Allen West sums it up in a recap of CPAC 2013, Allen West Guardian Fund and more


Dear Friends

Between launching the Allen West Guardian Fund and speaking at and attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) just outside Washington, DC, it’s been an eventful week. You’re probably surprised to hear from me again, but I promise I won’t ask you for money today. I simply want to recap what’s happened over the past 5 days.

  • On Tuesday, we announced the Guardian Fund and our goal to raise $5 million over the next two years to elect 12 hard-charging, constitutional conservatives to Congress. Thanks to your unwavering support and that of thousands of patriots like you, we’re well on the way to meeting our goal.
  • On Thursday, I gave one of the opening addresses at CPAC and outlined what we as conservatives must do to start winning elections again and reminded the audience why we must combat the Obama administration’s radical leftist agenda at every turn. I encourage you to check out the speech here, because the one-liners the media have reported don’t do it justice.
  • I spent the remainder of CPAC meeting with activists and listening to the concerns, ambitions, and plans conservatives across America have for the next few years. I returned home to Florida last night with a renewed sense of hope and today, my faith in our conservative movement is greater than ever.

I’m very excited about what the next two years will bring for conservatives, and of course the Guardian Fund. We have our work cut out for us, but I’m confident that our values will prevail over the radical left and we’ll succeed in our mission.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

Steadfast and loyal,

Allen West
Lt. Col. Allen B. West, USA (ret)
U.S. Congressman (2011-2013)

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


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


Allen West talks to Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union at #CPAC2013 @AlCardenasACU


Col. Allen B. West talks to Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union. Cardenas talks about the next generation of conservative leaders. CPAC is attracting thousands of visitors, many of them very young. Cardenas wants to attract a broader coalition of conservatives. Hear how.


CPAC: ACU Chairman Al Cardenas Sees Promise in the Next Generation of Conservatives



CPAC 2013 Announces Allen West to Speak – Register Today


Published: January 24, 2013
Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388,

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced that former U.S. Representatives Artur Davis and Allen West will join former Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño in addressing CPAC 2013—the 40thannual Conservative Political Action Conference.

“Today I am honored to announce that Artur Davis, Allen West and former Governor Luis Fortuño will all be featured CPAC speakers in March,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “They have all served our country with distinction and I look forward to welcoming them to the stage.”

Artur Davis is a former four-term Democratic Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama and a current fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. A columnist, contributor, and licensed attorney in Washington, D.C., Davis previously served as a federal prosecutor with a near 100 percent trial-conviction record and as Co-Chairman of Obama for America.

Before becoming the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Governor 2008, Luis Fortuño served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2004-2008. He was the first Republican to be elected Governor of Puerto Rico since 1969, and the first Republican representative from Puerto Rico to be elected to Congress in its history.

Allen West, formerly a U.S. Representative representing Florida’s 18th Congressional District, served in the U.S. Army retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years before being elected to office. His committee assignments included the House Armed Services and Small Business Committees during the 112th Congress.

The 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, to be held March 14-16, 2013, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, will provide three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional American values. The ACU has hosted CPAC in the Nation’s Capital since 1973, and it now stands as the largest annual gathering of conservatives in the country. For additional information, visit our website at, on Facebook at, or on Twitter at @cpacnews and #CPAC2013. Media registration (including bloggers) will open on February 1, 2013. The CPAC 2013 schedule and list of confirmed speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Previously announced confirmed featured speakers include: U.S. Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, former Senator Rick Santorum and Congressman Paul Ryan.

Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the nation. For almost fifty years, ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense. ACU defines conservatism, grows conservatism, and wins for conservatism.

A moment with Rep. Allen West at CPAC 2012 – Video

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Allen West stopped by blogger’s row at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and though I missed the first few minutes, this is the bulk of his comments.

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Rep. Allen West – part 2 of his visit to bloggers row at CPAC 2012

Allen West is the Representative for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, now running for District 18.

JOIN Congressman Allen West for CPAC 2012 – Register TODAY- Check out the Video

Congressman Allen West is now a confirmed speaker 11/4/11

ACU Announces Congressman Allen West to Address CPAC 2012

Country’s Leading Conservative Organization Prepares to Host

39th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference


ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced Congressman Allen West (FL – 22) will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2012 – the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. America’s largest gathering of conservative activists and conservative leaders will be held Thursday, February 9 – Saturday, February 11, 2012, in Washington, DC. Online registration is now open at

“Congressman Allen West is a true patriot and a great friend of the American Conservative Union.  In his short time in Congress, Allen West has proved himself a principled, conservative leader, fighting for more freedom, at home and abroad, and working to limit the growth of government to ensure American families keep more of their hard-earned dollars,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “The American Conservative Union looks forward to hosting CPAC next February as the premier venue to highlight conservative leaders, principles and policies in 2012.”

Every year, the ACU brings thousands of grassroots conservatives and conservative leaders together in Washington, DC for three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional values. Based on this year’s theme, “We STILL Hold These Truths”, CPAC 2012 will feature grassroots training and strategizing to strengthen the conservative movement and ensure conservatives have the resources and tools necessary to defeat the Obama agenda in 2012.

The American Conservative Union is America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization and was founded in 1964. The ACU has hosted CPAC in the Nation’s Capital since 1973.  To register for CPAC 2012, receive more information on this exciting event or learn more about the American Conservative Union, visit

Contact: Kristy Campbell, (703) 836-8602,

All the information you need to register is found here: CPAC