Monday, January 17, 2011
Arizona's Russell Pearce: not down with the "civility" message
Russell Pearce: don't care nothin' about all this here civility talk
Nicholas Riccardi provides a profile of one of many Republican leaders who aren't even pretending to promote more "civil" political rhetoric, Arizona's state senate president Russell Pearce, in Arizona's relentless conservative voice Los Angeles Times 01/17/2011.
An enthusiastic disciple of Maricopa County's authoritarian Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a former chief deputy under him, Pearce promoted Arizona's notorious SB1070, the stop-and-search-the-brown-people law. He is a hardline rightwinger, reminiscent of the segregationist "shurffs" of the segregated South:
[In the early 2000s], some Arizona Republican leaders, including U.S. Sen. John McCain, favored citizenship for some immigrants who were in the country illegally. Pearce labeled that view "treasonous," and he has steadily pushed the party to his stance by helping to oust moderates. (He endorsed McCain's rival in last year's GOP primary.) ...Pearce is also a disciple of the notorious Mormon fundamentalist Bircher Cleon Skousen (1913-2006):
Meanwhile [during his time in law enforcement], Pearce attended lectures by W. Cleon Skousen, a right-wing author and former FBI agent whose controversial theories have also inspired Glenn Beck.Tags: authoritarianism, radical right, republican party, russell pearce, w cleon skousen
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