In the wake of Allen West’s recent bombshell in which he claimed there are currently “78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party,” the mainstream media has gone on what conservatives could argue is a veritable witch-hunt. To hear his take on these events, Glenn Beck interviewed the Florida freshman during his Friday morning radio broadcast, noting that leftists are attempting to make West look like Joseph McCarthy.

West, ever poised, told Beck that Americans must stick to its founding principles and asked Democrats whether they believe in freedom and liberty, or “collective subjugation.”

“They can try to use the Saul Alinksy tactic of ridicule,” West said of his detractors, but they are “not answering the question Americans want to hear.” He added that progressive lawmakers are “running away” from the real issue.

West maintained that it comes down to an “ideological separation” and a choice between two very different futures. He refused to apologize or backtrack for his Communist remarks, saying this is an “important debate.”

When Beck and his co-hosts mentioned their disappointment in the fact that West will likely not be tapped to run for Vice President as a result of his comments, West didn’t blink an eye.

“I’m not worried about being tapped” for VP he said. “I am worried about my country.”

He went on to say that if one is not willing to stand his or her ground and make this case “then you don’t have a political future.” Instead, the administration will create a “shadow government run by czars.”

Watch West in another powerful interview as he discusses liberty versus progressivism with Beck and his crew: