Politics

Iowa's GOP Platform Supports 'Birther' Beliefs

| by Michael Allen

Iowa's Republican party released its platform on Monday, which included a call to investigate the citizenship of any presidential candidate, the elimination of numerous federal agencies and investigating the non-existent ACORN organization, which dissolved years ago.

In a nod to birthers, the Iowa GOP states: "We insist that a candidate prove that he or she meets all requirements for that office prior to being placed in nomination, including proof of United States citizenship."

However, this is already required in the U.S. Constitution.

The platform proposes the elimination of "the departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Energy, Interior, Labor, and Commerce as well as TSA, FDA, ATF, EPA, National Endowment for the Arts, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac."

Despite the fact that ACORN no longer exists, the Iowa platform states: "We call for a full investigation of the organization formerly known as ACORN and its allied organizations, call for full prosecution of those involved in any illegalities discovered, and call for elimination of government funding of such organizations."

The platform also takes the stance that they can ignore Supreme Court rulings under the 10th amendment: "We support constitutional state sovereignty including nullification of federal oversteps. We disagree with Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton as 'settled law.' Under the Tenth amendment, these Supreme Court decisions have no authority over the states."