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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

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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

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PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

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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.

King calls for revolution, says he’s losing sleep over socialist health care

By Jason Hancock | 03.16.10 | 1:33 pm

Americans should launch a “Velvet Revolution”-style uprising against the federal government in order to put a stop to creeping socialism and defeat health care reform, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said Tuesday.

King was a featured speaker at several “Kill the Bill” rallies in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning that were designed to stop health care reform legislation. In an interview with the liberal site Huffington Post, King said there are a lot of similarities between current-day America and Czechoslovakia under communism.

Speaking to the Huffington Post shortly after his speech, King declared that a peaceful uprising, a la the successful overthrowing of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia on the streets of Prague in 1989 “would be fine with me.”

“Fill this city up, fill this city, jam this place full so that they can’t get in, they can’t get out and they will have to capitulate to the will of the American people,” he said.

“So this is just like Prague under communist rule?” the Huffington Post asked.

“Oh yeah, it is very, very close,” King replied. “It is the nationalization of our liberty and the federal government taking our liberty over. So there are a lot of similarities there.”

In an interview with Dave Weigel from The Washington Independent, King expressed concern that Democrats may have the votes to pass health care reform in the House.

“[Rep.] Bart Stupak [D-Mich] says he has 12 ‘no’ votes,” said U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, who spoke at the rally organized by multiple Tea Party groups. “I can count one — Bart Stupak. I can’t name number two. There’s 11 anonymous people and you can’t count anonymous votes. If you can’t count them, they’re not no votes. I think that’s something that should have been pressed much, much harder.”

Some Republicans expressed confidence that Democrats don’t have the votes, but King was much more nervous.

“I’d rather serve in the minority,” King said, “however long they send me back here to do that, that I would live under this socialism that they’re trying to impose upon us. I can’t sleep at night.”

The Washington Independent has a slide show of images from Tuesday’s “Kill the Bill” rally.

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Comments

  • trishpeyton

    When I hear U.S. Representative Steve King encourages an uprising in revolution against the current government, I hear a man saying that he wants to deny me of my rights to liberty and freedom as a citizen of the United States. The members of our government were elected to their seats of power through our democratic process. (Just as Steve King was.) Changing who holds these seats through anything other than the democratic process is unconstitutional, illegal, treasonable, and denies the American citizenry of its right to vote. Representative King is treading on dangerously thin ice, politically speaking, with his speech on “Velvet Revolutions.” I am not in his district, but I AM an Iowan, and I am angry that he encourages people to disrupt the governance of our nation because they, along with himself, do not like the outcome of the previous presidential and congressional elections. Nobody has the right to deny me of the right to government by the people for whom I voted. It's time for right-minded people to speak out against such traitorous, unpatriotic speech.

  • jrship

    When can we just start ignoring King's outrageous temper tantrums? Is this guy two years old. Elections have consequences. If you've got better ideas then run on them in Nov and win back the House……. but you better come up with something other than cutting taxes for the rich and deregulating the enrons and big banks of the world. That didn't work out so well and it's the reason Americans voted for change.

  • annawoods04

    Health care is a commodity.There must be some middle ground between the Western European socialist health care system, where everyone is covered but the quality of care isn’t as good as ours and our own system where the quality of care is great but many people aren’t able to access it. This country has some great minds, both Republican and Democrats. We should be able to put together a new system that provides quality care that is both sustainable and profitable for those running it and allows everyone in the country access.

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    • springman

      I hate to bust your bubble but health care in the US is not the best in the world nor do we make all of the advances. I can only guess but I bet you have never been outside of the US? Also, Not all European healthcare systems are socialist ( you need to look up the word). Some of the best are German and Swiss which rely on Companies to supply financial services but they are not allowed to run over the people which is what business is currently allowed to do in the USA. Maybe one day we will get it right but it is in the opposite direction of were we have been going for over thirty years.

  • ProudConservative

    Totally agree! The time is nigh!

  • springman

    King is just another sick puppy if he thinks that this handful of people actually represent what the American Citizen wants. He should be investigated for seditious activities.

  • ProudConservative

    Totally agree! The time is nigh!

  • springman

    King is just another sick puppy if he thinks that this handful of people actually represent what the American Citizen wants. He should be investigated for seditious activities.

  • springman

    I hate to bust your bubble but health care in the US is not the best in the world nor do we make all of the advances. I can only guess but I bet you have never been outside of the US? Also, Not all European healthcare systems are socialist ( you need to look up the word). Some of the best are German and Swiss which rely on Companies to supply financial services but they are not allowed to run over the people which is what business is currently allowed to do in the USA. Maybe one day we will get it right but it is in the opposite direction of were we have been going for over thirty years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gibbygano Ryan Blake

    Why are people who are clearly suffering from schizophrenia allowed to be U.S. Representatives?

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