Congressman Allen West’s Weekly Wrap & Highlights

Dear Patriots-

Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and indeed all Americans.  It is Friday, October 12th and time to prepare our weekly update for dissemination.

I must begin by discussing what has to be a most disturbing issue for the American people, the Benghazi Consulate terrorist attack. This week, the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on this incident and we are still receiving conflicting messages and information.

Anyone suggesting this is a “politicized” issue is just trying to preclude the truth from becoming evident to the American people. A very serious mistake was made and it cost the lives of four Americans. The intelligence of the American people was insulted, and continues to be insulted with “excuses” and “blame games.” It has been one month and we are still not any closer to having a definitive statement from the Obama Administration on the truth about this terrorist attack. Vice President Joe Biden’s dodging of the question during Thursday’s debate on whether the attack was indeed an “intelligence failure” shows the Administration is still not willing to accept responsibility.

The testimony this week of the Benghazi Consulate’s Regional Security Officer in front of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, clearly outlined that prior to the attack, there had been a request for security personnel. This request had been denied, not because of any budget cuts, but because of someone’s inaccurate assessment of the security situation. As a matter of record,  the Regional Security Officer had received additional “hostile duty” pay, so budget cuts would have had nothing to do with this incident. Yet somehow, someone deemed it not “hostile” enough to fulfill his additional security request.

Consider President Obama’s actions in the immediate week following the attack.  He took a trip to Las Vegas, partied with music stars Jayzee and Beyonce, and did television interviews with Dave Letterman and The View. This is an unacceptable and insensitive course of action from a President after a terrorist attack on the 11th anniversary of 9-11.

I find it unconscionable that President Obama stated just this week in San Francisco that “Al Qaeda is on its heels.”Perhaps the President should listen in on more of those “intel briefs” by actually sitting, being briefed and asking questions, rather than just taking the briefing papers and reading them on his own.  If so, he would hear firsthand how Al Qaeda is not nearly decimated or “on its heels.”  The terrorist network continues to exist in the Maghreb (North Africa), Arabian Peninsula (Yemen), is resurging in Iraq (a large jailbreak of terrorists recently in Tikrit), is operating in Syria, collaborating with the Afghan Taliban, and joining forces with Al Shabab in Somalia and extending into Sudan.

The Obama Administration has already destroyed our economic security.  Refusing to call this Radical Islamic Fundamentalist enemy out for what it is, the Administration seems bent on destroying our national security as well.

During his speech to the United Nations, President Obama stated, “The future does not belong to those who would slander the prophet of Islam.”  Our President should have stood strong and supportive of his own country and said“The future does not belong to those who will not support and defend our United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

In closing, last week I had the honor of being invited to the 70th birthday celebration of a dear supporter, friend, mentor and Town of Palm Beach Councilman, David Rosow, hosted by his lovely wife, Jeanne. The birthday dinner party was held on Palm Beach Island at the Sailfish Club and one of the many distinguished attendees was Mr. Rush Limbaugh, who happens to be a constituent of the district I represent.  Into this illustrious setting, walked the son of Herman Sr. and Elizabeth West born respectively in 1920 in South Alabama and 1931 in South Georgia, accompanied by the daughter of Marine Security Guard (Ret) Keith and Patricia Graham, Jamaican immigrants to America. When my parents and the parents of my wife, Angela, were born, our parents would not have been able to visit Palm Beach Island, much less attend an event like this. However, it is because of the vision and dream of our parents that all things are possible in America, that Angela and I would be right there some 51 years later.

Herman Sr. and Elizabeth’s son is the Congressional Representative for one of the highest per capita income zip codes in America, the Town of Palm Beach. By my side that evening was my wife of 23 years, mother of our two daughters, and an accomplished woman with an MBA and a PhD.  It did not require President Obama and his economic and social justice policies of fairness, fair share, fair shot, or economic patriotism to enable my wife and I to walk into the Sailfish Club last Sunday. It was Thomas Jefferson, who articulated that we have the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness endowed to us by our Creator,  not man, and therefore not government. We are all created equal and have the access to the equality of opportunity this country has perfected and affords to its citizens and all who come to our beautiful shores.

