Steve King has a heart as hard as a cantaloupe

premium_landscape-1Twenty years ago, Ana Zamora came to this country as an infant. She was raised here; her siblings were born here. She works as a receptionist at a hotel in Dallas while she finishes her university degree, and plans to seek a masters in business administration.

As you may have surmised, Ana was brought here illegally. As one of the so-called “dreamers,” she is one of the beneficiaries of President Obama’s deferred deportation plan, which allows those brought here illegally as young children to gain temporary legal status while we work out their ultimate fates.

“The United States is my country,“ she wrote in a letter that she mailed to Obama, thanking him for the change in policy. “It is where I grew up, took my first steps, learned to read, write, play, graduated from high school, and will graduate from college.”

As a result of that policy, “I am finally a person in the United States,” she wrote. “I have a Social Security number, an employment authorization card and a driver’s license to drive the car I pay for with my own money (which I earned working with my employment authorization card) and pay taxes as any law-abiding U.S. citizen. I could not be more proud of myself!!!”

Now let’s bring U.S. Rep. Steve King into the story. As you may know, he’s a hard-core conservative Republican from Iowa who has likened the process of sifting through potential immigrants to this country to the process of selecting which dogs to breed. He has also described this as a “Christian nation”, “proving” that contention by arguing that if you accidentally kill your neighbor’s dog, confess to doing so and seek forgiveness, you will be granted that forgiveness and be redeemed.

However, King has no intention whatsoever of extending those Christian concepts of compassion and redemption to those “dreamers” who came here illegally, including those such as Zamora who had no choice in the matter. Even if they confess, even if they pay back taxes and fines as reparation, he wants no part of them.

“For every (dreamer) who’s a valedictorian,” King has infamously argued, “there’s another hundred out there who weigh a hundred and thirty pounds—and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling seventy-five pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

So when King discovered that young Ana Zamora, calf-size unknown, had been invited to sit with Michelle Obama at this week’s State of the Union address, he responded in the spirit of human compassion and acceptance for which he is so well-known:

kingtweetI bring all this up because this weekend, King is hosting what he calls the “Iowa Freedom Summit” in Des Moines. A whole host of Republican presidential contenders — Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker and maybe more — will be in attendance and will speak, hoping to win King’s favor in preparation for the Iowa caucuses next year.

Within today’s Republican Party, he is a power broker whose ring must be kissed. He, not John Boehner, dictates the course that the GOP House will take on immigration. When the House recently voted to strip Ana Zamora and others of their temporary status and once again target them for deportation, they were following King’s lead.

Certainly, some elements of the Republican Party are uncomfortable with the influence wielded by King and others like him. But his positions are so popular among the party’s base that most who seek to lead the GOP are more inclined to court than to challenge him, and as long as that’s the case, the cause of bipartisan immigration reform is hopeless.

 

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

I guess John Ellis Bush's campaign team has some kind of strategy to deal with his massively unpopular decision to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case; if they're smart they'll just keep their traps shut and hope her widower isn't permitted by corporate media to get on the TV too often.


http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/12/17/3604615/michael-schiavo-jeb-bush/


If you want a government that’s gonna intrude on your life, enforce their personal views on you, then I guess Jeb Bush is your man,” Schiavo explained, adding, “We really don’t need another Bush in office.”

Felos described Bush’s actions interference in Schiavo case as, “An egregious example of the fat hand of government inserting itself into a family’s medical decision and the obtrusive hand of government trying to override their decision.”

Though Michael Schiavo got a court order in 2002 to remove his wife’s feeding tube — he said his wife had not wanted to be kept alive artificially — Jeb Bush intervened, pushing the state legislature to pass an unconstitutional bill in a special session giving him authority to order the feeding tube reinserted. When a state judge ordered it removed again, Felos told ThinkProgress, Bush “manipulated the organs of state government in order to try to evade the court order.

“Through the Dept. of Children and Family Services and through the Department of Law Enforcement they tried in the courts to ignore the higher court pronouncements – this was documented in an article by the Miami Herald,” he recalled, though, “when local authorities said you’re going to have to go through us in order to get her, and the state law enforcement agency backed down.”

