I suspect Allen West knows that a line like “Deeds, and not words, will paint this country red from California coast to the rocky shores” will be seized by liberals as some kind of bloody threat. I doubt it bothers him much.
The former representative from Florida came to the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference to talk about the resurgence of conservatism in the wake of Barack Obama’s re-election. ”I’ll give it to you straight,” said West. ”Last November, we did take one on the jaw. But this movement, and this fight, is not determined by the punches that we take. We’re defined by how quickly we pull ourselves off the mat, and our perseverance. There’s no shortage of people telling us what conservatism cannot accomplish – what we can’t do, how we cannot connect, how we must change our values to fit the times. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I want to tell you, that truly is a bunch of malarkey.” This earned West some laughs from those who recall Vice President Joe Biden’s use of the term during the vice-presidential debate in 2012.
West portrayed the opprobrium hurled at him by liberals as a manifestation of their fears. ”Folks, I’m speaking from experience when I tell you that there is nothing on this green Earth that a liberal progressive fears more than a black American who wants a better life, and a smaller government,” he said. ”The Republic I love, the Republic I risked my life to defend, the values I hold dear, the integrity that we all share… these do not know prejudice, and they do not accept partiality.”