Allen West is a vile and despicable man.
This could not be more literally a ‘she said‘, ‘he said‘ kind of an argument; what is telling is that she is simply speaking facts and he is flipping his whig because he doesn’t want his constituents to know what he is doing. This is a theme with West; his Tea Party* supporters call him a ‘war hero’ but it’s certainly not as simple as that. Generally speaking, war heroes don’t resign from the military to avoid prosecution for torturing civilians. But then, hysterical overreaction is something of a theme with this crowd; they get drunk from the very tiniest sips of power, and they go completely berserk when anyone notices they have no idea what they’re talking about. It is no small accomplishment to so erase one’s sense of irony so that it becomes possible to worry about ‘Shari’a Islamic Law**’ being imposed on the citizens of the United States while simultaneously attempting to impose Christian Fundamentalism on the United States. It’s kind of like how they shout about loving the Constitution more than the rest of us but all they want to do is subvert and rewrite it.
*Out of respect for friends who associate themselves with the Tea Party I don’t use the term ‘Teabagger’ because they don’t want me to (Even if they they used it first themselves). However, ‘Tea Party Party’ doesn’t make much sense either, but they use ‘Tea Party’ in the same way as we use ‘Republican’, ‘Democratic’, or even ‘Green’. It’s the same sort of linguistic nonsense as when the same people start ranting about…
**’Shari’a Islamic Law’ is not a real thing. It is yet another cultural misunderstanding mutated by malice into something all its own. For one thing, the speaking that phrase is kind of like saying ‘Islamic law Islamic law’, for another, Sharia is not what the people who are afraid of it is. But ignorance is nothing new, and demagogues exploiting the ignorant is the way of the world.