Thanks to my friend and regular TSM commenter Tom McCollin for this week’s bigot. It’s a testament to the variety and toxicity of America’s bigots that Rep. Steve King (R – IA) has never been named Bigot of the Week. This odious man is well-known for a number of despicable positions. King is so far out there that even in the current Congress progressive website DailyKos has labelled him “perhaps the worst human being Congress has to offer.”
A pioneer of animal cruelty, he vociferously opposed California’s law requiring bare minimum treatment for egg-laying chickens, using the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to argue that it should be invalid. Ironically, he also argued that the same clause could not apply to human health care infamously arguing that many Americans “never use a dollar of health care.” Rejecting human decency, he has supported a bill to ban all animal cruelty laws, effectively campaigning for dog fights and torture.
King topped himself this week, bringing back his English-only bill. Blatantly racist on its face, the bill would prohibit the use of any other language in most Federal activities. Appealing to the Tea Party principles of crushing the most vulnerable, this would isolate immigrant populations and ironically make it harder for people to become citizens. Scoffing at charges of racism, King responds
One of the great things about America is we’ve been unified by a common language. That common language, of course, is English. Our language is getting subdivided by some forces of the federal government. It is time to speak with a common voice. [...] The argument that diversity is our strength has really never been backed up by logic. It’s unity is where our strength is.
REALLY? Does that sound chillingly like the first dawn of fascism? Not only is he boldly ignorant of over 200 years of American history, he is proud to trumpet his ignorance and bigotry. King is a perfect example of why we need to regain Democratic control of the House and keep people like him out of leadership positions.