Allen West “Our resources are not their toys and our lives are not for their manipulation”

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by Allen West via Facebook

Yesterday was a great day here in Louisiana, spending time with folks in Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Today I’ll get a chance to visit the National World War II Memorial in New Orleans before heading home. However, one thing sticks with me from my time here in the beautiful Bayou State: attending church service at First Baptist of Lafayette. Pastor Steve preached yesterday from the Book of Acts, Chapters 2, 4, and 5 about the five principles of Christian stewardship: unity, generosity, necessity, personal integrity, and accountability. As I reflect upon the decisions in our Nation’s capitol today I wish Pastor Steve had given that sermon on the House and Senate floor, and to a certain someone in the Oval office. Folks in DC are sent to be stewards and representatives and I wonder if we were to ask what their guiding principles are, what the response would be. Heck, I’d just like to know what sermon message they heard on Sunday morning. Our resources are not their toys and our lives are not for their manipulation. Do the right thing today Harry Reid. America is watching your stewardship.

LA

WATCH THE ENTIRE SPEECH HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTlaqR8iuUo

Breakfast Buffet with Guest Speaker LTC Allen West – March 17, 2013

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When: Sunday March 17 at 10:00 am

Where: Boca Raton Town Center Marriott

Cost: $35.00 pp.

Breakfast Buffet
Join us for a hot breakfast
10:00 am Sunday, March 17
Boca Town Center Marriott
5150 Town Center Circle
$35 per person.

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Your Speaker
LTC (ret.) Allen West.
Allen will be sure to give us the straight scoop on the issues of the day as well as discuss the launching of
Your Ticket

You won’t want to miss our first meeting of the year as we install a new board and set course for a successful 2014 mid-term election campaign. Get your ticket here.

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Rep. Allen West Statement on Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor

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(WASHINGTON)—Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today regarding the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor:

“One quiet Sunday morning 71 years ago, a brazen and surprise attack on our shores shocked and galvanized our nation more forcefully than any other single event had ever done.  More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded. The Pearl Harbor attack sank four United States Navy battleships and damaged four more. It also damaged or sank three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer, and damaged 188 aircraft.

Today we remember those who lost their lives on that day, and honor those who valiantly fought on. With courage, sacrifice and selfless dedication, these veteran heroes helped protect our country and preserve our freedoms.

We believed we would most likely never again see an attack of this type on our shores, but we were wrong. As the events of September 11, 2001 have demonstrated, those who wish to engage the United States on the 21st Century battlefield will devise ever more nefarious ways to kill Americans in order to disrupt and harm our way of life.

We must remain vigilant, we must always be prepared, and we must ensure we have the resources to appropriately and adequately respond to those who seek to extinguish our beacon of freedom in the world.

We owe a debt to those who perished at Pearl Harbor, we owe a debt to those who fought on and to those who continue to fight courageously for our country today, and we must remain steadfast for our children and grandchildren so they may live freely and peacefully in this blessed land.”

Rep. Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up and District Highlights of the Week

Dear Patriots,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. I pray you had a wonderful weekend and are getting a great start to your Monday.

I pray that my fellow Americans in the Jewish community in South Florida, and all across the world, enjoyed very blessed High Holy Days concluding with Yom Kippur. May your name be written in the Book of Life.

This segues into the topic of the United Nations General Assembly speeches of this week. It can be no more evident that we must identify and confront the clear and present danger and evil of our time. We cannot retract from this challenge and believe that rhetoric without resolve and vigilance is the answer.

If we go down the path of Sir Neville Chamberlain and accept the premise that dictators, despots, autocrats, and theocrats can be handled with a policy of appeasement then we threaten the future security for our children and grandchildren. Furthermore, if we fail to recognize the terror and the attacks perpetrated by radical, barbarian  Islamists, we embolden our enemy.

We can no longer refer to terrorist attacks as “man-caused disasters.” We cannot refer to this current global conflagration as an “overseas contingency operation.” We can no longer believe that you simply end a war by leaving and declaring that you have “kept a promise.”

As a former Combat Commander, I can attest to the fact that no warrior seeks to promote war, but all warriors answer the call of their country.

We no longer speak in terms of victory and certain defeat of our enemy. We seek to placate and even use taxpayer funds to issue apologies. It is simple: weakness is provocative in every way.

A week ago this past Friday, I addressed the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Round table and carefully laid out the situation in the Middle East and the Maghreb (North Africa). Our disengagement has left our best ally, Israel, isolated in the dark sea of terror at a critical time for her existence.

The Taliban has a saying, “Americans have watches, but we have the time.”

There must be a credible military threat that is viable and poses a serious concern to the Ahmadinejads, Morsis, and Zawahiris of the world. Unfortunately, with sequestration looming, we are telegraphing our recalcitrance to honor Ronald Reagan’s principle of “peace through strength.”

The story behind the terrorist attacks on the 11th anniversary of 9-11 in Libya just keeps getting worse. It comes down to purposeful deceit or unmitigated incompetence — either is unacceptable.

In closing, the downward revision of the Second Quarter Gross Domestic Produce growth number to 1.3 percent reiterates the horrible position in which we find the economic security of America.

Americans must ask themselves: What is more important? Like ability or leadership?

Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:

–  Sunday, 23 Sept; addressed the Sunday morning service at the Orange Avenue Baptist Church in Ft. Pierce, special thanks to Reverends Hart and Bullington for their kindness and invite and special thanks to the congregation, especially for the after church pot luck meal.

