Allen West’s Weekly Update via Next Generation TV 7/12/13

Our Perplexing Hypocrisy – America celebrates liberty while embracing its enemies

Last week on the Fourth of July, the 237th anniversary of our independence, I sat watching parts two and three of the HBO mini-series “John Adams.” As we know, or I hope you know, part two ended with the reading of Thomas Jefferson’s brilliant words in the Declaration of Independence.

I began to think about what had transpired far from my simple home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., some 24 hours earlier – in Egypt.It was as if the young people of Egypt – and almost 70 percent of that nation is younger than 30 – heard the words of Jefferson and realized that it was upon them to sever political bands and that their government no longer had the consent of the governed. They had come to understand that part of democracy is their ability to petition their government for redress of grievances. These young people, and others, realized they do not have to settle and accept a tyranny greater than what they had previously endured.One-fifth of Egypt, some 20 million people, took to the streets and let the world see and hear them. They clamored for liberty and freedom. They sought a better future for their country. They realized that a strict, Islamist sharia state is not in their best interests.

They actually taught us a lesson – that election by democratic process does not ensure a democracy. One would think we would have learned that lesson after Hamas was “elected” in the Gaza Strip.

A military that with all its might could have enacted a vicious and bloody action in Egypt decided to be the true caretakers of the country. Soldiers acted as guardians of the people, recognizing their true role and responsibility – to serve and protect, to perhaps ensure a brighter future for their own children and maybe restore Egypt to a greatness that it once possessed.

American principles on display in Egypt
Some people are debating the question of coup or revolution? Well, ask the people on the street in Egypt. As for my view, if we use our own American Revolution as a paradigm, the inquiry answers itself.In the twinkling of an eye, we saw a reflection of the principles for which America was founded, a respect and regard for the rights of individual – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.I do not portend to predict the future, but I wish Egyptians well in changing the course of their country and perhaps making it a beacon for the Islamic world. Yes, I do believe we can coexist, but I will not compromise my principles and commitment to freedom to the intolerant.

See, I believe that when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide – and I am certainly not a willing sheep offering my throat to the wolves.

I am proud of the actions taken in Egypt to expel the Muslim Brotherhood from power. I am proud of the young people in Turkey who are taking a stand against autocratic Islamism. I am proud of the young Iranians of the Green Movement who stand for a new way forward, one without the rule of the Rasputin-like clerics, mullahs and ayatollahs.

I am proud of young women like Julie Aftab (see her Profile in Courage story below) and Malala Yousafzai, who have stood against unimaginable hate and assault but evidenced true courage to us.

However, I see a very perplexing hypocrisy. Here in America, which is supposed to be the symbol and beacon of liberty and freedom, we find people embracing what young freedom lovers in the Middle East stand against. We have masked it under the guise of tolerance and multiculturalism.

A pattern of disturbing behavior
I find it utterly disturbing that our government openly consults with organizations that have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Several of them were among the 57 Islamic organizations that in October 2011 sent a letter to then-Obama administration counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan demanding the “purging” of training materials they deemed offensive.I find it disturbing that the Obama administration supports U.N. Resolution 16/18, which, as promoted by the Organization of Islamic Countries, would castigate as blasphemy any “speech” about Islam deemed offensive to radical Islamists.It is truly perplexing that our own National Security Council senior staff would invite radical Islamist cleric Sheik bin Bayyah into the White House for a chat and on the same day, June 13, announce arms support to Islamist rebels in Syria – who 10 days later beheaded a Catholic priest, Father Francois Durad.

On our college campuses we find radical Islamic organizations such as the Muslim Students Association and American professors who viciously attack Jewish students and openly support Palestinian terrorist organizations – and we embrace them. As a matter of fact, the Obama administration has nominated for U.S. ambassador to the U.N. one Samantha Power, who has advocated for a massive American force to impose a pro-Palestinian will against Israel.

