Frequent readers of this blog know the soporific comfort of lowered expectations...er...we mean know that we come to you from the Water Winter Wonderland, the Great Lake State, the Pleasant Peninsula, the Mosquito, Nachos and Warm Beer Capitol of the world, Michigan.
And most of the time we are proud to be Michiganders, but when we recently read the brave stand that Iowa Congressman Steve King took to protect the baby Jesus from the darkies, we'll let's just say it put a lump in our throats the size of a kernel of yellow dent corn. ('cause we're talking about Iowa donchooknow. It's sophisticated corn humor. Just go with it, OK?)
The western Iowa Republican was the only House member to oppose the measure. The resolution, which passed 399-1, orders officials to place a marker inside the new Capitol Visitor Center using some of the original stone quarried by those slaves for the historic building.
King said he opposed the bill because it was put up for a vote before the depiction of "Gott Mit Uns" could be considered in the visitor center. "Haven't we given them enough?" King asked. "I mean they've taken over the NBA and most of the NFL, now we're giving them the Capitol. Mark my words, if this keeps up it won't be long before someone tries to tell us Jesus wasn't white."
"Our Judeo-Christian heritage is an essential foundation stone of our great nation--except for the Judeos--and should not be held hostage to yet another effort to educate future Americans about the sins of some of their ancestors," King said. "Besides, there were slaves in the bible."
He called it another example of "liberals in Congress" trying to remove references to the nation's Christian heritage from the Capitol.
Yeah, what about it guys, Mr. King does have a point here. Maybe we could compromise by...oh we don't know...displaying Jefferson's bible maybe? Or how about some of Adam's letters on religion? No? How about Ben Franklin? Washington? Come on now, you're not making this easy.
Oh wait, we know. George Bush! Now he's the kind of christian Mr. King could get behind, we're sure.