“Forward” may be an innocuous slogan to most Americans, subtly contrasting the Democrats’ progressive policies to the Republicans’ desire to reverse most Obama-era laws. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), though, has found a deeper meaning.
In a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition on Sunday, West argued that Obama’s motto was actually a far more nefarious idea. “They want to bring out an old Soviet Union, Marxist-Socialist theme for their campaign called ‘Forward’,” West told the crowd, to audible gasps.
WEST: We are now $16 trillion in debt. We have 47 million Americans on food stamps. We have close to 9.5 million more Americans in three-and-a-half years on the poverty rolls. That’s not turning the corner. But yet, they want to bring out an old Soviet Union, Marxist-Socialist theme for their campaign called “Forward”. I have to ask you one simple question. Where is the Soviet Union today?
Watch it (beginning at 0:40):
West likely adopted this fantastical idea from right-wing media outlets like Breitbart.com, which called the slogan “communist” and blogger Jim Hoft who compared it to the “marching song of the Hitler youth.”
According to The Shark Tank, a conservative Florida-based political blog, the matter was “West just being West.”