Cross-posted from a post at Proverbially Penned.
Freshman congressman Larry Kissell has drawn his first official challenger in the form of Tim D'Annunzio, who, it appears, is also acting as a tea-party candidate within the GOP. D'Annunzio did a fantastic job, as CQ Politics reports, of garnering free media attention by holding fundraisers appealing to the crazier individuals among us. D'Annunzio decided a $25 a plate dinner of North Carolina barbeque and sweet tea just wasn't enough to get people excited about his campaign. So he decided to let his supporters come out, enjoy a good meal, and shoot an Uzi or an MP-5 submachine gun.
No, I'm not kidding; he seriously did this:
But wait! There's more. Not only is D'Annunzio running for Congress, he's also acting as if he is the savior of the GOP. More after the break...
D'Annunzio has proposed his "Winning Back America" plan for the Republican Party to "stop the deluge of socialist legislation flowing out of Washington" (I'm convinced he hasn't read a single line of any legislation that's come out of Washington recently, or he just isn't familiar with the definition of socialism).
What I find most disturbing about D'Annunzio's plan (and trust me, there's quite a bit to be disturbed about on his website) is the following, point number seven of his nine-point plan for conservative domination:
The focus in the following years will be to educate people, starting with our children, to the greatness of our heritage and our true foundations of God and our constitution.
For someone who just held a fundraiser about shooting guns and promoting the Second Amendment, he's certainly very quick to abandon the other principles outlined in the Constitution, such as, you know, the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
Of course, it's not just D'Annunzio who is quick to forget that the Constitution protects America's religious pluralism; in fact, most conservatives forget about the First Amendment quite frequently while still running campaigns that promote "returning to the Constitution and restoring the foundations that made this nation great" (point number three of D'Annunzio's plan; is it just me, or does his plan contradict itself?).
D'Annunzio's taken up blogging on his website as well. A recent entry, dated February 4, addresses the president's promise to end the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. D'Annunzio titles his post "Overturning 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' Infringes on States’ Rights." I'm not sure how he arrived at this conclusion (and I say that having read his post). Perhaps D'Annunzio isn't as familiar with the Constitution as his plan for the GOP would have you believe. If he were, perhaps he would be familiar with Article II, Section 2, which explicitly states where military authority lies:
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States
Not only that, but he might also know that the power to declare war lies with Congress, not with the states (Article I, Section 8). So where does he get the idea that the states have any right to determine military policy when the Constitution, which D'Annunzio so dearly wants to return to and restore the foundations of, clearly states the federal branch of the government has full authority in military matters?
Well, if you're curious, let me quote his blog post, in full, so that no misunderstanding comes from analyzing D'Annunzio's words:
Tim D’Annunzio, Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina’s 8th district, today made the following statement on the recent decision by the Obama Administration to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuals in the military:
“I oppose the normalization of homosexuality that is in the process of being forced on our military.
“It will turn our military bases into social experiments, while forcing states to accept unnatural and government-created special rights. The military will have to recognize same sex marriages from states where it is legal. This will extend to all aspects of military life including housing and survivor benefits.
“Every person in the US has the right to be married to one person, not of their family, of a legal age, of the opposite sex. No one is being denied any right. Overturning the current policy constitutes a new right that will cause acceptance of the unnatural.
“Before any change is made to the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, we must first realize the implications this will have on states’ rights, and oppose the Obama Administration’s newest assault on our Constitution.”
As you might have noticed, there's no connection made between states' rights and military policy concerning LGBT individuals whatsoever in D'Annunzio's statement. Instead, he simply reiterates weak conservative talking points on governmental policy concerning LGBT rights. I could go on for another few paragraphs refuting these insulting arguments, but instead, if you really think D'Annunzio has made any worthwhile points, I encourage you to utilize Google to its fullest potential to uncover exactly why the American right wing lacks logical arguments for their opposition to LGBT rights.
We need to make sure people like Tim D'Annunzio stay far, far away from Washington.