Comedian Stephen Colbert isn’t the only person that thinks Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is an idiot. Every pothead between Clay County, West Virginia and the Hawaiian island of Maui was laughing fit to be tied (Thai-ed?) after hearing that ridiculous assertion made by the vehement anti-immigrationist last week. Because any pothead with any sense (or sensimilla) can tell you that marijuana is light and 75 pounds of marijuana is a lot of herb.
As in bulk. Cumbersome. A lot to carry.
So why would potheads laugh? And why should you — and Stephen Colbert — and everybody else join them in one big laugh-fest at Steve King’s expense? As can be seen via a July 26 posting in The New Republic, after staffers undoubtedly skimmed untold numbers of photos of heaps of pot on the Internet, a 2011 image (from Kansas City’s alternate weekly The Pitch) was found that shows just how ridiculous, idiotic, and laughable Steve King’s statement is. Because, pictorially, 75 pounds is a massive load of weed.
To carry. In the desert.
In the photo, filled round and flattened bags of marijuana are piled around an Interstate 70 highway marker. It is an impressive quantity of pot.
To recount: King was expounding, as is his usual tiresome wont, on why immigration reform is a bad idea to the conservative magazine Newsmax. This time around, though, he chose to give another of his factless hyperbolic quotes in slamming the illegal immigrants already in the U.S. while conflating them with drug-carrying mules entering the U. S. and contributing to America’s drug problem. For the charitable, though, he might get a little credit for only specifically denigrating young illegal immigrants and not all illegal immigrants. But, then, wasn’t that exactly what he was doing?
King, attempting to be clever, attacked the American-educated young illegal immigrants that many politicians of both parties favor for a fast track — through the Dream Act or legislation like it — to U. S. citizenship. Many were brought to the U. S. by families as babies, children, or youths and became illegals through no real fault of their own and are actually immigrants and/or foreign nationals in name only, having been assimilated into American society from a young age. That matters not to King, because he says that they will all become legal citizens with current immigration reform. For every undocumented immigrant, he told Newsmax, “who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds—and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
Yeah… but no.
As the photo discovered by the New Republic shows, teens old enough to be valedictorians would have to carry a gigantic Santa’s sack of marijuana to carry 75 pounds of the illegal herb into the U.S. And in the desert? What about water? Food?
Regardless, the pile of weed in the photo shows that even border runners with “calves the size of cantaloupes” (a Freudian slight toward migrant farmers who make up most of the cantaloupe harvesters?) would be hard pressed to carry duffel bags and backpacks crammed full of 75 pounds-worth of pot.
And as for making pot smugglers and drug runners legal citizens, those young people with established lives are not the same as those that truly do come to the U. S. as smugglers. And by King’s own derisive estimation, the numbers couldn’t be that high. So those who have become educated in America’s schools and have and will contribute to American society and its economy should be denied basic citizenship rights because of some fear-induced construct of super-men drug smugglers with cantaloupe-sized calves from a man comedian Stephen Colbert once cheekily insinuated was a “corn-packer” to his face (at a hearing in Washington, no less) in a hearing concerning migrant farmers?
But Rep. King has shown in the past that he is adept at playing the idiot, such as when he told an Iowa reporter that he had personally never heard of a child as young as 12 getting pregnant by statutory rape or incest.
And King has since doubled down on his illegal immigrant drug mule statement, even after being called out by members of his own party, like Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). He told CNN that he got his information from countless hours spent with Border Patrol agents and officials who told him of such border smuggling.
And, yes, the potheads are still laughing, for once their coughing fits not brought on by just a little too much of that Clay County ditch weed or that Maui Wowie…