John Huppenthal, the Republican public schools chief in Arizona, announced yesterday that he will not quit in the face of controversy over his once-anonymous blog comments. Under the usernames Falcon9 and Thucydides, Huppenthal suggested, among other things, that Spanish language should be outlawed in the United States.
Huppenthal cried at a press conference yesterday announcing his non-resignation, which is good — more people should cry about their internet comments. Huppenthal's are slightly more sophisticated than what you might find beneath a Yahoo! story about the Barack Obama. He used his two usernames to comment on the Blog for Arizona over the last three years, sometimes chatting back and forth with himself and defending "John Huppenthal" in the third person. Here is a sampling of his work:
Hitler worked to eliminate the Jews. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood was given the job of eliminating African Americans. Hitler fed 6 million Jews into the ovens. Sanger has fed 16 million African Americans into the abortion mills.
Huppenthal admitted last week that he did post these comments, and he's not backing down from the general ideas he expressed in them. "I believe in rigorous public discourse, in furthering ideas and reforming ideologies that don't always work," he said in a statement. "Anonymity has its value as our founding fathers believed when they developed the Federalist Papers. It is not a new concept, our history reflects that."
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