On Thursday the Los Angeles Times put out a piece on Rep. Allen West (R-FL). The article was titled "America's Dirtiest Job: Justifying Allen West". In it Dan Turner claimed,

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has such a dirty job that it's a wonder the Discovery Channel's Mike Rowe isn't following him around with a camera crew. Priebus, after all, has to serve as the apologist for Rep. Allen West of Florida, a "tea party" favorite who, with such unintentionally entertaining gaffe-sters as Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich out of the spotlight, is now the GOP's reigning clown prince of umbrage-generating outrageousness.

After West said at a campaign event Sunday that President Obama was a proponent of slavery, it was Priebus who got Blitzered. Asked by CNN host Wolf Blitzer -- whose political beliefs are hard to decipher but whose disdain for indecorous politicians is clear -- to explain West's remarks, Priebus did his sputtering best but came up badly short.

"Allen can say what Allen wants to say, but I think what he's really trying to say is that if we become a dependent society, if everyone is reliant on the government -- I mean, listen. Barack Obama is the one that put out this 'Life of Julia' website. I think we all know what that is. It's a life of a girl from preschool to, I think, death or near death, showing how every step of her life..."

Over the weekend West joined Mike Huckabee on Fox News and spoke about the article:

I really feel that it is demeaning to me to think that I need some individual to justify me and my existence. Look, I went through 22 years being in the military, I rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel, I have a bachelor and 2 masters degrees. And for these white liberals to believe they can have this condescending manner toward black conservatives that we need to have approval from our quote unquote, I guess “masters”, for us to be able to speak – see that’s where the true racism really lies governor is with the white liberals who don’t want to see someone such as myself that broke away from their dependency class and is out here and able to possibly contend against them with the policies that they are promoting that’s destroying the black community. I know I’m their #1 target and it just emboldens me to speak out even stronger.

And the heck with them if they think someone else needs to approve of me and what I stand for.

I like the fact that West says what he says, doesn't apologize for it and tells everyone he doesn't need anyone to apologize for him. He is right about white liberals, but it's also true about black liberals and sadly we have way too many of both.

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