Allen West Wants to Ruin Your Military Career

Former Congressman and current Fox News conservative pundit Allen West — who obviously thinks he’s still at command capacity — ordered all military personnel to disobey orders from their commander-in-chief.

It’s not a secret that Allen West — a one time (only two years) congressman — hates President Obama, or at least uses hatred of the President to further his career as either a far-right conservative pundit or book writer.  It’s astonishing just how treason-friendly the right wing have become since Obama has become president.  The idea that a former politician could suggest the military actively disobey the Commander-In-Chief used to be unthinkable.  In fact, in the Bush-era any opinion that remotely doesn’t align with the President was met with blunt force trauma from the conservative side.  Anyone remembers the Dixie Chicks?  Remotely criticizing the President during a time of war especially, was considered treason by the Republican party and the conservative political alignment.  Nowadays, treason seems to be a valid option for GOP goers.

On his Facebook page, where he usually spends his time anathematizing blacks, latinos and Muslims and accusing Obama of being everything but a son of God, West wrote:

“Morning folks.  While you were sleeping, Barack Hussein Obama took out his pen and ordered our Military to enlist illegal aliens.  In other words, this charlatan has allowed those who have disrespected our Constitution and are not citizens to take an oath to support and defend the very document, our rule of law, of which they are in violation.  Obama has no constitutional authority to make any laws or rules concerning naturalization as stated in Art I Sect 8 Clause 4.  This is an illegal order and should not be followed by our Military.  As well, we are pink-slipping men and women in uniform, Americans, and Obama wants to enlist illegals.  We are already outsourcing our national security to Syrian Islamists.  This is intolerable and just another reason why we must flip the Senate and begin to reverse Obama’s tyranny.  Any Democrat supporting this illegal order needs to be voted out!” ~ Allen West via Facebook

Unlike other pundits who I expect doesn’t believe everything they say and push to their deep-right audiences, I’m beginning to think that Allen West actually believes everything that’s EVER said on right wing media.  I think… he really does believe he’s 100% correct and infallible in everything he says.  Of course, he doesn’t see himself as treasonous.  In fact, he thinks he’s saving the country.  For some reason, he thinks inciting military dysfunction — as if current government dysfunction isn’t damaging enough — will help, assist, aid, or save this nation.  At which point do you ask yourself this question: What does crazy look like?

The scary thing is, as an ex-military officer who became a congressman at a time you would think that Allen West is a misunderstood figure who certainly knows how the military works.  No, he does not know how the military works.  While he cites that the President doesn’t have constitutional authority to do what he’s doing, the military has no constitutional authority to practice insubordination, sedition or treason towards the Commander in Chief.  Meanwhile, not only does Allen West has no constitutional authority to tell the military what to do, he has no command, general or delegation powers of authority whatsoever.  He is of no legitimacy of power.  So while he can question the legitimacy of the President as a private citizen, he is infinitely of LESS legitimate authority than the President, forever.  And even after that.

Illustration by: Chan Lo

Illustration by: Chan Lo

Now, if you are currently military, Allen West will to ruin your life.  In fact, Allen West technically should be the last person to seek military career counseling from; his career as an artillery officer came to an abrupt end when he thought he was playing Jack Bauer in Iraq.

Allen West may have ruined his career.  Don’t let him ruin yours.

Photo Credit: Harry Hamburg

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