An Ugly Voice — Peter T. King

I had no intention of writing about this topic again this week.  I was fairly certain it would come up again in the near future, for I don’t think the final word has been said yet, but I thought the topic was put to bed for a nap, at least.  Until, that is, the abominable New York Congressman  Peter King had to open his mouth and spew the most ludicrous thing I have heard and get the needle on my radar twitching and my fingers itching.  And what topic is that, you may be wondering?  The NFL decision to fine teams & players who refuse to stand for the playing of the national anthem before games.

My feelings on this are well-known and do not bear repeating, but an examination of Mr. King’s statement is definitely in order.  As I mentioned in my last post about this topic, Take A Knee, there was one team owner who stood above all the rest in the decision of the team owners.  Christopher Johnson, acting owner of the New York Jets, stood up for his players …chris johnson.jpg“I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”

I applaud him for being the only one to stand heads above the rest, to have the courage of his convictions, to stand for his players.  But apparently Representative King viewed it a bit differently …Pete King.pngHe is comparing taking a knee rather than standing at attention for a stupid song to a Nazi salute?  He is comparing a peaceful protest against police brutality and racial injustice to a group of people who commited murder, who committed genocide, who committed crimes against humanity when they killed more than 6 million people???  What tree did this ‘man’ fall from?

I commented on his tweet:

“You are delusional, Mr. King, and not worthy of the office you hold.  Have you ever read the U.S. Constitution?  I suggest you do so, post haste.”

That was mild, compared to what I wanted to say, but Twitter has a word limit, and presumably a set of standards about language, so I restrained myself.  But let us ask a question here:  Is this the ‘new norm’?  Is what used to be admirable no longer so, and bigotry now what is looked up to?

I was encouraged that, with few exceptions, the comments to King’s tweet were along the lines of voting him out of office, which tells me that no, We The People have not become cruel, heartless, anti-freedom idiots.  But how did we come to this point, to this place where we are electing people to high offices in our federal government who have so little humanity, no empathy for humans?  And in New York, of all places!  C’mon, New Yorkers … you’re better than this!

Peter King photo.pngMr. King piqued my curiosity … people don’t just become this way overnight, after all … so I dug a little deeper.  What I found is an unapologetic racist, an intense Islamophobe, homophobe.  King has been in office since 1992, and it is the opinion of this writer that it is well past time to take out the trash.  Let us hope that there is a strong, viable candidate running against Mr. King in the 2nd congressional district of New York in November.

31 thoughts on “An Ugly Voice — Peter T. King

    • Heh heh heh … maybe, but did you read Hugh’s comment? He makes a good point, that Johnson could have voted against, or abstained from the vote if he really wanted to make a statement. I still admire him, but maybe not quite as much. I can get you the address of the team, and I assume you can mail him there, if you’re serious about wanting it?

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      • No, I’m sorry to say I hadn’t read Hugh’s comment. When I got back from the cabin last night I had 88 notifications of posts. I was flying through them not reading comments. So I didn’t realize he had voted with the rest of them. Ok, so I’m not so impressed now. It will probably all turn out to be smoke anyway. Sad though…:(

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        • 88!!!! You actually read 88 posts??? Wow! I do well to read 5-10 a day … I’m impressed!

          But yeah, he could have made a much louder and braver statement, so I now have mixed feelings. We take what we can get these days, eh?

          88???!!!

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          • Yep. I follow 75 blogs and have quite a bit of email that passed through my gmail account, too. If there are multiple entries on daily digests, though, sometimes I only comment on one. I don’t have much else to do these days with no car and not feeling like going out much…

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            • I hear you on the no car and not feeling like going out much. It has been so hot and humid here, and I’m still hanging on to the tail end of my respiratory infection, so I have been staying mostly in. But writing my 2 posts a day takes most of my time, and while I would love to visit every blog I follow on a daily basis, I simply can’t. Thumbs up to you!!!

