Allen West Needs a Remedial Political Science Course or Two
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Thursday maintained that "the strategy, the tactics, the ideology" of Progressive Caucus members in Congress are the same as those of the Communist Party.
"I’m just talking about the fact of the ideologies, the principles you believe in," he said on CNN, urging others to "stand upon truth" and learn to identify the ideological motivations of members of Congress. "I’m calling it this: communist, progressive, Marxist, socialist, statist."
"I’ve had to give quite a few people a little tutorial about the political spectrum of ideologies," West said on CNN. "At the turn of the century here in the United States of America, American communists renamed themselves progressives, but the strategy, the tactics, the ideology remains the same. When you’re a member of a caucus that wanted to have a constitutional amendment to redistribute wealth in the United States of America, I don’t think that’s in keeping with the principles and values of this country."
I am sure his “little tutorial[s]” are amusing, but they clearly are not too informative if West cannot distinguish between progressive politics within the panoply of American mainstream politics and communism. Further, the notion that words “communist, progressive, Marxist, socialist, statist” are all synonymous is likewise problematic.