Iowa Republican Representative Steve King has made quite the name for himself by making asinine comments. Granted, many Republicans have made a name for themselves by doing this, but his are often so outlandish even other Republicans have distanced themselves from this lunatic.
Speaking in front of a group of young conservatives calling themselves the Eagle Forum Collegians, King babbled on about how he took the naturalization test and if President Obama took it, he would fail the part about what kind of economy the United States has. The answer, of course, is free market capitalism.
Personally, President Obama seems to be doing a great job at capitalism. Considering corporate profits are up, stocks are at all-time highs and the rich have never been richer—capitalism is working just fine under our current president.
However, that’s also the problem. The rich are doing great, big business is doing great, but ninety-eight percent of Americans are falling behind.
“Forty-seven percent of the students in college don’t believe in capitalism? What is happening America? That’s because the leftists have done this thing: they have verbal jackhammers, they have keyboard jackhammers and they are chiseling away as if they had a jackhammer at the beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. They don’t like the constitution, they don’t love this country, they don’t appreciate the greatness of America, they don’t think of this country the way I do.”
I have no idea where he got that “forty-seven percent” of students don’t believe in capitalism. Maybe that number is true, maybe it’s not. Who knows. But if it is correct, maybe it’s because these people have grown up during the years of “Reaganomics” and see exactly what unregulated capitalism looks like. They’ve seen the richest among us get richer while everyone else suffers. Those aren’t ideological talking points, they’re indisputable facts.
When he whines about “verbal jackhammers” and “keyboard jackhammers,” does he mean technology and education? That we’re using social media, the Internet and big words to “chisel” away at “American exceptionalism?” What the hell is he even talking about? Is he mad that liberals use technology better than conservatives?
I apologize that we’re more educated and tech savvy. I guess if we just have a good ol’ fashioned hoedown at the Clampant farm every Sunday after church we’d be more on the level of many conservatives.
Then comes the claim that we don’t love the Constitution or love this country. Complete and total garbage.
Exactly where are conservatives “constitutional?” Well, other than in their minds. In the minds of most conservatives, if they feel something should be Constitutional, then it is. The Affordable Care Act was deemed Constitutional by our Supreme Court, as was the right for women to have an abortion, but the record tells us Rep. King supports anti-choice laws and has done everything he can to block the implementation of “Obamacare.”
Oh, then there’s the whole First Amendment conservatives like to ignore. You know, that little part that gives Americans the “freedom of religion.” Yes, by all means, go ahead and pass a Constitutional Amendment that bans same-sex marriage on the premise that it violates some religious definitions of the “traditional family” and prove how “Constitutional” you are.
It just baffles me when Republicans like Steve King say liberals don’t love this country. It’s such a stupid, ignorant, blanket statement that has nearly no factual backing. We don’t love the country conservatives are trying to turn this into. You know, something ruled by theocracy blended with Ayn Rand philosophies. A society ruled by sociopaths.
And of course we don’t view this country the way he does. We’re not some right-wing fanatical lunatic spouting off idiotic comments like he’s trying to win some contest of, “Who’s the biggest idiot in Congress?” (a hard one to win these days with all the competition out there).
We believe in equal rights for all Americans. We believe health care should be a right, not a privilege. We believe in helping the poor and building the middle class. We believe in actual freedom, not the illusion of it under the guise of religious control. We don’t believe that a handful of Americans should control the vast majority of our wealth. We believe greed does exist. We believe in science, history and math. We believe in reality.
You know, everything that individuals like Rep. Steve King don’t believe in.