JammieWearingFool is recommending contributing to LtCol Allen West's campaign for Florida's 22nd Congressional District. I agree. But I am wary nevertheless for the reason I gave in the following comment:
Yes, donate directly to Col West, and not at all to the RNC. However, don't be surprised, when he wins, if he turns out to be no more solid than Scott Brown -- of whom I also was wary as demonstrated by this Post Scott Brown series.
Why do I compare Col West with Scott Brown? Florida is more conservative than Mass by a long shot, so it's not that. It's because Col West is known to believe in "the ends justify the means" and was let off the hook more easily than some of our other troops charged in less clear circumstances.
Don't get me wrong here. I've been a bona fide supporter of Colonel West as this essay I published years ago atests. [That was a guest author, and I added the further comment "Lifesavers."]There is just a sea change in our politics that makes my skin crawl and makes me what to scream out "watch out! Don't allow the system bring you down in despair."
What I am getting at is that those now in power are ruthless and who are up to their craniums in "any means to power." They may very well feel comfortable with Col West because they see him as one of them, and they have something to hold over him that didn't come out at his court martial. It is possible that the army court let him off maybe a bit too quickly for a reason.
Yes -- call me paranoid; but I've been right far more often than I've been wrong about the character of those in the public spotlight. Caveat emptor.