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On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave a two-minute speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in which he uttered a few words capturing the essence of the Declaration of Independence. At the end of his great message he declared a powerful truth about our nation, stating "that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

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  • JakeTidmore
    June 1, 2014 at 6:34 a.m.

    The US Constitution trumps everything, Jason. You seem to ignore this and believe that it is your interpretation of the law and your religion that is more important. After the weird stunt you pulled at Boys State and your awful stance with those invasive vaginal probes and your racist overtones a couple years ago in criticizing Obama and now your feeble excuses here, one can only hope you'll do the honorable thing and resign.
    You, sir, are a disgrace to this state and to all those who support the United States Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

  • JakeTidmore
    June 1, 2014 at 6:57 a.m.

    Demagogue: A demagogue (or rabble-rouser) is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, fears, prejudices, and ignorance of the lower classes in order to gain power and promote political motives.
    Jason is the guy who eggs on the crowd and when they head off to hang someone, he folds his hands up and says, "Hey...I'm not the one with the rope in my hand."

  • Populist
    June 1, 2014 at 7:21 a.m.

    You get him, Jake!

    Representative Rapert,

    You still have given no reason why gay marriage harms anybody. You fail to cite any studies on how the children of homosexual unions are raised. Many of these kids have testified that they had committed and loving parents.

    When a majority passes a law meant to oppress a minority, judges certainly must consider the equal protection ramifications of this. If there is no compelling state interest for the discrimination, then the law violates the Equal Protection clause. You give no reason why gays should not be allowed to show their commitment to their partner through marriage.

  • 23cal
    June 1, 2014 at 7:35 a.m.

    Apparently this theocrat doesn't realize that "we the people" spoke when we approved the Constitution and the 14th amendment.
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    About "the unilateral decision of Circuit Judge Chris Piazza of Pulaski County, proclaiming that he alone knows what is best for Arkansas when it comes to holy matrimony ..." Piazza didn't say anything about "holy matrimony". Piazza ruled on CIVIL MARRIAGE. These are not the same thing at all, even if Rapert is too religiously marinated to discern the difference. Piazza didn't proclaim he knows what is best for Arkansas, Piazza ruled on case law and precedent that institutionalized discrimination against American citizens is not legal. And, he is right, as agreed to on this issue by 14 federal judges IN A ROW.
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    "Judge Piazza decided that 750,000 individual citizens of our great state, representing 75 percent of the electorate at the time, were wrong, and their sense of morality and beliefs no longer mean anything in Arkansas." Liar, liar, pants on fire. He decided they had voted in an amendment that violates the Constitution. He did his job.
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    As to "I believe they are saying they no longer respect the values, traditions and mores of the majority of the population in our nation...." I believe they are saying they respect the law, the Constitution, and are doing their job....which isn't to respect Rapert's discriminatory idea of morals, but to ensure laws are Constitutional.
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    Rapert apparently doesn't get that the tyranny of the majority without the balance of protection for minorities would still prevent inter-racial marriages, denied women the right to vote, and inevitably leads to institutionalized bigotry and discrimination. I'm sure Rapert would grasp this concept were the majority to vote to discriminate against people named Rapert. Duh.
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    "Sadly, it is a tactic usually employed by liberals....." Calling the ADG "liberal"? Bwahahahahahaha!
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    "The voters of Arkansas that he has already disenfranchised will ultimately decide that issue;...." Nobody was "disenfranchised", anyone who wanted to vote was allowed to vote. You just aren't allowed to vote in unconstitutional stuff. Helloooo?
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    "..... comparison of me unfairly to times in our troubled past that I would never personally condone."
    But, but, but......you want homosexuals TODAY to have unequality under the law like blacks had unequality under the law THEN. Seems a fair comparison to me.

  • 23cal
    June 1, 2014 at 7:57 a.m.

