Poe’s Law strikes yet again.
After years of mocking and satirizing the theocratic Republican intentions through comparisons with Saudi Arabia, it was bound to happen that at least one of them would look at it and say, “yeah, they’ve got a good thing going on over there.”
GOP State Legislator Jason Rapert is the man who thinks that we should be more like the theocratic nation that, sometime this century, is set join the 1800s. Rapert, angry that a judge has struck down the Arkansas ban on gay marriage, went on a conservative radio show hosted by Dave Elswick to put his theocratic, anti-democratic, anti-civilization intentions where anyone could see, whining about those dirty “activist judges”and being querulous in general:
When judges assert the will of the people wholly in this country, they are pulling the rug out from underneath representative democracy. By the way, Saudi Arabia, they don’t live under the same kind of law that we do. They live under the law that they see fit to live under there. We have that right here, too. And that’s why there’s such an injustice here.
What’s there for a Republican not to love about Saudi Arabia? It’s an aggressively regressive, backwards, oil-rich, socially stratified theocratic hellhole of a nation trapped in the perpetual twilight of the 1500s. It’s everything the Republicans could want out of a country, except for that whole “Islam” and “Sharia law” thing. But if you filed off the Arabic and threw in a few references to how great capitalism is, would they really know the difference?
Rapert told Arkansas News shortly after the ruling that there could be “a push to put an initiative allowing judicial recall elections on the ballot in November,” according to the Huffington Post. Getting a ballot initiative requires a lot more people than the aggrieved but imaginary ones that are living in Rapert’s head, though.
Rapert also has a history of saying things like this. At a 2011 Tea Party Rally, he told supporters that they shouldn’t allow “minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in.”
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