There must be a rash of nineteenth-century thinking going on in Arkansas. Arkansas Rep. Jon Hubbard wrote in a book that slavery was a “blessing” for African-Americans because they got to live in America. It appears that according to Hubbard forced labor, rape, whippings and lynchings are just minor inconveniences when life is that good. State House candidate Charlie Fuqua also stated that the only “solution to the Muslim problem” is to expel Muslims from the country and impose the death penalty on unruly children.
That should be enough craziness for one small state. Yet there is more from Arkansas. It is another defense of slavery. This came from state Rep. Loy Mauch, a secessionist, who wrote some startling letters to the Arkansas Times. There are eight instances since 2002 that can be read here, but here are a couple of the most egregious.
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.
Obviously, Mauch is living in the wrong century. Anyone who thinks like this lacks a moral compass or has a screw or two loose in his conscience. Even suggesting that slavery may not have been horrible belies all logic. Speaking of logic, Jesus didn’t condemn abortion or homosexuality either, but I have a hunch that Mauch is not taking positions in favor of either of these.
If I read the second paragraph correctly, Mauch is suggesting that the North in the Civil War was the enemy of Christianity. He may as well say that the antichrists Lincoln and Grant interfered with Jesus’ pro-slavery inclinations. This a crazy stuff. Someone needs to give Mauch a bottle of anti-psychotic meds because he has lost touch with reality.
In other letters, Mauch equates Lincoln with Stalin and the Fourteenth Amendment as the work of Marxists. Like the Iranian mullahs, who narrow religion to an extremist viewpoint in which those who do not believe are infidels, Mauch also takes a liking to calling his opponents enemies of God.
Feb. 15, 2003
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.
Custer is a Marxist? It takes a complete lack of comprehending political philosophy to imagine that.
So the Civil War was not a battle between the North and South over slavery or changing economics but a struggle between the righteousness of God and communist infidels. I’ve asked this before, and I’m still amazed. How does someone like this get elected to office?