Letter to the Editor:
I have pondered Mr. D. A. Benda's letter concerning congressman Steve King (May 8, 2014) for several weeks. Finally after watching the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, I decided that I must reply.
With apparent temerity Mr. Benda has the audacity to question King's activities. Governor Branstad has stated that Representative King is a good friend of his. He has the unequivocal support of the Farm Bureau. He has received an A rating from the NRA. He is the poster boy for the "new" Republican Party in Iowa. He is also the poster boy for the diocese of Sioux City. He has spoken to CPAC concerning the involvement of the United States in the Korean conflict and the Vietnam war. His "hero" - most admired person in whose footsteps he would like to follow - the Junior Senator from Wisconsin - "Tailgunner Joe". With these items in his resume, how could anyone possibly question any of his actions?
He was a finalist in the contest for "worst congressman" in the country for an ad, but he did not win. In following the program outlined by the Junior Senator from Wisconsin, King appears on TV whenever he can to spew forth. Stay on TV in front of the public and they will re-elect you again, and again, and again etc. A miserably ineffective show boat. "Tailgunner Joe" destroyed many by accusing people of being communists during his tenure in the senate. King, on the other hand has the ability to destroy the lives of many more people through his demonizing of the immigrants.
He seems to be a "protected species" by the conservative Republicans in Western Iowa. When I grew up in Western Iowa, the two representatives I remember were Ben Jensen and Bill Scherle, both conservatives and both were men of principle and character. King is the great deceiver - but, then remember he did bring the Cuban Canadian or the Canadian Cuban to Iowa to kill some pheasants.
King is devoid of any of the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship.
I guess, what bothers me the most about King is that he is a bona fide Viet Nam era draft dodger. He avoided the draft in 1967, 1968 and 1969, the peak years of induction into the army during the war. He received deferments for college. He attended Northwest Missouri State. Nine days after receiving his third deferment, President Richard Nixon signed an amendment to the Military Service Act of 1967 that created the draft lottery. The birth date of May 28, Steve King's birth date, was assigned number 308. This was an extremely high number and virtually guaranteed that he would never be drafted. King left college - he was granted "de-facto amnesty" from the draft. Steve King - "better red than dead"?
Four from Denison died in the conflict - Steve King dodged the draft. Many Iowa families suffered losses - Steve King dodged the draft.
Isn't it "great" that a draft dodger represents a large portion of Iowa?