Nothing says Republican democracy in action and GOP ethics like stealing from a child

“The King Middle School was kind enough to allow the Maine Republican Party to use their facilities, and we are deeply concerned about the lack of respect shown to the faculty,” McNally said in a statement. “The Maine Republican Party does not condone the destruction of property nor does it encourage the lack of tolerance that these people demonstrated.”

"These people" McNally is talking about stole a "pro-labor poster" from the kids classroom - leaving behind their GOP propaganda - and are the same tea baggin' members of the GOP that wrote the official party platform for the Maine GOP:

That same Knox County contingent later would lead a surprise campaign to replace the generic Republican Party platform with a new — and much more controversial — platform embodying many of the positions espoused by Tea Party activists.


While the platform echoes many of the issues raised by Tea Party activists, Chapman dismissed any suggestion that it was a “Tea Party platform.” Instead, he described it as “an outgrowth of the dissatisfaction of what is happening in Washington and Augusta.”

“It was democracy in action,” he said.

No... It is not demcracy in action.

It is what happens when you pander to the lunatic fringe and extremists. If you want to read the official Maine GOP party platform you will find a mixed bag of hypocrisy. Demanding all kind of individual freedoms that already exist and exerting state's rights while hypocritically wanting to poke their business into others marriages and trying to force their own personal religion on you. Never mind the obviousness that they would reject "the right's of a child" as evidenced by their willingness to steal from one.

Matt Taibbi had an interesting piece on the mixed bag of hypocritical nuts that is the right wing these days:

Memo to those Tea Party activists out there who’ve been howling about those liberal wusses in the Obama Justice Department who read Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights: congratulations. You’ve just opened the door for a major new expansion of government power.

Having followed the Tea Party around on and off for a few months now it’s been hard not to notice some of the contradictory messages emanating from the movement. You’ll hear the same people who want to abolish the EPA complaining about the slow federal response to the Gulf oil spill, or the same people who are stocking up on guns to ward off the inevitable government assault on their property cheering for beefed-up drug enforcement laws and the no-knock search warrant.

The reason I really respect the Ron Paul people is that they’re consistent on all of these things. If they don’t want the government telling you you can’t buy a gun, they also don’t want the federal government telling you not to smoke weed or patronize a prostitute. Paul understands that you can’t make appeals on general principle unless you actually believe in that principle across the board.


For the conservatives/Tea Partiers/Republicans (note that I have to make separate notations for each, since they’re not all necessarily the same people anymore), this Miranda furor is yet another one of those humorously contradictory political campaigns of the “Keep the Guv’mint off my Medicare” variety that they’re becoming known for. I’m beginning to think that if the Tea Party had a symbol, it shouldn’t be the snake from that “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, it should be a drooling yutz sticking a pencil in his own ear.

The reason for that is that the Tea Party angle on this Miranda business is that they want to strip terrorist suspects of liberal/civil rights-era protections, and they think that foregoing their Miranda rights is a good way to get there. What they don’t get is that the inevitable consequence in this sort of meddling in constitutional theory is that we’re going to carve out exceptions to constitutional applicability for certain classes of people.

If you read the whole piece you'll see that Taibbi pastes the left for some of their own hypocrisies, as well, but I am not sure his stab at balance is as across the board applicable since I think that both weapons control and medical marijuana (or legalizing it altogether) can and should be legislated at both state and federal levels.

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removed references to "eigth grader's" materials and replaced with a different version of the story:

"But Chapman acknowledged that he and others were disturbed by some of the posters they saw in the room, several of which he said obviously were made by professionals, not students."

Minor tweak to story to reflect that fact.

History is history. From another story on this:

When he went home for the weekend on Friday, one of Clifford's most prized teaching tools – a collage-type poster depicting the history of the U.S. labor movement – was affixed to his classroom door. Clifford uses it each year to teach his students how to incorporate collages into their annual project on Norman Rockwell's historic "Four Freedoms" illustrations.

The poster includes this quote from the labor organizer and one-time presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs: "Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Progress is born of agitation. It is agitation or stagnation."

"It's one of my favorite posters," said Clifford. "I've had it sitting there for seven years."

h/t ptolemynm at dKos for that second story on it.