E.W. Jackson: Bats**t in Virginia

Seemingly oblivious to the disasters that were Akin and Mourdock’s candidacies for US Senate last time for the GOP, the Virginia Republicans have selected someone possibly worse

by Andrew Ian Dodge on 6 June 2013 13:55

Obama and the Democrats may be enjoying a little schadenfreude at the expense of the Republicans of Virginia who have a problem with an “out there” African American religious leader. In their infinite wisdom, and after quite a few votes, Virginia Republicans voted E. W. Jackson their nominee for Lt Governor. The trouble is that Virginia is right next to DC and the national media is having a field day with this guy.

His latest howler involves a rant about yoga he included in his 2008 book, Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life: Making Your Dreams Come True, in which he suggests the meditative exercise can put one at risk of daemonic possession:

“When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana... The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself... [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it.”

Now the mainstream media in the US has a habit of smearing black Republicans; remember what they did to Herman Cain who had the temerity to run for the Republican nomination?

But Jackson makes things a little easier. This is a man, for example, who thinks the Planned Parenthood Federation is worse than the KKK: “Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”

Granted PP was founded by eugenicist and Hitler-admirer Margaret Sanger but claiming it is (currently) worse than the lynching KKK seems a bit extreme.

He is not a fan of gays either. RWW has some choice interviews with him on the subject:

“He went on to say that gays and lesbians seek societal approval because ‘they’ll never feel satisfied because in their heart of hearts’ they know ‘it is immoral, it is perverse, it is degenerate’ and will ultimately never ‘feel at peace.’”

He doesn’t stop there. To Jackson, gays are no better than pedophiles as reported in USNews:

"And I know their people say, well, 'It's unfair to associate homosexuality with pedophilia or some of these other perversions.' But I believe that there is a direct connection, because what they really want is absolute sexual freedom."

To be fair to Republicans, many are rather worried about Jackson and his effect not only in Virginia but nationwide. Outside the Beltway has a good roundup of some of the reactions to his nomination.

“Asked if Jackson was trouble, another senior Virginia Republican responded, ‘Oh. My. God. Yes.’ The danger, the Republican said, is that Jackson will bring Democrats to the polls who might otherwise stay home. ‘You just don’t want one candidate to rile up the base of the other side. That’s what you’re trying to avoid.’”

Seemingly oblivious to the disasters that were Akin and Mourdock’s candidacies for US Senate last time for the GOP, the Virginia Republicans have selected someone as bad or possibly worse than those two nitwits. We didn’t realise it at the time but some Republicans seem to have thought it was a challenge to find an African American to run for office as offensive as Obama’s Pastor Rev. Wright.

And the saddest thing for many on the right is to have to watch conservative activists defending the bile of E. W. Jackson. 

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