On King, you’re missing the forest for the trees. You defend the sociological argument well. But you skip the link to it — the Otherizing in his first line.
You’ll have to explain what you mean by that.
So here is my question: what are the actual cultural values of America? It’s not exactly an easy question.
It is an UNBELIEVABLY difficult question, because “America” has always been a far more diverse than other nations, is a nation of immigrants, and is geographically huge. So, it’s not any sort of ethnic cuisine, or art form, or even a broad ethos. Our “cultural values” are basically advised by the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. We communicate matters of consequence in a common language, and although we have a value of religious acceptance and plurality, there are a large set of common values that are transmitted through various flavors of the Christian religion.
But, it’s not easy to pin down anything with great specificity.
So Steve King bothers you because he paints your religion with a broad brush. Hmmm… so he’s an incredibly nuanced sociologist except in one instance? Perhaps he came about his world view before finding evidence for it.
Pfft. King doesn’t even have a degree. He’s not a “nuanced sociologist” in the least. But this part of sociology — cultural transmission — is just common sense. Almost everyone understands the concept, even if they have no idea what it’s called.