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Reince Priebus: I won’t toss Allen West in a ‘ditch’
Politico ^ | 4 Jul 2012 | MJ LEE

Posted on 07/04/2012 10:59:57 AM PDT by mandaladon

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus says he’s not the “police officer” of the GOP and he refused to condemn Rep. Allen West’s controversial “slave” remarks.

Speaking at a campaign event in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., West had said over the weekend of President Barack Obama: “He does not want you to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning and having the title of American. He’d rather you be his slave and be economically dependent upon him.”

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday whether he would justify the Florida congressman’s remarks, Priebus answered, “I’m not the police officer of the Republican Party.”

He later added, “Allen West is an important member of Congress from South Florida. I’m not going to throw Allen West in a ditch.”

“Allen can say what Allen wants to say, but I think what he’s really trying to say is that if we become a dependent society, if everyone is reliant on the government — I mean, listen,” Priebus told Blitzer. “Barack Obama’s the one that put out this ‘Life of Julia’ website. I think we all know what that is. It’s a life of a girl from preschool to, I think, death or near death showing how every step of her life — “

“Is she a slave?” Blitzer interrupted.

Priebus shot back, “You know what? Listen, it’s semantics.”

But before he could finish, Blitzer once again cut in, saying, “I deplore that kind of language when a Democrat says it or a Republican. We shouldn’t be talking like this. It’s bad enough, the lack of civility in our politics.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: florida; west
“One, Allen West is one of the most dynamic new Republican stars in our party. … He’s got a bright future,” he said. “What I’m more embarrassed about is the president that can’t keep a promise, that has an American economy that’s in the ditch, that somehow is trying to perpetrate some myth to the American people that he’s not to blame or has no role in where we are in the American economy.”....................Amen to that.
1 posted on 07/04/2012 11:00:07 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Blitzer would relish that language if a Democrat used it. Screw blitzer.


2 posted on 07/04/2012 11:03:55 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

He’s a goofball. No wonder his station’s ratings are in thc gutter. And for him to talk of “Civility” is laughable. No one speaks with more childish, outrageous tongues than Wolfie’s cohorts in the SRM or Demonrat Party.


3 posted on 07/04/2012 11:07:37 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: mandaladon

In related news...

CNN Had Its Worst Ratings Quarter in 21 Years

6/26/12

CNN’s ratings tanked to a 21-year low in the second quarter of 2012, with weekday numbers down 35 percent in total viewers and 45 percent in the crucial 25-54 demo.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/06/cnn-ratings-quarter-two-worst-in-21-years.html


4 posted on 07/04/2012 11:07:37 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: mandaladon
"A Lesson in Irony"

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is actually proud of the fact it is distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to "Please Do Not Feed the Animals."

Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.

Slavery and dependence for humans - independence for animals.

This ends today's lesson.

5 posted on 07/04/2012 11:08:08 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: mandaladon

The Left called Powell and Rice “house slaves”. They didn’’t care then.


6 posted on 07/04/2012 11:08:32 AM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: mandaladon

why is anyone in the GOP even bothering to talk to CNN?

they are clearly the ENEMY in this battle for freedom


7 posted on 07/04/2012 11:10:10 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: mandaladon

Bluck Fitzer!!


8 posted on 07/04/2012 11:11:36 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: mandaladon

Representative Allen West has more patriotic sense of being in his little finger than Obama has had anytime in his miserable misdirected life. Obama would be very famousin Kenya. Let’s send him back to that life. See if he thinks how great it is.
Wolf the Blitzer is as clueless as any moderator could be. Just look at his ratings. The only ones that watch him are those on EBT cards, prisoners, and idiots. I object to any article posted on FR with him in it. Leave him to his audience, they don’t amount to a hill of beans.


9 posted on 07/04/2012 11:14:32 AM PDT by bramps (Newt was the one, but Romney will do.)
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To: mandaladon

Applause for Priebus. Usually, the Republican would fold like a house of cards and apologize, while a Dem would get a pass. It’s refreshing to see a Republican with a backbone.


10 posted on 07/04/2012 11:18:31 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: mandaladon

I don’t understand why repubs go onto any of these rat programs. They’re not going to change any of the viewers minds. Besides the host usually has an agenda to make the repub look like a fool. Just my opinion.


11 posted on 07/04/2012 11:23:34 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: mandaladon

12 posted on 07/04/2012 11:25:48 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: zerosix

Excellent post!


13 posted on 07/04/2012 11:26:51 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

How many times did Blitzer make derogatory remarks about Bush? How many times has he parroted the RAT line on the issue of the day?

