Allen West Hates His Coworkers

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Congressman Allen West hasn't been at his job for a month, and already he's hating on his coworkers.

In a letter to his supporters last Friday, West wrote that he was "appalled" at his co-Congressmen's "arrogance, belligerence, and dishonest rhetoric filled with empty emotional platitudes."  He wondered: "Have they no shame?"

Say what you will about West's tact, but you can't deny that he knows his marks. The blogosphere's reaction over the weekend was swift and decisive. "Allen West Shines Again" read a typical headline. 

West's full remarks are below, cuz they're worth reading in their entirety. But before you read them, consider: Allen West, the candidate, based his campaign upon an open hostility to government, a desire for transparency, and identification with patriotic Everymen. (And Muslim-haters, natch.) Now that he's in Congress, he'll be expected to get legislative results. Results, in a representative democracy, necessitate compromise and alliance-building in the halls of power. How many alliances will West be able to build if he says, of his co-congressmen, "it is as if America has stopped producing adults"? To compensate for such incendiary rhetoric in public will require West to be exceedingly yielding in private if he wants anyone to work with him on legislation. Which won't be very transparent at all.

Or maybe he'll just keep firing away and people will work with the man because he scares the pants off them. Either way -- at this moment, there is no American politician more fascinating than the erstwhile Col. West.

(Incidentally, he's yet to follow through on his offer to debate his media critics in a public forum. Hello? Congressman? When are we gonna do this?)

Here's the text of West's note:

Dear Patriot,

Over this past week I have watched and listened to Members of the House of Representatives from across the aisle.

I am appalled at their arrogance, belligerence, and dishonest rhetoric filled with empty emotional platitudes. Have they no shame in realizing that their inept, incompetent failures are the reason why we are debating this continuing resolution. They failed to pass a budget during the 111th Congress.

Have they no honor in realizing that their fiscal irresponsibility over the past four years has resulted in our standing on the precipice of a fiscal canyon from which we may not recover?

Also troubling are the events in the state of Wisconsin which mirror those that happened in Greece several months ago. We are witnessing the abject hostility of a unionized entitlement class that is being lauded by the liberal left, seemingly to include our President.

It is such a critical time for our Republic, yet there seems no visionary leadership -- it is as if America stopped producing adults. I have never seen a greater assembly of petulance and sophomoric behavior as what I have witnessed this week on the floor of the House of Representatives.

To those across the aisle, please explain to the American people how your economic policies have created a better environment for long term sustainable growth.

This debate is about jobs and the economy.

It begins with remedying the spending problem on Capitol Hill. It includes tackling the burdensome taxation and regulation policies strangling our country. It is the understanding that Keynesian tax and spend policies did not grow America's economy, but the indomitable, entrepreneurial spirit of the American People.

Government sets the conditions for job and economic growth, it does not create jobs.

I am pleased that we are having open debate in the people's house. However, there is clearly something lacking in this discourse - the recognition of the failure of the bureaucratic nanny-state liberal policies.

Rest assured that I will do everything in my ability to stand firm and lead on the principles that make America exceptional.

Very Respectfully,

Allen B. West

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bkt, while i think your campaign against west is a little overcooked at times, it is very amusing...but i keep missing when these come out, can i get an e-mail alert or something?BTW keep your eye on orlando today. a bunch of west's ACT buddies are protesting a muslim speaker, Siraj Wahhaj, at UCF, and so far i've yet to speak to a single person interested in this event that knew who this person was or why they were protesting. it's led by tom trento of "florida security council" fame.

a lot of people think thorpe's attention is ill-conceived, but we've got a congressman who is encouraging people to shout at any and all muslim anytime they dare to claim that they have the right to practice their religion without being harassed and demonized. this is what we get from people that want to "uphold the constitution?"


Once again Allen West is right ....Can't beat him stop trying


This ass clown has been feeding at the public trough his whole career and has the balls to castigate and insult Wisconsin workers and anyone who doesn't agree with his warped view of the world. Respectfully yours my ass, Westy. Couple his neo patriotism with his jingoistic view of the world he is the perfect fit for his Tea Party lunatic fringe.


The "lunatic fringe" your write about is actually the majority who handed leftist hand wringers one of the biggest political defeats in our history. West was part of it.

I won't worry about West until the old guard media starts writing positive stories about him or if the comments section here turns positive on him. If that happens then people like me on the "lunatic fringe" will have something to worry about. As long as people like you are angry, bitter and hateful, all is good with the world.

By the way the Wisconsin "workers" you speak about are in the minority. The majority spoke in the last election. And the Democratic leaders in that state have showed that they are bowing to their union masters. The kids? Oh, the Department of Education reports two thirds of Wisconsin 8th Graders can’t read proficiently. And they spend more per student than most states.

So much for the kids huh?

One more thing....long live Reagan!


Reagan is dead. Guess you missed it. Can't wait until they come for you.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

58% of the electorate did not vote in the midterm elections. The demographics for midterm elections is always older and whiter. When Obama clobbers the GOP straw man in 2012, you'll gain much needed perspective.

Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex want Obama to be re- elected because he pacifies the left.

This is already a done deal.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Wisconsin teachers are the enemy now? I love that idiotic analogy comparing Greece's problems to Wisonsin teachers fighting for their right to collectively bargain. Also, I love how this douche bag fails to mention that a GOP controlled Congress and Presidency was responsible for an enormous increase in our domestic budget from 2000-2006.

It all happened in the last 4 years, right crackpot?

"The debate is about jobs and the economy". What has West ever said, or any tea bagger for that matter, on the issue of outsourcing?

West has zero credibility.


"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."Samuel Johnson, 1775

Fled Florida
Fled Florida

I stopped reading the letter when I got to "Dear Patriot." The nauseating rhetoric and jingoistic knee slaps that have become Allen West hallmarks are, ironically, "emotional platitudes."

"Those who support me are Patriots! Those who don't support me or the tea party are freedom hating, commie-nazi muslim enemies of the state!" That's his attitude; that's the attitude of his supporters. The irony of West debasing what he perceives to be "emotional platitudes" is appreciable.

Glad I moved to a normal part of the country. I feel bad for Florida, though.


Obviously you are a person who does not like your country. A person who loves, supports and defends his or her country is a patriot.

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