Steve King Is Pathetic

There’s always one like him in every crowd, you know? Now he’s saying that the reason he voted against yesterday’s House resolution to put a plaque in the House Visitors Center recognizing and honoring the slaves who helped build the U.S. Capitol is because it’s not “a balanced depiction of history” (emphasis in original):

KING: I would just add that there were about 645,000 slaves that were brought to the United States. And I’m with Martin Luther King, Jr. on this. His documents, his speeches – I’ve read most of them. And I agree with almost every word that came out of him. Slavery was abhorrent, but it was also a fact of life in those centuries where it existed.

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.

Jeeezus, man! Monuments to the Civil War, books about the Civil War, reenactments of the Civil War, are everywhere! But ONE single, solitary public acknowledgment that slaves helped to build ONE important building in Washington, D.C., sends the man over the edge! Or, as Faiz Shakir so eloquently and devastatingly writes:

The Capitol Visitor Center is simply trying to recognize the work of those who built the Capitol. But King is apparently concerned that slaves are being unduly recognized while Union soldiers who fought for their emancipation are not getting any credit. He simply needs to open his eyes and look around Washington, DC. If he steps right outside the Capitol, he’ll see the Ulysses S. Grant memorial, a monument that commemorates the former general of the Union Army.  …

Grant’s statue is flanked on either side by monuments of fighting Union Artillery and Cavalry groups. The Grant statue faces west toward the Lincoln Memorial, which of course honors the President who led the effort to free the slaves. In addition, at the Congressional Cemetery lies the Arsenal Monument, a memorial in honor of women who died while performing services for the Union Army. And there’s also an African American Civil War Memorial that honors the contributions that African-American troops made to the war effort.

If Steve King wants to learn more about how DC has honored the contributions of Union soldiers, he can order this book, titled: “Testament to Union: Civil War Monuments In Washington, D.C.” And if King’s truly interested in a “balanced depiction of history,” he’d be supporting a simple acknowledgment of slave labor’s role in building the Capitol, a memorial that doesn’t currently exist in DC.

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Author: KATHY KATTENBURG

  • joeinhell

    Nothing that me and my Louisville slugger can't get straightened out. Betcha I can get him believing that the devil actually exists in 15 minutes and to convert to a moon worshipper in 20 minutes.

    My championship round was the riot that I started with a pool cue in a logger bar in Springfield OR. Not safe to talk this way around me.

  • StockBoySF

    King, “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.”

    OK…. and the 645,000 does not even include the slaves who died in the horrible conditions on their way over here, nor does it count the people born into slavery over many generations in the US.

  • jwest

    What do the readers of TMV imagine Kathy would be writing if the chairman of Philadelphia’s Valley Swim Club turned out to be a Republican instead of a Democrat?

    Here’s some information you won’t find on the leftist websites (or here on TMV).
    http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2009/07/g

  • http://www.xpatriatedtexan.com/blog ThurmanHart

    There may have “only” been 645,000 slaves brought to America, but there were millions who were born into slavery from those “immigrants.”

    I, for one, would like to know which of Martin Luther King, Jr's words Steve King doesn't agree with.

  • DLS

    “What do the readers of TMV imagine Kathy would be writing if the chairman of Philadelphia’s Valley Swim Club turned out to be a Republican instead of a Democrat?”

    I'm surprised she hasn't started a thread about that Republican (real or otherwise; it doesn't matter).

    At least we haven't had the “reparations” baggaged dredged and dropped here again yet by her.

  • DLS

    Slaves built a lot of things, including the Pyramids. What's new? (To counter the hype elsewhere…)

  • shannonlee

    Funny, I was thinking the same thing. Kathy's conservative hating is getting a little old…and I'm new around here.

    Blah blah blah, Bush is evil. Blah blah blah, conservatives are pathetic….blah.

    It's like listening to Charlie Brown's school teacher.

  • kathykattenburg

    jwest, DLS, and shannonlee,

    This post is not about reparations, ancient Egypt, Philadelphia's Valley Swim Club, Bush being evil, or conservatives in general being pathetic. In my view, it says a lot that, having nothing you can thing of to say about the subject of this post, you have to criticize what I didn't write, in any post at TMV, about subjects I didn't write about.

    If you have no comment to make, you can simply not comment. Or, you can express your real, actual, and true opinion about the House resolution I wrote about in this post, and one House member's refusal to vote for it. You will not do that — maybe because you know it's not really a defensible position.

  • Jim_Satterfield

    And King doesn't know his history, either. According to this site the total number of fatalities on the Union side, including from disease, etc. was 360,222. The Confederates who died did not die trying to put an end to slavery.