Friday, January 31, 2020

Stupid Party Faces Test of the Moniker

"But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 8:1-12

The day is here.  The Republican Party of Texas is going to, once again, have a completely pointless discussion about an issue it should have resolved five years ago.  Good grief, what a waste of time.


This issue isn't about Log Cabin Republicans.  At least, not really.  Neither is it about a convention booth.  At least, not really.

It's about a (small) set of people who can't set priorities, and who didn't lift a finger when this subject mattered a year ago.

In case you've forgotten:
Republicans’ legislative efforts to ban cities from mandating benefits for employers’ workers took another twist late Wednesday night after a Texas House committee added protections for LGBTQ workers that the state Senate had removed from previous legislation.

Senate Bill 2486, which the House State Affairs Committee advanced Wednesday in a 10-2 vote, is part of a larger package of legislation state Sen. Brandon Creighton filed to limit the ability of cities to regulate private companies’ employment policies.

After hearing roughly eight hours of testimony Wednesday, state Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, advanced a reworked version of the bill — adding the language explicitly protecting local nondiscrimination ordinances to the measure, which would bar cities from enacting rules on how businesses schedule their employees’ shifts.

The move comes after several legal experts and LGBTQ advocates raised alarm bells that without the language in place, the potential new state law could undermine the enforceability of local anti-discrimination ordinances. They fear it would allow businesses to selectively pick and choose which of its employees are eligible to receive benefits that go beyond monetary compensation.

Phelan later told The Texas Tribune he chose to reintroduce the nondiscrimination protection language into the bill to help ensure local ordinances — already in place in six major Texas cities — aren’t gutted should the measure become law. And he told Tribune CEO Evan Smith in a podcast interview that he’s “done talking about bashing on the gay community” and didn't want to push legislation that could be used as a vehicle for discrimination.

“It's completely unacceptable... This is 2019,” he said.

[Note: Emphasis added.]
Having completely caved to the LGBT lobby on the most important employment law bill of the last generation, we're supposed to believe the Texas GOP is now taking some sort of principled stand?!?

You've already surrendered on this issue top the most totalitarian members of that community.  But, to make up for it, you're going to act like assholes jerks to the members of that community who help elect conservative at the local level.  Only one word describes such 'logic': MORONIC.

Some will argue against the Log Cabin R's because they want to change some platform planks.  Well, guess what?!?  Many people want to change platform planks.  Debating such things is the entire point of the convention.

But the Log Cabin R's are singled out, because, well...there's no good reason.

Last night a source who's been a delegate to the past several RPT pointed out:
  • The past couple RPT conventions ('16, '18) have included toll-road lobbyists.
  • Texas Eagle Forum has opposed various tort reform efforts over the years.
  • Texas Alliance for "Life" routinely undermines the RPT platform.
Despite the fact that they're trying to change (or actively subverting in the case of TAL) the RPT platform, nobody complains about the afore mentioned groups.


Bottom Line: Let he among you who has never tried to change a platform plank cast the first stone.

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