Rand Paul aide has history of neo-Confederate sympathies, inflammatory statements
Well, you know what they say, scratch a Libertarian, find a Neo-Confederate!
Yes they do always say that!
A close aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) who co-wrote the senator’s 2011 book spent years working as a pro-secessionist radio pundit and neo-Confederate activist, raising questions about whether Paul will be able to transcend the same fringe-figure associations that dogged his father’s political career.
Okay, let's just stop here for a second to point out that Rand and Ron Paul don't associate with fringe figures. They ARE fringe figures.
The only reason they have the level of mainstream acceptance they have is that most of their supporters don't have any idea what they actually stand for past legalized pot and no more taxes.
Hard to believe these guys wouldn't be better informed!
Paul hired Jack Hunter, 39, to help write his book The Tea Party Goes to Washington during his 2010 Senate run. Hunter joined Paul’s office as his social media director in August 2012.
From 1999 to 2012, Hunter was a South Carolina radio shock jock known as the “Southern Avenger.” He has weighed in on issues such as racial pride and Hispanic immigration, and stated his support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
This is maybe the most extreme example of the "It's Okay If You're a Conservative" phenomenon,. If you're far enough to the right, you can actually celebrate the murder of an American President and still have a career in politics. You can still be welcome to spew your sicko views onto the public airwaves, and a Senator eyeing a presidential run won't even feel like he needs to shun you, even though you OPENLY CELEBRATE THE ASSASINATION OF A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
Oh, and you can openly call for secession from the US of A and still be considered a good patriotic American of whom a potential presidential candidate need not be ashamed.
Prior to his radio career, while in his 20s, Hunter was a chairman in the League of the South, which “advocates the secession and subsequent independence of the Southern States from this forced union and the formation of a Southern republic.”
I hadn't ever heard of the League of the South before,
I honestly thought it was this.
So I checked out their webpage and it's pretty much what you'd expect. An exercise in wrapping polite language around the basic ideas of white supremacy and hatred of modernity. Here are a couple of highlights"
The League of the South asserts that Southern society is radically different from the society impressed upon it by an alien occupier. American society today is egalitarian and Marxist and is devoid of any grace or charm
Hell, yeah! Grace and Charm!
In contrast, we believe in a Southern society that:
Upholds the ontological or spiritual equality of all men before God and the bar of justice. . .
Is structured upon the Biblical notion of hierarchy. In short, a recognition of the natural societal order of superiors and subordinates where Christian charity (as found in the second Table of the Law) toward our neighbors produces harmony and stability. Christ is the head of His Church; husbands are the heads of their families; parents are placed over their children; employers rank above their employees; the teacher is superior to his students, etc.
You know, equality!
Teaches and practices good manners and the famed “Southern hospitality, which are outward manifestations of the recognition that our fellow men are made in the image of God and should be treated according to God’s law.
Except n***ers and Jews!
Some of the funniest (in a tragi-comic sense) parts are on the FAQ page:
Q: Does the LS advocate armed revolution or overthrow of the current US government?
A: No. We are not revolutionaries; therefore, we do not seek the overthrow of the US government. Rather, we seek, by peaceful and well-established legal and constitutional means, to separate ourselves from it
We would certainly not advocate violence. We believe in using Constitutional, legal means which don't exist, have never existed, never will exist and are the creation of our own wishful-thinking and just plain ignorance. You know, like the well-established legal principle of "but I really want to!"
Q: What is the LS position regarding blacks in the South?
A: The LS disavows a spirit of malice and extends an offer of good will and cooperation to Southern blacks in areas where we can work together as Christians to make life better for all people in the South. We affirm that, while historically the interests of Southern blacks and whites have been in part antagonistic,
In part antagonistic! just like the sometimes strained relations between cats and mice. Or me and a pint of Cherry Garcia.
Oh, you are going DOWN, muthafucka!
Anyway, I don't to spend a whole lot of time on it, but if you have a few minutes, check out their website: http://dixienet.org/rights/2012/index.php it's laugh-out-loud funny (unintentionally) and surprisingly devoid of the N-word. (Although, if there's a comment section, hoo boy, I'd hate to even think about it.) Basically, they seem to be a group of deluded white guys who got their image of the Antebellum South from Gone With The Wind and think that if only they could get back to those halcyon days everything would be just fine and dandy once again, so basically, morons, I guess.
Anyway, back to Jack Hunter, or, as he likes to refer to himself in the third person, "The Southerm Avenger!"
Take that, sense of irony!
