Easing Back Into This with a “Wait….What?”

You have to love Rep. Steve King.  Not because he is a good congressman or anything, but because of the sheer insanity that often escapes his mouth.  He is well deserving of the title Ed Brayton has given him: Prom King of Wingnuttia.

So what conspiracy theory or conservative cause is Rep. King spewing forth the idiocy on this week?  The United Nations?  Women having rights?  Gays getting uppity?

How about dog fighting?  Wait, what?

Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars:

Rep. Steve King, the prom king of Wingnuttia High School (Michele Bachmann is the prom queen, of course), is actually defending dog fighting. And he’s got a perfectly ridiculous analogy to make with sports like boxing and mixed martial arts.

KING: When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.

Ed destroys the analogy by listing several differences between the two, but he leaves out one of the most important in my mind.  Consent.  Having wrestled in high school, I know a few people who became mixed martial artists, including a current UFC fighter.  Not one of them was forced into the cage.  They chose their path.  No one is holding a gun to their head pre-fight.  They do it because it is the sport they love, and for the best of them, their job.

Dogs never have a choice in the matter.  Dog-fighting dogs are bred to fight, usually through cruel and inhumane methods.  Some people have actually argued with me on this point, claiming that the dogs want to fight.  Perhaps they do, but only because their owners made the decision for them already and forced them down that path.  It isn’t like these dogs are turning two and telling their owners “I’ve decided I want to fight other dogs to the death in a makeshift ring in some crack dealers garage, will you train me?”

Dog fighting.  Seriously.

Rep. Steve King?  Do you ever think before opening your mouth?


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