Skip to comments.Allen West responds to Florida Senate 'backstabbing': 'I have a titanium spine'
Posted on 01/08/2012 8:13:50 AM PST by T.O.K.
U.S. Congressman Allen West responds to the statement " I just can't believe a Republican State Senate is stabbing you in the back" made by an audience member at the Boca Raton Chapter Palm Beach County Tea Party meeting. (VIDEO)
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Some context would be appreciated. What is he being backstabbed about?
For those of us not in Florida, what did they do to West? What is he responding to?
The Republican senate redrew his district to include more Democrats making his reelection prospects very tough.
"Conservatives from Florida to Washington, D.C., were shaken last week as one of the best-known of their voices in Congress was dealt the worst possible hand in the redistricting process. With the release of preliminary maps for Floridas new congressional districts, the incumbent who inarguably was hit hardest in the process was freshman Republican Allen West, retired U.S. Army colonel and swashbuckling Tea Party conservative.
Originating from the Republican-run state senate, the maps, to be sure, are preliminary and nothing more. The final lines for the states 27 U.S. House districts will be drawn up by the House and Senate in January and become law if they survive a court challenge. So the actual fate of Wests 22nd district is a ways off, although the maps were a clear clue as to where the Republican-controlled legislature is headed....."
Allen West ping.
It appears that the state Senate has offered some electoral redistricting proposals for the lines in West’s district that may not be favorable to his reelection. To paraphrase, West said, “We’ll just have to win regardless.”
....about redistricting (prelimitary maps) on his district...the establishment GOP hate him...as much as the liberals. :/
I wouldn’t expect anything else from the slithering, stinking GOP.
The exact second 2012 is decided, I’m going third party, and I do not give a **** what anyone form the GOP says the result will be.
To Hell with the GOP.
Who knows, after 2012 is in the books a thrid party might become a viable entity. Until such time, I'll stick with the life reing that floats instead of seeing if the one made of lead will do any better...
I understand and even agree with your sentiment, but I won't commit suicide as this is a case where martyrs will serve no positive purpose.
If you redraw the districts to favor your party, then you can have more winnable districts, but they each have a slimmer margin.
i’m hoping he’s the VP nominee anyhow.. i would rather he was the top of the ticket. imagine him debating the limp wrist.....
Iff the GOP loses to Obama with Romney, then I predict the election of 2012 will mirror the election of 1852, when the Whig Party disappeared and the Democratic Republican party split. The GOP will be finished and a new party will arise in 2016, probably lose, but then come back strong in 2020. The issues of that time were frighteningly similar: slavery, immigration, economics.
I think you're right - the stage is set to make a third party viable, but I fear the damage will be so severe it will take far longer to restore "rightness".
I don’t know. Third party is an awfully tough and lonely road.
Now West knows how some of us feel about him voting for the Debit Limit Bill. Sucks, doesn’t it Allen?
A third party is a long an lonely road. So, sometimes, is being a conservative in the Republican party. If the Republican party does disband, make no doubt about it, the communists, i.e., the Democrats will attempt to seize power. Not only would conservatives have to form a third party but, possibly, defend the Constitution with arms. Sure hope it does not come to that.
West has put his life on the line to defend those principles. Now, he needs to share what he understands with those who are tempted by the "promiser-in-charge," whose policies enslave people to a government master.
South Florida, like many other areas of America, is made up of citizens from groups whose ancestors have been oppressed in many different countries. The appeal of America's founding ideas is that, no matter where you or your ancestors come from, you, and each of them, are considered as possessing Creator-endowed--therefore, unalienable--rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, unless you violate the rights of your likewise Creator-endowed fellow citizens. That message will resonate today, when it is delivered as someone like West can deliver it.
The so-called "progressive" message is diametrically opposed to that vision of America. It is not "progressive" at all: it relies on a political set of individuals who assume an artificial right to impose their judgments, their controls, and their wishes upon others, and it has led to tyranny and slavery in every society where it has been tried. Such so-called "progressives" fit what Jefferson described as believing themselves to be "a few, booted and spurred," and ready to ride.