How is it that here in America we find instances of radical Islamism and jihadism right under our noses, yet we are recalcitrant to declare it so. The Tsarnaevs, Carlos Bledsoe, Anwar al-Awlaki, Maj. Nidal Hasan and instances of honor killings have infiltrated our shores.

Those of us who stand against Islamic totalitarianism are attacked as being “Islamophobic.” Is it not a perplexing hypocrisy that the United Kingdom would ban two Americans, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, not even two months after the savage, broad-daylight beheading and hacking to death of a U.K. soldier, Lee Rigby, by declared Nigerian Islamists, jihadists? British Prime Minister David Cameron made every possible excuse to appease those who see appeasement as an aphrodisiac.

An admonition for Americans
I find it perplexing that President Obama did not support the Iranian Green Movement and that he demanded that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down yet openly congratulated the Muslim Brotherhood’s president, Mohammed Morsi. All one need do is to read the Muslim Brotherhood charter to know its global intent to establish sharia dominance.The perplexing hypocrisy is that on the eve of our celebration of American independence, the people of Egypt stood against radical Islamic tyranny while we are embracing it and punishing those who speak against it.Our next generation should take note of the young people of Iran, Turkey and Egypt. Stop being uninformed drones who are only concerned about the next party or season of “American Idol” or who got dance moves.

And our current generation, and indeed across Western civilization, should take heed and find the courage exemplified by the 20 million who said no to radical Islamists, no to the Muslim Brotherhood – just as we said no to King George III and mmonarchical tyranny 237 years ago.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rep. Allen West Supports Israeli Military Strike Against Hamas

(WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released the following statement today upon learning of the Israeli military strike that killed a Hamas military leader:

“I fully support the Israeli military strike that killed the Hamas military wing chief, Ahmed Jabari. Hamas is a known Islamic terrorist organization and clearly states in its charter the aim to destroy the modern day State of Israel.

Mr. Jabari has been responsible for countless rocket and missile attacks originating from Gaza Strip into Southern Israel. I have personally seen the destruction this causes, and visited the City of Sderot where bomb shelters stand on school playgrounds and children suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Israeli’s turned over Gaza to the Palestinians in an offer to further the peace process. What they have received in return are more attacks and carnage. I stand with Israel, and as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, will support supplying the requested resources enabling Israel to defend herself from our common enemy, radical Islamic terrorism. We cannot abandon our best ally in her true time of need. We have no doubt that the new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt supports Hamas.”

Congressman Allen West – The Weeks Highlights, Wrap Up & Legislative Lowdown

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it has been quite an eventful week.

A real highlight of the week was meeting with local farmers and ranchers from Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties to discuss their concerns for the South Florida agriculture industry. The top issues were developing a legal workforce, the adverse effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexican produce dumping, agriculture research funding,  invasive insects and other pests, and the invasive tax and regulatory environment emanating from Washington DC. I was joined by special guest Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) who is the Chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee. I encourage you to read more about the roundtable discussions here and look at photos here.

The week began with the AIPAC policy conference and of course the prevailing issue was the Israel-Iran relationship. Sunday, Israel received more than 100 rockets and missiles coming from Iranian-backed Islamic terrorists groups in the Gaza Strip. We heard President Obama give a quite firm speech before AIPAC last Sunday and the rhetoric of “having Israel’s back” and “not bluffing around” dominated the news waves. However, by the time Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was returning home, the rhetoric had changed to negotiations, giving more time for diplomatic solutions, and patience.

I would say Israel, and indeed the world, has been overly patient with Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed this same issue intensely some 16 years ago. Time is not on our side in contending with this issue, as Iran continues its march towards having a nuclear weapon capability. History has shown repeatedly that when one tries to compromise, appease, and negotiate with a madman it never ends up well. History remembers Churchill more favorably than Chamberlain. Further, the theory of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) does not work with a radical regime that is based upon a theocratic-political totalitarian ideology.