Though Bush, then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), and social conservative activists protested that Terri Schiavo was not in a persistent vegetative state, an autopsy confirmed that she had been.

“It’s one thing to have your own personal beliefs,” Felos said, “It’s quite another to use your official powers and your official office to subvert the court and the lawful process.”

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Michael Moore and Jay Bookman spotted eating lunch in downtown ATL over the weekend.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

"At 25% unemployment, practically anything has to be an improvement. Convert the damn economy to bitcoin, or Oreobucks."

--Atrios, yesterday

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Good God here we go again:  Jay bashing Christians today; he will defend the cultists muslims in an opinion piece later this week.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@MiltonMan

bashing Christians 

"Christians", plural? How many? Which ones?

You didn't mean to type "this one guy who calls himself a 'Christian' but doesn't act like it" did you?

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Greece reminds me of the Democrat residents of the U.S.  Borrow money, blow it on things to build your self esteem and live above your means, refuse to pay it back, beg for a bailout, and then whine about being the victim of "predatory lending".

Greece and Democrats:  Greedy, whining losers.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LilBarryBailout

Borrow money

LBB continues his goofy fantasy that massive numbers of GOP voters didn't ever extend themselves beyond their means and thus never got caught up in the Great Recession.

Apparently all those foreclosures across the fruited plain were of people who voted Democrat, in LBB's bubble-world.

I usually don't bother to call this silliness out because it's so baldly stupid and dishonest, but I'm feeling generous this morning.

LeninTime
LeninTime

So a left wing party has just swept to power in Greece today, sending shockwaves across the Eurozone, and ultimately, through the political structure of the world. 

Now if Obama is really such a left winger, you would expect some warm words from him for his Greek comrades, no? 

What do you think are the chances we'll get an unqualified embrace of Syriza from him tomorrow? Or will he, like British Prime Minister Cameron, speak of the victory risking 'economic uncertainties'.

Just will be an interesting little something to watch tomorrow.


LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@LeninTime

Yes, it will.  And it will likely resemble today's wimpy, cowardly parenting techniques wherein the parent negotiates with the screaming, whining brat instead of giving him the butt whippin' he needs.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Time has moved on, but the Schiavo ordeal is a stark reminder of how conservative Governor Bush was and how he could dig in when he felt he was right, as was almost always the case. The most wrenching and human crisis Bush enduredin his two termsprovides a window into a leader who was as commanding as he was polarizing.

Yep.  Jeb is going to have to answer for 1) undermining the courts and 2) conducting a personal vendetta against  Terri Schiavo's husband.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@breckenridge

a personal vendetta against  Terri Schiavo's husband.

Another one of those conservatives who are all about the sanctity of traditional marriage, except when they're not.

breckenridge
breckenridge

 “The GOP, to earn the right to be a governing party, we can’t just be the Party of No, we have to be the Party of Solutions, not only repeal but also replace Obamacare. We need to offer detailed plans for energy independence, manufacturing renaissance, school choice… a stronger foreign policy where our friends trust us, our enemies respect us and fear us, where we invest in our military. We don’t need to be a second liberal party, but we need to be more than just the Party of No.”  Bobby Jindal, R-Louisiana, 2-24-2015


God does not like Bobby Jindal.  He's a social conservative, and God has no use for social conservatives.

God loves Chris Christie. Support Christie and throw litter at Christie if you happen to cross paths.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

"LOS ANGELES— “American Sniper” hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. "

How's "Selma" doing?

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Kinda funny the more the loons hate on AS the better it does at the box office.

Go figure.

td1234
td1234

@Philo_Farnsworth Kind of reminds me of Chick-fil-A. Republicans just have not realized that the silent majority will support them if they actually take a stand on conservative issues. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Philo_Farnsworth

Wow, you're actually doing an end-zone dance because a blood-and-guts war movie is grossing better than a docupic about revolutionary pacifists?

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

LMAO at the clowns below who think winning a political campaign is a sign of some huge professional achievement.

Do we need to review the record regarding some serious losers who have managed that feat?

Anyone remember anything Hitlery actually accomplished as a Senator or Secretary of State?

