Rep Allen West – on CNN 3/6/12 – Super Tuesday Get Out and Vote – Here’s the lowdown

March 6, 2012 Super Tuesday – Remember to get out and VOTE

IF YOU LIVE IN THE SUPER TUESDAY STATES YOU MUST GET OUT AND VOTE!

GEORGIA – 76 DELEGATES

IDAHO – 32 DELEGATES

MASSACHUSETTS – 38 DELEGATES – 3 SUPER

NORTH DAKOTA – 25 DELEGATES – 3 SUPER

OHIO – 63 DELEGATES – 3 SUPER (Winner take all)

OKLAHOMA – 40 DELEGATES – 3 SUPER

TENNESSEE – 55 DELEGATES – 3 SUPER

WASHINGTON – 40 DELEGATES – 3 SUPER (Voted March 3rd)

VERMONT – 17 DELEGATES (Winner take all)

VIRGINIA – 46 DELEGATES – 3 SUPER (Winner take all)

Don’t forget Alaska starts its voting process March 6th through 24th (2 week voting)

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW THE DELEGATES HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO CANDIDATES SO FAR: CLICK HERE

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Sarah Palin: Allen West Should Be Considered For Vice Presidency In 2012

Sarah Palin said Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) should be considered for the vice presidency in 2012.

After being asked if she’d consider the VP position during an interview with Fox News, Palin stumped for West, counting his military experience as valuable.

“You know who I’d like to see considered for the VP slot is Colonel Allen West,” Palin said. “In this very tumultuous time across our world, someone who has served in our military or at least has intimate knowledge of the way the military works and should work, perhaps by having a close family member serve, someone like that.”

“Colonel Allen West, who’s been to the school of hard knocks, he should be the one who should be considered seriously for VP,” Palin said.

Palin refused to say whether she would consider a second vice presidential run.

“It’s not a no,” Palin said. “What I’m saying is, if I were in a GOP presidential candidate’s shoes, I would first look to Colonel Allen West.”

Palin also brushed off the suggestion that she may be asked to step up for a presidential run in the case of a brokered convention.

“I’m not going to be asked,” Palin said. “If it results in a brokered convention, that is nothing to fear.”

Palin also discussed the current state of the GOP race, predicting that Newt Gingrich would win his home state of Georgia on Super Tuesday and calling claims that Rick Santorum’s appeals to Democrats were “dirty” campaign tactics “ridiculous.”

WATCH THE FOX NEWS VIDEO OF SARAH PALIN’S ENDORSEMENT HERE: THE DAILY CALLER

 

Rep Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up, Legislative Update and Weekly Highlights 1/23/12

Dear Patriot,

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

It has been a week of surprises in the GOP primary with John Huntsman and Rick Perry dropping out, a final count in Iowa giving the caucus victory to Rick Santorum, and a blowout win for former Speaker Newt Gingrich in the Palmetto State.

Speaker Gingrich’s victory is a testimony to two factors: debates matter, and people are looking for someone who will fight, both the establishment and the liberal elite media.

We all know Speaker Gingrich is quite at home on a debate stage and he truly showed that this past week. However, even in the light of character attacks, the two confrontations with reporters Juan Williams and John King elevated the Speaker to a different level.

We have had three very different candidates win the first three primary contests of this season. Quite perplexing. It is now on to Florida. Florida will be a true indicator because of its size and varying demographics, from the panhandle to the Florida Keys.

Can Speaker Gingrich maintain this new-found momentum? Can Governor Romney recapture his focus? Will Senator Santorum find a niche in Florida and remain relevant? Buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. One thing is for certain, at least our GOP candidates are being fairly vetted and answering hard questions.

As far as the Oval Office, this has been one heck of a week. How many of you know President Obama cancelled the largest-ever joint military exercise with Israel? This exercise was to focus on THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), which is a fancy way of saying missile defense. This cancellation came just two days before we found out President Obama had sent a secret communiqué to Iran’s supreme leader requesting talks.

Of course, there are those who say, so what? Well, the so what is that we cancelled the missile defense exercise because we did not want to “offend” Iran. Consider the message it sends to a nation run by theocrats and a mad man whose belligerence knows no bounds.  This comes as we have been considering releasing Afghan Taliban leaders to show good faith to the Taliban in order to begin negotiations. But then again, Vice-President Joe Biden stated we are not at war with the Taliban.

