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Republican Congressman Steve King shows he is not working for a better Iowa
Steve King plays high stakes poker with animal rights advocates
August 3, 2012 By: Penny Tilton
Day after day, Republican Congressman Steve King shows he is not working for a better Iowa
In June the Senate approved the Vitter amendment, by a vote of 88 to 11. The Vitter amendment prohibits attendance at organized animal fights and imposes additional penalties for bringing a child to these bloody and illegal spectacles.
Congressman Steve King (R-IA) had this to say about Vitter during a tele-townhall last month, King stated "It's wrong to rate animals above human beings," he told a questioner. King went on to argue "there's something wrong with society to make it a federal crime to watch animals fight, but it's not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting there's something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that."
King went on to state, "Animals have more rights than fetuses," and suggests that "liberals have so devalued life, that a man can rape a young girl, kidnap her, force her to undergo an abortion across state lines, and then drop her off at the swing set and that's not against the law in the United States of America."
Think Progress Scott Keyes stated "King's claim that lawmakers were hypocritical for not banning human fights didn't make sense because "animals don't have a choice in the matter."
"Manny Pacquiao chooses to step into the ring," Keyes went on to state. " Michael Vick's dogs did not. Similarly, when a human boxer loses a fight, he is not ritually executed after the fight. The same is not always true in dog fighting."
July of this year King successfully introduced an amendment "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" to the farm bill that would not only jeopardize farm animal protection laws, but also any laws passed by any other state that might seek to restrict factory farm cruelty.
The current Farm Bill expires at the end of September, so Congress has to construct a new one in a hurry. King's amendment was introduced near midnight at the very end of a marathon session. It was debated for a grand total of 20 minutes, and then passed by the House Committee on Agriculture.
If the Senate follows suit, it will become law.
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) President Wayne Pacelle says the measure could nullify " any laws to protect animals, and perhaps, laws to protect the environment, workers, or public safety." The amendment is worded so broadly, he notes, that it could even prevent states from enacting laws that would prevent the sale of food produced by forced labor.
King very proud of his amendment says, "it will ensure that radical organizations like the Humane Society of the United States are prohibited from establishing restrictive state laws. "
"My language wipes out everything they've done with pork and veal."
Pacelle could only watch, shaking his head, as the multimillion-dollar, multi-year push may come to a halt.
On his blog, Pacelle called the measure "almost certainly unconstitutional."
King, however, was happy to discuss the thinking behind it.
"This is right. This is the fix we need," King told The Daily Caller. "It doesn't fix everything, but it fixes the states and their political subdivisions regulating food production everywhere in America from a single location, in violation of the Commerce Clause."
King went on to call the constant battles between farmers and animal rights activists a game of " high-stakes poker,"
King chuckled about Pacelle's complaints. "When I read his blog," King said, "wow, it was more effective than even I thought."
King released a statement promising that his amendment "will ensure that radical organizations like the HSUS and PETA are prohibited from establishing a patchwork of restrictive state laws aimed at slowly suffocating production agriculture out of existence."
Any Legislation that protects animals King has voted against it, read more here.
King's agenda is not about protecting his voters; it's about a personal vendetta against HSUS, PETA and animal welfare. His voters may want to think about that when they are at the polls this election year.
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Dogfighting Okay Says Iowa
He's a longtime advocate for legalizing dogfighting and cockfighting
August 2, 2012 by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. in Animal Emotions
I just received an email about Iowa Republican Representative Steve King's support for dogfighting . This is no joke and my purpose here is to alert those who don't know about this most sick form of advocacy for animal abuse and torture that there is something you can do to stop it.
To quote Mr. King: When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it's a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it's not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there's something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.
Please also spread the word far and wide because cruelty cannot
stand the spotlight.
The Republican War on Vegetables: GOP Goes Bananas for Meat
Over at Salon, David Sirota reports from the frontlines of what Amanda Marcotte has amusingly dubbed "The Republican War on Vegetables." Sirota notes that, in response to the worst drought since 1950, "food prices are expected to skyrocket, and eventually, water-dependent power plants may be forced to shut down."
In response to what amounts to a devastating national emergency, the
USDA, in an inter-office newsletter circulated to employees, suggested (but
in no way required) that those employees join the worldwide campaign to
refrain from eating meat on Mondays. Sirota explains:
So how did the right react to this (genuinely) modest proposal? Sirota enumerates some of the ways:
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, called the recommendation "heresy" and pledged to "have the double rib-eye Mondays instead."
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told his drought-stricken constituents that "I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate" for the USDA suggestion.
And Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, proudly posted a photo to his Facebook
page showing a Caligulian smorgasbord of animal flesh that his Senate
colleagues were preparing to scarf down as a protest against USDA.
It should be well and duly noted that all three of those fine upstanding fellows officials are deep in the pockets of the meat industry.
I was fascinated by the ridiculous temper tantrum these three stooges staged, because it's a pitch-perfect illustration not only of how the wingnut outrage machine works, but how the economic and cultural arms of the conservative movement not only work hand in glove, but are pretty much the same thing. Doing the bidding of the meat industry, Grassley and company are dedicated, of course, to squelching any initiative that has the word "meatless" in it. But cleverly, they don't make dry economic arguments; what they do, is turn it into a culture war � into identity politics, really. Suddenly, eating animal flesh means you're a real man, a true blue conservative, and the kind of two-fisted red-blooded American who stands up to socialistic pointy-headed bureaucrats, by gawd. As we've seen with the Chick-fil-A controversy, even food preferences have become a proxy for politics.
You really are what you eat, indeed.
Alas, the piece of absurdist political performance art put on by Grassley (and isn't he supposed to be one of the "reasonable" ones?) et al. had its effect. In a statement released after the trio's antics, the USDA meekly announced that it "does not endorse Meatless Monday." According to a news report, the department said that "[t]he information on its website �was posted without proper clearance and it has been removed.'" >> http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2012/jul/27/industry-has-beef-with-usdas-meatless-monday
If this is the Obama administration's reaction to an unofficial, internal, nonbinding, suggestion that, in the midst of a cataclysmic agricultural emergency, its employees in one freaking agency forego meat for just one day per week? Don't even talk to me about global warming, folks. We are doomed, I say! Utterly, totally, absolutely doomed.