Allen West: Just Like Abraham Lincoln

Allen West is still trying to come to terms with the fact that he lost the reelection bid to keep his House seat and he’s offering some silly excuses and rationalizations. Like apparently it was all God’s will for some mysterious, unknown reason:

MARTIN: So what’s next for you?

WEST: Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors. I will continue to, you know, stand up and fight for this country. That’s my goal. I have two daughters, 19 and 16, and I want to make sure that they grow up in a great America that provides them all the opportunities that it provided to their mother and father.

So God apparently manipulated his loss, caused it to happen, for some greater purpose. How exactly did he do that? Did he change the minds of some voters by fiat to make sure he lost? If so, that’s obviously a conflict with all that free will stuff they use to get out of the problem of evil. If not, how exactly did he close the door? This is one of those Christian mantras that makes no sense at all. But here comes the fun part:

: And always remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too.

Yeah. And so have thousands of others who then faded into obscurity.

Comments

  1. says

    It kind of reminds me of an interview with John Mellencamp. He was talking about how a promoter got him to change his name “Johnny Cougar.” Mellencamp thought it was a horribly silly name, but justified it to himself by thinking that the Beatles had a silly name and they made it. His next sentence was something like, “I had forgotten they were the Beatles, and I was not.”

    Someone should remind Mr. West, that Abraham Lincoln was Abraham Lincoln, and well, Allen West is just Allen West.

  2. says

    When people point out that Van Gogh only sold one painting or that Emily Dickinson never had a work published in her life or that Lincoln only won one election before becoming president. I want to remind these people that for every one person that fails because of a confluence of events and norms of society outside that person’s control, a million people fail on their own merit.

  3. schweinhundt says

    d.c.: West was not under threat of court-martial. He was fined as part of an Article 15 punishment by a general officer. That effectively ended his career and he retired. (Granted, though, it was still an ignominious exit.)

  4. baal says

    Tommykey, I know you’re keeping with the Lincoln theme but even muted suggestions of assassination even against the really not nice Allen West are not ok.

    FWIW, I hold out little hope the Mr.West (batman!) will ever join the reality based community.

  5. grumpyoldfart says

    Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors.

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    That’s the reason why so many people hang on to their religion.
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    Atheists have to take repsonsibility for their actions and if things go wrong, well it’s all their own fault.
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    When the Christian makes a mistake, however, he never has to admit it was his own fault. He can always say that God had other plans for him and things turned out exactly how they were supposed to. Not a bad escape route for someone with a fragile ego.

  6. says

    So God apparently manipulated his loss, caused it to happen, for some greater purpose. How exactly did he do that?

    That’s pretty simple. God (if one exists) made West a moron and, unlike half (I’m being generous) our Congresspeople, made him incapable of hiding that fact from the electorate.

  7. says

    If GOD existed he might have caused West to lose, in order to spare the rest of the flock his bombast, bullshit and bigotry. Otoh, if he REALLY existed he would have turned him from a piler of shit into a pillar of shit.

  8. John Hinkle says

    And always remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too.

    Too bad the interviewer didn’t godwin his ass right there.

    Martin: Well, you know Adolf Hitler was a painter for a few years, too.

  9. Chiroptera says

    And always remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too.

    But Abraham Lincoln also had a cool beard.

    West has a lot of catchin’ up to do!

  10. Moggie says

    When I was young, I sometimes imagined that I was going to change the world – though this would always have been due to my undoubted brilliance, without any divine assistance. Now that I’m an old geezer, I’ve faced up to the fact that this is not going to happen, and that aforesaid brillance was largely imaginary. And I’m ok with that! There are worse fates than being ordinary. So when I read someone claiming that God has Big Plans for them, I get vicariously embarrassed. I want to tell them: dude, it’s ok, you don’t have to pretend. Why set yourself up for more disappointment? Embrace your mediocrity!

  11. brian says

    I wish God would stop interfering in our elections, but I guess you can’t count on a being that plans on returning to set up a kingdom to have much respect for democracy.

  12. busterggi says

    If Alan West really believed that god wanted him to lose he’d shut up and go home as god intended.

  13. Sastra says

    Moggie #13 wrote:

    So when I read someone claiming that God has Big Plans for them, I get vicariously embarrassed. I want to tell them: dude, it’s ok, you don’t have to pretend. Why set yourself up for more disappointment? Embrace your mediocrity!

    Don’t worry — when it comes to religion most of the interpretations are pretty fluid. “God’s Big Plan” for your life is more than capable of embracing mediocrity in all its forms, since according to many religions the biggest, most exciting divine plan for your life consists of your coming to the realization that you matter … because you matter to God.

    It’s sort of like how the definition of “miracle” can smoothly morph from “an amazing supernatural event which defies all the known laws of physics” into “the beauty of a sunset.”

    So whatever happens to Allen West, it’s covered: God has opened a Greater Door. For all our sakes, I hope it opens on to his discovery of a remarkable proficiency for gardening.

  14. naturalcynic says

    That door could always be the doors to an empty elevator shaft, followed by a boot on West’s butt.

  15. yoav says

    Activate West to English translator…

    I have two daughters, 19 and 16, and I want to make sure that they grow up in a great America that provides them all the opportunities that it provided to their mother and in which they are treated as the property of their father until he sell them off to their husband.

    Translator off…

  16. Moggie says

    Sastra:

    Don’t worry — when it comes to religion most of the interpretations are pretty fluid. “God’s Big Plan” for your life is more than capable of embracing mediocrity in all its forms, since according to many religions the biggest, most exciting divine plan for your life consists of your coming to the realization that you matter … because you matter to God.

    That’s generally true, of course – though the belief that the creator and supreme ruler of the whole damn multiverse takes a keen personal interest in your life has never struck me as especially humble.

    But when a politician, member of a profession not noted for modest goals, mentions God’s Big Plan and shyly mentions Lincoln, I’m inclined to suspect that he doesn’t think God’s lining him up for a job which involves a Walmart employee vest.

  17. Ichthyic says

    I have two daughters, 19 and 16, and I want to make sure that they grow up in a great America that provides them all the opportunities that it provided to their mother and father.

    oh well then, there’s why God took you out of politics.

  18. Ichthyic says

    …to be on the safe side, you probably should take that as a hint to not ever become involved in ANYTHING that affects other people’s lives. ever.

  19. gratch says

    Technically when YHWH does it it’s not changing peoples minds. It’s hardening their hearts. So if the Lincoln comparison doesn’t fit West will probably try to compare himself to Moses next.

  20. dingojack says

    Christianity really should be forced to carry a warning label:

    Warning: belief in this god may cause coronary sclerosis‘.

    Dingo

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