Democrat Attack Ad on Allen West – Stupidly Offensive or Offensively Stupid?

Posted: August 9, 2012 by ShortTimer in "Civility", 2012 Campaign, Allen West, Democrats, Politics, Racists

Via The Blaze & Drudge:

Too Far? New Attack Ad Targeting Allen West Depicts Him Beating Women

It is hard to think of an attack ad lower than the one essentially blaming Mitt Romney for a woman’s death, but we may have just found one.

It’s from Florida, and it depicts Allen West (R-FL) in a boxing ring with red gloves on.  The cartoon-like video then shows West punching an old woman, a young lady and seemingly a family with children.  He also steals cash from the hands of the family and pockets it, all while laughing like a gremlin.

The ad is starting to garner attention from critics, including one who thinks there are some racial undertones.  Javier Manjarres, who is following the race closely, notes:

 ”The ad slyly uses a caricature of West and portrays him as a bully who hits women- more specifically, a white women- while he grabs money away from a “middle class” family that just happens to be a black family.”

The American Sunrise PAC is responsible for the video.  The group was incidentally founded by the father of Congressman West’s general election opponent, Democrat Patrick Murphy, who has funneled $250,000 into the PAC. 

Here’s the ad:

It was nice that they put the dates in there for their supposed citations.  Here’s the only Palm Beach Post story on Allen West between 11/23/11 and 11/25/11.

Rep. Allen West, a Plantation Republican, disagreed, saying the 10-year, $600 billion cut in defense spending included in the $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction plan would be devastating.

“I am not for these automatic cuts. It disproportionately will affect the military,” West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, said.

..

West said Congress should revamp the nation’s tax code by broadening the tax base and eliminating some tax subsidies. He favors a plan floated by U.S. Rep. Patty Toomey, R-Pa., that would make tax cuts initiated by President George W. Bush permanent and would lower taxes from 35 to 28 percent for the wealthiest Americans. To make up the difference, Toomey’s plan would eliminate about $250 billion in tax breaks, including for college tuition and mortgages.

But at the top of the list, West said, Congress should pare back government spending by an estimated $200 billion.

“The most important thing is people need to go up thereand start doing the hard surgical scrutiny of looking for failed government programs that can be eliminated,” said West.

But some politicians of both parties appear to agree that cuts to Medicare should be averted and that tax reform is essential the nation’s economic security.

The across-the-board cuts, not scheduled to go into effect until January 2013, also hit Medicare providers, including a 32 percent reduction for in-patient hospital care, a 15 percent cut for physicians and a 7 percent cut for nursing homes.

“We don’t want to see that happen,” West said.

Wow, West really does want to beat white seniors and women and black families and steal their money… by extending the Bush tax rates, rather than letting them expire… so they can keep more of their money.  And he wants wealthy Americans to have less of their money stolen by the government.  And he doesn’t want people’s money stolen from government and redistributed through failed programs.  And he wants to make sure Medicare doesn’t take a hit.  That makes perfect sense to make Allen West into a boxer who takes people’s money… if you’re a Democrat ad writer.

So the exact same article, from 10 months ago, states he wants to extend the Bush tax rates, also known as the Bush tax cuts.  Those were broad cuts for everyone.  If West extends those, everyone gets to keep more of their own earnings.  If he shuts down failed government programs, there are some welfare leeches that might lose handouts that were taken from the working man’s pocket.  The only people who have a problem with that are welfare leeches who demand government steal from the working to give to them.  West wants tax cuts for the wealthy, which means business owners – people who turn around and generate jobs and spur the economy on. West wants to not make blind cuts to the military, though I’m sure he’d agree there are wasteful programs that could be cut, he also knows that the military projects that get cut aren’t necessarily the ones that should go when DC is making the decisions and not unit commanders.  West is concerned that Medicare cuts proposed by the super committee would harm Medicare providers, ultimately hurting those on Medicare.

He doesn’t “steal money” from anyone.  He’s for stopping the government from plundering one family to give to a mooching parasite.  Ending a handout is not stealing money.  It’s stopping the theft from someone else.  If A has been subsidized by the government and given favors and money from B’s pocket, saying B should keep their money is not stealing from A.  A loses nothing out of their own pocket, they have the same amount they started with – the same potential for income based on their own effort.  B gets to keep a larger percentage of their income because that money isn’t taken by government to give to A so A can indulge in sloth.

There’s also the racial component to this ad, which is almost inevitable with Democrats due to their own intrinsic racism, but it’s subtle.  The choice of “victims” is specific, but they don’t go over the top.  I’m sure were it directed the other way, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would scream racism, but realistically, it’s not terribly racist in its presentation.  It would be interesting to hear what was going on in the studio where they were making it, but ultimately in the final version of the ad, it’s only subtly racist.  It’s still offensive, but also so profoundly stupid and contrary to the story it quotes that it’s a toss-up between offensive and stupid.

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