Wednesday, March 22, 2006

John Brummett Goes to Pluto

Let's talk about mixed emotions. When Brummett belittles good people I am ashamed that I am relieved of feeling guilty for dishing out some of John Brummett's own vile medicine to him in this space. Why am I ashamed? Because in combating his distorted invective, I have at times come too close to stooping to his level of nastiness. That is not good for the soul, nor is it what the Maker of us both wants from us.

What really threw me for a loop is that I thought John Brummett was beginning to realize it as well. Here is what he wrote about Senator Jim Holt less than a month ago....

"Please understand that Holt is not a bad man and he's not a dumb man. A lot of what you read and hear about him is a caricature. He is a sincere man and a competent man. "

Then in his "Springdale and Pluto" column he writes the following....

(click Wednesday below for rest, or if you have been sent straight to this column just scroll down)

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BTW, a good audio file of Holt (so that you can judge for yourself instead of through the filter of a secular extremist) is here.

28 Comments:

Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

"If the Springdale area were to replace Holt with that nice Democratic woman, Lynn Donald Carver, as its state senator this November, that would be like a monkey becoming a man in a split second, without any Cro-Magnon or Neanderthal transition."

First of all his science is completely wrong (Cro-Magnons were not a separate species but rather stone-age culture humans, and fossil DNA analysis indicates that Neanderthals were not a transitional species to modern humans but rather died off without descendents). The main point is that one month he tells you that much of what you read about Jim Holt is carictature and the next month he resumes being one of the main sources of the distortions that he warned you about the previous month!

Other stones Brummett hurled at Holt in that same column....

"Holt's brand of extreme conservatism opposes governmental or community solutions in favor of impracticalities based on his own religion."

Jim Holt is all for community solutions. The Holt's worked so long on the Katrina relief effort, that I was bugging him to let someone else, like John Brummett maybe, do it and get back to campaigning. Jim Holt simply disagrees with John Brummett about the role and size of government. Jim has a personal philosophy based on the idea that God is, and He is relevent to life. John Brummett has a personal philosophy based on the idea that God is not, or at least is not relevent to life. One of these men is wrong. Each sees the others views as extreme I suppose. It is also possible to be a secular extremist. That is, one who sees any public viewpoint that is in any way influenced by the idea that "God is" as utterly repulsive. I think John Brummett is a secular extremist. Jim Holt and his family conduct themselves a certain way in word and deed because of thier faith, and John Brummett conducts himself a certain way because of his. By their fruits you shall know them.

"He votes against nearly everything at the Capitol, including reasonable increases in taxes to oblige a court order on schools"

Good! There is nothing reasonable about courts ordering legislatures to increase taxes. We are not a judgeocracy. We have co-equal branches of government with separation of powers- and it is the legislature who is supposed to have the power of the purse strings. Of the two men only one, Jim Holt, seems to understand how our government is supposed to work. Then the one who is more ignorant castigates the one who is more knowledgeable!

"If all legislators were like him, we'd have anarchy."

Please. How did the United States survive all these years without all the socialism of the last 50? Jim Holt is right where the Founders are. The Founders did not bring us anarchy, they brought us a sublime system of separation of powers and limited government based on the idea that rights were not a gift from the state, but an endowment from Creator God. It produced the finest nation in the history of mankind, not anarchy. Contrast that with every country that tried big-government socialism. The road we are now headed down has a proven history of failure. How do we get back on the right track? We don't need fewer men like Jim Holt, but more.

10:27 AM, March 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cro-Magnons were not a separate species but rather stone-age culture humans...

So say some.

"Holt's brand of extreme conservatism opposes governmental or community solutions in favor of impracticalities based on his own religion."

In other words, Holt is one of those old-fashioned types who believe in constitutionally-limited government, self-reliance and individuals helping individuals. Probably 'stone-age' for neolibs like Brummett.

11:00 AM, March 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, you are right about wasting your time and space on this blob about John Brummett. I have quit taking the newspapers that have articles written by Brummett. I also know alot of people that have done the same thing. I think the Stephens Group should re-group and get rid of him. He is a pure born idiot. He doesn't like anyone, especially himself. How does he look at himself in the mirror everyday? Isn't that a scary thought? Don't you think that his family is really proud of the likes of him? I know why he has had three wives. Two of them got smart and left him. Thank goodness he has no children. Can you imagine what they would grow up thinking about the world.

