Em­bar­rassed by him

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I am em­bar­rassed to live in a state that elects a self-right­eous, ig­no­rant glory-seeker like Sen. Jason Rapert. It ap­pears this clown was de­lighted to see his mon­u­ment de­stroyed be­cause that means more “air time” for him. What is sad is he seem­ingly does not re­al­ize the na­tional news or­ga­ni­za­tions are us­ing him to show the small-minded stereo­typ­i­cal Arkansas peo­ple, in ef­fect mak­ing fun of him and his re­li­gious causes.

By go­ing to these ex­treme mea­sures to place this mon­u­ment on gov­ern­ment prop­erty, he has now opened up a whole can of worms with other fringe groups to be able to place their own idol­a­try ob­jects on the Capi­tol grounds. It’s not about his re­li­gious be­liefs, it’s about get­ting no­ticed.

Rapert says he does not want to live in a coun­try that re­sorts to vi­o­lence over dis­agree­ments. What about Se­na­tor Rapert go­ing on so­cial me­dia a few months back to try to de­stroy the earn­ing po­ten­tial of a com­mon street ven­dor who op­posed “Baby Je­sus” Rapert’s be­liefs? That’s the true Chris­tian spirit!

As far as his “mon­u­ment,” I have never needed a gi­ant piece of gran­ite to con­duct my life with honor and dig­nity. Maybe he needs to go out ev­ery day at lunch and get a good soul-cleans­ing. It sure takes more than a big rock to re­store politi­cians’ de­cency and in­tegrity.

I pray the in­tel­li­gent cit­i­zens of his dis­trict will get tired of the em­bar­rass­ment he is caus­ing them and the en­tire state, and go to the polls to force this at­ten­tion-seeker to get a real job. ALAN DAUGHERTY

Hot Springs

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