Archive for the ‘Cathie Adams’ Category

Bigotry and Cathie Adams

October 27, 2009

It’s hard to know how long will it take for State Republican Executive Committee members to realize how foolish they were to appoint Cathie Adams as chair of the Texas GOP this past weekend. After all, SREC members won’t be able to say they are “surprised” when Ms. Adams takes another flying leap off the rhetorical crazy cliff. Her record of extremism and self-righteous personal attacks goes back well over a decade. For example, here’s her sneering take on Texas Gov. Ann Richards in 1994 (from a June 7, 1994, Houston Chronicle article):

“She’s an anti-religious bigot. . . .  How can people think she is Texas — down-home Ma Richards? I feel very insulted that she is representing me as a Texas woman. Most Texas women are ladylike and God-fearing. Ann Richards has none of those qualities.”

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Breaking News: Adams Is New TX GOP Chair

October 24, 2009

Cathie Adams, head of the far-right Texas Eagle Forum, is the new chair of the Republican Party of Texas. The State Republican Executive Committee announced Ms. Adams’s election to that post today. (The previous chair took a position in Gov. Rick Perry’s re-election campaign.) So now we get to see how even more extreme the Texas GOP will get. And how extreme is Ms. Adams? Let us count the ways:

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Cathie Adams As New Texas GOP Chair?

October 2, 2009

Could the Republican Party of Texas move even farther to the extreme right?

We’ll find out soon enough, apparently. Austin-based Quorum Report says Texas Eagle Forum leader Cathie Adams, who gives the word “extremist” new meaning, has thrown her hat in the ring to succeed outgoing Texas GOP chair Tina Benkiser. (Benkiser recently stepped down to join Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s re-election campaign.)

But how much more extreme can a party with this platform really get? A quick perusal of Ms. Adams’  public comments suggests what the answer may be: “a lot more extreme.” A few examples:

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Is Gov. Perry Still ‘Deeply Honored’?

September 9, 2009

When we read Cathie Adams’ e-mail comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler for addressing students across the country in a speech yesterday, we recalled that Adams has endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for re-election. Gov. Perry’s campaign issued a press release on Aug. 21 announcing the endorsement from Adams, who heads the far-right Texas Eagle Forum:

“I am deeply honored to receive Cathie’s endorsement. Her efforts to defend life and family in Texas surpass all and I look forward to working with her on these important issues so we can continue to ensure Texas’ strength well into the future.”

In her e-mail late Saturday, Adams said the speech from our nation’s president about students working hard and staying in school was “eerily like Hilter’s youth movement.” Most conservatives are now pulling back from their absurd criticism of the speech, but Adams isn’t. Today she forwarded to her list an e-mail in which Phyllis Schlafly, the national head of Eagle Forum, accuses the Obama administration of trying to “brainwash” America’s children and turn them into “Obama’s servants.”

Still “deeply honored” by an extremist’s endorsement, Gov. Perry?

TX Eagle Forum Compares President to Hitler

September 6, 2009

Texas Eagle Forum’s Cathie Adams shows once again how extreme and unhinged the far right has become. In an e-mail to far-right activists sent out late Saturday night, Ms. Adams — who is also a Republican National Committeewoman and has endorsed Gov. Rick Perry for re-election next year — compares President Obama to Adolf Hitler and twists the purpose of his planned speech to students about the importance of staying in school and getting a good education:

“(The president) has NO AUTHORITY to intrude into our children’s classrooms and simultaneously address every child in every state.

If parents want their children to view the president, then they have ample opportunities at home without taking time away from their studies. This is eerily like Hitler’s youth movement. . . .

IF your child’s school is allowing this intrusion, then you can either ask that your child be sent to study hall during the showing AND that NO study guide be used to ask your child to “serve the president.” Or you can ask that your child be granted an excused absence from school. . . . “

That’s just shameful. One need not be a supporter of President Obama to agree that comparing our country’s duly elected leader to one of history’s most evil men — someone who ruthlessly presided over the murder of millions of people — is vile. Moreover, no suggested study guide asks students to “serve the president.” Ms. Adams’ claim is simply untrue. And the president has not asserted that he has the authority to demand that school officials have students listen to his speech. The administration has simply invited students and educators to do so. Ms. Adams is dishonestly and cynically trying to stir up anger and hostility toward a president who won an election despite her militant opposition.

