Reader Warning: Reading this post may cause you to be exposed to defective genes, if you believe Allen West. That is the window in front of the desk where I am sitting typing this post. That sticker has been in that window for several months now. This post reflects the gene pool and opinions of this writer and does not purport to speak for the gene quality of any other writer here at Crooks & Liars.
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is no stranger to controversy and seems to relish in making outrageous statements just to provoke a reaction. But the freshman congressman may have outdone himself with a rambling, far-ranging post on the site “Red Country” in which he calls supporters of President Obama “a threat to the gene pool”:
I believe we are headed towards the ultimate ideological clash in America. There is a widening chasm which has developed between those who believe in principled fiscal policies and those desiring the socialist bureaucratic nanny-state. [...]
And all we hear from the President is talk about “shared sacrifice,” “tax the rich,” and “increase revenues by tax hikes.” It was just December 2010 that President Obama and the Democrats extended the Bush era tax rates for two years…now less than a year later they are FLIP-FLOPPING! [...]
I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.
So this is where our politics stand. Wingnuts claiming those with different opinions have defective genes? I could debunk his claims which are factually incorrect as to the allegation of 'flip-flopping', but what's the point? I have defective genes, after all.
Here's a piece of lore handed down from my mother to me and from me to my kids: When you descend into personal attacks, you lose the argument entirely. Evidently that, too, is something people with defective genes believe.
Meanwhile, here's my response to Rep. West: I might have defective genes, but at least I'm not smoking some kind of exotic hate crack.