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Once again, Allen West is asked to apologize for something he said

 

The National Jewish Democratic Council has asked Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, to apologize for comments he made Thursday likening the messaging of the Democratic Party to the propaganda machine of Hitler's Germany.

“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party, because they have an incredible propaganda machine," West told reporters Thursday afternoon. "Let’s be honest, you know, some of the people in the media are complicit with this and enabling them to get that type of message out."

The NJDC asked West to "apologize sincerely and immediately. As we have said repeatedly, invoking the Holocaust to make a political point is never acceptable and should be condemned by all for the sake of the memory of those who were lost."

West's comments elicited a handwritten rebuke from Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. In the letter, obtained by Politico, Conyers notes Goebbels was a "vicious and notorious anti-Semite" and calls on West to "help raise the level of congressional discourse in vigorous debate"  without resorting to personal attacks.

West, a freshman Republican from a heavily Jewish district in South Florida, was being asked about why the GOP was doing so poorly in polls -- a new Pew poll finds people blame Republicans more than Democrats for Washington's gridlock, the Washington Post reported.

West told reporters that Republicans needed to get better at messaging.

And then, apparently realizing the impact of his remarks (see here for previous West coverage), he said this, according to Politico:

"I'm talking about propaganda, OK," he said. "Don't start taking my words and twisting it around. I'm talking about propaganda. And I think that's a very important thing. When you tell me that everyone thinks that the only people on Capitol Hill are House Republicans, it's because that's what's being portrayed, is that there's nobody else up here."

"Once again, you guys will take whatever I say and you will spin it to try to demonize me or demagogue me,” West added. “What I'm talking about is a person that was the minister of propaganda. And I'm talking about propaganda. So please. I'll be prepared to wake up tomorrow and you guys make up some crazy story. Whatever."

 

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Joshu Jones

I have to disagree with the NJDC on this one - although West is engaging in the typical GOP tactic of accusing your opponent of what you yourself are doing, it is important that we remind people that the GOP of 2011 is acting very similar to the Nazis of 1933 in many ways. Although they are not openly discriminating against Jews at the present time (because they still think they can fool some into voting for them over Israel), you can bet that if they ever get into power they will cave immediately to the Neo Nazi hate groups that make up one of their core constituencies. Since virtually all Holocaust survivers are now dead, I urge all Jewish Americans to review the tactics and methods of Hitler's rise to power, because there are certainly many in the GOP who are employing those same tactics in the USA right now. We cannot afford to turn a blind eye just because we think it can't happen here.

Tally Folly

The reason that the GOP is doing so poorly in polls is because of what they stand for; Greed and Intolerance.
The spin is much heavier on the GOP side because the Republican party does not have the majority of American's best interests at heart yet they still get votes.

posterchld

He's not a Democrat Miami Herald dummies. Only a Republican would say something so vile

lmmd

once again mr west - open mouth insert foot - do you really think you'll be re-elected?

Erika Bolstad

Thanks for flagging that West is not a Democrat -- that was my error. I hadn't had any coffee yet when I wrote this this morning. -- Erika Bolstad

steve jacobson

As usual Alan West has gotten it wrong. If Goebles was alive today he would be heading Fox news, the propaganda arm of the Republican party.

Bob

I read somewhere that when this gap toothed idiot was in Israel, he was treated like a "Rock Star". Well I guess he won't be invited back any time soon. This man is dangerous and hopefully any voter with a brain will vote to get him out of office. He is inflamatory and a true hate monger. He is a typicalNazi!

tommy

At best intellectually lazy, as anyone who has studied the history of yellow journalism could come up with a more appropriate example of a propagandist. William Randolph Hearst, anyone.

At worst, the guy just hates Jewish Democrats in South Florida. He is on the record, saying the most vile things about his own representative, Mrs Wasserman-Schultz. It's not too hard to connect the dots in his case.

It's time for this two year experiment of "if ballots dont' work, bullet's will" mentality that exists in the West camp to end. Wake up Broward and Palm Beach county and retire this guy to his next career at Blackwater (or whatever they're called now).

Brad

Screw the Jews that voted for this scumbag.

All those Christian Zionists are anti-semites. They just happen to hate Muslims more than Jews.

Fred

G-d bless Allen West, a true friend of Israel and the Jews. Not like the lefty Jewish DEMS.

A Boca Jew

Re-posting my comment on Palm Beach Post, slightly edited:

I am sick and tired of Allen West insulting me because I disagree with him. This is not the first time, or the second time, or the third time that he has used this intentionally hurtful language to intimidate people he disagrees with. I AM SICK OF IT!!!

