Rep Allen West – Op-Ed “Critical time for ideological debate” – The Hill

By Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.)– 04/24/12 06:03 PM ET

Much has been made of my recent response to a question from a constituent and assertion regarding so-called “communists” in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. I am pleased it has inspired so much passionate debate, for that was precisely the point.

When I was studying for my two master’s degrees in political science at Kansas State University and at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College, the very best professors were those who would begin each lecture with a challenging assertion. It engaged discussion and analysis, and was the best way to uncover the essence of the particular subject of the day.

As Americans, we must bring to the fore this fundamental discussion of what we want our country to be. Do we veer from our Founders’ vision of a constitutional republic that preserves and protects the individual sovereignty of its citizens, along with the free market and the rights of the several states, or do we continue to slide down this path of expanding the secular welfare state, nationalizing production and enforcing economic equality?

My colleagues in the Congressional Progressive Caucus have taken umbrage with my equation of their ideals with those of communists. Why? Why shouldn’t we have this discussion? What part of their agenda are they trying to hide?

We must be able to openly discuss how our fundamental freedoms are being slowly chipped away by an over-reaching nanny state that has bit by bit slipped its tentacles into every aspect of our lives, from the types of light bulbs we can use to the size of our toilet tanks.


Congressman Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up – April 16, 2012

Photo by Vicki Samuels

Photo by Vicki Samuels

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.

What a week.  My observation about the political ideology of the “left” apparently generated such an extreme response, it indicated a direct hit.  I am pleased that many Americans are beginning to take a look at the history of the progressive movement and the truth behind it.

When one examines the spectrum of political ideology on the “left,” there is little separation between the strategy and tactics of Communism, Progressivism, Marxism, Socialism, and a newly coined term, “Statism.” Actually, it was at the turn of the century in the United States of America that the reference “progressive” was introduced. Those using the term “communist” decided they needed a bit of “rebranding.” However, the basic fundamentals and beliefs did not change.

The term “progressive” is used to refer to the administration of President Woodrow Wilson. Out of the Wilson Administration came some very interesting policies that reflect the far left ideological structure, including a central government bank (Federal Reserve), support to a world body politic (League of Nations), and taxation on production (16th Amendment to the US Constitution).

When we speak of the spectrum of the political left, we see these very interesting aspects: nationalizing production, creating and expanding a welfare state, creating social and economic equality, and creating a secular state. When you recognize these things, as well as centralized financial control and centralized education, I must be truthful to my constituents and the American people. Today in the United States House of Representatives, we have a Congressional Progressive Caucus that does not possess beliefs in concert with that of our Constitutional Republic: individual sovereignty, economic freedom, and limited fiscally responsible government.

Here are some examples of recent legislative activities from members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC):

— An amendment to the United States Constitution to redistribute wealth (H.J. Res. 34)
– Windfall profit taxes and price controls on certain American industries (H.R .3784)
– Higher taxes on those deemed by the government to earn too much (H.R. 1124)
– Praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro after a 2009 visit to Cuba

President Barack Obama visited South Florida last week.  Not surprisingly, his speech focused on yet another political gimmick used to try and attack Americans. His speech on the “Buffet Rule” will only foster more divisiveness amongst producers and those who believe they are entitled. This horrific tax policy does nothing to either raise revenue or affect the debt and deficit in America. Doubling capital gains taxes will destroy investment in America. The real purpose of the increase in taxation is to score political points.

Over the past decade, we have seen federal government spending as a percentage of GDP grow from 17-18 percent to 24 percent with a glide path to 32-33 percent.  This is unsustainable.

The original progressive, President Woodrow Wilson, created taxation on personal income to feed the growing federal government. The current progressive president in the White House seeks to leverage tax increases (which was not supposed to happen) to feed the bureaucratic nanny-state and support the growing American welfare-state.

Those are the facts and we must be able to draw the contrast between the two competing ideologies in America, and make the choice between two futures for America.

We, as conservative Republicans, must have the courage to address that contrast and not fear the liberal media and their insidious and vile attacks.  If we are reticent in standing upon principle and pointing out these critical issues, then we are failing our constituents. I welcome the opportunity to debate those who have a different political ideology in the arena of ideas.
Before I close this week, I want to leave you with two quotes, which illustrate my steadfast determination to ensure the truth is heard:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” –
December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.
Isaiah 54:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Steadfast and Loyal,