Last week, the Texas Republican Party Convention, the largest political gathering in the world, convened in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 delegates in attendance. While the event ended Saturday without any of the physical violence that has accompanied some state conventions, still the marked differences between the establishment Republicans and the emerging grassroots conservatives were clear.
Governor Rick Perry opened the general meeting on Thursday with a speech intended to rally the crowd, and during the next two days, conventioneers were treated to talks by virtually every other leading Texas official, including Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, departing U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator John Cornyn, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Attorney General Greg Abbott, and many others.
The newly adopted state Republican platform calls for the Lone Star State's leaders to oppose the United Nations, as well as the UN's dangerous Agenda 21, described by The New American's Alex Newman as "a radical plan to force so-called 'sustainable development' on Americans by stealth." The platform also opposes the UN's Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), which The New American's Bill Jasper has observed is one of the most dangerous and far-reaching treaties our nation has ever considered. It would "give the United Nations control and jurisdiction over the world's oceans," he said, "nearly 3/4 of the surface of our planet.... It is an effort to transfer power from the nation-state to the emerging world-state."
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