Allen West “According to our Constitutional Republic, laws apply to everyone”

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by Allen West via Facebook

Let me take a few moments to simply explain what has happened in Washington DC. Once the President signs something into law, it is supposed to apply to everyone, unless that president is Obama. He has granted waivers, exemptions, and delays to his cronies and allies. House Republicans asked that if delays, waivers, and exemptions to this “fantastic” law were good for some, they should be good for all Americans. But Obama, Reid, and Pelosi said no. House Republicans asked that a specific 2.3% medical device tax, which is causing jobs to ship overseas, be repealed. Again, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi said no. And now Obama is threatening to veto a measure to support veterans program spending. Obama, the liberal media, and Democrats are lying to you America. They don’t give a damn about you, just power. Obamacare is not a law, according to our Constitutional Republic, because laws apply to everyone. But not in King Obama’s empire.

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Dr. Angela West “Democrats and the Culture of “Cool”

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by Dr. Angela West via Facebook

Last week I attended a very erudite celebration at an exclusive club in Northern Palm Beach. I wager that the majority of the invitees were Republican although the reason for the gala would dictate that it would be bi-partisan. This background is unimportant, however, the discussion that I had with a well known celebrity’s spouse is more so. She asked me about this new obsession with “cool”. Everything is “cool”. Our President is “cool”, Michelle Obama is “very cool”, and all of the people they surround themselves with are “cool”. Then , a former colleague of mine who, along with her husband, developed a rather revolutionary system that made them very, very, very rich asked me why her son wanted to be African American. I said that it is “cool”. But unlikely since he is probably the furthest from being African American that I have ever known. In another life his name would have been Lars or Sven or something very Nordic. I am sure you get the picture.

The reality of “cool” is much deeper than just wanting to be another race, heritage or creed. “Cool” connotes a breeze to the future. It gives the impression of vibrancy, youth, fertility and all of the best feelings of being alive, healthy and the feeling that anything is possible. It is the opposite of tradition, sameness, obligations and boredom. “Cool” has become synonymous with the Democratic party while “tradition” has become synonymous with the Republican party. This did not just begin with the election of Barack Obama, it started with the Kennedy’s.

The choice of an Irish Catholic president was as phenomenal on November 8, 1960 as the election of Obama, an African American, in 2008. And in between we had the Clinton’s. The Clinton’s were by no means conventional, Hillary once remarked “I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession,” — it sparked a controversy but it was one of the cornerstones in her rise. The reality is that these people the Kennedy’s, the Clinton’s and now the Obama’s epitomized “cool” at their various points in history. Just as the Obama campaign utilized social media and all of the powerful new technology developed and continually developing, the Kennedy campaign marked the first time that the television eclipsed the radio as a means of political communication. It is still the most powerful medium of communication.

So, why bring this up? Why complement the Democrats? Not complementing them just acknowledging that times are changing but no more so than any other time over the past 50 years. In this last election, we as Republicans right down to the wire were convinced of a Romney victory. Everywhere I go, I hear the same cry of being “depressed” and feeling bad. Life moves on, and so must we. We must become “cool” or at least “cooler” than in the past. Move ahead, tomorrow is another day.

We just did not get the votes, and why? Maybe it is just a matter of marketing. And really what is “marketing”? Marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product, it is tailoring the communication to meet the needs of the population that you wish to market to. It means getting the votes necessary to win. It means knowing your market. I have a spreadsheet of the “non-voters” in Florida during the last election, if it were a small number, it still would be unacceptable. The implication is that people would rather NOT vote than vote for any of the choices presented.

The successful marketing of the Democratic party occurred because of their ability to define the Republican party. The first branding campaign started with us being called the party of “NO”. The opposite of yes is “NO”. After that, we became the “opposition”. Deserved or not, we did not counter. Democrats are “Young”, Republicans are “Old”; Democrats promote women (remember the photo ops with Pelosi and all of the women behind her), Republicans wage a “war on women”; Democrats love African Americans, Republicans are “racist”; Democrats are for immigration, Republicans want to “self-deport”; Democrats embrace all lifestyles while Republicans are “homophobic”; Republicans hate the poor, the old and everyone in between.

