"Republican Allen West is the Tea Party candidate for House in Florida's 22nd district...and has become a favorite among conservatives, earning the endorsement of Sarah Palin."
The reason West is welcome in the Tea Party and why he's been endorsed by Sarah the Quitter will become clear. First, a little of Mr. West's history:
"West began his political career after resigning from the military following an investigation into his interrogation tactics. In 2003, West was interrogating an Iraqi policeman who was not being cooperative. According to his own testimony during a military hearing, West watched four of his men beat the suspect, and West said he personally threatened to kill the man. According to military prosecutors, West followed up on his threat by taking the man outside and firing a 9mm pistol near his head, in order to make the man believe he would be shot."
Mr. West has apparently carried that tolerant attitude with him into his political career. In a March 8 speech, he spoke of seeing a bumper sticker that "absolutely incenses" him. And it's not the Obama sticker so you have to know this one REALLY pisses him off.
Here's what he had to say about it:
"And the reason why I get upset, and every time I see one of those bumper stickers, I look at the person inside that is driving. Because that person represents something that would give away our country. Would give away who we are, our rights and freedoms and liberties because they are afraid to stand up and confront that which is the antithesis, anathema of who we are. The liberties that we want to enjoy."
I have to assume that by "our" and "we" West means his fellow Tea Partiers and Palin supporters. But he was just getting wound up:
"We already have a 5th column that is already infiltrating into our colleges, into our universities, into our high schools, into our religious aspect, our cultural aspect, our financial, our political systems in this country. And that enemy represents something called Islam and Islam is a totalitarian theocratic political ideology, it is not a religion. It has not been a religion since 622 AD, and we need to have individuals that stand up and say that."