Oh, Congress, will you ever learn?

A Republican senator says "Obama is disarming America," and a congressman worries Iowa's same-sex marriage decision will destroy civilization.

Published April 7, 2009 11:15PM (EDT)

Clearly, we've been paying too much attention to Michele Bachmann. Come on, people -- there are other members of Congress out there just starved for attention and willing to say damn near anything that pops to mind in order to get it.

Like, say, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. As I noted on Friday, last week, in the wake of the Iowa Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, King worried about the prospect of a "gay marriage Mecca" coming to Iowa. This week, he went further, worrying about civilization itself, according to the Iowa Independent.

“Our entire culture comes through a man and a woman joined in holy matrimony, being blessed with children and pouring those values into the children and then living vicariously through them as they go off and we are blessed with grandchildren,” King said at an anti-abortion event on Monday night, adding, "it has been thus since the beginning... We don’t have to apologize to anybody for this. They are the ones who are offending our civilization and our culture."

King also said his state has "become the embarrassment of the nation" in the wake of the decision.

And then there's Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. He's been in Afghanistan recently, and while there he took the time to decry the level of funding provided for the military in President Obama's budget. In a press release put out by his office, Inhofe said, "I cannot believe what I heard today... President Obama is disarming America. Never before has a president so ravaged the military at a time of war."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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