Allen West “Ironic isn’t it, that the 1st African-American president will not attend a historic moment” #Gettysburg150

Gettysburg

Written by Allen West on November 19, 2013

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On this day we remember a simple yet profound speech delivered by a simple yet iconic American leader. Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address given by our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Our current president is from the Land of Lincoln – Illinois — but for whatever reason will not be at Gettysburg to pay homage to this moment, a seminal moment in American history — how utterly despicable. I suppose the Organizing for America conference call the evening prior was just too taxing. Ironic isn’t it, that the first African-American president will not attend a historic moment remembering a “new birth of freedom.”

Therefore, since America is lacking a leader to address the nation on this momentous day, I decided to write and share with you all a modern Gettysburg Address:

“Seven score and ten years ago, this great nation stood divided on the fundamental concept of liberty and freedom. There were those who believed they possessed the liberty to withhold the freedom of others and that was defined as their right.

Another part of this great nation believed, as a slave owner had written, that we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights from their Creator thus being life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This nation went to war, a Civil War, to guarantee the promise of the latter, rather than live with the shame of the former. So here amongst the picturesque Pennsylvania hills surrounding Gettysburg two armies met: the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac. And as poetic justice would have it, they met from July 1st to 3rd in 1863 to determine the course of this great land.

The latter prevailed at the end of those three days by way of sheer determination, but both sides displayed uncommon valor and bravery. The defining moment to end the physical bondage of others had come, and freedom was the victor.

We remember the honored dead of Gettysburg – but let us remember all the honored dead who have made the stand against the enemies of freedom: Fascism, Nazism, Japanese imperialism and Communism.

However today, this great country, this longest running Republic the world has ever known is yet again embroiled in a seminal fight for liberty and freedom. The current ideological conflagration in America pits a belief of collective subjugation, by means of the metaphysical bondage of dependency, to the will of government as opposed to the liberty of individuals to determine their way in life – enabling their pursuit of happiness.

Even today the political names of the actors, Democrats and Republicans, remain the same, but only the circumstances have changed. We again are challenged to honor the promise of our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, and the words of Jefferson, as well as our Constitution.

It is not only this internal struggle against progressive socialism but the external fight against Islamic totalitarianism — both threats to individual liberty and freedom.

Our men and women in uniform are deployed against the latter adversary, but we must all stand as guardians of this Republic against the former. What is at stake? The exact same thing that President Abraham Lincoln championed 150 years ago, “that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

May God bless the American legacy of courage displayed at Gettysburg, the Gettysburg address, and this beacon of liberty and freedom, the land of the free because it is the home of the brave. The place we call home, our beloved Constitutional Republic, these United States of America.”

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SPECIAL EDITION: Allen West Weekly Update 8/28/13 via @Next_GenTV

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In Pursuit Of Martin Luther King’s Dream
He imagined opportunity, but we’re creating dependency

 

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He delivered it five score years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, hence the decision to give it in Lincoln’s shadow at his memorial site in Washington, D.C.

Now we are two score and 10 years from the date of Dr. King’s monumental speech to ensure that the self-evident truth defined by Thomas Jefferson and echoed by Lincoln – “that all men are created equal” – lives up to its meaning. It is quite appropriate that the monuments to these three astute Americans are within eyeshot of each other.

However, where have we come in these 50 years and what should we celebrate on this anniversary? Have we achieved the dream Dr. King hoped we would? I say we are not there yet, and in some ways we have gone backward.

Blacks are chained in economic bondage

A half-century ago, Dr. King said: “The Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.”

Today there can be no doubt that we have highly successful blacks in all walks of life, but when we examine the state of America’s inner cities, we must all be appalled. Shall I say Detroit?

We have fought to break the chains of physical bondage, but the chains of economic bondage are even worse. This is not about social justice, but it is about ensuring that the economic opportunities of America can resurrect small-business entrepreneurship in the black community.

Our economic, tax and regulatory policies must promote free-market growth, innovation, ingenuity and investment. Instead, our policies are expanding the dependency society, not the opportunity society.

We need to promote the growth of small community banks to provide the capital for entrepreneurs in inner cities who have ideas in their heads and determination in their hearts. The Reagan administration pushed this philosophy via urban economic empowerment zones.

Dr. King also stated that “America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.” Today, the government is issuing welfare by way of electronic benefits transfer cards and even recruiting people to enroll in the program. The government is issuing free cell phones.

