Daniel Doherty

On Tuesday, at a press conference in support of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline, Representative Allen West (R-FL) spoke with characteristic eloquence and delivered a pointed message about the failure of leadership in Washington. President Obama’s decision to withdraw all troops from Iraq by years end, he says, coupled with his decision to shut down the Canadian pipeline are gravely threatening the national security and vital interests of the United States.

What is particularly worthy of note, however, is that as a retired Army officer and combat veteran, Congressman West explained firsthand how hard earned American taxpayer dollars are invariably sent to OPEC to fund “despots, dictators, autocrats and theocrats.” These appropriated funds, he asserts, are in turn used to kill American men and women serving in the armed forces. Thus, by taking immediate action to ensure energy independence, in his view, the United States government can finally stop financing terrorist organizations that endanger our citizens.

But his most memorable lines are directed explicitly at the media:

“Stop being afraid of this President, stand up to him and call him out on the shirking of his duties and responsibilities,” he said. “The House Republicans are passing pieces of legislation after pieces of legislation about jobs. Stop allowing this President to demagogue and use the big microphone that he has. Call him out on what we see happening right now."

If this doesn’t get one fired up, I don’t know what will.

(H/T The Right Scoop)


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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