In a July 25, 2013, editorial titled "Congressman Crosses the Line," the (Omaha) World-Herald criticized (Republican U.S. Rep. Steve) King for his recent remarks concerning so-called immigration reform. While the editors admit that King voiced sympathy for those young people who work hard and graduate as valedictorians after being brought into the country illegally as children, they just couldn't abide the congressman's expanded remarks, which told the full truth about what the proposed amnesty legislation would do.
"For every one who's a valedictorian," King said in an interview with Newsmax, "there's another hundred out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act."
The World-Herald called King's remarks "ugly stereotyping," and quoted House Speaker John Boehner as saying, "There can be honest disagreements about policy without using hateful language. Everyone needs to remember that."
Boehner's wimpy comments prompted me to remember why I left the Republican Party to become an Independent Conservative, and the paper's editorial caused me to ask myself whether the editors even bother to read the news going on in their own community.
Perhaps they missed the one about 19-year-old Sergio Perez, an illegal alien, who recently raped and fatally beat 93-year-old Louise Sollowin in her own home -- in Omaha. It is a fairly safe bet that Perez was not one of those touted valedictorians.
Steve King doesn't pull punches or tell voters things he doesn't believe. He learned long ago that one can engage in productive debate that is sober, thoughtful, fact-based and respectful -- but he also understands that when dealing with monsters like Sergio Perez, or the millions like him who have illegally invaded our country, those lofty terms simply do not apply. For them, only force and the rule of law are sufficient, neither of which seems abundantly on display in Washington these days.
Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. His weekly columns are syndicated by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Readers are encouraged to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton.