Rep. Allen West served his country in Afghanistan,now he’s battling on very different front lines: Congress.

GOP Florida Rep. Allen West served his country in Afghanistan, but now he’s battling on very different front lines: Congress.

   Elisabeth Meinecke  Townhall Magazine Managing Editor

From Townhall Magazine’s June feature, “Allen West: The New Face of American Black Leadership,” by Katie Pavlich:

“I’m living the American dream,” GOP Florida Rep. Allen West tells Townhall as he sits in his congressional office in Washington, D.C.

Now a freshman congressman, West grew up in the inner city of Atlanta in a healthy, old-school style, twoparent home. Both of his parents are from southern Georgia. West’s father served in Gen. George Patton’s III Corps in the European theatre during World War II and worked in a Veterans Affairs hospital when West was growing up. His mother worked for 6th Marine Corps District headquarters.

“My hair has always been quite short and cropped closely,” West jokes. …

WEST GOES TO WASHINGTON

“Just because you retire from the military and take off your uniform does not mean that your service to this country has ended,” says West, who had reached the rank of lieutenant colonel by the time he retired from the military.

“The thing that has really shocked me is the amount at which people are willing to lie, have no problem doing it and know that they’re lying,” West says. “I just wish people would step back and really think about what the fundamental principles and values that established this great nation were, and we need to get back to that.”

What does Washington really need? West think it’s more members of Congress with military experience and values. He believes the core values of integrity, honor and character, the cornerstones of serving in the military, should be used as the cornerstones for serving in Congress.

“Once upon a time, 75-80 percent of the members of Congress were men that had served in combat, served in a uniform. I think this country would be even greater if we went back and tapped that resource of those men and women who have raised their right hand and were willing to lay down their lives for this country,” West says.

Although still new to the House of Representatives, West has made a name for himself among a sea of congressman. He’s been able to effectively push back on the Washington, D.C.- establishment and fight the Left at the same time. He’s done it by holding himself and members of his staff to high standards and by refusing to compromise on conservative principles.

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