Kudos to Allen West for literally the worst argument I can recall reading from someone with a national platform:
The national outrage against Mr. Sterling has come from an act that could be illegal and inadmissible in a court of law. Nevertheless, the court of public opinion has tried and convicted Mr. Sterling of being a jerk.
But have we come to a point in America where being a jerk is grounds for confiscation of a private property? It was Englishman John Locke who first proposed that individual rights as granted under natural law were life, liberty, and property. It was Thomas Jefferson who in the American Declaration of Independence used that paradigm to propose our unalienable rights from our Creator being life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Sterling’s comments were repulsive, but they were stated in the privacy of his own home — at least he thought it was private.
West’s argument is, apparently, that no one should ever face any consequences for anything they say, that it’s a violation of Donald Sterling’s natural rights for someone to conclude that he’s a jerk and that, therefore, they don’t want to associate with him.
According to West, Donald Sterling may be despicable, but he should be allowed to continue to be despicable based on pretty obvious misapplication of John Locke and Thomas Jefferson (who knew a thing or two about racism, incidentally).
The truth of the matter is that Sterling is a member of a club, the NBA owners, and that club has bylaws. If he has violated those bylaws, the owners can simply vote him out of their club. You don’t have a natural right, or even a democratic right, to be a member of a club who routinely violates the bylaws of that club.
But, wait, West’s argument gets even more ridiculous:
Has our culture devolved to the point that the private statements of an NBA owner draws more outrage than the lies and deceit of the President of the United States?
Donald Sterling’s behavior is despicable, but so is that of President Barack Hussein Obama — and whose abhorrent behavior has more impact on our country?
The difference is that the media lead us along like sheep to the slaughter, turning us into reactionary, shallow thinking, low information voters along the way. We know more about Sterling than Benghazi — or the IRS scandal.
Donald Sterling might be a racist, but at least a lot of the time he’s a racist in private. The real crime is that someone made his typically-private racism available to the public. That should really concern us. Or, if that doesn’t work for you, the tried and true way to get out of this jam is to note that the really real crime here is obviously being perpetrated by President Obama.
Apparently, we ought to feel for Donald Sterling because he might have to sell his basketball team as a result of his unrepentant racism. But if we’re looking to place blame accurately for everything that’s gone wrong with our country, presumably including Sterling’s racism, clearly that blame lies with Barack Obama.
It amazes me that people elected Allen West to Congress and that people read anything he writes or listens to anything he says. And it amazes me even more that I saw this piece in the first place because someone posted it to Facebook in order to make the argument that the real victim of discrimination is — I’m sure you can guess — Donald Sterling.