Former Congressman Allen West, is still thinking about running for elected office, but has some serious reservations.
I sat back and watched the horrific treatment of Herman Cain in the 2012 election cycle when it seemed he was a viable threat to the political status quo. The attacks, lies, and accusations that were levied against him were harmful.
But it’s a funny thing, as soon as he dropped out, you heard nothing else. Or we can go back and review the “high tech lynching” of Justice Clarence Thomas and how that played out on the public stage. I weathered my own personal attacks 2012, including a TV ad of me with a gold tooth punching white women — and folks thought it was funny.
Politics in America has become the playground of those who will use personal attacks in lieu of serious debate on issues, policy, and solutions. Just look at the hate-filled ads against Mitt Romney.
And what is amazing is that rules, morals, and values are selectively applied in certain cases and dismissed in others — revealing the insidious game of political hypocrisy. Nothing has to be true, just said, and a ravenous media will take it and run countless stories within the news cycle. Why? Because sensationalism sells, not informative journalism and certainly not truth.
I know I have a target on my back because of the actions of my own state of Florida GOP members in the House and Senate who drew me out of the congressional district I represented — and the voter fraud, which occurred in St Lucie County.
Even more telling was that no one in state leadership sought to investigate what many on the ground knew was questionable — to include the County Election Supervisor herself. So what’s next? How much more will the forces in politics levy against a simple soldier who served?
Truth be told, I’m enjoying scouring the news to share my insights and perspectives. It doesn’t matter if I run for office if we don’t have an informed electorate. And I’m well aware there are some who gleefully await the opportunity to impugn my character and reputation – again. Remember in the movie “Gladiator” when Maximus was told “they have to kill your name before they kill you?” That’s the current environment…”-Allen West