Allen West “The best way to deal with Muslim pirates is to find their base of operations and kill them. They’ll get the message”


by Allen West for

Today we’re reading captured Muslim pirates Miranda rights, but in 1798 we actually formed the US Navy to fight a war with them. Why don’t we learn the lessons of history? Find ’em and kill ’em. They’ll get the message.

Here’s your history lesson for today

Allen West – Exclusive: The Battle of Gettysburg (Part 1 of 3) via @Next_GenTV


Travel through history with Col. Allen West, as he takes you throughout the days leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg. Hear how General Robert E. Lee advanced on the North, winning initial skirmishes, and how the North cleverly retreated to the high ground in part one of special three part series commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.




Allen West : The Lessons of History – National Review Online


by Allen West via National Review Online

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
— George Santayana

We should study history not just to memorize dates and places but to analyze trends. I see our country once again following a particular disturbing trend at a critical time when we should be more prudent.

Now, I will be one of the first to say that we can find savings of taxpayer dollars in the Department of Defense budget. Before I was sworn in as a member of Congress, I stated on Meet the Press in the waning months of 2010 that we could find fraud, waste, and abuse in that budget.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I backed up that assertion in April 2011 when my first piece of legislation, which identified and eliminated funding for several wasteful programs in the DOD budget, made it to the House floor. It passed 393–0, and the savings to the American taxpayer was $35 million per year.

However, what I see occurring now is not judicious cost-cutting but the degradation of our military capability. We are once again forgetting that the preeminent responsibility of the federal government is to “provide for the common defense.” Some people have confused this with providing welfare and guaranteeing happiness on the notion of limitless rights.

Since World War I, we as a nation have viewed any end of major combat operations as an opportunity to achieve fiscal responsibility through cutting the military budget. When World War II ended, we ramped down, and then we had to ramp back up for the Korean War. After the Vietnam War and the Cold War, we once again gutted our military capability.

I was commissioned as a second lieutenant on July 31, 1982, and the following year, after graduating from the University of Tennessee, I went on active duty. I witnessed the transformation of the U.S. military in my early years: Humvees, Bradleys, Abrams tanks, Apache attack helicopters, Blackhawk transport helicopters, and Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) artillery, the A-10 close-air support platform — all this new technology and equipment was instrumental in my first combat tour, Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

We were highly trained and ready for action thanks to our soldiers’ preparation at places like the National Training Center in the California desert. But after the victory came the reduction in forces, and defense cuts became the source of funds for government spending on other programs, such as midnight basketball.

In those days, we did not have enough small-arms ammunition for rifle qualification. We had to carefully budget our annual allocation of artillery rounds, so we did more dry-fire operations. The shortage of spare parts and tools made maintenance operations very intense. But the one thing we could not control was that the world was growing yet more dangerous. The enemy pays attention to our weakness, and they have a vote.




Allen West “Today, we remember and salute all those who selflessly risked their lives – or lost their lives”


by Allen West via Facebook

Many across our nation are commemorating today as the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. It was a protracted conflict, with US involvement spanning 1950 to 1973. Over 2 million US warriors served in uniform in Vietnam – including my older brother, who was wounded at Khe Sanh. The conflict took the lives of 58,148 American troops.

But it was a war our government did not have as a goal to win.

Today, we remember and salute all those who selflessly risked their lives – or lost their lives, “all gave some, some gave all.” And we must ensure we never commit our American warriors into harm’s way without the full support of our nation, clear objectives from the government that sends them, and a resolute Commander-in-Chief who will stand by them, not political interests.

May I recommend to all reading this post to read the book, “We were Soldiers Once and Young” or watch the movie this weekend, and remember while those young men and women went into the jungles, there were some who never allowed them back into their hearts.

Allen West “Have the skills of deduction and induction been replaced by political ideologies?”


Author Victor Davis Hanson joins Col. Allen B. West to discuss the decline of classics and American education. Have the skills of deduction and induction been replaced by political ideologies? Is it too late to save American education? Could the American civilization disappear in a generation? Find out.


Victor Davis Hanson on the Decline of American Education

Remember When – by Starla M Brown

by Starla M. Brown for The Patriots Press

Since this is the very beginning, I have decided to take a look back, and with a reminiscent heart, I start this venture by going back in time to the days of remember when.

Each of us has our own history, the times in the past where we often wander with deep reflection on events and experiences.  Thought provoking things often occur when we remember the past and realize how it has shaped the present. I believe we should travel back when we are moving forward and give great thought to our history. So I ask you what is your history?

