Have I mentioned (recently) that Allen West rocks?

Posted by: Phineas on February 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I’ve written before about the undeserved pass the Democratic Party has gotten for its dirty history on race in America and how the Republican Party deserves much more credit than it gets.

Not surprisingly, Allen West did it much better with a recent speech on the House floor in honor of Black History month:

Congressman West not only recounted the early history of the Republicans in defense of civil rights (Passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments; sending the first Black members to the House and Senate; and passing the landmark 1875 Civil Rights Act — all over stiff Democratic opposition), he also spoke of recent history:

In the 1990s, it was the Republican-controlled 104th Congress that passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. Then-Democrat President Bill Clinton signed it only after reluctantly having vetoed it twice.

This reform changed the face of welfare, ensuring that recipients who were able to work would be required to seek employment. No longer would government checks be seen as an entitlement. No longer would States have a financial incentive to add as many names to their welfare rolls as possible. Finally, there was an alternative to the cycle of poverty caused by years of misguided Democrat policy. And it’s been Republicans who have continued to fight for the underprivileged communities, even as we’re painted as the party of the white upper class.

In 2004, another Republican-controlled Congress under the leadership of Republican President George W. Bush signed an omnibus bill that included a voucher program for school children right here in the District of Columbia. Instead of being shackled to the failed public school system, thousands of students were able to use the first Federal Government vouchers to escape high-performing private schools.

Mr. Speaker, what Republicans have long understood is that poor communities are best served when they’re empowered to care for themselves. The more they come to rely on government checks, the less they learn to rely on their own ability and ingenuity.

Our party firmly believes in the safety net. We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.

Oh, and that voucher program meant to help poor children in D.C., largely African-American, help themselves? President Barack Obama, an African-American and a Democrat, killed it. Again.

There’s much more. Watch the speech or read the transcript. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it. (1)

RELATED: If you want to know more about the real history of the Democratic Party and race relations in America, have a look at Bruce Bartlett’s “Wrong on Race: the Democratic Party’s buried past.” It’s a thorough, detailed, highly footnoted, and altogether damning indictment.

(1) Unless you’re some sort of reactionary liberal or lefty who can’t handle the truth.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Have I mentioned (recently) that Allen West rocks?”


  1. Sefton says:

    Another good source for truth regarding black Republicans, both in American history and currently:

  2. Bill says:

    I wish we had 500+ like Allen West in Congress…what a great country we could be again.

  3. Bill says:

    My father was born at a time when the Italians were the scum of the earth in America. He went on to speak 5 languages including Japanese and Arabic, won the Bronze Star during WWII and became a leader in his field, though he was told he would never amount to anything. What he taught me was, nothing is impossible in America…no matter what! I love Mr. West’s message. And it is the GOP that has always been there for that message! Thank you Mr. West.

  4. So Cal Jim says:

    I might add that it was DEMOCRAT president and ardent racist, Woodrow Wilson, who segregated the US military and fired almost every Black federal employee, in 1913 – the first year of his presidency. Wilson also hosted the racist movie, Birth of a Nation at the White House, in 1915.

    Before being elected to the presidency, Woodrow Wilson said, “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self preservation… until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.” D. W. Griffith, used that quote in his detestable movie. Speaking directly about “Birth of a Nation, Wison said, “It is like writing history with lightning, my only regret is that it is all so true.”

    Democrats have always been racists. They’re still just as racist today as ever. Only now they keep Blacks on the government’s plantation by making them perpetual wards.

  5. Kate says:

    You can learn a lot of history just by going on line…unfortunately these historical events are not being celebrated this black history month.

    Having worked with many middle class black women and getting to know them and their families, I am sure they would hate to be lumped into the categories of welfare moms, etc. So keep in mind there is a large group of black men and women who would rather keep working, keep their kids in school and away from drugs and gangs and they have to fight everyday to keep the urban culture from invading their families. I pray for much strength and courage for these men and women.

    Kudos to Rep. West, I wish I lived in Florida so I could vote for him!

  6. Brontefan says:

    I concur! I am a supporter of Congressman West, even though I do not live in his district. I have such respect for this man!

  7. EBL says:

    Allen West is a great American and a great leader. We are lucky to have him.

  8. Carlos says:

    I have often called the Democrat Party the party of death.

    I need to change the to “the party of death and slavery, historically and currently.”