This is not the dream Dr. King wanted us to live. As a matter of fact, Booker T. Washington built a three-pronged attack plan for the black community – education, entrepreneurship and self-reliance. That was Dr. King’s dream.

The travesties of black crime and abortion

If we had economic opportunities and better education – and remember, President Obama cancelled the latter when he killed the District of Columbia’s school voucher program – maybe we would not have the record high unemployment in the black community. The problem is especially acute among black teenagers, who it seems are so bored that they hunt down and kill innocent people.

Not far from Dr. King’s birthplace in Atlanta, a young black teenager sits accused of shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face. That is not part of the dream.

We also are witnessing the complete breakdown and collapse of the family, which was the foundational strength of the black community. Today, 72 percent of black children are born out of wedlock. That is not part of the dream.

Dr. King talked about the promissory note of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and the guarantee of unalienable rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, when it comes to life, over the past two score years, mothers have aborted some 13 million black babies. The black community would be 36 percent greater save for this tragedy, this genocide.

How many babies never got the chance to pursue Dr. King’s dream – the American dream? How many will never get to be among the next generation of doctors, lawyers, successful businessmen and women, prominent entertainers and sports figures. This travesty is certainly not part of Dr. King’s dream.

So where are the voices speaking up about these issues?

Booker T. Washington stated in 1911:

There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.

Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances because they do not want to lose their jobs.

Living the dream and fighting to win it for others
My challenge is simple: Shall we just hear the same ole rhetorical speeches on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “dream” speech, or shall we sincerely assess where we have come since Aug. 28, 1963?

In 1961 when I was born in Atlanta, in the same neighborhood as Dr. King, my parents could not go to Fort Lauderdale Beach or Palm Beach Island in Florida. Fifty years, later I was sworn in to Congress to represent Florida’s 22d District, which included the coastline from Fort Lauderdale to Jupiter, including Palm Beach.

I was the first black Republican member of Congress from Florida since Josiah T. Walls in 1874. The election was not about the color of my skin; it was about the content of my character. How paradoxical, then, that John Lewis, who spoke on the famed day of Dr. King’s speech in 1963 and went on to serve in Congress (actually as my representative in Atlanta), campaigned against me in 2010.

I still have a dream, one deeply rooted in the American dream – for my two daughters, for the black community, for all Americans and those who seek liberty and freedom. My dream is not based upon servitude to the government but rather upon exceptionalism.

I have been to California, Colorado and New Hampshire. I was educated in Tennessee and born and raised in Georgia. I am promoting and living Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream by example – a dream that I was reminded of every time as a young boy walking past Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Ave.

Now the next generation is depending on us to fulfill Dr. King’s dream and ensure the promise of the American dream for them.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

Allen West Is Acting Like a Guy Running For President in 2016

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By Tim Elfrink for New Broward Times

South Florida had to know that booting Allen West out of Congress wouldn’t mean an end to reading about Allen West’s antics. The guy almost immediately landed a gig on Fox News after leaving Washington, after all.

Still, dealing with West’s rants about Muslims and Obamacare on Murdoch’s network is a different animal than dealing with Allen West, presidential candidate. That title may not be official yet, but West spent this past weekend in New Hampshire acting like a guy putting his name out there for 2016’s GOP bid for the White House.

West became a Tea Party hero during his two years in Congress, but alienated many more moderate conservatives in his district with a non-stop sideshow of hardline tactics in DC. His highlight reel included declaring that 80 percent of Democrats are “secret communists,” declaring war on Islam as a religion, and slamming Lady Gaga.

But thanks in part to redistricting, he lost a tight race to Democrat Patrick Murphy last fall. His popularity with the GOP’s Tea Party wing has stayed strong, though, and West is at least floating the balloon for a 2016 run.

He’s hinted at the ambition in the past — including comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, who served just one term in Congress before heading to the White House — but this weekend marked a notable trip to early state battleground New Hampshire.

West chatted on an AM radio station, visited naval cadets and delivered a keynote at a Nashua Republican City Committee dinner.

A Facebook campaign to draft West for the presidential race has a respectable 10,000 likes, meanwhile.

Yeah, it’s way to early to guess what Allen West is actually up to and you’re much safer putting your money on that other one-time South Florida Tea Party Hero who’s still actually a force on Capitol Hill. But unless he wins a Congressional race in the meantime, don’t be shocked if this is only the first of many New Hampshire stops for the political firebrand.

