Weekly Update from Allen West via Next Generation TV 3/29/13

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Democracy And Priorities – The court clash over gay marriage and its impact

I enjoy the multiple televisions on display in the PJ Media newsroom because I can contrast news coverage on Fox, CNN and MSNBC. But I admit that as the day winds down, and especially amid March Madness, we drop MSNBC for ESPN. Funny thing, watching ESPN rather than MSNBC actually makes you more enlightened.

I noticed on the TVs this week that two of the three stations gave incredible prime coverage to one topic, gay marriage. This is obviously a very emotional issue, and the cable stations presented the news through an emotional prism.

My take? Marriage is between a man and a woman to support the furtherance of a society through the creation of progeny. I support the traditional family structure, though sadly that structure is being decimated in the black community. However, I also support civil unions, and one can bet that the vicious gay rights lobby will come out with its predictable vehement attacks against this statement.

But that begs a question: How does one get particular rights based upon sexual behavior? I thought John Locke first established that we all have the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and estate (property). I have been checking the Constitution a lot since January 2009, especially the Bill of Rights, because it seems that now everything is a right when most presumed rights actually are privileges.

A threat to the will of the people

This brings me to my real point about this week’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing of oral arguments in two cases about gay marriage and the ensuing media attention. America is a constitutional republic, and our political process is executed through a democratic system of electorate voting.

One case before the court is over the “constitutionality” of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California. The issue was presented as a referendum to the people back in 2008, and they passed it, joining other states that have voted to not allow same-sex marriage.

This is where and how the issue should be settled, as states issue marriage licenses. Do not query me about the states that previously banned interracial marriage. Race is not behavioral, so there truly is no basis for comparison. And no, I do not equate the civil rights movement to the “gay rights” movement.

The most disturbing aspect of the Proposition 8 case before court is not the issue itself. My concern is that the referendum of the people has been disregarded. The people of California voted for Proposition 8.

Now we see a special-interest group, a minority special interest group that refuses to accept the referendum of the people, seeking to have the court system legislate and overturn the will of the people. This is a clear violation of our democratic process, and a dangerous precedent is being established.

In the other case before the high court, we see a previous president (Bill Clinton) speaking against a bill (the Defense of Marriage Act) that he signed into law. This is a dangerous precedent as well, whereby a past executive undermines the rule of law.

These are the story lines we should be hearing from the media, not the overly emotional aspect that has no lasting effect upon our republic.

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Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up via Next Generation #CPAC2013 A Rallying Cry For The Next Generation

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It’s CPAC week in Washington, and I was honored to stand up for freedom with the next generation by speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

CPAC has been introducing young people to conservative principles and reinforcing those beliefs in all generations for four decades. It is the movement’s biggest event of the year, and this year it’s a huge event for PJ Media and Next Generation TV. Michelle Fields and I will be producing exclusive coverage for Next Generation members, so tune in this weekend and invite your friends to subscribe.

Here’s an excerpt from my speech yesterday to whet your appetite for the interviews and special event coverage to come:

Two men on a corner, two worldviews

There’s an old story of a young Winston Churchill, an up-and-comer in politics, growing a mustache to look more mature. A woman approached him and said “Mr. Churchill, I approve of neither your politics nor your mustache ” Churchill replies “Ma’am, you are unlikely to come in contact with either.”

Sir Winston didn’t know it, but he was channeling every black American conservative. Folks, I’m speaking from experience when I tell you there’s nothing on this green earth a liberal progressive fears more than a black American who wants a better life and a smaller government.

The republic I fell in love with, the republic I risked my life to defend, the values I hold dear, the integrity that we all share – these do not know prejudice and they do not accept partiality.

John Marshall spoke of a Constitution that was colorblind, that neither knows nor tolerates classes amongst citizens. How can you not romanticize America? How can you not idealize this land of dreams?

Two men stand together on a corner, one with a thousand dollars worth of Burberry clothing on his back, the other with nothing but a little paper in his wallet and a hope for a better life. Conservatives look at both and see the magnificence of freedom and potential – one dream realized, another taking its baby steps.

Liberals cannot look at those two men without thinking that the rich man prospered only by dipping his hand into the pocket of the poor man. Like the pretenders in Isaiah 29, the American dream is something they “honor with their lips, but their hearts are far from it.”

