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February 3, 2012

Why do liberals fear Allen West?

Joe Charlebois

What are liberals so afraid of? Why do black conservatives such as Congressman Allen West – who represents the 22nd House District of Florida – scare the liberal elite and the so-called black civil rights leaders?


When Representative West spoke at a recent Lincoln Day Dinner in West Palm Beach, his address to fellow Republicans included telling the national Democratic Party leadership to take their ideas of European-style socialism and get out.


He’s tired of equality of results being the mark of success. He sees equality of opportunity to succeed as the true measurement of the American success story. He wants to break the iron chains that hold the federal government and those who are inexorably tied to it in a never ending cycle of interdependency.


Colonel West, who served 20 years in the U. S. Army, would like to see an end to the encroachment of overbearing and needless regulations that inhibit the birth of new businesses.


His Lincoln Day message was strongly worded and delivered in his usually calm and no-nonsense demeanor. This is what he said:


"We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and my dear friend, the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain't on the table."


“Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe; you can take it to the bottom of the sea; you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America."


Congressman West also wrote an editorial released on January 16, which decried the use of the “race card.” He laments the fact that conservatives are continually being labeled as racists just because they have a true difference of opinion on significant policy issues.


He was born in Atlanta, GA, when a segregated south was common place. He feels that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., would be appalled by the fact that even in the day that our great country has elected a president born of a black father and white mother, we remain divided.


Ironically our country continues to be divided, not by white racism, but by liberals. The power that is gained by these leftist elites through division can only continue by pitting one group against another.


In contrast the conservative message remains simple – we want every American to be able to succeed and reach their individual heights based on their desire and abilities.


People should not be treated any differently because of the color of their skin. The core conservative principles don’t allow for people to be treated differently.


It is the individual person, the individual American who achieves the American Dream. It is not Karl Marx’s “masses” that achieve the American Dream. We have allowed the elites to neatly define each American and label them for political gain. When we remain tied to a group label, we become dependent on the group for our successes.


Our country is now decades removed from the barriers that divided this country by race. Amazingly 60 percent of all Americans were born after the successes of Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement.


A majority of Americans were born into a colorblind society. We believe in Dr. King’s message. We abhor the idea of division by race. It is antithetical to everything that Dr. King worked for.


Conservatives are not racist. Black conservatives are not “Uncle Tom’s.” We are strong believers in the individual, not the collective. We believe that the government’s power rests in the hands of the American people, not the state.


There is nothing sinister or evil in championing the individual. It is the basis of our founding principles.


The only people who should fear the conservatives’ message of liberty are those who seek to retain – or gain – power by the continuation of labeling, dividing and bribing the American people.


That is Col. Allen West’s message.


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