We have been vindicated! “We” meaning Allen West, his friend and adviser Joyce Kaufman, and all of us who support Allen West.
Shortly after he was elected, West had announced that he was offering Joyce Kaufman the chief-of-staff position in his new congressional office. Kaufman, a popular but controversial talk-radio host at south Florida’s WFTL, accepted the position. Almost immediately, all hell broke loose. Hours after West announced his appointment of Kaufman, leftist Rachel Maddow at MSNBC ran a supremely snarky and misleading story on her evening show that included a video clip of Kaufman speaking at a July 4th tea party rally, in which Kaufman said, “The most important thing the Founding Fathers did to protect my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second Amendment… if ballots don’t work, bullets will.”
In a segment that was nearly five minutes long, Maddow completely buried the first half of that comment so that viewers would fail to even register what is a completely accurate statement about the constitutional Framers’ reasoning. Indeed our Second Amendment rights do back up our First Amendment rights — a principle that we can safely assume the Founders intended, given that some of those Framers had also signed the Declaration of Independence, whose whole purpose was, “out of a decent respect to the opinions of mankind,” to submit “to a candid world” the Americans’ long-deliberated reasons for initiating armed revolt against their government.
It didn’t help matters that Kaufman frequently does use passionate, colorful language. She freely admits that in her eagerness to get a point across, she sometimes doesn’t choose her words carefully. Well, that often goes with the territory in talk radio. But then, some may wonder, why would Allen West choose her as his chief of staff?
West said later, “I was not hiring a talk radio host; I was hiring a very brilliant political mind, someone that has been in South Florida politics for 20 plus years.” West has credited not only Kaufman’s steady promotion of him on her radio show, but also her keen political instincts and insights, with helping him to win the election. “I would not be congressman-elect if Joyce Kaufman had not taken me under her wing and provided mentor and counsel to me.”
Of course, none of that was in the MSNBC clip, whose sole purpose was to damage West by making him and his newly named assistant look as bad as possible. The very next morning after MSNBC ran the clip, Kaufman received an email that purported to be from a woman who had seen the clip, agreed with Kaufman’s supposed extremist views, and bragged that her husband was soon going to send a revolutionary message by attacking one or more government facilities such as post offices or schools. Because of the way the email was written, Kaufman — who used to be a leftist herself and has very sharp radar — immediately suspected it was the work of a leftist posing as a right-wing extremist in order to make Kaufman look bad and ultimately tarnish her boss-to-be, Allen West. But because of the magnitude of the threat if it were real, she did what any responsible person would do and reported it to the police.
This led to an immediate lock-down of Broward County schools, causing massive disruption and fear — all of which was blamed, of course, on Joyce Kaufman. She at once resigned from the proposed position that had been offered to her only the day before. When Kaufman told the media that she suspected the whole mess was left-wing Alinksy tactics, none of them believed her.
But now we find out: Kaufman was absolutely correct.
Via Weasel Zippers (one of my favorite conservative news blogs), here’s the story from the Palm Beach New Times:
The woman charged by the FBI with making a threat that led to the lockdown of more than 300 Broward County schools after hearing the words of right-wing talker Joyce Kaufman isn’t a member of the Tea Party — she’s a member of the Green Party.
Ellisa Martinez was arrested yesterday for making an emailed threat and a phone call to Kaufman’s radio station, 850-AM, on November 10. In the email, Martinez feigned agreement with the fiery arch-conservative rhetoric of Kaufman and Sarah Palin, but she’s she’s officially on the other side of the ledger. According to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office, Martinez is a member of the Green Party, a progressive left-wing group focused on environmental issues….
Martinez was under immediate suspicion from agents but managed to slip out of the area after being first questioned by the FBI at her home in New Port Richey outside of Tampa. She made it all the way to California.
Do you suppose we’ll hear anything about this in the lamestream media?
Warning: This is just the beginning. The number of Americans outside West’s own Congressional district who have become aware of him, and are recognizing him as a gifted and trustworthy advocate for their values, is growing exponentially. It started with YouTube videos of his speeches going viral — but now that he’s been elected to Congress and is already shaking up things in Washington, he’s getting a higher profile all the time. The Left rightly feels very threatened by a leader who articulates conservative ideas with absolutely no apologies or concessions to political correctness. Their attacks will only get worse as West’s popularity grows.