Can someone please explain to me why the Republican party of Florida allowed Congressman Allen West to be gerrymandered out of his congressional district?
West is the most prominent and best-spoken elected conservative in the United States. He’s a motorcycle-riding war hero, a passionate Christian, and a patriot. He’s the first black Republican Congressman from Florida since Reconstruction, and he is as strong a vice presidential candidate as anyone. Now he might not even have his seat in Congress next year. Why do we want to take one of our best players out of the game?
It would make sense if this were Massachusetts or California: if a Democrat-majority state had tried to force out Congressman West, we could easily see why. But this is a battleground state, and one whose legislature is run by his fellow Republicans. While some might think that it might be better to have someone safe, someone timid, in such an environment, I disagree wholeheartedly: it is precisely in such tight races that we need someone who can motivate the base to show up on Election Day, and someone who can get people excited. If our candidates don’t look any different from the Democrats, what would be the point of voting for them?
Florida is going to be perhaps the most important state in this year’s elections. It is the fourth-largest in the union, and a toss-up swing state where Republicans have a huge majority of the Congressional delegation. Its only rival in electoral significance is Ohio. Do we Republicans want powerful voices representing the party in these states, or weak ones?
What makes West different from other Republican congressmen? Precisely what makes him a rock star: his courage, his eloquence, and his integrity. The mighty Establishment can’t control him; they fear him. His only fault is that he didn't embrace the Republican establishment when their views were contrary to those of the Tea Party.
As he said to Nancy Pelosi, "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."
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