It was just a tad over 62 years ago in February 1950 when an obscure, back bencher Republican Senator from Wisconsin named Joseph McCarthy first rose to national prominence by proclaiming in a speech that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who were employed in the State Department. Given that the Cold War has been over for more than two decades and that Communism is effectively dead worldwide save for isolated pockets like North Korea and Cuba, one would think that there would be no way a politician looking to score political points would be able to go down that long closed road. If so, one is obviously not familiar with the particular craziness which inhabits the addled mind of crazy ass Representative Allen West of Florida. Here is the Palm Beach Post News with the details:
U.S. Rep. Allen West told about 90 largely supportive Palm City voters Tuesday that locally prioritized federal projects — such as the St. Lucie Inlet dredging — aren't going to matter if Washington officials don't address a mounting deficit.What is it with these lunatic far right Republicans? First it was dingbat Representative Michelle Bachman prattling on about the Soviet Union during her ill-fated presidential campaign and now this. Could it be that they have come to realize that the Islamophobia-terrorism dog isn't hunting anymore as far as scaring the voters into blindly supporting militarism and gigantic Pentagon budgets goes, and they are nostalgic for a bygone era when America at least had a plausibly dangerous foreign enemy? Yeah, that must be it.
Later Tuesday evening, a Jensen Beach crowd of 100 with more than 15 protesters greeted the congressman with mixed support, cheers and jeers.
The conservative tea party icon also got in shots at Democrats and President Obama, who spoke Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University. West said Obama was "scared" to have a discussion with him. He later said "he's heard" up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are Communist Party members, but wouldn't name names.
Bonus: "Come on now, who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you think you are...Ha ha ha bless your soul...You really think you're in control...Well, I think you're crazy"