Maine ‘Nutcase’ Teabaggers Search Classroom for Commie Literature
May 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The angry right-wing, teabagger pitchfork populism has taken over Maine’s Republican Party. Not only did a group of tea party delegates revved up on an overabundance of Glenn Beck, rewrite the official GOP platform, to include New World Order conspiracy theories, states’ rights “tenther” ideology and fringe libertarian beliefs; they also vandalized a school social studies classroom searching for anti-American commie literature. What is our country coming to?
Tea Party delegates to the recent Maine Republican convention caucused in a middle school classroom in Portland, while they came up with a GOP platform that is so kooky, Dan Billings, a Republican operative called it “wack job pablum” and “nutcase stuff.”
The blog Maine Politics described the “nutcase” platform best:
“The document calls for the elimination of the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve, demands an investigation of “collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth,” suggests the adoption of “Austrian Economics,” declares that “‘Freedom of Religion’ does not mean ‘freedom from religion’” (which I guess makes atheism illegal), insists that “healthcare is not a right,” calls for the abrogation of the “UN Treaty on Rights of the Child” and the “Law Of The Sea Treaty” and declares that we must resist “efforts to create a one world government.”‘
While delegates from the groups Maine Patriots and Maine Refounders dreamed up the contents of the fringe platform at King Middle School, they ripped a labor movement poster from the door and searched the teacher’s desk. After rifling through the classroom of eighth-grade social studies teacher Paul Clifford, the tea party mob became enraged at what they perceived to be communist teachings.
The tea party delegates called the school principal to complain:
“When Clifford returned to school on Monday, he found that a favorite poster about the U.S. labor movement had been taken and replaced with a bumper sticker that read, “Working People Vote Republican.”‘
“Later, Clifford learned that his classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about “anti-American” things they saw there, including a closed box containing copies of the U.S. Constitution that were published by the American Civil Liberties Union.”
The teabaggers also left a note in the classroom. “A Republican was here,” it read. “What gives you the right to propagandize impressionable kids?”
School officials were shocked at the lack of respect shown by tea partiers, while using a public school classroom. Sarah Thompson, school committee member was appalled:
“We allowed them to use the space and I’m appalled that they would go through a teacher’s things, let alone remove something from a classroom,” Thompson said Wednesday. “We want the public to use school spaces, but they need to respect that it’s a school and understand that they should leave it the way they find it.”
After the teapartiers’ hooligan-like behavior was publicized, the Maine Republican Party issued a written apology to King Middle School teachers and students.
But Knox County Republican Chairman Bill Chapman was much less apologetic, claiming the student artwork in the classroom was anti-American. “We were wondering just what kind of picture he was painting to the students. (The posters) all, as I saw them, had the same theme behind them, which was very anti-American, anti-free enterprise, anti-religious,” said Chapman.
“School is about the exploration of ideas,” Thompson said. “People need to respect that, regardless of their political party.”
(Update: Amy Hale, a leader with the Maine Patriots, wrote on the group’s blog, she was proud of the fringe “nutcase” platform, introduced by fellow teapartier Ted Cowan:
“I did stand and vote for the platform, because I believe it to be a whole lot better than what we had before. And I, for the first time in about 25 years, can stand proud to be a Republican in Maine based on the new platform. ( I would love to know what Olympia and Susan are thinking.)”