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Steve King Defends the Rights of Those Who Just Want to Forget About slavery, (but not those who forget our ‘Christain Heritage’)

In politics, shameful, stupidity, U.S History on July 9, 2009 by Editor Z

While of course it was U.S Rep. Steve King (R,IA-05). Now being the lone dissenting vote against an action or legislation can be seen as a profile in courage, but when you do it standing in opposition to a plaque at the capitol Hill visitors center that acknowledges the role that slaves played in construction of the Capitol building in the name of protecting “America’s Christian Heritage” you just end up looking like an idiot. But of course that is not uncommon for the Iowa congressman. But hey at least he gave some lip service to the cause of anti-slavery by saying that Christian abolitionists and Dr Martin Luther King Jr were good because they believed in God. The House vote by the way was 399-1.

Here is a statement King’s office released on the matter:

“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. worshiped 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.

Yeah, because we certainly wouldn’t want to look learn from the mistakes and atrocities of the past, or acknowledge the contributions of those who were forced to do agonizing labor to build our nation. You can you get much more Far right then not acknowledging the role slavery played in our nation?

Update (9:48pm/ET 7/9/09)- If you hear a loud sound don’t worry that is probably just the knuckles of Rep. Steve King (R,IA) just dragging across the floor. Now King says that he voted against the plaque because for some reason he thinks that although he abhores slavery, that too few Union soliders perished in the Civil War when compared with the number of slaves held in the cruel bondage of slavery. He also said we need to take a balanced view of History. Does this guy even know what he is trying to say?

And of the 645,000 Africans that were brought here to be forcibly put into slavery in the United States, there were over 600,000 people that gave their lives in the Civil War to put an end to slavery. And I don’t see the monument to that in the Congressional Visitor Center, and I think it’s important that we have a balanced depiction of history.

A balanced view of history? What does he mean by that? First off the civil war was not initially fought to end slavery, but over confining slavery from being instituted in new territories and to keep the succeeding states from breaking with the Union. Secondly, just because in the sick and desperate mind of a fool like Rep. King the body count wasn’t high enough for the Union soldiers, or that although slavery was abolished that we simply shed it as a part of our history, or that slavery is anything short of evil; is repugnant and outright stupid. It is this and incidents like the alleged discrimination against African-Americans at a public pool in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania shows that history does have consequences. And that although in terms of race relations in the U.S we have made extraordinary strides, there are still attitudes locked in the 19th century and some minds including one in congress that are demonstrating what is the intellectual equivalent of evolution in reverse.

Related item: Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC) arguably the most hardline conservative senator in the U.S Senate, while hawking his new book compares present day America to guess what???????? Pre-World War II Germany! Glenn Beck must be proud. Honestly, the Hitler America under Obama Presidency line is degrading and insulting to those who actually had to live under the agony and endure the atrocities of the Nazis. This isn’t a political term that should be thrown around for the bread and circuses of the arch conservative movement, because it really is getting a little old. Get some new material, or propose sound policy alternatives that don’t involve endless military conquests or enhancing the already wealthy at the expense of average working Americans. Until then about 75% of the country will look to you not for leadership but to ridicule.

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