Allen West Thinks It’s Unladylike To Challenge Him

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July 21, 2011 ‐ By SisterToldja

Congressman Allen West should be careful what he asks for. When he drafted an email to fellow Congress member Debbie Wasserman Schultz stating that she “has proven repeatedly that (she) is not a Lady (sic)” and “

therefore, shall not be afforded due respect”,

He essentially suggested beliefs hearkening to the days in which women could not be members of our government. Wasserman Schultz, you see, has been very blunt in her condemnation of West and the way his policy making fails his South Florida constituency. Wasserman Schultz called West out on the House floor, saying he supported a bill that would cut Medicare spending among other things.

This is what she said exactly:

“The gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries — unbelievable from a member from South Florida.”

While her language was not at all unprofessional, by directly calling a man on his shenanigans, she has deviated from antiquated standards of “ladylike” behavior.

However, if we were back in those days in which a woman could not frankly and directly address her colleague in the same method in which he would address another man, Allen West would not be a member of the United States Congress. If he worked on Capitol Hill, he’d be making sandwiches or slinging a mop about the House floor; were he a man of letters, he’d be working at a Negro college.

You don’t want to go back there, Mr. West.

Congressman West has stated that he is not only refusing to apologize to  Wasserman Schultz, but that she owes him an apology. You can’t get much more ridiculous than that. Not only did he send his colleague this email, he CC’d the Majority Leader and Minority Whip to maximize the sting. He then repeated most of the letter’s language in a campaign fundraising email to his supporters.

Bizarrely, Congressman West takes very personally his colleague’s challenging of his policies…which is exactly what political rivals are selected to do. Beyond that, he seems to find it inappropriate for a woman to challenge him so. If Allen West doesn’t have the presence of mind to receive harsh criticism from a female colleague (one who has been in her current position for seven years to his seven months), then he is not suited for the challenge of being a member of the House of Representatives in the year 2011.

Read the text of the email and judge for yourself:

From: Z112 West, Allen

 

Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM

To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie

Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric

Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

 

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

 

I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

 

You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

 

Steadfast and Loyal

 

Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)

 

 

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  • Johny Sako

    As usual the writer takes the side of the Liberal Democrat. So predictable there really is no reason to read or go to any of these black entertainmnet sites. I haven't learned much in life, but I know waiting for something for nothing is a dead end. The longer blacks as a people continue worring about getting something from the government and not simply working for it the longer we will be on the bottom of sociaties ladder. Chines, Jamaicans, etc. are about taking care of business going to school not continuously whinning about racisim. But we continue to play the same blame game year after year and year after year fall farther behind.

    • chaka1

      @Sako
      Your argument is based on your prejudicial assumption that ALL BLACKS are accepting government handouts. This is false. The 2012 platform for the Tea Party will be to make people believe the poor, and minorities are to blame for the nation's problems. Quit being against your own people and bothering us with those Tea Party talking points. But that's if you are black, which I doubt.

      • Zara

        Because he is not a typical liberal or democrat he can't be black????(so i guess all blacks must think alike and act the same or fall into a stereotype,huh?)……sigh, funny how if a black person don't fall into line you are disowned as being black, then these same people,people like you, who are quick disown them turn around and say things like "quit being against your OWN people"….practice what you preach.

    • anna o. jay

      I think more important than being concerned with the writer's stance in this particular article is the idea that Congressman West should not be challenged on his actions. If you are considering taking actions that will financially impact a significant number of people, that action should be questioned by anyone concerned, regardless of gender, race or political affiliation. If the Congressman's decision is sound then it should stand up to opposition. I believe that the problem at the heart of this disagreement is much larger than an issue of political party or what blacks (or anyone for that matter) expects from their government. The problem is that more and more people are uncomfortable with their actions or decisions being scrutinized.

      Additionally, from the letter that West sent back I think it's evident that his opinion of her is not based on Congresswoman Shultz's comments that day, it seems to be a reaction to other ongoing events between the two of them. So, while I don't agree with West becoming enraged because someone challenged his actions, I do think it should be taken into consideration that its not her challenge but her past behavior toward him and her decision to speak about the Congressman after he had left that really seems to be what has made him so angry.

  • Kayla

    i like how he said " say it to my face'" but yet he sent that by e-mail. ……lol

  • Zara

    I dont think neither one of them said anything all that bad. But I can't help but see a slight double standard here. Had this man been a liberal and this woman a conservative. More people would be crying racism.

  • Jimmy Swaggered

    Neither were particularly out of line… tensions are high right now.

    I hope a debt celing compromise comes as soon as possible.

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