Me either.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@LeninTime @LilBarryBailout

Nope.  He had actual accomplishments.  Fixing the recession He inherited.  Fixing the Islamofascist terrorist problem He inherited.  Fixing the mortgage mess caused by losers not paying back money they borrowed.  Cutting taxes for all tax payers, increasing revenue and growth.  Providing prescription drugs to seniors.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@LilBarryBailout

LMAO at the clowns below who think winning a political campaign is a sign of some huge professional achievement.

Do we need to review the record regarding some serious losers who have managed that feat?

***

Can you say, George W. Bush?


DeborahinAthens
DeborahinAthens

Bush did not inherit a recession. Furthermore, the second banking implosion with the resulting stock market plunge of 50% and the Great Recession can be directly attributable to Republican policies which stripped regulations from banks so that they could "play" with depositors money in dangerous investment products. With these products, where the bank's reaped massive profits which did not trickle down, we, the people got the shaft. And he definitely did NOT fix the Islamoterrorist problem! He lied to Congress about the cost of Medicare Part D, which was the most expensive giveaway in American history! You are not very well read, are you?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DeborahinAthens

Bush did not inherit a recession.

Yeah, I had to look it up and technically it happened under his watch but almost immediately as he took office, so that one might be one-quarter true.

That said, of all the post-Great Depression recessions we've had, this one--

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_2000s_recession

only represented a .03% GDP decline, the smallest of all we've had since 1929.

Which is another way of saying that if that is truly what he "inherited," it was the mildest kind of recession imaginable one could inherit.


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Anyhow, Downton's got me sucked in, time to switch from a super-boring Pro Bowl and pay some heed to the PBS TeeVee. Later.

JamVet
JamVet

Potential historic Winter weather about to hit the N.E Yes boys and girls there is global storming.

Childish and willfully stupid.

For the umpteenth time...

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Oh that's right, it ain't global warming anymore, it's climate change.

Weasel words.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Weasel words.

Republican wordsmith and spinmeister extraordinaire Frank Luntz says, "What?"

 http://web.archive.org/web/20040203162027/http://www.ewg.org/briefings/luntzmemo/pdf/LuntzResearch_environment.pdf

We have spent the last seven years examining how best to communicate complicated ideas and controversial subjects. The terminology in the upcoming environmental debate needs refinement, starting with “global warming’’ and ending with environmentalism,’’ It’s time for us to start talking about “climate change” instead of global warming and “conservation ” instead of preservation. 

1. “Climate change’’ is less frightening than “global warming; ” As one focus group participant noted, climate change “sounds like you’re going from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale.” While global warming has catastrophic connotations attached to it, climate change suggests a more controllable and less emotional challenge.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Thanks for supporting my point.

Didn't think you had it in you.

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

Taps...y'all have a great evening and a great week.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Just switched on the Miss Universe thingy. Anyone know when the bikini contest starts?

I'll watch the pro bowl 'til then.

fedup52
fedup52

 American Sniper film 'behind rise in anti-Muslim threats'


Just thought it is interesting.

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

@fedup52 

Special operations should do a snatch and grab of a few of the ISIS cowards and video tape them screaming for Allah as they get water boarded out in the desert. It would make a great recruit tool for anti-jihadists. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Kamchak @fedup52

Kind've what I figured he'd say, actually. And, fine for what it is.

The real problem with such films is that they always chrystallize these conflicts as What They Do To Us as opposed to, you know, all those people we occupy, brutalize, and slaughter. 

All these years after Vietnam, and not a single major film ever portrayed it from the eyes of the Vietnamese, that I know of anyway.

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

"It really winds up hurting us rational folk." HaHAHaHaHaHa Ha ha ha, ohhhhh tooooo funnnny!  Bwahahahahahahaha!!!

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

Potential historic Winter weather about to hit the N.E Yes boys and girls there is global storming.

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

@Recon2/3 Wonder what the weather is like at DAVOS?  I would guess all those private jets would have melted all the snow in Switzerland, no?

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

@US_Patriot @Recon2/3 

Yes, but also Al Gores uncontrolled verbal flatulence is even a bigger problem contributing to global warming.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Just another reason why it's good to live in a red state.