Embarrassed by Steve King

To the Editor:

My fellow constituents of Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District, Hello.

Election day is fast approaching, and we have a very important decision to make regarding who WE want to represent US at the federal level. I am talking about the U.S. House race between Steve King and J.D. Scholten. I realize the political ideology that represents a majority of those who live in the Fourth District is conservative. However, being a conservative does NOT equal being a bigoted, fascist, racist. In the last few months, he has supported a white Canadian nationalist, and he has conducted/given comments to an Austrian far-right web-site that borders on pure racism. These comments should anger every person who hears them spoke by ANYONE, not just Rep. King. The Des Moines Register had this to say about King, “In his almost 16 years in Congress, King has passed exactly one bill as primary sponsor, redesignating a post office. He won’t debate his opponent and rarely holds public town halls. Instead, he spends his time meeting with fascist leaders in Europe and retweeting neo-Nazis.” A recent newspaper article in The Messenger tried to paint a different picture of King, but even the article pointed out that King has no influence over the project. All he can do is write a letter in support of giving Fort Dodge the funds from the Department of Transportation. This “act” by King is an effort to boost support in the days leading up to the election, but should not overshadow the TRUE faults King has.

The point is that Steve King does not AND should not be allowed to be the federal face for US any longer. Now I realize, electing a Democrat for two years does not sound that palatable for most people. But remember this, the U.S. House of Representatives has elections for all 435 voting members every 2 years. This means two things: (1) electing one Democrat to the U.S. House has very little impact, and (2) if WE do not like what J.D. has done for US, simply vote him out of office in two years. This is the perk of living in a constitutional federal representative democracy.

It is time for US to wake up and smell the coffee that has now overflowed the pot, sizzled on the heating element, snaked along the counter, and is pooling on the floor. We have given Steve King 16 years to show US what he can do, and it is appalling. Imagine collecting a salary of about $174,000, and all you have done at your job is one measly little task and played on your phone or computer.

WE should be tired of being the laughing stock of the country. The cringe factor every time King is on television, radio, an internet website, or newsprint. Every time King spews racial hatred, THIS is the perception that is spread about his constituents all around the globe. WE are better than this.

Hunter Fors

Fort Dodge