For Blitzer - or any RAT, for that matter - is like Jasmine St. Claire advocating chastity.


14 posted on 07/04/2012 11:28:19 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: mandaladon

the Life of Julia/Julian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5xaZB8AgAQ

not too bad of a remake.


15 posted on 07/04/2012 11:29:23 AM PDT by digger48
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To: mandaladon

West’s remarks are not condemnable nor controversial.
Indeed, Americans are slaves of Obama’s radical and socialist policies.
Is the word “slave” now a racist word?!! True to form, Blitzer was being the low-rated partisan TV journalist that he is.


16 posted on 07/04/2012 11:30:30 AM PDT by citizencon
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To: mandaladon

That’s good, because I’ll vote for Allen West way, way before I’d vote for vapid dorkoramus RINOmney.

(Yes, I’ll hold my nose and vote for the RINO over the ObamaCretin, but face it, West - on a bad day - has 1000% more cojones and drive than the RINO’s ever had.)


17 posted on 07/04/2012 11:34:05 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: mandaladon
West did not call anyone a slave.
Blitz is getting worked up over the use of a keyword, as the left so often does, without bothering to analyze the context.
West said Obama wants people to be slaves, not that they are.
But I think they are, and they want to be.
However, slaves of old had to work hard, sometimes for very little or nothing. The had no freedom.
The "slaves" of today don't work but they get paid, and they gave up their freedom for it.
Those of is who still work and pay for this largesse, we are the actual slaves. Hmm.

18 posted on 07/04/2012 11:37:30 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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GTH, Blitzer. We ARE being enslaved to Marxism, you dumb, ignorant, pathetic excuse for a citizen journalist.

Happy Independence Day, jackwagon.

Go West!!!


19 posted on 07/04/2012 11:39:29 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: mandaladon

West is right, we are all slaves to the collective now.


20 posted on 07/04/2012 11:42:30 AM PDT by stockpirate (No longer proud to be an American! SCOTUS is just as corrupt as congress. IMPEACH ROBERTS!)
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To: mandaladon
But before he could finish, Blitzer once again cut in, saying, “I deplore that kind of language when a Democrat says it or a Republican. We shouldn’t be talking like this. It’s bad enough, the lack of civility in our politics.”

If a democrat had said it Blitzer would be asking him to elaborate on the substance of his criticism.

Priebus did good, but woulda done better to laugh in his face. That said, I think the GOP is finally catching on to this particular trick of the media.

21 posted on 07/04/2012 11:46:58 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: citizencon

“Is the word “slave” now a racist word?!!”

“Slave” is etymologically related to the word “Slav”. West must be showing his anti-Russian bias. /s


22 posted on 07/04/2012 11:49:28 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: mandaladon

Allen West is one of the ONLY Pubs that has any B@LLS!! He is a TRUE LEADER and he takes no guff! ONWARD ALLEN WEST!! And good for Reince!


23 posted on 07/04/2012 11:49:52 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Signalman
Applause for Priebus. Usually, the Republican would fold like a house of cards and apologize, while a Dem would get a pass. It’s refreshing to see a Republican with a backbone.

BTTT.

24 posted on 07/04/2012 11:52:40 AM PDT by snowsislander (Please, America, no more dog-eating Kenyan cokeheads in the Oval Office.)
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To: mandaladon

Somebody explain the difference for me,

A bunch of black people held in absolute slavery and totally dependent on big massa to come down from the house on the hill and decide what will happen next in their lives.

Versus

A bunch of black people held in virtual slavery and totally dependent on big massa to come down from Washington and decide what will happen next in their lives.

Oh I see the difference now. In one case the slaves pick cotton, in the other they cast votes.

Some difference.


25 posted on 07/04/2012 11:58:36 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: mandaladon

Actually the Mahdi would prefer serfs. Serfdom is a much more advantageous arrangement for the proprietors than slavery. The serfs have to work to create goods that can be sold to pay the proprietor (Income Tax ?) or be required to perform ‘services’ which mean that the serf’s labor is confiscated. Unlike slaves the proprietor has only limited responsibilities to the serfs who have to mostly shift for themselves to find food, raiment and shelter. So the Mahdi and his ilk in DC really desire a new birth of feudalism which is pretty much what socialism turns out to be.


26 posted on 07/04/2012 12:30:44 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: driftdiver

throw them a screw ball... “yes, she is a slave Wolf, as you’re a slave to the Democrat party and Obama. You slavishly defend Obama and the Democrats and have been for years, and its only slaves that view your propagandistic program, you’re all a bunch of brain washed monkeys...” what I wouldn’t give to start hearing our side draw lines in the sand and start kicking sand in their eyes...


