By Eric Blumberg
Eric Blumberg is an award-winning radio talk show host who also has gained acclaim as a reporter and columnist for several radio stations and local weekly newspapers. Born in New York City in 1952, he received his B.A, in Media Studies at Hunter College and spent two years at the graduate school of journalism at the University of Texas in Austin. He spent the majority of his broadcast journalism career in Austin, where he was recognized four times as the city’s best radio talk show host. Blumberg has taught journalism at Austin Community College as well as English as a second language and writing at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. He now lives in Sioux City, Iowa with his wife, Cindy Waitt. He has three daughters and one stepson.
To U.S. Residents Living Outside Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District:
As a resident of Sioux City, Iowa and a member of the city’s Human Rights Commission, I want to offer all of you my sincerest apologies for the continued stupidity of my U.S. Congressman, Steve King.
His most recent hateful comments regarding those who would benefit from the Immigration Reform Bill are not necessarily those of his constituents. Nonetheless, you might get the impression that those Iowans of King’s 5th district are mindless bigots in the fashion of our Congressman.
Iowans are fair people, who, by and large, do not condemn other people simply based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or, in this case, their current immigration status.
While I do understand what the Congressman is trying to say, I don’t understand why he chose to say it in the fashion he did.
Subsequent to his initial remarks from this July, he took the floor of the Congress to explain himself more thoroughly. In that statement, he, once again, alluded to his belief that the overwhelming majority of those minors who would receive a path to U.S. citizenship are working for Mexican drug cartels in an effort to supply us with the illegal substances we crave.
King stood by his statement that for each valedictorian there are 100 drug mules, adding that there cannot be any doubt of his beliefs since they are backed by logic and scientifically empirical data.
To me, that means that for every 101 undocumented teens living in the U.S., 100 are criminals. I find that hard to believe. However, if this is so, I want statistical proof. Not a guess or an assumption based on personal opinion, but mathematical certainty based on numbers derived from a credible source rather than out of his ass.
I’m well aware the 5th District voters spoke in 2012 and re-elected him by another large margin, however, that doesn’t mean we can’t speak up when faced with unrelenting ignorance and idiocy.
I’m also aware there is no recourse here in Iowa to recall King and am also aware he is too stupid to realize how wrong he is. Thus, you will never receive an apology from him.
The best we can do here in Iowa’s 4th District is to apologize for him and trust the rest of the country does not look too harshly on us since we are not bigots, but simply a group of inherently good people represented by one.