America is a great and exceptional nation, and as Angela and I drove home that night we were reminded of such. I pray all of you realize how blessed we are to live in the greatest Constitutional Republic the world has ever known.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:
– Saturday, 6 Oct; participated in the New Horizons 5K Race in Port St Lucie; attended the University of Tennessee South Florida Alumni picnic; threw out the first pitch at the Brothers in Arms Saluting our Heroes Softball Showdown-picture here

– Sunday, 7 Oct; participated for the fifth straight year in the 16th Annual 5 Mile Dunn’s Run in Deerfield Beach to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.

– Tuesday, 9 Oct; received the RetireSafe 2012 “Standing up for America’s Seniors Award- picture and info here; addressed Juniors and Seniors, to include the JROTC Cadets, at Forest Hill High School on my life from being a High School JROTC Cadet to today, and the key principles of leadership.

– Wednesday, 10 Oct; met with Canadian Consul-General Louise Leger to discuss the topics of national security, sequestration, Middle East foreign policy, and trade and economic ventures between Canada and Florida- pictures here; hosted a town hall meeting with special guest Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Danny Danon and approximately 10 Israeli Mayors in Century Village in West Palm Beach; addressed and provided a legislative update to the Martin County Veterans Council on the topics of veterans healthcare, military voting, and military defense cuts.

– Thursday, 11 Oct; attended the Treasure Coast Builders Association breakfast in Port St Lucie; was joined for the day with Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK); Keynote speaker for the 82d annual meeting of the Indian River Citrus League; received the Florida Farm Bureau’s “Friend of the Farm Bureau” award-picture here— along with Chairman Lucas, addressed Farm Bureau Members on critical issues of the Farm Bill- pictures here, funding for invasive species research, immigration reform, tax reform, and concerns from respective commodity sectors of Florida agriculture.

– Friday, 12 Oct; commencement speaker for the graduation exercise of 150 graduates of MedVance Institute in Port St Lucie.


By: Rep. Allen West  for Human Events
10/9/2012 02:13 PM

President Barack Obama has built a foreign policy on trying to appease and make friends with America’s enemies, rather than facing them head on with strength and clear consequences for their actions.  The president’s approach, marked by his belief that he could transition from a community organizer to a global organizer, has been an utter failure.  The president has diminished our nation’s international influence and stature, and most egregiously, has put the lives of all Americans in peril.

In the days since the attacks on our embassies and consulates on the 11th of September, we have seen a president and his administration demur, deflect, and mislead the American people.  Vice President Joe Biden says on the campaign trail that “GM is alive, and Osama is dead.” Tragically, so is our Ambassador to Libya.

President Obama’s community organizer roots have given him a naïve assumption.  He believes he can get everyone in one room and with time, they will all eventually get along. Anyone who studies history and understands the global threat America faces today, understands that in order for “peace, love and happiness,” not only do all parties involved need to be willing to try, but they actually have to have the same goal.

America’s enemies are emboldened

This president’s foreign policy failure has made America’s enemies ever more emboldened and our allies feeling even more abandoned.  In his recent speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama repeated six times that the recent attacks on Sovereign United States territories across the Islamic world were caused by a Youtube movie. He refused to use the words “terrorist attack” in referring to the events in Benghazi. He also warned to the assembled nations “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”  He is either incapable or unwilling to acknowledge a radical fundamental Islamist enemy that will stop at nothing to destroy our way of life.  

These statements, and others like them, play right into the hands of our enemies. When President Obama infers America deserves blame for unprovoked attacks, our enemies see their horrendous actions justified, making them ever move brazen.

The fact that a U.S. Ambassador was in such a thinly guarded, unsecure facility on Sept. 11 demonstrates an administration completely disengaged from the reality of the world and his own foreign policy.   Several attacks leading up to this incident should have provided a last minute warning. Documented reports show Egypt knew an attack was being planned and alerted the Obama Administration days before, yet this President ignored it and looked the other way.


