Allen West | Weekly Wrap Up on @Next_GenTV | 8/9/13

What Norway Teaches Us About America –  Allen West reflects on our principles and past while abroad

Col. Allen West is still traveling this week as part of National Review’s annual cruise, but to keep his readers in the loop, he has been sending observations from his stops along the North Sea. Here are two dispatches from Norway:

Bergen (Aug. 3) – Bergen is a lovely city, the second largest in Norway behind the capital of Oslo. Bergen was once the capital of the country.

It is also the home of famous classical composer Edvard Grieg, known for his Peer Gynt suite. We visited the Kode Art Gallery and saw the works of Edvard Munch, who is known for the “Scream” series.

It rains an average 219 days a year in Bergen, and boy howdy were we caught in a deluge. But later in the afternoon, the clouds blew over and a beautiful day shone down on the City of the Seven Mountains.

I learned that Norway has a state-sponsored religion, Evangelical Lutheran, and that the head of the state is also head of the church as part of its constitution. However, Norwegians still have freedom of religion.

Our founding fathers did not want America to have a head of state who also leads a religion. This is what “separation of church and state” means.

Stavenger (Aug. 6) – What a beautiful, breathtaking scene this city offers. The port is right in the city center below the old city.

We took a nice cruise through Lysefjord, and the pristine simplicity was spellbinding. We went by a small island where, in 998 AD, King Olaf held a meeting to unify the separate kingdoms into the Norway we know today.

The greatness of America is that those who left Norway came to our shores and found a place to be free, share their culture and be part of the immense opportunities our republic offers, allowing their entrepreneurship and ethic to strengthen our country.

America is exceptional because as a young, inner-city black kid from Atlanta, I got to experience Norway and its history with my wife and our daughters, the next generation.

Steadfast and Loyal,


Libertarian Voices Of The House GOP
The libertarian wing of the Republican Party has spent a long time in the political wilderness but is now the future of the GOP, Rep. Mick Mulvaney said at a panel discussion with three of his fellow libertarian-leaning House colleagues.

“You are the swing voters, and you are the folks that move easily back and forth between the parties and have no natural party lines,” the South Carolina Republican said. He added that libertarianism is the growth area of the party, as it was when Ronald Reagan ran against “country club Republicans.”

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said the ascendancy of libertarian Republicans is evident in the reaction of House GOP leaders to young lawmakers like him. Their commitment to limited government and individual liberty frustrates the establishment’s desire to compromise, he said.

“The party is changing right in front of them,” Amash said, “and I think that’s why you get a lot of backlash from some of the more senior members who are set in their ways about what the Republican Party should stand for.”

That’s true in the Senate as well, he added, where Republicans like Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky take principled stands against the party’s leaders when necessary.

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, criticized Republicans like Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Sen. John McCain of Arizona for their willingness to align themselves with Democrats. “What you’re looking at is people that are only interested in themselves and not interested in actually promoting the cause,” Labrador said.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., also spoke at the event. Click the video to hear what economist inspired him to become politically active. You’ll be surprised.

A Texas-sized Fight Over Voting Rights
Texas will need a big bankroll to fight the Obama administration’s push to reinstate strict federal scrutiny of the state’s voting laws but has a strong case, according to election law expert Hans von Spakovsky.

“They’re going to put up a pretty fierce battle to try to stop this,” he said of Texas officials, noting that South Carolina spent $3.5 million to win a similar battle against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Von Spakovsky discussed the genesis of the dispute, the history behind it and the legal dynamics at play in an interview with Michelle Fields of NextGeneration.TV.
Holder targeted Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which requires Southern states to get federal approval before changing their voting laws, is no longer constitutional.
“The Supreme Court threw it out because the coverage formula … was based on 40-year-old data,” von Spakovsky said. “It had never been updated by Congress, and the conditions are a lot different today.”
But Holder refused to admit defeat. He sued the state under another section of the Voting Rights Act to try to reinstate federal pre-clearance of voting laws in Texas for another decade. The Justice Department is upset that Texas enacted a law requiring voters to present photo identification, von Spakovsky said.
He critiqued the federal government’s rationale for the lawsuit, including allegations of long voting lines for blacks and Hispanics in Texas. But he said Holder won’t stop fighting even if he loses in Texas.

Allen West Weekly Wrap Up 5/31/13 via @Next_GenTV


The Obama Capitulation Campaign – His foreign policy has weakened the U.S. abroad


This week was started with Memorial Day, a day when we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this great American republic. We in the West household each expressed what Memorial Day meant to us.


