@AllenWest “We now see what a second term of Jimmy Carter would have looked like”

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by Allen West via Facebook

The Chinese have a proverb: “may you live in interesting times.” Well, my fellow countrymen and women, ponder these events of the last 48 hours. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times where he chastises America regarding following international law, the use of brute force, and downplaying our concept of exceptionalism – on that point he agrees with Obama. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accuses America of arming and supporting Islamic terrorists and threatens to not surrender his chemical weapons unless we abandon any pursuit of military action. Lastly, today, the head of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, will meet with the President and Vice-President over Obamacare, demanding it be fixed or repealed unless they get a tax subsidy for their membership. Now what option do you think Obama will take? Elections have severe consequences and now we see what a second term of Jimmy Carter would have looked like. America will survive this folly into liberal progressive socialist weakness, but it is going to hurt.

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Allen West “Listening to President Obama’s weekly address, it’s clear his demagoguery has no bounds which makes him a very dangerous threat”

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by Allen West via Facebook

Listening to President Obama’s weekly address, it’s clear his demagoguery has no bounds which makes him a very dangerous threat to the existence of America as a constitutional republic. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson clearly articulated that our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness do not emanate from man but rather from our Creator, God. That principle is derived from the theory of Natural Law, which our Founders studied and upon which they based this grand experiment in individual freedom called America. In the spirit of Jefferson, “a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it away.” The last time a president spoke of government, i.e. man, granting rights was Jimmy Carter and his Community Reinvestment Act giving everyone the right to own a home… and how did that turn out? Demagoguery means we replace God, the big G, with government, the little g — clearly the antithesis of the document which established our Independence. (Remember how the DNC had to add “God” back into their platform and the motion was booed?) I recommend Obama read Montesquieu’s “Spirit of the Laws” in order to understand our fundamental principle of separation of powers and checks and balances. I want to thank my professors at the University of Tennessee, Kansas State University, and the Army Command and General Staff College for giving me a proper education. I have no clue what they taught Obama at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard –’cause this fella sure ain’t no constitutional scholar. But then again, anyone seen those transcripts?

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Allen West “Eight Million More Americans No Longer Looking for Work Since Obama’s First Term”

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by Allen West

“Yikes. It’s actually even worse. Eight million more Americans no longer even looking for work since Obama’s first term. Share this link with someone who thinks we’re headed in the right direction. The 7.8% unemployment rate is smoke and mirrors.”

Read This by By Terence P. Jeffrey

First Term: Americans ‘Not in Labor Force’ Increased 8,332,000

The number of Americans age 16 or older who decided not to work or even to seek a job increased by 8,332,000 to a record 88,839,000 in President Barack Obama’s first term, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At the same time, the number of retired workers collecting Social Security increased by only 4,234,480.

The increase in Americans opting out of the labor force during Obama’s first term resulted in a decrease in the labor force participation rate from 65.7 percent in January 2009, the month Obama was first inaugurated, to 63.6 percent in December 2012, the latest month reported. Before Obama took office, the labor force participation rate had not been as low as 63.6 percent since 1981, the year President Ronald Reagan took over from President Jimmy Carter.

To be in the labor force a person must either have a job or actively sought one in the previous four weeks. (continue reading here)

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/first-term-americans-not-labor-force-increased-8332000

 

 

 

 

Congressman Allen West Weekly Wrap And Highlights from the District

Dear Patriots,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and indeed all Americans, it is time to prepare our weekly update for dissemination. It has been a whirlwind of a week and truly a changing direction for our America.

As you all are aware, this is an official Congressional report and therefore we cannot discuss campaign related issues. Quite sure you are well aware of the current situation regarding our election.

There have been several items of concern this week which I believe are indicators of what a second term for this administration will look like.

At this moment I am watching the breaking news of the resignation of CIA Director General David Petraeus. As many of you may know this resignation is occurring the Friday before hearings are supposedly to be held next week on the Benghazi incident. General Petraeus, from a national security perspective, did the honorable thing by resignation, however I hope his leaving will not hinder getting to the truth on Benghazi. This also follows with the interestingly timely relief and retirement of USAFRICOM Commander General Carter Ham.

