Idaho GOP dusts off
a wacky golden oldie
Commentary by PAT
state Republican Party workhorses came away from Sun Valley this week with
at least one crumb for the party’s extreme right wing.
that Idaho’s state budget is in shambles because of ill-conceived tax
cuts orchestrated by the Republican governor and Republican Legislature
just before the economy collapsed.
that Idaho’s standing on national lists of public programs always hovers
in embarrassing low percentiles.
One of the
early agenda items for party regulars during the state GOP party meeting
was a golden oldie of the Far Right — get the US out of the United
South, where I grew up, three billboards have been ubiquitous along rural
roads for generations.
"Impeach Earl Warren" — the conservative-turned-liberal
Eisenhower-appointed U.S. Supreme Court chief justice (1953-69).
was, "Jesus Is Coming."
finally, "Get the US Out of The UN!"
never impeached, and died in retirement in 1974.
United States is still firmly ensconced in the United Nations as one of
its charter founders, despite the best efforts of the misanthropic Sen.
Jesse Helms to default on dues obligations and the relentless efforts of
fringe Republicans to pull the plug on "The United Nations
Participation Act of 1945" that created a home for the UN in New York
City and made us a member.
"respectfully but firmly request(ing) members of Congress to use
appropriate constitutional authority in order to extricate our nation from
the threat of freedom posed by the United Nations," Idaho GOPers
endorsed reviving the mechanism for ditching the UN — U.S. House
Resolution 1146, the flamboyantly named "American Sovereignty
Restoration Act of 1999," a title that might lead unthinking
Americans to believe the United States has once again become a colony of
servants to a foreign royalty.
Resolution 1146, now growing whiskers, was introduced in 1999 by a handful
of Republicans, including Idaho’s former congresswoman, Helen Chenoweth,
who was especially paranoid about the United Nations.
no indication the resolution was adopted by a congressional majority or
any evidence then-President Clinton took it seriously or current President
Bush plans to heed it.
strident, no-ifs-ands-or-buts document that would be a sweeping repeal of
laws and agreements that bind together the United States and the rest of
of diplomats serving at the New York City headquarters, for example, would
be stripped of diplomatic immunity and cast adrift, a breathtaking repeal
of an international accord.
States would abandon hundreds of unglamorous and uncontroversial UN
agencies, committees and organizations devoted to global weather
forecasting, world communications, trade, international aviation routes,
health, refugees and the like.
States would no longer belong to peacekeeping operations.
Idaho Republicans voted for the United States to become more isolationist,
to abandon the place where talk is preferred over shooting, to send a
message we’d rather go it alone in a world ever more interdependent.
It was a
case of the Idaho GOP lacking any new ideas and dusting off something old,
borrowing it and making it look new.
thankful this is as far as Idaho’s Republicans went in associating
itself with creepy ideas.
far-out bashers crazed with bizarre myths about the UN might’ve produced
a resolution denouncing the United Nations for sending unmarked black
helicopters over Idaho at night to spy on us in preparation for an
invasion by UN troops from Burma hidden in boxcars on railroad sidings in