Our exchange student Lin explained “Soldier’s Day” in China to us. On that day, the Chinese remember the horrors of World War II, such as the rape of Nanking. Our youngest daughter, Austen, read Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,” the greatest remembrance speech for the fallen. Still today, we all must commit that those honored dead did not sacrifice their lives in the Civil War in vain.


Our family also spent Memorial Day watching the marathon of war movies on the TCM and AMC cable channels. The list included “The Longest Day,” “The Green Berets,” “The Dirty Dozen,” “The Devil’s Brigade,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Patriot.” The theme in every one of those depictions of Americans in combat is that we don’t surrender. We never give up.


However, just a week before Memorial Day President Barack Obama took the stage at the National Defense University and did something reprehensible for Americans. He capitulated.


Obama basically stated that we have not had any major terrorist attacks on American soil. Wrong! He refused to acknowledge the attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, the Boston Marathon and even the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which is American soil.


Obama tried to convey that neither he nor any other American president could defeat terror. He then said this war, like all other wars, must end. But for Americans, we realize that wars end in one of two ways – win or lose. The enemy also has a vote, and just because you do not want to continue the fight has no meaning for them. As a matter of fact, it only emboldens them.


Chinese wrongs that go unpunished


Next week Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California. I would have recommended meeting him at Camp Pendleton.


The United States just suffered another massive Chinese cyber attack, this time against the Pentagon in an attempt to steal weapons platform information. We know the exact origin of these attacks, just outside Shanghai. The Chinese government continues to deny any involvement, just blaming this on “hackers.” However, our intelligence community is well aware of a dedicated, specialized Chinese unit for such cyber attacks.


The cyber attacks are not the only Chinese threat. The country is undergoing a wholehearted military expansion, having increased its military spending and developed greater capability for its forces. In concert with this expansion, the Chinese have acted aggressively toward the Senkaku Islands (Japanese) and the Scarborough Shoals (Phillipines), and they have made incursions into India.


Can you imagine being Taiwan right now, especially in light of the abject silence coming from the Obama administration? And let us not forget the belligerence of North Korea – actions that we can be assured have complete Chinese backing.


According to Obama, the United States was supposed to pivot away from the Middle East to focus on the Pacific Rim. We have not pivoted at all.


Mayhem in the Middle East


In the Middle East, meanwhile, the situation has severely deteriorated. Radical Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood have a firm hold from the Maghreb (North Africa) into the Middle East. Syria has become the next chaotic battleground, and our reticence to engage early has resulted in an untenable ground situation.


Just recently Russia supplied the Syrian government with state-of-the-art anti-aircraft weapons. Let me ask you a simple rhetorical question: How many aircraft does the opposition in Syria possess? Yep, that is right, none.


But who does possess aircraft? Yep, you are right again – Israel and America, no-fly zone. This is not going to be like Libya. Well, it could, thanks to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who wants to arm the radical Islamists in Syria just like we did in Libya.


When the world sees capitulation and weakness embodied in our commander-in-chief, it is an aphrodisiac for the wolves that now salivate. Iran clearly sees a window of opportunity to become the dominant hegemony in the region, totally unchallenged.


Capitulation has left our best ally in the Middle East, Israel, facing a multi-front conflagration. Capitulation means we are truly on the verge of World War IV, with the Cold War being World War III.


Capitulation is another word for losing


No, Mr. President, the U.S. military prison that houses terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has nothing to do with history judging us or inspiring hatred and more terrorist attacks. Capitulation intoxicates those who would seek to destroy our way of life.


Obama’s speech at National Defense University will never make a Memorial Day movie because it does not honor the unique American quality of the quest for victory, which he said will be defined differently going forward.


The next generation needs a leader who can define victory just as a real American president, Ronald Reagan, once did: “We win; they lose.”


The question we must ask ourselves: Do we care to have an American leader, or shall we settle for a weak, incompetent, corrupt, petty charlatan? It seems the election of 2012 gave us a very troubling answer.


Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

Allen West, Michelle Fields and Alexis Garcia look at Senate politics, CPAC, Adam Carolla, and more


Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director in order to get answers about President Obama’s drone program. In response, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called the Rand band of filibusterers “wacko birds” for daring to question Obama’s drone assassinations. Who is right and who is wrong, Senator Paul of Senator McCain? Find out as Col. Allen B. West, Michelle Fields and Alexis Garcia look at Senate politics, CPAC, Adam Carolla, and more on the Next Generation.


New Maverick In Town: Sen. Rand Paul Bucks Establishment with Epic Filibuster

Angela West “Ain’t I a Woman?” Three conservative women that withstood a personally pejorative evisceration by the media”

Ain’t I a woman?

