Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Capitol Shrill

Allen West is a fucking psychopath.

No, really, he's terrifying -- an unapologetic misogynist with serious anger issues, a history of violent behavior and an affinity for irresponsible and incendiary rhetoric that's surpassed only by his unnervingly icy demeanor. West can go from zero-to-Bateman in two seconds flat, which is why his beaver-shit crazy reaction to a perceived slight by fellow Florida representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the House floor today shouldn't surprise anyone.

It shouldn't surprise anyone. It should, however, frighten the hell out of everyone.

See for yourself:

"From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

Steadfast and Loyal

Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)"

Yeah. Totally sane and well-adjusted, that one.

West's complete losing of his shit came after Wasserman Schultz made a reference to his support for the ridiculous dog and pony show that is the "Cut, Cap and Balance" legislation after he had already left the floor, saying that West was essentially selling out Medicare recipients. Was it a slightly low blow? You could argue that, although I personally don't see it as a huge deal and wouldn't even if the roles were reversed. Was West's reaction not simply out of line but completely unacceptable from a United States Congressman; was it a gargantuan breach of congressional decorum; did it violate the implied and explicit code of civilized conduct among House members and should it leave people questioning whether West's apparently uncontrollable temper makes him even fit for office? Yes, yes and yes. He's not a child on a fucking playground; he's an elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If he can't act like a respectable adult he should be forced to pack his shit into a suitcase and go home to Florida.

There are certain arguments that I try to avoid making, even when the evidence for them is somewhat obvious, if only because they tend to take the fight to an entirely new level and can occasionally be discounted as being unnecessarily inflammatory. Case in point: I'd like to overlook the nagging feeling that a large part of West's problem with what happened on the floor is that he felt like he was being shown disrespect by a woman, and that he needed to put her back in her rightful place. I really don't want to come right out and say that because of course I can't prove it beyond a doubt. But something about West's tone and language with Wasserman Schultz just leaves me thinking that the argument is unavoidable. West has a pretty nice little history of casually asserting his God-given, masculine dominance over women -- and I have to imagine it boiled his blood that Debbie Wasserman Schultz had the nerve to think she had the power to insult him on the House floor when he wasn't there.

Again, do I know for sure that misogyny played a role in West's embarrassingly unhinged e-mail to half the House? No, I don't.

Do I know that Allen West is one scary asshole? Absolutely.


brettskean said...

"You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!"

What about that doesn't screan misogynist?!?

Trixi said...

I love men that recognize misogyny.

Here's another lovely Allen West tidbit: "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. Because if you don't, then the debt will continue to grow…deficits will continue to grow."

What an asshat.