The "Black Ronald Reagan" Is Coming, but It's Not Allen West, According to The Root

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The Root, an African-American culture magazine, says that there's "a job opening out there for a black Ronald Reagan" but that Rep. Allen West don't fit the bill.

The magazine says West, along with Rep. Tim Scott and presidential candidate Herman Cain, are black Republicans who have had the opportunity to bring African-Americans toward conservative ideals but blew it.

"So far at least, none has seized the mantle as standard-bearer for black conservatives," The Root says. "Even though all that any of them has to do is offer a buoyant, judicious, forward-looking face for black conservatism, none of them has done it yet."

Black voters have identified themselves as Democrats at a rate hovering between 70 and 80 percent over the past few decades -- or live on the "21st-century plantation," as West would say -- and West isn't helping to change that.

As The Root points out, whereas the congressman's once-admirable simple-man tone gained his admirers, the conversation he's decided to morph into now isn't that of a leader:

Although he's emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of Obama and Democrats among the GOP's congressional freshman class, West's plainspoken style has recently morphed into rank hostility and comportment that's unbecoming of the career Army officer that he is.

With an email tirade this week in which he attacked fellow Florida Rep. and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz as "cowardly," "despicable," "vile" and "not a lady," West has branded himself as impolite and irritable -- and not a Reagan.

The Washington Post recently said one of West's problems is that he implies Democrats don't like him because he's black and conservative:

"If West had simply said that sometimes liberals unfairly attack black conservatives by questioning their racial authenticity, suggesting that there's some sort of 'betrayal' involved with being black and conservative, he would have had a defensible argument," the Post says.

As long as West continues to alienate people with his habitual name-calling and ignoring black voters, The Root is right -- he's not the "black Ronald Reagan."


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leetrav
leetrav

Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ~George Orwell

leetrav
leetrav

Allen West and Herman Cain are both very good men. I believe, that given the chance, Mr. Herman Cain would be a fantastic President. He is a good man with sound judgement and excellent business experience. Both are sorely needed in Washington. The 'left', some of the 'right' and tons of the media love to sort of dismiss him like he is not viable...like he is just 'entertainment'. They jump on every little 'thing' and savor every gaff. So what. Mr. Cain always speaks from the heart...without a teleprompter...he tells it like he sees it...he has an opinion and shares it...nuff said. Both parties 'old guard' invertebrates want us to chose the next President from their 'vetted' short list...almost always from their own, quickly becoming irrelevant ranks. The party pundits play along like good little boys and girls. Can you say Karl Rove? hehehe Well...Mr. Cain doesn't fit the criteria in their playbooks. He doesn't have enough money to make a viable run...the 'old guard' scoffs at that. Even worse...he is for the FairTax. They really don't like that. Thank goodness Mr. Cain is his own man. He believes, as countless others, across this land do, that the FairTax is good for everyone and is FAIR to everyone...literally. What's not to love? The 'old guard' invertebrates, of coarse, prefer the old broken, complicated and unfair IRS system. No-brainer it seems...Again nuff said. Anyway, please learn as much as you can about Mr. Cain and the FairTax and others who support it. Teamed together...and 'backed up' by us...We the People...they can and will be the solution to all of our problems. Vote like our lives and futures depend on it! Respectfully

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Both would be HORRIBLE as presidents, possibly as bad as Bush jr.  NEITHER think before they speak, let alone before they act.  And Cain refuses to read anything more than three pages?  Yeah these two would run the country even farther off into the ditch.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Allen West couldn't carry Ronald Reagan's jock strap. And I despised Ronald Reagan.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

A conservative's wet dream....."Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan....AHHHHH!!!

Cigarette?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Actually I would tend to label you a right wing, god powered Evangelical Christian fuck.

Or d-bag for short.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Ronald Reagan would not be considered conservative in this day and age.  The teabaggers would reject him faster than they do Obama or anyone with half a brain cell in their head.Let us not forget, he raised taxes.  He raised the debt limit by a LOT.  He also ran the deficit into atmospheric levels, to the point they had to invent a new number, namely trillion.

Skip
Skip

teabaggers? Is that more of that "tolerance" we've come to realize as "hope-n-change"?

We "baggers" ,as you and your failing president call us, are made of people from all walks of life, all incomes of life, and embrace the ideology of a responsible government. Why you vile hate filled democrazi's reject the idea of a responsible government and turn it into a sick twisted racial agenda is beyond the simplest logic. 

I'm not a Conservative/Republican and neither are my African American friends your ilk has called "Uncle Tom", just pathetic. We just sit on the side highlighting the hate filled rhetoric the left spews to newcomers..your comment perfectly describes that fact. 

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Defending the indefensible is a lesson in futility. Tea Party is an excuse for political lunacy gone wild. The entire "party" platform will fit on a bumper sticker, short to the point and unfounded in logic. Th rant you just posted exists only in the imagination of Tea Party folk.  Attack and hyperbole is not debate.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Actually it was the tea baggers who came up with the term without actually checking on what it REALLY meant.  Now its just very fitting and hilarious.

Skip
Skip

Your president and his plummeting support are having a difficult time finding humor in that divisive slur....but hey, it's your failure, not mine. 

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