This morning, I'm on the edge of my seat, and feeling an impending sense of dread about today's Supreme Court ruling. It's unfortunate not to have confidence that they will rule based on the law and the constitution.
At any rate, you may be interested to know that in 1798, Congress passed a mandate for health care coverage. The framers of the constitution, including Thomas Jefferson, were for it. The American Constitution Society points out that 100 scholars say that the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unambiguous.
Two teen lesbians were shot in the head in Portland, Texas, killing one and severely injuring the other. Nothing is known about a motive or suspect.
The differences between the Texas Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Texas could not be more stark, when you look at their platforms. If you want to see social darwinism at work, look at the Republican Platform and search for "Education". My personal favorite (and it's hard to pick just one):
Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
Really? You're going to go after schools for trying to teach critical thinking? It doesn't get much more knuckle-dragging stupid than that. I think perhaps these rabid ideologues who have taken over the Republican party fear that critical thinking will weaken their hold, and reduce their ability to peddle irrational fear.
Here's a corresponding quote on the same subject from the Texas Democratic Party Platform:
Texas Democrats strongly support the Texas Constitution’s recognition that a free, quality public education is “essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people.”
Texas Democrats believe a world class education system is a moral imperative and an economic necessity that requires parents, educators and community leaders to work together to provide our children the skills needed to compete and succeed in a global economy.
Texas Democrats believe all children should have access to an exemplary educational program that values and encourages critical thinking and creativity, not the “drill and kill” teach-‐to-‐the-‐test policy Republicans have forced on students and teachers.
Here's a post with the top 15 head-scratching planks of the Texas GOP. Real brain trust, these Tea Partiers and Birch Society zealots who have taken over.
Here's a ThinkProgress post with the 5 nuttiest proposals from the Texas GOP platform.
So just yesterday, I got an email from the Texas Republican Party announcing their new website: "Texas GOP Jobs". What, did you think it would actually be about real jobs for people who work for a living, and are suffering from the economic collapse brought on by the Republican-led deregulation of the financial industry? Nah, those folks don't matter. These jobs are for Republican campaign staffers, operatives, and lobbyists. That's who the GOP cares about, first and foremost.