The point by which we must take Iran seriously for its word is drawing closer. The ramifications are immense for our children and grandchildren. This cannot be cast aside as an election-cycle issue, as was the case with the Keystone XL Project.

Prime Minister Netanyahu was quite clear in stating that Israel is a sovereign state with every right to defend its people. There are precious few modern states such as Israel which share the same principles, dreams, and enemies with the United States.  We must demonstrate a unified position that is unwavering and sends a poignant message, “there shall NEVER be another Holocaust event.”

On Saturday, I was standing by waiting to begin the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day parade talking to my friends John Ropes and Police Chief Frank Adderly. One gentleman who was marching came up to me directly and stated, “Thanks for your service, but your politics suck.” Well, the three of us looked at each other and smiled and I replied that, “What I stand for is about America and its Constitution, and sir that does not suck.”

But I would like to share with all of you is something that definitely does suck.

This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 227,000 jobs were added in the month of February, but the unemployment rate remained stagnant at 8.3 percent. While the announcement of these new jobs is positive, other aspects of the report demonstrate that Americans continue to suffer through a painfully tepid recovery made even slower by the President’s failed economic policies.

For instance, the labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of able Americans working or looking for work, was near a 30-year low in February. If the percentage of Americans in the work force were as high today as at the beginning of this recession, unemployment would actually be 11.2 percent. In addition, the number of unemployed Americans looking for work in the month of February increased by 48,000 from January. And unemployment is once again above 8 percent, now for the 37th month in a row, further extending the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression.

Compare that to what we, as Freshman class in the House of Representatives, have been able to accomplish.  In just one year, my colleageues and I have:

·         Passed a vote to repeal Obamacare

·         Repealed the burdensome 1099 reporting provision from Obamacare

·         Brought a vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment for a vote on the Floor of the House

·         Put an end to endless spending on Continuing Resolutions (CR); Insisting that a CR be accompanied by significant cuts.  This was a first for any modern Congress.

·         Changed “PAYGO” to “CUTGO”:  It is no longer acceptable to justify more spending with tax increases.  If Congress wants to increase spending in one area, they must provide matching cuts to federal spending in another area.

·         Authored bills that give more authority to the states instead of Washington bureaucrats.  For example, including an option for states to add drug testing to their unemployment benefits programs.

·         Eliminated Earmarks.

·         Protected the doctor patient relationship by insisting on a two year Medicare “Doc fix.”

·         Put a stop to the harmful “cap-and-trade” legislation, further protecting job creators and Americans.

·         Fundamentally changed the conversation in Washington from one about “how much more can we spend?” to “how much more can we cut?”

We must continue to restore this Republic with pro-growth economic, monetary, tax, and regulatory policies, which will promote wholehearted private sector investment, ingenuity, and innovation. That means developing legislation which sets the conditions for growth, not regulatory constraints and tax policies which promote more uncertainty and lack of predictability for America’s job creators and hardworking American taxpayers.  I am certaintly committed to making sure this happens for as long as I am honored enough to be your elected Representative from the great state of Florida.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update:

-Tariffs on Chinese Imports- This past Tuesday, the House approved HR 4105 to apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries, and for the purposes by a vote of 370-39, I VOTED YES. The bill would allow for countervailing duties (CVD) to be charged on certain imports from a nonmarket economy (NME) country.

– Hydropower Development — On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 2842, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, by a vote of 265-154, I VOTED YES.  H.R. 2842 would jumpstart hydropower development on Bureau of Reclamation canals and pipelines by reducing unnecessary and duplicative administrative and regulatory costs. The legislation would authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to permit private entities to develop small hydropower units on all irrigation canals and conduits under the agency’s jurisdiction. Under current law, the bureau or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has jurisdiction over hydropower development at such facilities. H.R. 2842 would clarify that the jurisdiction for small hydropower development on all bureau irrigation canals and conduits lies solely with the bureau.

