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Steve King’s Moronic Nationalism

There is nothing in politics that annoys me more than the idiotic and offensive nationalism and jingoism that is so popular on the right. Anyone who doesn’t accept their simple-minded, childish notion of “American exceptionalism” is claimed to hate the country. Here’s Rep. Steve King’s version:

Forty-seven percent of the students in college don’t believe in capitalism? What is happening America? That’s because the leftists have done this thing: they have verbal jackhammers, they have keyboard jackhammers and they are chiseling away as if they had a jackhammer at the beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. They don’t like the constitution, they don’t love this country, they don’t appreciate the greatness of America, they don’t think of this country the way I do…

Refurbish those beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. If we all do that, then this country can become something even more than the shining city on the hill. If we fail to do that, the left will take over and we’ll descend down into a place that I don’t think you have imagined yet and if I started to describe it I’d leave you on a down note instead of an up note.

The only thing exceptional about America, it seems to me, is that we elect simple-minded morons and demagogues like this on a regular basis. Seriously, he views the world like a 5-year old.

Comments

  1. Doug Little says

    Refurbish those beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism

    With cheap labor from illegal immigrants or a powerless working class under unsafe working conditions.

  2. Sastra says

    Seriously, he views the world like a 5-year old.

    Everything I Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

  3. Moon Jaguar says

    “they don’t think of this country the way I do…”

    You said a mouthful there, Stevey-boy. Kids go off to college, they start thinking for themselves and then THIS happens.

  4. mithandir says

    Every time I hear about something like this I have this urge to create a blog devoted to explaining the concept of nuance and how it applies to varying situations. Of course it wouldn’t do any good because anybody reading it would already understand things aren’t ever simple or black and white.

  5. Dunc says

    The only thing exceptional about America, it seems to me, is that we elect simple-minded morons and demagogues like this on a regular basis.

    Sorry to disappoint, but it’s not that exceptional.

  6. AsqJames says

    Forty-seven percent of the students in college don’t believe in capitalism?

    First things first: Citation needed!

    Also, how has “47%” suddenly become the go to, pulled out of their ass, statistic for conservatives? One used it in a different (but similarly bulls**t and asinine) context in the last week or so, and of course it’s use worked brilliantly for Mitt Romney last year.

  7. keithb says

    And what does “don’t believe in capitalism” even mean?

    Don’t think capitalism feeds the poor?
    Protects gay rights?
    cares about the environment?
    Keeps iPad prices low?
    That it even exists?
    Keeps drug runner’s calves the size of cantaloupes?

  8. Larry says

    Capitalism: The god-given right for the wealthiest 1% to increase their wealth with no limits while shipping jobs to 3rd world hell holes so as to make our citizens battle for any McJobs they can find while keeping wages here at home to starvation levels.

  9. caseloweraz says

    The beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism — made in China, of course.

    http://gaihua.en.made-in-china.com/productimage/jMdmWYUGgvRa-2f1j00kCDtoHdEOBRQ/China-Marble-Columns-Carved-Statue-Pillar-as-Stone-Column-Pillar-Sculptures-QCM136-.html

    Steve King: Refurbish those beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. If we all do that, then this country can become something even more than the shining city on the hill. If we fail to do that, the left will take over and we’ll descend down into a place that I don’t think you have imagined yet and if I started to describe it I’d leave you on a down note instead of an up note.

    Oh, Steve, don’t leave us on a down note. Just leave!

  10. Michael Heath says

    Trebuchet writes:

    Nice to see that RWW’s YouTube account is apparently back up.

    Thanks for the update. Nothing pissed me off more over the past several days then Google shutting down RWW’s YouTube site. I just did a search in YouTube for RWW and Klingenschmitt and found a plethora of videos.

    However, Google’s behavior remains both concerning and reveals the need for redundancy that maintains the same pervasive visibility one gets now when posting at YouTube.

  11. vmanis1 says

    As a side note on `capitalism’. I think that if Adam Smith were to come down from heaven (where he no doubt spends a lot of time in convivial drunken argument with Karl Marx) and behold North American capitalism, he’d be sick to his stomach.

  12. says

    Forty-seven percent of the students in college don’t believe in capitalism?

    Aside from the fact that this is almost certainly bullshit (47%? Where have I heard that number before?), if it were true, it would speak poorly of capitalism. Why would an economic system that was so great cause so many people to be disaffected by it?

  13. jws1 says

    Silly me. I have been operating under the impression that all nationalism, exhibited by anyone at anytime in any place, was moronic.

  14. Wylann says

    WRT the ’47%’….it’s become a dog-whistle for the right wingers, that’s why they pick that number.

  15. imthegenieicandoanything says

    Steve King doesn’t have the excuse of calculated insanity that, say, Michelle Bachmann does.

    As I have said before, and will again, Steve King is the worst human being ever.

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