Oh Please, Please, Please, Please, Please

What could be more entertaining than watching Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Rick Perry run for president? How about adding Allen West to the list? Matt Barber’s new site BarbWire reports that they’ve got “inside sources” who say he’s seriously considering running in 2016.

BarbWire has learned today from a credible “inside” source that Tea Party favorite and former Florida GOP Congressman Allen B. West is seriously considering a 2016 presidential run. The good Colonel seemed to strongly corroborate this information in a post today at his website, Allen B. West. Colonel West is currently touring a number of these United States and meeting with potential voters.

And a post on his website hints at it as well:

Reflecting upon the closure of one door, as God opened a greater one (one of which I just drove my motorcycle through), I want to share with you that we should not run away from trials, travails, and tribulations. We should count them all joy as we are being perfected for a greater purpose. A diamond is but a rock until it undergoes intense pressure and heat. Steel is purified by intense heat. We cannot seek to live a life where our goal is to go from one oasis to another. Sometimes we have to cross a desert in order to develop inner strength.

Many are asking me to consider a huge undertaking. If God had not placed a challenge before me and closed one door, perhaps a new mission would not be possible. Here I am, traveling along the same path I took in December 2003. I am traveling with my “Band of Brothers” and meeting my beloved countrymen and women along the way, sharing my perspectives as well.

A new door has opened and faithfully I walked through it. This morning a couple of our Motor Marshalls, former NC Highway Patrolmen, expressed their delight in my publicly sharing my faith. I told them I have no choice. I ain’t perfect, but I do know that God guides my steps and protects my family.

We did not stop to rest back in December 2003, but today I had the opportunity to reflect upon those doors that have opened for me. Where will this journey lead me? Only God knows. What a journey it has been so far!

Why do I remain so committed amidst all the hateful speech and attacks aimed at me? Simple. “‘No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17 NIV). So I press on and thank God for this moment to reflect upon the doors of life.

Grandiose much? Seriously, if you want to run for president, run for president. Hell, I really hope you do. But if you do it won’t be because God wants you to or because you have some burning need to serve your country. It will be because you want power, money and fame. Just like everyone else who runs for president.

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  • Chris J

    Someone really needs to let Mr. Barber know about the 1996 Casablanca-ripoff that shares a name with his website (just barely SFW). I can’t stop myself thinking about the connection every time I hear the website’s name.

    I’d imagine there’d be quite a few confused googlers on both sides.

  • dingojack

    “No weapon forged against you will prevail…”

    Except for the obvious:

    ” And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.” – Judges 4:3

    Dingo

  • Pierce R. Butler

    What could be more entertaining than watching Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Rick Perry run for president?

    We already had that. Ratings tanked, and none of those shows got beyond their demo tapes.

  • matty1

    “Reflecting upon the closure of one door, as God opened a greater one (one of which I just drove my motorcycle through)”

    “I am traveling with my “Band of Brothers” and meeting my beloved countrymen and women along the way”

    This guy is comedy gold.

  • Trebuchet

    Someone really needs to let Mr. Barber know about the 1996 Casablanca-ripoff that shares a name with his website (just barely SFW). I can’t stop myself thinking about the connection every time I hear the website’s name.

    Are you ready for a West/Anderson ticket? I know I am!

  • Michael Heath

    Allen West:

    Why do I remain so committed amidst all the hateful speech and attacks aimed at me? Simple. “‘No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.

    [Heath emphasized]

    So Mr. West is a spectacular failure by his own claimed standards.

  • Alverant

    I’ve been part of a superhero pen and paper RPG for a few years. I always wanted to use this character concept of a guy who has mental powers and had to agree to become a hero as part of his plea agreement. He was convicted of mental malicious mischief by finding RWNJ with their AM talk shows and feeding them paranoid conspiracy theories in their sleep. He never forced them to do anything, he just gave them material then laugh at them when they went on the air. He’d introduce himself by saying, “Remember when Bachmann, Gingrich, Cain, Perry, and West said God told each of them to run for President?” then point to himself with his thumbs and smirk.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It should be pointed out that the door didn’t open so much as shatter when West held it down and performed a mock execution on it.

     

    Pierce R. Butler “We already had that. Ratings tanked, and none of those shows got beyond their demo tapes.”

    To be fair, each had one episode that was huge. Except for the John Huntsman Show, which no one watched. Ever. Even Huntsman didn’t see it.

  • DaveL

    I’m guessing God will command him to raise money for a possible presidential run, and then he will command him to drop out of the race (and keep the money, of course).

  • D. C. Sessions

    And all of the Serious Mainstream Republicans pick up the phone and call Reince Priebus to scream,

    You said that you’d made sure this didn’t happen AGAIN!!!!

  • dugglebogey

    It’s the lamest possible lie reason to run, yet every GOPer seems to start with it.

    “I really don’t want to run, personally. God told me I had to so I said OK.”

    Who the fuck wants that person as president? First of all I want my president to WANT to be president. Second of all EVERYONE KNOWS YOU ARE LYING.

  • felidae

    Allen, please open that door that leads to obscurity and step joyfully through it

  • Stacey C.

    He and Alan Keyes are gifts that keep on giving.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Is it a sign that I’ve been reading Ed’s blog too long?

    I saw the title, and the first thing I thought was: “I wonder who might be running for Pres.?”

  • caseloweraz

    We should count them all joy as we are being perfected for a greater purpose. A diamond is but a rock until it undergoes intense pressure and heat. Steel is purified by intense heat. We cannot seek to live a life where our goal is to go from one oasis to another. Sometimes we have to cross a desert in order to develop inner strength.

    “Embrace the west wind until you come to a wilderness. Look for a rose there.”

    And then seek the Book of Zetan.

  • magistramarla

    Ed, you forgot one.

    Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that read “Santorum, 2016”.

    The clown car is filling up fast.

  • eamick

    I can’t blame him for wanting to run. After all, he got two whole votes for Speaker of the House last year. How can he possibly ignore that groundswell of support? </snark>

  • http://trishwilson.typepad.com/the_count/ The Count

    He’s a male Sarah Palin, and that’s an insult to Sarah Palin.

  • martinc

    Chris J @ 1:

    Someone really needs to let Mr. Barber know about the 1996 Casablanca-ripoff that shares a name with his website (just barely SFW). I can’t stop myself thinking about the connection every time I hear the website’s name.

    I’d imagine there’d be quite a few confused googlers on both sides.

    Yeah, that’s the thing about googling BarbWire. You go there because someone told you there’s an important story about a Presidential candidacy, but it turns out instead it’s just a huge bust.