– JOBS Act — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 3606, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, by a vote of 390-23, I VOTED YES.  This legislation is a compilation of bipartisan House bills that will provide real solutions to encourage job growth by removing some regulations impeding small businesses and startups.  These bipartisan measures will increase capital formation, spur the growth of startups and small businesses, and pave the way for more small-scale businesses to go public and create more jobs.  According to the Office of the Majority Leader, “The JOBS Act represents an opportunity for both parties to work together and deliver results on areas of common ground that boost small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs. These measures have broad bipartisan support from Congress, President Obama, and successful entrepreneurs like Steve Case, the former Chair and Founder of AOL and a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Economic Competitiveness.”  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing Title I of H.R. 3606 would cost about $50 million over the 2012-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.

This coming Week:

Constituent Work Week — I hope you’ll be able to attend one of our monthly town hall meetings, for details, clickhere.

Highlights of the Week:

– Monday, 5 March, met with COL(R) Lee Kichen and members of the VFW to discuss legislative priorities, recorded video for the South Florida Manufacturers Association recognition of excellence banquet, met with Rabbi Uri Pilichowski and his students for a Q&A session prior to AIPAC Conference, attended the AIPAC Policy Conference Gala and speech by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

– Tuesday, 6 March, attended HASC full committee hearing on FY 2013 NDA posture statement from Commanders, USSOUTHCOM and USNORTHCOM, met with AIPAC representatives to present perspective on issues facing Israel and discuss their legislative priorities, met with representatives from the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) reference Fiscal Year 2013 funding for Intracoastal Waterway, met with West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio on legislative priorities on economic development and transportation initiatives.

– Wednesday, 7 March, attended HASC full committee hearing on Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization (NDA) posture statement from Commanders, US CENTCOM, US SOCOM, and US TRANSCOM, met and spoke with Coral Springs Middle School 8th Grade Class- picture here, met with Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman, participated in Small Business Committee legislation markup on Fiscal Year 2013 Views and Estimates and improvement to small business contracting programs, met with Jewish War Veterans to discuss legislative priorities, met with senior leadership of Allstate to discuss the upcoming Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act press conference to be held at Jupiter High School this week- more information on tomorrow’s event, click here, ended the day conducting a joint Special Order speech on the House floor with colleague Rep. Burgess (R-TX) on implementation of Flat Tax system. Watch the video from the House Floor here.

– Thursday, 8 March, participated in Small Business subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations covering government regulation impeding small energy producers and harming energy production and security, attended the promotion ceremony for Army Military Fellow Captain Dave Spanton who was promoted to Major, met and spoke to 5th Grade students from Calusa Elementary School in Boca Raton –they were more interested in the Capitol Hill Police and their M4 Carbines.  Flew back home to South Florida.

– Friday, 9 March conducted 2 Agriculture roundtable forums with local farmers and ranchers from Palm Beach and Martin County and was accompanied by special guest Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), Chairman of Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Read news articles on the event here and here.

– Saturday, 10 March, walked in the FortLauderdale St. Patrick’s Day parade for the second year along with my family, attended the Caps for Chemo BBQ fundraising dinner at the VFW Post 4141 in Delray Beach Fla.

– Sunday, 11 March, attended the wedding for our Congressional staff Legislative Director, Josh Grodin, to his fiancée Lauren. Mazel tov!

Congressman Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up 10/24/11

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and Americans all across the country.

It has been a very decisive week for international events from across the Maghreb to the Middle East.

There is a quote I would like to share with all of you from Roger Sherman, one of the original signers of the Declaration of the Independence.  Sherman said, “Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny, and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men.”

Years ago as a young Captain in the United States Army, I transited across the span of the globe landing in Saudi Arabia. There I fought in a combat operation called Operation Desert Shield/Storm. I was serving in the venerable and historic Army’s 1st Infantry Division.  With our superior open desert warfare weaponry and tactics we, along with our fellow Combat Divisions, routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Army.