And that leads me to the second point, regarding Mark Basseley Youssef, the Coptic Christian immigrant from Egypt. He is the individual arrested as the culprit who unleashed Muslim anger because of a silly anti-Islam video. Not since Helen of Troy, “the face that launched a thousand ships,” have we seen one individual responsible for inciting more emotional outrage as reflected in the 11th anniversary of the September 11th Islamic terrorist attacks. He will now be serving one year for a parole violation.

Could it be that Mr. Youseef is being punished, as President Obama stated at his United Nations Assembly address, because “the future does not belong to those who insult the prophet of Islam?”

Which leads me to the next point… not only should President Obama’s statement cause us concern. We should also be concerned about the Organization of Islamic Countries who supported United Nation Resolution 1618, which would make any deemed offensive comment toward Islam an international crime.

On that note, a related United Nations issue is that within 24 hours of President Obama’s reelection, the United States signed on with another 156 other countries to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, while Russia voted against it. This treaty which would require the United States Senate approval of a treaty which will have certain adverse effects upon our Constitutional Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Following along with more international occurrences, am I the only one who finds it odd that only days before the national elections, Iran fired upon a United States drone? The drone was operating in open airspace when two Iranian jets fired upon it. Now, why is it that we heard nothing about this until after the election? Kind of like us not knowing about a Russian attack submarine operating undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for some two months. Is this the future of our national security?

Back years ago when I was a teenager living during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, I recall the Saudi oil embargo crisis, which resulted in fuel rationing, on odd/even days. History has an impeccable way of repeating itself – just ask the folks up in New Jersey and New York. Amazing that we can send aid halfway around the globe to Indonesia and Japan, yet Americans are freezing and destitute right here, due to the incompetence of government agency relief efforts.

But you just do not hear a peep from the mainstream media on this stuff.

Lastly, I think you all now realize that the “fiscal cliff” is indeed real. It has been something that I have been discussing for quite some time and stock market behavior following the reelection of President Obama is just an indicator. The “sell-off” which has seen the Dow Jones Industrial Average drop some 430 points, 3.3%, in three days should cause concern. We are seeing individuals who recognize the fact that capital gains and dividends taxes will rise from 15% to 25% and 43.4% respectively. Money is moving away from stocks and towards bonds. The predictable economic growth of America will be horribly affected.

The misguided belief that raising taxes will solve the problem will only bring about another recession.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget called for $1.9 trillion in new taxes, but the debt grows from $16 trillion to $20 trillion in four years and to $26 trillion in ten years. Deficits never go below $900 billion and the President’s budgets never balance… but you do get a 53% increase in the growth of the federal government.

If we do not expand our tax base, lower rates, eliminate exemptions, and provide tax and monetary policy certainty we are truly heading off that cliff like Thelma and Louise.

We are dangerously close to the tipping point.

In closing, 10 November, 2012 is the 237th birthday of the greatest fighting force known to mankind, the United States Marine Corps — Semper Fidelis.

And Sunday is Veterans Day. Welcome home brothers and sisters, and God bless those of us who have taken that oath of office to serve, sacrifice, and commit to this great nation –the longest running Constitutional Republic the world has ever known, these United States of America.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:

– Monday, 5 Nov: attended the Crossmatch Company BBQ luncheon, their company develops biometric devices for use by our men and women on the 21st Century Battlefield. Discussed with them current issues of economic security and national security and how it will affect their business.

– Thursday, 8 Nov: participated and spoke at the Sixth Annual Pompano Beach High School Army ROTC Fallen Heroes Ceremony. Seeing the young men and women in High School Junior ROTC uniform, just as I was back in 1975 does my heart well.

– Friday, 9 Nov: attended and was the keynote speaker for the Martin County High School Air Force  Junior ROTC Veteran’s Day program. I spoke of the three aspects of being a veteran: service, sacrifice, and commitment. We must ensure to pass on a greater and more exceptional America to these future leaders and warriors.

– Saturday, 10 Nov: will speak at the National Navy SEAL Museum Muster in Ft. Pierce. What a special privilege to stand among SEAL Medal of Honor winners. Will attend the Stuart Air Show to see the power of American aviation ingenuity and expertise. Happy 237th birthday to the finest fighting force the world has ever known, the United States Marine Corps.