Don’t let freebies trump freedom
Conservatives understand that the power that binds our republic together is fierce independence held high on the shoulders of compassion. We believe in humility and integrity, the spirit of one people, bound together under God. We understand that the Constitution was written to control and regulate the government, not the people.

I’m sick and tired of hearing that it is our moral duty to serve the state. Conservatives believe that it is our moral duty to serve our fellow man, regardless of race, sex, affiliation or creed. And when we serve, we believe that it is the state’s duty to get out of the way.

Some Americans are lost in the woods – no compass, no map, and the GPS satellites are all inoperable. When more Americans prefer freebies to freedom, these United States will become a fertile ground for tyranny. When did “ask not what your country can do for you” become “ask only what your country will give you?”

Look at California. It’s hard to describe that state as being in anything other than a depression. Californians asked what government could do for them, and they got their answer. Every year thousands of Californians flee that populist paradise for the tax-eased, small government oases of America’s red states.

California is falling victim to the same snake oil President Obama sold America during the election. We were told compassion comes not from the spirit but from the federal government.

We’re told compassion comes not from generosity but from compliance. We’re told kindness means raiding a man’s hard-earned wages and sending them off to Washington so they – not you – may dole them out in courtesies and indulgences.

I’m tired of these insufferable lectures of progressivism.

Conservatism in the real world
You know what this conservative says? Compassion comes from a choice – and not the liberal definition of choice. The choice to say, “I can do with a little less so my brother can have a little more.” The choice to volunteer with wounded warriors, to adopt an orphaned child, to pass on that new iPad so you can give it to your church or to a hospital.

But how can those choices exist if we don’t even have the freedom to make them? Where’s the kindness when a faceless bureaucrat thumps a red stamp on a monthly food ration? Where is love exchanged, where is love felt, when a state administrator stuffs a welfare check into the outgoing mail?

I’m tired of liberals dividing this country up into little groups, setting them upon each other, breeding spite and envy, and then having the nerve to accuse conservatives of hatred.

It’s said that Washington, D.C., is 60 square miles surrounded by reality. Out in the real world, I see conservatives giving more to charity than liberals, even though their paychecks are smaller. In the real world I see conservatives volunteering at adoption agencies, at churches, at bake sales and the local American Legion post, while the only charity a progressive sends is a smug sermon on fair share and fairness.

I’m a conservative because I believe we’re here on this earth to do a little more than crawl through life, comfortable in the cradle of government excess and oblivious to the duties required to keep this republic standing.

When putting an inky quill to sheepskin 200 years ago, our founders declared independence so that we could unlock our potential, not lock us into mediocrity. If the point of this bold American experiment was a controlled existence under a patriarchal government, we could have done a fine job of it under the crown.

I’m a conservative because I believe in peace – real peace, not just the peace of mind. I’m a conservative because we understand that real peace comes from the Marine Corps, not the Peace Corps.

America is more than a government. It is more than a republic. It is an idea. We either keep believing it, or we stop living it.

Watch the full speech to see how the next generation can believe and live the idea past generations envisioned for all of us.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

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Rep Allen West – Recommended Reading 2/21/12 Gas Prices at the Pump

“As the price at the pump continues to increase at a record pace one has to ponder what shall be President Obama’s response. Now is not the time for more of his demogogic rhetoric demonizing the oil and gas industry, we need solutions……other than sending 2 Billion hardworking American taxpayer dollars to Brazil for offshore drilling. What is also telling is the silence from the mainstream media. My recommendation to President Obama, pass the House Energy Bill and stop wasting taxpayer dollars on his political cronies and their renewable energy schemes”. – Rep Allen West

Washington Times Editorial – Obama’s gas-price spike

Here we go again. Gasoline prices are rising rapidly and already have shattered the $4-a-gallon mark in California. Industry analysts say the all-time national average record of $4.11 could be shattered this summer. Some stations in Los Angeles are charging $4.93. Americans hired Barack Obama in 2008 partly in hope of finding relief from that summer’s pain at the pump. As the agony returns, voters could be primed by November to pull the lever for anybody but Barack.

The Golden State has the unwelcome distinction of having the nation’s highest gas prices, having reached $4.03 on Presidents Day, according the AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Though the national average was $3.56, the California price jumped 18.9 cents in just the past week. Alaska, Florida and traditionally pricey states in the Northeast are not far behind. The standard rule is that each penny increase sucks about $1 billion out of the economy, so the financial impact will be felt from coast to coast.

