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Allen West Rips the President for hosting a fancy event that he himself attended and enjoyed. Is this being a hypocrite?

Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2012/05/01 13:59:53
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Allen West before and during the party:

"On Saturday night I was honored to be invited to the White House
Correspondents Association dinner. There was much glam, glamour, and
humor flowing," West posted on his Facebook page on Monday morning.

Then all of a sudden: "While the President laughs and dines, our Constitutional Republic is
eroding and my countrymen are suffering," West wrote. "In this election
year, it is sad to think that some of those who were sitting in that
ballroom Saturday night laughing and living it up, are helping to
perpetuate the manipulation and deception of our country."

Why is Allen West even attending such high living events if he dislikes them so much? Why does he go places that he has such obvious contempt for. He ate, and drank and even signed autographs like a celebrity, then has the nerve to call the President for hosting an event that he himself attended?

Does this seem like Hypocrisy to you?
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  • Assassi... big T 2012/05/02 00:07:18
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +1
    Yeah. Um K.
  • big T Assassi... 2012/05/02 00:08:40
    big T
    pluse you get more infomation by being noticed.
  • Chief 2012/05/01 20:15:31
    Allen West is a Hypocrite.
    Chief
    +4
    Huge Hypocrite!
  • #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT... 2012/05/01 20:11:13
    Allen West is a Hypocrite.
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +6
    It is my understanding that ALL presidents throw a WH Correspondents Dinner. Not only is he a HYPOCRITE; I'm gonna use a quote my mother often said (as a lifelong Democrat)--HE'S GOT MORE NERVE THAN A GOVERNMENT MULE!

    It brings JOY to my heart to know HIS DISTRICT will be gone next year. I'm sick of hearing his mouth.
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/05/01 19:51:31
    Allen West is a Hypocrite.
    t.eliot, topbard
    +5
    He's a hypocritical ignoranus.
  • Figment 2012/05/01 19:23:58
    I like Allen West no matter what he does.
    Figment
    +1
    How do we know that he enjoyed it?
  • Thisism... Figment 2012/05/01 19:50:57
  • Figment Thisism... 2012/05/01 20:05:48
    Figment
    He would have had to gone to it in order to criticize it.
  • Grandbr... Figment 2012/05/01 22:43:37
    Grandbrother
    Or he could have watched it on TV. But instead he went, said he was "honored" to have been invited, and gushed that "there was much glam, glamour, and humor flowing". Sounds to me like he enjoyed it.
  • Assassi... Figment 2012/05/01 21:21:32
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +2
    He said it was an honor, and the food and humor were flowing. Doesn't sound like he hated it.
  • unclepat Figment 2012/05/01 22:15:17
    unclepat
    Well WTF did he bother to go there for if he was just going to turn around and report to teabagger central? The idiot could have watched it on TV like anyone else!!
  • Figment unclepat 2012/05/01 22:20:21
    Figment
    How would I know?
  • scbluesman13 2012/05/01 18:53:36
    Allen West is a Hypocrite.
    scbluesman13
    +10
    The fact that Allen West has made statements about the President and our government that are hypocritical given his actions do not surprise me one bit. And I'd probably care a little more if West held any significance or importance as a political figure in this country, but he doesn't. He's just another irrelevant Tea Party whackjob from one of the worst run states in the union.
  • A Found... scblues... 2012/05/01 21:30:31
    A Founding Father
    +2
    West is looking for a job, putting himself out there, hoping to be noticed before his paychecks stop. If any of you know of a good "night watchman" position or "mall cop" opening, write to West and give him a heads-up.
  • unclepat A Found... 2012/05/01 22:17:36
    unclepat
    +1
    Give him my number and tell him to give me a call!! lolol paul blart mall cop
  • Luke Pittman 2012/05/01 18:53:33
    I like Allen West no matter what he does.
    Luke Pittman
    +3
    I think that it doesn't really matter. Who cares about a stupid event? So he attended? So he ripped Obama? Who cares? What really matters is that Obama is a Marxist, Fascist, Progressive and a communist. Nothing more, nothing less.
  • Kaleoku... Luke Pi... 2012/05/01 19:09:03
    Kaleokualoha
    +9
    Back to school, Luke! Just as Chicken Little started a "sky is falling" hysteria based on a falling acorn, so too are various critics pushing a "socialist" or "Marxist" Obama hysteria based on Obama's economic policies. Not only do they conveniently forget that the 2008 bailout was initiated by the Bush administration, but they also seem to have forgotten some basics from Econ 101. They could easily avoid such non sequitur nonsense by following the evidence instead of jumping to conclusions.

    According to dictionary.com, socialism is "a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. In Marxist theory, it is the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles."

    Please note that it is the stage FOLLOWING capitalism. Capitalism has many forms in a mixed economy, with public (collective) ownership of various enterprises based upon economic conditions. Limited public ownership does not comprise Marxist socialism, which requires complete public ownership. When controlled by a police state, however, limited public ownership may become fascis...


















