I've come to believe that it's vital in these times to document and preserve statements coming from the reactionary right in this country. It's vital because -- who knows? They will deny saying it tomorrow. The next day, they will deny the denial. They will say anything.
Which is why I think it's important that everyone know what Lars Larson is saying today.
If you look at his web page, you'll find a headline/link stating: "Police search for illegal alien accused of raping/impregnating 10 yr old girl."
Click on it, and you get the first few paragraphs of an article by James Osborne at the Valley Morning Star online edition, published out of Harlingen, Texas. It's a disturbing account, yet another chapter in the ever-thickening catalog of horrors that chronicles this country's social breakdown.
But I particularly want to direct your attention to Lars' editorial comment. Tucked between the story and the headline -- not the headline that actually appeared in the Star, but one he wrote to make sure the "illegal alien" got top billing.
Lars wants to know: "And we're going to give guys like this amnesty?"
"Guys like this."
How many times have we heard Lars and his ilk insist they are not racist? "I'm not racist, but ... ." The hell with "but." There is no "but." The argument is clear: We cannot give amnesty to "illegal aliens" because they are "guys like this." Or -- at the very least and to be far more charitable than they deserve -- because the masses of brown hordes invading our country include a disproportionate number of "guys like this."
"We must stop illegal immigrants because they will rape our children!"
Lars excels at issuing reactionary bile on his program, but this little snotty remark -- with its overtly racist insinuation , tucked away on his web site -- goes quite a bit further. It is something to remember the next time you hear, "I'm not racist, but ... ." With a comment like this, he proudly aligns himself with the most extreme right-wing elements in this country, openly fascistic elements. He endears himself even to those racists he may be given to condemn on the air. But let's cut the bullshit, please. These guys speak the same language. They know the code.
The beauty of Larson's undiluted bit of venom is that is so pure. There is no code, no wink-and-nod. It is clear what he means, and he means what he says: we can't let "guys like this" in our country BECAUSE they are "like this," -- they are guys prone to raping 10-year-old girls! If that were actually true, how could one possibly argue against building a 20-foot wall topped with razor wire and a moat full of alligators along the entire U.S.-Mexican border?
Larson likes to boast, cigar in hand, that he speaks for true American conservatives, not Republicans in Name Only, but the real deal, those lost souls who worship Reagan. On that, I'll take him at his word. If one wants to understand the dark heart of darkness that beats vibrantly within the Republican Party, I present to you their unofficial spokesman: Lars Larson of KXL radio, Oregon's own right-wing, racist pig.
Yes, racist. Racist to the core.