Allen West is leading the fight in Congress against Obama, Pelosi and the out-of-touch, radical left

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What we saw this week was incredible: a party that pushed us to a $16 trillion debt and pledged to dig us deeper. They promised more of the same policies that have resulted in unemployment over 8 percent for 43 straight months. They proclaimed that we all belong to the government and their delegates booed the inclusion of God and Jerusalem in their platform. Last night we saw an opportunistic 

Last night we saw the failed former Governor of Michigan and MSNBC host literally go berserk on stage.  Joe Biden continued to spew nonsense that required the suspension of disbelief. And President Obama? He desperately tried to ignore the last four years and returned to the same empty promises of four years ago. 

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Rep Allen West: Weekly Wrap, Legislative Update, The Coming Week and More

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  It is time again for my weekly update report, as I reflect upon another week.

Sadly, the United States Senate voted this week on the selective use of the federal tax code as a weapon for political posturing, instead of doing authorization and appropriation legislation. By a vote of 51-48, with Vice President Joe Biden in attendance in case of a tie vote, the Senate voted to raise taxes on the top two out of six existing income tax brackets.

I find it quite perplexing that politicians can artificially determine what is “rich” in America for the intended purpose of targeting and demonizing a group. Many small business owners pay their company taxes on their individual returns with a total income of $200,000 for an individual or $250,000 for a family.

The additional revenue resulting from this tax increase on these two brackets is barely enough to fund our  Federal Government at its current spending rate for 10 days.  Similar to the misguided logic of the “Buffet Rule” (which would only yield $40 billion over 10 years), this policy is politically driven, not driven by sound economic principle.

The recently released Ernst and Young report clearly articulates the danger of these targeted tax increases on American small businesses, which are no doubt the economic engine of this country.

As I sit here, I am seeing more liberal progressive legislative actions and presidential Executive Orders resembling what Frederic Bastiat termed in his essay, “The Law” as legal plunder. The problem is, when the American people are told the truth, like with the 20 taxes in the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which I prefer to call the Patient Protection Unaffordable Tax Act, the left uses guilt tactics claiming anyone against it doesn’t have a heart.  Instead, the liberals and the current Obama Administration want you to believe theCongressional Budget Office (CBO) rescoring of the PPACA this week is all rosy, which it clearly is not.

Highlights of CBO report on PPACA:

– The gross cost of the bill for 2012-2022 is $1.683 trillion instead of the $1.762 trillion assessment from a March review. The original estimate was $940 billion, so it is still not anywhere near good news for Americans. Also, the primary reason for the $289 billion decrease is because the CBO expects fewer states to participate in the legislation’s MEDICAID expansion– ruled optional by the United States Supreme Court June 28th decision.

– 3 million more Americans will be uninsured compared to the March analysis.

– The new “individual mandate tax” will impose a tax increase of $55 billion over the next 10 years  on Americans.

– The PPACA’s employer mandate penalties will impose a tax increase of  $117 billion on job creators.

All of these taxes on the horizon and then we also learn this week the United States is at a 46-year-high for the number of Americans in poverty.  The Obama Administration has managed to drive more than nine million Americans into poverty in less than four years.

In closing, I find it unconscionable that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to recognize the 40th Anniversary of the massacre of the 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics by Islamic terrorists, something I remember as an 11–year-old child.

40 years later and we are still contending with this scourge, but at an even greater scope. Just two weeks ago, five Jewish tourists were killed in a bus bombing in Bulgaria. We have recently had Israelis attacked by Islamic terrorists from the Sinai. Almost daily rockets and missiles are fired into southern Israel from the Gaza strip, courtesy of Hamas. Hezbollah has grown into an even greater threat to Israel, and we all are aware of the intentions of the radical Islamic theocracy of Iran towards Israel.
Right here in America we still await the trial of Army Major Nidal Hassan, accused of gunning down his own fellow American soldiers at Fort Hood Army Installation two years ago.  News reports this week reveal Al Qaeda in Iraq is seeking to unleash new attacks against America.  If we do not call this radical terrorism out for what it is when we see it and realize when tolerance becomes a one way street, it leads to cultural suicide, we will continue down the path of surrender in the face of the most determined, resolute enemy the free world has ever known.