I called Allen West’s office and demanded an apology. I spoke with the the congressman’s Chief of Staff. The guy flat out lied to my face. He said that West’s comments were a result of a Pew Poll which found that people blame the GOP for the country’s problems. So I asked him for some evidence of what exactly the “propaganda machine” did to cause the result in the poll. He could not come up with a single thing. NOTHING. Just a total lie, a total fabrication.

He REFUSED to apologize.

I also called the Republican Jewish Coalition and they also REFUSED TO COMMENT.

I am a Jewish Democrat in this idiot’s district and I CANNOT WAIT TO VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE!

ironboltbruce

Arrest Allen West! Use NaSI SARs to charge Allen West and your U.S. Representative and Senators who voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA: S.1867/H.R.1540) with "Seditious Conspiracy" under U.S. Code Title 18 Part I Chapter 115 Section 2384. Details here: http://AmerikanReich.com

robert kunst

Dear Allen West:

The hypocrates are at it again, pretending indignation and attacking you about your references to Democratic Party Gestapo type tactics or "if Joseph Goebbels was around, he'd be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine."

As a life-long Democrat and Jewish activist who has been to 31 'death camps' and has protested with Holocaust survivors, let me expose the frauds who are challenging you.

I am President of Shalom International who has rallied 491 times and done over 1600 media interviews since Oct 2007 on supporting Israel's fight against terrorism, Keeping Jerusalem and Israel United and destroying Hamas, etc. and exposing Obama's anti-Israel and anti-Jewish politics. This is the same Obama who wouldn't be President if it wasn't for the Jewish vote.

These Obama die-hards kept their mouths shut when Obama, in Cairo, 2009, equated the Holocaust with 'Muslim Humiliation', while Obama cowardly ignored mentioning 5 Arab Wars and 2 intifadas to kill all Jews by the same Arabs alligned with Hitler and who participated in the Holocaust, they cowardly deny existed but want Iran to finish the job Hitler started with nukes Obama is allowing Iran to build.

The Nazis deny the Holocaust and the Arabs deny Israel's existance, while Obama wants Jerusalem, Jewish for 3000 yrs., divided and given to the very people dancing in the streets after '9/11' and would be the end of Israel. Jerusalem belongs to every Jew and every Jew murdered for being a Jew and doesn't belong to Obama or Bibim to divide. Where is the ADL and Jewish Democrats on this monstrocity?

Where are these Democrats when Obama attacks the very Jewish faith and 'holyland' that 's 5000 yrs. old and wants to cut Israel in half with a corridor between West Bank and Gaza, that would be the end of Israel. Meanwhile, Obama violates Title 18 which prohibits giving material support to terrorists and Obama has given Fatah and Hamas, $1.3billions, while both are committed to Israel's destruction. Where are these Democrats when Obama and Hillary support a no new babies policy in Judea and Samaria and also support a "Jew Free' Arab state, no different then the Nazis wanting a 'Jew Free' Europe?

Now we see Allianz, Nazi insurance company ,that owes Holocaust survivors $18billion from unpaid policies, refusing to compensate the survivors, while Obama supports Allianz and the other Nazi insurance companies against the survivors. As usual, not a peep from these so-called Jewish Democrats.

Obama wants Israel to go back to 1967 borders, which don't exist but give up Jewish holy sights, such as the burial place of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives, no Jew was allowed up the lst 7 steps for 1700 years till 1967 and Obama wants the Jewish holy sights to be under the control of the U.N.. Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac and is the father of Judaism. The Muslims insist it was Ishmael who Abraham would sacrifice, even though Judaism is 2000 ys. older than Islam and here is the relgious conflict going on for 1700 years with Muslims killing Jews for that period of time with Barack Hussein Obama siding with the Muslims who control everything sacred to the Jews.

With a 'friend' like Obama, who needs enemies?

Chanukah isn't until this Tuesday, but Obama lights the Menorah two weeks earlier and with all eight candles, showing total disrespect for the faith, again doing his propoganda bit to cover up what took place earlier, which is French President Sarkozy calling Israel's Bibi Netayahu, 'a liar' and Obama says: "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day." This was on 11/8/11.

On 12/3/11, Defense Sec. Panetta blames Israel for the failure of talks with the Arabs and rants "Get to the damn table" in this continual blame game from Obama against Israel. On 12/7/11 Hillary questions Israel Democracy. This is the same Obama/Hillary team who last year claimed that Assad of Syria was a 'reformer' who has now killed over 4500 of his own people.

This is the same Obama/Hillary team who ignored the resistance of the grassroots in Iran while allowing Islamic jihadists to take over across the Arab world and of course not a statement from any of these unDemocratic groups groveling to Obama, no matter how he attacks Israel, the Jewish faith or the Jewish people.

On 12/6/11, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium blames Muslim anti-semitism on Israel.

