Hubbard compares Beebe, McDaniel to Nazis

Posted: October 11, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.

— A Republican legislator in Arkansas under fire for writing that slavery may have been a “blessing in disguise” for African-Americans blasted the state’s top Democrats in a letter published Thursday, comparing them to Nazis for criticizing him and two other GOP candidates for similarly contentious comments.

State Rep. Jon Hubbard blasted Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for criticizing him, Rep. Loy Mauch and House candidate Charlie Fuqua over their writings. Hubbard called slavery a “blessing in disguise” in a 2009 book and wrote that African-Americans were better off than they would have been had they not been captured and shipped to the United States.

Fuqua advocated the deportation of all Muslims in a 2011 self-published book, and Mauch called Abraham Lincoln a war criminal in one of a series of letters to a newspaper dating back several years. Democrats and Republicans have called the comments offensive, and the state GOP has said the party will not further contribute to the three candidates.

“Does all of this political propaganda being put out by Gov. Mike Beebe, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and others remind you, even a little bit, of how Hitler took control of the minds of the German people in the 1930s?” Hubbard, who did not immediately return a call Thursday, wrote in his letter to the Jonesboro Sun.

In the letter, Hubbard claimed that a Batesville restaurant canceled a Tuesday night fundraiser for Fuqua in response to threatened protests and Democrats’ criticism of the three. Fuqua and the restaurant, Bryan’s Grill, did not return calls Thursday morning.

“Regardless of one’s political persuasion, this reeks of Nazi-style political intimidation, and it will grow totally out of control if allowed to run unchecked,” Hubbard wrote. “Is this what we want here in Jonesboro, in Arkansas or in the United States of America?”

Beebe said he thought Hubbard’s letter was inappropriate and said the lawmaker was trying to blame others for problems he caused with his own writings.

“He’s the one who wrote all the stuff he wrote that’s causing him problems now and revealing his feelings,” Beebe told reporters at the state Capitol. “He’s blaming me and others and comparing us to Nazis. That’s enough. That’s all you’ve got to say. Look at what he said.”

McDaniel also criticized Hubbard for the letter.

“These types of rants are precisely why I believe he is not suited to serve in the General Assembly,” he said in a statement released by his office.

Hubbard, who is running for re-election against Democrat Harold Copenhaver, has clashed before with Beebe and McDaniel. Hubbard last year accused the governor of playing political games after a House panel rejected his bill that would have banned most non-emergency state services to illegal immigrants. Hubbard also accused McDaniel last year of pandering to Hispanic voters by offering a version of his state website in Spanish.

A spokesman for the Arkansas Republican Party declined to comment on Hubbard’s letter.

In this Feb. 23, 2012 photo provided by the Arkansas Secretary of State's office shows Jon Hubbard. Arkansas Republicans are speaking out against "off...

There is an awful lot missing from this story--like the fact that the referenced quote about slavery was taken out of context and Mr. Hubbard continued on in that same writing to clearly and absolutely condemn slavery! This story is making it appear the exact opposite is true! Shame on nwaonline for only printing half the quote and half the story! Mr. Hubbard is not a racist, Mr. Beebe and Mr. McDaniel know it, and they are trying to use it anyway to gain political points. What a shameful thing!

Posted by: ninekellers10050918

October 16, 2012 at 7:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Below are Quotes from Hubbard's book the propagandists conventinetly left out of all the articles on Representative Jon Hubbard. It is frightening how the media and Democrats together can frame by distortion any person these days. Who know who will be next.

"Neither race has totally escaped the shackles of slavery. Blacks and whites have both suffered greatly from slavery-not equally, of course, but in varying degrees. For Black Americans it was the unspeakable bondage of the institution of slavery itself. For White Americans today, it is the guilt of the injustice of slavery and the fact of actually knowing that what happened was wrong. All of our hearts bleed deeply from the knowledge of this injustice!" page 178 in Hubbard's book, Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative by Jon Michael Hubbard, copyright 2001.
Hubbard also says other good things about blacks in this section on Race Relations: He describes them as "a strong and courageous people" and that, "if things had been reversed, it is very doubtful that the white race would have been able to cope and endure such challenges if enslaved in Africa, as the black race did in America." Hubbard referred to blacks as "having the intelligence and resourcefulness to take care of themselves," and that, "The black community has much to offer this nation and the entire world." He also refers to "that dreadful period of slavery," and refers to "our brothers and sisters of the black race.") p 184, p. 180, p. 186, 178, p. 180, p 183 respectively in Hubbard's book referred to above.

Posted by: DebbiePelley

October 16, 2012 at 9:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Suddenly context makes all the difference, and a Republican purports to understand that context is important. Indeed, it would have been far more accurate for Mr. Hubbard to compare Beebe and McDaniel to Republicans. If only the GOP had figured out the importance of context before they made part of a remark taken out of context the theme of their national convention.

Even in the context of deploring slavery, referring to slavery as a "blessing in disguise" is still pretty heinous. And if you look at the "good things" Mr. Hubbard said about blacks, you will see that the full context is patronizing and-- well, not very brotherly.

Posted by: AlphaCat

October 16, 2012 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Anyone who is a racist would not have taken the following actions. Representative Jon Hubbard made an attempt to help an African American lady who had been cited for child endangerment for making her son walk to school to punish him for getting in trouble multiple times on a school bus in February, 2012 . Hubbard also supported Herman Cain, the African American candidate for President on the Republican ticket, until the media knocked him out of the race. Hubbard attended a meeting in Jonesboro to hear Herman Cain speak and also drove several hours to Springdale, Arkansas to hear Herman Cain speak at a Lincoln Day Dinner.

Note that it was the Lincoln Day dinner in Springdale, Arkansas that Hubbard attended that drew a huge crowd. The Lincoln Day Dinner is the main event of the year for Republicans, and they chose Herman Cain to speak! That should send a strong message to those who think Hubbard and Arkansas Republicans are racist or anti African American - the Democrats and media would like to make African Americans believe that, but it is just not so.

Posted by: DebbiePelley

October 16, 2012 at 12:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Race baiting any? I think I will have to read the man's book for myself now to make my own decision.

Posted by: Tankersley101

October 16, 2012 at 3:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )