Attacking Allen West has become a sport for Liberal Democrats who fear him. First, they have attempted, unsuccessfully, to use YouTube for their attacks:
West said the videos show desperation by Democrats trying to “demonize” him rather than discuss issues.
But West also said the attention is a good sign for him.
“When you’re opponent is that concerned, you’re upsetting their decision cycle,” West said. “I love the fact that they’re reacting to me.”
However they have now reach a new level of silliness. My newest friend, Jack Funari AKA Atomic Conservative*, explains the details here:
Sometimes the attacks are so silly, they’re actually funny.
New Times blogger and leading nominee for the Stephen Glass Fabulist Award for 2010, Tom Francis, speculated last week that West was inspired to use the phrase “come and get them” by the 2007 movie 300.
Now it’s possible Francis may have skipped the May 2004 meeting of the Boca Raton Republican Club where West made his first political speech, but how could he have missed the Palm Beach Post account, by Lona O’Connor, “Army officer addresses Republican Club,” which said:
“West urged the Republican group not to be swept away in an orgy of American self-loathing. He reminded his audience of the 300 Spartans who fought to the death against an army of 10,000 Persians at the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. ‘What is your Thermopylae?’ he asked the crowd. ‘Where will you take a stand?'”
I introduced West to the crowd at that meeting, and five minutes into West’s speech, everyone in the room knew they were witnessing the birth of a political star, and that was three years before the movie 300 was released.
We all know Molon Labe, is classical Greek meaning “Come And Take Them” and is an expression of defiance. It is reported to have been used by King Leonidas in response to surrender their weapons at Thermopylae. It has been used by many generals and politicians, and it has become a motto by The Greek First Army Corps and United States Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT). The full expression “Come And Take It” was one such slogan for the Texas Revolution.
For Allen West to use it is not unusual. But leave that to a progressive-liberal to attack someone for using it and not knowing their history. Honestly, they say they are so educated but then the say the dumbest things.
*Fellow Blogger at Practical State. Nice guy.