Allen West – Behavior unbecoming a U.S. Representative


Is this the way our legislators treat each other? Is Allen West (R-Fl) really someone the tea party wants to support? Is he the model conservative that the Republicans really want? How is questioning his leadership? Fox News.

Here is the problem. When one party in a debate resorts to name calling, they lost. Listen to the video closely and with open ears. Listen to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl). She does not direct her statement directly at West, never mentioned his name. Only as that another Representative from Florida supports the Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011  HR-2560 – which would “end the Medicare guarantee… and the gentleman from Florida… is supportive of this plan that would increase cost for Medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a member from South Florida.”

Allen West, who tends to speak of himself in the third person, was upset over this comment, but should understand by know that this is only politics and not to take these comments personally. But he does not and he did.

In an email sent to Wasserman Schultz, West said, “You (Wasserman Schultz) are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representative (sic).”

If he stopped here, I might have given him the benefit of the doubt, but West continued.

“If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face. Otherwise, shut the heck up. You have proven repeatedly that you are not a lady. Therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me.” ” I am certainly glad he at least cleaned up the language. 

Of course Fox’s Sean Hannity put his own two-cents in to the fracas on the July 20 when he identified Wasserman Schultz’s statement as “scare tactics.” He edits West’s statement to Wasserman Schultz , leaving out, “If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face. Otherwise, shut the heck up.” 

So, according to Hannity, “scare tactics are par for the course for the Democratic Party.” Really?

Here is where the average viewer makes an error and does not ask him or herself, “Is that what each of these people said?” Because Hannity is seen as a leader in the right-wing right-winger movement, too many believe what he says is the political gospel. This holds true for other “power brokers”  but seems more so on the conservative side of the debate than the liberal, though both sides are guilty of not thinking.

West is not the first, nor will he be the last, to address himself in the third person. That’s just icky. And he is not the first, nor will he be the last, to use language inappropriate for a member of the House of Representatives. The question now is: Will the Republican Speaker have the guts to sanction Rep. West for his indiscretion? If not, will the Democratic Minority Leader have the guts to call for such sanctions himself?

Maybe David Crosby’s For what’s it worth says it best.

Paranoia strikes deep / Into your life it will creep.
It starts when you’re always afraid / You step out of line, the man come and take you away.
 
We better stop, hey, what’s that sound / Everybody look what’s going down.
 
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About David Rosman

David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at ColumbiaMissourian.com, InkandVoice.com and NYJournalofBooks.com.
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2 Responses to Allen West – Behavior unbecoming a U.S. Representative

  1. Jim says:

    It would seem that our elected officials are taking on the elocution style of the talk show hosts. Or, should they be called entertainers? Political pundits have been talking that way about politicians for a long time and seem to be getting be getting more and more caustic. Why should we be surprised that the incivility has spread to the rest of the country.

  2. Kent Stumpe says:

    Agree with most, but you gave Crosby credit for Stills’ song.

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