Allen West on race and Martin Luther King Jr.

BizPac Review asked U.S. Congressman Allen West to share some thoughts about his experiences in Washington, D.C., over the last two years and about the nation’s future.

When asked about the role African American communities will play in the upcoming election, West said he expects things will play out differently than four years ago.

He has witnessed a change among black voters since 2008, when they eagerly supported the country’s first African American president, he said.

“You don’t see the hats. You don’t see the t-shirts. You don’t see the enthusiasm,” West said. “You don’t’ see the bumper stickers like you did. You don’t see hope and change being reverberated everywhere. You don’t hear people shouting,‘Yes, we can.’ As a matter of fact, I think the president has said, ‘No, I can’t.’”

It’s time to recognize that if you voted for Obama the first time around, it’s OK, West said. In the next 45 to 50 days, he hopes people will recognize that they have not seen a “return on their investment” with their vote.

Objectively, there is no reason to vote Obama in to a second term, West said.

“Now if it just comes down to you wanting him for the color of his skin, then you are going against everything Martin Luther King Jr. wanted for this country.”

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