Allen West, a freshman Republican Congressman from Florida who was, notably, endorsed by Sarah Palin, addressed a group of conservative women last week with rhetoric that achieved the great feat of being simultaneously disturbing and nonsensical. In a speech to Women Impacting the Nation (WIN), an organization which, according to its mission statement, seeks to support the “Judeo-Christian values upon which our country is founded,” West accused Planned Parenthood and other liberal women’s groups of “neutering American men.”
West got some press a few weeks ago for declaring on Fox News that President Obama’s recent budget speech was “Marxist demagogic rhetoric,” so clearly he’s not afraid of making outrageously inaccurate and offensive comments in public. His speech to WIN is certainly helping to put him on the map as an outrageous firebrand. Because, according to West, women’s role is to strengthen men. In his speech, he said:
“We need you to come in and lock shields to strengthen up the men that will go into the fight for you – to let these other women know, on the other side, these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if we don’t, then the debt will continue to grow.”
This was connected, in an extremely fragmented way, to some ramblings about Spartan mothers, who, according to West, were responsible for the strength of the Spartan men they raised. He also threw in some references to “our Judeo-Christian heritage” for good measure (clearly, he knew his audience), and added that this struggle was “a spiritual confrontation about the soul of these United States of America.”
I’ll leave it to you to piece out just how Planned Parenthood and Code Pink are related to debt growth, or why they’re causing a “spiritual confrontation.” What’s clear is that West, like a growing number of American politicians, needs to think before he speaks – especially when it comes to Planned Parenthood.
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