When Allen West falsely accused his colleagues in Congress of being “communist,” the man lost his rights to be a representative in our Federal government. Just as justices finally struck down Jim Crow laws, those who supported hateful measures such as Jim Crow Laws lost their rights. Hate is not an opinion. We don’t have a right to wrongly label people “communist” when they are not. Allen West has no right to represent ALL the people in his district because he is a hateful man unwilling to consider the opinions of others who might not agree with him. His actions truly do represent fascism.
I am a problem-solver. I tend to find capitalism a better economic system. I don’t like communism at all, especially the type implemented in the former Soviet Union, Communist China, and Cuba. I don’t like the type of overwhelming socialism which squelches capitalism. Yet, when the demand-side of a market is a perpetual one with people ALWAYS having a need – such as healthcare – capitalism does not work as well. Paranoid Nixon implemented a healthcare insurance system based on huge corporate conglomerate monopolies. He was afraid of communism and socialism. Yet his solution was the worst possible capitalist solution which could have been dreamed up because inevitably large monopolies become nothing more than the huge centralized bureaucracies which existed in the former Soviet Union. If Allen West would come to understand this, rather than acting like a bastard and a jerk, he would garner more respect. But I have absolutely no respect for the man, no more than I respect the white men who imposed Jim Crow on HIS people.
Healthcare ALWAYS has a demand. The products sold at Wal-Mart and other retail outlets may not always have a demand. Even with food, I have food I have grown myself sitting in my freezer, so I could find a way to survive for some time, if necessary. But we are not able to always create healthcare for us. There is a perpetual demand. An insurance monopoly, always having a demand, can set prices on the supply-side to whatever it wishes. It’s not about what the market will bear – as in retail, but about how much insurance monopolies can scalp us all. Allen West and others don’t get it, even when many of us speak in terms of CAPITALISM.
ObamaCare proposes measures to create smaller competitive businesses pooled together. They have not all been put in place. Some might figure it may not go far enough, while others wish to disband it entirely. If it does not go far enough, the answer is to tweak it and make it better, not suspend it entirely. There are too many good things which are part of the plan. Republicans are simply stupid in not considering these other aspects and shutting many of us down by calling us “communists.” The only “communists” are paranoid ones like Nixon who stupidly invoked monopolistic practices. Stupid ones like Reagan who MANDATED hospital ERs take care of poor people. Between monopolies which raise costs at whim and the expensive costs forced upon hospitals, American healthcare is too damned expensive.
At the university where West’s wife sits on the Board, I was a student of music. I made a class presentation which discussed the alliance between government and private interests in supporting the arts. I neglected to condemn people like Jesse Helms, but I felt like it. This other student in that classroom called me a “communist.”
Like I said, I am a problem-solver, not an idealogue. Fascism is not an ideology, but a form of politics which believes there is only one solution. As a problem-solver, I stand in direct conflict with fascists because they believe there is only one solution. I am in direct contrast of the student in the class who mis-labeled me a “communist.” I am in direct contrast to Allen West and insulted when he called Ron Klein a “communist.”
Allen West does not deserve to be re-elected to Congress.