Allen West’s Weekly Update 7/5/13 via @Next_GenTV “The ongoing struggle for liberty worldwide”

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‘Liberty, Freedom And Justice For All’ – How we won them in America and why they still matter

This is one of those special weeks to remember in American history. Two very critical events in years past during this week defined and preserved this great constitutional republic we call home, America.

The promise that is these United States of America was put to parchment 237 years ago this week. We celebrate our independence and the establishment of a nation where our unalienable rights emanate from our Creator, not man. We celebrate a nation where our own individual determination and industrialism leads to our prosperity and enables our pursuit of happiness. We celebrate a nation that rejects an onerous, invasive and intrusive central government.

We celebrate a nation where all men are indeed created equal. However, we hold dear an equality of opportunity in America, not an equality of outcomes.

The link between Independence Day and Gettysburg
In this same week, we remember the greatest battle of the Civil War, fought July 1-3 at Gettysburg, Pa. (See the story below for links to our video series on the battle.)

Perhaps it is somewhat poetic that this seminal battle, which truly changed the course of the Civil War, was fought just days before 87th anniversary of our independence from the British. The battle ensured that Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” – would persevere and survive.

Three days of battle at Gettysburg, where nearly 50,000 Americans were killed, wounded or went missing, were about the essence of Jefferson’s words and the moral character of our nation. It proved that we could no longer compromise our principles and values as they related to liberty, freedom and justice for all. If those words had meaning, we had to fight.

As President Abraham Lincoln stated in the beginning of his Gettysburg Address: “Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.”

This week is special because we remember the intricate relationship between these two ominous events – the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Gettysburg. They are interwoven and should be forever emblazoned in our minds and upon our hearts.

If not for the Declaration of Independence, well, there might not have been a Gettysburg.

The Declaration of Independence lit a fire, establishing a beacon that shined brightly, and the Battle of Gettysburg fueled that beacon for future generations so those people previously under the shackles and chains of physical bondage could experience true liberty and freedom.

The ongoing struggle for liberty worldwide
As we remember these events that define us as Americans, let us never forget that man still yearns for liberty and freedom. We see it happening before our eyes now in Egypt. See, it is not just the physical chains of bondage but also the theocratic ideological chains of bondage that hinder our desire to be free.

We also must remember Franciscan Catholic Priest Francois Murad, who was recently beheaded in Syria for his faith. He lost his life in the struggle for religious freedom.

The struggle for liberty and freedom continues for women in Islamic countries that see them oft times as nothing more than property. That is the real “War on Women” and not some faux political gimmick propagandized by progressive socialists in our America.

The struggle for freedom and liberty cannot be confused with special-interest groups seeking a political agenda. We must never become so disillusioned to believe that every desired aspect of our lives or behavior translates to a right because as Jefferson stated, “A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it away.”

From July 4, 1776, to July 1-3, 1863, to the present, brave men and women have fought to ensure this grand experiment in liberty, freedom and justice for all – that this nation under God will have a new birth of freedom for all who legally came to our shores and that this government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

Toward a united people with national character
Many national cemeteries across America and the world are filled with these brave Americans laid to rest. Gettysburg is one of them. This week we remember that America is the land of the free because it has been and always shall be the home of the brave.

I end with the words of George Washington in a letter to James Madison on Nov. 30, 1785:

We are either a united people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern, act as a nation, which have national objects to promote and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up via @Next_GenTV 6/21/13

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A Father’s Day To Remember At Antietam
The battle that opened the door to my Army career

This past Sunday was Father’s Day, and I pray all you Dads had a wonderful day being honored and cherished by your children and grandchildren.

My daughters Aubrey and Austen are finishing a three-week trip to Beijing after returning with our Chinese exchange student Lin. They are having the time of their lives and getting an experience that will last a lifetime – and yes, they did email and text dear ole Dad.

My wife Angela went to her homeland of Jamaica to visit extended family and relatives in Montego Bay. So I was here alone in Washington on Father’s Day.

My morning started with a nice run from my Batcave to the Marine Barracks at 8th and I streets, past the Navy Yard, historic barracks row, past the Washington Nationals stadium to 4th Street, back to the National Mall, up Capitol Hill’s Senate side and through the local neighborhood, and then back to my humble abode. It was a great start to the day.

However, the real treat was yet to come. My motorcycle is at the Alexandria condo of my close friend, retired Marine Lt. Col. Neal Puckett. Neal and I met 10 years ago in Iraq when he arrived as my defense attorney. A father as well, he decided that Father’s Day this year was a great day for a motorcycle ride – to a Civil War battlefield.

