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Yet another batshit racist Republican politician in Arkansas.

It has long been known that Loy Mauch, a Republican state representative in the Arkansas legislature, is a neo-Confederate. Clytemnestra wrote a popular diary back in 2010 exposing Mauch's association with the League of the South, a secessionist group on the radar of the Southern Poverty Law Center that uses racist language in advocating for an "Anglo-centric" government to rule over a separate Southern nation. Mauch's racist, neo-Confederate views are not new.

But the Arkansas Times has found more. Mauch is certainly not very shy about expressing his disgusting views, and it simply took a little bit of digging into the archives of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to find some very disturbing letters to the editor penned by Mauch.

Here are some excerpts from Mauch's letters, as published by the Arkansas Times. The dates of the letters range from 2000 to 2011.

This little gem is regarding the 14th Amendment, which of course was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of freed slaves. Mauch doesn't think very highly of it, needless to say:

The 14th Amendment completely destroyed the Founders’ concept of limited government and was coerced on this nation by radical people and in my opinion was never legally ratified as required by Article V of the Constitution. It was essentially a Karl Marx concept and would have never come from the pen of Madison or any of the patriots from Virginia.
Here are his thoughts on Abraham Lincoln:
I would like to thank this newspaper’s editorialist for publishing the tribute to Abraham Lincoln as well as his second inaugural address so that the readers can see for themselves what a fake this neurotic Northern war criminal truly was.
Here's some more Lincoln-hating, along with some praise for Robert E. Lee:
Krishna Thiagarajan has written about the most imbecelic letter to this newpaper that I have read in quite some time where she compares Robert E. Lee to Hermann Goering. ...

To those of us who actually know our history, Lee will be mentioned in the same breath as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, while Goering will be equated with Lincoln, Josef Stalin and Karl Marx.

More on Lincoln:
Angi Taylor’s guest column about Juneteenth is well intended, but predictably goose steps with the cult of Lincoln.
...
The part of her article that says "Lincoln was for a legal system based on integrity" is hilarious. How can any elected official who swears to uphold the Constitution, then proceeds to commit premeditated murder upon it, be acknowledged [for] having integrity?
Here he is expressing pride in his ancestors' fight for the Confederacy:
I'm very proud my ancestors stood up to Northern aggression. The Confederate flag to me is not only a symbol of our brief period of independence and our loyalty to the 1789 Constitution, but also a symbol of Christian liberty vs. the new world order.
And then it gets really good when he talks about slavery:
Nowhere in the Holy Bible have I found a word of condemnation for the operation of slavery, Old or New Testament. If slavery was so bad, why didn’t Jesus, Paul or the prophets say something?

This country already lionizes Wehrmacht leaders. They go by the names of Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Custer, etc. These Marxists not only destroyed the Constitution they were sworn to uphold, but apostatized the word of God. Either these depraved infidels or the Constitution and Scriptures are in error. I’m more persuaded by the word of God.

... If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?

The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity.

This is not just a fringe candidate for office. This is a sitting representative in the Arkansas legislature.

Mauch, by the way, has been endorsed by the NRA and the Arkansas Right to Life PAC, as well as U.S. Representatives Steve Womack and Tim Griffin. None of these endorsements have been rescinded.

The state GOP has cut off funding for State Representative Jon Hubbard, who wrote that slavery was a blessing for African Americans, Charlie Fuqua, who called for the deportation of all Muslims and the implementation of a death penalty for "rebellious children," and now Mauch. Republicans are running scared from these candidates, even though it's likely only because such a big deal has been made out of their comments.

But Doyle Webb, the chair of the Arkansas GOP, couldn't help but blame those mischievous Democrats when responding to Hubbard's and Fuqua's comments:

The reported statements made by Hubbard and Fuqua were highly offensive to many Americans and do not reflect the viewpoints of the Republican Party of Arkansas. While we respect their right to freedom of expression and thought, we strongly disagree with those ideas. It’s unfortunate the Democratic Party of Arkansas is attempting to hold onto one-party control by engaging in distractions that do nothing to put hardworking Arkansans back to work and rebuild our economy.
No, see, what's really unfortunate is that, in the year 2012, we're still fighting the Civil War. That is unfortunate.

