Pic of the day: The Representative from Florida’s 22nd district, Allen West.
Some of the worst tyrannies of our day genuinely are “vowed” to the service of mankind, yet can function only by pitting neighbor against neighbor. The all-seeing eye of a totalitarian regime is usually the watchful eye of the next-door neighbor. In a Communist state love of neighbor may be classed as counter-revolutionary.
Eric Hoffer, The Ordeal of Change (1963)
According to the man pictured above, there are between 78 and 81 members of the Communist party in the Democratic party in Congress. He did right after that say that “It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
I like this guy, he’s great for the Democrats. He’s great for the progressive caucus. He is the kind of politician who lights a fire under progressives, inspires us to greater and more effective exertions in the name of our political beliefs.
He, through his statements has made it clear that he understands what communist means, by stating that these members of congress are opposed to free markets and capitalism. So for once when writing about this I don’t have to argue about definitions, frankly I’m happy about that. The man had a thought, and expressed it. I’m happy about that too. But let’s look at the whole against free markets and capitalism accusation.
I find it hard to believe that the ranking member of the house Financial Services Committee could possibly be communist. Do you think anyone in congress would let a communist be ranking member of the committee that oversees the treasury and the federal reserve? No party would eb dumb enough to do that.
You can call Barney Frank a great many things, but Communist is NOT one of them. A man who would stand side by side against Fed policy with Ron Paul could not, should not and cannot be thought of as communist, not without extensive use of recreational pharmaceuticals. But Rep. West still called him a communist. Rep. West is a dumb ass.
I also find it hard to believe that anyone could call the ranking member of the House Small Business committee, which controls amongst other things oversight and authority over the SBA, which controls the lifeblood of this country, small business loans which stimulate job growth in a capitalist society, a communist. Nydia Velazquez as that committees ranking member makes sure that small businesses get a fair shake from government and get the loans they need to get a start in the business world and become the successes that America needs to move into the future.
So when Rep. West calls people who I know are pro capitalism and pro-business communists, I have to laugh. Both of these people, and a great many other good people who do their level best to not only represent their constituents but do their level best to make sure that capitalism stays healthy and free markets stay free.
I could do a write up for each of the other members of the Progressive caucus, but that’d take all night, and frankly I want to spend more time with my wife, and not stand her up just to do 79 other write-ups to make my point that completely.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus is NOT Communist, any more than the Republican Study Committee is fascist.
I hear that West was a great military leader. That he would do anything for his men. That doesn’t translate into great work for the people of the United States in the house. And that dedication that he showed to his men is something else that hasn’t translated in congress. He has shown, on a number of fronts on a number of occasions, that he looks at Americans as being two distinct and separate groups.
We are not two distinct groups, we are Americans, all of us. Progressive does not translate into Communist, or enemy, or anything else but American, just like Tea Party doesn’t translate into anything else. This once great leader of military men needs to realize that here we lead and he follows, and that here we rule, and we decide.
Not him. Us.
That’s it from here, America. G’night.