James L. Hart, who won the Republican nomination for West Tennessee's 8th District congressman by an 8-to-1 margin over Dennis Bertrand, bases much of his platform on the discredited theory of eugenics. Here, without a single punchline to clutter the page, are some excerpts from Hart's official platform: "Stop Welfare and Immigration. Replace it with a War on Poverty Genes ... "Why does Detroit look like it was hit by a nuclear bomb and Hiroshima look like it was on the side that won the war? Everyone knows the answer but is afraid to say. Because genes have a more devastating effect on civilization than nuclear bombs, and the reason for Detroit's decline is that there are less `favored races' in Detroit with an average IQ of 85 and more `favored races' in Japan with an average IQ of 104. ... The poverty genes of less `favored races', which are spread by welfare and immigration, are destroying our cities no less than if they were hit by a nuclear bomb. ... If we had integrated with less `favored races' centuries ago, there would have never been an electric light. There would never have been an airplane. Unless we stop dysgenic welfare and immigration policies, the U.S. will look like one big Detroit. ... "Eugenics is a moral commitment, not a racial affiliation and any race that accepted its moral responsibility to protect the right of its children to be born physically healthy and mentally capable could evolve into and become the next more highly evolved species above homo-sapiens. We are responsible for what our children will be. ... "This dysgenic process has devastated our inner cities. I will save our cities by stopping welfare and immigration and replacing it with a war on poverty genes, and nonviolent eugenic pro-gram[s] based on individual merit, not group averages. ... It is our hope that all races and nations will accept that moral responsibility." As several media outlets, who seem obsessed with Hart's quirkiness, have already reported, the Republican nominee often campaigns in a bulletproof vest, pistol at the ready. He received 7,671 votes. Forget foreign terrorists. Our neighbors are scary enough.
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