A critical part of our national security, as well as our economy and job creation, is energy independence. President Obama surrendered this week to the State Department to declare the Keystone XL project is not now in the national interest. A project studied over three years needs more time to be studied? I suppose this is what you get from a President who has a history of voting “present” most of his short political career.

America  needs the Keystone XL project now, especially when we here in South Florida are watching China place oil rigs capable of drilling just 45 miles off our coast. This issue is far from over.

On Friday we hit the magic “three year number” for the Obama Administration. By the President’s own words, he stated that if he had not turned things around in three years, he would be a one-term President. However, now he is asking America to give him four more years to fundamentally change America.

I hope Americans ask some fundamental questions before making that decision:

• What was the National debt three years ago?
• What was America’s global competitiveness standing?
• How many more Americans are on the poverty rolls and on food stamps in the last three years?
• What have our deficits been the last three years?
• What was the average price for gasoline three years ago?
• What was the average price for health insurance premiums three years ago?
• What was the price of a gallon of milk or a carton of eggs three years ago?
• How many Americans have lost their jobs or careers in the last three years?

Hardworking American taxpayers and families are losing their economic freedom and individual sovereignty, which is the unmitigated truth.

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address.  It is not too late for the President to work with the House of Representatives and develop a plan of action which will restore this great Republic and promote equality of opportunity, not equality of achievement.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update:

The House of Representatives had only one day of legislative activity this past week, on Wednesday. The House passed the “Motion of Disapproval” for the President’s requested $1.2 trillion increase to the nation’s debt ceiling. I voted to support the Disapproval of the request to increase the debt.

Highlights of the Week:

– Tuesday, 17 January, flew back to Washington, D.C. and met with Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland, participated in the House Armed Services Committee Panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry, opened up the Second Session of 112th Congress.

– Wednesday, 18 January, participated in a classified House Armed Services Committee members-only briefing on Iranian security and economic developments, participated in a House GOP Freshmen press conference on 1,000 days without a budget.

– Thursday, 19 to Saturday, 21 January, attended the House of Representatives GOP Strategy and Issues Conference in Baltimore, MD.

– Sunday, 22 January, addressed the Galt Ocean Mile L’Hermitage Speakers Club and flew back to Washington, D.C.

– Monday, 23 January, conducted a Black Conservatives Forum on Capitol Hill, see the video of the Forum here.  Spoke at the March for Life Rally.  

Others Could, Newt WOULD…The National Patriot article by Craig Andresen

This article in no way is an endorsement by Congressman Allen West, this endorsement is simply by the writer Craig Andresen of The National Patriot

On October 20th2011, in The National Patriot, I endorsed Newt Gingrich for President. It was early in the race and the debate stage was still over populated. Too many candidates, not enough time to hear real solutions to burning issues.

My endorsement was early and I have not regretted making it. Not for a minute.

Now, as we are down to 4 candidates on the stage, I continue to stand with Newt.

I know there are some who don’t like him and some who believe Newt is evil. So be it.

Of the 4 remaining GOP candidates, I believe, 3 of them could beat Obama.

While Ron Paul’s followers are die hard and in many cases, beyond over the top, I believe they have reached their zenith in numbers – and in truth, there just aren’t enough of them. They will continue to say Paul is the only one who can draw votes from independents and liberals disenchanted with Obama but, I just don’t see that being enough.

While Paul might be able to out debate Obama on fiscal concerns, frankly, this race is not going to be ONLY about fiscal concerns. It’s also about a failed Obama foreign policy. Paul’s stance on foreign policy would be every bit as failing and possibly more dangerous than Obama’s, and neither we nor our allies can risk that.

Eventually, a GOP nominee will be named.

Eventually it will come down to a one on one against Obama.

Without Ron Paul, I believe any of the other 3 could beat Obama.

Is COULD enough to bet on?

Finish the rest of this article by clicking here: The National Patriot

A Commander-in-Chief for the GOP in 2012 Must have a good Wing Man

WE THE PEOPLE MUST MAKE OURSELVES HEARD!

