Allen West “In the end, progressive socialism, secular humanism, and Islamic totalitarianism will be tossed upon the ash heap”


Written by Allen West on October 19, 2013

I recently visited the Five Star Veterans Center in Jacksonville, Florida on behalf of the Allen West Foundation where we had a nice gathering of Americans and the theme of “The American Dream.”

As I drove home after the event heading to South Florida, ‘round about Cocoa Beach I gazed over in amazement at a disturbing electronic billboard sign. I thought perhaps my eyes were just tired. However, as we got further down the road near Vero Beach, I saw the sign again: “Find Jesus in the Quran” with some quranic verse number and the website,

Hours before, I had spoken about the American dream and Jefferson’s immortal words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Those words embody the American Dream: that our individual rights emanate from God, our Creator, not from man or government. It is that deep Judeo-Christian faith that enabled 56 men to embark upon the quest of creating a nation where the individual reigned preeminent.

So how was it that I gazed upon two electronic billboards promoting an ideology that translates into the word, “surrender?”




@AllenWest As I awoke to this 12th remembrance of 9/11, I was saddened to learn the news of the passing of my Congressional mentor

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by Allen West – Facebook Timeline Photo’s

As I awoke to this 12th remembrance of 9-11, I was saddened to learn the news of the passing of my Congressional mentor, Representative E. Clay Shaw. Congressman Shaw welcomed me to South Florida upon my retiring from the US Army in 2004. I will never forget meeting him the first time and getting his blessing and endorsement to run in the congressional district which he had represented for over 26 years. Congressman Shaw was there with me the night of our victory in 2010 and sat beside me on the House floor the day of my swearing-in. E. Clay Shaw was truly an American Statesman, great husband, and tender father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed by so many and I shall continue to pursue the restoration of the America he so dearly loved. Fair winds and following seas Sir, Steadfast and Loyal.

Clay Shaw


Congressman Allen West “To The People of New Jersey, NYC and Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy”

“As the sun rises this morning Angela and I send out our thoughts and prayers to the people of New Jersey and New York City who have been severely affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

“Many here in South Florida have relatives and connections to the areas worse hit by the storm, to include my wife Angela. We lift you all up in this time that God will provide you the comfort and perseverance to weather this storm.”

“To my Congressional colleagues in the hardest hit areas, you have my utmost support in any way I can provide assistance. Just as a new day began, so shall an even better sun rise upon your restored lives and communities…America is here for you.”

Rep. Allen West – via Facebook Status

Rep. Allen West, Corps of Engineers, community leaders discuss solutions to port problems


(WEST PALM BEACH) — In the second series of roundtable discussions with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Congressman Allen West (R-FL) invited officials from Port Everglades, the Port of Palm Beach, elected officials, and staff from coastal communities stretching from Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties to discuss the future of South Florida ports.  Representatives from the Rybovich Superyacht Service Center in Riviera Beach were also in attendance.  The discussion centered around dredging and maintenance of Port facilities, beach re-nourishment and the cumbersome federal permitting processes that municipalities and private businesses are facing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection also attended the meeting.

“I am grateful for the participation we had today from the Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA Marine Fisheries, and the Florida DEP,” West said. “It is important that we keep an open dialogue between these three agencies and our coastal communities.”

Carlos Vidueira, Vice President of Rybovich, attended the meeting to encourage the Corps to allow dredging near the Port of Palm Beach so he can proceed with building a new Rybovich facility, which is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the Riviera Beach community.

“We have made a lot of progress and I am optimistic that something positive will come out of this discussion,” Vidueira said.  “I appreciate Congressman West making this meeting possible.”

Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith attended the meeting with hopes of learning more about how the Corps may fund the St. Lucie Inlet dredging project and other projects the county is pursuing in the future.

“I have a huge responsbility to taxpayers to keep the inlet open and safe,” Smith said. “Funding strategies have changed concerning the Corps of Engineers. There is a significant amount of work that needs to happen now because of these funding changes.  I believe this meeting has helped us understand what the county needs to do next.”

Among the actions that came out of the discussion, West committed to looking into legislative action to help South Florida’s Ports.

“I have asked my staff to look at legislative solutions to ensure government regulations do not continue to block economic growth around our ports,” West said.  “We must find a way to resolve the issues our ports are facing.  Hundreds of South Florida jobs depend on it.”

For a photo gallery of the meeting, click here



Rep Allen West Statement – “Mandatory Pool Lift requirement is insidious regulatory policy”

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL)  is concerned the recent clarification rule of the Americans with Disabilities Act requiring all public pools, hot tubs and spas to be handicap accessible will have an enormous, negative impact on the South Florida hotel industry.  The regulation (RIN 1190-AA44) is set to go into effect in May 2012.  The standards require hotels, state and local governments, resorts, swim clubs and other sites to install costly, fixed lifts, disregarding the financial impact the requirement would have to those entities during an already volatile time in the nation’s economy.

