Class is in session: The Honorable Steve King would like to give a lesson on the foundation of Western civilization.
The Republican congressman from Iowa, recently embattled for his comments on illegal immigration — drug-toting Mexicans have calves the size of cantaloupes, apparently — took the House floor on Thursday to explain in a 27-minute speech the roots of the United States and how the people of this country are not living up to the example of the Founding Fathers.
"I wanted to come to the floor to talk about this country that we have, this civilization that we have, the foundations of our civilization, and what's required to retain them and enhance them and move this country beyond the shining City on the Hill," King started off.
But before he could discuss history, which he did in excess, he had to first delve into architecture:
"A shining city on the hill, standing true and strong on a granite ridge, was built on a solid foundation. And I argue that the foundation of it are the pillars of American exceptionalism, and those pillars are listed in the Bill of Rights, and you add to that free enterprise capitalism, Judeo-Christian values, the foundation of our culture which welcomes all religions, and on top of that the dream that inspired legal immigrants to come to America. And that dream embodied within the vision of the image of the Statue of Liberty."
In order to make this point, he had to go to the beginning:
"And I would take you back, Mr. Speaker, to think a little bit about the formation of, I'll say, modern history."
Enter Moses, who "came down from the mount with the law."