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Feb 06 2013

Sen. Rapert’s Greatest Hits

Sen. Jason Rapert, the Arkansas Republican who submitted a bill requiring mandatory invasive ultrasounds for all women seeking to have an abortion (thus proving that he has an extra ‘t’ in his name), has a history. ThinkProgress digs up this video of him speaking to a Tea Party rally saying dumb, racist things:

RAPERT: I hear you loud and clear, Barack Obama. You don’t represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is [sic] not going to save us. We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!

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  1. 1
    Gregory in Seattle

    A video of a racist Teabagger saying racist things. Must be a slow news day. (Don’t get me wrong, a slow news day would be very nice for a change.)

  2. 2
    ashleybell

    It just occurred to me about ‘those’ states in the south. So many of the best and brightest born and raised there leave, and the best and brightest elsewhere never consider moving there. Of course ther are plenty of awesome folks in Alabama like anywhere else, it’s just that the flow of intellectual resourses is all in one direction….Away…

  3. 3
    Jordan Genso

    It’s not that he has an extra ‘t’ in his name, it’s just that the ‘t’ is silent (like Stephen Colbert).

  4. 4
    freebird

    Why does the Lord need a country?

  5. 5
    jnorris

    ashleybell, some intelligent people move into the South. They just don’t settle any old where but in specific communities tied to universities or industries requiring more brains than a squirrel’s.

    I personally believe more will leave than come and with the Tea Party education systems here I expect those industries to leave and the universities to have to reach out to more foreign students.

  6. 6
    Marcus Ranum

    not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!

    This is probably why white colonists from Europe are so unhappy that they’re going to be in the minority again.

  7. 7
    raven

    and the best and brightest elsewhere never consider moving there.

    I would never move there.

    I used to travel to the south on business occasionally without thinking much about it one way or another. I won’t do it any more unless it is absolutely unavoidable.

    Once I was offered a so so job at a prestigious institute in Texas. I almost took it and then got a slightly better offer elsewhere. These days, I wouldn’t have even flown in for an interview.

    It is not unusual for winter science meetings to be held in the south for obvious reasons. One of my coworkers who is American Japanese was real excited to go to New Orleans. He said it was fun except some rednecks in an old pickup yelled “gook” at him. “I haven’t heard that one since grade school.”

  8. 8
    raven

    crazy Arkansas cracker:

    We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism.

    So the xian god is a Tea Bagger. Who knew?

    And why does god/jesus the all powerful creator of the universe need your help anyway? Is he sick, dead, bored, or hanging out with his methane swimming squids on Kpax IV.

    And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!

    Who is a minority now. Rapert is. Old white christofascists with brains the size of walnuts are at most 20-30% of the population. I have nothing in common and nothing but contempt for him and his kind.

    The USA is projected to go minority white around 2030=2040. Several states are already there, including California with 12% of the US population. It is also projected to go below 50% xian in the same time frame.

    Enjoy your racism while you can. It’s going to get harder and harder every year.

  9. 9
    d.c.wilson

    The spirit of Strom Thurmond lives on in the Deep South.

  10. 10
    cheesynougats

    I wonder what Rapert’s opinion of Bush II was, considering he also had Muslim leaders visit at the end of Ramadan.
    Does this guy’s cadence and voice remind anyone else of Peter Popoff (sp?) or some even less respectable televangelist?

  11. 11
    Pierce R. Butler

    Here’s an interesting take on The Old South’s Last, Desperate Stand.

    As an ex-pat Mississippian, I’ve long felt that if the more-talented of any generation there could stay home, dig in, and organize, we could turn things around there so that the good ol’ boys would never know what hit ‘em.

    But my own individual efforts failed, and I got the hell out.

  12. 12
    magistramarla

    We had to live in Texas for my husband’s job. Now my biggest regret is that I let my two youngest girls grow up in that state. The quality of their educations were much lower than those of the older kids.
    They have also made some terrible choices by marrying Texas rednecks. One got wise, got rid of the redneck and moved to a much better state. The other one hasn’t wised up yet, but I hope that she does.
    I know that it sounds rather harsh, but those boys simply do not fit in well with our family, and I raised my girls to be strong, independent women, and that doesn’t fit in with the world view of those young men.

  13. 13
    Michael Heath

    Jason Rapert:

    You don’t represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is [sic] not going to save us. We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism.

    I’m fifty-three years old. The first president since I became conscious of politics (Nixon) who best reflected the American values I was taught in a U.S. public school, public university, and my own reading since then is Barack Obama – with Carter, Ford, H.W. Bush, and Clinton all a distant second given I perceive them, relatively speaking, more as a reflection of their generation then a product of American history.

    I acknowledge I’m biased given our near-identical age and therefore common experience watching current events enfold. I too share a personality and bias towards establishmentarianism coupled to a propensity for a dynamic engaged government which relies on intellectual elites (think Alexander Hamilton as the exemplar) . But more importantly and why I think that bias is functionally irrelevant, is that Mr. Obama repeatedly demonstrates a zest for seeking optimal policies promoted by experts rather than using our challenges as opportunities to prove fealty to some religious-political ideology. So I reject the argument Mr. Obama doesn’t reflect America, he instead exemplifies our best commonly claimed attributes like no other recent president. Where his values and approach is rooted within key architectural framers of this country.

  14. 14
    Wes

    And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!…

    “…Especially if you people believe in running roughshod over minorities. I, Senator Rapey McGodhumper, will fight to protect your god-given right to fuck brown people and women over, both literally and figuratively. Praise Gob!”

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