Idaho GOP Approves Plan for Militia

As the bad craziness of the right wing continues to accelerate, a Republican committee at the Idaho GOP convention has voted to support creating a state militia.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Could Idaho get an all-volunteer state militia that’s out from under any federal control?

A Butte County delegate to the state Republican Party convention in Idaho Falls on Friday got his compatriots on a committee to go along with the plan - at least on paper.

The idea must still win full convention approval Saturday.

Butte County delegate Guy Mongan says such a force could assist in the event of natural disasters and wouldn’t be subject to a military call-up, such like the Idaho National Guard.

Ada County delegate Phil Hardy says he appreciates the notion that Idaho could be left unprotected if many of its citizen soldiers are dispatched to defend the nation. But Hardy contends the time isn’t ripe for the plan.

The measure cleared the committee on a 21-18 vote.

Great idea. What could possibly go wrong?

(Hat tip: Bubblehead II.)

UPDATE at 6/25/10 1:21:29 pm:

And that isn’t even the craziest thing going on at this GOP convention. They’re also calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment to the US Constitution, and pushing a measure which would prevent transsexuals from marrying: GOP delegates call for repeal of 17th Amendment; push for further definition of marriage.

IDAHO FALLS (AP) - Republicans from across Idaho took aim at the 17th amendment during their state convention, calling for repeal of the measure.

A GOP committee narrowly passed a measure Friday to include language in the state party’s platform that seeks to nullify the amendment created a century ago to shift election of U.S. senators from state legislatures to voters.

Supporters of the measure say making senators accountable to legislators instead of voters will restore the constitution’s checks and balances.

Sen. Jeff Siddoway, a Terreton Republican, joined more than a dozen other delegates in voting against the proposal, saying it takes voters out of the equation. Siddoway told delegates: “You’re giving up your right to vote for people who are representing you in Washington, D.C.”

In other GOP Convention news, A panel of GOP delegates at the state party’s convention passed a measure Friday to define marriage as a bond between a “naturally born” man and woman, effectively barring transgenders.

Bannock County delegate Ralph Lilling says his amendment to the state party’s platform will help further protect the traditional family unit.

But Donna Montgomery, a delegate from Kootenai County, argued that the additional language was unnecessary because people from Idaho understand man is a man and a woman is a woman.

The measure still has to go before the full convention for approval.

(Hat tip: freetoken.)

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