Stupid Republican Congressman:
Who? Steve King.
He's the guy who was the only vote against a resolution authorizing the placement of a marker inside the new Capitol Visitor Center to acknowledge the work of slaves in its construction.
Pressed later for an explanation, he said
: (emp add)
"... 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."
600,000 is the total deaths of Union and Confederate
forces. The actual number "putting an end to slavery" was 360,000.
What's puzzling is why didn't the Republican leadership tell this guy to vote yes and shut the hell up. The resolution costs nothing. If blacks read the news about the resolution and learn that the only vote against it came from a Republican, that doesn't help their outreach to African-Americans.
What about the other Congressman King (Pete King, Republican, New York) who called Michael Jackson a drug addict and a pedophile? Another great example of out reach.
Thank God All Mighty! that Martin Luther King, Jr. cannot be blamed for siring these congressional Kings. If this were a chess game, they should be castled for the protection of society.
Reminds me of when that noted historian George W. Bush stated, in July 2003, that slaves emmigrated from Africa to America looking for freedom:
"The slaves who left here to go to America, because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America."