John Huppenthal is a Republican career politician in Arizona who has spent much of his professional life with his snout in the public trough. Three years ago Huppenthal, who has never taught a day in his life, managed to get himself elected Arizona's state superintendent of schools. This week it was revealed that he has been trolling various blog sites and posting anonymous comments on an array of political blogs.
That, in itself, would not be much of a story if it were not for the fact that Huppenthal's anonymous comments were so rancorous and offensive. He referred to Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, as a Nazi who fed 16 million African-American babies into abortion mills, spouted a theory that Franklin Roosevelt was responsible for the Great Depression, and conjectured that FDR's economic policies gave rise to Hitler.
But it was on the topic of the President and people who draw public assistance where the politician really got rolling:
"Meanwhile, Obama is rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps (44 million people), air-conditioning, free health care, flat-screen TV’s (typical of 'poor' families)."
(Which government program do I need to sign up for in order to get a flat-screen television?)
Huppenthal, a native of Indiana, shows such a complete ignorance of American history that one could almost suppose he went to high school in Texas - or perhaps even Arizona! And as for his disdain of the poor, the irony of one individual living off of the public largess pointing a finger at others who are similarly funded and calling them lazy pigs is thick, and rich, and creamy! Pot-kettle, Mr. Huppenthal. Pot-kettle.
The angry typist was posting his comments under the pseudonyms of Thucydides, Falcon9, and Socrates. He was ultimately busted in his clandestine free-speech project after one blogger tracked the comments back to computers belonging to the state department of education. He was blogging from his office!