Rep. Steve King Proposes Legislation That Proves He Knows Almost Nothing About The Constitution

steve-king-loonyThe Republican “love” for our Constitution is a fairly fickle thing. While they claim to be the party for Constitutional values, their policies and stances on many issues say otherwise.

The truth is, when it comes to our Constitution, conservatives really only “love” the Second and Tenth Amendments – and the only reason why they “love” the Tenth is because it’s always been the “go-to” amendment they’ve used to try to support their bigotry. Sure, they claim they care about the religious freedom that’s established in our First Amendment, but it’s clear the only “freedom” they support is the ability for them to have the right to try to force their views on others.

Then again, this is the party that says they’re all about “small government,” yet they:

  • Continue to pass laws restricting abortion rights.
  • Want a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman.
  • Wanted to keep laws in place that prevented homosexuals from serving in the military.
  • Support laws that allow businesses to discriminate against homosexuals.
  • Continue to pass more strict voter ID laws, making it more difficult for Americans to vote.

I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point.

But when it comes to the subject of gay marriage, that’s really where many Republicans make absolute fools out of themselves. It is absolutely comical to watch these clowns try to argue against legalizing same-sex marriage claiming such absurd things like “they can’t procreate” or “it will lead to people marrying animals,” arguments that no sane adult should even take seriously. But they’re some of the “go-to” talking points many conservatives have laughably tried to use against legalizing gay marriage.

Well, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has gone a step further in making his party look absolutely ridiculous by introducing legislation that bars courts from hearing same-sex marriage cases, essentially undermining our entire judicial system.

Called the Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015, it would bar courts from overturning bans on same-sex marriage – even our Supreme Court. To put it another way, it strips away Article III of our Constitution.

“For too long, federal courts have overstepped their constitutionally limited duty to interpret the Constitution.” King said. “Rather, federal courts have perverted the Constitution to make law and create constitutional rights to things such as privacy, birth control, and abortion. These Unenumerated, so-called constitutionally-protected rights were not envisioned by our Founding Fathers.”

In other words, he’s extremely upset that our courts are doing what the Constitution says they supposed to do – you know, interpret the law.

Though I like how he used the phrase “not envisioned by our Founding Fathers.” Yes, because I’m sure when they wrote our Second Amendment, during a time of single-shot muskets, they “envisioned” automatic and semi-automatic weapons in the future.

Essentially what King’s ignorance has produced is proposed legislation that undermines an essential part of our Constitution, while claiming it upholds the values of our Constitution.

You really can’t make up better irony than that.

His absurdity prompted Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) to propose counter legislation mocking King’s proposal, titled the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act.” It would ban King from introducing any kind of legislation because of how absurd he’s proven himself to be time and time again. 

Steve King operates on a special level of stupidity I dare not even try to comprehend. The people of Iowa who vote him into office should be absolutely ashamed of themselves because he’s an utter embarrassment to this country.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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