However, as we sat there after cessation of combat activity, we pondered when we would have to return to this desert in our careers. We knew we had not completed the mission and allowed two major Republican Guard Divisions to flee north, as we were told to cease fire and consolidate.

Consequently, 12 years later as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 4th Infantry Division, another of the Army’s historic Divisions, I then led a Battalion across the span of the globe to the Kuwait we liberated- to again combat Saddam Hussein.

I want to take just a moment to reflect and offer my heartfelt gratitude and condolences to the “rugged arms of fearless men and women” who gave some, and to the families and loved ones of those who gave all. I shall never forget those with whom I served, or any of those who served.

These men and women answered a call, and let us not debate the call itself because that is not what fearless men and women do. They fought a new style of warfare.

They initially triumphed, suffered defeats, and then adjusted to again bring about tactical victory for the United States.

However, it is not the tactical victory which concerns me- it is strategic shortsightedness that does.  There are only two ways to end a war, a conflict or an engagement, even an “overseas contingency operation”-  you either win or lose.

President Barack Obama stated that he has kept his campaign promise, he has declared success. What we saw this week was a Campaigner-in-Chief – not a Commander-in-Chief.

What we saw was another American President who does not comprehend strategic security vision, and this goes all the way back to President Jimmy Carter.

Just weeks after uncovering an Iranian-backed assassination plot on American soil, we have given a green light to Iran to expand their regional hegemonic dominance.

This desire to project their power could extend from Iran to Iraq to Syria to Lebanon to the Gaza Strip. We have once again abandoned the world’s largest ethnic group without a homeland, the Kurds, to fend for themselves, trapped between Iran and Turkey.

We have left a clear pathway for the envelopment and potential demise of the modern day State of Israel.

We have once again made a politically expedient shortsighted decision in the Middle East, not one which assesses future security ramifications. These decisions always result in being seen by our enemies in that region as a sign of weakness, not strength.

How is it that the United States of America has lost such respect and standing that we could not even secure a Status of Forces agreement to protect our fearless men and women in uniform?

Truly, it is not just a budget deficit which threatens our Republic, it is even worse – it is a leadership deficit.

Yes, the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Ghaddafi is reason for freedom-loving people to celebrate, but what or who will fill the void?

We can ill afford another Egypt; just as we saw what happened after the Shah of Iran was deposed.

Furthermore, where are those 30,000 shoulder fired missiles?  I fear they will end-up proliferated throughout the region, especially in Gaza Strip and possibly in Iraq. Heaven help us if they find their way to Mexican drug cartels and into America.

As a final point involving our nation’s domestic policy — this week we found out the “misery index” in America has gone up to a 13 rating. On inauguration day the index was 7.8, meaning the latest rating represents a 65%  increase.

However,  we saw Vice President Joe Biden attempting to use the most despicable fear-mongering tactics in order to advocate for more federal government “stimulus” spending.

I have a simple question for the Vice President, what happened to the $1 trillion in stimulus spending targeted to teachers and first responders?

It seems this is just another union driven payback, especially when one remembers it was Richard Trumka sitting in the First Lady’s box during the Joint Session of Congress speech, where a desperate President demanded 18 times, “Pass this Bill, now.”

The laughable hypocrisy is that the President’s American Jobs Act has not one Democrat co-sponsor in the House of Representatives, still, to my knowledge.

It is truly a leadership deficit which threatens the America “born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny, and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless American men and women.”

In closing, remember the words of John Stuart Mill, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war is much worse.”

And Plato reminds us, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

God bless and keep our fallen heroes and wounded warriors who have served in Iraq and all across the 21st Century Battlefield, as well as their families and loved ones, who stand and ensure the failures and poor strategic decisions of elected officials never allow the destruction of our beloved Constitutional Republic.

Steadfast and Loyal,