A National Platform and an Oregon Koch

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Welcome to Nineteen Sixty Four.  The Republicans held their conservative hoe-down at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, and nominated the most conservative ticket the Republican Party had fielded since Calvin Coolidge was president.  Patterns have a way of repeating themselves:

GOP takes tough platform approach
Filled with strict stances, most conservative plan in party history to be unveiled
By Ralph Z. Hallow-The Washington Times Tuesday, August 21, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Republicans next week will likely adopt what veteran platform writers said is the most conservative platform in their history after the drafting committee voted to keep strict pro-life, pro-defense and traditional marriage planks intact.

When the national convention’s 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternates assemble Monday, each of them will find a printed form of the document on their seats and they will be asked to vote it up or down. They have always approved it in the past.

“The [Republican National Committee] platform appears to be the most conservative platform in modern history,” platform committee member and tea party organizer Russ Walker* told The Washington Times.

Building on the influences of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and the tea party movements, the GOP’s platform now includes a whole section “dedicated to restoring constitutional government”

Well, a year from now we’ll see just how focused and in tune with what America really cares about this all is.

Oh, and “Russ Walker”?

Russ Walker is second from the right

That’s “Russ Walker of Oregon,” he of Freedomworks, and, before that, of Citizens for a Sound Economy, as the only state salaried “director” of the Koch Brothers’ little astroturf laboratory (when CSE became Freedomworks, they just changed the stationery, not the salary or the office or the staff) that they try out new “initiative” legislation on. I’ve covered him at length, and the fact that he’s now on the Republican Platform Committee OUGHT to tell you something.  More on this later, but for now:



A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, an honorary Texan, Clown (ditto) and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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