– Sunday, 11 Nov: will attend the Boynton Veteran’s Council Veteran’s Day ceremony; participate in the West Palm Beach Veteran’s Day Parade by riding my motorcycle with the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club; attend and speak at the US Navy SEAL Muster reception at the South Florida Shooting Club in Palm City.

Congressman Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up, Legislative Updates and Highlights of the Week

Dear Patriots,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. It is time to prepare our weekly update for dissemination.

L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu. I pray the Jewish community here in South Florida and across the globe enjoyed a wonderful and Happy Rosh Hashanah.

A week ago at this time, I was supposed to be visiting our men and women in combat theatre serving in Afghanistan.  However, for safety reasons, the trip for myself and other Members of Congress was canceled, with some blaming the escalation of violence in the Middle East on a YouTube video that upset the Islamic world.

My trip to Afghanistan was canceled, but it was not because of a Youtube video.  A series of coordinated terrorist attacks across the Islamic world and the fallout of protests are the result of America’s failed foreign policy.

The Obama Administration has lied and continues to lie to the American people concerning the situation in Libya and the Middle East.  The “public” story is that this was a spontaneous action related to a video. Further evidence has proven that Ansar al Sharia, a radical Islamic terrorist group aligned with Al Qaeda in the Maghreb, is responsible for the attack on our Consulate.  Even more disturbing is that Abu Sufian, the leader of Ansar al Sharia, was released from GITMO in 2007 after heavy political pressure.

The policy of appeasement communicated by President Obama’s speeches and visits to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt evidenced an American foreign policy weakness destined to fail.  It is telling that even at this time, President Obama has yet to visit our closest ally in the region, Israel.

The legacy of the Arab Spring that President Obama celebrates is sadly not any different from the legacy of President Jimmy Carter in Iran when the results of his action created a leadership void, eventually filled by radical Islamists.

Americans have been led to believe that killing Osama bin Laden is an example of sound foreign policy. That absurdity would be like President Franklin D. Roosevelt claiming credit for Operation Vengeance in 1943.  Operation Vengeance is the assault that led to the successful elimination of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto by an Army Air Corps fighter pilot with the support of Naval intelligence. The killing of Admiral Yamamoto did not end World War II, nor was it called foreign policy.  Operation Vengeance was a target of opportunity developed through intelligence, where the United States was able to break Japanese code and eventually ascertain Admiral Yamamoto’s flight schedule.

The Obama administration fails to understand the three levels of war — strategic, operational, and tactical — and instead rests its laurels on the tactical success of killing Osama bin Laden.

Vice President Joe Biden stated that when it comes to our foreign and economic policy,  the bumper sticker should read, “GM is alive. Osama is dead.”  True, but so is our Ambassador to Libya.

Since the 11th anniversary of 9/11, countless United States Embassies and Consulates have been attacked and ransacked, a United States Ambassador killed and possibly tortured, along with three other American citizens killed.  A United States Marine fighter squadron Commander has lost his life, six Harrier jets destroyed and two damaged, and a continuous string of “green on blue” attacks plague the peacekeeping efforts in Afghanistan.

The Obama Administration’s response has been:

–  $70,000 “apology” advertising campaign in Pakistan funded by United States taxpayers.

– Statement from the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reiterating Islamic sensitivity training.

– A spot on David Letterman and parties with Jay-Z and Beyonce.

We wonder why we are being attacked.  I’ve said it countless times before and I’ll say it again. This President continues to show weakness with his lack of response. It’s no surprise President Jimmy Carter has been advocating for President Obama to follow his lead during the 444-day Iranian hostage crisis and “do nothing”, claiming it sometimes takes “more courage” to take that stance. From someone who spent 22 years in the Army and many years in the Middle East, I can tell you this line of thinking is insidious!

This is President Obama’s America as of September 2012:  failed economic policy, failed energy policy (unless you count Solyndra as a success), a failed foreign policy and failed national security. And he wants Americans to trust him???

