Thursday, July 9, 2009

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.

5 Comments:

At July 9, 2009 at 12:49 PM, Blogger D. said...

Mr. King must be the counterbalance to Iowan sanity in allowing same-sex marriage.

I'm not sure I get the joke in the last line. (That is, I assume it's a joke, but it doesn't quite work.)

 
At July 9, 2009 at 3:23 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

He's a peckerhead.

 
At July 10, 2009 at 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup,King is a peckerhead. Having said that,I think there's a lot more white folks that share King's thoughts than the country would like to admit.

 
At July 11, 2009 at 12:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve King is a radical far right wing Neanderthal troglodyte crypto-fascist thug. He's the male version of Michelle Bachmann. In March of 2008 he was speaking to a local Iowa radio station and said that terrorists would dance in the streets if Sen. Barack Obama is elected president -- precisely because of not only Obama's position on withdrawing US troops from Iraq, but because Obama's middle name is "Hussein," his father's Muslim roots, and his appearance -- or "optics," as King put it. Just another closet racist right wing loon. Of course he's against universal health care, Medicare, Medicaid, S-CHIP and Social Security but laissez-faire unbridled predatory capitalism and social Darwinism are A-OK.

 
At July 11, 2009 at 12:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the fuller quote from Steve King's 2008 radio interview. Just appalling and this guy is in the Congress?! Jaysus, Mary and Jose.

"I don't want to disparage anyone because of their, their race, their ethnicity, their name - whatever their religion their father, father might have been," King said just before doing just that.

"I'll just say this that when you think about the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States -- and I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?

"And I will tell you that, if he is elected president, then the, the radical Islamists, the, the al-Qaida, and the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11….

"It does matter, his middle name does matter. It matters because they read a meaning into that in the rest of the world, it has a special meaning to them. They will be dancing in the streets because of his middle name. They will be dancing in the streets because of who his father was and because of his posture that says: Pull out of the Middle East and pull out of this conflict.

So there are implications that have to do with who he is and the position that he's taken. If he were strong on national defense and said 'I'm going to go over there and we're going to fight and we're going to win, we'll come home with a victory,' that's different. But that's not what he said. They will be dancing in the streets if he's elected president. That has a chilling aspect on how difficult it will be to ever win this Global War on Terror."



Congressman Steve King called Senator Joe McCarthy, whose interrogations of alleged Communists was condemned by the Senate, a “Hero for America” and called a peace and civil rights activist not “consistent of American values.”


kingwatch.org documents his other vile filthy comments

As Mike Malloy says, I really hate these right wingnutters.

 

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