The GOP clings to the dark past and extremists views. While not all Republicans hold to the backward thinking that is racism a majority do and the proof is in the persons they elect to lead them. In Arkansas there are two Republican leaders that have said and demonstrated their racists and intolerant views on more than one occasion and yet they are continued to be revered and held up as leadership material.
Rep. Jon Hubbard a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate wrote in his book, “Letters to the Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative” “the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise.” He goes further to express his belief that “black people are ignorant and lazy, and as a consequence, white people have been harmed by integration.” And that black people have harmed whites by projecting on them their “lack of discipline and ambition.”
Hubbard :“instead of black students rising to the educational levels previously attained by white students, the white students dropped to the level of black students. To make matters worse the lack of discipline and ambition of black students soon became shared by their white classmates, and our educational system has been in a steady decline ever since.”
Then there is Republican Arkansas, Charles Fugua, who is seeking to regain his seat as a state representative, which he held from 1995 to 1998 also has expressed the thoughts and views of the extremists that tend to make up the bedrock of the GOP’s foundation. In his book, “God’s Law” The Only Political Solution” he writes “I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States.”
A response by Arkansas Republican Party Chairman was to blame Democrats for drawing attention to the books. Drawing attention to their inner most extremists’ views and feelings are merely “distractions”.
I once wrote an article titled “Trading in their silk robes for silk ties.” In it I used the example of David Duke, a so-called former Grand Wizard of the KKK, who despite his known extremists and racist views was easily elected as a Republican Louisiana State House. It is no surprise to me that ignorant individuals such as Fugua and Hubbard find comfort within the GOP or that they would so easily be elected to lead the Republican Party, what I do find surprising is the fact that they have not been reign in during the current highly contested Presidential race. Then perhaps it is not a surprise since the Republican Party is at the moment totally terrified of the prospect of once again losing their grasp on Washington.
“Show me who you associated with and I will show you who you are.”