GOP Rep. Steve King urges Fussy Authoritarianism with his new Speech Law
It is often claimed that the Republican Party is the party of “small government.” But if this is true, why would a group of Republicans in Congress propose a bill to outlaw the use of millions of words by employees of the U.S. Government? This is the impact of H.R. 997, a bill introduced by Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King on February 9, 2017.
If passed, H.R. 997 would require that when millions of U.S. Government employees refrain from using any non-English language in their work. Why? Because Big Government Steve King has decided that non-English words are politically correct. If H.R. 997 is passed, only English words will be allowed. What’s more, if a government employee slips and starts using a non-English language in her or his work, a sensitive person who is offended by non-English words would actually be able to file a lawsuit against that government employee.
H.R. 997 would unleash a whole new cadre of fussy conservative speech police upon the nation. Why? Because Steve King and his Republican congressional allies just can’t bear a little bit of difference.
Steve King’s allies in promoting this speech-police bill are Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).