In Beltrami County GOP holds convention: Debates changes to state party stance on hot-button issues, Bemidji Pioneer staff writer Zach Kayser reports that in addition to the standard issue anti-reproductive rights and pro-gun rights debate, delegates worked to insert some special language into their state party platform:
Convention-goers also voted on “general resolutions,” that is, statements of opinion as opposed to specific changes to the platform.
“We hereby renounce democracy and the democratic form of government and reaffirm the Republic and the republican form of government given to us by the people and our founding fathers,” read one. “We are are a democracy only to the extent that the majority elects representation.”
The resolution passed with no one speaking against it.
One wonders what has happened to the party of Reagan to repudiate the late president's words shared with veterans and world leaders in Normandy at the 40th Anniversary of D-Day:
. . . You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you. . . .
Apparently, not so for a single delegate at the Beltrami County Republican Convention.
And there's this in the Kayser article:
Another resolution approved by the convention declared as “null and void” the Affordable Care Act and all education and welfare legislation “as there is no constitutional authority given to Congress to deal with these issues.” Originally, the resolution also declared all “1000-plus executive orders of President Obama” as well as all previous executive orders to be void, However, that section was scrapped after convention-goers pointed out that Obama had actually only authored about 150 executive orders and the nullification of all executive orders in America’s history could be interpreted to include the Emancipation Proclamation and the order to desegregate the U.S. military.
Well then. Bluestem suspects that Abraham Lincoln, who defined democracy in 1858 with these words: "“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy” might not particularly recognize his party.
Hat-tip: Mike Simpkins.
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