Allen West “If no one else will stand up to what Obama just said about bigotry, I WILL!”

Allen West “If no one else will stand up to what Obama just said about bigotry, I WILL!”

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As Written By Allen B. West:

Wednesday marked the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States and was recognized by a speech from President Obama. However, let’s be very honest, the irony is striking. It was 150 years ago that a Republican president stepped forward to tackle the issue, even while the Civil War raged. It was in 1854 that the GOP was created for a single issue, the abolishment of slavery. It was a Republican House of Representatives, led by Rep. Thaddeus Stevens, that fought for the 13th Amendment against the fervent opposition of the Democrat party. And so it was that the 14th and 15th Amendments followed, passed by a Republican-led Congress.

When the Congress changed hands, it was under Democrat leadership that civil rights legislation was challenged. We saw the rise of Jim Crow and the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan. Some are even coming to realize the abject racism of President Woodrow Wilson, under whom the heinous practice of lynchings grew. I believe Wilson even viewed the film, “The Birth of a Nation,” which promoted the Klan and its activities. So let’s be honest and embrace not the revisionist history some would advance, but actual history.

And true to form, President Obama did not hesitate to inject politics in his remarks for the occasion.

As reported by Fox8live.com,

President Barack Obama on Wednesday took a veiled swipe at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has called for blocking Muslims from entering the United States in the aftermath of terror attacks at home and abroad.

Speaking at a Capitol Hill ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, Obama detailed the efforts of previous generations to fight discrimination, and said Americans today must be willing to do what they did – namely, “to remember that our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others, regardless of what they look like, or where they come from, or what their last name is or what faith they practice.”

The president said Americans will betray their past if “we were to deny the possibility of movement, the possibility of progress, if we were to let cynicism consume us and fear overwhelm us.” He said the country would do a disservice to “warriors of justice” like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, President Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., if it denies the scars of the “nation’s original sin” are still there today.

“We betray the efforts of the past if we fail to push back against bigotry in all its forms,” Obama said.

I will give Mr. Obama credit — at least he gave credit to a litany of ….

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