The last politician in Arkansas to rave about public education being communism was U.S. Senator Lt. Gov. failed perennial candidate Jim Holt.  That brand of nuttiness effectively ended Holt’s political career, and with any luck an old letter to the editor Mike Cook’s dug up might just help do the same for Neo Confederate Loy Mauch.

From Mauch’s Letter to the Editor:

“Public education was forced upon the South during Reconstruction to complete the aim of the radical socialists, which was to destroy Southern conservatism. Their education agenda was to have children read and learn the same material, which in turn leads to their most important aim, to think the same way.” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 7-4-2006)

Yes, you read that right.  State Representative Loy Mauch believes public education is a socialist plot hoisted on the South.  In Mauch’s mind, the moment you begin teaching children that 2+2 = 4 then they become indoctrinated tools who will destroy America.

In another Letter to the Editor, Mauch makes it clear that not only is public education Socialist, but it’s also Communist!

“Since public education is one of the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto, there should be no doubt as to which side of the fence the left-leaning judge who made the recent decision concerning the plight of Paron High School is on.”  (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9-16-2006)

Okay, maybe I’m a little rusty on my history but were communism and socialism even things during reconstruction?

Mercifully, the people of Mauch’s district can do better.  They have a great alternative in Democrat David Kizzia, someone who will never embarrass our state the way Loy Mauch does.