Meet Erick Erickson, the Toxic Idiot Guiding House Republicans on the Debt Ceiling Fight
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Erickson served on the City Council of Macon, Georgia. As the Tea Party caucus proves just about every day, people who hate government do a poor job governing, and Erickson was no exception. During his time in office he distinguished himself for calling for disbanding the local police force if the department voted to form a union. Outraged protests followed, Erickson accused police officers and their supporters of being “union thugs,” and, like Sarah Palin, he ended up quitting before his first term was up in order to take a job hosting a Limbaugh-style talk-radio show in Atlanta.
In 2010, Erickson made headlines when he threatened to put the fear of God on any census worker he caught on his property trying to conduct the American Community Survey. He said he would "pull out my wife's shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door." "They're not going on my property. They can't do that. They don't have the legal right, and yet they're trying," he said. (The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.)
That wasn't his first time playing with violent imagery. After Washington state banned dishwashing detergents that were polluting its waterways with phosphates, Erickson asked, “At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator's house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?" In the same post, the internet tough-guy wrote, "Were I in Washington State, I'd be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation."
Ironically, he also claimed that "it is and has always been the left" that resorts to political violence. "Deal with it," he added with a rhetorical sneer. That was last March, 11 months after Richard Poplawski, infuriated that Obama was planning on taking his guns, killed three Pittsburgh cops and nine months after white supremacist James von Brunn opened fire at the Holocaust Museum. Four months after Erickson penned that post, Byron Williams, inspired by a series of tirades by Glenn Beck, was arrested on his way to a killing spree targeting the ACLU and the progressive Tides Foundation after a shootout with California Highway Patrolmen.
In 2009, when the Obama administration appointed Kevin Jennings, a highly respected educator who happens to be openly gay, to serve as Assistant Deputy Secretary for theOffice of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education, Erickson launched an impressively bigoted rant, calling Jennings, “a profoundly sick and immoral human being -- a proponent of statutory rape, an opponent of the Boy Scouts of America, and a zealous advocate of NAMBLA [the North American Man/Boy Love Association].” He went all in, claiming without a shred of factual support that Jennings is "not just a gay man, but a man who believes in the full gay rights agenda, where men and boys can have sexual relationships free of prudish moral people frowning," and calling him "a man who encourages predatory relationships between young boys and grown men."
When a right-wing Texas outfit called the Former Majority Association for Equality (because white people are an embattled minority!) took fire for offering a whites-only college scholarship, Erickson was quick to defend them, saying, “If we're going to get rid of scholarships for African Americans and get rid of scholarships for Hispanics and get rid of scholarships for Asians and get rid of scholarships for women, then let's get rid of [these] scholarships. But if we're not going to get rid of those, then let's keep this one.”