The Arkansas House Republican Caucus has also responded to the uproar caused by these racist politicians:

While I have not read either book by Representative Hubbard or Charlie Fuqua, I am disappointed and disturbed by the news reports of the divisive and racially inflammatory content. The statements that have been reported portray attitudes and beliefs that would return our state and country to a harmful and regrettable past.
I find it rather difficult to believe that the racism inherent in Hubbard's, Fuqua's, and Mauch's comments is that much of a fringe viewpoint within the Arkansas GOP.

I'm not sure what's been going on in Arkansas lately, but it's pretty troubling. I certainly hope the sane voters in that state reject the hate these politicians are spewing.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

    by Chrislove on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:29:56 AM PDT

  •  Listen, I think it's time to accept (1+ / 0-)
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    that Republicans can say whatever the fuck they want without consequence.

    That's just the way it is in America.

    VULTURE/VOUCHER 2012. FUCK YOU, MIDDLE CLASS!

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:32:06 AM PDT

  •  I got the flu and bad headache. This diary (7+ / 0-)

    doesn't help.  Please make the stoooopid go away.

    Snark

  •  Actually, Jesus did say something (11+ / 0-)

    . . . about resistance to unjust laws and conditions. And it was good advice too.

    Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:  “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.  So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:40:36 AM PDT

  •  What part of "Do unto others as you would have (8+ / 0-)

    them do unto you" is antithetical to condemning slavery? I am so sick of these fundie "Christians" using the Bible to support their immorality.

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:41:23 AM PDT

  •  The "bondsmen" of the Torah were a humane (7+ / 0-)

    institution compared to the slaves in America before 1865.

    You could be enslaved for stealing or destroying another person's property, if you couldn't compensate them for the loss. However, this "enslavement" was only for a period of years, and ended at the Jubilee Year. The bondsmen could either be Gentiles or fellow Israelites. In neither case was their any stigma connected with being an ex-bondsmen.

    No comparison there.

    I invite corrections if I'm wrong about this. It's been some years since I studied it.

    "Mistress of the Topaz" is now available in paperback! Link here: http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-55404-900-8

    by Kimball Cross on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:43:18 AM PDT

  •  History is cruel (4+ / 0-)
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    Yes, Republicans can say whatever they want, but they have to understand it will be republished.  Here's a case where someone is making up a LOT of his own facts.

    Fortunately, sunlight is the best cure for all of this foolishness, because they can't just scurry back under the rocks they crawled out from under.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent, and we are all Wisconsin.

    by Dave in Northridge on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:43:25 AM PDT

  •  This self-named "Christian" is ignorant of the (4+ / 0-)
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    bible. One of the very first things the church did was change tradition at the council of Jerusalem, when it was agreed that Gentiles did not need to be circumcized to become Christians. Abolitionists advocated a re-reading of the bible on similar authority and all Christians accept that new, deeper reading.



    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:45:09 AM PDT

  •  They did or did not cut funding for Mauch? (2+ / 0-)
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    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:45:45 AM PDT

  •  Where does one start? (2+ / 0-)
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    First of all the guy doesn't have a single clue what the word "communism" actually means. But that is normal on the right-wing.

    Secondly, I'm curious how he can embrace freedom and slavery at the same time?
      The bible never spent much time talking about freedom. Freedom isn't an important concept in religion. After all, you are supposed to be sheep, and sheep aren't free. But his rhetoric is all about freedom.

    ¡Cállate o despertarás la izquierda! - protest sign in Spain

    by gjohnsit on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:46:38 AM PDT

  •  I don't know all the (4+ / 0-)
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    Things the Bible says on the topic of human slavery. But until fairly recently in history, slavery was common. So it's little surprise to me that people who think our distant ancestors had it together morally would argue that slavery may be acceptable.

    •  We don't live in Biblical times (1+ / 0-)
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      I am willing to bet that the fat representative (Gluttony) eats lobster, he is apparently willing to make up facts (Lies), he shaves his face (Vanity), and has accumulated significant personal wealth (Greed).