27 posted on 07/04/2012 1:02:33 PM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: mandaladon
Allen West is one American patriot who has studied the ancient and modern ideas of liberty versus those of tyranny.

Col. West understands the idea of "slavery" in a context which includes the very real human consquences of a government-over-people concept which is that of the so-called "progressives"--a concept which enslaves entire populations to the whims of petty tyrants and rulers.

Perhaps Romney, Priebus, and others connected with the Fall election campaign might use opportunities such as this one with Blitzer as a "teaching moment," instead of halfheartedly defending the Colonel who, by the way, needs no defending.

Examples:

"The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv'd them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas'd them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeath'd to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. - Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that "if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom." It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event." Samuel Adams - Essay in the Boston Gazette, October 14, 1771

"When designs are form'd to raze the very foundation of a free government, whose few who are to erect their grandeur and fortunes upon the general ruin, will employ every art to sooth the devoted people into a state of indolence, inattention and security, which is forever the fore-runner of slavery." - Article signed "Candidus," in Boston Gazette, December 9, 1771

"If the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them." Samuel Adams- As Candidus in the Boston Gazette, January 20, 1772

"The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave... These may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament." Samuel Adams - Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772

"It is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." - The Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772

Why should freedom-loving Americans be cowered into refraining from using the word "slavery" to describe the condition which results as a consequence of coercive government power over the lives, rights, liberties, and pursuit of happiness of individual citizens in the society?

Explain it and move on, Priebus!

28 posted on 07/04/2012 1:03:20 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“-$4600.00”

...now THAT’S funny and a half!


29 posted on 07/04/2012 1:04:51 PM PDT by albie
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To: zerosix
Government Dependence for Dummies!

Love it.

30 posted on 07/04/2012 1:07:14 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: I cannot think of a name

“Democrat” tenet: A Dependent voter is a Dependable voter.

Our situation regarding “freedom” from an oppressive govt is so upside down today. Consider this: supervisor level employees in local offices where food stamp eligibility is authorized receive annual bonuses on top of their generous taxpayer-funded salary - for INCREASES in the number of new recipients!!!!!


31 posted on 07/04/2012 1:08:19 PM PDT by maica
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To: Mr. K

Yes why even give them the chance. Romney better not agree to debate with Obama if there is a liberal moderator. He should refuse and say I will only debate with a impartial or even panel. We have been suckered for to many years at these media run debates. Romney needs to say no!


32 posted on 07/04/2012 1:21:43 PM PDT by crazydad (-` sd)
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To: mandaladon; All
Col. West was just on Cavuto. He did not back down on any of his previous comments, as he well should not have. As a matter of fact, he reiterated the idea.

We should pray for more outspoken leaders like West who have studied the history of civilization, the fountain of ideas out of which America's Declaration of Independence arose, and the ideas of tyranny which today's "progressives" embrace.

One set of ideas leads to individual liberty, and the "progressives'" ideas produce slavery and oppression.

West needs an entire chorus of strong, knowledgeable, men and women who will speak out against the tyranny which is upon us, all in the guise of "we've got your back," about as trite and meaningless a phrase as was ever uttered in America.

Of course, to this Administration, "Forward" means "Backward" to the ideas of the Old World, and "progressive" means "regressive" in terms of the advancement and enlightenment.

33 posted on 07/04/2012 1:41:45 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: mandaladon

FU Wolfie


34 posted on 07/04/2012 2:25:49 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: mandaladon

Preibus is a Romneybot GOPe guy all the way, but I give him credit here for sticking by West.

West can be an intemperate hothead, but I don’t disagree with his comments here at all.


35 posted on 07/04/2012 2:44:50 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: mandaladon
Blitzer once again cut in, saying, “I deplore that kind of language when a Democrat says it or a Republican. We shouldn’t be talking like this. It’s bad enough, the lack of civility in our politics.”

Sure you do, Wolf, sure you do.

36 posted on 07/04/2012 4:29:38 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: cruise_missile

That is right!


37 posted on 07/04/2012 8:07:34 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: mandaladon

re: ““Is she a slave?” Blitzer interrupted.”

Blitz, what would YOU call it if her schooling, job, healthcare, housing, food, “retirement” are all dependent on her willingly following and obeying all that the plantation owner. . . excuse me, “government” tells her to do?


38 posted on 07/05/2012 10:59:59 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: zerosix

great post


39 posted on 07/09/2012 12:29:48 AM PDT by Dominic01 (Political correctness has become a psychosis)
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