Can we afford to lose him?
I can’t even begin to characterize how thoroughly disgusting this fiasco has been. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West lost his bid for re-election after what can only be termed an incompetent and dishonest count by officials of St. Lucie County. They did not recount everything, but only three days of early voting. Military ballots were never counted. I want to say this one more time. According to sources on the ground, all of the military ballots languished in a warehouse, uncounted, and they never will be counted. This is a shocking development, and West’s legal team is pressing their case, but at this point, he’s been screwed. There were problems with bad memory in at least one voting machine, and any number of other clear irregularities. The GOP establishment got their wish and rid themselves of Allen West. To be honest, while I had been hopeful, I have been expecting this sort of result. West tangled with the machine, and they redistricted his butt to the curb in answer. The most dynamic, forthright, and clear-minded speaker for conservatism in the House of Representatives was sent home, not only to punish him, but I believe to dispirit and punish us.
Some will choose to focus on the irregularities, the vote fraud, and all of the things that have occurred in that district, and we should certainly fight against those transgressions, but ladies and gentlemen, that ought not to have been Allen West’s district at all. The Florida legislature, particularly those in tight with the GOP establishment, redrew West’s district knowing he would face these issues with corrupt St. Lucie County. They knew it. That’s why they made this area part of his district. It was sabotage, and after all we have been through together here on this blog, if you don’t recognize it, you’re wearing blinders. In January, I brought readers this story.
Just minutes ago, directly from Facebook, in the Allen West Republic group, Gary Galiano, boots on the ground, had this to say:
“It’s all in the attorneys hands now I feel they have so much evidence to fight this it’s not even funny. It’s a sad day when you have to count on a memory card from Office Depot to determine the final results of an election.”
“I’m signing off now going home. Sorry I couldn’t give you all better news. Take care.”
And from Tanya Grimsley:
“UPDATE from Florida. This will effect all of you soon. The SOE, Supervisor of Elections, in Saint Lucie County just kicked out all onlookers and was escorted away by the St Lucie Sheriff’s deputies (not in handcuffs). The public by the Florida State Constitution has the right to be present at any voting recount. You will think I am crazy, until you open your eyes, this is the start of the Dictatorship will will live under. The “Republic” has fallen.”
Indeed. This entire process is despicable. While the attorneys will continue to fight as they should, you and I must carry this fight in another direction. You see, this ought never to have happened. The GOP establishment wanted this outcome, and it was the result they wanted when they created this new district and told West he could run here, after breaking up his district. On this Veterans’ Day, when we ought to be honoring men like Allen West, and when we ought to be remembering all of those who gave the “last full measure of devotion,” we must instead mourn a defeat that ought never to have happened. Instead, we must contemplate the meaning of losing a district in which the military ballots were never counted. We must think about the fact that this is the system for which veterans have fought and died. Did the honored dead and wounded fight to preserve this? Is this what my own service had been aimed at defending?
I want to say this to my readers one more time: There may have been rampant vote fraud that ensured this result, but the real theft of this election occurred during the redistricting. Yes, you should be angry with the lying, cheating, thieving, and fraudulent Democrat machine, but you should be even more enraged with the same old GOP establishment that afforded the ‘rats this chance. Allen West is now without a seat…just like the establishment wanted.
Now the question remains: What shall conservatives do about it? The reason we admire Colonel West is that he has been willing to say the truth on issues that were of critical importance to this nation. Will we speak the truth on his behalf? I floated an idea on Saturday, and I’m still rolling it over in my head. I’m not sure how to get it done. I only know that the Speaker of the House of representatives is a role that does not require elected membership in the House. A person is chosen for that job by the whole House. Somebody must invariably place the names in nomination, and then they vote. If the House of Representatives is truly the “Peoples’ House,” it seems to me it ought to be possible. I would love to see him taking the gavel from Boehner. It would finally give John something worth crying about.
If that doesn’t work, I have a secondary solution. I would be happy to have Colonel West move back to Texas, and contest the seat in my district, where John Carter is now the Representative. Carter is getting on in years, and he follows along with the Boehner boys nearly every time. I wouldn’t mind seeing him replaced. He helped sell us down the river on the Debt Ceiling Debacle. A good deal of what comes next will naturally be determined by Colonel West. Most of all, we conservatives must continue to support him in his endeavors because he really does constitute a glimpse at the kind of leaders we will need if we are ever going to save or rebuild this republic. I want to thank all of those who carried on this fight. It’s terrible to go into battle with one’s hands tied, knowing the deck is stacked against you. On this Veterans’ Day, let us remember those who gave everything and recommit ourselves to retaking this country in their names.