A found poem from Sojourner Truth’s most famous speech, adapted into poetic form by Erlene Stetson..

That man over there say
a woman needs to be helped into carriages
and lifted over ditches
and to have the best place everywhere.
Nobody ever helped me into carriages
or over mud puddles
or gives me a best place. . .

And ain’t I a woman?
Look at me
Look at my arm!
I have plowed and planted
and gathered into barns
and no man could head me. . .
And ain’t I a woman?
I could work as much
and eat as much as a man–
when I could get to it–
and bear the lash as well
and ain’t I a woman?
I have born 13 children
and seen most all sold into slavery
and when I cried out a mother’s grief
none but Jesus heard me. . .
and ain’t I a woman?
that little man in black there say
a woman can’t have as much rights as a man
cause Christ wasn’t a woman
Where did your Christ come from?
From God and a woman!
Man had nothing to do with him!
If the first woman God ever made
was strong enough to turn the world
upside down, all alone
together women ought to be able to turn it
rightside up again.

The War On Women

War on Women is a political term, used to describe Republican Party initiatives in federal and state legislatures that are seen as restricting women’s rights with regard to reproductive rights. Some sources have used the phrase to criticize conservative positions. Additional uses refer to legislative initiatives regarding the following: access to reproductive health services, particularly birth control and abortion services; how violence against women is prosecuted; how rape is defined for purposes of public funding of abortion for rape victims; how workplace discrimination against women is treated; and litigation concerning equal pay for women. The term is often used when targeting policies that reduce or eliminate taxpayer funding for women’s health organizations, like Planned Parenthood. Other areas of concern include public funding and mandatory employer insurance coverage of such matters as contraception and sterilization.

This strategy, the War on Women, was successful at least in the sense that it garnered the support of women by over 10 percentage points. The strategy even got some conservative support, most notably Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski who disputed the criticism from her fellow party members, challenging them to “go home and talk to your wife and your daughters” if they did not think there was a war on women, saying “It makes no sense to make this attack on women.”

The biggest mistake was the try to trivialize the issue, by likening it to “the war on caterpillars” or “left handed Irishmen”. Once again, big mistake. A few weeks ago I attended a dinner. One of the guests asked me “What do you do?”. I responded, he broke out into peals of laughter, pursing his lips as though he were humoring me. Very condescending, since I have been in my chosen profession for more than 15 years and probably make more than 3 times as much as he does as an attorney. Male to female condescension is not a winning strategy.

Instead, spend a few moments in thought and recall the three conservative women who had to withstand a personally pejorative evisceration by the media — Sarah Palin; Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin burst on the scene at the Republican national Convention to be announced as the Vice Presidential running mate for John McCain in 2008. I did not recognize her from , really, anywhere but I recall the camera following her husband through the stands and I asked my daughter Aubrey which show did he star in. To wit she replied that he was the vice presidential nominee’s husband. I decided to take notice at that time. Sarah Palin is a beautiful, smart (perhaps not in the polished way that bespeaks an Ivy League pedigree but bright nonetheless) and a traditionalist.

What should have been a celebration of this great feat ended up being one of the greatest stories of the lynching of a woman in modern history — unless we experience more Orwellian revisions. Conservative, liberal and in-between feasted upon her as though she were a piece of meat thrown into a pool of piranhas. No tactic was too low, too vulgar, too base.

Nary a word from the feminists when reporters wondered out loud if “she is neglecting her children”; the advocates for the handicapped never once questioned the cruelty of the attacks on her child Trig who was born with Down’s Syndrome; And the advocates for children yucked it up with a late night funny-man as he stated “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game,”during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” The funnyman said that he did not mean to make “funny” of her 14 year old daughter — he was referring to her 17 year old daughter. Oh, I guess that was OK…. That night, the rape of a 14 or 17 year old girl was just alright—– a good funny and not to mention —- real cool.

The final part of the deconstruction of Sarah came with the decision to brand her as “stupid”. Saturday Night Live was relentless in their pursuit with the continual lampooning and Tina Fey turned her marginal comedic talents into a career boon with the farsical renditions of Palin . Then there was Andrew Sullivan, whose hate infested blogs regarding the Palins became a regular on the internet. He was obsessed, the Palins gave him a tick he could not lick.

Finally, the “right” women finished her off. Websites against Palin authored by women, and many women who felt superior pretty much finished her off. Two women in New York felt so strongly that Palin was the wrong choice they created a blog called “Women Against Sarah Palin” and are using the site to post emails from women who write in from all over the country about why they think Palin is the wrong choice for Vice President and the wrong choice for American women. Within a week they received 80,000 responses. At least 3 a minute. Women never need a man to hold them back, they will do it themselves.

