Former Congressman Allen West announced via Facebook last week that he has completed a manuscript of his memoir and has signed with a “highly reputable global publishing house.”
West was cryptic, aside from telling his online circle of 316,000 followers that the book “will present my thoughts as a man, a warrior, my political philosophy, being a black conservative, and my vision for the Republic as an American statesman.”
West was narrowly defeated in 2012, but this has not kept the decorated veteran Lieutenant Colonel on the sidelines; in May, West became a contributor to Fox News offering political commentary during daytime and prime time shows.
West holds a unique place in politics: he was the first black Republican congressman from Florida since Josiah Walls left office in 1876; and along with Tim Scott, was the first black Republican in Congress since the retirement of JC Watts in 2003.
His views have and continue to inspire support and ire — and controversy. West has stated that black Democrats are trying to keep African Americans “on the plantation” and sees himself as a modern day Harriet Tubman, leading people “into a sense of responsibility.” He worked alongside Florida’s Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to have the Palestinian Liberation Organization flag removed from being raised outside DC national offices; and characterized DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as “the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives” for comments she directed at him in a floor speech after West had departed the chamber.
A torch-bearer of the Tea Party movement, West cites philosopher John Stuart Mill and Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman for helping shape his worldview; while urging his followers to read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals for an inside look at the left’s playbook.
West’s book will no doubt elaborate on his philosophical roots, the controversies he has sparked, and where he sees our nation heading. All with his characteristic determination and flair.