Will Speaker Boehner Censure Allen West for Conduct Unbecoming a House Member?
Florida Republican Representative Allen West tweeted yesterday “Anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool. Check out my weekly wrap up tinyurl.com/3dxc36k”
West may be too ignorant to know it, but this kind of rhetoric is not acceptable by a House member. The Speaker, however, is fully aware that West’s behavior violates the first rule of the House code of ethics. It’s ironic that he and his colleagues refer to union members as thugs and to the President as Chicago gangster, when the only people engaging in thuggish, low-level, gangtser rhetoric as a Party are Republicans. If you want to really get sick, go read his email. But the tweet alone is enough to earn a censure from a Speaker with any ethical values.
After the Arizona massacre and the Palin fan who rammed into a car with an Obama bumper sticker on purpose, pushing it up onto the curb and then hitting it again when the driver tried to stop after Sarah Palin told her cult to “stop cars with Obama bumper stickers”, it would seem obvious that such uncivil rhetoric from elected officials and Party representatives cannot and should not be tolerated. The man driving the Obama car had his young daughter in the car with him when the angry Palin fan smashed into his car.
The Republicans engage in this rhetoric and call it “heated political rhetoric” after an unhinged man shot and killed six people and injured several others, among them Representative Gabby Giffords (his target) in Arizona on the heels of Sarah Palin’s “crosshairs” on Gabby Giffords. And yet, they’re so afraid of the atmosphere of hate that they are stoking that they expect the American taxpayer to give them 55 million dollars for the security at their Florida (ironic) convention.
Who will protect us from their rabid followers? Who will pay for the people’s security? Certainly not the politicians. We’re nothing but collateral damage in their fight to remain relevant.
The House Ethics Rules Official Code of Conduct rule #1:
1. A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.
Has Allen West not gotten to that first rule yet or does he not understand it?
I tweeted this to the Speaker: .@speakerboehner Censure @AllenWest for conduct that reflects poorly on the House unless you want another Arizona massacre on your hands.
I’m sure the Speaker will ignore this completely deplorable tweet by a member of his Party, but one thing we have that they want is 55 million dollars.
I would suggest that Mr West apologize and take his tweet down before demanding 55 million dollars for security in order for his state to hold the Republican National Convention. I’m not quite sure the citizens would like to fund the very people who are putting targets on their backs and bringing shame on the House of Representatives.
Speaker Boehner might be looking for his spine still, but the question is, does he have a soul?