See, growing up down south in Georgia, I visited many Civil War battlefield sites and remember the time my Dad took me to Andersonville, home of the brutal, Confederate prisoner-of-war camp. I will never forget that surreal experience. However, I had not visited a battlefield in quite a few years. Heck, my daughters and Angela have been to Manassas Battlefield – or Bull Run, depending upon which side of the war people fought.

Our journey into Civil War history
What battlefield did Neal and I choose? Antietam. So we mounted our iron horses Sunday morning around 11 a.m. and took off to see a memorable place in American history.

It was a perfect day for a motorcycle ride – not too hot and with a nice breeze blowing. The Maryland countryside was breathtaking, and finally we exited I-70 and began the ascent up and over South Mountain.

We went through the Middletown and Boonsboro, and I loved the sense of being in the “real” America, with flags on homes. The freshness of the air was intoxicating – and even the occasional smell of cow barns put a smile on my face. Finally, we saw Little Antietam Creek and then crossed Antietam Creek.

We saw the site markers designating unit positions, passed Antietam National Cemetery and entered the historic town of Sharpsburg. We then turned right, heading north on state Route 65 and, like a scene from a movie, saw Antietam Battlefield to the east on our right.

We parked and headed into the national park building. Both Neal and I know the Battle of Antietam well, but we were just in time for the 1 p.m. battle brief by the park ranger. She did a phenomenal job. Descendants of one of the families with a farm at the center of the battlefield were at the briefing.

From Dunker Church to Burnside Bridge
During the Civil War, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army decided to cross the Potomac River and attack north into Maryland. He reasoned that their continued success would bring support from England and France.

The Union forces were somewhat demoralized until they found out Gen. George McClellanhad been placed in charge of the force. A Union garrison was 17 miles away at Harpers Ferry, and Lee decided to split his force to capture it. At Antietam, Lee was outnumbered, and as fate would have hit, two Union privates found a copy of his battle plan wrapped around two cigars.

The battle began early Sept. 17, 1862, with the Union attack in the north cornfield and toward the Dunker Church. The engagement went back and forth, and finally the Confederates drove the Union forces back. Next came the engagement at the Sunken Road, where the Confederates initially held the Union forces until a flanking maneuver turned the site into a horrific killing zone – “Bloody Lane.”

A shift in forces enabled the Confederates to hold on as Lee recognized his center had been broken and he committed a reserve force.

The third engagement at Antietam occurred at a singular stone bridge over Antietam Creek, the Burnside Bridge. Although they possessed a numerical superiority, the Union split its force into the fight against a Confederate front that dominated the high ground overlooking the bridge. Despite being devoid of senior leadership, the Union forces finally broke across the bridge and drove the Confederates back.

It all looked desperate for Lee until the Confederates saw the colors of Gen. A.P. Hill arriving from Harpers Ferry.

A deadly yet momentous battle
In the end, the Battle of Antietam was a standstill but a costly one – 23,100 dead, wounded or missing. Antietam remains the deadliest day in U.S. military history.

Lee could not press the advance into the North and retreated across the Potomac River. The support from England and France never came. Lee again crossed into the North the following year, coming to battle at Gettysburg, Pa.

Seeing Antietam as a victory, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and a decree accepting black soldiers into the Union Army. Robert Gould Shaw, a young Union officer wounded at Antietam, later commanded the first black regiment, the 54th Massachusetts. He led his troops into battle at Fort Wagner in South Carolina the following year and was buried there in a mass grave with his Colored Soldiers.

Bloody Antietam ended up being the catalyst that made the Civil War a moral struggle against slavery. It also enabled me some 120 years later to be commissioned into the U.S. Army.

Parents and grandparents, take the next generation of Americans to one of our many historic battlefields so they can learn how we came to be this great nation. The next generation must learn who we are, from whence we came, so we all can stand up for what we shall be in the future.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

A Call For Accountability For Snowden, IRS
Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden and Internal Revenue Service officials involved in the grilling of conservative nonprofits have one thing in common in the eyes of Rep. Aaron Schock. They all broke the law and need to be held accountable for it.

The Illinois Republican told Michelle Fields of NextGeneration.TV that Snowden broke a promise to keep secrets about American data gathering secure and the IRS engaged in egregious political tactics that no one thought possible in America.

The controversy surrounding Snowden is different from the IRS scandal in one sense. “We’re rightfully upset that he broke the law, and I think he needs to be held accountable for that,” Schock said. “At the same time, what he exposed is an administration and an agency [that’s] going further than what they had told Congress they were going to do.”

