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RAW Story: Tea party rep.: Dems engage in ‘the most insidious form of slavery’


-By Stephen C. Webster

February 16, 2012- Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party favorite, said Wednesday in a speech to the U.S. House of Representatives that his colleagues in the Democratic Party engage in “the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today.”

“Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said. “We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock. For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us. Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.”

The comment, though startling, is not unusual for West, who’s collected a litany of critics with his often over-the-top rhetoric.

He’s particularly fond of attacking Democrats with analogies to “slavery,” and once called himself “the modern-day Harriet Tubman” for his efforts to lead black voters off the “21st-century plantation,” which he thinks is run by “certain black leaders, who are nothing more than the overseers of that plantation.”

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