There is certainly no shortage of idiots out there … so many idiots, so little time … sigh. I have not been as faithful as I would like in awarding my esteemed Idiot of the Week award, but my fingers have been kept hopping with Trump, Trump, and more Trump. I was actually planning to award this week’s IOTW award to Sean Hannity, but then I realized I had already awarded it to him last year (once an idiot, always an idiot). Suddenly, out of the blue, along came another idiot, a man who most of you have never heard of, but he made headlines last month … and the month before … and almost every month for the past several years. So without further ado, allow me to introduce this week’s idiot, Arkansas State Senator, Jason Rapert!
Mr. Rapert has engaged in idiocy so many times that the Arkansas Times has devoted an entire column titled ‘Your daily dose of Jason Rapert’. The February 4th column begins, “Listen, sometimes I wonder whether Sen. Jason Rapert was created in a lab by the Arkansas Times to give us material.” But let’s move on to the topic that dumped him onto my radar.
The largest and busiest airport in Arkansas is located in Little Rock and is named Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. Okay … Bill Clinton is the first and only native of Arkansas to ever be president, so that makes him pretty special to the state, yes? And it certainly is not unusual to name an airport after a president. Consider these:
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – New York, New York
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – Houston, Texas
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – Washington, DC
- Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) – Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) – Springfield, Illinois
- Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) – Wichita, Kansas
- Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport (DIK) – Dickinson, North Dakota
But now, State Senator Rapert wants to change that and has introduced a bill into the state senate to do just that, saying, “The state of Arkansas would just like to forget the Clinton era.”
But his idiocy does not end here … you know I require more than a single incident before I will consider an idiot deserving of this award … I have my standards, you know. So let us take a look at some of his more egregious comments and positions.
- Rapert authored a bill to ban all abortions in Arkansas after twelve weeks of pregnancy. A federal judge stopped the law from being implemented, saying it was likely unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court refused to overturn the federal judge’s ruling. Rapert’s bill eventually cost the State of Arkansas $97,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs to the prevailing plaintiffs before the Supreme Court decision was finalized. What a wonderful way to have wasted taxpayer’s money, Jason! You da man!
- Rapert has stated that the U.S. should use nuclear weapons to eradicate Daesh. Seriously??? We just killed some 200 innocent civilians in Mosul last weekend with traditional bombs … can anybody even begin to imagine how many dead children there would have been if we had dropped a nuclear bomb? What does this man think nukes are??? Lego toys?
- At a Tea Party rally he told the crowd, “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 to 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!” And later, on his Facebook page, “We the majority grant you rights by choice.” Words fail me.
- After being approached in a store by a constituent one day, he then tweeted, “Not smart to come up and harass somebody in a parking lot who’s carrying a handgun. Better be glad you decided to walk away #armed&ready”. This became the source of much controversy … gee, I wonder why?
- In 2015, Rapert began a push to have a ten commandments monument installed on the state Capitol grounds. Nobody thought it was a good idea, but Rapert went ahead with the project. He actually got the Arkansas General Assembly to pass a law that read in part, “Placing of a monument to the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol would help the people of the United States and of the State of Arkansas to know the Ten Commandments as the moral foundation of the law.” (Ever hear of ‘separation of church and state’, Bozo?) The law, however, called for funding the project with private donations, thus Rapert set up a GoFundMe site which, to date, has generated some $26,244 in donations. Apparently it was enough, as the monument has been built and installed, but I suspect it will be removed before too long. The Satanic Temple is now demanding to install a Baphomet statue right next to the Christian monument. We all know where this will end up, and Filosofa has only two comments: 1) what a colossal waste of both time and money, and 2) did anybody in the Arkansas State government ever hear of the term “separation of church and state”?
Those examples are good qualifiers for this award, but there is one more big one that put the icing on the cake. Rapert wants to amend the U.S. Constitution. Yes, you heard me right. I noted in a post the other night how difficult it is to pass a constitutional amendment, and that only 27 have passed since the framing of the original document in 1787. But Rapert wants an amendment that would read …
“SECTION 1. Nothing in this Constitution or in the constitution or laws of any state may define or be construed to define marriage except as the union of one man and one woman, and no other union shall be recognized with legal incidents thereof within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Never mind that of the seven polls I researched, every single one showed that the people of Arkansas are NOT against same-sex marriage. And never mind that on 26 June 2015, the Supreme Court struck down all existing or future marriage bans at the federal level. Mr. Rapert wants it … that is all that matters to him. (Remind you of anyone else?) Fortunately, the resolution failed in the Arkansas House of Representatives by a large margin (29-41) and is currently dead in the water. No doubt Mr. Rapert is scheming his next move.
Meanwhile, let me congratulate you, Mr. Rapert, on your total dedication to your homophobic, racist, arrogant and intolerant ways … that, coupled with your utter despicability, have earned you this much-coveted Idiot of the Week award! I know you must be so excited! No, no need to thank me … you earned this one a thousand times over, Mr. Rapert! Enjoy!