–  Monday, 24 Sept; keynote speaker at the Christian Family Coalition Pastor’s Appreciation breakfast; visited the Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart and discussed services and coming effects from Affordable Care Act cuts to hospice; visited the Treasure Coast Urgent and Family Care in Stuart to address concerns about Affordable Care Act and effects upon small business growth; visited the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute in Ft. Pierce for a tour and spoke to hospital staff and medical professionals- pictures here.

– Tuesday, 25 Sept; kicked off the “Hiring our Heroes” veterans job fair held at the West Palm Beach Convention Center. The event was an incredible success- pictures here– with many receiving on-the-spot hiring; visited the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center with House Veterans’ Committee Chairman Jeff Miller to discuss services, policies, procedures, and vision for the VA Hospital, hat tip to Director Charlene Szabo; visited local adventure clothing manufacturer Native Outfitters, highly recommend the active wear apparel from this local small business- pictures here ; visited the Louis Dreyfus Citrus Plant in Indiantown hosting United States House of Representatives Agriculture Appropriations Chairman, Representative Jack Kingston. The discussion focused on funding for citrus greening research, regulatory constraints, welfare reform as part of immigration reform, H2A Visas, and production costs in the juice industry which is reflected in a rise in commodity price and drop in consumption.

Wednesday, 26 Sept; took the morning to enjoy a couple of nice dives with the Jupiter Dive center. Saw lots of Goliath Groupers and enjoyed our beautiful reef diving experience while cleaning up some fishing line.

Thursday, 27 Sept; met with US Army JROTC C/LTC Logan Gallo and his Dad, Ron, to discuss charting a successful career in the US military. It seems not too long ago I was wearing the same uniform as a Cadet at Henry Grady High School in Atlanta GA. Please support our High School JROTC programs; visited the South Florida Wildlife Center in Ft. Lauderdale which is the nation’s largest trauma treatment center for wildlife. Was able to witness x-ray procedure on a falcon that had been recovered from a rooftop, as well as a checkup on an osprey and owl- great pictures here; visited Capitol Supply Company in Sunrise who provide unaccompanied housing furnishings for our military installations. We have assisted them in resolving a contract issue which allowed them to stay in business-  more info here and pictures here ; addressed the 52d Annual South Florida Manufacturers Association trade meeting, spoke on tax, regulatory, and monetary policy that works adversely to restoring our economy and support to private sector production and manufacturing growth.

– Friday, 28 Sept; addressed the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach Leadership Round table.

Saturday, 29 September; welcomed everyone at the Opening Ceremony of the Third Annual Palm Beach Touch Rugby Tournament benefiting our Wounded Warriors; addressed the Community Outreach Youth Program Leadership Seminar in Ft. Pierce sponsored by the Miracle Life Temple Church.

Congressman Allen West “We Must Change the Balance of Power in Washington DC”

This week we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our Founders’ signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Fourth of July marks an incredible milestone in the history of modern man as it celebrates the sovereignty of individuals and their own self-governance.

But this year, my own personal celebration will be dampened considerably by the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare.

With its ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Court has granted Congress infinite power to tax each and every one of us.  If this Act is not repealed, we will all be hit with the largest tax increase in our nation’s history.  It will cripple small businesses and punish Americans of all income levels.

Be even more devastating, we will have lost the individual sovereignty intended by our Founding Fathers, as the Court has in effect granted Congress the power to tax our choices and behaviors.

In addition to the Obamacare ruling this week, the Court also ruled against Arizona, saying that states do not have the right to take the initiative in protecting their own borders, and to add insult to injury, even ruled it’s okay to lie about having received military honors by striking down the Stolen Valor Act.

Our country is now in a very dangerous and precarious place. Our very Constitution is being slowly unraveled before our eyes.

The only solution is to change the balance of power in Washington DC with principled, conservative leaders. We must reinforce our hold on the House of Representatives, we must take back the Senate, and above all, we must take back the White House on November 6th.  Election Day is only 18 weeks away, and we have a heckuva fight ahead.
Will I see you July 4?

Downtown Delray Beach July 4 Celebration
2:30P.M. EST 1111 E. Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL

Port St. Lucie Freedom Fest
5:00 P.M. EST Port St. Lucie Civic Center 9221
SE Civic Center Place,  Port St. Lucie, FL

Star Spangled Stuart
7:00 P.M. EST Flagler Park 201 SE Flagler Ave
Stuart, FL


On Saturday I had the honor of participating in the first annual Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim in Jensen Beach.  Aaron was a member of SEAL Team 6.  Aaron and 29 of his comrades were killed last year in Afghanistan when terrorists shot down their Chinook helicopter.   With our nation’s 236 birthday just days away, we must take time to remember that men and women like Aaron Vaughn have sacrificed to ensure the blessings of liberty and freedom for all of us.  We must earn all that they have given us by redoubling our efforts to keep America exceptional.

On the eve of our nation’s 236th birthday, we kicked off our campaign on the Treasure Coast on Sunday with over 600 supporters at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.  I want to thank everyone who took time out of their Sunday afternoon to come and help send the message that the work started in 2010 is just beginning!

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Primary Registration Deadline: July 16th
Don’t forget – we still have to go through a primary election in August to make sure we’re on the ballot in November. You must be registered to vote by Monday July 16th in order to vote in the August primary.  Don’t miss the deadline

Absentee Voting
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Thank you for standing with me and our campaign, and for these United States.


Steadfast and Loyal,
LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress