Based on Congress’ historic low approval rating, you’ll not likely find many Americans who have much faith in the Legislative Branch doing the right things most of the time.
Or even some of the time.
Case in point: While pretending to care about furloughed federal workers who have now missed paychecks, claiming their jobs are all-important to the proper function of the country, lawmakers can’t and won’t come together with the president of the United States and work out a deal that gets opens up shuttered federal agencies, gets those workers back on the job and funds legitimate national priorities like border security.
That kind of behavior doesn’t inspire much confidence among the American people. Or support.
But that’s not all that Congress has done this week — and it’s been a short week thus far — to further depress We the People’s trust in those we send on our behalf to govern.
On Monday, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King was reprimanded by party leaders for alleged ‘racist, bigoted’ comments regarding “white supremacy” and “white nationalism.”
The reprimand followed a story published by The New York Times quoting King as saying, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
Taken by itself, sure, that could certainly be considered offensive and racially insensitive to many Americans. But two things.
First, King says the Times reporter, Trip Gabriel, only published two-thirds of his quote. In a statement to The Gateway Pundit, King said:
One of my quotes in a New York Times story has been completely mischaracterized. Here’s the context I believe accurately reflects my statement.
In a 56 minute interview, we discussed the changing use of language in political discourse. We discussed the worn out label “racist” and my observation that other slanderous labels have been increasingly assigned to Conservatives by the Left, who injected into our current political dialog such terms as Nazi, Fascist, “ White Nationalist, White Supremacist,— Western Civilization, how did THAT language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”…just to watch Western Civilization become a derogatory term in political discourse today. Clearly, I was only referencing Western Civilization classes. No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy.
He’s right, of course. But because a GOP-hating reporter at a GOP-hating newspaper misquoted him, King has lost all of his committee assignments and is being castigated by members of is own party and, of course, Democrats. The political establishment commentariat is also headhunting, wanting King sent packing.
And all of this congressional handwringing over King’s alleged ‘racial insensitivity’ is occurring as the most racist, ethnically offensive and divisive constructs in Congress continue to exist without nary a whimper of complaint: Caucuses based solely on skin color.
As noted at the blog “The Frank Report”:
Representative Steve King is a congressman from Iowa elected to his ninth term. He asked a simple question: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” All hell broke loose as members of the Tri-caucus…and band wagon [sic]publicity hound Republicans…pushed to remove King from committees.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said there is “no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind,” and, of course, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a former presidential nominee, called on King to resign.
The Congressional Tri-Caucus is composed of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
The Black Caucus has 55 members including six senators and all are Democrats.
The Hispanic Caucus has 38 members and all are Democrats.
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus has 69 members and all are Democrats.
White supremacy is a fact with 76.6% of the population reported as white by the census bureau.
The 162 members of the Tri-Caucus represent 37.5% of America’s ethnic (not racial) makeup.
Black Americans are 13.4% and have a Black Caucus.
Hispanic Americans are 18.1% and have a Hispanic Caucus.
Asian Pacific Americans are 6% and have an Asian Pacific Caucus.
How did we get to the point where a Republican Congressman asks a simple semantic question and all hell breaks loose?
Great points, all. You can’t become a member of these congressional caucuses if you don’t have the right skin color or ethnicity (or political pedigree; don’t ask to join if you’re a Republican). It doesn’t get any more racist or bigoted or prejudiced than that.
And this is the same governing body that now wants to condemn one of its own because the Left’s culture warriors are demanding his hide? Seriously?
There isn’t a single member of Congress who isn’t aware of this monumental hypocrisy. But cowardice — and an inherent aversion to doing the right thing — will keep the vast majority of members from bringing it up or defending King.
Politics, Groucho Marx said in the 1930s, “is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”
Thanks, Frank, Groucho, and Rep. King — for the reminder. — Jon Dougherty
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