Pete Wehner of Commentary is one of the more reasonable conservative writers, for the most part avoiding the kind of tribal partisanship that most people engage in regularly. In a new post, he slams Rep. Allen West for his constant use of absurd and hyperbolic rhetoric.
Representative West, it’s probably worth pointing out, also recently told a town hall meeting that “there’s [sic] about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party,” referring to their membership in the Congressional Progressive Caucus…
This is not simply an unfortunate comment but an ugly one. Communism is associated with immense and even incomprehensible humor horror, from the estimated 65 million deaths under Mao in China; to the more than 20 million Russians who perished under Stalin and Lenin; to the almost two million Cambodians – comprising around one quarter of the entire population – who died under the Pol Pot regime. Communism has been responsible for forced labor, slavery, starvation, mass executions, and wholesale slaughter. Surely West must know this. And so for him to characterize his (very) liberal colleagues as Communists, and then to defend the claim, is a form of slander.
West would do himself, his party and his cause a world of good if he decided to jettison the corrosive and insulting rhetoric.
It won’t change a thing, of course. Corrosive rhetoric is what West has in lieu of the ability to think rationally. He’s the Ted Nugent of the Republican caucus in Congress.