Congressman Steve King’s Bigotry

Here is a sitting GOP congressman, on national TV, asking what minorities (by which he means non-whites) have done for civilization?

This has got to be the most arrogant and blatant racism I have ever heard from an elected official. He really believes this stuff?

First, whites are only about 17% of the world’s population, with 14% black and 60% Asian. Perhaps whites have built more tanks and rockets than other races, but they have also done their share of harm to the world (Hitler and Stalin come to mind).

Maybe King needs to travel more:

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrowmindedness … and many of our people need it solely on these accounts.

— Mark Twain

But justifying current discriminatory actions and outright racism based on made-up historic facts and subjective evaluation of the values of “contribution” to civilization is very despicable racism. It’s exactly what Hitler did to justify his deeds.

Way to go, GOP, way to go!

2 thoughts on “Congressman Steve King’s Bigotry

  1. Have you been following Andrew Sullivan (former – The Daily Dish) on his liveblogs for the RNC and next week the DNC?

    From the first night:

    It is almost as if governing, for the Republican right, is fundamentally about an attitude, rather than about experience or practicality or reasoning. The degeneracy of conservatism – its descent into literally mindless appeals to tribalism and fear and hatred – was on full display. You might also say the same about the religious right, the members of whom have eagerly embraced a racist, a nativist, a believer in war crimes, and a lover of the tyrants that conservatism once defined itself against. Their movement long lost any claim to a serious Christian conscience. But that they would so readily embrace such an unreconstructed pagan is indeed a revelation.

    If you think of the conservative movement as beginning in 1964 and climaxing in the 1990s, then the era we are now in is suffering from a cancer of the mind and the soul. That the GOP has finally found a creature that can personify these urges to purge, a man for whom the word “shameless” could have been invented, a bully and a creep, a liar and cheat, a con man and wannabe tyrant, a dedicated loather of individual liberty, and an opponent of the pricelessly important conventions of liberal democracy is perhaps a fitting end.

    This is the gutter, ladies and gentlemen, and it runs into a sewer. May what’s left of conservatism be carried out to sea.

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