During the two years after the Tea Party election of 2010, two spokesmen arose.
One was McHenry County Congressman Joe Walsh. (His wife Helene was present; Walsh was on his WIND talk show.)
The other was southeast Florida Congressman Allen West.
(A third member of that class–Bobby Shilling–seeking to return to Congress, was also in attendance.)
West was the star of the Family PAC Cruise on Monday night.
In his talk on the upper deck of the boat, West told the crowd that they were like paratroopers.
Paratroopers infiltrate behind enemy lines to cause problems.
“In Illinois, you are behind enemy lines,” he said.
West pointed out that he did not think it a coincidence that community organizer Saul Alinsky, author of “Rules for Radicals,” was from Chicago.
West recommended conservatives read the book.
(I would point out the strategies are neutral. They can be used by conservatives as well as radicals.)
He listed plenty of Alinsky acolytes.
Among them, of course, President Barack Obama.
“We cannot restore our constitutional democracy unless we restore the family,” he said, recognizing the purpose of the organization to which he was speaking.
The out-of-wedlock percentage went from 6% when President Lyndon Johnson’s War of Poverty began in 1964 to 42%-44% today.
The Great Society welfare rules said, “Having fathers in the home was not important.” The rules precluded having a man in the house, if a woman wanted welfare.
“Just because you believe in the traditional family does not mean you are a hater,” West said, not being able to dodge the raindrops on his uncovered part of the upper boat deck.
“Single mothers can be successful, but it’s more difficult.
Taking on the recent surge in unaccompanied immigrant children, he asked, “Where do the children on the South Side of Chicago go to escape crime and violence?”
He reminded the audience of Ronald Reagan’s description of the conservative coalition:
- Fiscal conservatives
- National security
- Social conservatives
“Our better angels are not killing our unborn.”
He referred to “this root of secular religion.”
He wondered what type of a country we were going to leave our children, that values matter.
West pointed out that government did not build Chicago, business did.
He told of not being invited to family and friends’ picnics after he started speaking politically.
During his service, he got called all sorts of derogatory names, which he listed. “Porch monkey” was one of them, along with “Uncle Tom,” “too white” and “Oreo.” There were more.
“When the other side is calling me names, I know I’m winning the debate.
“If they are calling you ‘racist,’ you’re winning.
“If you react to it, you’re not fit to be in this fight.”
Returning to the being behind enemy lines theme, West pointed out that the goal of paratroopers is to “cause confusion.”
“We need it here.
“They want to destroy your community.”
Others on the cruise for whom I did not get a decent photo included former State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard, the newly-appointed Regional Transportation Authority Chairman; Danielle Rowe, who ran in the GOP Primary Election which David McSweeney won; and Susan Sweeney, Deputy State Central Committeeman of the 9th Congressional District, President of the Republican Women of Park Ridge and Deputy Committeeman of Republicans of Maine Township.