I'm not sure who publishes his drivel, but his drivel includes drivel like this:
No Apologies for Slavery
by The Southern Avenger
4 March 2007
John Wilkes Booth Was Right
by The Southern Avenger
13 April 2004
Let's Invade Saudi Arabia
by The Southern Avenger
16 October 2007
And my personal favorite:
White, Right and Ready to Fight
10 September 2004
In which the Avenger encounters a black man passed out drunk at a bar and uses the drunkard to extrapolate to the entirety of race relations in the whole of the US, and includes this charming paragraph:
The bartender politely told the man he could not sleep in the booth, that he should finish what was left of his beer, but then he must leave - and like clockwork - the man began cursing and threatening the bartender and then declared he was going to sue the bar for racism. There was no racism here. I should have told this A-hole that the Avenger got kicked out a month ago for having sex with a black girl in the exact same booth - but it didn't have anything to do with the fact that the girl was black. I got kicked out because she was the girlfriend of one of the bartenders.
I don't even have a smart-alecky comment, just an apology for the mental image.
You're picturing me doing it right now, aren't you?
I would point out that just because an extremely inebriated man makes a baseless claim of racism, that hardly seems like a scientific sample from which to build your theory of race relations. Let's judge all white guys by what Mel Gibson says when he's drunk!
Oh, no wait. I just took another peek at the archive and now I have a new personal favorite:
Are White People Out of Style?
by The Southern Avenger
22 November 2004
Um, short answer yes. Long answer yeeeeeeeesssssss.
So I'm going to guess that this article is going to be about how white people must bear the heavy yoke of some unfair double-standard?
Clothing company Abercrombie and Fitch settled a lawsuit last week in which they agreed to pay $50 million dollars in damages for alleged “racial discrimination.” This class-action lawsuit was filed last June by Asian and Hispanic groups who claimed the clothing company discriminated against racial minorities in order to convey a virtually “all-white image.” This settlement also requires Abercrombie and Fitch to hire at least twenty-five “diversity recruiters” whose main task will be to make sure the company is not too white. This nonsense is just one more example of the racial double standard we have in this country.
The three largest racial groups in the United States today are whites, blacks and Hispanics. But unfortunately, the mutual respect needed is not prevalent among all three groups. Black Americans are encouraged to celebrate their racial identity by appealing to their shared experience of injustice and African roots, and while hip-hop is a worldwide phenomenon, rap is still a musical culture that is defined overwhelmingly by black American youth.
It is so totally unfair of them to be better at it than us!
Also totally unfair!
Hispanics indulge in an even more nationalistic form of racial identity by flying Mexican flags, listening to a foreign music that both black and white Americans have never even heard of, and turning everywhere they settle into northern outposts of their Mexican homeland.
Um, everyone but you has heard of Salsa, Conjunto, Norteno, and Selena. But that's probably not the point, is it?
What strange manner of foreign musicry is this?
And then there are white people. Not only are whites not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity – but anything that is considered “too white” is immediately suspect. Nobody talks about rap music being “too black.” No one would dare suggest that the agricultural work force is “too Hispanic.” But let something like NASCAR, country music or the Republican party become patronized mainly by white Americans, and you can bet your ass someone is going to scream racism. You never hear about the need for “diversity” when the group in question is black or Hispanic. But when the group is white – diversity somehow becomes the number one objective.
Oh my God. I never understand this. If these people are going to create their own alternate reality, why wouldn't they make it a pleasant place for them to live? In my alternate universe, I'm sort of a Joe Montana - Carols Santana hybrid who can't walk around the house without tripping over one of my Nobel Prizes. But in their alternate reality they're ALWAYS the victim. Look at that last paragraph: White people are "not afforded the same right?" They can't "celebrate their cultural identity?" I guess that's why you never see anyone waving Italian flags at Columbus Day Parades?
If only we were Mexican!
And you never see Irish flags waving in the breeze outside of every other bar in town.
Or British pubs in every city in the US
Or whatever the hell this is!
But, no. In the alternate universe of the right-wing sisters of perpetual victimhood, only Mexicans are allowed to fly their flags.
And when has anyone called NASCAR racist? It's been called boring. And stupid. And boring.
but when has anyone ever said "oh, mainly white guys like auto racing. Pardon me whilst I go out and scream 'RACISM!'"
If Abercrombie and Fitch want to hire and promote only blonde-haired, blue-eyed Swedish models, what's wrong with that?
Um, really? You actually have to ask "what's wrong with blatant racism?"
Abercrombie and Fitch is a company that appeals mainly to preppy white people and I think it's ridiculous that they are being punished for it.
How exactly are they being punished for having a mainly white clientele? They are being sued for pushing out non-white employees in order to maintain their lily-white image. No one is saying punish Abercrombie for having mainly white customers.
Although I am saying punish them for this bullshit!
Anyway, I seem to have wandered off topic a bit. I huess my main point is that Rand Paul associates with racist neo-Confederate douchebags mainly because he is one and that no one is going to call him out on this because It's Okay If You're A Conservative!