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                • In a northern suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Not a native … I was raised in NYC and San Francisco, spent my married life in rural Virginia, then took a job at Honda in Columbus Ohio, and later ended up here. 😉

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                    • Awwww … that stinks! Plans to go at another time? I am not familiar with your illness, but just did a quick Google search and it sounds exhausting. Hugs to you, and I hope you get to Ireland one day soon. ❤

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                    • No plans. Our best friends were going with us, so they went ahead and made the trip. Amy said with all the steps to climb and all the walking she didn’t think I would be able to do it. So I’ve “closed the door” on that dream unless something radically changes. Instead we’re going to Hawaii next April. We leave on our 47th anniversary. it’s much flatter there! No castles to conquer… Yes, this MG sucks big time. The worst part is I never know how I’m going to feel on any given day so it’s hard to plan stuff.

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                    • Well Hawaii it is then! I hope you have a ball! And don’t forget we will want lots of pictures! 47 years! That speaks volumes for both you and his nibs! Hang in there, my friend. I will keep my fingers crossed that every day you are in Hawaii next April will be a good day for you!

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  1. I sincerely hope (and expect?) that there will be a clean sweep in the upcoming elections and that folks like Pete King will be looking for a job where he actually has to work. (Don’t be too loud in your praise for Christopher Johnson, by the way, since he voted with the other owners rather than speak up in the owners’ meeting or abstain, which would have been truly courageous.)

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    • I echo your hopes, Hugh … I hope they run him out of town on a rail, and the rest of his ilk, too. Yes, Johnson did vote with the others, and I wasn’t considering that when I praised him. It would have meant much, much more if he had voted against the proposal. The 49-ers were the only ones to abstain, so i hear. BUT … I am a bit confused, for CBS Sports is reporting that no formal vote was held. Is that kosher?

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      • I heard the same thing. It’s called “consensus” these days. They want the public to think they are of one mind….as it were. But Johnson could have spoken up and even abstained as did the 49ers.

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  2. Great post Jill and thanks for tweeting a response to King’s asinine remark. You and I are wrote similar posts today. King and Trump need to read the 1st amendment. Also, when people pull out the Nazi card it better be for a horrible event such as genocide or invading countries after pretending they attacked. The Nazi label is used as lazy argument when the facts don’t work in your favor. It is quite inappropriate and King should receive pushback. Keith

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    • Thank you Keith! I haven’t seen your post today but will be heading over that way shortly. Yes, King is a jerk and I am truly amazed he has lasted this long in his position, for this is not his first such exhibition of bigotry and idiocy. I think he may find it hard to defend his position come November. I hope so, anyway. And you are right … too many find it easy and glib to make the Nazi comparisons, but King’s may be the absolute worst I have heard.

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      • With your and Gronda’s impetus, I spoke with a staff member of Congressman King’s. I said his reference to civil protest being Nazism is very inappropriate and off the mark. Among many things, I said we already have a President who is attacking our 1st amendment rights, so we need Congresspeople to speak out against that, not join in the attack. Won’t do any good, but it made feel like I was doing something about our rights. Keith

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  3. DearJill,

    I just tweeted him at @RepPeteKing a copy of this post. The NFL players kneeling is a respectful protest that throws a spotlight on the issue about too many police officers mistreatment of unarmed peoples of color. This issue is for real and Rep King had better watch out. His constituents may not approve of his racist commentary.

    Thank you for a great post.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thank you, Gronda!!! I hope he reads it! Yes, I think, based on the comments I saw, that he will have a difficult time holding on to his seat in November. Then again, people have short memories and this may be swept under the rug by then. He has done other things, too, though … I’m surprised he’s lasted this long. Thanks again, Gronda!
      Hugs!!!

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    • No, I wasn’t only referring to King, but he and his cohorts are barely the tip of the iceberg. I doubt there is a trash truck big enough to hold all the trash on Pennsylvania Avenue alone, let alone Capitol Hill.

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