Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Your Daily Reminder To Vote

A former member of the Arkansas state legislature, Charlie Fuqua, is running to get back to the chamber. He is of the mind that children who rebel against their parents should be able to be put to death, as he states in the book he wrote earlier this year, the name of which you'll find in this Huffington Post link but which will go deliberately unnamed here so as to limit the publicity it gets. In the same book, he also states that all Muslims should be thrown out of the United States.

Incumbent legislator Loy Mauch is running for re-election. A neo-Confederate, Mauch wrote a series of letters to the editor in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from 2000-2011. Among the statements made in those letters are a denunciation of the 14th Amendment- that's the one guaranteeing blacks citizenship- where he claims it was never actually ratified. He wonders why slavery is thought of as so bad on the grounds that it's not specifically condemned in the Bible. Abe Lincoln is referred to as a "neurotic Northern war criminal". Let's stop here before you throw up on your keyboard.

Incumbent legislator Jon Hubbard is also running for re-election. In a book he wrote which will also go deliberately unnamed here, Hubbard refers to slavery as a "blessing in disguise", claiming that slavery in America is better than free life in sub-Saharan Africa. He also claims that integrated schools are a bad idea, saying that black kids have made white kids dumber and that black kids would be better off "if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education".

All three of these people are or have been elected officials governing the people of Arkansas. All three are running to govern them again.

I know there are some of you out there who only vote in the Presidential race. This is why you need to pay attention to those downballot races. If you don't, this is what happens. These people end up making decisions about your life.

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