    "I authored a legislative resolution asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold Amendment 83...." Looks like Rapert doesn't understand how the three branches of government work, and thinks political pressure from the legislative branch on the judicial branch to go along with their politics instead of the rule of law is just peachy. He is wrong.
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    "First, honoring the sanctity of marriage...." There is and can be no sanctity in CIVIL marriage. Separation of church and state, you know?
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    "....does not mean that a person hates homosexuals." Denying them equal rights under the law is indistinguishable from the actions of someone who DOES hate homosexuals. What if Rapert were the one being denied the right to marry the person whom he loves? Would he say that wasn't an expression of hate, or is he just incapable of having enough empathy to understand that concept? I know where the smart money is on this question.
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    "....research shows that children are given the best opportunity for well-rounded social development when they are raised in homes with a mother and father." CREDITABLE research doesn't show that at all. Rapert is a liar.
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    "I have read that children raised by their mother and father are less likely to live in poverty or to drop out of school and are more likely to finish college." So where is the crusade to deny single parenthood?
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    "We have freedom of religion in this nation,..." And you think that gives people carte blanche to ignore the laws that apply to everyone else? That's dumb, especially for someone who rails against Sharia law. What about THEIR freedom of religion to ignore U.S. laws? This is called "special pleading".
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    "... this radical cultural movement that destroys the foundation of families in our country." How does creating more families destroy the foundation of families?
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    "It is very interesting that Christians are targeted so heavily with the venom of the homosexual lobby...." In THIS country, which religion is almost wholly responsible for the legislation preventing equal rights under the law for homosexuals? Also, let's be clear: polls show that around 60% of Americans support same sex marriage. A LOT of those supporters are Christians. Let's don't let Rapert get away with painting all Christians with his brand of extremism. He wants you to believe his brand of crazy defines Christianity. It doesn't.
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    "What good is American representative democracy as articulated by Abraham Lincoln as a government "of the people, by the people and for the people" if the people are disenfranchised by elitist judges who unilaterally say "your votes do not count"?" What good is the Constitution that protects the equal rights of minorities if the whim of discriminatory tribal majorities can ignore it?*
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    "The definition of marriage is a power reserved to the states...." So long as that definition isn't unconstitutional. Duh.
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  • 23cal
    June 1, 2014 at 7:59 a.m.

    "I respond here today not only for myself but for every God-fearing American that has worked and toiled to make this nation great and keep us free." what about Americans that don't accept Rapert's extreme fundamentalist evangelical idea of "God"? Do they have a say in this?
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    "An America where a Christian is not allowed to abide by his or her own convictions,..." How about a Christian whose conviction is that people named Rapert should be shot on sight? Oh, that would be illegal and unconstitutional. Illegal and unconstituional. Think about it.
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    Did this word salad get all the buzzwords in? Elitist, activist judges, sanctity of marriage, tyranny, liberal,holy matrimony, values, traditions,
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    "specific references were made to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" ....that was a deistic reference. Surely you don't really think the founders couldn't say specifically Jehovah or Yahweh if that is whom they meant. You might also note the Declaration was before the founding of this country, and what is in the Constitution that formed the country and the basis of the laws is legal tender.
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    "I agree with President Ronald Reagan who said, "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." I agree with President Ronald Reagan who said, ""Church and state are, and must remain, separate.
    All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to to speak of and act on their belief.
    At the same time that our Constitution prohibits state establishment of religion, it protects the free exercise of all religions. And walking this fine line requires government to be strictly neutral."
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    Rapert is a vile demagogue pandering to tribal prejudice and isn't fit to be elected dogcatcher. Jake Tidmore is spot on: "You, sir, are a disgrace to this state and to all those who support the United States Constitution as the supreme law of the land. "

  • G37dude
    June 1, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.

    Well said 23cal! Great responses to Rapert's ramblings and insanity!

  • drs01
    June 1, 2014 at 9:18 a.m.

    60% of the country "support" gay marriage, or do they tolerate it for legal reasons but fail to accept it socially or morally? The US Constitution holds the legal trump card. Amendment 83 went too far in denying legal rights, but clearly stated the will of the people in defining what is a Marriage.
    Frankly, I don't care who you hook up with...your brother, sister, cousin, or even a farm animal. Just don't get carried away trying to convince me, my children, or grandchildren that what you do is normal and socially acceptable.
    Gays will win the legal battle, but never the social-moral war!!!

  • JakeTidmore
    June 1, 2014 at 9:23 a.m.

    A bit self-righteous aren't you drs01 in assuming YOU know what is socially/morally right? Justice certainly is a good way to judge moral and social rectitude. Especially in regards to the correct source of that justice in our country: the US Constitution.

  • nwar
    June 1, 2014 at 9:43 a.m.

    Personally, I think it is a shame that the ADG gave so much ink to the rantings of this holier-than-thou bigot. And the gall of this guy -- thinking that he is persecuted? Really? What rights of his were taken away? None that I am aware of. I hope someone clips his disgusting article out of the paper and puts it in a safe deposit box. Get it out in 10 years or so and let the world laugh with derision at the stupidity and intolerance of Jason Rapert.

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