I will say that “ending” the War in Iraq was not a foreign policy success. Iran is currently flying its Revolutionary Guards forces into Syria over Iraqi airspace. There are only two ways to end a war: you win or you lose. You cannot simply pack up and go home and declare success.

Political rhetoric is no substitute for sound foreign policy and strategic national security decision-making.

Americans are living through a really bad nightmare, and it’s time to wake up.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update:

– Stopping President Obama’s War on Coal—On Friday, September 21, the United States House of Representatives passed the Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409, by a vote of 233-175, I VOTED YES. The bill would rein in the Obama Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) costly job-killing regulations, protect jobs, keep energy affordable, as well as prevent the premature closure of coal plants to ensure the lights stay on. The bill would seek to limit surface mining regulations and would require regulatory analysis and a cumulative cost analysis of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules.  The bill would also allow states to regulate coal ash and would move the authority for setting Clean Water Act water quality standards from the EPA to the states.

– Blocking the Obama Administration’s Welfare Work Waivers—On Thursday, September 20, the United States House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 118,“Providing for congressional disapproval of the Administration’s July 12, 2012 waiver of welfare work requirements” by a vote of 250-164.  I VOTED YES. The bill would express Congress’s disapproval of the Obama Administration’s regulatory effort that will waive the work requirements of the 1996 welfare reform law, hold the Obama Administration accountable, and preserve critical reforms that have helped lift millions of American families out of poverty. For more information on the President’s attempt to weaken Temporary Assistance for Needy Families work requirements, click here.

House Republican Solutions:

Keeping the Pledge to America—House Republicans have taken bold steps to address our country’s biggest challenges; unfortunately President Obama’s failure to lead has become an obstacle to progress. Click here to review the key promises contained within the House Republican’s Pledge to America and actions taken by the House of Representatives to keep them

Highlights of the Week:

–  Sunday, 16 Sept; attended my home church services at Community Christian and was joined by eldest daughter Aubrey for a family lunch afterwards.

–  Monday, 17 Sept; conducted a few local interviews addressing the failure of Middle East foreign policy and the adverse effects of sequestration on our national security; attended my youngest daughter Austen’s, volleyball game. They won.

– Tuesday, 18 Sept; flew back to Washington DC for legislative session.

– Wednesday, 19 Sept; had breakfast at the Pentagon with my cousin, United Sates Air Force Major General Ed Bolton; met with United States Army Major Hursey for a professional development visit and update; met with representatives of the United States Aerospace Industries Association regarding the adverse effects of defense sequestration; participated in the House Armed Services Committee classified briefing update on Libya; addressed the Move-On-Up.org Congressional Black Caucus Week Conservative reception at the Heritage Foundation, served as the “warm-up” speaker for former Congressman Artur Davis. Congressman Davis served as a Democrat in Congress for several years and is now a Republican. He has quite the story to tell.

– Thursday, 20 Sept; attended the National Franchisee Association and Burger King Corporation breakfast reception, major concern is tax and regulatory policies and how the Affordable Care Act is affecting small business owners; visited with United Technologies; attended the House Armed Services Committee full committee hearing with Vice Chiefs of our Armed Services and heard their concerns and plans for sequestration and the horrible hollowing of our military; met with Mr. Larry Williams, CEO of BRS Aerospace, and Defense Logistics Agency personnel on small business contracting issues; met with Command Sergeant Major of the US Army Reserves, Michael Schultz, as we discussed key operational issues and sequestration effects on the United States Army Reserve force; attended and served as acting Committee Chairman for the Small Business Committee hearing on sequestration and its effects on the defense industrial base and our small businesses.

– Friday, 21 Sept; addressed the Center for Security Policy Board of Regents breakfast on current national security concerns; met with former United States Ambassador Bruce Gelb to discuss Veterans and military issues; hosted and opened the National Black Pro-Life Coalition forum on Capitol Hill

Saturday, 22 Sept.; Watched some good ole’ College Football, cheered on my graduate school, Kansas State Wildcats, against Oklahoma Sooners.

Sunday, 23 Sept.: Church with family.

Allen West for Congress SITREP – September 17

Dear Friends,

The more I listen to President Obama, the more I realize he is completely out of touch with the economic challenges facing Americans and the foreign threats to our nation.

