NH GOPer: Ship ‘Defective People’ to Siberia to ‘Freeze and Die’
March 11, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Tea party lawmakers say the darnedest things. But to advocate a Hitler-like eugenics policy to deal with the less fortunate, is beyond the pale. Americans are starting to realize that many of the extreme right-wing candidates swept into office in the mid-term elections, are not yet ready for prime time. Such is the case with Rep. Martin Harty (R), a freshman state lawmaker from Barrington, New Hampshire, who shared his controversial solution for the mentally ill with a constituent. What was it? Harty said “all the defective people,” should be shipped off to Siberia to “freeze and die.” Maybe I should now bring up the fact that this guy is 91-years old. And that according to his colleagues, Harty is hard of hearing and frequently confused. Good work New Hampshire voters!
Harty made his eugenics comments during a telephone conversation with constituent Sharon Omand, who called to voice her opposition to proposed cuts in mental health services. Harty told Omand that “the world is too populated” and there are “too many defective people.” When asked to define “defective people,” Harty was happy to oblige.
“You know the mentally ill, the retarded, people with physical disabilities and drug addictions – the defective people society would be better off without,” he said.
Harty added that society’s defects should be sent away to die.
“I believe if we had a Siberia we should send them to this and they would all freeze and die and we will be rid of them,” said Harty.
When Harty was called to task for advocating the extermination of society’s “defective people,” he said he was only half serious.
“I was just raising hell a little bit with that girl .. I was kidding with her and it kind of got away from me,” said Harty. [...]
“It was a girl that wanted money for the crazy people,” he said. “A good percentage of people are mentally disturbed. We’ve got to do something about them, and I don’t know how to do it.”
Harty, a World War II veteran and former “peddler” promised to “stop raising hell” with his constituents. And Speaker of the House William O’Brien said he would have a little chat with his elderly House member.
Now that Harty is taking eugenics off the table, there is the matter of the rest of his kooky tea party ideas. The Union Leader reports on some of his wacky proposals listed in the Handbook of New Hampshire Elected Officials, including “tearing down the architecture of school and having barracks-type classrooms” and doing away with all property taxes.