Allen West “The future of our Constitutional Republic lies in your hands. Cowardice and failure are not an option”

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by Allen West on December 1, 2013

Every now and then someone says it so well, it just needs to be read as is. So it is with this piece written by M. Northrup Buechner, Associate Professor of Economics at St. John’s University in New York, as featured in Forbes Magazine.

Finally, what we have all been witnessing and addressing is drawing the attention of the financial elites who read the pages of this prestigious magazine. It is my hope that Dr. Buechner retains his position at St. John’s University because the lawless Barack Obama will unleash his hounds to destroy him.

Let this be a message to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and all Republicans. Take heed, the future of our Constitutional Republic lies in your hands — and cowardice and failure are not an option.

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Allen West “Gen Vallely outlines suggestions for nationwide rallies and a peaceful “civil uprising”

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by Allen West

We who have served in uniform took an oath, “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

Those who truly believe in and live this oath realize there is no statute of limitations on this commitment to our beloved Republic. True military servants will stand guard for America as long as there is breath in their lungs. While in uniform we know we must follow the orders of our superiors, as long as they do not violate any moral standard.

However, once out of uniform, we have more freedom to express our thoughts, perspectives, and insights. Towards that end, two retired U.S. generals, Army General Paul E. Vallely and Air Force Brigadier General Charles Jones, have created a citizens’ commission called America’s Provisional Leadership Council to scrutinize Obama administration actions on national security and economic issues.

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@AllenWest ” Join with me in the oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”

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by Allen West via Facebook

Today we remember and honor the United States Constitution. God bless French political writer Charles Montesquieu for inspiring our Founding Fathers – James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay – to create the system of governing philosophy for the longest existing constitutional Republic. However, let this day serve as a call to action for true American Patriots to protect and preserve our rule of law, our Constitution. Our legacy, our American exceptionalism is rooted in the immutable words of truth that begin, “We the People of the United States…” Read Dr. Larry Arnn’s book “The Founder’s Key” and Mark Levin‘s “The Liberty Amendments” and join with me in the oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

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The Allen West Goebels Flap – by John Hayward for Human Events

by John Hayward 

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) dropped some high-powered verbal ordnance in front of reporters last week, as reported in Politico:

“If Joseph Goebbels​ was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine,” West told reporters in the Capitol. “I think that you have, and let’s be honest, you know, some of the people in the media are complicit in this, in enabling them to get that type of message out.”

West was responding to a question about Congress’s low poll numbers and the fact that public blame is centered more on the Republicans. A Pew Research Center poll released Thursday found two in three voters in favor of tossing out most members of Congress in 2012, with a larger share of the blame aimed at the GOP.

The freshman Republican, whose district is in heavily Jewish South Florida, said his reference to Goebbels wasn’t designed to link Democrats to the overall Nazi party.

“I’m talking about propaganda, OK,” he said. “Don’t start taking my words and twisting it around. I’m talking about propaganda. And I think that’s a very important thing. When you tell me that everyone thinks that the only people on Capitol Hill are House Republicans, it’s because that’s what’s being portrayed, is that there’s nobody else up here.”

“Once again, you guys will take whatever I say and you will spin it to try to demonize me or demagogue me,” West added. “What I’m talking about is a person that was the minister of propaganda. And I’m talking about propaganda. So please. I’ll be prepared to wake up tomorrow and you guys make up some crazy story. Whatever.”

That happened on Thursday, Dec. 15.  West might have been able to wake up the next day without encountering any crazy stories, but he found one waiting for him on the House floor today, as described by the Palm Beach Post:

On what may be the final day of House business in 2011, U.S. Rep.Donna Edwards, D-Md., has introduced a resolution condemning U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, for saying last week that Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels would be “very proud” of Democratic efforts to blame congressional dysfunction on the GOP.

Reading from the resolution on the House floor this afternoon, Edwards said: “Such outrageous Holocaust analogies have no place in our political dialogue. They are offensive, they trivialize real historical events and they diminish the memory of the 6 million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust.”

The proposed resolution calls West’s conduct “repugnant” and says the House “disapproves of the behavior of the Representative of Florida, Mr. West, for bringing discredit to the House by offending the memory of those who died during the Holocaust.”

