Mitt Romney’s Black Leadership Council, Co-Chaired by Allen West, Won’t Sway Black Voters

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Mitt Romney’s Black Leadership Council, Co-Chaired by Allen West, Won’t Sway Black Voters (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

The Romney campaign announced its Black Leadership Council, which I considered it’s token offering to the black community, but the leaders of group are a joke — Rep. Allen West, Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll (angered black lesbians over alleged lesbian affair with staffer) and Tim Scott. Please they will bring no black votes to the Romney campaign. He needed more credible black leaders such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Here’s a list of the people on the council:

Advisory Council Members

Texas State Representative Stefani Carter

Saratoga Springs Mayor & Utah Congressional Candidate Mia Love

Texas Commissioner of Education and former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams

Kay Coles James, President and Founder of the Gloucester Institute and former director for the United States Office of Personnel Management

Honorable Artur Davis, former Member of Congress

The Honorable Bill Hardiman, former Michigan state senator

Linda Lee Tarver,  Ethnic Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party

Renee Amoore, Deputy Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania

Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo (OH)

Ryan L. Frazier, former Colorado Congressional candidate

Leondray Gholston, Romney for President Colorado Grassroots Chairman and Former Colorado Republican State Vice-Chairman

Glenn McCall, South Carolina RNC Committeeman

Ada Fisher, North Carolina RNC Committeewoman

Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell (GA)

Pastor Ira Combs

Burgess Owens, former NFL player

Stanley Jackson, former Ohio State University Football Captain & Quarterback

Brenda Mack, President of the Ohio Black Republican Association Source:  Romney Campaign

Mitt Romney polled zero votes from the black community and he will continue to poll those numbers until he disassociates himself from right wing extremists who continue to insult and denigrate President Obama with subtle racist digs. That includes people in his own campaign such as John Sununu and himself. Mia Love is the most credible person on that council, but she is virtually unknown in the black community.

In a recent press release, Romney said, “I am proud to have the endorsements of so many leaders in the black community. They know all too well that the economic downturn that has continued to hammer our country has been even more devastating for black Americans. Together, we will work to end that downturn, and we will not rest until all Americans have the jobs they need, the quality education they are owed, and the opportunities they deserve.” Um, really? What exactly does he plan to do for the black community? Neither Mitt Romney nor President Obama have had any campaign stops in predominantly black communities. So, you can’t just give lip service every time an election rolls around.

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Romney Campaign Announces Black Leadership Council with Rep. Allen West Co-Chairing Initiative

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Romney Campaign Announces Black Leadership Council with Rep. Allen West Co-Chairing Initiative (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Mitt Romney realizes that he needs to save face with the black community and has now thrown a Hail Mary pass, with his campaign’s announcement of its Black Leadership Council, chaired by Reps. Tim Scott and House negro Rep. Allen West. The goal of the council is to “help facilitate dialogue between Mitt Romney and respected leaders who provide unique expertise, experience and knowledge on a range of issues impacting black American communities,” according to the campaign.

Um, one word to Mitt Romney and his folks,  if you want to appeal to the black community, you don’t do it through a wingnut like Rep. Allen West, who has represented the black community poorly in Washington D.C.  Where’s J.C. Watts and even Ron Christie? Damn, Herman Cain and Michael Steele weren’t on the radar? Wow. Isn’t the Romney campaign’s decision to reach out to the black community a little too late, with the election weeks away?  The Republican Party has a diversity problem and they need to tackle that sincerely.

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Liberal Comedian Bill Maher Takes on Rep. Allen West on Ape Comment

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Liberal Comedian Bill Maher Takes on Rep. Allen West on Ape Comment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Liberal comedian Bill Maher took on Tea Party wingnut Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night, objecting to West using his name in letters soliciting campaign donations. Rep. West claims in his literature that Bill Maher called him an ape. Well, I wouldn’t call Rep. Allen West an ape. He’s more of a total moron. Rep. Allen West should know he can’t win with Bill Maher, who has said some pretty misogynistic things in the past.

Separately, Bill Maher suggested that Mitt Romney pick George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain charged with second degree murder in the death of teen Trayvon Martin. The comedian said Romney’s campaign theme should be, “I think the black guy is up to no good.” He started his New Rule by joking that Romney must wait until he gets back from vacation before choosing a running mate. The show is about to go on hiatus for the summer. Maher admitted that deep down he secretly wants Mitt Romney to win because he is a goldmine of comedic material.

