Republicans must not allow partisanship to force them to accept those whose beliefs are reprehensible.

Racism is not a conservative value.

Republicans must not allow partisanship to force them to accept those whose beliefs are reprehensible.

Congress should censure Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

King sent out a tweet this weekend that included the phrase, “We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.” King is anti-immigration whether it is legal or illegal. He doesn’t want “other people’s babies” staining his lily-white world.

This isn’t an over-reaction to a misstatement by an outspoken congressman.

Rep. King was interviewed by CNN about his tweet and he very clearly stated what he meant originally.

"I meant exactly what I said," King said. "Like to see an America that's just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same, from that perspective."

Perhaps, being from Iowa, King has never seen the Statue of Liberty.

I have.

She stands on Liberty Island to welcome immigrants with a plaque bearing these words, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

The First Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech. It doesn’t allow you to say anything you want without consequence. Iowa voters shouldn’t let King damage their reputations with his hate-filled comments that were made with specific purpose and hateful intent.

In case you were wondering how racist King’s comments actually were, former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke welcomed King’s comments with his own tweet where he said “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!”

Every day, the Republican Party moves further and further from my core beliefs and the beliefs party members once held dear. The party has shifted against public education, immigration and even reasonable assistance to the less fortunate.

What happened to the GOP that was led by George H.W. Bush who used a State of the Union address to institute a 1,000 Points of Light Program that recognized and supported the work of volunteers in the country who make a difference in communities – regardless of religious affiliation, skin color or country of origin. Bush Sr. created a foundation that still promotes and supports volunteers and programs that help solve problems.

The 1,000 points of light have been darkened by talk of building walls, travel bans, and overt racism.

The Republicans have to remove racist and hateful speech and restore the party to true conservative values that welcome people of all races and nationalities and gives them the same opportunities to succeed that all Americans enjoy.