Allen West Weekly Update | @Next_GenTV | July 26, 2013

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Serene Reflections of America – Two men, soldiers and fathers, find perspective on the trail

Last weekend my wife Angela and our daughters decided to take a trip to Jamaica to visit extended family. Of course when you have aunts, uncles and cousins in Jamaica, you are going to have a nice time because it is less expensive and you really get to see the Island.I hunkered down Washington, D.C., over the weekend but linked up with my former brigade commander from Fort Bragg, retired Col. Denny R. Lewis. We went hiking on the Appalachian Trail. (And yes, unlike former South Carolina Gov. and now-U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, I was on the Appalachian Trail and not in South America. I took pictures to prove it.Denny and I headed out I-66 West on Saturday about 0630 down. We exited I-66 at Virginia Highway 55. About two miles down that road is an entrance to the Appalachian Trail near Linden, Va.We headed north on the trail toward two campsites, Manassas Gap and Dick’s Dome. It was a perfect morning – not too hot and a decent breeze through the trees as we began our ascent. We planned for a four-hour hike, with backpacks full of water, energy bars and the ole trusted peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches.

As we hiked, I remembered the times when as a student at the University of Tennessee we walked in the Great Smoky Mountains. The peace, the serenity, just affords one a time to reflect. For Denny and me, our serene reflections were of our America. On a day when there were those calling for protests all over America, two men, one white from West Virginia and the other black from inner city Atlanta, reflected on “old-school values.”

Old-school values worth remembering

Denny recalled how hobos during his youth came around and asked for work to get something to eat. They did not feel entitled to get something but wanted to offer a service for sustainment. He reflected upon how his small local community came together to support a family in need or distress. It was the community’s responsibility to help a neighbor in need.I told him that today the government is in the business of promoting distress and dependency for political gain. One need only look at the explosion in food stamp recipients and poverty in America over the past 5 years.Denny thought about the folks who came to pay their respects when his Mom passed away. They brought whatever they thought would soothe and comfort the family. He remembered one fella who brought some fresh “shine,” and he laughed as he remembered how good it tasted.When we both reflected upon the foundation of our country, the American family, our conversation really became animated. We both remembered the days when children were a reflection upon their parents and their reputations.

When I was growing up, one of the worse beat downs I got from my Dad was when we were visiting his hometown of Cuthbert, Ga., in Randolph County. I had been walking back from the store and playing some basketball, and when I got home, word had spread that Buck West’s boy Allen was disrespectful because he did not speak to the old folks sitting on their porches.

I had committed the ultimate sin, according to the old-school ways. I had been disrespectful in not addressing my elders. I had not given the simple recognition of “Hello, ma’am,” Hello, sir,” “Afternoon, sir,” or “Afternoon, ma’am.” And the insinuation was that my Dad was raising a disrespectful son.

Last Friday, President Obama stated that as a black man, he was followed at malls and shopping centers, had doors clicked when he crossed the street, and watched women clutch their handbags when he entered elevators with them. Well, perhaps, thanks to that one experience I had in Cuthbert, Ga., I never shared Obama’s experiences. Perhaps having parents who insisted that I be a respectful young man made the difference.

True measures of toughness

As we hiked, Denny and I reflected on how great it would be to have young black men in the inner city hike the Appalachian Trail for a day and spend a night – to expose them to the serenity and beauty of America instead of the chaos and despair that they witness every day in their neighborhoods.We agreed that toughness is not about cursing loud, joining a gang or killing someone in your neighborhood. If these young men are so adamant about killing people, they can focus their energy on a very determined enemy.Toughness is being pinned down by the enemy in a compound in Afghanistan, picking up a grenade thrown into that compound to protect your fellow paratroopers, and throwing it out only to have it explode as it leaves your hand – a now-prosthetic hand that I once shook.Toughness is disobeying orders and charging toward the sound of guns to rescue fellow Marines pinned down by heavy enemy fire or State Department officials under attack.

Toughness is looking at your family and telling them you have to go and take your post on freedom’s rampart to safeguard liberty, not knowing if that is the last time you will see them.

We can develop real toughness by gathering a group of young, inner-city black men, giving them a map, having them load supplies and telling them they have a certain amount of hours to reach a shelter and prepare their food for the evening while also ensuring they secure their site.

This past Saturday, the race-baiters just created more noise, more chaos, and still more young black men died in Chicago. What if we had decided to round up young black men and take them out for a hike? What if we had decided to take them away from the chaos and give them a place of respite where we could talk in peace and reflection?

When are we going to stop addressing the symptoms and treat the disease, the illness that afflicts the black community – the breakdown of families. Members of the black community can be angry all they want, but Bill O’Reilly of Fox News was right in a poignant “Talking Points Memo” commentary this week.

