Rep. Allen West shows that he is as brazen and corrupt as he is dishonest and crazy by sending out a fundraising letter trying to raise money from his repulsive accusation that all of the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are communists.
In an email blast to supporters Friday from his reelection campaign, West says he’s been a target of the political left for good reason: It’s because he’s “not afraid to speak the truth.”
“That’s why I’m the number one target of liberals and their friends in the media who are going completely nuts about my comments at a recent Townhall meeting,” he wrote in the email.
It goes on to add, “In response to a question about Marxists in Congress, I called out the Congressional Progressive Caucus for their extreme left-wing positions. I stand by the point of my comments and I need you to stand with me today by making a contribution of $10 or more.”
John Avlon wonders where the outrage is among Republicans:
The number West picked out was apparently based on the number of congressmen affiliated with the Congressional Progressive Caucus. This is an organization of the most liberal members of Congress, but to call them communists is a slander splashed with blood.
Communists, of course, murdered more than 100 million people in the past century, if you add up the rough total of butchery by Vladimir Lenin (Soviet Union), Joseph Stalin (Soviet Union), Mao Zedong (China) and Pol Pot (Cambodia). This is the reason people were understandably offended at Miami Manager Ozzie Guillen’s recent comments professing admiration for Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro.But there were no widespread protests or requests for censure in West’s case. Instead it was greeted as an almost unremarkable part of the new normal.
A military man of West’s rank understands the magnitude of his misstatement. So I’m assuming that he was sincere in the accusation.
To equate liberals in Congress with communists is like equating conservatives in Congress with fascists — something only the most brain-dead Occupy protester would attempt.
And just for a moment imagine if a liberal member of Congress made an equal and opposite accusation, saying that all the members of the tea party caucus were Nazis. It would be rightly greeted with wall-to-wall outrage.
But the asymmetric polarization of our politics has made such accusations within the easy reach of politically successful ideologues at unguarded moments.
West’s comments were simply extensions of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s infamous statement in 2008 about how then-candidate Barack Obama — and many Democratic members of Congress — held “anti-American views.”
They really believe this stuff: Anyone who is not avowedly conservative is considered liberal — and therefore anyone who is avowedly liberal is considered communist. This is not a little insane.
And yes, there are people on the left who claim that all Republicans or conservatives are fascists — but not sitting congressman, for crying out loud. That’s reserved for the fringes, but in the Republican party today the fringe has become the mainstream. That’s why not a single prominent Republican has said a word about West’s vile slander. Hyperbolic accusations of evil are the standard mode of discourse for the right these days; that’s why we hear constantly that Obama is a communist and a Muslim who coddles terrorists.