11 April 2012

What the heck, Allen West?

Now, you might just remember Allen West as the comma-splicing troll who called DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz "the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives," and "a coward." Or you might know him as a Republican congressman from Florida.

Now you can add "uninformed conspiracy theorist" to the list. Quote from Politico:

In a video clip of the event posted Wednesday, West was responding a question from a constituent asking “What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists?”

“That’s a fair question. I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party,” West says in the video.

...and here's the video clip:



...and he's not backing off, either. From the Politico article again:

“He stands by his words,” Edson said in statement Wednesday afternoon. “But the words the media needs to pay attention to are the words of the members of the Progressive caucus. They speak for themselves. Call it what you may, but these House members are clearly not proponents of capitalism, free markets or individual economic freedom.”

Sure, buddy, whatever. But you know that there's a difference between not adhering to your radical ideas about what constitutes "capitalism, free markets, or individual freedom" (note: I added the Oxford comma) and being a Marxist? And that there's a difference between being a Marxist and being a Communist? And that there's a difference between being a Communist and being a member of the Communist Party?

You know that, right?

And you know, or you would if you followed the news at all, that the actual American Communist Party has put out a statement correcting you.

Their spokesperson commented - quite rightly - that what you said was "kind of a sad ploy." He also noted - again quite rightly, and it's funny how that happens when one actually uses facts - that there are no "members of the Communist party" in Congress at this point, and that, even if there were, there would be nothing wrong with that.

In conclusion, then... way to go, Allen West. You've made it through your (I'm guessing) Tea-Party-mandated McCarthy impression (are my readers to young to know who McCarthy is?) for the week. Can we please put your idiocy behind us and get back to having a functioning government?

Oh, wait, I forgot, your GOP pals don't want us to do that, either, until they get back into the White House.

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