The message of Democrats = “Cool”; “Forward” and therefore “Good”. Republicans = “Tradition and therefore Uncool”, “Backwards” and therefore “Bad” resonates with even the lowest informational voter.

I have spoken at schools, mentoring groups and even among the young people in my own family. The media bombardment of this message has been powerful. The successful usage of musical stars and the constant image management that goes on within the Democratic party is phenomenal. Last night I attended a function where I tried to get the Republican presenter to even acknowledge that my hand was raised — he looked over my head three times and than brushed off this simple fact, — we have to appeal to the masses without eating or destroying our own. We have to market in a way that appeals, we have to stop bitching about everything being unfair and finally we have to start valuing our own.
When we refer to our party as “stupid”, everyone else will also. When we excoriate women, we invite deservedly so, the scorn of the fairer sex. When we murmur and lament about the changes in our country, we make ourselves depressed. And finally, when we throw overboard our values in order to appease, we lose, because it is perceived that we stand for nothing. And stop grousing about the “good old days”, for the likes of me, the old days were not so good.

Now lets get together, stop putting the same old, same old in charge of our local parties. They really just want a place to hang out with people who are just like them —– read “uncool”. The only demographic that Romney carried was the white male category…… Unless we are going to experience a bumper crop of this group soon, we gotta get movin!!!!!!

Dr. Angela West is the wife of LTC Allen B. West

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Rep. Allen West “Another Disappointing Month by a Disappointing President’s Failed Polices”

 

(WASHINGTON)—Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement this morning responding to the August 2012 jobs report:

“President Barack Obama and the Democrat party are pleading with the American public to give their party a second chance and the President a second term.

President Obama vows ‘our problems can be solved’ and he just needs ‘more time.’  Presidents seeking to renew their contract by the American people are judged on their record over their first four years in office, however, President Barack Obama wants an ‘incomplete’ and is asking the American people to trust him with another four years to accomplish what he could not accomplish his first term in office.

Although the President uses convoluted numbers to try and prove his policies are helping American families, today’s jobs report and the jobs reports for the past 43 consecutive months tell the real American story.

The hard truth Americans clearly understand is unemployment has remained above 8 percent for 43 months, and there seems to be no light at the end of this tunnel.

Today’s jobs report showing only 96,000 jobs created in August continues to keep America in the weakest recovery since the Great Depression. The labor force participation rate is at the lowest level in 31 years, while 368,000 Americans have been dropped from the labor accountability rolls.

President Obama stated with his own words when he was elected, that if he could not turn this economy around in four years he would be a one term proposition.

American families are being attacked from all sides with the policies of President Barack Obama, with stagnant wages, gas prices and health care costs soaring, and a national debt surpassing $16 trillion that will no doubt be paid back by our children and our grandchildren.

Americans need to ask one question, ‘What will President Obama do differently if provided another four years with no real plan to turn this economy around?’  The numbers simply don’t lie.  The President and his policies are failing America.”

 

Rep Allen West “Will you join me in the next battle against big government?”

Dear Friend,

Received an interesting email from the Democratic Campaign Committee this morning. As we wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare tomorrow, the liberals in Congress are already pledging to redouble their efforts for nationalized health care if things don’t go their way.
If the Supreme Court upholds the law, we have even more work to do to ensure we elect conservatives that will repeal and replace Obamacare. Will you join me in the next battle against big government?

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Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress

From: Patrick Kennedy <dccc@dccc.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM
Subject: The Supreme Court
To: Allen West <gowest@allenwestforcongress. com >
Allen —
As I write you, the Supreme Court of the United States is preparing to issue its decision on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law.

If the Court strikes down the law, Democrats will need to redouble our efforts, fighting to ensure universal health care that’s affordable and accessible to every American is a reality.

If the Court upholds the law, dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage. Backed by Super PAC’s and shadowy front groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, they’ll do everything in their power to defeat President Obama, demonize Democrats who fought for health care reform and, if they win the election, dismantle the law piece-by-piece.

Either way, Democrats are in for a tough fight. That’s why I’m counting on you to stand with me and rush your contribution of $3 or more to our Health Care Rapid Response Fund right now.

The Affordable Care Act represents a giant step forward for every American who lived in fear of bankruptcy because of illness.

