:10:04 AM

apoptotic: I just read the entire 22 page platform (pdf warning) and wow there's a whole bundle of stupid in there. One of my favourite parts is that in direct contrast to the whole teach the controversy goal, they also require that any textbooks used be "factually and historically correct". But private schools, including homeschooling, shouldn't be subject to "definition, regulation, accreditation, licensing, or testing".

Aside from what's already been mentioned in this thread, and the obvious and expected (abstinence only education/denial of gay or common law marriage/banning & criminalizing abortion/repealing "job killing" regulations and minimum wage/eliminating federal departments/repealing the 16th Amendment), also on their wish list: they want to go back to banning gays from serving in the military, privatize veterans' healthcare, prohibit any money collected from gas tax from being put toward mass transit, and pull out of the UN (and for some reason they felt compelled to mention they oppose the UN levying taxes on Americans), the WTO, the IMF, the World Bank, and the Canada-US CDP, CAP and BTB deals. But free trade is good.

Their economic platform is "as stated in the Republican Party Platform of 1932", and in the foreign policy section they say that the US needs to "cease strong arming Israel...Our policy is based on God's biblical promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel".

Oddly, they claim to support single issue legislation and net neutrality, and oppose unrelated riders, earmarks, indefinite detention, and the TSA. I feel a hurricane's worth of spin coming on.


I'd offer to sell Texas to Mexico for a peso, but my conscience wouldn't let me do that to Mexico.
 
2012-06-27 05:19:34 AM

exick: All I can say is holy farking shiat.

 
2012-06-27 05:50:50 AM

Darth_Lukecash: penthesilea: Sgt Otter: [wonkette.com image 406x274]

/Obligatory

Hate that pic.
Most of us HSers actually like that fancy book learning stuff. Handful of stupid Flat-Earthers make the rest of us look bad.

There is no reason for homeschooling.

If you want to learn more at home, that's fine...but I have yet to find one reason for anyone to be homeschooled.


I was homeschooled. I was given the choice. My local highschool was in rural VA, and basically amounted to a FFA club. There were one or two private religious schools (Think Liberty University, not Jesuit run school). My mom has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford, my father is a doctor. I would have been stupid not to homeschool. I got a much better education then my peers and spent less time doing so since I didn't have to adjust my pace to match 30 other kids. That seems like a good reason to me.
 
2012-06-27 06:12:39 AM

WaitWhatWhy: Darth_Lukecash: penthesilea: Sgt Otter: [wonkette.com image 406x274]

/Obligatory

Hate that pic.
Most of us HSers actually like that fancy book learning stuff. Handful of stupid Flat-Earthers make the rest of us look bad.

There is no reason for homeschooling.

If you want to learn more at home, that's fine...but I have yet to find one reason for anyone to be homeschooled.

I was homeschooled. I was given the choice. My local highschool was in rural VA, and basically amounted to a FFA club. There were one or two private religious schools (Think Liberty University, not Jesuit run school). My mom has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford, my father is a doctor. I would have been stupid not to homeschool. I got a much better education then my peers and spent less time doing so since I didn't have to adjust my pace to match 30 other kids. That seems like a good reason to me.


Yes, for you and your college educated parents, but how many people are going to homeschool their kids in order to keep them in line with fundamentalist christian beliefs? To teach them that "evolution is only a theory" and pieces of derp?
 
2012-06-27 06:56:01 AM

RobertBruce: Ironic use of not controversial? So we shouldn't think about it then?

/go on, keep ignoring rapid climate changes in the past that are very like what is happening now


Well there's the best example of what the Texas GOP was referring to...

"We likes 'em dumb and pig-headed!"
 
2012-06-27 06:59:58 AM
More and more, I realize that the election of a black (democrat) president was the worst thing that could have happened to this country.

With a "you know what" in the oval office, the GOP is empowered to continue down insane paths like this.

They know that your average Texas (and GOP in general) voter would support ANYTHING they put on their platform, as long as it doesn't mean they have to vote for the negro.

/sad
 
2012-06-27 07:14:24 AM

KiplingKat872: WaitWhatWhy: Darth_Lukecash: penthesilea: Sgt Otter: [wonkette.com image 406x274]

/Obligatory

Hate that pic.
Most of us HSers actually like that fancy book learning stuff. Handful of stupid Flat-Earthers make the rest of us look bad.

There is no reason for homeschooling.

If you want to learn more at home, that's fine...but I have yet to find one reason for anyone to be homeschooled.

I was homeschooled. I was given the choice. My local highschool was in rural VA, and basically amounted to a FFA club. There were one or two private religious schools (Think Liberty University, not Jesuit run school). My mom has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford, my father is a doctor. I would have been stupid not to homeschool. I got a much better education then my peers and spent less time doing so since I didn't have to adjust my pace to match 30 other kids. That seems like a good reason to me.

Yes, for you and your college educated parents, but how many people are going to homeschool their kids in order to keep them in line with fundamentalist christian beliefs? To teach them that "evolution is only a theory" and pieces of derp?


Hmm, hard to tell. There's certainly a subsection that do just that (I know a lady who didn't realize that Mars was a planet, or that the sun was a star), but most homeschoolers I know tend to be interested in better education for their children. Even in some of the more religiously motivated families, there's enough focus on critical thinking skills that the kids tend to figure out that their parent's back assword ideologies are just that. I don't have hard data, but I think that overall homeschooling families tend not to be any more insanely religious then non-homeschooling families. Plus, look at public education in the South, there are a lot of small town schools that have plenty of derp in the classroom.
 
2012-06-27 07:15:23 AM

phillyguy1547: More and more, I realize that the election of a black (democrat) president was the worst thing that could have happened to this country.

With a "you know what" in the oval office, the GOP is empowered to continue down insane paths like this.

They know that your average Texas (and GOP in general) voter would support ANYTHING they put on their platform, as long as it doesn't mean they have to vote for the negro.

/sad


Yep, it's pretty pathetic... These people revel in their ignorance and "ideological purity".


I can't even believe in the 21st Century a political party in the United States is fighting against "Critical Thinking Skills" because facts and reason spoil their little fantasy world.


So farking pathetic...
 
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