Lt. Col. Allen West, a GOP candidate challenging Democratic Rep. Ron Klein in Florida’s 22nd congressional district, is also a retired Iraq and Afghanistan veteran.
West is a proud, black man…and for starters would you like to know what West thinks of Harry Reid’s ignorant comments about Obama?
The revelation of Senator Harry Reid’s comments referencing “negro talk” is just indicative of the true sentiment elitist liberals, and indeed the Democratic party, have toward black Americans. The history of the Democrat party is one of slavery, secession, segregation, and now socialism. It is this new aged socialism born from the Johnson Great Society programs that have castigated blacks as victims needing government dependency. One need only to look upon the city of Detroit to ascertain what liberal social welfare policies have produced for the inner city… the new plantation for black Americans.
And Allen West clearly understands that Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton do not hold the values of Dr. King. West goes on to say:
One can only imagine the insanity and media outrage if Reid’s quote had come from a member of the Republican party. I look forward to hearing from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on Reid’s comments… or has liberal hush money paid for the silence of these proprietors of poverty and victimization theory. Actually, if President Obama had any courage he would demand Reid step down as Senate Majority Leader, and discontinue any support for his Senate reelection… notice I said “if”. I am quite sure the Soros money which elevated Obama to the position of President has bought his servitude.
On this day honoring Dr. King, West made stated why the GOP must embrace the position of the slain Civil Rights leader which was one that stressed importance of character and individual liberties.
Contrast those beliefs with the actions and end results of today’s Democratic policies and even the black leaders of the Democrat community: victimization, dependence, and race division.
“I think we need to be very careful about losing the sense of individualism, and when you look at this collective progressive mentality that has turned the black community into victims and dependent upon the government.”….
…”What we need to establish in our culture is a sense of individual responsibility and move away from victimization.”
It seems the best way to honor Dr. King would be to promote individual achievement and hard work in our communities. Of course, Obama and the Democratic-led Congress wish to force even more entitlements and welfare upon Americans….at the expense of individual liberty.
Even some Republicans have, at times, lost their way in turning away the so-called “progressive” mindset for one of individual freedom and liberty. It is clear that this country preserves equal opportunity for everyone….but freedom does not guarantee equal outcomes.
Unlike Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and even Barack Obama, and their “shakedown” versions of equality, I believe Dr. King understood the difference between equal opportunity (for which he fought) and equal outcomes.
Further thoughts from West:
West says many black clergy hold conservative values such as the need for self-reliance and personal responsibility, and believe in traditional family values even if they don’t self-identify as conservatives.
“It is just a matter of us connecting and getting them to contrast between liberal principles of victimization and conservative principles of empowerment,” he said.
Republicans, he says, can reclaim the trust that many blacks, including Martin Luther King Jr., gave them by emphasizing the heritage of defending their rights going back to that party’s 1854 foundation and not by trying to be all things to all people…..
…..“Go back to what you stand for, and the community will come back to you,” West said. “What we need to establish in our culture is a sense of individual responsibility and move away from victimization.”
West also said the GOP leadership needs to move away from “leadership by entitlement” and find people who will defend limited government, the free market and other traditional values.
And West reminds us which party fought for those rights and which did not:
The GOP pioneered civil rights for blacks through the passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. constitution.
“The first congressmen of this country that were black congressmen were congressmen of the Republican Party,” West said. “Then you contrast that with the segregation laws, the Jim Crow laws and the founding of the Ku Klux Klan, which was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.”
He said it took Republicans such as late Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act in spite of Southern Democrats such as Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., who tried killing it.
I do hope and pray that Dr. King’s true vision can be realized where every black man, woman, and child in this country are not slaves to their government, but people truly freed from the chains of welfare and dependence and with a thirst for liberty, freedom and individual effort.
Today’s brand of progressivism and statism are not the answers to achieve that goal. But a country that respects the Constitution and its blueprint for individual liberty and freedom is the answer. Hopefully, the elections in 2010 will bring us closer to that country.
God Bless Dr. King and Lt Col Allen West!
I have a dream….