Representative Allen West from Florida has said ridiculous things left and right, but he really let it all hang out during a speech at a Lincoln Day dinner in West Palm Beach. One would except a Republican addressing members of the GOP during an election year to use some colorful language and pump up the party platform, but this is ridiculous.
You can watch video of his talk on YouTube, but the meat of his comments paint the picture pretty well:
“This is a battlefield that we must stand upon and we need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table. 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.”
Well…are you exhausted by this election cycle yet? I know I am. In fact, these words disgust me.
Conservatives believe different things than liberals believe — I get it. But how much more rabble rousing can the GOP possibly encourage in its ill-fated attempt to get Barack Obama out of office? Standing up for right wing beliefs is one thing, but the repeated “who is and who is not American” stuff is so very inaccurate and tired. American-ism is not somehow proprietary and nobody — certainly not Allen West — bears the stamp of approval. How can our government even function when elected officials are telling other people to “get the hell out”? And hasn’t it occurred to him that maybe he should be the one to leave?