My theory, and I think I am spot on. We The People can demand from these candidates to verbalize whom they would choose for their perspective Vice President. I feel it deep down in my heart that if ONE of these candidates could HEAR from us on a Nationwide level that we want them to openly state to the press that their choice would be Congressman Allen West, we could ALTER every single one of these “polls” being conducted and throw a monkey wrench in the system.

I am asking each and every one of you to get ACTIVE, quit saying you are passing this around the social networks. CLAIM THIS, take the time to contact these GOP Presidential Candidates by email, phone, fax, whatever means necessary and tell them that in order to vote for them, they MUST choose Congressman Allen West. Allen West on a GOP ticket will alter the course of these elections and will put someone in the White House that will only help our nation begin it’s journey back to it’s original roots.

I am asking you to not only get this out there in the social networks but get this viral and get up off your butts, dial that phone, send that email or even ALL of the above. Encourage everyone you know that it is imperative that we act now, considering the options set before by the mainstream media, the electorate, the caucus, the polls etc…

HERE are the links to the candidates for your convenience. In no particular order

Newt Gingrich

Rick Santorum

Mitt Romney

Ron Paul

by Tanya Grimsley, follow me on twitter @luvGodncountry

Our Republic is on the brink, Should We Revisit Tun Tavern? Patriot Alert!

PATRIOT ALERT…THIS IS A LETTER WE DRAFTED TO GET IN FRONT OF KEY DECISION MAKERS TOMORROW. THERE ARE TWO GATHERINGS OF HIGHLY INFLUENCIAL CONSERVATIVE POWER PLAYERS THIS WEEKEND. ONE GATHERING IN TEXAS, ONE IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

WE SEEK TO GET THIS LETTER CIRCULATING AT THESE TWO CRITICAL MEETINGS TOMORROW. BOTH GATHERINGS HAVE THE PURPOSE OF MAKING ONE, LAST DITCH EFFORT, TO PUT FORTH A CONSERVATIVE ALTERNATIVE, TO MITT ROMNEY, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, OFFER UP A GOP CONSERVATIVE OPTION, SURE TO DEFEAT BARACK OBAMA. WE THINK WE HAVE THE “ONE IDEA.” IF YOU BELIEVE IN THIS “ONE IDEA” AS PASSIONATELY AS WE DO USE ALL YOUR CREATIVE ENERGY, AND CONTACTS TO GET THIS LETTER OUT TO TEA PARTY LEADERS, AND OTHERS, THAT MIGHT PRESENT THIS IDEAL TO THE MOVERS, AND SHAKERS, IN THE ROOMS TOMORROW. THIS IS TRULY A GRASSROOTS, ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE INEVITABLE PARIDIGM, NOW ON A FAST TRACK TO BEING INEVITIABLE.

NO ONE GAVE WASHINGTON’S ARMY A CHANCE ON THAT FRIGID NIGHT, WHEN HIS RAGTAG ARMY CROSSED THE CHILLY POTOMAC. LOOK WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED. THEY GAVE BIRTH TO THE LAND OF THE FREE, AND HOME OF THE BRAVE. WE ARE THEIR DESCENDANTS, AND THEIR PATRIOT BLOOD COARSE’S THROUGH OUR VEINS.

FREEDOM HAS BEEN FREE TO US. NOT IT’S TIME FOR US TO GET SKIN IN THE GAME…GIVE IT YOUR ALL, AND LEAVE THE REST TO GOD. “WITH A STRONG RELIANCE ON HIM.”

LETTER BELOW…….

Ladies and Gentlemen

Our Republic is on the brink. We trust you recognize this unfortunate fact to be true. This gathering in Texas on this day resonates like the meetings in Tun Tavern in Philadelphia during our nations founding. If you will allow us an opportunity to reach out in a Patriotic flag-wave, our group “Restoring America’s Greatness” has an idea which we believe has merit, but indeed needs honing. I will spell it out here in simple terms. The names that we have chosen to slot in particular positions would most definitely need to be altered, as this premise is simply from a meeting of God-Fearing, America Loving folks. “THESE are the times that try men’s souls…” Now is the time to think outside the political box.

