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Allen West Apologizes to America For Congressional Failure

 

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) took to the House floor last night to deliver a remarkably candid apology to the American people for Congressional irresponsibility in general, and the disappointing results to date of the 2010 freshman class in particular. 

This isn’t some politically twisted “I’m sorry my opponents stink even more than I thought they did” faux apology.  He’s straightforward in expressing his dismay that the Tea Party-infused Republican caucus hasn’t performed up to the standards expected by voters.  He also makes a very sharp point about the tendency of our majestic Congress to put off so many important issues until the final weeks of the year, precisely so that legislation can be rammed through in a hasty rush, and objections can be dismissed as dangerous flirtations with disaster. 

Every Republican who doesn’t raise his objection to “omnibus” bills lousy with hidden garbage should be ashamed of themselves, as should every member of Congress who dares to demand the American people surrender more taxes and liberty when the government doesn’t even have a budget.  No one should entertain a moment’s prattle about “fiscal responsibility” from anyone who voted to table the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act – a simple expression of the most essential principles of responsibility.

This is not a doom-and-gloom speech.  West does a terrific job of laying out the challenges that remain, and issuing a call to arms for his colleagues to address them.  As he tells an unseen Speaker John Boehner, who may or may not be smiling throughout this speech, he learned in the military that “we work until the mission is complete.” 

(Hat tip to The Right Scoop and the Media Research Center for the video.)

 

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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