Steve King is a Republican congressman for the state of Iowa in the United States Congress. I know you’ve heard of him. He’s more frequently referred to as that “crazy dick/douche/ass from Iowa” (seriously, Google “Steve King crazy”).

King has been the representative for Iowa’s 5th district since 2003. Next year, there will no longer be a 5th district due to Iowa’s latest census tallies, so Iowa will drop to four districts. Iowa’s 4th district will make up the largest district in the state of Iowa in 2013 – mostly the northwestern side. I’m from the northwest. You could call it the crazy corner. I always joke that the hillbillies make up the southeastern corner, and it’s kind of true (jokes!). But the Bible-beaters make up the western half, and Steve King has had a stranglehold of fear and ignorance on his constituents for almost a decade.

Thankfully, due to the redistricting, he will be facing some stiff competition with Christie Vilsack, who happens to be the wife of Iowa’s former governor, Tom Vilsack (fun facts: I had breakfast with him in his office at the Capitol when I was a page, and I also once saw him shopping at Gateway Market). Obviously Vilsack would be a decidedly different type of representative to the people of the former 5th district, who are mostly quite conservative. But Vilsack will also bring something that Steve King seems no longer able to provide: reason, rationality, and reality.

I don’t have the time or patience to wade through all of the crazy that is Steve King, but I wanted to provide people with some examples of his absurdity. He is a true embarrassment to Iowans, the United States, and anyone capable of looking at problems and searching for real solutions. He needs to go.

Steve King doesn’t believe in protecting people who have often been the targets of hate crimes. Back in 2009, King refused to sign a hate crimes bill moving through Congress.

“It takes us to a place in the law where we have never been before,” King said in an interview on a conservative news radio program. “And that’s the place where the hate crimes legislation gives us special protective status for sexual orientation and gender identity.”

King said that the hate crimes bill results in a “pedophile protection act,” and is meant to create “thought crimes” and protect “sexual idiosyncrasies.”

“And the Matthew Shepard case, there’s been a fair amount of information that came out — that really wasn’t the motivation of the people who killed him,” King said.

A couple things. We didn’t have laws or amendments prohibiting slavery until the 13th Amendment. Not yet having laws to protect citizens of our country is not a reason to suggest we shouldn’t make them. I mean, isn’t that why all laws are made? Because there isn’t already a law for that particular issue? Because somehow we haven’t yet provided various groups with protection, especially those which obviously need it? To suggest that Matthew Shepard was killed for any reason other than being gay is preposterous as well as insensitive. To suggest the law is meant to protect pedophiles is just absurd – not to mention homophobic and dastardly.

Steve King keeps defending dog-fighting and animal crueltyI can’t explain this as well as Stephen Colbert can.

What I’ve said is that we need to respect humans more than we do animals. Whenever we start elevating animals up to, to above that of humans, we’ve crossed a moral line. For example, if there’s a sexual predator out there who has impregnated a young girl, say a 13 year old girl, and it happens in America more times than you and I like to think, that sexual predator can pick that girl off the playground at the middle school and haul her across the state line and force her to get an abortion to eradicate the evidence of his crime, and bring her back and drop her off at the swing set, and that’s not against the law in the United States of America. I have told Wayne Pacelle and the people who believe we should focus all of our efforts on the, on anything they can bring that limits activity around animals, that we need to respect and revere human life first, animal life second. – Steve King

Alright, first of all – that suggestion about the little girl being raped and then forced to have an abortion – that IS illegal. Don’t be crazy, and don’t assume that your constituents are too stupid to see right through that lie. Second, if it were legal, do something about it instead of using it as an excuse to not support other legislation that has its own value. Third, there are a a lot of laws that our country still needs on the books, but do we not support any because some others haven’t been made yet? That is seriously convoluted. Then again, he did kind of say that with the previous example. Why is he even a representative if he refuses to support legislation because other legislation (which he has done nothing to create… probably because it is already created) presumably isn’t out there yet? He couldn’t support the urgently needed farm bill, in which this piece of animal protection resided, because he believes that America supports pedophiles who rape little girls and then force them to get abortions? WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT?

Steve King won’t acknowledge the role slavery has played in American history.

The resolution passed 399-1, with King voting against.

The purpose of the resolution, according to its text, is to direct “the Architect of the Capitol to place a marker in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center which acknowledges the role that slave labor played in the construction of the United States Capitol.”

King’s explanation:

“Our Judeo-Christian heritage is an essential foundation stone of our great nation and should not be held hostage to yet another effort to place guilt on future Americans for the sins of some of their ancestors. Christian abolitionists gave their lives by the hundreds of thousands to end slavery. Great American leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worshipped God just as our Founding Fathers did. We must never forget this important aspect of our heritage or use it as a political bargaining chip.”

So… we can’t thank the slaves we forced to build one of the most important structures of our nation’s history, because Christians were abolitionists? That’s a red herring if I’ve ever heard of one. If Christians were such great abolitionists, why is Steve King (presumably God’s gift to America) so unwilling to thank the slaves that his forefathers helped free?

Steve King says he’s never heard of a girl getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest. Wait… what about that article we already linked to? Isn’t that why he wouldn’t support defending animals from dog fights? Once again, how incredibly insensitive! I don’t know anyone who has personally been a victim of statutory rape or incest, but that certainly doesn’t mean I don’t believe they exist, nor would I ever go so far as to suggest such a thing to a reporter.

I’m running out of patience so here is a slideshow of Steve King’s crazy, and here is a dandy website called Steve King Facts. You might want to grab some mj, beer, or sugar to swallow down this dose of bitter medicine.

Look, I understand: conservative, mostly Christian Republicans in western Iowa have only a couple of issues that they’ve been told actually matter. Those often come down to abortion and “protecting” traditional marriage (as if heterosexual marriages are somehow in danger). King keeps bringing up  scary (unreal) scenarios to throw off responsibility for any real dialogue. He also acts like whatever his position is should be considered the lone stance of protecting some facet of Christianity. Please consider what he’s actually standing for or against – is it really protecting or even following the tenets of Christianity? Usually it’s just stirring the pot, seeking a reporter and camera time, and making Iowans look like backwards imbeciles.

There are other issues important to Iowans and the rest of the country. Issues like acknowledging rape and sexual abuse and supporting victims, ending hate crimes against minorities, no longer allowing for the abuse of animals to make money or out of perverted enjoyment, and passing farm bills (even if they, god forbid, protect animals from violent deaths). It would also be nice to not be considered the laughing stock of the country – the people who continually vote for an insensitive, irrational quack who cares more about flapping his wings and honking for attention than fighting for righteousness and justice.

Vote for someone who is going to make things better.  Someone both Republicans and Democrats have thrown their weight behind. Someone who isn’t simply out for the limelight, but out to make Iowans proud.