After recently calling Democrats communists, he is now calling Woodrow Wilson one. Holy fuckamoly, even the extreme rightwing nutters have to wonder about this fuckwit, at least those w/two brain cells to rub together. From the TPM writeup:
Notable in West’s grasp of early 20th century political history is the implication that President Woodrow Wilson was a communist who hid under progressive label. A lot of people would disagree with this — notably actual socialists and communists in America at the time.
The idiot West is now running around using a quote that was actually made famous by a Republican politician’s party..Herbert Hoover no less, but it wasn’t said by him, it was said by the GOP at the time. The saying is the “chicken in every pot’ line. Hoover did however promise prosperity in other forms:
Hoover himself appears to have never made the “chicken in every pot” pronouncement. But he did make a variety of other optimistic predictions, such as: “the slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail to the full garage”; and “given a chance to go forward with the policies of the last eight years, and we shall soon with the help of God be in sight of the day when poverty will be banished from this Nation.”
Obviously, things did not quite work out that way. The Great Depression arrived in 1929, seriously exacerbated by the Federal Reserve’s tight-money policies, plus Hoover’s and the Republican Congress’s blunders such as the Smoot-Hawley tariffs. Four years later, Hoover was defeated in a landslide by Franklin Roosevelt.
In 1948, twenty years after these famously inaccurate slogans, Harry Truman was still using them against the Republicans, saying that the actual slogan was two families in every garage.
What else is hysterical is how West paints all Democrats, including Obama, as liberals and consequently communists or socialists.
Obama is anything but liberal and dare I say, neither is the majority of elected Democrats. As for Wilson, he was far from fond of the communists of his era, per MotherJones:
Tim Weiner’s excellent history of the FBI goes into great detail about Wilson’s record on communism, but here are a few examples of how President Wilson, in real life, dealt with self-identified communists and socialists:
- Wilson imprisoned and deported communists, socialists, and leftists for just generally holding views he found subversive.
- Wilson threw American Socialist Party leader Eugene V. Debs, who had garnered nearly a million votes running against Wilson in 1912, in prison for speaking out against the imprisonment of anti-war leftists.
- Wilson sent American soldiers to support Czarist forces against Bolshevik revolutionaries during the Russian civil war in 1918.
- Wilson appointed A. Mitchell Palmer as his Attorney General. The iconic 1920 Palmer Raids resulted in mass arrests and deportations of suspected leftists of all stripes.
How many communists do you have to kill and/or throw in prison to not be considered a communist? It’s not like Wilson lacks for actual flaws either, given that he was a huge racist and Confederate sympathizer, among other things.
So, like Allen West himself, Wilson was a hater of anyone that wasn’t a rightwing nutjob like himself. Too bad West can’t read or comprehend history. But he’s getting lots and lots of money and airtime with his lies and obfuscations…which is really his goal anyway.
Cenk gives us his take on West’s fuckery below: