He’s a retired Army Colonel and ardent supporter of the Second Amendment. A former member of the U.S. House from Florida with a passion for motorcycles. A Fox News commentator who frequently confronts the Obama administration head on. And now Allen West is putting his arm where his mouth is, so to speak.
According to the Broward/Palm Beach New Times, West visited Ace’s High tattoo shop in West Palm on Thursday to have an ancient phrase with a modern usage inked onto his right forearm.
Allen West’s new tattoo reads “Molon Labe”:
It’s a Greek phrase well-known to Army folk. It means “come and take.” A classical expression of defiance, it’s what King Leonidas supposedly told Xerxes before the Battle of Thermopylae. The slogan, which was used during the Texas Revolution, is also popular among Second Amendment activists today.
Wikipedia has this to say about the contemporary usage of “Molon Labe”:
…both the original Greek phrase and its English translation are often heard from pro Second Amendment activists as a defense of the right to keep and bear arms. It began to appear on websites in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In the Second Amendment or firearms freedom context, the phrase expresses the notion that the person uttering the phrase is a strong believer in these ideals and will not surrender their firearms to anyone, especially to governmental authority.
The Broward/Palm Beach New Times article offers a little historical context for West’s selection of the new permanent phrase on his arm:
West has mentioned the Battle of Thermopylae before. Last year, he compared the battle against Obamacare to the fight featured in the movie 300 and referenced in the cult classic The Warriors.
Photo Credit: Instagram | AcesHighTattooShop
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