Role models for the next generation

As two American men from different backgrounds, Denny and I shared the experience of parents, Dads, who raised us to be the men we are today.While we were on the Appalachian Trail, we met a recent college graduate named Steph from Massachusetts. She started hiking the trail May 28 in Georgia. She was alone on the trail because her male hiking partner, John, had allowed her to go off alone. Denny and I ran into John after seeing Steph a second time at Manassas Gap shelter crossroads. She had left him a message.As two Dads with two daughters, Denny and I pondered chivalry and what we would have done to ole John if he had allowed our daughters to be alone on the Appalachian Trail. Nope, our musings were not an indictment of Steph as a capable young woman and a hiker. They were a reflection upon what it meant to us to be chivalrous men as opposed to what that seems to mean today.The next generation needs moments of serene reflection, and it needs us as parents to demand a higher standard, not the standard of low expectations that this culture will inculcate into their lives.

The next generation in the black community needs less voices yelling and less chaos that reinforces the soft bigotry of low expectations. It needs more role models who will expose them to the serene moments of reflection, responsibility and respect.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

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Christian Values, Morals, and Conscience Count – by Joseph M. Ryan

by Joseph M. Ryan

Headline Egypt; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s motorcade was met by protestors pelting the car with tomato’s and screaming Monica, Monica. 

We all know what these Muslims meant by Monica referring to her husband taking advantage of a young intern in the White House while he was president. Forget the people shouting who also have no Christian values. You see they have no problem with women being raped during their protests.

The problem though as I see it the democrat party has sunk into such a moral cess pool that a Clinton is our Secretary of State. She never showed any public outrage about her husbands actions. Other then try to blame a right-wing conspiracy (thank God for the blue dress). She lacks, like her husband values, morals and conscience.

This problem of the democrat party goes back at least to Ted Kennedy. In 1969 on July 19th the married Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge in Chappaquiddick. He was at a party most of the evening drinking, and had a young passenger with him at the time. Her name was Mary Jo Kopechne age 29 years. The car wound up in a tidal basin where Kennedy extricated himself and left Mary Jo to die. He did not summon any one for help, instead he swan across the bay back to his hotel room and thought about his political career. He did not notify police until the following morning after consulting with advisers.

You would think this incident would be a career ender. Wrong not for a democrat. He went on to serve in the U.S. Senate until his death in 2009. Even tried a run for the presidency in 1979. Kennedy lacked any values, morals, or conscience.

The same is true of the electorate that kept him in power. 

Next take a look at Al Sharpton. 1987 he perpetrated and out right lie that Tawana Brawley was raped by six white men. He named officials of Westchester County N.Y. As the rapists. He was later sued by Steven Pagones and lost for his defamation, ordered to pay $65,000. in restitution. Al wasn’t done just defaming people, in 1991 his inflaming rhetoric led to the Crown Heights riots and the death of Yankel Rosenbaum. One death not enough. In 1995 Sharpton led protests against Jewish business owner Fred Harari in Harlem, calling him “white interloper”. This led to the death of 7 store employees. Do you think these appalling actions would lead to disgrace and put Al’s con man organization out of business. No he’s a democrat he ran in the presidential primary of 2004 and since has been given his own TV show on MSNBC.

Elliot Spitzer Ex Governor of N.Y.. A big law & order guy tough prosecutor also a big fan of illegal prostitution. After his scandal broke did he go quietly into the night? Nope, Client #9 also got a TV show on CNN.

Lets not leave out Anthony Wiener (could anyone have a more appropriate name). Caught exposing himself on Twitter, forced to resign his seat in congress (Thanks mainly to the late Andrew Breitbart) is now considering a run for N.Y.C. Mayor. The man and his supporters have no values, morals, conscience, or shame.

A look at a few republicans and their piccadillos and what happened to them in the aftermath.

The biggest of all President Richard Nixon Watergate Scandal. Resigned his office went into a secluded retirement was hardly heard from for the rest of his life.

Charles Colson Watergate Scandal. Went to prison, on release he started a prison ministry.

Congressman Randall Duke Cunningham. A 20 year Naval aviator only Navy pilot to achieve ACE status in the Vietnam war. Plead guilty in 2005 to receiving bribes went to prison hasn’t been heard from since.

Congressman Mark Foley congressional page scandal. Resigned his seat just before the scandal broke and went back to Florida to hide. Later when it became known that then Speaker Denny Hassert had knowledge before hand the Washing Times and other prominent conservatives called for his resignation.

Governor Mark Sanford once on the top list of future presidential contenders now a disgraced ex-governor over his illicit adulterous affair. The republican state representatives of S.C. tried to bring impeachment proceedings against Sanford also a republican but were blocked by the democrats. His wife Jenny unlike Hillary Clinton divorced him and publicly denounced him.

The difference between the democrats and the republicans is that liberal progressives will continue to support anyone no matter what their crimes or indiscretions as long as they toe the left ideology. Where as conservatives will not accept this type of behavior from anyone no matter how conservative their policies and beliefs have been.  

We have Christian Values, Morals, and Conscience. They on the other hand do not. Which is why we now have representing us as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (don’t think world leaders are not laughing at her behind her back) and the most immoral of all Barack Hussein Obama as President. Who in his own book Dreams of My Father enlightens us on his drug use and his speaking out of Marxist and radicals.