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Allen West to Holder “What Fast and Furious has to do with is misleading the Congress and the American people”

Florida Republican Rep. Allen West told The Daily Caller on Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder’s use of the race card as a way to attack those who are criticizing him is “reprehensible.”

“I think this is absolutely the last card in the deck, and that shows how weak their ground is,” West said in a phone interview. “But, what that means is they want to make white individuals afraid of continuing to put the pressure on Eric Holder because they don’t want to be seen as racist, and that is something that we have got to move beyond.”

Holder had told The New York Times over the weekend, in a front page Sunday story, that he thinks those who are criticizing him have racial motivations to do so. Holder said some unspecified faction — what he refers to as the “more extreme segment” — is driven to criticize both him and President Barack Obama due to the color of their skin. Holder did not appear to elaborate on who he considered to make up the “more extreme segment.” (RELATED: NYT runs ‘Fast and Furious’ factual inaccuracy, favoring Holder)

“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” Holder said, according to the Times. “Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” (RELATED: Justice Dept silent as Holder charges critics with racism)

West said Holder can’t logically assign race as a motivation behind the criticisms for his handling of Operation Fast and Furious. “What Fast and Furious has to do with is misleading the Congress and the American people about what you knew about this program, and if you did not know anything about this program, then who’s in charge of the Department of Justice?” West said. “It has nothing to do with your race — it has everything to do with competence, with your character and with your ability to lead the Department of Justice.”

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Congressman Allen West Remembers Pearl Harbor – Statement

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today:

“This morning I spoke to South Floridian and Pearl Harbor survivor, Abe Stein, who as a United States Army Staff Sergeant, witnessed the Japanese Naval attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The attack killed more than 2,400 Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and injured 1,000 servicemembers, marking the beginning of World War II.

Yet, it is the actions of the American military in retaliation to this sneak attack – not the attack itself – that has defined this great nation. Americans everywhere banded together – men volunteered to join the military and women went to work in military supply factories – everyone doing their part for the war effort.  Political leaders made hard choices they knew were imperative to the future of this nation. Never has there been a time in American history when this country was more united and focused, as it defended itself against Germany and Japanese totalitarianism.

As the son of a World War II Veteran, Pearl Harbor influenced my father, and thousands of others, to join the United States Military to serve their nation. The commitment of my father to our great nation also influenced me to follow in his  footsteps and join the United States Army.

As the decades pass and those who served in World War II fade away, let today not only be a tribute to the sacrifice of lives lost,  but also let it be a tribute to the undeniable American spirit and patriotism that is indicative of who we are as a nation.

Just as the USS Arizona still resting in Pearl Harbor today is a reminder of the sacrifice made by so many on this day in 1941, let the continued rise of leaking oil from the ship’s hull to the water’s surface be a reminder of the rising of courage exemplified in American exceptionalism.”

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Rep Allen West – Weekly E-Newsletter, Legislative Update and more

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is just amazing to me how fast the year has gone by. It seems like only  yesterday the 112th Congress was sworn in on January 5th.

I am recovering this morning from Sunday when I ran in the Palm Beach half-marathon- see story here– in West Palm Beach.  I dedicated my run to young Max Bello of Jupiter who suffers from juvenile diabetes. Max and I ran the first 3.5 miles together. What an incredible day!

In other news,  the new unemployment numbers were released this past Friday and there are those who are taking credit and celebrating. The “new” unemployment rate is 8.6% but that number does not tell the entire story. We also witnessed some 315,000 Americans who have completely given up searching for employment and therefore dropped from the workforce. We also remain concerned about the large number of underemployed Americans. In addition, with the upcoming holidays there is seasonal employment. There are conservative estimates the actual national unemployment rate is closer to 10.2%.

Forty two percent of  Americans have been unemployed for at least six months. Jobless claims were up at 402,000 and yes, there was an anemic 120,000 jobs added — which mainly seem to be in retail.  Which makes one wonder why the President would delay the Keystone XL pipeline project until after the election in November 2012? Based upon testimony at a congressional hearing this week, seems even the President’s union pals are not happy.