Bill Maher responds to Rep. Allen West:

Bill Maher on Mitt Romney picking George Zimmerman as running mate:

Rep. Allen West Slams Obama on Same Sex-Marriage Stance While He Ignores Black Community

REP. ALLEN WEST SLAMS OBAMA:  I don’t agree with Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on anything but I do agree that President Obama has largely ignored the plight of the black community, in much the same way as the Republicans. West slams Obama in a letter to his constituents  for his stance on gay marriage, saying his endorsement was “politically motivated” and characterizing it as the “latest absurdity.”  Um, that was my position the moment Vice President Joe Biden uttered his support on “Meet the Press” and then Education Secretary Arne Duncan followed suit. Sorry, but I believe they were setting the stage for President Obama to deflect from the real issues facing most Americans to dealing with gay marriage.

The issue on the top of my mind as I write this, is the position reversal of President Barack Obama on gay marriage. There is no doubt in my mind that this was a political move by the President because it bodes well for him to shift the conversation away from the economy.  It worked. In the last 72-hour news cycle we have heard very little about debt, deficit, failed stimulus, horrific healthcare law, or Dodd-Frank banking regulations. When economic policies are failing, the issues are deflected to those topics that separate us as Americans: socioeconomic, gender, racial, and now sexuality.
America does not agree with the President on this issue. This is evidenced by the fact that 41 states have laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  North Carolina, just last week, passed a ballot initiative affirming marriage between one man and one woman, with an overwhelming 69 percent. Even the African-American community, which tends to overhwhelmingly support the President on most issues, is not in support of his comments on gay marriage.  In 2008, when droves of first-time African-American voters came to the polls, two gay marriage initiatives were on the ballot in both California and Florida. They both failed. Many people do not recognize the black community is extremely socially conservative.  The President’s reversal of position on gay marriage will be a topic in black churches on Sundays for months to come.  This issue could be significant in turning many African-American voters away from President Obama.
What the President should be addressing, not just to the black community, but to all Americans, is the crisis of unemployment, which is actually 14.5 percent when you take into account the unemployed, underemployed, those who are distressed and disenfranchised, and therefore are not counted. Unemployment in the black community is also unacceptable at 13 percent overall and more than 20 percent for black adult males.  Source
I would also add, that I am very surprised that the Congressional Black Caucus has been largely quiet on President Obama’s endorsement. The only members we have heard from thus far are James Clyburn (D-SC) and John Lewis (D-GA).  Clyburn is calling for the federal government to get involved in making gay marriage the law of the land and not a state issue. We know why these two men have Obama’s back — they owe him. The same holds true for Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson (who is trying to get back in Obama’s good graces after being caught on an open mic saying he would like to cut his “nuts off”). Allen West is playing politics as well. How come he hasn’t put forth any proposals to help the black community?

Rep. Allen West Claims Congressman in Hoodie, Rep. Bobby Rush, Created Security Threat

I am convinced now more than ever that Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is a MORON, yes in all caps. You will recall Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), another media whore, was kicked off the House floor earlier this week after he donned a hoodie in defense of murdered Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Well, Tea Party darling (a man who Sarah Palin endorsed) thinks that was the right move and told radio host Laura Ingraham that his stunt caused a security concern because police were unable to recognized Bobby Rush. Um, could that be because he was a black man wearing a hoodie? Give me a break:

WEST: They’re watching us real close now. … Right now, the security folks there on the House floor are laughing about it, but initially, they did not know who it was. And hey were concerned that someone had just walked off the street, or you know, wondered off a tour group. But look, this is the type of immature gimmickry we see coming from the other side that you know, does not have any place, especially on the House floor and really in the United States. Source

I would like to know how Col. Allen West managed to con the people in his Florida district to vote for him. The man is a complete idiot and a laughingstock. It is highly unlikely that the security personnel didn’t recognize Bobby Rush, since he walked into the House chambers wearing a suit and tie, as well as with his congressional lapel pin. He was also recognized by the Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), Speaker Pro Tem, to speak on the floor, so exactly what is this idiot talking about?

Rep. Allen West Says He Would be Willing to Serve as Vice President, When Donkeys Fly

Every time I think some in the Republican Party sink to a new loan, something always pops up to re-affirm my viewpoint, with the latest being the suggestion by Sarah Palin that Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West be considered for the vice presidential spot. What’s worse, he said he would be willing to serve as vice president. Um, really? When donkeys fly. So, first we have Herman Cain saying he would like to serve as the Secretary of Defense (with zero experience and zero credibility) and now this?

During an appearance on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, Rep. Allen West said:

“As far as the vice president thing, you know, who knows what the future lies because it wasn’t too long ago, you know, I was sitting in the desert of Kandahar, Afghanistan, and now I’m here talking with you. But, you know, I am always willing and ready to serve my country in whatever capacity that the American people would desire.”

Right Rep. Allen West, you would be the right person for join Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum on the presidential ticket. Joe Biden and the Democrats would have a field day and Obama would win reelection easily. So, since he fought in the desert of Kandahar, that makes him a good vice presidential pick? Heck, if that’s the case, more soldiers ought to be tossing their hat in the ring for the job. SMH and LMAO at the same time.

