Headlines galore from the Texas Republican convention.

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They:

Banned Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay Republicans, from the convention hall.

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Adopted a resolution declaring homosexuality an “abnormal lifestyle choice.”

Called for a statewide referendum on secession from the United States.

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Rebuked Sen. John Cornyn for working on a mild piece of gun safety legislation.

Declared Joe Biden wasn’t legitimately elected.

Described gender dysphoria as a mental illness.

Called for ending the federal income tax and abolishing the Federal Reserve.

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Voted to end any legislative control over the “right to wear arms.”

Required school children to be taught that life begins at fertilization and to be shown ultrasound procedures, images of fetal development and other instruction buttressing opposition to abortion.

Called for repeal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The war now, said one state official, is between patriots (Texas Republicans) and traitors (anyone who disagrees with them.)

The Texas Tribune article explains that party platforms, such as this one, are mostly political tools, without force of law, and that extremists tend to dominate such gatherings. But much of this work has been or will be reflected by acts of the Republican-controlled Texas legislature, just as the Arkansas legislature has come to embody the same extremism.

Yes, the U.S. might be better off without Texas and a few other similarly inclined locales.