Congressman Allen West (R-FL) spoke in West Palm Beach last night where he topped himself with unhinged hatred for his fellow Americans. This time, West said liberals should “get the hell out of the U.S.” Not surprisingly, this caused a bit of a stir among Democrats. So will those America-loving folks at Fox News condemn these comments? You know that if a Democrat ever said any such thing, especially one up for re-election, it would be a 24/7 topic for discussion on Fox. Or will Fox whitewash and defend the remarks the way it did with his offensive rant against Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz? UPDATED
Huffington Post transcribed West’s comments:
“We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, (audience boos) and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table,” West said. “Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”
Following cheers, West added, “Yeah I said ‘hell.’”
I’ll be eagerly awaiting Fox News’ reaction. My bet? They’ll say something like, “He shouldn’t have said it but liberals (fill in the blank for whatever excuse will be trotted out to attack liberals and make it seem as though they deserved what West said).”
UPDATE: Sadly, though not surprisingly, Fox Nation has already given its stamp of approval to West.
UPDATE 2: West is now a paid contributor to Fox News.
Am I correct in taking your words “…underestimated the racist hatred of those that these types of stunt are intended for. I believe that West did exactly as he intended.” to mean that Mr. Allen West, a conservative African American, is prejudice against blacks? Wow! And I guess because Thomas Sowell speaks against ideas like Affirmative Action minority quotas, he is also prejudice and against the Equal Rights Amendment? In fact Mr. Sowell, a preeminent African American economist, is known to refer to reverse race-descrimination in his prolific writings, that is of black discrimination against whites as a real problem in our society today. Seems to me the real prejudice is against conservative and moral ideas.
Two points, I quote Allen’s words"
“Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else.”
Now I believe these words can be taken in one of two ways; allow me to clarify:
1) We don’t want to hear what you have to say here in America!
2) We’ve heard what you’ve said but reject it!
Now if we take his intent was the former then he’s very much un-American. If we take him to mean the latter then he’s not against the American idea of “free speech” but against the implication of that particular speech. Therefore taking his next sentence “You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.” …he is simply saying we as Americans reject your propositions! Why? Precisely because these ideas are foreign to the traditional American mindset that made us the great country we are.
Thus “equality of achievement” can be contrasted to equality of opportunity; while “economic dependency,” or government based welfare system that hands out without regard for responsibility can be contrasted to the subsidarity principle of helping people at the lowest possible level, starting at: family, moving up through friends, churches, private charities, businesses, city, state and the last resort federal level; thereby holding those being helped to a greater degree of accountability; and finally “enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit,” or government interference in the economic market contrasted to a market based on individual free will with minimum regulation and restrictions, and a maximum of personal responsibillity for the risks we take.
Just because Col. Allen rejects ideas he dislikes does not mean he’s closed his mind to hearing and understanding what they are… in fact how can one reject what they do not know? I suspect he could have put this differently, less offensive to the PC mindset he speaks to, but if liberal/progressives want conservative/traditionalists to acquire thicker skin… shouldn’t they also exhibit it?
MAKE ME, YOU POS!!
West pretty much lost the vote of the people who live in Palm Beach twice- once for how that mentality hurts tourism (even a conservative hates the man who loses him money), and again for that he forgot how many liberals and moderates are there.
Once again- West can be a rockstar all he wants, he’s pretty much lost the vote. He’ll need to pretty much have Broward locked to even have a chance, which isn’t likely if I’m reading the reactions right.
I live clean across the country from his district and I can already hear him losing from here. Let’s talk about his prospects later down the road now…
I fear that you may have overestimated the intelligence and underestimated the racist hatred of those that these types of stunt are intended for. I believe that West did exactly as he intended.
“Colonel West may go down in history as the Paul Revere of his day. His creed is first to fight, and he just may be first to be detained under the NDAA this summer when those aforementioned un-American activists start the riots they have been organizing since last fall.”
My question is just whom has organized these riots and why weren’t we informed? Don’t we get to have any fun anymore?
With a pathetic line up of self serving Brain Dead Clowns for a GOPTard run at POTUS being as dismal as it is I say Bring On The Hate and Fear. It works for me.
This guy is clearly out of line. For Fox Nation it’s more hatred to spread while playing the victim.
His sad pathetic rhetoric is borne from a lack of any real substantive issues, a lack of intellect and putrid self loathing. It is his way of blaming others for his past failures.
This rabid vitriol from the looney toon right should be construed as a hate crime, and should not be permitted even under the first amendment as this kind of speech insights violence. (re. Gabrielle Giffords, Dr. Tiller etc)
The yelling fire in a crowded theater test should apply. Fox news will not come out against this type of speech as it panders to their viewers and is supported by corporate interests who really value this type of divisive rhetoric because it keeps the focus off of their nefarious doings.
Another aide then came on the phone and told me they’d get back to me about it! They never did!
So Rep West. I’m calling you out until prove you made the 5 following jumps under Official Marine Corps orders to qualify yourself eligible to wear such wings? Army jumps don’t count, except for first 5 that you made at jump school!
The following 5 jumps are to be under Navy/ Marine supervision only for the badge!
1. Combat equipment jump
2. 2 Combat equipment jumps, at night
3. Jumps from 2 different military aircraft
Wonder how long I should wait?
The crazy, septuagenarian retirees that live in Florida!