Rep. Allen West Says Democrats Pushing Handouts to Less Fortunate is “Modern Form of Slavery”

I try to tune out Rep. Allen West (R-FL) when he speaks because he is just a Tea Party windbag, but I find it disingenuous and even insulting that he would suggest that the Democrats are pushing a “modern form of slavery” is just preposterous. Both parties have failed the people on Main Street.

The Hill:  “Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday evening praised the Republican Party for consistently fighting for individual freedom over the last 150 years, and criticized Democrats for pursuing “handouts” to the less fortunate that he said are a modern form of slavery.

“Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said in a late Wednesday floor speech. “We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.

“For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us,” he continued. “Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.”

Neither party cares much about the “little people,” so I’m not sure what Rep. Allen West is talking about and why he’s pointing fingers. In case he hasn’t noticed, the Republican Party isn’t making itself appealing to the black community one bit.

Rep. Allen West Backpedals on Calling for President Obama and Liberals to “Get Hell Out of America”

Rep. Allen West Backpedals on Calling for President Obama and Liberals to "Get Hell Out of America"

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who Sarah Palin endorsed during his campaign, is trying to walk back comments he made during a demagogic speech in Florida last weekend saying President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz should “get the hell out of the United States of America.” He appeared on both CNN and Fox News insisting he didn’t make such a call.  The more I hear this man speak, the more I wonder just who is really still on a Southern plantation?

During an interview on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, he  demanded that she view the entire speech to see that “he was simply trying to draw attention to the decline of a country” at the expense of people who hold values that are “not in concert with our constitutional republic.” “And if you can’t understand that, please come down to South Florida, you and I can read the Federalist Papers,” he said. During his appearance on Fox and Friends, Allen West told host Steve Doocy, “I did not refer to any person leaving.” Thanks to the voters of Florida, who drank the Tea Party Kool-Aid, we have to listen to this sh*t from this fool. Allen West is a disgrace to the military and to the black community.

Thank God for modern technology, we can now hold people like Allen West accountable for incendiary comments like this:

Rep. Allen West To President Obama: “Don’t Pull the Race Card in 2012″ But Shouldn’t Republicans be Wary Too?

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Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West tells President Obama not to pull the race card in the 2012 election, but shouldn't Republicans heed the same warning too? (Wikipedia)

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who is a Tea Party darling, took to Facebook to ask President Obama not to pull the race card in the 2012 election. Um, one problem Rep. Allen West, some Republicans and Tea Party supporters are also pulling the race card. Let me refresh his memory: Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich’s comments about blacks, foodstamps and entitlement programs; Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal calling First Lady Michelle Obama “Mrs. YoMamma” and praying for “President Obama’s children to be fatherless and his wife made a widow.” Do I need to go on? You see, this race card issue works both ways, not only for the Democrats.

With all of this progress, why is it that we continue to hear charges of racism emanating from the left, and most disturbingly, from the White House itself? It seems anytime there is criticism of the President or any of his black members of his administration, such as Attorney General Eric Holder, that criticism is decried as racist.

Mr. Holder recently said of his critics, “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” In other words, he insinuated Republicans — along with Conservatives and Tea Party members — are incapable of judging anyone solely by their character, something I take very personally.

Mr. Holder and others need to know, the criticism of the President is not of his person, but of his policies, which have clearly failed our nation–and most tragically of all in this supposedly post-racial period –have failed the black community. Source

He mentions that unemployment in the black community remains high, but offers no solution. I would venture to say there are many blacks in his district who are among the 16.4 percent of black men and 14.1 percent of black women without jobs. Neither President Obama and the Democrats nor the Republican Party has offered any viable solutions to this problem. For the record, Rep. Allen West has made some very controversial statements in the past, including denigrating a woman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Obama is no more racially-biased then Allen West. I guess it’s lost on Allen West that President Obama is half-white, but that wouldn’t make for a good narrative in his viewpoint. This isn’t the first time Allen West has waded in racial politics. He called himself a “modern-day Harriet Tubman who would lead black voters off the Democratic electoral plantation.”  Mr. President, don’t play the race card in 2012. Well, that’s wishful thinking on the part of both parties, not just the Democrats.

Protesters Form Soup Line Outside GOP Miami Fundraiser Held for Rep. Allen West

From NBC News: Loud and insistent, nearly 100 people gathered outside a Republican congressional campaign fundraiser in Coral Gables to voice their displeasure with the job market.

The $10,000-a-plate dinner in the gated Snapper Creek Lakes community was held for Congressman Allen West, whose likeness was carried on sticks alongside that of headliner and fellow Congressman Eric Cantor.

The protest was organized by 1Miami, a jobs-focused coalition that simulated a soup line in contrast to the wealth inside the neighborhood’s gates. Read the entire story:

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