Allen West’s Extreme Conservatism
(ThyBlackMan) — There’s something going on with the conservative movement, and it doesn’t look good. Just days before the annual CPAC conference, its organizer, David Keene, stepped down as chairman of the American Conservative Union, a post he had held since 1984. Perhaps this reveals a schism in the conservative movement, between the old-school, libertarian, keep-government-out-of-my-way crowd and the authoritarian, put-government-into-your-bedroom types. Sarah Palin turned down CPAC’s offer to deliver their keynote address at the last minute, though her political action committee is sponsoring a reception there. And others such as Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) wont attend due to the inclusion of gay groups. At the eleventh hour, CPAC has a keynote speaker, and it is Rep. Allen West (R-Florida), the newly-elected black Tea Party member of Congress from Floridas 22nd Congressional district. The selection speaks volumes about where the conservative movement and the GOP have gone off the deep end, that is. Some would call West crazy, perhaps even nuttier than your mamas pecan pie. And that’s not merely because he proudly sports a high-top fade in the second decade of the twenty-first century. One of Sarah Palin’s pick for Congress, Rep. West is a member of the Tea Party Caucus, which is chaired by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn). Bachmann, known for her outlandish, over-the-top statements, has accused President Obama of being “very anti-American”, and of setting up politically correct re-education camps for young people. In an odd pairing of affiliations, the Florida lawmaker is also the first black Republican to join the Congressional Black Caucus since 1996.