Former one-term Republican Congressman and current Fox News conservative pundit Allen West demanded that the military not follow orders from its commander-in-chief. On Friday morning, West wrote on his Facebook page that President Obama has ordered the military to enlist “illegal aliens.” He then claimed that, since Obama cannot make laws regarding naturalization, the order he signed is illegal, and those serving in the military shouldn’t follow it. West then complained about Obama’s tyranny and said all Democrats who support Obama need to be voted out.
Below is West’s entire Facebook post:
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!
Apparently, West is upset over news that the military is expanding its Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program to include those that are eligible for the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals. DACA was approved by Obama in 2012 and allows immigrants without legal status, who were brought to this country before the age of 16 and meet certain other requirements, to have the threat of deportation reprieved for two years. Currently, applications for reprieve under DACA can be renewed after the two-year period is up. The Department of Homeland Security approves DACA applications and a thorough background check is done.
MAVNI has a cap of 1,500 recruits a year. Previously, the program targeted foreign nationals who were in the country legally, but weren’t citizens. It even allowed for non-permanent residents, such as students and tourists, to enlist in the military. The program targets specific skillsets, generally fluency in certain foreign languages or possessing specialized health care knowledge. Basically, they are always on the lookout for people who are doctors or can speak a language where American troops might be stationed. With America getting involved in another open-end conflict in the Middle East, it seems likely that the military is looking for more people who are fluent in Arabic and Kurdish, among others.
Of course, West (who always seems to refer to the president as Barack Hussein Obama or B. Hussein) has never met a POTUS conspiracy theory he hasn’t liked and embraced. In his mind, West probably sees this as a way for Obama to sneak Islamist terrorists and other non-Americans into the military, all in an effort to undermine the United States and bring rise to the New World Order. He has constantly referred to Obama as an Islamist sympathizer and infers that Obama is not American. In fact, after he made his post telling our military to defy the commander-in-chief, West made the following post, claiming POTUS is, you guessed it, an Islamist sympathizer.
Prior to the Islamist post, West tried to kiss up to Hispanics, despite his consistently offensive rhetoric towards immigration reform and recent post whining about ‘illegal aliens,’ by acknowledging Hispanic Heritage Month.
Here’s the thing. The vast majority of sane people in this country know West is completely nuts and off his rocker. However, the fact is there are a lot of people that buy his bunk and share it on social media. His post telling our military to ignore the orders of the President of the United States has been shared nearly 50,000 times from his Facebook page as of Friday afternoon, with an additional 44,000+ likes and nearly 10,000 comments. His page has well over a million likes. Even if he is certifiable, he is reaching a lot of people and making an impression with them.
With the way social media is, crazy statements like his will travel far and wide and be hard to tamper down. Therefore, it is important that people like West, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh have their incorrect and/or offensive statements highlighted, fact-checked and ridiculed. Especially when they say something treasonous, which is exactly what West did on Friday.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).