Allen West Just Quoting Everybody All Willy-Nilly, Misquotes Lincoln on Lincoln Day

Earlier this month, Congressman Allen West said he was "not into name-calling, all that kind of stuff." On Saturday, he said Democratic leadership should "get the hell out of the United States of America." Those comments, at the Palm Beach County GOP's Lincoln Day dinner, got plenty of play on Twitter and the blogs, but it seems the rest of West's 11-minute speech was largely ignored.

West attempted allusions to numerous historical figures and documents in his talk; in almost every case, something got messed up, including a line culled from what is probably Abraham Lincoln's most famous speech. We'll just go through point by point and try to translate as we go along.

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Rich Abdill