Whistleblowers need to know they will be protected when they report government officials or programs run amok, Schock said. But they can’t be allowed to do it in ways that undermine national security.

Schock condemned IRS officials of multiple abuses. Their transgressions included asking religious groups to reveal the content of their prayers, pressuring conservative nonprofits to keep their members from running for office and demanding that pro-life groups not protest at Planned Parenthood facilities.

But he voiced even more displeasure with the Obama administration for its subdued response to the IRS scandal. The president must do more than push the head of the IRS out of his job to “root out the cancer that has infected the agency,” Schock said.

“There were people all over the agency doing this,” he said. “Somebody was clearly directing them from Washington, D.C. The president has shown no interest in getting to the bottom of that.”

Allen West via Next Generation TV – Weekly Wrap Up “‘That Dawg Don’t Hunt’ In America”

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‘That Dawg Don’t Hunt’ In America” – A Southern saying that echoes through the news

Down South we have this little saying to articulate in our simple vernacular that something does not make sense. Let me give you a few examples:

See, to schedule a soccer game on the third Saturday in October in Neyland Stadium, well, that dawg don’t hunt. For a fella to wear a Speedo on a bass boat on Lake Eufala, well, that dawg don’t hunt. To try and run a drag race at Churchill Downs, well, that dawg don’t hunt.For a woman to wear a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes on the back of a Harley on her way to a biker bar, well, that dawg don’t hunt. Or for some kids to be sitting in a Southern Baptist church and start complaining that they’re ready to go home, well, that dawg certainly don’t hunt.This past week as I thought about the news, I just mused, well, that dawg don’t hunt.Consider the Obama administration announcing, or pronouncing, that there would be no more White House tours because of forced “budget cuts.”

The last time I checked, we live in a constitutional republic with a representative democracy to elect our officials. In a republic, the people are served and, as President Abraham Lincoln stated at Gettysburg, “the government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

That means the White House belongs to the American people, not the person who at any given time, by way of election, has the privilege to live there with our consent. The White House and the Capitol are not Versailles, and this is not a monarchy.

So when in the same week we find out Americans are giving $250 million to President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, well, that dawg don’t hunt! Those are hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and doggone, why the heck are we sending money to a terrorist organization while telling Americans their house is closed due to “budget cuts.”

Freedom of sedition is not a right
Or how about Louis Farrakhan recently urging Chicago gangs to protect an Islamic state in America? Yes, Farrakhan said he was sent by Allah to end Western civilization. At the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion, he implored all African Americans to “contribute to a united treasury and create a separate nation that would be protected by Chicago gangs.”Or how about Mustafa Carroll, executive local CAIR director, speaking at Muslim Capitol Day in Austin Texas. “If we are practicing Muslims,” he said, “we are above the law of the land.”In America, we believe in freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but we have one Country and one Constitution. Advocating against either is not a freedom but rather sedition, and frankly, that dawg don’t hunt.
Justifiable outrage over Benghazi and drones
My former House colleague Frank Wolf of Virginia contacted me about another issue this week. He has sent letters of inquiry about the 30 survivors from the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and he has sources telling him about seven severely wounded Americans who had been recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.We reported that story on “Next Generation Today. Some people, like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will say, “What difference does it make?” It makes a lot of difference ma’am. We don’t leave our men and women behind, and we certainly do not hide our wounded like lepers.And by the way Mrs. Clinton, when you traipse out in a few years wanting to be president, well, that dawg don’t hunt. We will not forget what happened on your watch: When the call from Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi came at 2 a.m., you did not answer and four Americans died on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.I was equally outraged to watch U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, while testifying before the Senate, refuse to respond simply to questions about the constitutionality of our government using drones against American citizens on American soil. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and other concerned senators took a principled stand against such drone attacks by engaging in an old-fashioned filibuster this week, which is a powerful way of saying, well, that dawg don’t hunt.

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AlFonzo Rachel “Democrats Have No Right to Claim Lincoln’s Legacy” Watch for Allen West at the end.

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Published on Jan 16, 2013

The Democratic Party opposed President Lincoln and just about every other civil rights advance in the United States. So what gives the Democrats and Hollywood liberals the right to claim Abraham Lincoln as their president? Hear what AlfonZo Rachel thinks.

