Those who have no working knowledge of history will tell us again and again that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and that in the past - the far, far past - Democrats were a party of racists. Thus, for them, it has ever been so. A view as bizarre as the belief among the anti-vaccination crowd that the 1980‘s Swine Flu shot caused AIDS.
Or, as the Washington Post recently put it:
“Blaming the Klan on modern Democrats is like blaming the Unabomber on the Montana Territory”
And now comes Arthur Jones of Lyons, Illinois, to flush the urban legend of the modern-day GOP being the “party of Lincoln” right down the toilet.
Jones, who is not only a Holocaust denier, an anti-Semite and white supremacist to boot, is poised to become the GOP nominee for his state’s 3rd Congressional District.
Nobody could be found to run against him in the primary.
Jones, who has run more than a few times unsuccessfully in the past for various offices, is running in a heavily Democratic area. Chances are that any Republican running in the race is likely to be a sacrificial lamb.
Chair of the Illinois Republican Party, Tim Schneider, issued a statement to a newspaper saying that, “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.”
But still, Arthur Jones, who brags about using a Swastika in a campaign ad, is is about to become the Republican candidate in the March 20 primary.
It seems to me that if the GOP were serious about Jones and his contemptible beliefs, they would have found somebody to run against him.
Even if he loses, the very fact that he will be a GOP candidate in 2018 will become recorded history, and Republicans all across the country will have to face the Jones factor.
Because even when he loses, the fact that the GOP couldn’t find a way to stop a racist Holocaust denier from representing them will cast a pall over all Republicans, everywhere.
At this point the only question that remains is this: Will Donald Trump campaign on his behalf?
Using my rhinestone studded keyboard today, typing along to a Glen Campbell CD titled simply “Country,” featuring live performances of some of his greatest hits.
Have you got True Grit?
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