Allen West is a Tea Party favorite for a reason- he embodies that rare, proper mixture of sound reasoning mixed with the guts to act. Lately, West, the incumbent congressman from Florida, has received some criticism for an ad he is running called, “Decide.” The ad features the mugshot of West’s opponent, Patrick Murphy. Despite the uproar, West is sticking to his guns.
The West Campaign released the ad on Friday, and it has liberals crying foul. The ad is a juxtaposition between the actions of Lieutenant Colonel West and Murphy in 2003; while West prepared himself and his men to go to war, Murphy was arrested for fighting in a bar. While some could claim that it’s unfair to have a cite a youthful indiscretion, it is a telling illustration of what each candidate brings to the community they wish to represent.
In response to the ad, the Murphy Campaign has lobbed a criticism that will likely have negative repercussions for Murphy. The Campaign rebutted,
“Allen West is now opening up what his military record was in 2003. In 2003, he was criminally charged by the military with assault and for violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice and was subsequently kicked out of the military. I find it odd that he’s trying to brag about that particular year of service. And he’s attacking Patrick Murphy for drinking as a teenager, which I think is a silly attack.”
West was fined and reprimanded for having the audacity to do all that was within his power to ensure that both he and his soldiers made it back alive. West was reprimanded for firing a gun next to an Iraqi police officer’s head during an interrogation after he came to believe that the officer was plotting West’s assassination. The military may have rules about such things, but I will not pass judgment on any soldier for doing what he has to do to increase his odds of accomplishing his mission and making it home alive.
West’s Campaign Manager, Tim Edson, in response to the criticism of West’s military career, stated that West “fought and defended his country honorably for 22 years,” and, “While Patrick Murphy was getting drunk and getting arrested, Allen West was shipping off to war. The ad speaks for itself.”
West also noted that the point of the ad was to depict Murphy, “for who he really is- a spoiled brat who knows nothing of duty, honor or service.”
West recently made headlines for criticizing Obama’s soft, quasi-apologetic stance at the UN last week. West stated,
“My statement to the United Nations would have been, ‘The future does not belong to those who attack our Embassies and Consulates and kill our Ambassadors. The Angel of Death in the form of an American Bald Eagle will visit you and wreak havoc and destruction upon your existence.’”
West is an embodiment of tough-talk and even tougher-action. I am so tired of weak politicians who guide their every action towards pandering to one crowd or another. We elect leaders, or at least we are supposed to. And when we find a true leader mixed in with the spineless crooks that live up to every stereotype of politicians, they’re smeared as being too insensitive or too extreme. People need to wake up; we, as a country, are in real trouble, and we need strong, effective leaders.
Our political system is broken because for decades, people have been getting elected by telling people what they want to hear. West got elected because he instilled confidence in his ability to lead, just as he had been doing for years with soldiers. It is a rare breed of straight-shooter that gets elected by telling people, essentially, “Things are going to be tough. Our country is broken, but with some hard work, we can fix it.” When we juxtapose West’s message of strength with Democrats’ message of creating government dependency, we can plainly see who the true leader is. I’ll take the combat-hardened veteran over the frat guy any day of the week.
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