Republican Lawmaker Would Support Slavery

Published: Oct 29, 2013 14:23pm EDT
By Lance Rinker, Managing Editor for Konsume Politics

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 27, 2014 @ 08:57pm EDT


A story that should surprise us, but probably won’t, is of one Republican Nevada lawmaker stating that he would support slavery if that’s what his constituents wanted. Jim Wheeler is an Assemblyman for District No. 39, of the 77th (2013) Nevada Assembly, and the comments about supporting slavery if that’s what those that voted him into office wanted are from him.

“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose, I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that’s what the citizens of the, if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for,” he said. “That’s what a republic is about. You elected a person for your district to do your wants and wishes, not the wants and wishes of a special interest, not his own wants and wishes, yours.”

Before we dive into how this will do the exact opposite of what the GOP has been claiming they want to do, in regards to reaching out to minority groups and gaining their support, I’d like to say that I’m fairly certain Mr. Wheeler does not actually support slavery.

The comments appear to be made, in very poor form mind you, by a man who was trying to make an exaggerated point about doing the work of the people as opposed to catering to special interest groups or serving yourself once elected into public office. And that is a noble sentiment but let’s face it, neither major party nor any of the minor ones have done a bang-up job of serving the people recently.

However, the comments made should have never been made – let alone publicly. This has been a major issue for the Republican Party as of late because many of their members have gone off the rails from time to time saying things that reflect very poorly on all of them, as well as their constituents of course because they voted for them.

If you want to make an exaggerated point about your stance on a topic, or just the way government should be run in general, then there is certainly a better way to accomplish that without mentioning slavery and how you would support it if that’s what your constituents elected you to do. For example, he could have said something like:

“I consider myself to be a man of the people and I’m here to do what they ask of me, not what is in my best interest or what my political party tells me to do because of some extreme ideology.”

Or he could have also said something along the lines of this:

“Even though I was elected and put into office by the people to do what they ask of me, sometimes you have to protect the people from themselves when they are pressured into things by extremists on either side of the political spectrum. Sometimes you have to put your foot down against your own party when they try to force things on your constituents that they don’t want, even if it means they’ll be fighting against you come re-election time.”

But instead he didn’t and now we’re all talking about how another Republican politician put their foot in their mouth and further alienated themselves, as well as any positive messages or intentions, from minorities in particular but also anyone who is quite turned off by those who can’t express their opinions in a clear, concise manner without offending large groups of people.


Comments (1)

  • Anonymous   Mar 5, 2014 @ 01:06AM
    Well Folks, there you go, you heard it from a republican, They are the friends of the minorities, but if you want, he would vote for slavery, just if you ask him too??? -

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