Tomorrow’s column will explore and define the extreme economic conservatism of a Koch-supported, Rick Perry-backing breed of Arkansas Republican legislator.
This varietal doesn’t believe in government and he may, in January, take control of the Arkansas General Assembly to set about dismantling much of state government except for such vital parts as those that pay legislative expenses.
Somewhat in passing, the column will take note that there is a smattering of kook-right Republicans who, in their bizarre outrage, serve the useful purpose of making these Koch-supported extreme economic conservatives seem mainstream.
You have Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro who has written a book in which he says American slavery might have been, in full historical context, a positive thing for African-Americans.
You have legislative candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville who has written his own book calling for the death penalty for assorted repeated offenders and for expelling any Muslim from the country.
With these horrors coming to light in recent days, the state Republican Party put out a statement saying it didn’t like those pronouncements, but that Democrats were simply trying to change the subject from jobs.
Really? They might merely have been trying to change the subject to kookiness.
U. S. Rep. Tim Griffin, currying party favor for a run for governor or the U.S. Senate, had handed out small contributions to both those candidates. Pressed on the point, he issued a statement saying he disapproved of what those fellows said and wanted each of them to transfer his contribution to charity.
So then the Arkansas Times blog decided over the weekend to compile excerpts from a near-decade’s worth of letters to the editor from another Republican legislator, Loy Mauch of Bismarck. He despises Abe Lincoln and honors the Old Confederacy.
“If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it?” Mauch once wrote in a letter to the editor.
In another he said, “When one attacks the Confederate battle flag, he is certainly denouncing . . . Christianity.”
In light of that, I asked Griffin about his contribution to Mauch, who seeks re-election.
The congressman wrote back, “I read a sample of Rep. Mauch’s statements, and they range from outrageous to historically inaccurate and anachronistic to downright odd. As we all know, both parties have folks that say ridiculous things, but I would not have financially supported Mauch had I known about these statements. And yes I am requesting that he give the money to charity.”
Of interest to me is a mainstream Republican attempt to say that, hey, the Democrats have their offensive kooks, too.
No doubt. But I personally am unable to see any symmetry between the most extreme liberal and these comments by Hubbard, Fuqua and Mauch.
Even the kookiest radical liberal probably wants to be expansive in services for humanity. These three — well, I don’t know their hearts. I just know that their views as related here do not seem to reflect any generosity of human spirit.