“This is another example of the bureaucratic nanny-state not considering the economic ramifications of its insidious regulatory policies,” West said.  “I have talked with and received letters from several South Florida hotels saying this is a wasteful exercise that will cost Florida businesses a lot of money and accomplish nothing.”

West believes an alternative to the regulation would be to allow governments and businesses to install a lesser expensive, ‘portable’ lift, that would be ready for specific use.  A mechanical lift including installation could cost an estimated $10,000 each.

With only a few months to implement the requirement or face fines of $55,000 from the federal government, many South Florida hotel chains are scrambling to meet the deadline.

“This position makes no common sense and will be an economic disaster to hotels in Florida,” said Michael Walsh, President of Ocean Properties in West Palm Beach, a company that operates 46 hotels around the Sunshine State. “This is the federal government making a bad policy with complete disregard to reality.”

Walsh said his hotels have not had a single request for a lift.  Further, he has concerns a permanent lift will result in injuries from children playing on it and getting hurt.

West is supporting a letter circulating around the House of Representatives asking for an extension of the regulation deadline, to further investigate the requirement.

“With such a short amount of time given to implement the new regulations, many hotels will be forced to shut down their pools,” West said.  “This could be devastating to the Florida tourism season.”

The New Democratic Party – Wasserman-Shultz Jewish Democrat Fundraising for a group headed by Khurrum Wahid

The “New” Democratic Party! A Jewish Democrat Fundraising for a group headed by Khurrum Wahid, a South Florida attorney. According to the Florida Bar, Wahid “has defended individuals charged with allegedly committing or conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.” He has also spoken at an event sponsored by the American arm of the South Asian Muslim Brotherhood (Jamaat-e-Islami) and the Islamic Circle of North America, an organization that has been connected to the financing of both al-Qaida and Hamas.

(Sunshine State News) — Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be the keynote speaker at the annual fundraising banquet of a Muslim group with some controversial connections.

EMERGE USA — which is aligned with the Florida-based Center for Voter Advocacy — is headed by Khurrum Wahid, a South Florida attorney. According to the Florida Bar, Wahid “has defended individuals charged with allegedly committing or conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.”

According to the organization’s mission statement, “EMERGE [Empowering Motivating Educating Resourceful Grassroots Entities] aims to politically empower and train its constituents to be effective community organizers and work in coalitions to advance beneficial policies and legislation that help protect and enforce the rights afforded by the United States Constitution.”


3 cheers for the ‘1-percenters’ – by Congressman Allen West – Opinion Contributor

by Rep Allen West 12/14/11

Perhaps the most conspicuous symbol of wealth is a mega-yacht. Only those “millionaires and billionaires” among us can attain these magnificent vessels, measuring 100 feet or more in length.

These mega-yacht owners are the same “1 percenters” now vilified by both the Occupiers of Wall Street and one particular occupier of the White House.

These occupiers resent mega-yachts as a symbol of ill-gotten gains — of wealth stolen from others and squandered needlessly.

But I want to ask those occupiers some questions. What about the mechanics, dock hands, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, welders and fiberglass laminators who build these yachts? What about the crews, captains, cleaners and caterers who serve on them?

Are the livelihoods of these “99 percenters” frivolous and expendable? Do the occupiers care at all about “the workers”?

Evidently not. When the 1 percenters are asked to pay their fair share with a “luxury tax” on their yachts and decide, maybe, they won’t buy a yacht after all, who suffers the most? Those who build, service and provision mega-yachts — skilled workers paid an hourly wage, or small family businesses and local retailers.

South Florida’s marine industry supports more than 200,000 workers. Each superyacht built requires more than 1,000 workers to complete.

Ten percent of the purchase price of each yacht goes into maintenance each year, performed by 99 percenters, including mechanics, dock hands, cleaners and other service staff. In two years, we will have the best mega-yacht facility in the world, when Rybovich opens for business in Riviera Beach, Fla.

This year, I went to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, for a congressional summit with members of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

I toured a breathtaking 165-foot vessel with a $50 million price tag. It would take $5 million each year to maintain this impressive yacht’s seaworthiness — and roughly $125,000 just to fill the gas tank.

In every way, this boat exemplified the greatness of America’s free-market capitalist system. First, that people have the capability to purchase and maintain a vessel like this. Second, that we have the capabilities here of production, manufacturing, investment, innovation, ingenuity and craftsmanship to build them in the first place.

As I walked along the floating docks, speaking with yacht builders and vendors, it was easy to get a sense of their pride in America. Many vendors are family businesses that have long histories and will be handed down to the next generation — unless policies like high estate taxes continue to ruin the American dream of building a business and passing it on.



Congressman Allen West – Legislative Update 11/7/11


Legislative Update:

Improving Small Business Capital Formation — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2930, the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, by a vote of 407-17, I VOTED YES. The bill would remove SEC restrictions on “crowdfunding” so entrepreneurs can raise capital from a large pool of small investors who may or may not be considered “accredited” by the SEC. H.R. 2930 would permit “crowdfunding” to finance new businesses by allowing companies to accept and pool donations up to $5 million without having to register with the SEC.