We fear 4 more years under the Obama Administration will indeed put our Republic over the brink. We also fear that a Romney Administration, while better than the other option, will not turn this ship called America around in a way that would be exemplary to the Conservative cause. Many like-minded Conservative Patriots gather for civil debate on Social Networks on who our choice should be for the GOP nominee for POTUS. Generally like-minded thinkers certainly have different opinions as to who we believe should be our nominee. Because of this, we have come to the following conclusion and following thought of interest:

Why does a candidate have to run for this most important job as a solo act?? In this critical time, would it not be in the best interest of the Republic and of the GOP party to have not only a POTUS nominee, But a nominee who already has a cabinet that he/she could introduce to the voting public? Why should a Rick Santorum, a Newt Gingrich , Rick Perry or any Conservative candidate lose the nomination only because they are out spent?? Why can’t a candidate announce before the Convention who his VP is, his Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and so on?? Wouldn’t a concerned citizenry be invigorated to support, donate, promote and enlighten other Americans if they were given an entire Administrative Cabinet to consider?? 

We obviously understand that this is easier on paper when it is in the real political arena, but here is our point: If, say, Newt Gingrich (simply as an example, our group does not wholly support any 1 candidate, hence our concern) would come out an announce that he is now running with (all examples obviously) Rick Santorum as his VP, John Bolton as his Sec of State, Allen West as Sec of Defense, Michele Bachmann as Attorney general etc etc etc…would that not be a unique, meshing, unheard of opportunity to unite a People??

Politicians would have to put COUNTRY before power, THE PEOPLE before ego. But, we would indeed find our true patriots in government running a campaign in such a unique yet dignified way. Is there a more important time in this great nations history to attempt such an uncommon approach to restoring America back from where she was born??

We ask that you consider this approach while gathering in Texas. “Restoring America’s Greatness” supports this endeavor, understanding it is indeed a dynamic. We hope to hear back from your fine collaborate group at some point in the near future. Thank you and God Bless America!!

by: Mark Bonner, John Swetland, blogged and supported  by Tanya Grimsley 

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MONEY BOMB by William J Murray for Rick Santorum for President – GING-PAC

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William J Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., active on issues related to aiding Christians in Islamic and Communist nations.

Senator Rick Santorum is a champion of religious freedom. While he was in the Senate he worked with numerous organizations including those affiliated with me to promote religious freedom in nations which are repressive such as Iran. At critical moments he worked to assist Christians and others sometimes facing death for their beliefs. Please support Rick Santorum. His voice is needed over the course of this campaign.

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VIDEO – Rep Allen West EXCLUSIVE Interview – on GOP Contenders and Obama’s contempt for Congress

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE 16 MINUTE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH NEWSMAX

Congressman Allen West tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama has “complete contempt” for Congress and is starting to believe that he has an “imperial presidency.”

The Florida Republican says Newt Gingrich is the “smartest” GOP candidate but thinks any of the Republican hopefuls can beat Obama in what undoubtedly will be a “brutal bloodbath.”

West also asserts that sanctions will not succeed in deterring Iran’s belligerency and warns that the United States should not cut the defense budget to make the military the “bill-payer” for Washington’s failure to rein in spending.

West, who was elected in 2010, is a member of the House Tea Party Caucus. He is also an Army veteran who served for more than 20 years, with postings in several combat zones, and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.President Obama has said he is hopeful for an improved economy in 2012. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, West was asked whether Americans should feel that way.“No, they shouldn’t,” West declares. “President Obama is just going to sit back and hope that things fall into his lap.

“He’s not going to do anything as far as reforming our tax code so that our small business owners have some sort of predictability. He’s not going to do anything to lower the corporate tax rate and eliminate loopholes. He’s not going to do anything to correct the regulatory environment that his administration is putting forth. In 2011, his administration added more than 71,000 pages of new regulations to the federal registry. That’s not how we’re going to heal this economy.”

Asked whether Obama has given up on “hope and change,” West responds: “I think the president has given up, period, and he’s in a campaign mode. He’s going to disengage from Washington, D.C. That’s not leadership, that’s an abdication of leadership.

“What concerns me is the rhetoric around [Obama’s recent recess appointments]. He is going to bypass Congress. He has a complete contempt for the legislative branch. We don’t have an imperial presidency, but I think that is what he’s starting to believe.

“We have to be very vociferous about this. We’ve got to get in the arena and battle the president and the liberal progressive ideology in the arena of ideas.”

In response to Iran’s continuing nuclear development program and threats to shut off the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf, West tells Newsmax: “I think you have to make sure a credible military option is still on the table.