And a funny thing happened as well this week: the Department of Labor went back and “revised” the jobs created numbers for two previous months.

There are now 23 pieces of policy legislation passed in the House of Representatives relating to job creation sitting on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk. If we do not develop policies that promote confidence and certainty for our private sector, small businesses and corporations, then we shall not truly move the needle.

The current debate on Capitol Hill centers on another manipulative “fix” for our abysmal economic situation in America. The sad truth is there are those on both sides of the aisle who believe the American people are not competent enough to understand their political gimmicks aimed at personal electoral gain.

The temporary payroll tax cut has done nothing to stimulate our economy in this past year. We have seen Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in America over the past three quarters at only 0.4%, 1.0%, and 2.0%. Social Security, which is the primary recipient of payroll taxes, ran a deficit this year because of this payroll tax cut. For the third straight year we had a federal deficit of more than $1 trillion.

However, the political messaging wants to focus the American people on short-term “candy” which is in truth, long-term “poison.” We are in essence brokering our fiscal future for the insidious masquerade of immediate gratification for the American people.   Listen carefully, for this is nothing more than a simple attempt to buy votes.

Do we want to do something substantial?  Why not take the 2% that we are cutting off the payroll tax and apply it to income tax rates and make it retroactive to January 1, 2011? That is a viable solution, not a temporary fix, which means we would not have to come back and debate the same issue a year later.

As well, how has extending unemployment insurance, not “paid for” I might add, helped our jobs situation in America? It has not. What it has done is create and expand a victim class, totally dependent on subsistence from the Federal Government. Some on the other side of the aisle talk as if they are really concerned about Americans, but they seem not to be. It seems they only want economic slaves wedded to them for their “perceived” political survival.

So no, I will not vote to extend these gimmicks of political and economic enslavement of my fellow countrymen. I shall continue to fight for all Americans to restore our economic security and strength through fiscal policies and reform that are rooted in principle, not politics.   The America I know and love, for which I was willing to sacrifice my life, is worth this fight. This is not about class. America is not about class. America is about the individual freedom that enables an entrepreneurial spirit to flourish for ALL Americans to achieve their dreams and ambitions.

Our economy has a gunshot wound to the chest… no more band-aids!

Lastly, thanks President Barack Obama- looks like radical Islamists will have a 60-65% control of the Egyptian government. You are now right there with President Jimmy Carter for being a total failure in Middle East foreign policy. Is this what you meant by an Arab Spring?  More like Arab winter.

Steadfast and Loyal,

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Legislative Update:

– Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act — On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, by a vote of 235-188, I VOTED YES. The bill would pre-empt National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed rulemaking that will significantly change procedures that govern union elections by providing employers just seven days to find legal counsel and prepare their entire case to be presented at a NLRB pre-election hearing.

– Taxpayer Financing of Presidential Elections and the Election Assistance Commission — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 3463 by a vote of 235-190, I VOTED YES. The bill would eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF), terminate public financing of presidential campaigns, and return PECF funds to the general treasury for deficit reduction.

– Regulatory Flexibility — Also on Thursday, the House approved H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011, by a vote of 263-159, I VOTED YES. The bill would close loopholes that the federal government agencies are exploiting to avoid the requirement that they analyze the effect new regulations would have on small businesses.

– APA Reform — On Friday, the House approved H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act, by a vote of 253-167, I VOTED YES. The bill would define “major rule,” “high-impact rule,” “guidance,” and “major guidance” to broaden the definitions of rules that would be impacted by the bill. 

This Week:

– REINS — The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 10, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011. The bill would restore Congressional accountability for the regulatory process requiring Congress to take an up-or-down, stand-alone vote, and for the President to sign off on all new major rules—those with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more—before they can be enforced on the American people, job-creating small businesses, or state and local governments.

– Farm Dust — The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1633, The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011. The bill would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing any new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for coarse particulate matter for at least one year from the date of enactment of the legislation. The bill would also limit federal regulation of nuisance dust by EPA to areas in which it is not regulated under State, tribal, or local law, where the nuisance dust causes substantial adverse effects, and the benefits of federal regulation outweigh the costs.

