At an event in Boca Raton last week for conservative Christian women’s group Women Impacting the Nation, tea party favorite Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, said that liberal women are “neutering American men” and implied that they are the cause of America’s dire financial straits.
West’s speech to the group cited instances from the movies 300 and The Last Samurai (“That’s a true story! That’s historical fiction,” he said) as examples of how women in American society should be treating men in order to cultivate a strong polity. His remarks about the dangers of liberal women’s group came later in the speech:
We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you. To let these other women know, on the other side — these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness — to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if you don’t, then the debt will continue to grow.
ThinkProgress has video of the passage from West’s address:
The complete video, courtesy of right-wing blog The Right Scoop, appears in two parts, both embedded at the bottom of this post.
As The American Independent has previously reported, taking away all federal Planned Parenthood funding would make a .02 percent dent in the estimated $1.48 trillion federal deficit, and a .0002 percent dent in the nearly $14.3 trillion national debt.
It’s unclear how Code Pink, a women’s anti-war organization in favor of making major cuts to military spending, which accounts for between $670 billion and $1.2 trillion in annual government expenses, is contributing to deficits or the debt, in West’s view.
Incidentally, the largest increases in both federal spending and national debt levels in history came during the administration of George W. Bush (.pdf).