I confess. I’m a wee bit disappointed in Stephen Pidgeon’s April 8 post on the Reagan Wing. In his Don’t Attend post slamming the Washington State Republican Party’s upcoming 31st Annual Gala Dinner and Auction, the former candidate for Washington State Attorney General sniffs:
If you believe that :
Life is sacred, and it begins at conception and carries through to natural death
Marriage is sacred and should only be between one man and one woman
The constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Washington need to be respected, protected and enforced, particularly the Bill of Rights
Private property exists and the state has a duty to protect it, not steal it
Agenda 21 and “sustainability” are policies that will effect a UN land grab in Washington and you oppose these policies
The Washington State Republican Party does not want you.
. . . RETURN THE FAVOR.
Off the Mark
Pidgeon is off the mark by about a mile and a half. As a matter of fact, the Washington State Republican Party is behind every single item listed. But don’t take my word for it. Do something Mr. Pidgeon apparently didn’t: read the Washington State Republican Party platform as adopted at the WSRP state convention on June 2, 2012 in Tacoma.
The Real Deal
Here’s the Real Deal regarding who “wants you” and who’s suffering from selective amnesia. Mr. Pidgeon’s beefs appear in bold. WSRP platform planks addressing those items follow in italics. (Just in case you’re wondering, and for dual clarity, “SP” stands for Stephen Pidgeon. “WSRPP” stands for Washington State Republican Party Platform.)
SP: Life is sacred, and it begins at conception and carries through to natural death.
WSRPP: SECTION 7: We believe the FAMILY unit is the cornerstone of a free and moral society.
It is the duty of parents, not the state, to guide their children to be responsible citizens. Government’s responsibility is to uphold and respect traditional institutions, such as marriage between one man and one woman; to protect the elderly and children from the harmful elements of society; and to defend the unalienable right of human life, from conception to natural death.
SP: Marriage is sacred and should only be between one man and one woman.
Um, see Section 7.
SP: The constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Washington need to be respected, protected and enforced, particularly the Bill of Rights
WSRPP: See the Preamble and Section 1:
Section 1: We believe CIVIL and RELIGIOUS LIBERTY protect the sovereignty of the individual citizen.
Civil and religious liberties recognized in the U.S. Constitution are God-given and therefore unalienable. These fundamental liberties are protected in the Bill of Rights and reaffirmed in Article I of the Washington State Constitution. It is the obligation of government at every level to observe and respect these liberties. The role of the judiciary is to uphold the law in a manner faithful to the original intent of the state and federal constitutions. It is essential that the judiciary honor legislative intent and understand that the power to write law is vested in the legislature or the people.
SP: Private property exists and the state has a duty to protect it, not steal it
WSRPP: Section 10: We believe PROPERTY RIGHTS are civil rights. The proper role of government is to protect “life, liberty and property.” Washington Republicans believe there is a fundamental relationship between free societies and the protection of private property rights. When governments expand the amount of land they own and abuse the power of eminent domain and regulatory takings, everyone’s freedom is at risk.
We oppose any governmental acquisition of private property without constitutional due process and just compensation.
SP: Agenda 21 and “sustainability” are policies that will effect a UN land grab in Washington and you oppose these policies.
WSRPP: Section 16: We believe the preservation of LIBERTY is dependent upon the sanctity of our NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY.
The US Constitution is our supreme law of the land. The President shall not negotiate and the Senate shall not ratify any treaties, U.N. resolutions, agendas or foreign law, religious or otherwise, that are contrary to the US Constitution. Agenda 21, the Kyoto Protocol, Sharia Law, and others threaten our sovereignty. Therefore, judges, state and local authorities must be barred from using foreign agendas, laws, and resolutions for the purposes of interpreting United States law.
Really, Stephen? This kind of disinformation makes Chris Matthews look like a piker.
How ’bout returning that favor?