Out of curiosity, I started looking at the affiliations of some high-ranking members of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. I struck paydirt right away with the National Chairman, Massey Villareal.
No, as far as I know, he isn’t a former member of MEChA. But he is a current member of another extremist organization: The Texas GOP.
MEChA has been widely attacked on the basis of this document: El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan.
So, in the interest of equal time, I’m pleased to take a look at the Texas GOP platform from 2000.
And I didn’t even have to translate anything to do it! Good thing, too- the official Texas GOP platform “supports the immediate adoption of American English as the official language of Texas and of the United States of America.”
(Incidentally, I’m using the 2000 platform because I think that it would be unfair to contend that President Bush should renounce the 2002 Texas GOP platform, which has some new planks. For example, it now contains the statement “The Republican Party of Texas reaffirms the United States of America is a Christian Nation,” and it calls for the abolition of the income tax. A summary of the 2002 platform is here; the whole document can be accessed from the Republican Party of Texas official homepage.
However, it seems that the rules of engagement demand that I ask if Mr. Villarreal, Tom DeLay, or Rick Perry supports or renounces this platform.)
Here are some highlights from the 2000 official Texas Republican platform:
The Federal Government:
Monetary System – The Party calls for the United States monetary system to be returned to the gold standard.
Repeal of Federal War Powers Act –A perpetual state of national emergency allows unrestricted growth of government. The Party charges the president to cancel the state of national emergency and charges Congress to repeal the War Powers Act and to declare an end to the previously declared states of emergency.
We urge that the IRS be abolished and the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution be repealed.
Minimum Wage – The Party believes the minimum wage law should be repealed.
WE OPPOSE: the theory of global warming
WE OPPOSE: EPA management of Texas’ air quality issues
We urge the immediate passage by the Texas Legislature the “Defense of Marriage Act”, which would deny recognition by Texas of homosexual “unions” legitimized by other states or nations.
The Party believes that the practice of sodomy tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, recognition, or privileges including, but not limited to, marriage between persons of the same sex, custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.
Texas Sodomy Statutes- The party opposes the decriminalization of sodomy.
In support of our armed forces, we encourage… 2) the disqualification from service of homosexuals, 3) the immediate discharge from service of HIV positive individuals
Americans with Disabilities Act – The Party supports amendment of the Americans with Disabilities Act to exclude from its definition those persons with infectious diseases, substance addiction, learning disabilities, and behavior disorders and thereby reducing abuse of the Act.
(Note: This provision would prohibit people with AIDS from applying for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act)
Separation of Church and State
Our Party pledges to do everything within its power to restore the original intent of the First Amendment of the Unites States and the concept of the separation of Church and State and dispel the myth of the separation of Church and State. (emphasis added)
The United Nations
The Party believes it is in the best interest of the citizens of the United States that we immediately rescind our membership in, as well as all financial and military contributions to, the United Nations. We support House Resolution 1146, “The American Sovereignty Preservation Act” which would remove the United States entirely from the control of the U.N.
Women in the Armed Forces
In support of our armed forces, we encourage, 4) the exclusion of women from combat roles… 9) separation of men and women in basic training as is the practice of the Marine Corps
We support the requirement that schools teaching sex education must teach directive abstinence until heterosexual marriage with an uninfected person as the only safe and healthy means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases, the spread of AIDS, and pregnancies in unwed students, and is also a way to build strong and lasting relationships. Sex education classes, if conducted, should be separated by sex and must teach that the use of condoms does not make sex safe. (emphasis added)
The Party believes that scientific topics, such as the question of universe and life origins and environmental theories, should not be constrained to one opinion or viewpoint. We support the teaching equally of scientific strengths and weaknesses of all scientific theories—as Texas now requires (but has yet to enforce) in public school science course standards.
Fetal Tissue Harvesting – The Party supports legislation prohibiting experimentation with human fetal tissue and prohibiting the use of human fetal tissue or organs for experimentation or commercial sale.
The connection between the Texas Republican Party and the Texas Republican platform (which is revised every two years) is manifestly stronger than the connection between MEChA and El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan. The connections between the Texas GOP and George W. Bush, Tom DeLay, Rick Perry, and Massey Villareal are also obviously much stronger than the association between Cruz Bustamante and MEChA.
Readers who can point to links where George W. Bush, Tom DeLay, Rick Perry or Massey Villareal have formally denounced the Texas GOP are encouraged to post them in the comments.
Of course, there are those who would say that it’s ridiculous to try to associate these public figures with the extremist policies in the Texas GOP platform. Just because I can find this kind of document on the Internet doesn’t necessarily mean that it has anything to do with these individuals. Some would say that I would need a “reason” to assume that, for example, George W. Bush believes that sodomy tears at the fabric of society. If I were to seriously start demanding that Bush publicly renounce this statement, or if I were to go around claiming that the motto of the Texas GOP is “Sodomy tears at the fabric of society” they’d think I was being asinine.
To these people, I nod my head vigorously and smile, saying “DING DING DING DING DING!”