Rep. West: Democratic handouts an ‘insidious form of slavery’

Congressman Allen West

From TheHill.com, By Pete Kasperowicz – 02/15/12 08:56 PM ET – Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday evening praised the Republican Party for consistently fighting for individual freedom over the last 150 years, and criticized Democrats for pursuing “handouts” to the less fortunate that he said are a modern form of slavery.

“Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said in a late Wednesday floor speech. “We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.

“For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us,” he continued. “Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.”

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West recounted the history of the Republican Party by noting that it played a major role in several key moments in which it fought for greater freedoms for African Americans. “The Republican Party has always been the party of freedom,” he said.

Among other events, he noted that Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and the GOP pushed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution that ended slavery, provided equal protection under the law, and gave blacks the right to vote.

He added that a Republican Congress passed the law establishing the Buffalo Soldiers, and that GOP President Ulysses Grant signed the first major civil rights act into law in 1875.

In modern times, he noted that GOP President George W. Bush signed the law providing for school choice in Washington DC.

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

“With a core belief in the supremacy and the sovereignty of the individual, and the unconditional dignity of every human life, the Republican party is, always has been and forever shall be, the party of equality, of opportunity,” West concluded. “Happy Black History month.”

3 responses

  1. Senator-Blutarksy

    Since West has it all figured out, he should get the Republicans to dismantle/repeal the War on Poverty, and change that hammock back to a safety net, at best.

    Small problem – Repubes vote for as much socialism as the Dims

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

    The horse has been out of the barn since at least 1965

  2. ***sniff***sniff***smells like baseless political rhetoric in the air.

    “…the Republican value of minimizing government dependence…” Really? Wow…must have missed the details on that one in the news.

    Not one Republican…or Democratic…Prez has reduced the size and scope of the Federal Government leviathan since FDR’s New Deal. They have all expanded the girth of the Federal bastard child who our Founding Fathers would never claim as their rightful progeny.

    But, like most generalized and unsupported statements by pols in an election year, the MSM doesn’t ask for specific examples – they’re just the PR cheer-leading squad for the two-party fallacy.

    “… the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today…”

    Coming from a Congress-critter who helps to pass more and more laws every year in a country that currently imprisons 25% of the world’s prisoners in a country that only comprises 5% of the world’s population, Comrade West should be well versed on the subject of “slavery”.

    Slavery would decline…and freedom would advance…if we ever got term limits for Congress…and Comrade West and the rest of the D.C. Politburo went home to earn an honest living for a change.

    1. Senator-Blutarksy

      West is the new poster boy for cheap republican cliches`…………big talking punk and Tea Party mouth………all hat and no cattle. The knuckedraggers like him.

      Too bad he doesnt think along these lines-

      “Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.”
      Congressman Ron Paul

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