1:58 PM, March 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I think most of your Holt articles need a caveat explaining your relationship to him, I do agree with your post.

Brummet is far removed from what average americans appreciate and wish to protect about our constitution.

I just wish you would support one of the other candidates.

6:47 PM, March 22, 2006  
Anonymous Mark Moore said...

Well, we do have other bloggers who support other candidates. Did you see the one two stories down outlining Charlie Daniels shady background? Getting that out can only help Jim LaGrone running for Secretary of State. Jim Lagrone is a good one. I think he is one of the keys to the election, as he is from the eastern part of the state and has connections to Babtist churches all over the state. He can help boost religious right turnout.

And yes, I work for Sen. Jim Holt's campaign.

7:09 PM, March 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome

12:40 PM, March 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you guys think about the conservative columnist David Sanders saying that Holt has 99.99 percent chance of losing the general election?

8:35 PM, March 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't. It's a good thing these columnists aren't weathermen.

7:12 AM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's right.

7:39 AM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was obvious Sanders is for Banks, and he is just as wrong about Holt in the general this time as he admitted to being wrong about Holt in the primary last time.

2:47 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Catfish said...

I know this blog is supposed to be about Jim Holt, but I think the column was rather about Lynn Carver. Brummett is so absolutelt right that she is far more qualified than Bill Pritchard but that she is not given much of a chance by the Little Rock pundits and columnists.

3:47 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://legislativewatch.blogspot.com/

8:33 AM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Lynn Carver more qualified than Bill Pritchard or Jim Bob Duggar, both of whom have prior experience as a legislator? What is it in about this lady that is so compelling that two men who have already been legislators should step aside for her?

9:11 AM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why is Lynn Carver more qualified than Bill Pritchard or Jim Bob Duggar, both of whom have prior experience as a legislator?"

Both Bill Pritchard (2005) and Jim Bob Duggar (2001) were named among the 10 Worst Legislators by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I'm not making a brief for the 'Crat, but I wouldn't find that a particularly compelling record of experience to run on. Every time one of them says the word "experience," some newspaper reporter will chuckle and write about what sorry legislators they were and how ironic that they want to talk about their experience as a reason to vote for them.

11:50 AM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't let the Democrat Gazette's liberal editorial writers pick my legislators for me. In fact, their "ten best" are often among my "ten worst" and vice-versa.

Often they say someone "can't get things done" because they won't vote for more spending. Good for them.

12:26 PM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is JIm Bob Duggar even running? I didn't notice that he had filed.

5:56 PM, March 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. He is running. He is just out of town.

6:20 PM, March 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you think he should get his name out there if he wants people to vote for him. He doesn't need to assume he can just swoop down and win without effort.

6:34 PM, March 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think there are still people out there who don't know who he is? I'm sure the print media will spend plenty of time 'educating' the voters about him.

9:31 PM, March 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Bob Duggar is Baaaack! Watch for him to file on the last day, just before noon.

5:43 AM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He will have to go borrow the filing money from Senator Holt. They swap moneies you know.

12:49 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not only probably false, but certainly uncalled for.

3:28 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your firm stance..."probably false". Makes me think you don't want to lie and say that IS false.

6:25 PM, March 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I didn't want to lie by implying I knew for certain. Even if it was true (which I doubt), you've shown your hatred for Mr. Duggar by sliming him at the first opportunity possible.

9:25 AM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I think Mr. Duggar is a fine upstanding man...I will probably even vote for him. I just can't stand the way he backs Holt financially in races and that neither of them think anyone knows what is going on.

4:15 PM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised that you cannot give an unqualified complement to anyone who endorses Jim Holt. You've got an election to win for your phoney boy. Why else would you spend your time on this blog except to spread your slime on your "opponent" and his supporters? No one's off-limits, including those even you would otherwise be glad to admit were outstanding people.

7:01 PM, March 31, 2006  
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