"We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you. To let these other women know on the other side -- these planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness -- to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do."
-- Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida, addressing the members of Women Impacting Nation
I'd run down the list of staggeringly stupid things West has said since emerging onto the political scene and being sent to Congress by the shit-kicking dolts of southern Florida, but we'd be here all day. Suffice it to say that between this bit of unapologetic misogyny and his poetic plea that America needs "Spartan women to make Spartan men," from the same speech, I think it's safe to say that the only one crazier than ex-Colonel West here is Mrs. West.
By the way, that Spartan women comment, as well as the above quote, for some reason immediately made me think of the sign on the parade float in Animal House that read, "When Better Women Are Made, Faber Men Will Make Them." It's worth noting that the way men reacted to the women's movement was still in its bumbling infant stages in 1962, when the movie is set, and that gives you a good indication of where West's mindset remains to this day -- like most Tea Party darlings, still clinging to that hallowed vision of late 50s-early-60s America, where women and minorities knew their place. There's delicious irony, of course, in the fact that West is black is and yet not only seems to long for a world in which he'd be drinking out of his own water fountain but that he takes the side of the Alpha Dog in the equation, believing he's been endowed with special dominion over all creatures by the creator. But when I think of the Animal House comparison, one thing immediately comes to mind, and I'm not sure this can be argued with: Allen West is basically the black Doug Neidermeyer.