Also on Thursday, the House approved H.R. 2940, the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act, by a vote of 413-11, I VOTED YES. The bill would remove the regulatory ban that prevents small, privately held companies from using advertisements to solicit investors—a Depression-era regulation that unnecessarily limits the pool of investors and severely restricts the ability of small companies to raise capital. Both of these bills would change and update Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations to promote, rather than hinder, small business access to equity financing—a key mechanism for business expansion in light of tightened lending standards which make a commercial bank loan an increasingly difficult option.

*These are two more bipartisan pieces of legislation, which are part of the GOP Plan for American Job Creators that join over 15 other pieces of legislation sitting on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk.

Highlights of the Week:

Monday, 31 October, Happy Halloween, flew back to Washington and welcomed the Fort Lauderdale Chamber Fly-In with a fireside chat at the Wasie Foundation.

Tuesday, 1 November, Gave opening remarks to Fort Lauderdale Chamber and introduced Israeli Ambassador Oren at National Press Club, participated in House Armed Services Committee Panel on Department of Defense business, attended members-only classified briefing on national security with Security of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended Fort Lauderdale Chamber reception at Florida House, introduced Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Ted Deutch.

Wednesday, 2 November, meeting with former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr, welcome remarks to Fort Lauderdale Chamber on Capitol Hill Day, signed Holiday Mail for Heroes cards sponsored by American Red Cross, attended House Armed Services Committee full hearing on Defense sequestration with Chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Commandant of the Marines, lunch with members of the Afghanistan National Assembly, spoke to them about developing a plan for their nation, participated in a special GOP Members meeting on deficit and appropriations, attended Fort Lauderdale Chamber reception at home of Chilean Ambassador – trade and visa policies dominated the conversation.

Thursday, 3 November, gave closing remarks for Fort Lauderdale Chamber visit and introduced United States Secretary of Labor Chao, participated in House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on Irregular Warfare capabilities, received phone call from Federal Aviation Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt regarding an issue I have been working on with Nova Southeastern University, taped remarks for Veterans Committee video for Veteran’s Day release.

Friday, 4 November, recorded weekly video address, interviewed by former alumnus of The Benjamin School (North Palm Beach, FL) and current George Washington University student, Cory Weinberg, for a student assignment, took picture with The Benjamin School students on East Capitol steps, flew back to South Florida after final votes.

– Saturday, 5 November, attended the 4th ANGLICO Marine Corps Birthday Ball reception, attended the Take Flight Award Gala for the homeless Veterans Home known as Stand Down house.

-Sunday, 6 November, church, family and football day!



Congressman Allen West – Schedule of Direct Speaking Engagements 11/7 – 11/13

Congressman West will be speaking at the following events during his constituent work week, November 7th to November 13th: 


Lantana Middle School
November 7th, 1:00-2:00 pm
1225 West Drew Street
Lantana, FL

Seminole Ridge Community High School
November 9th, 1:30-3:00 pm
4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road
Loxahatchee, FL

Discovery Middle School
November 10th, 10:30- 11:30 am
11421 NW 56th Drive
Coral Springs, FL

FAU Students
November 10th, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL


Renaissance Assisted Living Facility
November 7th, 3:00-4:00 pm
1050 SW 24th Avenue
Deerfield Beach, FL

Small Business:

Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce
November 8th, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
La Cigale Restaurant
253 SE 5th Ave
Delray Beach, FL

SCORE Chapter
November 8th, 1:30- 3:00 pm
7999 N Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL

Congressman Allen West vows to help yachting industry – At a marine industry summit

By Lucy Chabot Reed

October 30, 2011

Those days of U.S. customs officials sometimes stopping yacht crew for having the “wrong” visa (even though they have the correct one) may be coming to an end.

At a marine industry summit at the boat show yesterday, U.S. Congressman Allen West, who represents South Florida in Washington D.C., called on groups and leaders to create what they call in the military an After Action Report (AAR) when the show is over that points out the hurdles the yachting industry is dealing with. Then to send it him so he can endorse it and send it to the pertinent federal agencies so the issues can be addressed.

“For whatever reason, people respond when they get a letter from me,” West said. “Create a document with your big ticket issues on it and the lessons learned so I can start getting them addressed. I don’t want to be sitting here next year talking about these issues again.”

Top of the list was the inconsistent application of visa requirements for yacht crew. Depending on the customs agent, crew with B1/B2 visas are admitted for usually about six months with no problem; sometimes the agent insists on the C1/D visa and denies entry.

Another is the amount of export duties — or lack of import duties — that make it harder for U.S. boat builders to compete globally.

Billy Smith of Trinity Yachts described a recent launch, a 161-foot motoryacht, that was sent to China. The buyer had to pay 48 percent in taxes to take delivery.