I would hope the IOC reevaluates its position and allows a moment of silence at the opening ceremony.  If it fails to do the right thing, I fear the Olympic flame will not burn as bright.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Congressman Allen West’s Website:

Legislative Update:

–  Offshore Energy — On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 6082, the Congressional Replacement of President Obama’s Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan, by a vote of 253-170, I VOTED YES.  H.R. 6082 would officially replace, within the 60-day Congressional review period under the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, President Barack Obama’s Proposed Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program (2012-2017) with a congressional plan that will conduct additional oil and natural gas lease sales to promote offshore energy development, job creation, and increased domestic energy production to ensure a more secure energy future in the United States.  H.R. 6082 would require the Secretary of the Interior, in order to conduct lease sales in accordance with the lease sale schedule established under the bill, to prepare a multi-sale environmental impact statement for all lease sales required under this Act that are not included in the Proposed Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program (2012-2017).  According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), implementing H.R. 6082 would increase offsetting receipts collected from lease sales over the 2013-2022 period, thus reducing net direct spending by about $600 million over that period.  In addition, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $35 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.

– Regulations — On Thursday, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act, by a vote of 245-172, I VOTED YES.  H.R. 4078 is a package of seven bills aimed at providing additional regulatory relief from the red tape that continues to burden our small businesses.  The bill would impose a freeze on economically significant regulations that harm the economy until unemployment reaches six percent or below; permanently prevent “lame duck” administrations from issuing economically significant regulations (“midnight regs”); ensure that impacted parties have a right to intervene before federal agencies agree to binding legal settlements (“sue and settle”); require independent federal agencies to comply with the same regulatory review requirements as other agencies and requires increased transparency with respect to unfunded mandates; create a streamlined process for consideration of federal permits for construction
Next Week
– Preventing Tax Increases — Next week, the United States House of Representatives is expected to consider legislation not only to stop the tax hike set for next year but also establish a pathway to comprehensive tax reform next year – sending a clear signal to families, employers, and the financial markets that taxes will not go up on January 1, 2013.  According to a study by Ernst and Young, the President’s small business tax increase will destroy more than 700,000 jobs and reduce wages for average American workers by two percent.  In 2010, a two-year extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax policies won broad bipartisan support including “yes” votes from 40 sitting Democrat Senators, 85 sitting Democrat House Members and President Obama.  Prior to that vote, President Obama said “You don’t raise taxes in a recession.”  House Republicans agree and will vote to provide some certainty in our struggling economy by ensuring no families or small businesses are hit with a job destroying tax increase.

– Pro-Growth Tax Reform — In addition to stopping the tax hike, the United States House of Representatives will vote on legislation that provides a pathway to pro-growth tax reform.  H.R. 6169, the Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012, would require the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to consider legislation containing the following principles for tax reform, included in the last two House-passed budgets: (1) consolidation of the current individual income tax brackets into not more than two brackets and a top rate of not more than 25 percent; (2) reduction in the corporate tax rate to not more than 25 percent; (3) repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax; (4) broadening of the tax base to maintain revenue between 18 and 19 percent of the economy; and (5) change from a ‘‘worldwide’’ to a ‘‘territorial’’ system of taxation.

Highlights of the Week:

–  Monday, 23 July; flew back to Capitol Hill; attended a policy briefing with former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton on the Syrian Civil War; met with Steve Cernak, Port Director, Port Everglades to discuss Port priorities to include deepening and widening United States Army Corps of Engineers study and Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.

– Tuesday, 24 July; attended a breakfast with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn and Dr. Richard Vedder, Professor of Economics, Ohio University on Federal Student Aid and the Law of Unintended Consequences; met with House Ways and Means Committee Senior Staff on the issue of Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) legislation; addressed the Junior Statesmen Foundation summer seminar students on the idea of a Constitutional Republic and its roles and responsibilities; met with young constituent, Alexis Stannis, of Pompano Beach who was honored by the Wireless Foundation as a Wireless Samaritan for Heroic Action; met with Todd Homan, Senior Vice President, Aurora Diagnostics on pathology lab cuts and elimination of MEDICARE IOAS exemption; dinner with Army buddy Colonel (Retired) Valerie Jircitano, with whom I served multiple tours of duty (Ft. Riley, Korea, and Ft. Bragg).

