The Rants of Allen West
by Charles Lemos, Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 08:46:09 AM EDT
Take a listen:
So the above rather innocuous, though certainly partisan, speech on the House floor by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz leads to this email rant from Tea Party favorite Congressman Allen West:
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz
Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!
I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior......which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.
You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!
Steadfast and Loyal
Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)
According to Talking Points Memo, the email was sent to Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and West's Chief of Staff. It's hard to believe that any Congressperson would use such disrespectful language and here's hoping that Allen West is censured or reprimanded though I won't hold my breath.
But Allen West wasn't done ranting. In his weekly letter to his constituents published on the conservative website Red County, Rep. West in another bizarre tirade called Obama supporters "a threat to the gene pool."
I also want to point out just how wrong on the facts these Tea Party folks can be. Allen West served in the US Army for over 20 years advancing to the rank of colonel. One would think that such a person could get basic facts correct. Instead, Congressman West writes the following:
In the area of foreign policy, the United States has officially recognized the Libyan rebels as the “legitimate” government of Libya. Now, I am just a simple fella from down South, but I recall a previous Democrat President recognizing a bunch of undefined ideological zealots called the Taliban…and we all see how that ended up!
The Taliban came to power in October 1996 when they finally captured Kabul after a near two year siege. The Taliban regime was called the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and it only gained diplomatic recognition from three countries: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Clinton Administration did not recognize the Taliban government. It's truly mind-boggling that a Congressman, especially one with a two decade military career, can get such basic facts wrong.
And then there is this tidbit:
I believe we are headed towards the ultimate ideological clash in America. There is a widening chasm which has developed between those who believe in principled fiscal policies and those desiring the socialist bureaucratic nanny-state. An unfortunate aspect to this is the complicity of a mainstream media which does not report facts, but rather ideological bias. This clash will determine the future and legacy of our Constitutional Republic.
One has to wonder just how demented is Allen West.