DC/District Highlights: 

– Tuesday, 29 November, Recorded a short video address for the Hebron (Israel) fund annual dinner. I recommend we become more aware of what is occurring in Hebron, which I visited in December 2009. Met with Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer on the Keystone XL pipeline project and other issues facing Canadians “snow-birding” in South Florida. Ambassador Doer has my full support in moving the Keystone project along. Met with Mr. Robert Johnson, creator of Black Entertainment Television, on policies to stimulate urban area and minority business growth.

– Wednesday, 30 November, Participated in a Small Business Committee hearing on how the SBA is meeting the recovery needs of disaster victims. Participated in the 18th Annual DC’s Funniest Celebrity Contest for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer Fund- see photo here.  Out of the nine contestants, finished 3rd and took home a trophy. see story here.

– Thursday, 1 December, Taped a Holiday Season message for our troops deployed with the Pentagon Channel.

– Saturday, 2 December, Attended the Latin American Motorcycle Association pig roast at the American Legion Post in Riviera Beach. Attended the final game in the distinguished career of FAU Coach Howard Schnellenberger, and bid him “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

– Sunday, 3 December, Ran the Palm Beaches half-marathon, took lots of extra strength pain reliever, and then attended the Annual Palm Beach Chapter of the 82d Airborne Division Association Holiday banquet.

U.S. Rep. Allen West finishes half-marathon at Palm Beaches Marathon

By Scott Eyman for The Palm Beach Post

WEST PALM BEACH — The sturdy man with tattoos on both arms and his back crossed the finish line breathing heavily, but not really panting. Pretty good for a 50-year-old Congressman who’d just finished the half-marathon at the eighth running of the Palm Beaches Marathon.

U.S. Rep. Allen West wasn’t concerned about his time.

“I don’t know. I finished,” said West, R-Plantation. “As long as you finish, it’s good.”

Originally, West was planning to push a boy in a wheelchair for the half-Marathon, on behalf of a local charity, but that fell through. Instead, he ran for the pleasure of the exercise, and for the chance to meet his constituents where they live.

West also ran the half-marathon at the West Palm Beach event in 2007, but has never run the full length.

“Twenty-two years in the military wears on the knees,” said West, who spent more than 20 years in the Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

To stay in shape, West ignores the Congressional gym in Washington.

“I get up at 5:30 in the morning, do five or six miles, then push ups and crunches. I eat pretty good, lots of fruit, try to eat healthy. I did the Army 10-miler in October at 1 hour 28 minutes, 13 seconds. ”

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Congressman Allen West Nov 2, 2011 – U.S. Must Understand 21st-Century Combat – Roll Call Special

By Rep. Allen West

Special to Roll Call

  • Nov. 2, 2011, Midnight

Today’s paradigm of battle and combat operations is completely different from what I experienced in 1982 when I was commissioned as a young lieutenant in the U.S. Army. At that time, the battlefield was much simpler.

In broad strokes, there was the Soviet Union on one side and the United States on the other. We were familiar with their tactics and equipment, and they with ours. Both sides wore uniforms, and every now and then we would stage war games on border control missions.

That paradigm has completely disappeared, leaving in its place an asymmetrical battlefield with non-uniformed, non-state belligerents using unconventional weapons and tactics. If the United States is going to be successful in protecting its citizens and interests, it must quickly understand and adapt to this new battlefield and be prepared for success and victory.

While America may lack an appropriate strategic level perspective, we will never lose at the tactical level on the ground because the United States has the best soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen the world has ever known. But without the correct strategic and operational goals and objectives, we will find ourselves on the proverbial hamster wheel. No matter how much effort we exert on the wheel, we will not make forward progress.

To begin with, we must correctly identify our enemy. It is frankly naive to say we are at war with “terror” because a nation cannot be at war with a tactic. Imagine, if during World War II, the United States went to war against the “blitzkrieg” or the “kamikaze.”

Further, we cannot narrowly define the enemy as simply al-Qaida or the Taliban. It is just as ridiculous to say we declared war against the 12th German Panzer Division or the 55th Japanese Infantry Regiment in World War II or the 7th Guards Tank Division during the Cold War.