-Wednesday, 25 July; attended the quarterly Army Aviation Caucus breakfast briefing which focused on the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) mission and capabilities and had the honor of sitting  next to one of the Bin Laden raid pilots; participated in the first ever joint Committee hearing with House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee to discuss key transition issues for troops transiting from Active Duty to Veteran; met with government affairs team for Florida Power & Light and NextEra Energy, Inc. to discuss full spectrum development programs and plan for a visit to nuclear power plant in St. Lucie County; presented a one-minute House floor speech on the dangers of sequestration– you can see my speech here; attended a Small Business Committee hearing on “Small Business Survival in the Recession.

– Thursday, 26 July; participated in a panel discussion with colleague Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) sponsored by the YG Network Policy Forum on the topic of Department of Defense sequestration; met with constituents Jason Lovelady and former United States Army Special Forces Soldier Rafael Rivera on the launch of their new small business; had lunch with my cousin, United States Air Force Major General Ed Bolton.

– Friday, 27 July; met with Consul General Chaim Shacham of Israel- picture here; addressed the United States Department of Commerce Export Free Trade Agreement event at Northwood University; met with dear friend Dr. Mary Drabik, Provost, South Florida Bible College; conducted our monthly town hall meetings in Pompano Beach and Jupiter focusing on “Stop the Tax Hike”- more details here. 

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,


A declaration of war against the liberals – by Barbara Howard AWESOME Herman Cain and Allen West

by Barbara Howard

I am really tired of liberals imposing their positions on the entire black community. I’m tired of them calling black Republicans demeaning and ugly names and getting away with it. Maxine Waters told the Tea Party “go to hell” and called them “the enemy” and nobody said a word.

 For eight years, Roland Martin, David Letterman, Janeane Garofalo and a host of other liberal commentators and comedians on CNN, MSNBC, etc., called George W. Bush “Hitler,” murderer and anything else they could think of and got away with it.  Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte applauded Hugo Chavez for calling Bush “El Diablo” (The Devil).

Hank Williams Jr. called President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “the enemy” and got canned from ESPN.  Republican Congressman Fred Grandy was fired from Washington radio WMAL for criticizing radical Muslims.

And that happens all the time.

Worse, liberals say very hateful things about black Republicans, especially those who run for political office, including the presidency and Congress, and nobody thinks they should be punished.

In fact, most of my liberal friends think these things are so funny they send the e-mails around and laugh about it and call us more ugly names.

Just recently, Martin, a CNN commentator, and comedians D.L. Hughley and Michael Colyar tweeted very racist and ugly messages about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

This has got to stop.

The Rev. Wayne Perryman filed a lawsuit because he wants Democrats to apologize for more than 200 years of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation and more than 40 years on the Democratic Plantation, up to and including 2011.  I want the same thing to happen to people like Martin and Hughley that the Rev.  Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have decided must happen to any Republican who says anything they don’t like: I want them to lose their jobs.

Yes. Every time someone says something these commentators don’t like, they take away these people’s jobs, their ability to care for their families, their right to free speech. Yet, Sharpton, Martin and every other liberal can say anything they want and they suffer nothing, absolutely nothing.

Is that fair? Is it right?

Cain is a decent, wonderful man and, after meeting him and talking with him, I knew I would support his campaign, just as I supported Allen West, after talking with him, when he was running for Congress. Both of them espouse the same policies and issues that are dear to me and my family. In fact, they espouse the same principles that most black folk I know hold dear. We just disagree on how to accomplish them. Yet, liberals vilify both of them.

During the last campaign, the Florida Democratic Party sent West’s Social Security number to more than 60,000 people, causing his wife to lose one of her oldest and most lucrative clients and their eldest daughter to lose a college scholarship.