      I suggest that on the basis of his sins and belief he should be brought before the Rabbi for sentencing.  My recommendation is a quick stoning no ladies present (except the ones with false beards).  

      Seriously this dip stick is just a racist fool who does not believe the garbage he spouts.

      there is only one reality, republicans just forget at times

      by Bloke on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:04:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  If the Bible doesn't literally (2+ / 0-)
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    condemn slavery, it doesn't mean that the Bible doesn't condemn the constant cruelty, violence, arrogance and hate that marked that practice in the South. Once again literalism is the hallmark of stupidity and/or dishonesty.

    Micah 6:8

    He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

    Romney fires people and then complains they don't pay taxes.

    by Red Bean on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 09:54:58 AM PDT

  •  I like coherence (7+ / 0-)

    It's easier to evaluate and counter.

    What do you say to someone talking about Wehrmacht Marxists?

  •  The reason the bible can be used (3+ / 0-)
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    to support slavery and racism is because the bible does condone it.  Slavery was all around in Jesus's day and yet the only way he addressed it was by using it in his parables to make other points.  At no point does he come out and say that it is a sin to hold other people in bondage despite the fact that at that time in history slave holding was all over the place.

    I'm not condoning Mauch's obvious racism and other nasty traits, but you can't pull something out of those texts that is not there.  This is just one of the many reasons why I think people fall into big traps when trying to use those texts to argue morality. We need to drop waving this book in an attempt to use it to bolster any argument and go right to the reason he is wrong- because his views counter humanistic morality and the dignity of the human race.  For every passage in there that one finds to prop up one opinion or activity, another can be found to counter it.  

    There are many days I wish we would just put all religious texts on the shelf marked "Mythologies" and move on to deal with our problems in terms of reason and reality.

    •  It says plenty for both sides re: slavery (0+ / 0-)

      as evidenced by priests on both sides of the slavery issue at the time invoking their holy book. The bible could have had something plain and unequivocal to say about slavery. It shouldn't be reliant upon antiquated notions of 'what slavery meant in ancient Israel' to excuse what it says.

      “All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand.” -- Steven Wright

      by tytalus on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:30:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  all's I can say is... (3+ / 0-)
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    ... support for slavery goes way past my pacifism limit, and I'm not even black.  

    If I was within geographic proximity to go to protest this guy, I'd make darn sure to go with a crowd of Quakers, just to keep my head on my shoulders and not be tempted to say anything I'd regret later.

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:17:24 AM PDT

  •  "Any of the Patriots from Virginia" (2+ / 0-)
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    As if those were the only patriots.

  •  The Old Testament (2+ / 0-)
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    says that slavery is OK but that Jews are not to enslave fellow Jews:

    Leviticus 25:44-46

    As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are around you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their clans that are with you, who have been born in your land, and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit as a possession forever. You may make slaves of them, but over your brothers the people of Israel you shall not rule, one over another ruthlessly.

    Then the New Testament does away with the distinction between Jew and Gentile, which implicitly takes away the approval for slavery, because if, in effect, post-Jesus we are all Jews, then one person cannot enslave another:
    Galatians 3:28

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

    Romney fires people and then complains they don't pay taxes.

    by Red Bean on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:36:00 AM PDT

  •  We really shouldn't be shocked (2+ / 0-)
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    when fundies say things like this. A literal reading of the bible will find very few condemnations of slavery (and literal readings is what they do.)

    Here where I live the local non-believers group put up a billboard saying just that (with requisite verses and an admittedly unpleasent image) and it was vandalized within a day.

    pseudoscience can kill

    by terrypinder on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:52:44 AM PDT

    •  Yes, literal reading. But reading only the King (0+ / 0-)

      James Version of the Bible; ignoring writings in the original languages; ignoring the accumulated scholarship and understanding over the hundreds of years since King Jimmy; and, especially, ignoring the ideas of study and discussion to gain an understanding of what the words are intended to say.

      I still remember, years later, hearing  the comment that "the Bible was good enough for Jesus' brother James and its good enough for me!" (As someone has already said:  "stooopid.")

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