And a congressman from Arkansas. But to get a glimpse into the full mindset of the hardcore GOP base, you need to read Congressman Jon Hubbard's book, "Letters To The Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative" as Michael Cook did. Hubbard published it in 2009, as Obama took office as president. On slavery:
“… the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.” (Pages 183-89)
“… will it ever become possible for black people in the United States of America to firmly establish themselves as inclusive and contributing members of society within this country?”
This dude is an elected congressman – not a freak, fringe side-show. There is a reason so many of this type of Republican cannot deal – refused to deal – with Barack Obama as president. He is a living refutation of their core bigotry. The cognitive dissonance he provokes makes negotiation impossible.
Update from a reader:
John Hubbard is not a US Congressman, but an Arkansas State Rep. I think this correction is notable, because it does relegate Hubbard a bit closer to the fringe.