“Sanctions will only have an effect if the regime cares about the standard of living of their people. That’s not the case, so you have to have a viable military threat, because in that part of the world despots, dictators, autocrats, and theocrats only understand strength and might, and that’s what we have to show.”

West criticizes Obama for his recent announcement of deep cuts in the military budget.

“The military cannot be the bill-payer for the fiscal irresponsibility in Washington, D.C., because the military budget is only about 19.6 percent of our overall budget. The driver of our debt is the 62 percent that we spend on the interest on our debt, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. So it is cowardice to not confront that 62 percent and pick on the military.”

With the New Hampshire primary today and primaries in South Carolina and his home state Florida looming, West says he still has no plans to endorse any particular GOP candidate. But he has high praise for Newt Gingrich.

“I think without a doubt he has proven to be the smartest person out there,” West says.

“He has won all the debates. He definitely has a clear vision as far as where he wants to take the country. But I think the negative ads that were run against him out in Iowa really put a little chink in his armor. Now it’s a matter of can he recover from that in New Hampshire and then in South Carolina and Florida. I think he is probably the biggest competitor for Governor [Mitt] Romney as we go forward.

Mitt Romney really has to prove himself as far as being a true conservative. A lot of people are looking at his record when he governed in Massachusetts, a blue state, and they want to know he will go with the right kind of policies because, when you look at Speaker Gingrich, there are some incredible accomplishments — the fact that he balanced the budget for a series of years, and welfare reform.”

West also downplayed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s strong showing in the Iowa caucuses.

“Look at what the Iowa caucus is — a reflection of a very simple point: 120,000 voters. Well, you’ve got 300 thousand to 350 thousand registered Republicans just here in Broward County [Florida]. So is that a true indicator in Iowa? You have a very small sample out there that is not reflective of the diversity of America.”

On Texas Gov. Rick Perry, West says: “I don’t know if Governor Perry is going to be able to recover from the initial stumbles he had out of the starting gate with those debate appearances. I think he was disappointed with the showing he had in Iowa, especially with the investment he put in there.”

As for Texas Rep. Ron Paul, “When you talk about fiscal responsibility of the federal government, that perks people up. But when you transition from fiscal matters to national security and foreign policies, he really loses people.

“I think every [GOP presidential candidate] we have on the table can win the nomination other than Congressman Ron Paul.

“You’ve got to be able to draw a clear contrast between who you are, what you represent — conservative constitutional principles — and that which President Barack Obama represents: Big government, economic equality, wealth redistribution. You’ve got to show that America’s not about class, it’s about equal opportunity and not equal achievement.

“I think each one of our candidates can do that, but they have to understand it’s going to be a brutal bloodbath because this is such an important election cycle.”

Asked whether he favors one of the GOP candidates, West responds: “No, I sit back. My most important focus is to be a good representative here in District 22. We have a lot of things we need to square away in Congress. We’re going to start this kabuki dance all over again about the payroll tax [cut] extension because for whatever silly and insidious reason the Senate only wanted to extend it for two months, and Speaker Boehner decided to go along with it.

“There are a lot of issues facing us. I’m concerned with our economic situation. I’m happy that the unemployment situation has come down to 8.6, 8.5 percent, but I’m concerned whether or not that’s a seasonal bump. We need to sustain that because you have three or four million jobs that were completely lost and you have a large contingent of Americans that are under-employed.”

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Rep. Allen West exclusive Q and A with Sun Sentinel – Do you favor a candidate? Nope!

By Anthony Man January 4, 2012 05:42 PM

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, said Wednesday he expects a range of presidential choices when Florida Republicans vote in the Jan. 31 primary, though the field will continue to shrink.

West, the he most prominent Republican in Broward and Palm Beach counties, spoke late Wednesday with Sun Sentinel reporters and editorial writers.

Here’s his take on the results from the Iowa caucuses, the Tuesday kickoff to the Republican presidential nominating contest.

“What you have seen coming out of Iowa with the top three that finished is a broad spectrum across the Republican Party. You have a person that is center to center-left, you have someone that is center to the right and you have a libertarian,” he said.

That refers to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who finished first, second and third.

“Now the question is how can they continue to play their message out with the other primaries,” he said. West expects a the field to continue to narrow. “Based upon his performance in New Hampshire, you’ll probably see maybe former Governor [Jon] Huntsman drop out.”

