Pete Stark (D/CA, 13th Congressional District — inland Bay Area from south of Oakland, CA down to but not including Milpitas, CA) has been a member of Congress since since 1973. Clearly, term limits for Congress are badly needed. In Pete Stark’s case, term limits are very badly needed. So is a nursing home or at least a care giver if not a beeping ankle bracelet on Stark’s limb so the public can be aware when he’s anywhere near anyone else.
Stark’s latest Townhall meeting was another opportunity for Pete Stark to steal decency and throw it up on the public as nonsense. It is hurtful to know that this example of a bad man is in Congress and has remained in Congress for decades. Today, worse, he is engaged in a re-election campaign.
Stark is a member of the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives. Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) consistently rates his voting record as between 95 and 100 percent on the left side of legislation. During the course of his legislative career, Stark has voted:
* against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001;
* against the post-9/11 anti-terrorism measure known as the Patriot Act;
* against allowing the U.S. government to use electronic surveillance to investigate suspected terrorist operatives;
* against a bill permitting the government to combat potential terrorist threats by monitoring foreign electronic communications which are routed through the United States;
* against an October 2002 joint resolution authorizing U.S. military action in Iraq;
* against the establishment of military commissions to try enemy combatants captured in the war on terror;
* in favor of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq immediately and by a preordained date;
* against President Bush’s 2007 decision to deploy some 21,500 additional U.S. soldiers in an effort to quell the violent insurgents in Iraq;
* in favor of a proposal to expedite the transfer of all prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay detention center;
* against requiring hospitals to report (to the federal government) illegal aliens who receive emergency medical treatment;
* against the Real ID Act, which proposed to set minimal security requirements for state driver licenses and identification cards;
* against separate proposals calling for the construction of some 700 miles of fencing to prevent illegal immigration along America’s southern border;
* against a proposal to grant state and local officials the authority to investigate, identify, and arrest illegal immigrants;
* against major tax cut proposals in September 1998, February 2000, March 2000, July 2000, May 2001, May 2003, October 2004, and May 2006;
* against separate welfare-reform bills designed to move people off the welfare rolls and into paying jobs;
* in favor of prohibiting oil and gas exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR);
* and against a proposal to fund offshore oil exploration along the Outer Continental Shelf.
In 2005 Stark, along with 72 fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives, became a member of the Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus.
Today Stark is an Advisory Committee member of Progressive Majority, a political networking group whose aim is to elect as many leftwing political candidates as possible. Fellow members include such notables as Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Peter DeFazio, Rosa DeLauro, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., Jan Schakowsky, Hilda Solis, John Conyers Jr., Lane Evans, Bob Filner, Barney Frank, Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, Sheila Jackson Lee, Barbara Lee, Jerrold Nadler, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman, Lynne Woolsey, Eleanor Holmes Norton, John Corzine, and Diane Watson (emphasis added).
(Ed. Note: suggestion, investigate those Progressives by name.)
Stark has cultivated a reputation among his congressional colleagues for possessing a hot temper. On one occasion in 1990, for instance, he openly described the George H.W. Bush administration’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, an African American named Dr. Louis Sullivan, as “a disgrace to his race and his profession” for opposing Stark’s proposals for socialized medicine. This prompted Sullivan to retort: “I guess I should feel ashamed because Congressman Stark thinks I am not a ‘good Negro’ … [and he is] not ready to accept independent thinking by a black man.”
In 1991 Stark impugned his “Jewish colleagues” for supporting the Persian Gulf War. He referred to New York congressman Stephen Solarz, who co-sponsored the Gulf War Authorization Act, as “Field Marshal Solarz in the pro-Israel forces.”
During a private 1995 meeting with Connecticut congresswoman Nancy Johnson, Stark called Johnson a “whore for the insurance industries” and suggested that her knowledge about health care was restricted to what she had heard during “pillow talk” with her husband, who was a physician.
In 1999 Stark attacked conservative California state welfare director Eloise Anderson (who is black and a former welfare mother), saying she would “kill children if she had her way.” Anderson’s sin was to be an advocate of welfare reform.
During a 2003 legislative mark-up session on pension funds, Stark hurled epithets such as “fruitcake” and “c**ksucker” at Republican colleagues.
During debate on the House floor on October 18, 2007, Stark made the following remarks to Texas Republican Joe Barton:
“Republicans sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement.”
A professed Unitarian, Stark has made no secret of his hatred for conservative religious belief. He routinely attacks Republicans for their “blind allegiance to the Holy Rollers of the Christian right” and “the messianic Pharisees of the religious right.”
There is no doubt that Pete Stark is saturated in a bloated-federal-government model, increasing taxes and welfare-dependency and expenditures, Socialist government control of what should be private property (destruction of Capitalism here) and especially that Stark and his Progressive Caucus members (among other Democrats) are engaged in minimizing national security and are not supportive of controlling illegal immigration.
Stark’s latest Townhall disaster in which he ridicules — again — national security, American citizens, concerns about illegal aliens and related crime and in which Stark irrationally asks a citizen “who are you going to kill today“. I’d describe the depraved Pete Stark as crazy but that would be speaking too well of him.
Certainly Democrats are working feverishly to agitate those among our nation who are emotionally compromised as involved in illegal immigration.
To our nation’s credit and especially to the credit of the 13th District in CA, Stark’s townhall (video and commentary) was filled with a mix of all races from among the District’s residents, a variety of Americans who don’t fall for the generic ethnic and racial generalizations based upon their shocked and disapproving reaction to Stark’s insulting statements.
Stark’s Townhall drew Americans who are Asian, Hispanic, White, Black, a few who are disabled, and, from the video recording of that event, they by large numbers found Stark’s statements to be horrible.
Stark, it appears, as with other Democrats, want the nation to believe, unfortunately, that to be one race or one ethnicity among others is to be “all for” or inclusively involved against national security, which is utterly not true. “Hispanic immigration activists” does not include, exclusively, all Americans who are “Hispanic” any more than Pete Stark, obviously a Caucasian, represents what “all white people” think and why (the very thought of such is repulsive).
The Minutemen have long proved this point despite ongoing lies like Stark’s and others from the Left contrary to reality about that organization as also about many another American citizen: those of us who support national security and oppose illegal immigration, as also oppose amnesty for illegal aliens in this nation at this time, that all races, all ethnicities, both genders and people from both political parties share these views: against amnesty for illegal aliens, for border security, for enforcement of existing immigration laws.
Stark and Democrats spread a diseased perspective about our nation’s population and try their darndest to isolate and embarrass those of us among American citizens who don’t fall for his and their sick, pejorative accusations.
Against amnesty for illegal aliens? Want our nation’s borders secured? Want our existing immigration laws enforced? The majority of Americans support those things, too, and among that majority who do are to be found all races and ethnicities, people from all states and from both political parties.
The Progressives may assume they have the microphone for our nation’s point of view, but they don’t. For one, Democrat, Progressive Pete Stark’s microphone is broadcasting lies.
Pete Stark’s loathesome remarks from his recent Townhall meeting, June 26, 2010, from Fremont, California.
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