Is there anyone normal in conservative politics anymore?
The conspiracy-focused political party that was formed during the Montana Home Educator’s Convention of 1994, known as the Montana Constitution Party, has re-constituted itself by electing a bold slate of leaders to take the party forward into the 12th century.
Newly elected Constitution Party of Montana leaders include Lisa Wamsley, a frequent testifier for some of the most famous nutjob bills of the 2011 legislative session who says she has “come to the point where I don’t trust the federal government to protect us.”
Also elected were Tom Baird – Chair of Tim Ravndal’s Really Real True Conservative TEA Party group (he was the guy that the other TEA Party kicked out after he embarrassed them by saying in public that talking about killing gays is funny), and Kurtis Oliverson, Chapter leader for the John Birch Society in Kalispell, famous for its one world government conspiracy theories.
Surprisingly, no mention of
Baldo the Great Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party’s presidential nominee in 2008. This could be because Constitution Party of Montana broke ties with the national Constitution Party in 2006 because locals viewed the national party as “too liberal.” Or, it could lend further credence to the rumors that it is not party office that Baldwin seeks, but state elected office.
The Constitution party’s platform combines the theology of Christian Reconstructionism – a strain of Christian fundamentalism that seeks to make civil law mirror Old Testament biblical law – (If you rape a woman, you have to pay her dad 40 pieces of silver–something like $500 bucks today.) – with the ideology of the anti-government “patriot ” movement.
Non-believers, including followers of mainline Christian denominations like Lutherans, could lose their right to vote and citizenship. The party’s platform also reflects the Montana Freemen’s racist views of citizenship – that “sovereign citizens” (white Christian men) have superior rights granted directly by God. The rest of us are “14th amendment citizens” and inferior presumably because we aren’t “white” or we lack the parts any real politician needs for Twit-pic posting.