by Max Brantley
A spokesman for Griffin said while Griffin disagreed with some of the historical outlook of Mauch, a neo-Confederate long associated with a fringe group on the watch list of the Southern Poverty Law Center, he didn't see what Mauch had said about Abraham Lincoln and related matters necessarily disqualified him from political support. But a friend prompted me to go back to the Democrat-Gazette archives and fork over good U.S. currency (well, it's no good to Charlie Fuqua) for copies of just some of the letters a prolific Mauch contributed to the editorial section over the years. He specialized in setting people right about the Confederate flag, the Civil War (it wasn't about slavery), Abraham Lincoln (a Nazi and a Marxist) and more. It was truly a wonder to us all when this letters page standout marched to victory for a seat in the Arkansas legislature. Little did we know Mauch was no outlier.
Some squibs excerpted from Mauch's letters to the D-G over the years:
Dec. 20, 2011
The economic fallacy of mercantilism is that the public must be intentionally miseducated in economics for it to survive, which has been a work in progress ever since the Federal Reserve usurped our constitutional monetary system in 1913. The Republocrats are now partners in crime with a guaranteed monopoly in theft by majority vote and rule with the illusion of liberty that our Founding Fathers would have called abject slavery.
July 11, 2010
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.
Jan. 8, 2009
... 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.
Feb. 27, 2007
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.
Sept. 16, 2005
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.
Feb. 15, 2003
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.
July 21, 2002
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?
Oct. 7, 2000
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.
U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, the State Republican Party, House Minority Leader Bruce Westerman, former House Minority Leader John Burris, 16 other Republican House members and various Republican committees who've supported Mauch with their money: What say you? Jesus really condoned slavery? Is Mauch just a humorous crazy uncle in the basement of today's Republican Party or vital enough to require such extraordinary support — and silence? It's not like old Loy was a secret. You have to conclude the GOP will do anything, accept anyone, who's a Stepford vote.
UPDATE: Roby Brock passes along some canned statements in addition to Griffin's earlier. Doyle Webb, the Republican chairman, naturally thinks the situation should be blamed on Democrats, not words from candidates' own mouths. These statements were issued before my further reporting on Loy Mauch. Gentlemen?
RPA Chairman Doyle Webb:
“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.”
Arkansas Republican House Caucus:
“The published statements of Rep. Hubbard and Mr. Fuqua are their individual views protected by the First Amendment, but are in no way reflective of, or endorsed by, the Republican caucus. The constituencies they are seeking to represent will ultimately judge these statements at the ballot box.”
What bigger endorsement is there of these odious remarks than CASH MONEY, which the state Party and the House GOP leadership both have supplied?
UPDATE II: Roby Brock at Talk Business adds Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford to the list of Republicans who are still happy to have this trio representing their party.
“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.”
Another one with blinders for the Confederate States' defender, Loy Mauch.