    Back to school, Luke! Just as Chicken Little started a "sky is falling" hysteria based on a falling acorn, so too are various critics pushing a "socialist" or "Marxist" Obama hysteria based on Obama's economic policies. Not only do they conveniently forget that the 2008 bailout was initiated by the Bush administration, but they also seem to have forgotten some basics from Econ 101. They could easily avoid such non sequitur nonsense by following the evidence instead of jumping to conclusions.

    According to dictionary.com, socialism is "a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. In Marxist theory, it is the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles."

    Please note that it is the stage FOLLOWING capitalism. Capitalism has many forms in a mixed economy, with public (collective) ownership of various enterprises based upon economic conditions. Limited public ownership does not comprise Marxist socialism, which requires complete public ownership. When controlled by a police state, however, limited public ownership may become fascism ("national socialism"), Marxist socialism, or even "perfect implementation of collectivist principles." Limited public ownership occurs at virtually every point on the mixed economy spectrum.

    Every advocate of greater government economic control might be called a "socialist," but none are true socialists unless they advocate the complete elimination of private enterprise, which requires the complete replacement of capitalism with collectivism. True (laissez-faire) capitalism means zero government control of private enterprise, which is economic anarchy. Neither of these extremes works in the long run. Every successful economy is a mixed economy, existing somewhere on a spectrum between both extremes. Every successful economy is part capitalist and part socialist. They all contain a mix of private and public ownership, and they all have some government control of private enterprise. The only relevant question is "WHERE on this spectrum can we achieve the greatest success?" The rise of Asian economies, with their varying degrees of centralized planning, proves that economic planning helps economic development.

    Both laissez faire capitalism and true communism are artificial constructs, as impossible to sustain as cold fusion. Every successful society requires private enterprise regulated by public policy, regardless of Ayn Rand's fantasies. Extremists on either fringe are equally delusional. In some ways regulation is a necessary evil like body fat: too much or too little are both lethal. The normal tendency is to add layers with age. The challenge is to find the level that will produce the optimum outcome, all things considered.

    Unless someone advocates the complete replacement of capitalism with collectivism, they do not truly advocate socialism or communism. To accuse them of either, when they have not explicitly advocated as much themselves, suggests either unfamiliarity with mixed economies or intellectual dishonesty. Even George W. Bush and John McCain were accused of advocating socialism based upon their support of 2008 bailout legislation.

    The bottom line is simple. If you consider any variation of a mixed economy, including ANY public ownership or regulation of industry to be "socialism," then the United States and ALL other economies are "socialist." The debate is over, because by that definition we have been "socialist" since the 18th century. If you only consider complete collectivism to be "socialism," according to Marxist theory, then no successful economy is actually "socialist." The closest to a Marxist socialist economy is the economic basket case, North Korea. If you consider socialism to occur at some other point on the spectrum between unregulated capitalism and Marxist socialism, then any such point would be arbitrary.

    To accuse a mixed economy advocate of being a socialist or communist suggests that you believe that ANY degree of government regulation qualifies as "socialism," or that you believe that any regulation beyond an indefinite "trigger point" qualifies as "socialism,", and that YOU get to set the trigger point. The "trigger point" explanation reminds me of the egocentric explorer who says that anyone who explores farther into dangerous territory is a fool, but anyone who doesn’t explore as far as he does is a coward. His arrogance presumes that his own boundaries are common standards.

    Marxist "socialism," in contrast to European "democratic socialism," requires collective ownership of the means of production in lieu of capitalism. That is the death of private enterprise. We may or may not be on a path to collectivism, just as a dating couple may or may not be on a path to pregnancy. Traveling on a path in any direction does not imply any specific goal. For example, traveling on Interstate 10 does not imply that either coast is the goal.

    "Direction" is one thing. "Goal" is another. All mixed economies exist at some point in the spectrum between the fatal terminuses of unregulated capitalism and true socialism. In most Marxist states, however, capitalism reappeared as people recognized the lethal consequences of such extremes. Russia, China and other communist nations now recognize the virtue of mixed economies. They learned the hard way.

    I await empirical evidence, instead of specious speculation, that Obama wants to eliminate capitalism by moving to that extreme. To say Obama advocates the goal of socialism, based upon his movement on the spectrum instead of being based on his explicit advocacy, is to create a straw man. It is intellectually dishonest and unworthy of serious debate.

