Nevada's next House speaker is likely to be the most controversial in the state's history, the Reno News Review reports.
According to the paper -- which investigated 13 years' worth of columns Ira Hansen wrote for the Sparks Tribune -- the incoming Speaker of the House has the potential to be the most controversial in the state's history given his print record of disliking blacks, gays, the state of Israel, most Nevadans, and even his Republican colleagues.
For example, he wrote that he composes his columns beneath a Confederate flag, "in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause." Hansen devoted columns published around the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. to attacking the civil rights leader, writing that "King’s private life was trashy at best...King Jr. is as low as it gets, a hypocrite, a liar, a phony, and a fraud."
He also referred to public schools as a form of "educational slavery," writing that "[t]he Democratic coalition would split asunder if the NAACP & co. actually promoted what black Americans truly desire -- educational choice. The shrewd and calculating [black] ’leaders’ are willing to sacrifice the children of their own race to gratify their lust for power and position. The relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what’s best for his simple minded darkies."
Hansen registered further displeasure with the "simple minded darkies" more directly, too, noting that "[t]he lack of gratitude and the deliberate ignoring of white history in relation to eliminating slavery is a disgrace that Negro leaders should own up to."
His thoughts on homosexuality and feminism are equally regressive. For years, he wrote, he kept a "rough tally on homosexual/heterosexual molesters as reported locally," and found that "roughly half of all molestations involve homosexual men preying on boys," citing as further evidence the existence of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and the Catholic church molestation scandals as evidence of gay male depravity.
As for women, he wrote that their proclivity for filing sexual harassment suits made them unfit to serve their country, claiming that "[t]oday, when Army men look at women in the ranks with ’longing in their eyes’ it very well may constitute ’sexual harassment.’ The truth is, women do not belong in the Army or Navy or Marine Corps, except in certain limited fields."