Having students listen to a president speak about an important civic issue shouldn’t be so venomously controversial. In fact, both President Reagan and the first President Bush directly addressed students across the country. But extremists like Ms. Adams seem determined to politicize and poison nearly every aspect of our nation’s civic life.

Promoting the importance of education for our children isn’t just a Democratic or Republican value. It’s a mainstream value shared by all families, regardless of their politics. And claiming that a president promoting that value is acting like Adolf Hitler should disgust all citizens, regardless of their political party. Shame on Cathie Adams.

You can send an e-mail to Ms. Adams at torch@texaseagle.org and ask her to treat the president with the respect that his office deserves and that most Americans expect. (But if you do, please show the civility and restraint that Ms. Adams has not.)

Her e-mail follows after the jump.

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Ignorance

September 2, 2009

For years Texas has had one of the highest rates of teen births in the country — and that rate is rising. At the same time, the state’s education officials have bowed to the demands of the religious right, with more than nine out of 10 school districts teaching abstinence-only-until-marriage instead of medically accurate sex education. In fact, a report released in February of this year by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund revealed that just 2 percent of the state’s school districts teach comprehensive sex education that includes medically accurate information about contraception and preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

But who do social conservatives blame for the epidemic of teen pregnancy in Texas? Mexicans — or more precisely, what they see as the moral failings of Mexicans. Says Cathie Adams, head of the far-right Texas Eagle Forum:

“If mom had a baby at age 15, are her morals going to be setting different standards than someone who has grown up in the American culture where that is not typical? As a matter of fact, we would look at someone impregnating a 15-year-old as child abuse.”

Rather than acknowledge the failure of abstinence-only programs that have a lock on the vast majority of Texas high school classrooms (and that waste millions of taxpayer dollars), Adams doubles down: teach the abstinence-only message in a variety of languages, she insists.

According to the group Child Trends, it’s true that the rate of teen births is higher for Hispanics than for non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic whites nationally. But between 2006 and 2007, that rate declined for Hispanics while rising for the other two groups. Moreover, the state with the highest rate of teen births is Mississippi. The 2000 Census showed that just 1.4 percent of that state’s population was Hispanic or Latino.

Rather than criticizing the morals of immigrants, Adams would do well to address a primary cause for high rates of teen pregnancy: ignorance. Adams and others on the religious right think the solution to those high rates is to withhold critical information from teens. But that’s loco. Ignorance protects no one, especially not our young people. The statistics in Texas — the nation’s biggest abstinence-only experiment — seem to show that pretty clearly.

For the Kooky File

May 12, 2009

The level of paranoia on the far right is off the scale. Today Cathie Adams, head of Texas Eagle Forum, sent out an e-mail blast attacking legislation that would create a workgroup to develop recommendations for integrating health and behavioral health services in Texas.

[Texas Eagle Forum] stopped a similar bill the last two sessions because it would have required physicians to screen / analyze your mental health each doctor visit. It is now more dangerous than ever with the federal government taking up nationalized / rationed health care. Texans must not surrender our mental and physical health to a socialist State that President Obama is striving toward.

Huh? House Bill 2196 is authored by Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Keller, in the House and sponsored by Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville. These two conservative Republicans are somehow trying to undermine freedom by wanting to study how mental health services might be useful in treating patients who present with physical ailments? (Never mind, of course, Ms. Adams’ attacks on President Obama as a closet socialist. That’s standard fare these days on the far right.)

The official analysis for HB 2196 states:

Research indicates that people with serious mental illness are more likely than those without mental illness to have poor physical health and face premature death due to untreated and poorly managed medical conditions, such as cardiovascular, pulmonary, and infectious diseases.

In addition to the unacceptable human cost associated with untreated medical conditions and premature death, people with mental illness and other chronic conditions are the greatest users of health services and emergency room care. Evidence demonstrates that integrated health care improves access to and service outcomes for persons with or at-risk for mental illness. Establishing a workgroup in Texas focused on improving integrated health care is of primary importance.

Texas Freedom Network has no position on this bill — it’s not one of the issues we monitor. But we wonder how traditional conservatives take folks like Ms. Adams seriously anymore. Really.