Idaho Republicans hate the word “fiesta,” demand repeal of the 17th Amendment, and require loyalty oath

Even when ID-01 is in Democratic hands, Repubs still know how to steal the show. Two inane stories the past couple weeks. First, at their state convention, the party voted to enshrine repealing the 17th Amendment (direct election of senators) into their party platform, as well as demand that all Repub candidates sign a party loyalty oath. Second, the Bonner County Republican Party is outraged, OUTRAGED! that their county’s fair has chosen “Fiesta” as this year’s theme. This is America and we speak American, gulldarnit!

Let’s think about that party platform for a second: signing a loyalty oath to support repeal of the 17th Amendment. That means that if you’re pro-life, think Obama is a socialist, want to get rid of social security and the income tax, and can’t wait to drill baby drill but also think that people should have their right to elect their own representatives, then you are not right-wing enough for the Idaho Repub Party. By the way, that 17th Amendment? It was originally co-sponsored and introduced by an Idaho Republican in 1911, Senator William Borah.

From the Idaho Democratic Party:

It is now clear that the "new" Idaho Republican Party is interested not in governing but in ruling our state and its people...

Some of these extremist proposals included disbanding all Idaho public schools, creating a state militia, forbidding closure of poorly run publicly-funded charter schools that are drowning in red ink, and rejecting school-based vaccination clinics (vaccinations were called "unnecessary drugging of our children").

"The Idaho Democratic Party welcomes all well-intentioned voters to join us in finding solutions to the problems this state now faces. We embrace a wide range of views and voters. At the same time, the Idaho Republican Party is quickly moving to the extreme right, far away from its traditional, moderate center," stated [Democratic Chairman Keith] Roark.

To Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)’s credit, he refuses to sign the loyalty oath.

But that’s not even half as crazy as one of the county parties. Just north of my home in Kootenai County, Repubs are furious that a Spanish word - "fiesta" - was chosen (way back in January) as the theme for this year’s Bonner County Fair. In protest, they have declared that the theme of their booth will be "celebrate," and they have written to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to ask if she has any Arizona license plates she could spare for them to decorate their booth.

The Twin Falls Times-News titled their responding editorial, “A bigot is a bigot, in any language” and said that Repubs should “avoid insulting 10 percent of your political constituency.” But my favorite line from this whole affair comes from Fair Board Chairman Tim Cary, who asked of the food court, "Are we supposed to change the name of a burrito to something in English?"

Small wonder that CQ just upgraded ID-01, once the national Repubs’ top target, from "toss-up" to 'leans Dem."

Update 3:49 EDT: Per Boise Weekly, the Bonner County Democrats have responded to the fiesta flap. Chairwoman Laura Bry says they will have donkey piñatas at their booth.

I should also point out that Sarah Palin was born in Bonner County.

Tags: ID-01, Walt Minnick, Idaho, Republicans, 2010 midterms, Keith Roark, immigration, racism, immigration, racism, Sarah Palin (all tags)




But Fiesta was a great book by Hemingway, who had the right approach to living in Idaho.

by Bob Brigham 2010-07-09 04:04PM | 0 recs

Piñata not pinata. 

if you are on a Mac:

1) alt + n 

2) type letter desired 

ã ñ õ 

ã and õ are used in Luso-Gallician languages such as Portuguese and Gallego.

the ñ is found in Leonese, Asturian and Castillian. Castillian is what the rest of the world knows as Spanish but in Spain each regional language has its own Academy hence it is La Real Academia de la Lengua Castellana and not the Real Academia de la Lengua Española. The ñ sound is also present in Catalan but spelled ny so España (Spain in Spanish) becomes Espanya (Spain in Catalan).

We are rather attached to the ñ. When the EU tried to standardize keyboards and it omitted the ñ (keyboards in Spain and Latin America come with it), it caused a furor that forced Brussels to relent.


Utah btw is the only state never to have ratified the 17th Amendment. I believe that one of the candidates for the Senate there has made it part of his platform.

s/ Because of course less democracy is the cure for what ails us. /s

by Charles Lemos 2010-07-09 04:31PM | 1 recs
RE: piñata

Thanks. I knew that, but I'm not sure how to do it on a PC laptop and the Boise Weekly article also had it wrong so copy/paste was not an option. I can, however, copy/paste it from your comment!

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-09 04:38PM | 0 recs
RE: piñata

No clue on a PC I am sorry to say.

In the past the trick I've used when on a PC is to google the word and then copy and paste it in.


by Charles Lemos 2010-07-09 04:46PM | 1 recs
I should have added

the word barbecue comes from the Spanish word barbacoa which in turns comes from the Arawak Taíno language that was predominant in the northern part of the Greater Antilles before the arrival of Europeans in the 15th century.

Other words from Spanish which I would tend to believe in heavy use in Idaho would include lasso and rodeo.



by Charles Lemos 2010-07-09 04:38PM | 0 recs
RE: I should have added

Barbecue and rodeo? Well that settles who to root for in the World Cup final!

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-09 04:40PM | 0 recs
Fun is fun, but your writing it up as if it is serious, like an only-in-America joke.


Since nothing like this could have happened in America, let's have the punch line.

by MainStreet 2010-07-09 05:36PM | 0 recs
RE: Fun is fun, but your writing it up as if it is serious, like an only-in-America joke.

The real joke is that a Bonner County Republican was a major party nominee for VP just two years ago.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-09 05:43PM | 0 recs
They Should Hate Chocolate

Chocolate is a purely Mexican word coming from the Aztec "chocolātl." Brown and Aztec? I feel a Republican boycott coming. Vanilla, by the way, is a Spanish word too.

by KnightErrant 2010-07-09 07:40PM | 1 recs
RE: They Should Hate Chocolate

ok, then i'll have onlt the strawberry slice from the neapolitan ... d'oh! italians!

by miriamsong 2010-07-10 01:25PM | 0 recs
another spelling change is in order...


by miriamsong 2010-07-09 09:40PM | 0 recs
RE: another spelling change is in order...

Not a Spanish word. A column by my old boss in today's Spokesman Review picked up the "burrito" concept and ran with it, pointing out all sorts of different words that must change. Idaho was not among them:

But what about Idaho? That’s a toughie. Years ago, we were taught in fourth-grade Idaho history that the name came from the Indian word ee-da-how, meaning “gem of the mountains” or “morning light” or “English only” or something. That would be bad enough if it were true, but the fact is the name was made up by white dudes.

They actually invented a non-English name for the state. It’s enough to make you sick.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-10 12:26AM | 0 recs
RE: another spelling change is in order...

umm, it was a joke.  but one that would cause wingnut heads to esplode, so i say, go with it.  then let's transliterate all idaho town names into phony spanish, print it up as if it's part of a secret aztlan reconquista plan. on second thought, this could be how the protocols of the elders of zion got started, so maybe we should skip it.

by miriamsong 2010-07-10 01:22PM | 1 recs
RE: Idaho Republicans hate the word “fiesta,” demand repeal of the 17th Amendment, and require loyalty oath

Being angry about the word fiesta is because of their frustration with the lawbreaking of the immigration system.


Racism doesn't exist, of course.

by bay of arizona 2010-07-10 04:34PM | 0 recs


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