Congressman Elect Allen West To Join The Congressional Black Caucus

I know you guys remember Congressman elect Allen West. He was one of the bright new black conservative faces I blogged about and featured here. Well, he is already taking on The Congressional Black Caucus. And he is going to do it from within. He’s joining them:

West: “The Congressional Black Caucus cannot continue to be a monolithic voice that promotes these liberal social welfare policies and programs that are failing in the Black community, that are preaching victimization and dependency, that’s not the way that we should go,” West said on Fox News Friday. “And those are not the types of principles that my mother and father raised me with in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia.”

His feelings are exactly the feelings I have expressed here for so long. The social welfare policies of the Democrats keep blacks mired in despair, and it’s time for a voice to challenge that. I can’t tell you how happy I am that West won, and that FINALLY there will be someone in the Congressional Black Caucus that will force them to defend the indefensible.

West also said this: “I think it’s important that we have varying perspectives and insights that can challenge in the Congressional Black Caucus, and I think it will make things better for the Black community as we go forth in the 21st century,”

Amen, brother.

On a related note, Walter Williams has written an excellent article entitled “Black Americans and Liberty” over at Townhall.com. Here is the excerpt:

Having recently reached 74 years of age, if one were to ask me what’s my greatest disappointment in life, a top contender would surely be the level of misunderstanding, perhaps contempt, that black Americans have for the principles of personal liberty and their abiding faith in government. Contempt or misunderstanding of the principles of personal liberty and faith in government by no means make blacks unique among Americans, but the unique history of black Americans should make us, above all other Americans, most suspicious of any encroachment on personal liberty and most distrustful of government.

Go read the whole thing. He does a great job with the history and the misunderstandings.

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