Allen West may be just the person to point out the obvious conclusion articulated by Jefferson 200 years ago:
In his last letter, during the 50th Year following his gift to America of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote:
- to Roger C. Weightman Monticello, June 24, 1826
"Respected Sir, -- The kind invitation I receive from you, on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of American Independence, as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposed for the comfort of such a journey. It adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day. But acquiescence is a duty, under circumstances not placed among those we are permitted to control. I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations personally with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact, that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made. May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.
"I will ask permission here to express the pleasure with which I should have met my ancient neighbors of the city of Washington and its vicinities, with whom I passed so many years of a pleasing social intercourse; an intercourse which so much relieved the anxieties of the public cares, and left impressions so deeply engraved in my affections, as never to be forgotten. With my regret that ill health forbids me the gratification of an acceptance, be pleased to receive for yourself, and those for whom you write, the assurance of my highest respect and friendly attachments." - Th. Jefferson
When that message is properly articulated to today's burdened citizens, it will resonate, wherever it is delivered.
I hope it does not come to that either.
Col. West, patriots & conservatives got your back! And I think Independents will support you with their votes, as will disapproving democrats who see the railroading and know what it really means.
We will not tire nor falter.
Go forward with the mentality of Gen. Puller:
Allen West in 2016 could be a real viable candidate who could sweep the nation like Reagan. I have to wonder if this redistricting was done to get him out of the game. Like I said, if the GOP appears to want to lose, then IMHO I wonder if we really do have two separate parties. Or do we have an oligarchy with a majority party designed to drive the society into a totalitarian state, and a secondary party to act as a "relief valve" for those who won't go along.
I think West should enter the Florida race for Senate
The stupid party again. Conservatives cannot win with these people.
sorry about that. I forget that the rest of the country isnt “ALL WEST ALL THE TIME” like we are in South Florida :)
Others have explained well, but the fight continues down here. There is a website “saveallenwest.com” to try to fight for changes, but some are just scratching their heads at why it was drawn this way by Repubs????
I agree with Jacvin, he should run for Senate. Broward county is being hit hardest by the change in districts. Some in the BREC are fighting back on this. Final hearings in Tally happen on the 11th of Jan.
That’s why I said after 2012, but after 2012, the GOP is my enemy.
“To Hell with the GOP.”
People dis-satisfied with the current GOP leadership have two options....
Take back the leadership positions and alter the party’s course back towards it’s Conervative underpinings.
Throw up their hands and quit.....
I see that you have chosen the latter over the former.....
Thanks, for your display of courage. /s Marginalized/marginalizing third parties deserve you...after all it’s a heck of a lot more effective to complain and quit, then to actually get in there and do something, isn’t it?
I can’t believe they did this. They put his district in the most Dem area of the county. They took a safe red seat and made it blue. What is wrong with them?
GOP will get rid of Tea Party favorites whenever they can.
Then take it back.
I don’t want it, the name, or anyone in it.
I’m not complaining, I am leaving it, then destroying it, because it desveres to be destroyed.
Like I said in my earlier post, I do not care what anyone in the damn thing has to say regarding the consequence of its destruction.
You just count your lucky stars I ain’t leaving before November 2012, ya feel me?
“You just count your lucky stars I aint leaving before November 2012, ya feel me?”
Nope. Quit whinning and just go now....today, this minute. “Lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way”..... in your case it’s the last option.......no need to drag it out, just go!
Slink off into the night, because the Conservatives on these threads will be pushing forward with Reagan-like enthusiasm. Disruptors/nay-sayers like you are neither appreciated nor wanted. Take your ball and pout elsewhere, out of our sight and sound.
Restated..... don’t threaten to leave, just turn tail and flat out run. You’ll be forgotten before the dust of your departure settles. A summer soldier......is never missed.
I’m going to do extactly what I said I’m going to do.
You do not control me, and neither does your party.