Paul LePage on Civil Rights
Confederate monuments are about a war for land
Paul LePage defended monuments to the Confederacy, claiming that 7,600 Mainers fought for the South and that the war was initially about land, not slavery.
"What was the war? If you really truly read and study the Civil War, it was turned into a
battle for the slaves, but initially--7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy," LePage said in an interview with Maine radio station WVOM. "And they fought because, as farmers, they were concerned about their land. Their property. It was a property
rights issue as it began. The President really made it about slavery to a great degree."
Slaves were considered property up to and during the Civil War. LePage also said that removing confederate monuments could lead to the removal of history books
and monuments to the Oklahoma City bombing and the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Two Civil War historians disputed LePage's assertions, noting that the Civil War "was rooted in racial slavery" where "slaves were the property at issue," not land.
Source: CNN.com coverage of 2018 Maine gubernatorial race
, Aug 22, 2017
Publicly insulted the NAACP
Governor Paul LePage made a point of publicly insulting the NAACP and ordering the removal of murals at the Maine Department of Labor that depicted scenes of working people in the state's past and honored figures such as Francis Perkins, the 1st female
Secretary of Labor in America. Maine Governor LePage projects an in-your-face image that thrills his Tea Party backers. Similar pugnaciousness has been on display from many GOP Representatives and Senators in Washington DC.
Source: The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, p.168
, Jan 2, 2012
Keep marriage as sacred union of one man and one woman
While Paul is Governor, he will:
Source: Campaign website, lepage2010.com, "Solutions"
, Nov 2, 2010
- Support the Voter's Decision to Keep the Current Law Defining Marriage.
- Paul does not believe that we need to redefine marriage as anything other than the sacred union of one man and one woman.
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