There's ample hilarity within that article, but I wanted to focus on two quotes in particular:
“When Booker T. Washington talked about education, self-reliance and entrepreneurship, he was describing economic independence. But the Great Society has left a legacy of economic dependence, a new form of slavery, and to me, a far more dangerous one, because it destroys the will and determination to excel. As President Franklin Roosevelt said, welfare is “a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” And that is what I see when I go back to the ol’ Fourth Ward and drive along Boulevard…
The Great Society has turned out to be a big lie, and sadly, those in my community who bought into it are stuck on the twenty-first-century plantation.”
“The Left and its black gatekeepers went absolutely apoplectic some months ago when I used the word enslavement. But you tell me a better description for what social welfare dependence breeds. To me it’s worse than physical enslavement, because it enslaves human spirit. It destroys the will and determination to seek improvement and a better life.”
Yes, Allen West is making the argument that the slavery resulting from government trying to provide you assistance is worse than actual slavery. See, actual slavery might have been bad, sure enough, but at least slaves back then still retained a sense of self reliance and that CAN DO attitude!
Also, bonus points for invoking conservative icon, Franklin Roosevelt to lambast the idea of big government.