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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

COMMENTARY: King Maligns Mixed-Race Military Families

By Douglas Burns | 07.21.08 | 2:05 pm

Congressman Steve King is now using a preposterous hypothetical that characterizes our servicemen as booze-hounds prone to one-night stands and black-out drunk marriages.

King, a Kiron Republican who is not even subtle with his beliefs that America should be populated by native-born whites, is a strong supporter of the so-called “widow penalty.” More than 150 foreign-born widows and widowers face deportation because their spouses died less than two years after the marriages and before citizenship paperwork could be processed.

Congress is working to end the tragedy but King doesn’t want to cut the widows a break, in large part because he questions the legitimacy of mixed-race families, believing them a product of white men wilding on foreign soils with exotic women. Read his own words:

“A soldier, man or woman, could get drunk in Bangkok, wake up in the morning and be married, as will happen sometimes in places like Las Vegas or Bangkok, be killed the next day, and the spouse who was a product of the evening’s celebration would have then a right to claim access to come to the United States on a green card,” King said during debate on the widow penalty, according to The Des Moines Register.

There are thousands of mixed-race military families that are beautiful unions, brimming with the family values King’s crowd espouses. To suggest that our military men don’t have the character to connect with foreigners in a meaningful, loving way is demeaning. King’s also saying our soldiers don’t have much self-restraint or self-respect. The lecherous imagery he conjures is more fitting for the old drafted Army (which King avoided while he wasn’t graduating from Northwest Missouri State) than the modern professional military.

If King trusts our servicepeople to do his fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan then surely they ought to be able to avoid unwanted marriages in Bangkok.

In the end, King’s comments reveal that he views non-American (white) women as toys in sexual adventures — things to be tossed aside, not loved and cherished as humans that add to our culture and families.

Comments

  • Al Cross

    You nailed him It’s great to see pigheaded politicians get what they deserve.

  • Bob Krause

    Roving Ambassador, Iowa Democratic Veterans Caucus I am surprised that a man with no military experience, who appeared to dodge Viet Nam service, Congressman Steve King of Kiron, is so knowledgeable about the drinking and mating habits of our service men and women. 

    What a cheap, venal thing to do — to paint the widow or widower of a military service member as a slut from the street.  King probably does not know that U.S. laws are structured to encourage a soldier to bring his fiancee to the US for marriage.

    I would be interesting to know just how many of the 150 foreign widows and widowers due to be sent back were married to their soldier or sailor here in the United States.

    But that is beside the point.  This is man with very little honor. He wraps himself in the flag at every opportunity, and yet has chosen to malign the loved ones of deceased service members. 

    Steve – why don’t you just make these widows and widowers give back the flag that was draped on the coffin while you are at it?  That would be another one to wrap yourself in.

  • Al Cross

    You nailed him It's great to see pigheaded politicians get what they deserve.

  • Bob Krause

    Roving Ambassador, Iowa Democratic Veterans Caucus I am surprised that a man with no military experience, who appeared to dodge Viet Nam service, Congressman Steve King of Kiron, is so knowledgeable about the drinking and mating habits of our service men and women. 

    What a cheap, venal thing to do — to paint the widow or widower of a military service member as a slut from the street.  King probably does not know that U.S. laws are structured to encourage a soldier to bring his fiancee to the US for marriage.

    I would be interesting to know just how many of the 150 foreign widows and widowers due to be sent back were married to their soldier or sailor here in the United States.

    But that is beside the point.  This is man with very little honor. He wraps himself in the flag at every opportunity, and yet has chosen to malign the loved ones of deceased service members. 

    Steve – why don't you just make these widows and widowers give back the flag that was draped on the coffin while you are at it?  That would be another one to wrap yourself in.

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