by Max Brantley
He's back in the letters column of the Jonesboro Sun, complaining bitterly about the criticism being ladled on him and Rep. Loy Mauch, the neo-Confederate, and former Republican Rep. Charlie Fuqua, proponent of the death penalty for rebellious children and parents in arrears on child support. Classic Hubbard, another Republican (remember Nate Bell) depicting his Democratic opponents in Nazi and Hitlerian terms:
Does all this political propaganda being put out by Gov. Mike Beebe, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and others remind you, even a little bit, of how Hitler took control of the minds of the German people in the 1930s?
Look at what this Democrat political machine is doing to me, Loy Mauch, Charles Fuqua and now also to John Hutchinson [sic]. I think the scariest part of this is how they have mobilized and orchestrated their army to destroy Charles Fuqua's fund-raiser, which was scheduled for Tuesday night in Batesville, by having their people call the restaurant and threaten to protest if that fundraiser was allowed to take place.
As a result, the restaurant owner called Charles Fuqua and canceled his fundraiser.
Regardless of one's political persuasion, this reeks of Nazi-style political intimidation and it will grow totally out of control if allowed to run unchecked. Is this what we want here in Jonesboro, in Arkansas or in the United States of America?
This is a first-hand example of how a political machine operates and I think the people of this state need to be aware of what is happening right before their eyes!
Right now, it is happening to me and these other Republican candidates, but next time, it could be you or your family or anyone else who gets in their way!
Think about it!
Got it? Hubbard baloney is truth, not propaganda. When his side protests — be it in favor of a commercial business that financially supports discrimination against gay people or to hector women walking into an abortion clinic — it is the First Amendment in flower. When the other side does it, say in protest of a punishment-drunk nut's appearance at a restaurant or excesses of Wall Street, it's Nazi intimidation. Expect a similar difference in nomenclature and outlook if the Hubbards of the world become the legislative majority in Arkansas.
FACT-CHECKING: From David Goins of Fox 16 on Hubbard's claim that pressure forced restaurant to cancel Fuqua's fund-raiser:
Batesville restaurant owner cancellation of Fuqua fundraiser "my decision, no one pressured me."
UPDATE: Gov. Mike Beebe trumps the Nazi card with the old reliable economic development card: From David Goins at Fox 16 on Twitter:
Beebe tells reporters this morning that Rep. Hubbard's "nazi machine" statement hurts economic development chances in Jonesboro
Beebe said at the Capitol that Hubbard is trying to blame others for things he wrote. McDaniel issued a statement saying "these types of rants are precisely why I believe he is not suited to serve in the General Assembly."
Here's the important and potentially frightening thing. The continuing support of the Craighead and Independence County Republican Party for Fuqua and Hubbard indicates a clear belief that their viewpoints will prevail in the election. It might surprise Hubbard, but I think many Democrats long shared that same belief and, out of fear, refused to step forward and publicize the writings of the Axis of Idiots. I'm happy to reveal why I got into this issue last week, despite having been well aware of much of it for a long time. Would voters really re-elect these guys? Then I heard polls were running in their favor. If nobody else was going to talk about it, I decided I would, just about the same time Michael Cook made his first post on Hubbard's book. It might turn out that we did them a favor. Hubbard and the Republican Party leaders, from the county to state level who still endorse them, clearly think so.
You doubt me? Just got a stem-winder of a screed from Debbie "Bike Trails are a UN One-world Plot" Pelley of Jonesboro, a leader of wingnuttery in Arkansas. She is furious that Republican officials have distanced themselves from things Hubbard and the others have written, if not from the candidates themselves. Tiny excerpt:
That’s too bad those gutless republican politicians can’t say the right thing & be supportive of Jon rather than tuck their tails & run @ the first sign of a potential problem, particularly if it involves race! That’s one of the serious problems with the republicans; they don’t know how to circle their wagons & fight; on the other hand, and as usual, the dems would be smarter & figure out a way to use this to their advantage; apparently as they have in this situation!
"People jumped on this and tried to say he is racist. He's not," Hoggard said. "He's a good Christian man, a man that does speak his mind. ... A man that has stood up to Gov. [Mike] Beebe. His constituents love that about Jon, because they wanted somebody to go down there and stand up to the powers that be if they're wrong."
Hoggard, who admitted she has not read the book, said, "I know exactly what he was, I think I know exactly what he was saying," Hoggard, also a teacher, said. "... Jon is a good man. I know he's not racist, but he has ruffled feathers when he speaks out against things and holds people responsible for their actions. And that's what we want in a representative."
Hoggard said the local Republican party will not withdraw support for Hubbard because [Attorney General Dustin] McDaniel requested it.
Hubbard is getting plenty of kudos on his Facebook page, such as from Jerry Halsell, a Republican Party leader in Greene County.
Im sorry so many cannot read & study your words in FULL TEXT for themselves before bashing you. They'd rather drink the K8 Kool-Aid & get on the bash wagon! God does turn bad things to good & will see you through this!