Saturday, April 20, 2013

The gun-waving open line: Benton County and Nate Bell

Posted By on Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Saturday night's all right for fighting isn't it. The open line commences with:

* REPUBLICAN SCHISM: Well. It is a given when you become the majority party, rifts will develop, even in a party as monochromatic and dogmatic as the Republican Party of Arkansas.

Republicans led the fight for adoption of Obamacare in Arkansas, albeit a version dressed-up to appear to be hewing to a conservative line while growing government by billions. The ruse didn't go unnoticed, either in the legislature — where a significant portion of the Republican delegation wouldn't go along — or among the party rank and file.

KFSM/KXNW reports here on a most unhappy letter to Republican lawmakers in the Benton County Republican newsletter. The author suggests a 2nd Amendment solution for lawmakers who backed the Medicaid deal.

In the letter, [Chris] Nogy appears to conclude that political action and other steps against those Republicans is desirable since they can’t be shot.

“If we can’t shoot them, we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them politically, socially, and civically if they screw up on something this big,” he writes. “Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can’t.”

This is probably the money quote:

The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives.

I can't much recommend Chris Nogy's letter except for its shock value and window into the soul of a Republican shock troop. It's one of those dense screeds familiar to newspaper editors (often written in tiny, crabbed handwriting on many, many sheets of notebook paper). The peril of impending socialism is, naturally, invoked. Happily, KFSM finds even a fellow conservative traveler unhappy about Nogy's implication of violent means of dealing with apostate Republicans.

The Conservative Arkansas Facebook page, which posts his missive, finds plenty of sympathizers for Nogy's point of view, including Pulaski JP Shane Stacks who sees a situation that requires a "war footing" — not an "actual war" with guns, he hastens to add. Hate Muslims, gays, Barack Obama, taxes? Love Nate Bell? This Facebook page has something for you.

PS — Various Republicans are shocked and dismayed by Nogy's remarks. Lt. Gov. Mark Darr tweeted:

The party that gets rid of its crazies first will be the long term majority party in Arkansas.

The question is whether Darr could have been elected without the crazies like Nogy. And Jon Hubbard. And Charlie Fuqua. And Loy Mauch. And Nate Bell. And Bob Ballinger. And John Payton. And Jim Dotson. And Richard Womack. To name just a few of the out-there legislative candidates and sitting lawmakers, not the rank-and-file.

* AND SPEAKING OF NATE BELL: Oh, why not? One more letter from Boston on Mena's gift to intellectual discourse:

You can tell Nate Bell that any time he or any of his fat ass, tiny brained, toothless followers want to come up here and see how big a bunch of pansies we are this particular 'liberal' will be happy to show him how I handle my Glock! Or better yet, real men have it out with fists. Tell that ahole I'll send my name and address directly to him. Any time he wants to back up the tough talk. Talking is for pussies and I'm betting he is one.

Matt Scanlon
Watertown, MA

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