Does he really believe Americans are buying his excuses and distortions? We found out that August unemployment once again remained over 8%, where we’ve been stuck for the last 43 months. It was Barack Obama himself who promised unemployment would never be higher than 8% when the almost trillion-dollar stimulus was shoved down our throats.

We have the lowest workforce participation rate in 31 years. President Obama tries to say a decrease in unemployment from 8.3% to 8.1% is positive, but that is a scam. We have 368,000 people who have been dropped from the labor accountability rolls. We only added 96,000 jobs to our economy in August.

Despite the claims of President Obama and the media, Americans are definitely worse off than 4 years ago. And despite the utterly shameful attempts by the media to cover for the President, the weak response to the attacks on our embassies in the Middle East show that President Obama is the weakest President since Jimmy Carter.  His policy in the Middle East has emboldened the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic terrorists while endangering Israel.  The President’s sequestration will truly hollow out our military and leave us vulnerable to enemies around the world.  Last week the House passed my legislation, the National Security and Jobs Protection Act, to stave off the devastating threat posed to our military and national security by sequestration.  I am hopeful the Senate will act and the President will sign my bill.

What part of “debate” does he not understand?

In August we challenged Patrick Murphy to four public debates – including one in each county, so voters across the district would be able to hear our solutions straight from the horse’s mouth.

So far, we’ve accepted debate invitations from WPTV, the Northern Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.  Murphy has refused these invitations from the latter two respected groups.  He did finally agree to a late October debate with WPTV that will be broadcast but closed to the public.  Apparently he doesn’t think he needs to be asked tough questions.  Murphy’s preferences seem be joint press conferences behind closed doors with left-leaning newspaper editorial boards. Yep, that serves the voters’ interests all right.

Less than 60 days to Election Day

Fear not, the cavalry is on the way! In less than 50 days we can take that giant step to turn our nation around. Make sure you’re ready!

Register to vote!

If you or someone you know is not yet registered, you have until October 9, 2012 to do so. Register online for Palm BeachMartin or St. Lucie counties online.

Can’t vote in person? Vote by mail.

You have until 6 days before the election to request a vote by mail or absentee ballot. Request online from Palm BeachMartin or St. Lucie counties.

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If you have a pickup truck and would like to deliver large signs, we can use your assistance on our sign distribution team.  Email us and we will get you involved.

Volunteer at an Office Near You

We can use your help in various ways in the office – even if it’s just an hour a week. We’ve always got something going on, and you never know who might pop in for a visit. Main headquarters is in Stuart, but we also have offices in West Palm Beach, Pt. St Lucie and Jupiter.

The horizon is in sight and victory is written in big bold letters across it. But we will all need to work together to ensure it also has our names on it. Lock shields with me as we continue our conservative advance and restore our nation’s greatness!

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen West

Congressman Allen West Statement Condemning the Attacks on the Sovereign Soil of our Nation

(WASHINGTON) –Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released the following statement this morning upon learning of the attack on the United States Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans:

“Less than 24 hours after our nation remembered the heinous attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans find their sovereign soil attacked again as more American lives are lost at the hands of intolerant, barbaric, radical Muslims.

United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and several embassy staff were murdered late yesterday when suspected religious extremists stormed the United States Consulate in Benghazi.  This morning, my condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victims.

Americans need to question whether the deaths of these innocent patriots could have been avoided. The Obama Administration touted the Arab Spring as an awakening of freedom, which we now see is a nightmare of Islamism.

Even more concerning, is the initial response to these attacks last night from the embassy officials of the Obama Administration was to apologize for a Facebook video that supposedly hurt Muslim feelings.  President Obama’s policy of appeasement towards the Islamic world has manifested itself into a specter of unconscionable hatred.

How anyone can believe this President is strong on national security and foreign policy is beyond my comprehension.  President Obama has clearly surpassed former President Jimmy Carter and his actions during the Iranian Embassy crisis as the weakest and most ineffective person to ever occupy the White House.”

The Fair-Share President – Mark Baisley – TownHall

by Mark Baisley on TownHall.com

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.
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