Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert has a habit of saying really, really dumb things. He told a Tea Party rally last year that he wanted to “take this country back for the Lord.” Now he seems to be pining for the kind of theocracy they have in Saudi Arabia:
When judges assert the will of the people wholly in this country, they are pulling the rug out from underneath representative democracy. By the way, Saudi Arabia, they don’t live under the same kind of law that we do. They live under the law that they see fit to live under there. We have that right here, too. And that’s why there’s such an injustice here.
Leaving aside the fact that he doesn’t know what the word “assert” means, he also doesn’t seem to know that Saudi Arabia is a feudalist system ruled by a monarch. What Rapert clearly wants, as he has suggested so many times in the past, is a Christian theocracy in the United States that mirrors the Muslim theocracy they have in Saudi Arabia. And he thinks it’s an injustice that we don’t have one.All of this is in response to an Arkansas judge overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, of course. And Rapert wants to change the Arkansas constitution to allow recall elections for judges. I’m of the opinion that judges should not be elected at all, at any level. One of the smartest things the founding fathers did at the federal level was insulate judges from the influence of voters and legislatures as much as possible.