If there was ever a revisionism of history and open attacks, Obama's stooges have kept their mouths shut on every single Obama attack including his own people suggesting that any opposition to Obama means we are all 'racists', 'Nazis', and according to Bill Clinton, 'Timothy McVeigh Wannabees.' Talk about Nazi style tactics that are unAmerican to say the least, while Obama's foreign policies are a disaster on every level.

There have been over 20,000 Islamic Nazi attacks since '9/11', with Muslims going after Christians all over the Muslim world and Obama says nothing any more than Obama dealing with Muslims attacking Hindus, Bhuddists and all 'infidels'.

Abe Foxman of the ADL doesn't want anyone to bring Israel into the national campaign, because this is Obama's Achilles Heal and Obama loses, especially here in Fl., the pivotal state that will decide the election.

Shalom International protested against the Democratic Jewish Committee in 2009 in D.C. for their support of Obama to divide Jerusalem.

I urge you Allen West to keep fighting and don't be deterred by these phonies.

I invite you to join with us on Dec. 27, 2011 at 5 P.M. at the Federal Bldg. in Ft. Laud., 3rd Ave. and Broward Blvd. It is the 3rd Anniversary since 300 Muslims screamed at us: "Jews into the Ovens" and by the same folks on May 15, 2011, who were calling for "Nuking Israel" and a '3rd Intifada', we also protested against. Where were the unDemocratic 'leadership' on any of this? Hiding and appeasing as usual.

Then on Feb. 5, 2012, please join with us at 10 AM, when we join with Holocaust Survivors of USA, to protest Allianz Nazi Insurance Company at the opening of their golf tournament, they are sponsoring and have monies for this, but not for the survivors they stole from. The event will be on Yamato Rd. and Broken Sound in Boca Raton. Last year we had 75 in protest and made international news. Allianz said they would meet with the survivors and one more year has gone by and Allianz lied and 35 survivors die daily. Obama sides with Allianz. ADL, ad nauseum, ignore this travesty while pontificating for Obama. They are a disgrace.

I assure you that I am doing all that I can to expose this crisis and nastiness from Obama in the Jewish community, but we have to understand the other half of this equation, which is the timidity and weakness from the Republican Party and candidates to fight back and have allowed Obama to get away with all of this with their silence and only rarely challenged.

It isn't just the unDems. and their propoganda machine , but that with real resistance, would expose the whole scam from Obama. So why are the Republicans so passive?

Everything mentioned above would expose Obama and the nation would be appalled by it and if G-d forbid Obama is re-elected both Israel and America are in great trouble and the dangers are great and real and the pattern has been set. We are witnessing the same politics as in 1938 that led to the Holocaust. Those Jews who sold out their fellow Jews then were called 'Judenrats'. They still exist. Those Jews who thought that they were German first and Jewish second didn't survive the death camps either.

Today, those Jews who want to be Democrat first and advance their careers with Obama, like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, while offering one lie after another on Obama's awful and evil intentions and policies on Israel, will also be held accountable one day for the trap they are leading us all into.

On Israel, Obama is very vulnerable. and treacherous. The Israelis will also some day wake up that giving up their faith, 'Covenant', history, identity, etc. has only led them to this crisis. They thought that if they gave in to Arab demands, they would be left alone. For 30 yrs. they have been playing this game and the worst propaganda in the world on who they are and why they are there, which Obama feeds on.

How could Obama focus on the economy and all the sufferings here, when he has done everything possible to attack Israel and to side with Israel's and America's enemies? If you bless Israel, you are blessed. Curse Israel and you are cursed. America has suffered greatly by this Jihadist in the White House and the liberal Jews who keep doing civil rights at the expense of Israel will be the downfall of Israel and they will be responsible for another Holocaust. The issue here isn't color ,but incompetency and anti-semitism that is truely on the rise, globally because of Obama's politics, we are not afraid to expose and oppose.

I would ask you to disseminate this to the members of Congress and to your networks and fight back and don't retreat. You are morally right and the enemy within needs to be exposed if we are all to survive.

Our slogan is: "SAVE ISRAEL AND AMERICA, OR SAVE OBAMA AND LOSE"!

Yours in Shalom,

Bob Kunst

Pres., Shalom International

305-864-5110
www.defendjerusalem.net

Grower Tower

Uhhhh, did everyone forget that Obama compared America to Nazi Germany in an interview with NPR?

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/12/faux-outrage-as-allen-west-compares-dem.html

America is going into bankruptcy thanks to Obama and the Pelosi Democrats. And Allen West is a true hero for calling them out.

You really thing we can borrow $1.5 trillion a year from the Chinese???

James

Arpaio/West 2012!!

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