Some people shouldn’t be let out in public, let alone be allowed to hold public office. What is it with Steve King (R-IA) and his truly disgusting efforts to dehumanize people?
His most recent comments in which he compares immigrants to dogs makes you want to shake your head and wonder, who votes for people like this? I love dogs, as my corgi friend will attest. That said, comparing people to animals, no matter how cute and no matter the species, is about dehumanizing them. King should know that. Heck, his party even recognizes the humanity in corporations. But, I digress.
There are people out there suggesting we really don’t get what King was talking about because the concept is so very complicated to grasp. The ever so enlightening Blaze offers this profound observation.
The point seemed to be that the U.S. historically has attracted the “pick of the litter,” the very best immigrants with the drive to succeed in America.
While his comments may have been good intentioned, the metaphor is sure to infuriate liberal groups and civil rights activists who argue the GOP wants to disenfranchise illegal immigrants.
Okay, I’ll tell you what. Let’s watch his comments, which have been captured for prosperity and uploaded to that new fangled thang called the internet.
You want a good bird dog, and you want one that’s gonna be aggressive?…
Pick the one that’s the friskiest, the one that’s in games the most, not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner.
If you want a pet to sleep on the couch, get the one that’s sleeping in the corner, you get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog.
Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet, we’ve got the vigor from the planet to come to America.
Of course, when King says this, he is talking about legal immigrants. He has a very different perception of undocumented immigrants when he spoke in defense of racial profiling in 2010. As documented by Media Matters, at the time:
It’s just a common sense thing. Law enforcement needs to use common sense indicators. Those common sense indicators are all kinds of things, from what kind of clothes people wear – my suit in my case – what kind of shoes people wear, what kind of accident [sic] they have, um, the, the type of grooming they might have, there’re, there’re all kinds of indicators there and sometimes it’s just a sixth sense and they can’t put their finger on it. But these law enforcement officers, if they were going to be discriminating against people on the sole basis of race, singling people out, that’d be going on already.
This makes so much sense because we all know that picks of the litter have different accents, shoes, clothing and grooming than their undocumented brethren. We also know that American citizens dress, sound and look different from specimens from donor civilizations.
I could approach this by noting that it’s a good thing for King that the Republican Party didn’t hold him to the pick of the litter test, but that would be stating the obvious.
King and others of his ilk are playing on fears about the ever so frightening “other” from another country.
Let’s not forget that King and the crowd he hangs around with include our President in their perceptions about immigrants. You may remember King made his “concerns” about the President’s birth certificate known on the floor of the House in 2010.
Of course, according to King’s theory about immigrants, we really shouldn’t need to see his birth certificate, we can just listen to the President’s “accident” (sic).
What does the Republican Party have against dogs, anyway? Poor Seamus… Perhaps it’s the “accident.” If people are dogs, Republican Steve King is the intellectual runt of the litter.
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