Jack Hunter the Southern Avenger

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Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is under attack for employing Jack Hunter, a former member of the pro-secessionist League of the South, who broadcast commentary as the Southern Avenger.

Hunter, like a number of other white Southerners, is blind to the fact that the Confederacy was organized in defense of slavery, not of state’s rights.   But on a lot of issues, he makes a lot of sense.  Back in 2011, I linked to his videos on Wikileaks, neo=conservatism and extremist language, which I think stand up very well.  Whatever criticism is aimed at Rand Paul for his association with Jack Hunter also applies to me.

I don’t expect to agree with everyone on everything.  In a nation as large and diverse as the United States, there will be a lot of people with whom I agree on some things and disagree on other things.

Now there are some political positions, such as justifying torture, that are so morally reprehensible that I would not support their advocates under any circumstances.   But for me, having the wrong idea about the issues in the Civil War is not one of them.

Maybe I would be more of a political purist if there were more liberals who were outspoken in opposition to undeclared wars, presidential death lists and warrantless surveillance.

Click on Rebel Yell for the article by Alma Goodman in the Washington Free Beacon that generated the controversy about Jack Hunter’s record.

Click on Rand Paul is not ready for prime time for comment by Philip Klein in the Washington Examiner on the implications for Rand Paul’s political future?

Click on Rand Paul’s Aide: a Dunce on the Confederacy for a thoughtful discussion by Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic.

Click on Southern Avenger – “conservative, libertarian, independent” for Jack Hunter’s web page.

What do you think?  Is Jack Hunter beyond the pale?  Should Rand Paul repudiate Hunter?

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One Response to “Jack Hunter the Southern Avenger”

  1. tiffany267 Says:

    I find it tragic that the spokespersons of libertarianism would even associate with a Confederate sympathizer, let alone hire one. Horrible PR for us!

    It’s ironic you posted this because I’m working on a post on one of my blogs about this very issue.

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