We live our lives looking forward because in our current culture we are told to forget the past, plan for the future and worry about the things that matter tomorrow.  Stop for a moment and reflect on how history will teach us more about the future than anything else.  For without learning from the history of our past we are doomed to repeat the very things that robs the future of its worth.



Reading Recommendation by Congressman Allen West – The Truth Cannot be debated

George Santayana stated, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”, this message is quite appropriate as we review our US economic history with recessions. The truth is plain and cannot be debated. It is just a question of Americans awaking from the kool-aid induced coma and accepting that which is obvious before we go into full economic decline. – Congressman Allen West  – Good Read/Wall Street Journal:

 “The ‘Financial Recession’ Excuse”

“Faced with the failed results of his own governing strategy of tax, spend and control, the president will have no choice but to follow an election strategy of blame, vilify and divide. But come Nov. 6, American voters need only ask themselves the question Reagan asked in 1980: ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago’”

By Phil Gramm and Mike Solon

 Commerce Department data released last Friday show that four years after the recession began, real gross domestic product per person is down $1,112 while 5.8 million fewer Americans are working than when the recession started.

Never before in postwar America have either real per capita GDP or employment still been lower four years after a recession began. If in this “recovery” our economy had grown and generated jobs at the average rate achieved following the 10 previous postwar recessions, GDP per person would be $4,528 higher and 13.7 million more Americans would be working today.

Behind the startling statistics of lost income and jobs are the real and painful stories of American families falling further behind: record high poverty levels, record low teenage employment, record high long-term unemployment, shrinking birthrates, exploding welfare benefits, and a crippled middle class.

As the recovery faltered, President Obama first claimed the weakness of the recovery was due to the depth of the recession, saying that it was “going to take a while for us to get out of this. I think even I did not realize the magnitude . . . of the recession until fairly far into it.”

But, in fact, the 1981-82 recession was deeper and unemployment was higher. Moreover, the 1982 recovery was constrained by a contractionary monetary policy that pushed interest rates above 21%, a tough but necessary step to break inflation. It was also a recovery that required a painful restructuring of American businesses to become more competitive in the increasingly globalized economy. By way of comparison, our current recovery has benefited from the most expansionary monetary policy in U.S. history and a rapid return to profitability by corporate America.

Despite the significant disadvantages the economy faced in 1982, President Ronald Reagan’s policies ignited a recovery so powerful that if it were being repeated today, real per capita GDP would be $5,694 higher than it is now—an extra $22,776 for a family of four. Some 16.9 million more Americans would have jobs.

The most recent excuse for the failed recovery is that financial crises, by their very nature, result in slower, more difficult recoveries. Yet the 1981-82 recession was at least in part financially induced by inflation, record interest rates and the dislocations they generated. The high interest rates wreaked havoc on long-term lenders like S&Ls, whose net worth turned negative in mid-1982. But even if we ignore the financial roots of the 1981-82 recession, the financial crisis rationalization of the current, weak recovery does not stand up to scrutiny.

The largest economic crisis of the 20th century was the Great Depression, but the second most significant economic upheaval was the panic of 1907. It was from beginning to end a banking and financial crisis. With the failure of the Knickerbocker Trust Company, the stock market collapsed, loan supply vanished and a scramble for liquidity ensued. Banks defaulted on their obligations to redeem deposits in currency or gold.

Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz, in their classic “A Monetary History of the United States,” found “much similarity in its early phases” between the Panic of 1907 and the Great Depression. So traumatic was the crisis that it gave rise to the National Monetary Commission and the recommendations that led to the creation of the Federal Reserve. The May panic triggered a massive recession that saw real gross national product shrink in the second half of 1907 and plummet by an extraordinary 8.2% in 1908. Yet the economy came roaring back and, in two short years, was 7% bigger than when the panic started.

It is certainly true that the economy languished in the Great Depression as it has over the past four years. But today’s malaise is similar to that of the Depression not because of the financial events that triggered the disease but because of the virtually identical and equally absurd policy prescriptions of the doctors.

Under President Franklin Roosevelt, federal spending jumped by 3.6% of GDP from 1932 to 1936, an unprecedented spending spree, as the New Deal was implemented. Under President Obama, spending exploded by 4.6% of GDP from 2008 to 2011. The federal debt by the end of 1938 was almost 150% above the 1929 level. Publicly held debt is projected to be double the 2008 level by the end of 2012. The regulatory burden mushroomed under Roosevelt, as it has under Mr. Obama.

Tax policy then and now was equally destructive. The top individual income tax rate rose from 24% to 63% to 79% during the Herbert Hoover and Roosevelt administrations. Corporate rates were increased by 36%. Under Mr. Obama, capital gains taxes are set to rise by one third, the top effective tax rate on dividends will more than triple, and the highest marginal tax rate will effectively rise by 21.4%.

