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Allen West and His Critics

Sean245 Wrote: May 13, 2012 10:49 AM
West is taking the fight to the liberals and putting them on the defensive for a change. In doing so he will force them to distance themselves from communist, an argument that will sound weak and hollow when weighed against their actions. The liberals have a strategy that has worked flawlessly; first make a caricature out of your enemy (Archie Bunker, Church Lady, Sen. McCarthy) than refer to your opponent as that caricature instead of engage in thoughtful argument. By doing so you will make your opponent soft peddle their own ideas for fear of being called an Archie Bunker or a McCarthy. Kengor’s discomfort with West’s remarks demonstrates how well this tactic has worked.

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) is being heavily criticized for comments alleging that certain Democratic members of Congress are communists, and he is not backing down. West dared to quantify his accusation, claiming there are “78 to 81” Congressional Democrats who are communists.

I want to say three things relating to West’s remarks: First, some criticism of West’s critics. Second, a defense of West’s critics. And, finally, some criticism of West, which I offer constructively. I like Allen West and want him to succeed.

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