Before the rise of al-Qaida, the terrorist group which had inflicted the most damage on the United States was Hezbollah. Now Hezbollah has become a very capable military force, albeit one without state or uniform — so capable in fact, it has armed missiles within striking distance of every city in Israel.

The Obama administration has failed to identify Hezbollah as an enemy. On this 21st century battlefield we are not fighting against a single organization, leader or nation. We are fighting against the ideology of Islamic totalitarianism, manifested at a tactical level as terrorism, which knows no country and recognizes no borders.

Until we, as a nation, are able to correctly and openly identify our enemy, we will continue to put our men and women on the ground in harm’s way without a clear mission for success. Once we have identified the enemy, we must ensure we have clearly identified the specific strategic level objectives to effectively fight. I believe there are four:

1. Deny the enemy sanctuary. The number one asset our military has is strategic mobility. When that is curtailed by a focus on nation-building or occupation-style warfare, we eliminate our primary advantage, and worse, our military forces become targets. Because this enemy has no respect for borders or boundaries, we must be willing to take the fight directly to him.

2. Cut off the enemy’s flow of men, material and resources. We have to interdict the enemy’s flow of resources in order to prevent the ability to fund, supply and replenish his ranks.

3. Win the information war. Unfortunately, the enemy is far more adept at exploiting the power of the Internet, broadcast media and dissemination of powerful imagery. In addition, I fear our media now sees itself as an ideological political wing. If we cannot fully use our own national informational power as an asset, we will lose the strategic battle, if not our country.

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Citizen Congressman Allen West – by Bruce Bialosky

by Bruce Bialosky for Townhall

The founders of this country were quite an extraordinary group. Together, they created a unique government that they visualized would be run by individuals like themselves – ordinary citizens. They never envisioned a professional class of political leaders. The election of 2010 brought many non-professional politicians to Washington, but none more noteworthy than Colonel Allen West (R-FL).

West created a lot of publicity during the 2010 election, most noticeably because he is a Black Republican. In addition, he delivered some speeches that went viral on the Internet and ignited tremendous interest in his candidacy. He was defined as a Tea Party candidate that spoke bluntly about what was going on in America and about our campaign against Islamic terrorism. Since his election in November 2010, he has become the most visible member of the 84 newly-elected Republicans. When I asked a veteran Congressman his thoughts on the freshman class, the first name he mentioned was Allen West.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. West in a one-on-one discussion, and I found it to be a singular experience. In the past 35 years, I’ve spent time with many elected officials: City Council members, Assembly members, Mayors, Governors, even a President. Five minutes with Colonel West convinced me that he was different from any other elected official I had ever encountered. A serene humility pervades the man. For someone who has captured so much attention and attracted such a large following, one might guess that there would be a significant ego, but instead there is a unique wholesome genuineness that quickly becomes very evident. My personal BS meter usually registers instantly when I listen to politicians, but the meter was never needed with Mr. West.

I asked Mr. West a series of questions to which he had forthright and candid answers. When asked about his affiliation with the Tea Party, he explained that he had run in 2008 on the same platform and won 45% of the vote. The Tea Party found him – not vice-versa – and he clearly believes that the Tea Party is a reaction to the irresponsible debt and spending of the Obama Administration. Like Herman Cain, West is a huge favorite of Tea Party members, thereby contradicting the racial accusations shamefully fabricated by far-left members of Congress and despicably perpetuated by their cronies in the Mainstream Media.

West made clear that his role as a Congressman was far less important than maintaining his family life. He returns to his wife and daughters in Florida every weekend, and he has maintained his regimen of running – and not gaining any weight! – since entering Congress. He considers running one of his hobbies, along with scuba diving and following college sports, particularly those involving his two alma maters, Tennessee and Kansas State (where he received his master’s degree).

Mr. West has not yet committed to a Presidential candidate. He appears to be waiting for the voters to determine the best person to run against Barack Obama. He feels strongly that the candidates do themselves a disservice by participating in debates hosted by unfriendly organizations like MSNBC. He believes that this is a no-win situation in which they are being set up for a fall. Hopefully, the standard bearer will wisely choose who moderates the debates against Obama, making sure that the Republican gets as even-handed a situation as possible, even with a media so heavily biased in favor of the President.

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