When you think of an agriculture commissioner, partisan politics and religious zealotry are probably not the first things that come to mind. In Texas, Ag Commissioner Sid Miller isn’t just content to involve himself in all matters farming; it turns out that he also has a streak of xenophobia and bigotry a country mile long.
Yesterday, Sid Miller shared a post from a right-wing Facebook page that suggested nuclear war with the Muslim world was the best way to deal with what the far right sees as an ongoing conflict with the entire Islamic religion.
“Japan has been at peace with the U.S. since August 9, 1945. It’s time we made peace with the Muslim world,” stated the original post, which features the hashtags #noislamknowpeace and #COMETAKE and what appears to be a photograph of the 1957 nuclear bomb tests in Nevada.
The photograph and message originally was posted by a Facebook page called “The Patriot’s UV Drip 2.” The page’s one line description says, “We do not agree with Obama and his political views. We ban trolls;” it has posted memes such as one of a baby with a raised fist proclaiming, “Hang in they whitey!” and another of women garbed in burkas swimming at the beach that says, “Please don’t throw trash into our oceans.”
Miller shared the post around 5 p.m. on Sunday, but removed the post about 11:15 a.m. Monday. His office did not return requests for comment, and an individual that picked up the telephone at Miller’s nursery in Stephenville stated he would be traveling in China for the next three weeks. (Source)
It’s not uncommon to see posts like this on social media; we all have that one relative who thinks that most of the world’s problems can be solved with guns and bombs. However, this is an elected official in one of the biggest states in the country. While many Republican politicians (with the exception of congressman and fellow Texan Louie Gohmert) wink and nod at rabid anti-Muslim sentiments, Sid Miller openly displayed his bigoted and completely ignorant beliefs on his public Facebook page for all to see.
Can you imagine if an elected official like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren had shared something saying that the best way to deal with racism is to drop nuclear bombs across the southern United States? The uproar would be justified and widespread, but here we have someone who was elected to deal with matters of agriculture putting in his opinion on how America should deal with foreign affairs.
Judging by Sid Miller’s record, it’s safe to say that creating controversy and taking extreme positions is par for the course. Earlier this year he granted amnesty to cupcakes and other treats as a swipe against federal food guidelines for schools which are designed to curb the epidemic of childhood obesity. Sid Miller also rolled back the ban on deep fat fryers and soda machines, because apparently a lack of greasy food in school is part of Michelle Obama’s diabolical plan to keep the children of Texas from enjoying the all-American experience of Type 2 diabetes.
In addition to all of this, Sid Miller named Ted Nugent his campaign treasurer and co-chairman when he first ran for the position he holds now, a move that even the extremely conservative RedState website condemned. In that article in March 2014, they described Sid Miller as “fatally flawed” and warned how he was terrible for the Republican brand, yet he went on to win the primary and then the general election. Sid Miller represents the deep level of ignorance and tolerance for corruption that Texas conservatives are embracing, just like with currently indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton and former governor Rick Perry. They say that everything is bigger in Texas and as Sid Miller shows, this includes the bigoted beliefs openly espoused by public officials, and the voters who elect them.
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