Another classic slap-down by the first-term Congressman Allen West

by Jerry McConnell

This past week, the crotchety Majority Leader, Senator Harry “Extreme” Reid, (Lib-Dem NV); we are treated to another classic slap-down by a first-termer Congressman putting the irascible and testy Senator back on his heels.

In a report by Dustin Stockton – Western PAC on the same Saturday, January 21, 2012, the rookie Congressman, Allen West, (R-FL) responded to Senator Reid’s typical and boring remarks blaming the Tea Party and in particular, the recently-elected representatives of being “extremists” and “obstructionists on steroids.”

Reid’s personal lexicon of chastising words appears to be extremely pint-sized and limited to mostly just two words, ‘extreme’ and ‘draconian’ a sort of ‘cover all situations’ library.  His recent use came while criticizing the Republicans and Tea Party participants for, as Dustin Stockton details, “attacking us for simply saying ‘no’ to endless government spending.

As Stockton points out, however, “Luckily, we have leaders like the freshman Congressman, Rep. Allen West, who responded to Reid this week, saying “Reid’s attack shows how threatened he is by our (Tea Party) movement, and that he will stop at nothing to continue his party’s reckless spending habits.

“This past Sunday on Meet The Press, we saw Senator Harry Reid talk about people being obstructionists. We saw him blame the Tea Party, we saw him blame Senate Republicans. He’s even blamed House Freshmen on the Republican side.

“But what Harry Reid does not understand simply, the constitutional conservative grassroots movement called the Tea Party stands for this, they stand for fiscal responsibility, they stand for fiscal sanity. And the American people have to balance budgets in their homes. Our small business owners have to balance budgets to run their businesses. So obviously what Harry Reid calls obstructionism as I look at it, he stands for fiscal irresponsibility. He stands for fiscal insanity!”

Dustin Stockton continued, “Like Rep. West, we are proud to be considered “obstructionists” by those who seek to bankrupt our nation. But make no mistake: Harry Reid won’t be satisfied with just attacking us in the media.”

Reid’s personal venom extends to any measures, no matter how unprofessional or otherwise that will stop the reelection of the Tea Party first year Congressmen who put our country’s needs first and foremost on their agendas.

As my readers have noticed that in the past I have not endorsed any of the candidates; I kept looking for a strong conservative but the only one that had appeared was Michele Bachmann who did not wage a favorable campaign and dropped out.

Newt Gingrich’s positions on the illegal immigration issue have been, to say the least, unclear most of the time.  But his aggressive stance when threatened with possible “dirty” politics by CNN’s John King showed me that here was a man that will stand toe to toe with Barack Obama and when the going gets tough in a debate over fiscal responsibilities and other constitutional obligations, he will land the knockout punch without delay and retire the usurper in the White House.



Senator Chambliss’ answer’s email on the detainee amendment

In response to an email;

Here are Senator Chambliss’ comments on the detainee question.

Thank you for contacting me regarding the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the Senate on December 1, 2011, that included several provisions relating to the authority of the United States to detain certain individuals associated with al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

It is well-founded in our history that the United States has the authority to hold enemy combatants until the end of hostilities in order to prevent their return to the battlefield.  The detainee provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act codify this long-recognized authority, and make clear that any al Qaeda terrorist, whether foreign or American, who takes up arms against the United States can be held under the laws of war.  Because we are at war, detention within a military framework is often the most fitting solution for handling certain terrorist detainees.  At the same time, the provisions ensure that the rights of United States citizens continue to be protected by the Constitution.  Thus, any American detained under this authority would still be able to challenge his detention in a federal habeas proceeding.

 During the vigorous debate of the National Defense Authorization Act, several Senators offered amendments intended to address perceived problems with the provisions.  Rather than improve the legislation, however, these amendments would have severely undermined our intelligence collection efforts from suspected terrorists.  As we continue to fight al Qaeda and other terrorists, our primary concern must be to ensure  that our military and intelligence professionals have the authority and flexibility they need to collect valuable intelligence.  Because of the negative impact these amendments would likely have had on such critical collection efforts, I am thankful the amendments were defeated.  Following vigorous debate and an agreement to re-emphasize current law concerning the detention of persons captured inside the United States, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization bill with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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