What is interesting to me is that I watch the left who have members lying, cheating, saying outlandish things, and so forth — they stick together. We, on the right are waiting for Jesus Christ or Mary anything less goes under the bus.


Christine O’Donnell

“Christine Therese O’Donnell is an American Tea Party politician, former Republican Party candidate, and long-time conservative activist best known for her stances against abortion, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, and masturbation. She is also known for being an outspoken proponent of fiscal responsibility and, accordingly, a critic of reckless government spending and huge federal deficits. With strong financial support from the Tea Party movement, she defeated nine-term U.S. Representative and former governor Michael Castle in Delaware’s September 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. In doing so, O’Donnell caused an uproar among the political establishment. She lost the November 2010 U.S. Senate election in Delaware, to Democrat Chris Coons by a margin of 57% to 40%”

I put this excerpt in quotations because I got it from the Wikipedia. She became branded with the word “dumb”, one article called her “sexually repressed”, “crazy”, and “spooky”. And finally,

Sharron Angle

“Sharron Elaine Angle is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the Nevada Assembly from 1999 to 2007. She ran unsuccessfully as the 2010 Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in Nevada, garnering 45 percent of the vote. “

One of the controversies that surrounded her was her assertion that the constitution does not mandate the “separation of church and state”. Well, that is true, the phrase “separation of church and state” does not actually appear anywhere in the Constitution.

“The exact term is an offshoot of the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state”, as written in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. In that letter, referencing the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Jefferson writes: “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.” Jefferson reflected his frequent speaking theme that the government is not to interfere with religion.”

So….. was she right? I think so… But it did not stop there, after showing her support for the 2nd Amendment and maybe suggesting something further, Congressman Jim Clyburn said in January 2011 that “Sharron Angle’s endorsement of ‘Second Amendment remedies’ in her losing Nevada campaign against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid contributed to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.”

Angle was branded the “idiot” from “crazytown”. What is the end result of women, especially conservative women speaking out, running for office, or stepping out of their comfort zone —– unless you remain a part of the “establishment”, watch out — there will be swords on the left and clubs on from the establishment on the right. Believe it…

So….. Ain’t these women? And did they not go through a real beat down war? Chilling thought.



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Allen West “Yesterday the ghost of immigration reform past reared its ugly head”


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“Yesterday the ghost of immigration reform past reared its ugly head. In 1986 we went down this exact same road with amnesty for 2-3 million illegal immigrants. I heard the word “contingent” used often. Furthermore, the Senate Judiciary Cmte is headed by Bernie Sanders of Vermont.The final decision on immigration could mean a permanent dependent class and a permanent electoral block for the next generation. One can only estimate where political loyalties would lie, and imagine what happens to job opportunities for those here in America legally.”

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Pajamas Media “5 Things Republicans Must Do to Crush the Left in the Propaganda War” by Kyle-Anne Shiver

Well, well, well, elections actually do have consequences, don’t they? Millions of Americans are indeed suffering the real consequences of the Republican Party’s mealy-mouthed, yellow-streaked performance during campaign ’08.

Oh sure, both the Democrats and the willfully myopic media are most to blame for the Obama presidency, but it is high time that the Republican Party hotshots do a little introspecting of their own.

How is it that the American electorate knew so little about Barack Obama that they could stay stoned on hope-dope all the way to the voting booth? How is it that Jeremiah Wright’s racist, anti-Semitic tirades had not been heard by every man and woman in America before election day? What yellow-bellied nincompoops permitted the Democratic Party to turn the presidency of the United States of America into a garish, iconographic, messianic ego trip for a single individual with no qualifications but a teleprompter and a real-world resume fit for the back of a postage stamp?

Election ’08 was a clear case of Republican abdication. It was a propaganda war fought banana-republic style and John McCain was all but missing in action. Barack Obama didn’t have to win. All he had to do was show up for his coronation. Heck, the guy didn’t even have to put an American flag in his lapel or lift hand to heart during the national anthem. He just had to show his face, remind Republicans at every weak moment that he was black and the whole lot of hotshots sang his praises almost as much as his Democrat enablers.

Now, we’re clinging to the cliff’s edge with one chance to pull ourselves back from the brink of history’s dustbin. We can all see Greece from our bedroom windows and Republicans must get their act together and start winning the propaganda war. PDQ.

Here are five essentials that will turn the tide.