My father, Ted Kennedy, spent his entire political career fighting tooth and nail for universal health care. Together, we fought for a holistic approach to health, and championed the Mental Health Parity Law to ensure safeguards and support for families in need across the nation. If he were here, he would be proud of what we were able to accomplish.

Donate $3 or more to our Health Care Rapid Response Fund right now >>

Thank you,

Patrick J. Kennedy

Rep Allen West – Op-Ed “Critical time for ideological debate” – The Hill

By Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.)– 04/24/12 06:03 PM ET

Much has been made of my recent response to a question from a constituent and assertion regarding so-called “communists” in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. I am pleased it has inspired so much passionate debate, for that was precisely the point.

When I was studying for my two master’s degrees in political science at Kansas State University and at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College, the very best professors were those who would begin each lecture with a challenging assertion. It engaged discussion and analysis, and was the best way to uncover the essence of the particular subject of the day.

As Americans, we must bring to the fore this fundamental discussion of what we want our country to be. Do we veer from our Founders’ vision of a constitutional republic that preserves and protects the individual sovereignty of its citizens, along with the free market and the rights of the several states, or do we continue to slide down this path of expanding the secular welfare state, nationalizing production and enforcing economic equality?

My colleagues in the Congressional Progressive Caucus have taken umbrage with my equation of their ideals with those of communists. Why? Why shouldn’t we have this discussion? What part of their agenda are they trying to hide?

We must be able to openly discuss how our fundamental freedoms are being slowly chipped away by an over-reaching nanny state that has bit by bit slipped its tentacles into every aspect of our lives, from the types of light bulbs we can use to the size of our toilet tanks.

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Rep. Allen West I’m not going to vote for a tax increase,or go to the American people and ask them to give us more.

By ANDREW TAYLOR and DAVID ESPO for Business Week

Democrats, Republicans far apart on deficit deal.

As the nation’s debt soared past $15 trillion, congressional Republicans and Democrats struggled Wednesday to salvage a yearlong assault on federal deficits, their efforts hampered by politically charged disagreements over taxes and the future of enormously expensive government benefit programs.

The talks at a standstill, Democratic officials familiar with the work of Congress’ debt-reduction supercommittee disclosed they had floated a secret counteroffer late last week to generally accept a Republican framework for a $1.5 trillion compromise, while differing on numerous key details.

Democrats signaled a willingness to cut spending by $876 billion, including $225 billion from Medicare and $50 billion from Medicaid, these officials said, and raise tax revenue by $400 billion, far less than they had earlier demanded.

They also recommended using $700 billion in unspent funds from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for a jobs program along the lines President Barack Obama wants, plus steps to protect the upper middle class from the alternative tax and extending financing for doctors who treat Medicare patients.

The supercommittee has until Nov. 23 to approve legislation that cuts future deficits by at least $1.2 trillion over a decade. Failing that, automatic spending cuts totaling that amount would take effect beginning in 2013. That’s a result that lawmakers on both sides of the political divide — particularly defense hawks — say they oppose.

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Pitting Us Against Each Other by Walter E. Williams via Townhall

By: Walter E. Williams  

President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have led increasingly successful efforts to pit Americans against one another through the politics of hate and envy. Attacking CEO salaries, the president — last year during his Midwest tour — said, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

Let’s look at CEO salaries, but before doing so, let’s look at other salary disparities between those at the bottom and those at the top. According to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list for 2010, Oprah Winfrey earned $290 million. Even if her makeup person or cameraman earned $100,000, she earned thousands of times more than that. Is that fair? Among other celebrities earning hundreds or thousands of times more than the people who work with them are Tyler Perry ($130 million), Jerry Bruckheimer ($113 million), Lady Gaga ($90 million) and Howard Stern ($76 million). According to Forbes, the top 10 celebrities, excluding athletes, earned an average salary of a little more than $100 million in 2010.

According to The Wall Street Journal Survey of CEO Compensation (November 2010), Gregory Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media, earned $87 million, Oracle’s Lawrence Ellison ($68 million) and rounding out the top 10 CEOs was McKesson’s John Hammergren, earning $24 million. It turns out that the top 10 CEOs have an average salary of $43 million, which pales in comparison with America’s top 10 celebrities, who earn an average salary of $100 million.

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