Idiot of the Week – Jason Rapert

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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!

Rapert-1Mr. 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?
  • ten-commandIn 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.

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Rapert celebrating his award by fiddling!

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!

26 thoughts on “Idiot of the Week – Jason Rapert

  1. Mr Trump though viewed as the concsummate global dolt has done a great service for mankind. He has successfully gathered all of his idiot billionaire friends and associates and corralled them in the White House for all the world to see and appreciate the fact that money and great wealth means nothing in a world based on competence.

    It is a tragedy that all of this motley crew could not be put in suspened animation , placed on a specially designed space craft and launched into space forever.These human parasites would have been effectively removed from the planet and perhaps life could resume to a somewhat normal state.

    There is always the chance that space could turn in on itself and the disavowed earthlings would make their way back to the planet in say five million years. But, that being the case. at least the rest of the human race would have left the planet and ventured forth into other parts of the galaxy.

    When it comes to the Trump cronnies there is the expression the cream always rises to the top. In their situation the scum does the same. 🙂

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    • Yes, I have often said I would like to send them all to a desert island or Siberia, but I like your idea better! They are all so full of hot air that they should be able to float around in space for a very long time. 🙂

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  2. Dear Jill,

    And there are people who keep voting for him election after election.If he can get elected, then anyone can. Someone needs to run v him.Thank goodness he has not decided to run for the US congress.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Do you have a special breeding plan over there for such idiots Jill? It makes me wonder if there might not be something in favour of pregnancy terminations should these fools ever make a woman pregnant.
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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    • It would appear that we do, though until recently I was not aware of it. But lately I find myself shaking my head and muttering “and they are allowed to breed!” more and more. The subject of this post actually has two daughters. And I think most every idiot who has crossed my radar has children. Oh woe, woe, and thrice woe! Yes, there are certain cases where I support mandatory sterilization, but I am sure that would NEVER fly in our society, given that the masses are adamantly anti-abortion, even though the earth is far over-populated, child abuse is rampant, and the system cannot support the children already living in poverty. 🙂 Cwtch Mawr, my very special friend!

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  4. Oh dear … where do you always find those specimen? Sometimes I think you have made it your hobby to go back in time with your own time machine and bring them along from the 19th century … 😉

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    • It DOES seem that way, doesn’t it? But the truth is, I don’t even go looking for them …. they just seem to drop out of nowhere onto my radar! I have a whole list that I have not yet written about … some just make me too angry, others aren’t all that interesting. The U.S. is full of bloomin’ eejits, I tell you! I have offered to share them with you before … sure you don’t want a few? 😀

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      • Ha! No thanks 🙂 We have enough of our own! But maybe you should send them on a study trip: let a few of them go to Amsterdam and let them shout their “no gay/lesbian marriage” on an open plaza… From the reactions they might realise they are out-of-date 😉 (Or maybe they will just think they have been dropped in one of the lower pits of hell…. ;-)) It never ceases to astonish me how fervently people bother with other people’s private happiness! It is not as they would be forced into gay/lesbian marriage!!! Just let people marry who they want to and keep quiet!

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        • Haha … good idea! I’ve been thinking about dropping them in Siberia or somewhere 🙂 And yes, how do people find the time and energy to worry about who other people fall in love with? And why care??? Perhaps they need … well, never mind … I won’t go there tonight. 😀

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  5. Jill, there is so much to discuss, but let me pick one.

    “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!”

    OK. Barack Obama has been married to the same woman and they have two lovely daughters, who appear to have been raised right. His Presidency did not have any scandals to speak of and he was regarded by the richest man in America as being the best editor of information he has ever seen.

    By contrast, we have a President who has been married three times, has admitted he liked walking in on semi-dressed beauty pageant contestants and spoke of sexually harassing women. In two months, there is a Russian scandal brewing, a conflict of interest concern brewing, and he has ticked off a number of world leaders who do not trust him. Plus, he has a very difficult time with the truth and accused the previous President of wiretapping him, which has been refuted by intelligence whose job it is to know.

    Tell me about those values again? Keith

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    • You did a great job on that one! Yes, his ‘values’ are far different from mine. I believe, although he isn’t all that old, the ‘values’ he is hoping for will have people being forced to sit in the back of the bus and use separate drinking fountains. Let us just hope he doesn’t have aspirations to run for U.S. Senate!

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  6. Strange how I can’t comment on most of this. We have an Established State Church in England, there was a huge argument here about same sex-marriage, and as far as abortions go I’m not enough of a doctor to know when life actually begins. On top of that, my favourite US airport is John Wayne in SoCal… hmmmmmm ❤ ❤ 😉

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