What a clip of Rep. Allen West. Hosing a national TV audience with Tea Party rhetoric:
Unbelievable. Allen is, as most know, a high-strung, low-information Teabagger who crawls out of his trench to lob stupor grenades. You may not find yourself psychotic or incarcerated, but if you otherwise differ from G. Gordon Liddy you’re Allen’s target. You are also stupid and un-patriotic and dumb and un-American and you’re also, additionally, totally darn stupid.
Stupids! Get yourself a West education:
“You have to be able to call as you see it. I’m very concerned about this very divisive rhetoric that the president is using, when he continues to talk about ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ . . “
Suuuuurely Professor doesn’t mean actual ‘equality’ and ‘fairness,’ those are centuries-old political and societal ideals. You want good things for yourself, your family, your community? Those will do. Allen must mean Obama was using these vaunted concepts disingenuously. He’s been saying something like “You know what’s fair? When I confiscate Trump’s mountain of gold, and I give it to you.”
” . . this thing that I think, it is really contrary to the principles that I mentioned, as far as life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Because the government cannot guarantee happiness.”
But no. Allen means actual equality, and he means fairness. He’s saying they’re stupid. The government can’t achieve them, so the very ideas are what’s disingenuous. Why try something that can’t be done? If that sounds un-American, that’s because it is profoundly so. More:
“And if we believe that there are people in Washington, D.C. that are going to be the arbiters and be the ones who are trying to create some type of fairness — we remember FDR talking about a chicken in every pot, I recall all the rhetoric of economic and social justice — then we get away from having the right type of monetary policy, fiscal policy, tax and regulatory policy that can turn this dismal economic situation around in our country.”
To wit: The stuck-up government can’t produce equality, but idiot Democrats like FDR and Dr. King keep trying. Throw all that away and then we’ll fix our problems.
Question: To what purpose, Allen? What’s the point when equality is a conceit? When fairness is a partisan ploy? Why should anyone go on participating in America when fair play isn’t just difficult, it is thoroughly repudiated by powerful agents of the government like you? Because of starvation? Nasty weather? Avarice and greed?
This is the problem the Founding Fathers sought to solve. Governments previously served only the powerful, and everybody else had to fend for themselves. The Fathers’ new way of political thinking endowed the nobodies of the world with towering rights: To life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It was now a subservient government’s job to serve those rights. If the government never achieved perfect service, it failed. But that certainly never meant it was appropriate to give up on those Age of Enlightenment ideals, the Founding Fathers’ achievements and the United States of America.
Until Allen West came along. Now it’s time to quit the country. This is how far down the Dodo branch of political evolution Republicans have run. They are fundamentally opposed to the founding and substance of the United States. To appreciate this, just look at Republican Herbert Hoover’s campaign literature from 1928:
It was he, not FDR, that popularized “A Chicken In Every Pot.” Back when Republicans could remember who Thomas Paine was, these were the things they believed in:
The Republican Party is equality’s party — opportunity’s party — democracy’s party, the party of national development, not sectional interests — the impartial servant of every state and condition in the union.
Is there any more perfect list of what today’s GOP violently oppose?