Rep. Steve King: Obama 'lowering American values'

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Thursday accused President Obama and other Democrats of systematically undermining American culture by lending support to racial, ethnic and religious differences that favor their base.

"I hear the president reducing or lowering American values by his comments that take place in the public and in the press," King said on the House floor. "Think about the things that he's chosen sides on.

"For example, when it was professor Gates and officer Crowley … first of all, no president would engage in an incident like that. But he did, and he drove a wedge down between the issues of race."

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King was referring to the 2009 incident in which Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Mass., Police Department arrested Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. Obama said Crowley "acted stupidly," but later said he should not have said that. The three later sat down for a "beer summit."

"When Arizona passed their immigration law, S.B. 1070, the president had to do a profile of the type of person that he alleged might be impacted negatively by that bill, when the bill itself specifically said that couldn't happen," King said. "Down the lines of race and ethnicity again."

King also argued that Obama's attempt to shift the culture can be seen in the attention he brings to sports.

"[W]e've got Tim Tebow who will kneel and pray to God … on the football field," King said of the former New York Jets backup quarterback. King indicated that Tebow won no approval from Obama, but that Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards did when he recently announced he is gay.

"Meanwhile, we have a professional athlete that decides that he's going to announce his sexuality, and he gets a personal call from the president of the United States," King said.

"These are ways that the culture gets undermined, where it gets divided, and the people on this side take their followership from that kind of leadership," King said.

"And one notch at a time, one click at a time, American civilization, American culture, Western civilization, Western Judeo-Christendom are eroded."