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Congressman Allen West – The Truest of Statesman

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When you are looking to describe a statesman you must first understand that  politician and a statesman are not the same thing.   A statesman, is not a tyrant; he is the free leader of a free people and must posses four critical qualities.

  • Strong Principles
  • A Moral Compass
  • A Vision
  • The ability to build a consensus to achieve that vision

I believe in my own mind that two of the greatest statesman to ever live were Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln. Along those ideals and principles I personally believe Congressman Allen West is in every word a true statesman. When I read about the strong principles and moral compass I acquired even more affirmation. Then I felt compelled to describe in greater detail why I firmly believe Allen West’s principles are equal to these two great men. (here are some of the things that I found while researching)

  • A statesman follows his moral compass instead of opinion polls, his ideas are often initially out of step with the public mood. But instead of tailoring to that mood, he speaks to the very best within his countrymen. He understands that while their ideals may be deeply buried, powerful rhetoric can bring them forth and activate them. The strength of his words comes from the fact that he actually believes what he says. And he does not make his countrymen’s hearts soar and burn with empty promises; he keeps his word and does what he says he will do.
  • A statesman has a clear vision of what his country and his people can become. He knows where he wants to take them and what it will take to get there.  A statesman is able to recognize problems ahead and be able to come up with solutions that are good not only for the short-term, but for the long-term as well. The statesman keeps in mind not only the here and now, but the world future generations will inherit.
  • A  true statesman makes his decisions by following his own moral compass. He believes in absolute truths, and his moral compass is rooted in a sense of absolute right and absolute wrong. When something is wrong, he plainly says it is wrong and does everything in his power to fight against it. When something is right, he is willing to overcome any opposition to preserve and spread it. The statesman is ambitious—he must be to obtain a position of power—but there are things he simply will and will not do to get to the top. He is a man of integrity; he speaks the truth. He leads by moral authority and represents all that is best in his countrymen.
  • The statesman builds his platform on a foundation of firm, unchanging, fundamental truths. These are the things he believes at his very core.  Just as in the foundation of a house, storms may wear on the structure, opposition and challenges come about, times change, but the foundation remains. A statesman may change the details of his policies and his methods for achieving those policies, but only as much as those short-term tactics serve the purpose of furthering his principles in the long run.

Congressman Allen West possess these qualities and more, he stands by his beliefs and his love of his country. He wants and desires to keep this nation safeguarded for his children and many generations to come. He stands on principles and commands an audience when he speaks. Those that know him have the highest respect for him, those that do not, despise him for having the fortitude to go against the grain.

Recently when being interviewed by NPR, Congressman West was asked about his plans going forward and while the lame-stream media has issued their spun statements  “West compares himself to Abraham Lincoln” a quick listen to the interview will show that Congressman West simply made a statement that “Hey, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in congress”. He was not comparing himself to anyone but making a statement that a once great president only served one term in congress and went on to bigger and better things. Simply put, West is far from done and America is far from letting him go! – Tanya Grimsley

Congressman Allen West On His Future

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By CHARLES MAHTESIAN | 12/1/12

Florida Rep. and Tea Party favorite Allen West, who recently lost re-election to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, appeared on National Public Radio Friday.  Far from despondent, West spoke of Washington politics and his future role with his characteristic assertive, yet calm, tone.

Politico relates the interview’s significant conclusion:

MARTIN: So what’s next for you?

WEST: Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors. I will continue to, you know, stand up and fight for this country. That’s my goal. I have two daughters, 19 and 16, and I want to make sure that they grow up in a great America that provides them all the opportunities that it provided to their mother and father.

MARTIN: Congressman Allen West is completing his term in Congress. He was kind enough to join us from a House recording studio on Capitol Hill here in Washington, D.C.

WEST: And always remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too.

MARTIN: Duly noted. Congressman West, thank you so much for speaking with us.

Many commenters are interpreting West’s closing remarks as a hint that he may consider running for president some day.  Perhaps, though, he only meant to say that one can still be a pivotal figure, even if they only serve one term in Congress.

Time will tell.

Honoring Our Fallen – Rep Allen West

Rep Allen West:

Dear Friend,

Memorial Day is a time to remember that we are the land of the free because we are the home of the brave.

Today, I had the honor of speaking at services honoring our fallen heroes in Stuart, Tequesta, and Port St. Lucie.

I hope you will take the time to remember all of them and join me in giving thanks to the men and women who, as Abraham Lincoln said, “gave the last full measure of devotion” in service to our country and their fellow citizens.

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress