Rep Allen West “This We’ll Defend”

(WASHINGTON)-– Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today on the 237th birthday of the United States Army and the celebration of Flag Day:

“Today marks the 237th birthday of the United States Army as well as the celebration of our Stars and Stripes, Flag Day.

The Army is the largest and oldest established branch of the United States military, with a primary mission ‘to fight and win our Nation’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders.’

I can still remember the details of the day that I was sworn in as an Army Second Lieutenant in 1982.  I remember the pride I felt wearing our nation’s uniform and the feeling that I was a part of something larger than myself.  I knew it was an honor, a privilege, and a responsibility…and I was committed to it wholeheartedly, just as thousands of men and women volunteer to commit themselves today,  not because they are forced to, but beacuse they truly want to serve their nation.

It is fitting that the Army’s birthday also falls on Flag Day, as the Army’s motto is ‘This We’ll Defend.’  If it weren’t for our brave soldiers defending our nation for the past 237 years, there would be no freedom to fly our flag.  In fact, there would be no flag at all.

‘This We’ll Defend’  represents the spirit of our Army, in that there is no ‘I’ or ‘Me’, but ‘We’.  As soldiers, we are unified to further a mission.  On the 237th birthday of the Army and on the celebration of Flag Day, let us as Americans recommit ourselves to the spirit of the Army, that ‘We’ are stronger united than divided, and working together, ‘We’ as Americans will always prevail.”


Poverty and Welfare – The Creation of the Entitlement Class by Providence Crowder 1 of 4

by Providence Crowder : Contributor to Contagious Transformation

Understanding the Democrat and Republican Parties Through Their Own Words


Political parties are comprised of individuals.  Within a particular party, the individuals may vary to some degree on how they view particular issues.  Corporately, however, political parties set platforms that generally represent the ideologies of the people that make up that party.  In closely comparing the party platforms of the two major political parties in this nation, one can better determine which party best represents his or her moral, social, and economic convictions and make an informed choice based on that persuasion.

How the Democrat and Republican parties address the social ill of poverty is worth examining. Poverty is a reality in this nation and abroad, and neither political party diminishes that reality nor seeks to intentionally do injustice to the economically disadvantaged.  However, the parties have differing ways in which they approach the poverty issue.  I have compared two years from each party’s platform; years in which they specifically addressed Poverty, Welfare, and Welfare Reform.  There were other years in which these issues had been addressed, but for simplicity, I used just two; 1968 and 1980.   After each year’s bulleted platform summary, I recapped the conclusions of each party in my own words.

These are the parties, in their own words:


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