GAINESVILLE, Florida — Last week, former presidents and dignitaries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which bans many forms of employment discrimination and whites-only lunch counters, among other things. This week, a Republican congressman declared that he’s not sure if the Civil Rights Act is even constitutional.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a freshman congressman aligned with the Tea Party, held a town hall Monday evening in Gainesville where he fielded a wide range of questions from constituents. One such voter was Melvin Flournoy, a 57-year-old African American from Gainesville, who asked Yoho whether he believes the Civil Rights Act is constitutional.
The easy answer in this case — “yes” — has the benefit of also being correct. But Yoho found the question surprisingly difficult.
“Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act?” Yoho repeated before giving his reply: “I wish I could answer that 100 percent.” The Florida Republican then went on to strongly imply it may be unconstitutional: “I know a lot of things that were passed are not constitutional, but I know it’s the law of the land.”
This is Joni Ernst. She is one of the Tea Party Republicans running for the Iowa Senate seat to replace retiring Democrat Tom Harkin.
She grew up castrating hogs. Judging from the relish with which she tells the tale, it looks like she enjoyed it quite a bit.
This may not seem like the kind of personal detail most folks would brag about, but Ernst is using it. She wants to go to Washington so she can “cut the pork.” Bam. Viral.
Joni Ernst, making castration work. For her.
Meet one of your new California Republican Party candidates for Governor. Please note this is one of the finalists, who was officially introduced to the party at a GOP function as a candidate.
Glenn Champ, 48, addressed hundreds of GOP delegates and supporters Sunday at the site of the state party’s semi-annual convention. Introduced by party chairman Jim Brulte and allotted 10 minutes, Champ spoke in between the main GOP candidates, former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari and state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County.
Champ, a little-known political neophyte from the Fresno County community of Tollhouse, did not directly mention his criminal past during his speech but said, “In my life, I’ve been held accountable because of my stupidity. I do not want anyone else to be enslaved because of their lack of knowledge.”
Champ’s rap sheet is lengthy. Court records show that in 1992, he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed firearm. In 1993, he was convicted of two counts of assault with intent to commit rape and as a result was placed on the state’s sex-offender registry.
In March 1998, he accepted a plea deal on a charge of loitering to solicit a prostitute; later that year, he pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge after hitting a man with his vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to court records.
But you see, that is all in the past now, because he found Jesus!
Champ said the assault case “was just for picking up some underage prostitutes” and resulted in a 90-day jail sentence. He said he turned his life around after the incident.
“I found the Lord when I got arrested for picking up the prostitutes,” Champ said. “I was like most people, ignorant in the darkness, in the very dark. I had no peace, had no love, had no joy. And now I do. Praise God for that…. I’ve grown considerably since I met Christ.”
Going to Champ’s own website, you can be treated to a truly amazing amount of Tea Party wingnut nonsense, full of bad grammar, hyperbole and religious zealotry.
CHAMP represents a new breed of Christian soldier moving forward in the army of the lord, on the highway of righteousness, stomping on the devil’s head, with a new song of righteousness’s in our hearts. Amen. As a man of God, he is going back to fix the crooked places that have led to our current catastrophe. There is a parallel to our spirituality and our nations prosperity. God has sent a deliverer, CHAMP to lead the way back to righteousness and prosperity.
CHAMP does not support same sex marriage but views them as misled people with past issues that have not been dealt with in a Biblical manner, nor does he support womb abortions 99.9% of the time. As a man of God and an Evangelical Christian believer, CHAMP’s faith “compels me to support Biblical traditional family values”. The gubernatorial candidate opposed what he called, ” ungodly legislation drafted by demonic terrorist extremists own agenda”, that refuse to follow the Biblical or constitution guide lines. This will involve a total overhaul of court house, school house, and church house!
And of course…
I use my second amendment right, NOT BURY THEM!
This from a convicted felon who is legally prohibited from owning firearms.
Well done, California GOP. Well done.
This image and others like it are making the rounds within conservative and other Tea Party-affiliated social media.
In favor of accuracy, below is a fact-check on each of these points:
Who started the KKK?
Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former Confederate Lieutenant General and war criminal (Fort Pillow massacre). He held no political office during his lifetime, so there is no indication as to what party he belonged to.
Who supported the KKK?
Southern conservatives formerly with the Confederacy.
To make this point perfectly clear, the KKK-affiliated “White Citizens Councils” are now known as the “Council of Conservative Citizens,” and have not changed their racist views at all. Claiming they are associated at all with modern Democrats is pure fantasy.
Who created Jim Crow laws?
Southern conservatives known as “Dixiecrats”. (See “KKK” entry for further details.)
Who enforced them?
Southern governments and law enforcement under the guise of “States’ Rights” - which is still a favorite among the Tea Party Republicans.
Who arrested MLK?
Assuming this is directed toward his most famous arrest in Birmingham, Alabama in April 1963. The Commissioner of Public Safety who directed the arrest, the denial of King’s Constitutional rights during and after the arrest, as well as directing acts of violence toward African-American protestors was Eugene “Bull” Connor, a pro-segregationist “Dixiecrat” who ran for Governor several times in the 1940s-1950s. He also was responsible for the arrest of (former) progressive Democratic Vice President Henry Wallace on the charge of violating segregation laws.
Who opposed Civil Rights Legislation?
Who fought against the right of black Americans to vote?
Southern segregationist conservatives. Here’s the actual voting record, broken down by party and geographic region:
As a result of this vote and the one for the Voting Rights Acts - both of which membership of the Republican Party TODAY are fighting tooth and nail to repeal - Harry Dent, Sr, Pat Buchanan and Lee Atwater orchestrated the Southern Strategy to get Southern conservatives into the fold of the Republican Party. With the election of Ronald Reagan, this takeover of the party succeeded.
The good thing about Bill Nye debating these right wing demagogues is that people get to see how completely deranged and disconnected from reality they are. In this clip from Meet the Press, Tennessee GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn is our case in point, as she actually insists increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a good thing. Nearly everything Blackburn says here is a lie or a distortion, including her false claim that there’s no scientific consensus humans are causing climate change.
Marsha Blackburn is the face of the Republican Party’s anti-science, willfully ignorant, smug denialism. These truly horrible people are playing stupid games with the future of the human race.