“I really believe that Florida’s going to play a very important role because Florida’s a very diverse state. It’s a very large state. It’s a swing state. And I think it would be really indicative of the way forward as far as this Republican primary.”

Who has the advantage coming into Florida [which holds its primary on Jan. 31]?

“Well, I mean I think that you have to look at the fact that already Governor Romney has a pretty established ground game down here. And that goes back to the fact that he did run in 2008 and so you build upon that. Rick Santorum will have to try to pick that game up as you go through New Hampshire, South Carolina. And Ron Paul is once again, he still has a pretty good ground game. It is already established here from 2008 so we’ll see what happens.”

You described Romney as center-left.

COMPLETE THIS INTERVIEW BY CLICKING HERE: Sun Sentinel

 

Do you realize what we have at stake in this election next year? – by Neal Boortz – Talkmaster

by Neal Boortz for Townhall

OK, Republicans. Since you’re so religious and all – it’s time for a little “come to Jesus meetin’”. If you’re not familiar with the term, click on the link. It’s time for a little harsh dressing down.

Do you realize what we have at stake in this election next year? This isn’t just about taxes, pork spending, social security benefits and repairing bridges. This is about saving our Republic. Do you know we’re already past our life expectancy? Economies and societies built on the rule of law, liberty and economic freedom have this troubling tendency to destroy themselves at around the 200 year mark. This happens when people figure out they can use the ballot box to get their hands on someone else’s stuff.

Well guess what, folks? We’re there. We’re past there. We’re on the ropes. We’re old – and durned near on our deathbed.

We have a president who was not raised as an American. Oh, I know. He’s a citizen and all that … but he was not infused during his formative years with how fortunate he was to have been born in this country and what it means to be an American. He lived in Indonesia, for crying out loud, for much of his childhood; that and Hawaii. Well guess what? I lived in Hawaii too, and I can tell you that as a student in Hawaiian schools you weren’t exactly saturated with American culture and history. Hawaiian history? Sure. And that’s understandable. Hawaiians are very proud of their heritage. But U.S. history? Only what the schools absolutely had to include. And that private school, Punahou, that Obama went to in Honolulu? Here’s another “guess what?” My sister taught there; right around the time that Barry was a student. Again – not a place where you’re going to learn what a blessing it is to be an American and a citizen of the greatest nation on earth … ever.

Our president thinks that American greatness comes from government. He believes that free enterprise is inherently evil. He is robbing us of our economic liberty as he institutes a command economy. He believes in using tax policy for income redistribution rather than raising the revenue needed to pay for the basic (Constitutional) functions of government. He said he was going to fundamentally transform the United States of America, and we stupidly didn’t ask him just how he planned to do that. Now we know. And now we know that for our children to have half a chance of improving on the standard of living that we have enjoyed – or even living as well as we have — this man has to be sent back to a community organizing office behind a dry cleaner on the South Side of Chicago … STAT.

That brings us to Newt Gingrich and this little puddin’ storm over his comments on immigration. Newt suggested that we might not want to be rounding up people who have lived in this country – though illegally – for 25 years or so; during which time they raised families, started businesses, paid taxes and helped drive our economy; and ship them back to Mexico. As soon as those words were out of his mouth Michelle Bachmann – desperate for a way to ignite voters – started screeching about “amnesty.” In no time we had the ObamaMedia falling over itself to parrot the “amnesty” line and call Gingrich out on strikes.

Let the progs and libs play this thing any way they want … but you Replublicans; you GOPers … could you make a special effort and try to get serious here for a minute or two? Think! I’ve done it on occasion, and I can promise it’s not painful.

Do we need to enforce our immigration laws? Absolutely! Does the border with Mexico need to be secured? No doubt. And Gingrich has said he would do just that. But a bit of realism needs to creep into this conversation.

I love analogies, so try this one: You come home from work to find a pipe has broken. Your home is flooded. What is the FIRST thing you do? Do you sit there and argue with people about how you’re going to get all that water out of your home? No. The FIRST thing you do is shut off the water. The same logic applies to our immigration problem. The first thing we do is secure our borders. Gingrich says he will shut them down.

OK … so the flood has stopped. NOW you start to clean up the mess.

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