U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA) tweeted comments Sunday afternoon that have since landed him in hot water.
“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” King stated. “We can’t restore our civilization with someone else’s babies.”
It is that last line that really caught the attention of many on both sides of the political aisle.
King went on CNN’s New Day Monday morning, not to amend, but double down on what he said in the prior tweet.
“I meant exactly what I said,” King told Chris Cuomo. “You cannot rebuild your civilization with someone else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birthrate up, and that you need to teach your children your values.”
When pressed by Cuomo on the premise, King continued:
“I would like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same,” King said.
Several politicians, both Republican and Democrat, have called King him out on his comments.
“I’m an American no less than you are,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) said in a tweet. “I love our Constitution and our traditions. Am I ‘someone else’s’ baby because my parents are immigrants?”
King has made similar comments before and has said he is simply defending western civilization.
“I’m a champion of Western Civilization,” He told Cuomo. However, these comments show just how little he knows about the civilization he’s “a champion” of.
King believes to make Western civilization great again, it has something to do with homogeny. That could not be further from the truth. It may be cliché to say “America was built on immigrants” or “America is a melting pot,” but we have begun to forget how important this phenomenon was in our history.
America was founded on the idea that we would be a refuge for those fleeing oppression. We not only welcomed, but encouraged those from other countries to come to our own, which is why King’s claims are almost laughable. Western culture, and specifically American culture, isn’t different because it’s exclusive to one people, and thus anyone coming here must be like that people. We are a culture of all people made strong by relying on all ways of life.
In fact, a free market economy works best when it is a diverse economy. Freedom isn’t a concept that’s only exclusive to one race, people, nation, or civilization. The want to be free is inherent in all people and America has always embraced this idea. Western culture isn’t one defined by a certain race, a certain people, or the ideas that come from that people. Western culture is one that believes in liberty and individualism.
Western Civilization has much less to worry about immigrants ruining our culture than we do white Marxist professors and authoritarian heads of state.
When any culture or society begins to place a priority on the greater good instead of insisting that the individual is the greatest good there is, that society will always slip toward a bigger state and authoritarianism.
What King doesn’t seem to get is that the very civilization he claims to be the champion of is one of a culture of liberty and individualism. Because he mistakes it with identity politics and a fear of “someone else’s babies” making us look different in the future, he feeds the collectivist beast that is the only true damage to our society.
When Amash responded to King, he completely shut down his argument. Amash is arguably among the greatest defenders of liberty in the House today, yet his parents are from the Middle East. One could argue this is because they properly assimilated, but this would miss the greater point. As I previously pointed out, this idea of liberty is not unique to America alone; America just happens to be an example of a country that enshrined it into our society.
Despite being “someone else’s” baby, people like Amash seemingly have a better grip on what it means to defend western values than “the champion of Western Civilization” himself.