Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up via Next Generation TV – 4/19/13 The Hateful Heart Of Terrorism

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The Hateful Heart Of Terrorism – It lurks in the shadows and strikes without warning

This has been a horrific week for America as once again we were reminded that we should never take our liberties and freedoms for granted. There are and always will be people who hate us just because of who we are and what this great country, America, represents.

All of us here at PJ Media, PJTV and Next Generation TV convey our heartfelt condolences and sincere blessings upon those who lost loved ones and have been seriously injured, psychologically scarred or horribly maimed by Monday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.

I will not regurgitate my sentiments about that specific attack in this week’s newsletter.You can view them in the commentary we released the following day.

We also learned this week of the toxic chemical substance ricin being mailed to Senate offices and the White House. This form of terrorism again creates fear, panic and hysteria in good Americans who are simply serving their country. These staffers are moms, dads, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters – Americans.

Terrorism is a tool of the weak to wreak fear upon the strong. The inhumane use secrecy and simplicity to intimidate their adversaries and alter how their enemies live. Terrorists intend to restrain our freedoms, to make us feel less secure. It is truly death by a thousand cuts, slowly bleeding the victims until they are dead.

What dies? A society, a dream, a nation that was created as a beacon for those who seek a better way, opportunity, not just for themselves but for the next generation.

Terrorism says, “We cannot take you head on, but we will hide in the shadows and instill fear.” Our response: We try to rationalize, to understand, and we may even make insidious excuses that only embolden terrorists in their objective, which is irrational.

I will never forget the killing of Leon Klinghoffer, who was pushed, wheelchair bound, off the Achille Lauro into the Mediterranean Sea. Terrorists behave this way, as my friend Brigitte Gabriel titled her book, “Because they Hate.”

The progressive path to economic servitude

This week also marked the 100th anniversary of the personal income tax. What began in 1913 as a supposedly temporary revenue measure has expanded into a tax code that is onerous, complex and confusing – and more than 75,000 pages long.
We released a commentary on the state of taxation in America. 

This weekend I will speak at the Rawhide Circle retreat held at the California ranch of former President Ronald Reagan. The topic is, “Can free enterprise survive for future generations?” The short answer is, not if we continue down the path of progressive taxation, which has become a weapon to undermine more of the hard-earned capital of American taxpayers.  We will not have economic growth under heavy taxation; we will have economic servitude.

A threat to the military chain of command

Another point of concern for me this week springs from an April 13 New York Times article by Thom Shanker. The article suggests that the military for the first time may require first-time generals and admirals to be evaluated by their peers and the people who they command on qualities like personal character.

U.S. Army Ranger school currently includes peer evaluations. However, each evaluator is a Ranger school student; no peer commands another.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is leading this new effort as part of a broad overhaul of training and development programs for generals and admirals. He believes that “evaluations of top officers needed to go beyond the traditional assessment of professional performance by superior officers alone” and that these changes are necessary “to assess both the competence and character in a richer way.”

This initiative breaks down the chain of command and discipline in the military. We cannot believe that the few instances of “misconduct” warrant a complete altering of the command relationship in the military.

This truly will threaten the “good order and discipline” of the military. A system of inspectors general exists to report illicit behavior of commanders. We certainly do not need any system that creates “political officers” in our units.

A week of mourning

We bid farewell to the Iron Lady this week, Baroness and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The world will miss her; however, she will always be remembered for her strength, resolve and vision.

We here in America also lost an iconic figure, professional football legend, Hall of Famer and broadcaster Pat Summerall. Many of us have fond memories of growing up with Summerall and his NFL commentary. Along with former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, he was one-half of the greatest duos in sports commentary. Farewell to Pat Summerall, a football legend and a great voice.

And our country endured yet another tragedy three days after the Boston terrorist attack – a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. I offer my condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in that tragedy.
Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

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Allen West Weekly Wrap Up via Next Generation TV 4/12/13

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Politicians Who Don’t Have A Clue  They ignore reality and shun smart solutions

Before we dive into this installment of the Next Generation weekly update, please make sure you go to our website and print your updated monthly NextGen data card. This will give you the latest stats on key economic indicators so you can compare the Obama administration’s record with the past.

Now let’s tackle the theme for this week: “I don’t have a clue.”

