Rep. West Likens Wisconsin State Senate Democrats To Army Deserters
Things are not looking good for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). His union-busting bill is getting more and more unpopular by the day. A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows that 60 percent of Americans oppose taking away collective bargaining rights from public employee unions. Worse, Walter's intransigence on the issue — he's unwilling to compromise despite massive concessions offered by workers — has exposed him for the bully that he is. A majority of Wisconsin voters say they would not vote for him were last November's elections held today.
But Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a former public school teacher and union member who ran on a populist Tea Party platform, is staying firmly by Walker's side. In a newsletter to constituents, the freshman flamethrower calls Wisconsin Democrats who are blocking the anti-worker legislation from going forward "cowards" and likens them to military deserters.
Via the Sun Sentinel:
"What kind of representative democracy have we become when elected officials run from executing their prescribed duties?" West said in a weekly newsletter to constituents and fans that begins, "Dear Patriot."
"In the military we have General Order number one: 'I shall not leave my appointed place of duty or post until properly relieved,'" said West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel. "If a leader takes off, we call it 'desertion.' What manner of person runs and hides instead of making a stand, making a decision?"