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    - Proverbs 1:7
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  • politic... Kaleoku... 2012/05/01 19:20:25
    politicaljunkie
    +4
    Nice clarification for the fringe ends. We can only hope they actually read and comprehend your words.
  • t.eliot... Kaleoku... 2012/05/01 19:56:49
    t.eliot, topbard
    +5
    Great stuff but, I fear, over Luke's head.
  • caius m... Kaleoku... 2012/05/01 20:19:28
    caius madison
    You forgot something, America isn't a republic, or communist, and though we opperate as a capitalist society, we are a DEMOCRACY. The circus in Washington is tryng to reform our country in ways that completely disavow our country's principals, standards, and practices. We need to fix us, that is true. However, I believe we are going about it very ill concieved ways. There are much easier ways to fix our money issues, but fi ing the debt won't fix anything really, if we do not change our practices. Our standards and our principals, however, cannot change.
  • Luke Pi... caius m... 2012/05/01 20:39:38
    Luke Pittman
    actually, our government is a democratic republic, js :)
  • Luke Pi... Kaleoku... 2012/05/01 20:38:25
    Luke Pittman
    Have you seen nothing about the Black Panthers? Muslim Brotherhood? AL Sharpton? Jesse Jackson? If you think this is a good group of friends, I'll just start a suicide pact. Our president allies with and praises terrorism. I don't care what race you are, terrorism is NEVER okay.
  • A Found... Luke Pi... 2012/05/01 21:35:17
    A Founding Father
    +1
    Please remind the RWNJs that terrorism is never OK, will you? A bunch of them, including some with small radio audiences, are forever calling for "revolutions" and
    threatening to bring their guns into the streets and begin to shoot at all who disagree
    with their teag bag agendas. Your reminder would be timely.
  • Kaleoku... Luke Pi... 2012/05/02 03:35:48 (edited)
    Kaleokualoha
    +2
    Thanks for the red herrings, but I cannot find any relevance to the point of contention, which is Obama's purported Marxism. Whether or not they are a "good group of friends" has nothing to do with economic theory.

    Jump to conclusions much? Where EXACTLY has Obama "allied with" or praised terrorism? Perhaps you have been misled.

    Jumping to conclusions seems to be quite common in the fantasyland of the right-wing blogosphere. Such conclusions are drawn despite other likely explanations for the evidence presented. In the world of disinformation, speculation is misrepresented as fact.

    When asked to substantiate their conclusions, we may encounter bluster, red herrings, and ad hominem attacks more often than rational, focused answers. Military Intelligence students are quickly disabused of such behavior, and learn the value of supporting every conclusion they proffer. Researchers at the Rand Corporation and other highly regarded research institutions often come from such rigorous backgrounds, where conclusions are based on empirical evidence, rather than wishful thinking. It's a pity that blogosphere researchers and commentators are not held to similar high standards of accuracy.

    "Truth is generally the best vindication against slander."
    - Abraham Lincoln
  • #Justic... Kaleoku... 2012/05/01 20:46:22
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +2
    I love it when you take these RWNJs back to school. Mind if I save your response so I can use it my own self?
  • Kaleoku... #Justic... 2012/05/02 03:34:22
    Kaleokualoha
    +1
    Please feel free to use it anywhere you desire!
  • #Justic... Kaleoku... 2012/05/02 19:51:14
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +1
    Thank you so much kind sir.
  • unclepat Kaleoku... 2012/05/01 22:19:12
    unclepat
    +2
    WHOA, WHOA hold on there fella....that's just too many damn facts for one person to handle. Especially a RWNJ!! lol
  • scblues... Luke Pi... 2012/05/01 19:12:29
    scbluesman13
    +5
    There you guys go again... Throwing around words you absolutely do not understand. It's getting to be quite laughable.
  • t.eliot... Luke Pi... 2012/05/01 19:54:11
    t.eliot, topbard
    +5
    Those things you called Obama....Look them up.You appear delusional posting such drivel.
  • A Found... Luke Pi... 2012/05/01 21:32:19
    A Founding Father
    +2
    You are in denial that the most important thing is that Barack Obama is POTUS now and will be for the next 4 1/2 years. Suck it up, get a grip, rejoin the crowd of citizens moving forward with or without the Farside wagons.
  • BritPunk Luke Pi... 2012/05/01 21:59:22
    BritPunk
    +3
    "Obama is a Marxist, Fascist, Progressive and a communist." ROTFLMFAO :-)
    Thank you, that made my day !!
  • paul 2012/05/01 18:45:52
    I like Allen West no matter what he does.
    paul
    +1
    Interesting how the left is sworming Allen West now that he may be a contender for the Republican ticket.
  • Thisism... paul 2012/05/01 19:52:19
  • t.eliot... paul 2012/05/01 19:58:23
    t.eliot, topbard
    +4
    If he's on the ticket the GOP will get clobbered. He's a deluded intellectual lightweight.
  • paul t.eliot... 2012/05/01 20:09:26
    paul
    If he's a lightweight, see if you are man enough to tell that to his face.
  • #Justic... paul 2012/05/01 20:49:10
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +1
    Sounds like you're itching for physical violence. West can be sent to the hooskow ya know!!!
  • paul #Justic... 2012/05/01 22:37:27
    paul
    No, Im just asking someone to put his money where his mouth is.
  • unclepat paul 2012/05/01 22:22:11
    unclepat
    +1
    I KNOW I damn sure would. Maybe your scared arse wouldn't. But I have NO PROBLEM calling out a man who berates, degrades and belittles women a sissified PUNK!!
  • paul unclepat 2012/05/01 22:40:22
    paul
    What have I got to be scared of? you?

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