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are running around the country, on your taxpayer dollars, talking about gun control. However, a CNSNews.com report by Gregory Gwyn-Williams reveals that there have been 32 background checks for gun purchases every minute during Obama’s presidency.

Between Feb. 1, 2009 and March 31 of this year (the latest data from the FBI) there have been 70,291,049 such checks. That’s 1,520 days, the equivalent of 36,480 hours or 2,188, 800 minutes. So as the president would say, it’s math. Divide 70,291,049 background checks by 2,188, 800 minutes, and voila, you get 32 every minute.

Listening to the POTUS, you would think no background checks have been done during his entire presidency. Doggone, I knew that after retiring I should have opened a gun store with a firing range. At least we have found one business that is booming in the Obama economy.

See, if the president had a clue, he would realize that law-abiding citizens obey the law, and he is just pushing for more laws for them to obey. Perhaps Obama wants to hit 50 background checks per minute. That could be an important political statistic for White House press secretary Jay Carney to report.

However, consider that this week at Lone Star College in Houston, a deranged individual randomly stabbed 14 college students. If all things are equal, then Obama and the first lady should be calling for knife control, or at least box-cutter control or maybe even barbershop straight-razor control.

Actually, we probably should ban cars because we did recently have a severe multiple-car pile-up on an interstate in Virginia.
My former House colleague, Democrat Carolyn Maloney of New York, has come up with her own grand idea — gun insurance. I recently discussed it on Fox News. She doesn’t have a clue, either.

Unbalanced budget priorities

The big news this week is that we finally — and I do mean finally — got Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget. Of course it was two months late. It will result in $8.2 trillion in new debt. Yep, by 2023 the U.S. debt will be $25.4 trillion.

Obama also proposed $1.1 trillion in new taxes on top of the $1 trillion in taxes from his healthcare law and the $600 billion in new taxes via the deal enacted earlier this year to prevent America from going over a perceived “fiscal cliff.”

Obama’s budget also calls for $964 billion in new spending above projected growth. And nope, he has no plan to balance the budget. But fear not good citizens, the president assures us his plan is a “balanced” approach — meaning Obama does not have a clue.
If we implemented pro-growth economic policies and got Americans back to work, then payroll taxes would increase, fostering more solvency for Social Security. We also could up the retirement age from 65 to 68, lift the cap on payroll tax contributions and means test the program to create a defined benefit, not just a blind contribution.

This would get Social Security back to its original and intended purpose, but political leaders need to have a clue in order to do that.

A wake-up call for North Korea and China

On the foreign policy front, here is my recommendation to get Kim Jong Un to pipe down. Target every hydroelectric power plant in the northern part of North Korea that supplies China with power and take them out.

Convey a simple message to China: Get your mad dog under control or else. If anyone, including our president and secretary of State, believes China is really chastising the North Koreans, well, I have some really nice farmland to sell you just west of where I live in south Florida.

Do I believe North Korea really wants to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile toward the United States? No.

I do believe that in order to save face, young Kim-bo-san will have to do something. I believe that something will resemble attacks from two years ago – sinking the South Korean naval vessel or firing artillery into South Korean territory. I believe an attack more asymmetrical or small-scale and conventional than a nuclear strike could occur. We must prepare for that.

I am sure some people will think me crazy, but I recall when President Reagan found out about Libya’s involvement in the 1986 disco bombing in Germany that killed several American soldiers. He took action.

There are times when true leaders know they must convey to an enemy that they are not to be played with — like former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” who died at age 87 this week, launching the power of Britannia against Argentina in the Falklands.

Reagan and Thatcher, well, they had a clue and knew that foreign policy and national security were based upon respect, not likability. History remembers the resolve and leadership of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II, not his predecessor, Neville Chamberlain. The latter did not have a clue.

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Steadfast and Loyal,


Allen B. West

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Allen West “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Margaret Thatcher. Yet another icon of freedom and conservative principles is gone”

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by Allen West via Facebook

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Margaret Thatcher. Yet another icon of freedom and conservative principles is gone. She stood for free markets, against communism and socialism, and restored her nation’s greatness. We are so starving for this type of resolute principled leadership today and must ensure there is a next generation of leaders waiting to take up the gauntlet.

Read her words, and you’ll understand why I respect her so.

“If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and would achieve nothing. ”

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

“When I’m out of politics I’m going to run a business, it’ll be called rent-a-spine”