Allen West: An Officer, Not A Gentleman

"Douchebag of the Year? Me? Aw, you shouldn't have."

Some people run for Congress because they want to do good things for their community.  They want to roll up their sleeves and be busily about the business of the American people.   They want to go to Washington and make a difference and try to make politics work a little better than it presently does.

Then you have guys like Allen West who go to Washington for a much different reason.   They don’t believe government helps makes the lives of people better so they get elected and prove it.

West, whose name was floated by presidential candidate and political irrelevance Newt Gingrich as a potential vice-president, got pissy when he took exception to remarks made on the House floor by Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.   West fired off a snarky e-mail to his Florida colleague.

From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

Steadfast and Loyal

Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)

Here’s the video of Wasserman-Schultz’s remarks that set West off.  At no point does she name West, but he was angered nonetheless.

It that’s what set off West so much to declare Wasserman-Schultz as “vile”, “despicable”, “a coward” and “unprofessional” he’s a thin-skinned punk.   He says Wasserman-Schultz isn’t a lady?   What kind of man are  you Al to send off a whinygram to House leaders instead of confronting her personally with your complaints?

Apparently the former Army lieutenant colonel is an officer, but not a gentleman. 

Even by right-wing troglodyte standards, West is a particularly nasty piece of work.  He seems to go out of his way to belittle Democrats. 

West goes out his way to be a dick. Such as when he ripped Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Mn) as representing “the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established.”  Ellison is a practicing Muslim.

    PERITZ: Since you’re with a new crowd, people you haven’t really met before, and will be very closely associating with in the future, including Keith Ellison, who supports Islam, how will you manage that, if I may ask, because it’s not really easy to be polite with individuals one totally disagrees with, which I believe may be the case.

    WEST: Well I think it’s most important that I stand upon the principles that people elected me to go to Washington, DC and represent them on Capitol Hill. So that when you run into someone that is counter, or someone that really does represent the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established, you’ve got to be able to defeat them intellectually in debate and discourse, and you to just have to be able to challenge each and every one of their assertions very wisely and very forthright.

Toss in West’s recent remark, “I must confess when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool,” and you’ve got a guy who looks for new ways to be an asshole. Funny thing though…you don’t see West actually doing much since he’s been elected besides giving interviews and saying dumb things.

Some guys are just intimidated by strong women.

West reminds me why I got out of the military.   The rigidity of thought and conformist mindset the armed forces instills tends to lead one down a path of conservatism, and extreme conservatism at that.   I got out of the Air Force before I started voting Republican.   West spent 18 years in the Army so his hawkish and far-right ideology doesn’t surprise me.

Every day West is a member of Congress is an embarrassment and since he may likely find himself running for reelection in a predominantly Democratic district, here’s hoping the dickish behavior of this two-legged infected pustule in Washington will be short-lived.

2 thoughts on “Allen West: An Officer, Not A Gentleman

  1. As a retired Air Force myself I can attest to your analysis of the group think of most military members. I’m proud of my service but I could never recommend that any young man or woman join for the vary reasons you stated in your piece. I’m a socialist, so you can imagine what the brass thought of someone like me. Far too many members just as the majority of Americans in general have no clue as to what the Constitution really says or what they have taken an oath to defend. Sure they may mouth the “proper,” phrases, but their words in private speak volumes.


    • David, there’s no disagreement on the score that the military breeds conformity of thought and conservatism in politics. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I wouldn’t recommend military service. I benefited from the experience, but I would emphasize you have to be firm and resolute in your
      beliefs because the military will break all that down if you’re shaky.


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