King of the Assclowns
Every political body must have a member. A throbbing, oozing member. A member that stands up straight and tall against illegal immigration. Meet Steve King, member of Congress.
Yesterday, the House passed by a 399-1 margin a bill that thanked slaves for helping to build the Capitol. It involves changing the name of the Great Hall to Emancipation Hall and will come with a plaque acknowledging the hard work and sacrifices of the slaves who'd labored to build our nation's Capitol. The lone dissenting vote against the plaque? Steve King.
King's office issued a statement after the vote that hilariously tried to rationalize the lone Nay in the chamber, which was supposed to be as heroic as Russ Feingold's lone Nay against the USA PATRIOT Act:
"In the Capitol Visitor's Center, we agreed to change the name of the Great Hall - which honored the immigrants that came legally to America - to Emancipation Hall to honor the 645,000 slaves and their descendants who were brought to the United States more than two centuries ago.
"Last night I opposed yet another bill to erect another monument to slavery because it was used as a bargaining chip to allow for the actual depiction of 'In God We Trust' in the CVC. The Architect of the Capitol and liberal activists opposed every reference to America's Christian heritage, even to the extent of scrubbing 'In God We Trust' from the depiction of the actual Speaker's chair in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"This is just the latest example of a several year effort by liberals in Congress to scrub references to America's Christian heritage from our nation's Capitol. Liberals want to amend our country's history to eradicate the role of Christianity in America and chisel references to God or faith from our historical buildings.
"Our Judeo-Christian heritage is an essential foundation stone of our great nation and should not be held hostage to yet another effort to place guilt on future Americans for the sins of some of their ancestors. Christian abolitionists gave their lives by the hundreds of thousands to end slavery. Great American leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worshipped God just as our Founding Fathers did. We must never forget this important aspect of our heritage or use it as a political bargaining chip."
OK, I don't exactly know what King is getting at here. Perhaps my path to understanding King's position is impeded by my knowing some historical facts about the genesis of our nation, such as it NOT being founded on Christian principles by God-worshipping men. In fact, separation of church and state was one of the primary concerns of the Founding Fathers when establishing our independence.
This brings to mind Bill Frist refusing to hold a roll call vote in 2005 in order to throw up a roadblock to Mary Landrieu's bill that would've apologized to the surviving relatives of lynching victims for not enacting anti-lynching legislation. But voting Nay on a plaque that would've renamed the Great Hall to thank long-dead slaves for helping to build the Capitol in the early-to-mid 19th century just makes King look like an even bigger asshole than we'd hitherto judged him.
Still, I guess we ought to count ourselves lucky that King didn't oppose the measure because those 645,000 slaves arrived on our shores illegally to take away jobs from us God-fearing white people. Therefore, Steve King must be one of the few members of Congress who has to part his hair down the middle before taking a leak.