Moreover, the Obama administration’s populist tirades against private business are hauntingly similar to the Roosevelt administration’s tirades. FDR’s demagoguery against “the privileged few” and “economic royalists” has evolved into Mr. Obama’s “the richest 1%” and America’s “millionaires and billionaires.”

Yet, in his signature style, Mr. Obama now claims our weak recovery is not because a Democratic Congress said yes to his policy prescriptions in 2009-10 but because a Republican House said no in 2011. The sad truth is this president sowed his policies and America is reaping the results.

Faced with the failed results of his own governing strategy of tax, spend and control, the president will have no choice but to follow an election strategy of blame, vilify and divide. But come Nov. 6, American voters need only ask themselves the question Reagan asked in 1980: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

Sadly, with their income reduced by thousands, the number of U.S. jobs down by millions, and the nation trillions deeper in debt, the answer will be a resounding “No.”

Mr. Gramm, a former U.S. senator from Texas, is the senior partner at U.S. Policy Metrics, where Mr. Solon, a former senior budget staffer in both houses of Congress, is also a partner.

America is Good – By Mark Bonner


by Mark Bonner

A Nation is defined by common language, border, and culture. Never, not once in the long annals of Human History, has a Nation survived, that did not recognize and adhere to this definition of what defines a Nation. “Multiculturalism” is a word that sounds nice, pretty, and nonthreatening.

In reality it robs a Nation of it’s soul and identity. It ultimately will and always has resulted in the fall of a Nation. There is not one exception to this rule. America has been the most kind, benevolent, and inviting Nation in the History of the World. If this were not true, then why would America be the dreamed destination of so many oppressed people throughout the Generations. They did not come to America for multiculturalism, but rather they were drawn to America because of what America stood for. A land of Freedom, a land where you could pursue your hopes, dreams, and ambitions. However, when America was great it was because we welcomed these immigrants with these three conditions.

If you wanted to be an American you had to recognize our common border, language, and culture. You came to America to be an American, not to be an extension of the Country you were fleeing. Multiculturalism has been the catch phrase in Europe for two decades now. Geopolitical trends always seem to start in Europe and eventually end find their way into America. Ask the Countries of Europe how multiculturalism has worded for them. The Nations of Europe are in Disarray. Many in Europe are now minorities in their own lands. They are defined by lost generations, chaos, war and fighting. Islam has stepped into this vacuum of multiculturalism and now are imposing their Sharia Law into the fabric of these societies. Christians are being killed and persecuted. Women are being oppressed.

Unlike America, where are founders fled a theocracy(a religion that imposes its will and form of government on a people) our founders forged a document that allowed people of all true Faiths to worship without fear or intimidation. Try expressing your Faith in these Countries that embraced “multiculturalism” decades ago. The odds are becoming increasing greater by the day that you will not come home alive.

America, is a good.

America is not perfect. Like people a Nation has it flaws. America was blighted by the sin of endorsing slavery, but in the end American did the right thing. That is what makes America Great, in the end we do the right thing. Our soil is tinged with the blood of young white American soldiers whose blood was shed to right the wrong of slavery. Hundreds of thousands of white soldiers died to atone for this wrong. Name me one other Country that has a Heritage like this. You will not find it. It could only happen in America.

God Bless America, my home sweet home.

The Fair-Share President – Mark Baisley – TownHall

by Mark Baisley on

I have concluded that the ultimate consideration for those vying for the office of President of the United States is their ideology surrounding the purpose, and therefore the size, of the federal government.
I researched those who have gone before them and found the following perspectives from four people who have served as President:
“To provide legitimate services to our people; to help preserve peace; to provide a mechanism by which the people’s character can be expressed in international affairs.  I think the purpose of government is to alleviate inequities.  I think the purpose of government is to provide for things that we can’t provide ourselves.”  –President Jimmy Carter, A government as good as its people, Page 74
“What is the purpose of government?  It’s to empower people to make the most of their lives…”  –President Clinton, 1998 interview with The Baltimore Sun
“First, in tough times governments need stable revenues to pay their bills, support salaries, pensions, and health care.  That requires decisive action to ensure that everyone pays their fair share of taxes.  Otherwise, a few pay too much, many pay too little, the government is in the hole and can never get out, and you will never be able to have a stable economic policy.  It is tempting for everyone to avoid wanting to pay any taxes.  But if everyone will pay their fair share, the share will be modest and their incomes will be larger over the long run because of the stability and growth it will bring to this Russian economic system.”  -President Bill Clinton speaking to students at Moscow University of International Relations in 1998.