Boycott against conservatives?

Here we have it, and it’s nothing to be proud of. The gay, lesbian, transgender community of  Wilton Manors, coming out to prevent their elected congressman from addressing a business meeting in their neighborhood. It sounds rather incongruous to me that a group that goes to such great lengths to paint a picture of bigotry directed toward them would be the first to cast stones of hatred and prejudice against Congressman Allen West. Ironic, isn’t it, that West sits on the Small Business Committee in Congress? Businesses in Wilton Manors don’t need his help and support with legislation? Are they doing that well?

But it’s not only the local gay community standing in the way of free speech; the state Democratic Party’s gay caucus is as well!  Wouldn’t it just warm your heart to have Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz come out, as an American, and demand that West be welcomed to speak? No way! West is being labeled by liberals as “an extremist who spews out hate speech,” “a misogynist” who is “viscous” and “crazy.” Were I to demand that Wasserman Schultz not be permitted to speak at a Jewish center or synagogue because she is a member of J Street, the anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian hate group, I would be classified as un-American. “Every person has the right to his or her opinion in this country. That’s what we are all about,” I would be told, in not the most pleasant manner.

The gay community sees West as “dangerous.” Yet he fought in Iraq and Afghanistan against Muslim extremists who, following the teachings of their Quran, would slaughter the very homosexuals who oppose West. So we see the combining of forces: Democrats, gays and Muslims against the common enemy, Allen West.

Where are the concerned citizens of Wilton Manors on this issue?  Could it be so simple for any well-organized group to stomp on the rights of others to force them to disinvite speakers to private gatherings? Will Allen West not be asked to speak to citizens in other communities he represents throughout his term in office? Is this the beginning of a boycott against conservatives? Will other groups pick up the signal that the rights granted us in the Constitution can be simply erased without any outcry?

I am calling for a fight. I am calling on all citizens to stand up for the freedom of speech of any citizen, especially an elected one, to address issues vital to one or many. Our enemies chuckle when they see how vulnerable and weak we have become. This is just the beginning. Wake up!


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