Congressman Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up & Highlights

Dear Patriot,
Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  It is time for another weekly update.
The great philosopher Plato once stated, “Those who refuse to participate in politics shall be governed by their inferiors.” America has fallen prey to individuals who truly are not the best and brightest amongst us. They seek political office not to serve but as a stepping-stone for power and control. Indeed, they want not to serve, but to be served.

At this time, our President has better things to do than address the looming issue of sequestration, also known as the hollowing out of our military. Thanks to the idea of the “Super Committee,” an idea courtesy of United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Americans are now facing a specter that will surely reduce the greatest military in the world to a shell of itself.

Although I’ve only been in Washington, D.C. for 18 months, I quickly learned that as a leader, you will not always get 100 percent of what you seek.  At times, you must go with a 75 percent solution, knowing that much of what you want for your country will still be accomplished in the negotiation.  This is the very reason why I voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011. Pragmatism was essential to move forward.

Since then, the United States House of Representatives has approved legislation to stave off sequestration, however, it sits on Majority Leader Reid’s desk.  The “Commander-in-Chief” has remained virtually silent on the issue. One has to ask, what President would want the decimation of our Armed Forces on his watch?Unfortunately, this issue is being virtually ignored by the media.

The ever-growing American welfare-state also continues to be of little concern to the mainstream news pundits.  One of the tenets of socialism is the creation and expansion of the welfare-state, which is key to promoting a dependency class. In his essay, “The Law”, Frederic Bastiat talked about how government enacts legal plunder based upon greed and misconceived philanthropy. Such is the case with the leading liberal progressive in America, whom I believe is President Barack Obama. I caught a lot of flak recently when I stated that I believe President Obama wants economic dependency.  I said that I believe the President’s kind of democracy is a form of enslavement. Harsh words perhaps.  But the truth hurts, and facts are a killer. The question is, will the American people accept the truth or just march forward as mindless lemmings to the death of our constitutional republic? Click here for the August 10th OP-ED from Investor’s Business Daily titled, “The United States of Dependency.”

There is a clear choice America, economic freedom and liberty, or economic dependence and obedient servitude to the nanny-state.  It’s your choice.
Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:
–  Tuesday, 7 August; addressed the residents at Ocean Palms Retirement Living Community.
Wednesday, 8 August; keynote speaker along with Aerospace Industry Association Chairman and President of Pratt Whitney Tom Hess at the “Second to None” rally at the Pratt Whitney facility in Jupiter,Florida. The purpose was to rally the employees against the looming issue of sequestration and inform the public of its dangers not just to our men and women in uniform but to our defense industrial base- see pictures here ; visited GelTech in Jupiter, a company that produces an incredible new product called FireIce- it will revolutionize firefighting and personnel protection against fires- see pictures here; visited Power Systems Manufacturing in Jupiter where they produce high end component parts for large scale power generations plants.
– Thursday, 9 August; visited Vought Industries/Triumph Aerostructures in Stuart where they produce wing components and doors for 737, 757, 767, and 777 aircraft. This is a phenomenal facility that will be a part of developing the wing structures for Boeing 767 US Air Force tankers; visited STS Aviation in Jensen Beach who recruits and provides top notch maintenance services for our airline industry; spoke with President/CEO of Arise Virtual Solutions and two of their small business franchisees; addressed the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 26 in Tequesta on Law Enforcement and current issues.
Friday, 10 August; visited American Custom Yachts in Stuart and discussed how we can improve accessibility for their facility along the Okeechobee Canal and restore their production of top-of-the-line craftsman handmade wooden vessels; attended a luncheon with local Pastors hosted by Pastor Rick Addison at the Grace Place Community Church in Stuart; visited the River Forest Yachting Center in Stuart where they have a state-of-the-art yacht storage and maintenance facility. They share an accessibility issue with American Custom Yachts and we shall work with US Army Corps of Engineers to enable these businesses to grow and hire more great citizens of Martin County.

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