Allen West held his second town hall since he cast controversial votes that have been plaguing Republicans who returned to their respective districts earlier this week.
It’s that damn Paul Ryan and his budget bill. The Tea-Party freshman were going to return to a loving embrace at their town halls. But Karma’s a bitch, and instead time-warped them back to the circus of 2009. Only now, these town-hall attendees actually live in the area and are yelling at the Republican Congressmen whose plan threatens their Medicare and health care while adding to the massive budget deficit they promised to close.
Less than a minute in to this first clip, West defends his choice to de-fund Planned Parenthood and NPR, a measly 1% of the budget, while the Department of Defense has doubled their budget to over $600 billion. West’s response is a fantastic demonstration of the art of room clearing:
He might have pissed off all those people with those Planned Parenthood remarks, but he really dug himself into a hole when he pivoted into the “not turning his back on the people he served with” justification.
About 6 minutes into the next clip is West’s read on how the 2 parties can work together for the great good of America as a nation:
“There is an incredible ideological chasm developing in the United States of America and the gist is very simple: if you got more people who are tied or dependent upon government, by subsistence check or employment check, it becomes upside-down in the United States of America. And if there are people who believe that what built this great nation in 234 years is large government, I can’t compromise with that. Because that goes against our principles – that goes against everything the founding fathers wrote, that goes against everything that has built this country to where it is now.”
That’s depressingly unsurprising. Allen West stands firm on his tea-bagger platform of not cooperating with anyone who supports helping the greater good of those he was hired to represent.