I haven’t been dishing these out of late, but today I’ve got a Pack of Putrid Punditry Award to present – and it’s a major one.
Representative Steve King of Iowa has stepped in it. With King’s statements last week in support of dog fighting, he suddenly manages to look worse than Michael Vick, who at least was speaking out against the horrible industry after his release from prison. King was speaking out against – yes against – legislation to make it a federal crime to attend a dog fight.
When asked at a town hall meeting about his opposition to legislation to prevent animal cruelty, King replied – “When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight, but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.”
It is hard to find words strong enough to explain how clueless, idiotic, cruel, heartless and anti-compassionate that statement is. Can it be that anyone could ever vote for this individual after reading this statement? King’s volume of stupidity on this subject would not fit inside a good-sized galaxy. And yet he sees something wrong with the “priorities” of people who want to stop dog fighting.
How could anyone be that cold, heartless and completely uneducated? No one with a functioning moral compass should ever vote for any politician with views such as this.
Writer Jason Linkins rightfully refers to a recent study about those who engage in dog fighting, in his Huffington Post editorial. The Chicago Police Department found that 70 percent of these individuals also have records that include felonies such as domestic and aggravated battery, illegal drug trafficking and sex crimes.
On her Examiner.com piece, Penny Eims notes – “Somehow, King fails to realize that human fighters choose to engage in their “sport,” dogs do not – they are forced into the ring.”
And of course, boxers and MMA fighters and Olympians are not routinely tortured to death in civilized nations for failing to win fights.
The Daily Shame out of the UK hammers King. And PetPardons.com editor Jeromie Williams writes – “Unfortunately, King is a longtime advocate for legalizing dogfighting, cockfighting, and other forms of animal torture. Most recently, he fought legislation that would make it illegal to bring a child to an animal fight.”
The Baltimore Sun quotes from actor Josh Charles’ Twitter feed – “I like to think of Iowa as the Field Of Dreams, not as the Field Of Idiotic Congressmen. Shame on you @SteveKingIA.”