Allen West, channelling Joe McCarthy

“I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department.”Senator Joseph McCarthy, 1950

…and the new, unimproved, 21st-century version of fear-mongering, Allen West style:

…and two parting thoughts on the matter:

“The junior senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges, has so preyed upon the fears and hatreds and prejudices of the American people that he has started a prairie fire which neither he nor anyone else may be able to control.” —  Senator William Fulbright, 1969

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Fallacious syllogism of the day

“I like chocolate chip ice cream, and I will continue to like chocolate chip ice cream. So there’s no worry about me changing to vanilla. I like to, you know, ride my motorcycle. What do you want me to do? You want me to change my behavior and ride a scooter? I’m not into that…People can change their sexual behavior. And I’ve seen people do that. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, so I’ve seen a very different perspective on human behaviors. So that’s where I’m coming from on that.”

If anyone can translate Representative Allen West’s little diatribe into English, let us all know.