This latest gas-price jolt is predictable. President Obama has done much to impede the supply of petroleum products to consumers. Most particularly, he exploited the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as an excuse to clamp down on oil drilling in the Gulf and also along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Last week, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed an energy bill by a vote of 237-187 that would reverse Mr. Obama’s recent decision to block construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. With his December announcement to delay a final ruling on the project until 2013, Mr. Obama, as a favor to his radical anti-business political base, passed up an opportunity to create an estimated 20,000 construction jobs. The House bill grants pipeline developer TransCanada a permit to proceed with the project and allows for expanded oil drilling in offshore reservoirs and in the protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sticks to his usual script, he’ll prevent the upper chamber from even voting on the measure, saving the president from the embarrassment of vetoing an economy-boosting measure in an election year. Additionally, fellow Democratic senators can be expected to reiterate support for the president’s move to end tax breaks for the oil industry. Don’t be surprised if they also call for hearings to probe “price-fixing” by oil executives as the pain at the pump inevitably increases.

Mr. Obama would be wise to make a virtue of necessity and orchestrate Senate passage of the energy bill. By signing it, he could win back erstwhile supporters disillusioned with his economy-crippling leadership.

More likely, though, Mr. Obama will simply double down on class-warfare rhetoric about the oil industry needing to pay its “fair share” in hopes of diverting attention from the growing gas-price crunch. Promises of hope and change won’t smooth the campaign trail for the president this time around. If gas prices continue their upward trajectory until Election Day, voters are likely to look to a new leader to heal their wounded wallets.

Congressman (LTC) Allen West at David Horowitz​’s Restoration Weekend

The following talk by Colonel Allen West was delivered at David Horowitz​’s Restoration Weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida (Nov. 17-20, 2011). Introductory remarks were given by David Horowitz.

Allen West: Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much, David.

And it’s amazing when the introduction is actually longer than the amount of time allotted to you that you’re supposed to speak.

(Laughter)

So we’ll see what we can do with that.

But first of all, David, thanks so much for having me here.  And once again, I’d like to introduce everyone — if you have not met my wife, Dr. Angela West; and my youngest daughter, Austen West.

(Applause)

And I know that we have a couple of my colleagues here — Congressman Royce from California and Congressman Turner from New York.  So thank you.

(Applause)

And there are many dear friends that are here.

I just want to take maybe 10 to 15 minutes to talk to you about what I think the challenges are for us going forward.  We are truly in a battle for the future and the legacy of the United States of America.  And that battle is going to happen in less than one year.  And I’m really honored that David Horowitz and his Freedom Center continues to be on the frontline to talk about those issues that we all need to be educated on, and we all need to make sure that other people are educated on.  And we cannot back down from this.  Because what will we say to our children and grandchildren if we fail in this mission?

You know, I want to welcome each and every one of you to the district that I represent — United States Congressional District 22, right here, in Florida.

(Applause)

Now, I want to ask you a simple question, and I think it’s the question that is really the seminal question that we need to understand as we go forward for the next year — what is American exceptionalism?  Because I will tell you what American exceptionalism is to me — the fact that 50 years ago, when I was born, in 1961, in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia, there would be no way possible that I would be standing here speaking in The Breakers.  The fact that now I can stand here as the representative for this great Palm Beach Island — a place that, I guarantee you, I would not have been able to come to 50 years ago — is a testimony to what makes America the greatest nation that the world has ever known.  And that is what we cannot forget.

(Applause)

However, the ideological chasm that exists in America today, with people that believe that there are such things as class or caste — they don’t understand that sense of American exceptionalism.  They don’t understand the fact that where you are born in America, or where you come from, has nothing to do with where you end up, or your station later on in life.  That is what we must fight for in our country.

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Soros-funded PCCC and seven progressive House candidates – Lois Frankel – stand with OWS

Watch below as seven useful idiots self-proclaimed progressive candidates running for the House of Representatives plant themselves outside John Boehner’s office on October 26 demanding to present the Speaker with over 35,000 “John Boehner, we stand with the 99%. We need an economy that works for everyone, not the richest 1%” petitions from across America (or at least from California to Illinois plus Florida).

Adam Green and congressional candidates Franke Wilmer (Mont.), Marko Liias (Wash.), Lori Saldana (Calif.), Ilya Sheyman (Ill.), Wenona Benally Baldenegro (Ariz.), and Lois Frankel (Fla.), who is running against Allen West.

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