Iowa GOP Candidate Joins Alternate Reality Government

It’s no longer a joke to say members of the hard right live in their own alternate universe.

Iowa Republican state Senate candidate Randi Shannon sent a letter Friday informing supporters of her new position as “U.S. Senator in the Republic of the United States of America.” The group is a libertarian-leaning organization that claims it “re-inhabited” the government on Mary 30, 2010 and apparently Shannon is a member of its Senate.

Her announcement letter also details her platform which includes abolishing the Department of Education, fetal personhood, unnecessary foreign wars, and fighting the corrupt “United States Corporation.” Shannon also opposes the 14th Amendment, and all those that follow, presumably including the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote.

Hard-right secessionists or sovereignists are scattered across the rural heartland, but Shannon seems to be the latest of this political movement going mainstream. Thanks in part to the Ron Paul revolution, we will see more neo-Confederates in the ranks as the party tilts even harder to the right. But at what point will the press start to critically examine a party that has embraced the darkest, most cynical elements of its base and its history? So long as they don’t we’ll continue to see a revival of segregationist policies like voter ID and “papers please” immigration bills dressed up in slightly more polite language.


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Marilyn L.
Marilyn L5 years ago

Some commenters are joking about this and some are being sarcastic...but seriously foks these people are dangerous. Ron and Ran Paul are in Congress and too many more like them and if we don't wise up they will be a majority. She isn't the only Republican to advocate the dismantling of the DOE and the overturn of the 14th Amendment. These folks want to take us back pre1964 and further. If the American people value their liberties they will come out in droves this election year and vote out every Republican they can find, reelect President Obama and give him a Congress he can work with. Perhaps then too we might have a Congress that would consider impeachment of the SC Justices that voted corporations are citizens, charge GWB, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Rumsfield with crimes against humanity for the torture they alllowed, and have the DOJ investigate all involved in the ecomonic crisis and charge those where it is warrented and give none any deals.

Elizabeth L.
Elizabeth L5 years ago

If she is a senator of the "Republic of the United States of America: shouldn't she be deported from the USA?

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D5 years ago

I have to say that I like the way Charles P. thinks on this issue.

I believe that Ron Paul is known, among the politicos, to have several screws loose, and those that follow him, and his concepts, are like those who followed the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago

maybe those people can vote in a special polling place, on the moon.

Dr Clue
Dr Clue5 years ago

Everyone is facing some difficult choices in coming elections , but it is felt that those making such decisions should take a moment and read this omni-partisan document a few times over

See whose positions and views one finds most in harmony with the letter and spirit laid down in it's writings by our country's founders.

Whatever conclusion one reaches , is a subjective matter , but to reach a conclusion without ever having read it would be a pity to say the least.

Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance5 years ago

It must be the Monsanto influence on the Iowa corn! The woman needs a rubber room, or perhaps a rubber state. I like Dave C's idea of moving all the Libertarians and many of the Republican/Teabaggers (particularly the politicians) to Texas so that good ol' governor Rick can have them and then let them seceede. Any Texans that don't agree with Perry, and I know a few, could move north.

Oh my, only in my dreams.

Charles P.
Charles P5 years ago

Let's see, if she repeals the 14th and all subsequent amendments, she can't run for office, then she can't be an elected official. If that is the case, she can't repeal the amendments and so on and so on. She is in a conundrum. She should have been in a condom.

James D.
James D5 years ago

Attempting to establish a separate government within the boundaries of an establish sovereign power in an act of sedition and treason all rolled up into one TeaBagger moment of insanity. Where is the federal Government on this? Heck, where is the State Government on this? Federal Marshalls, the FBI, the Secret Service - Alert! Alert!

Karen Friedman
karen Friedman5 years ago

Has all the the Repubtea party just gone stark raving mad or what. I know that are very wacko in their thoughts, but now this. I'm on pins and needles to see what's next in the far out wacky world they live in , it surely isn't this one on planet earth.

Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell5 years ago

Adam, how can you say that the repeal of the 14th amendment and all subsequent amendments is "reasonable"? Are you aware that it is only through the 14th amendment that all other amendments are applied to the states? In other words, without the 14th amendment, no states have to follow any of the Bill of Rights. So your state could easily take away your guns, right to free speech, right to not be subject to unreasonable search, seizure, and incarceration. You call that a reasonable policy?

I say let them secede. Perhaps they could take Texas and the gulf states? Then they could run their country the way they please and we could run ours, without this constant gridlock and fighting.