Weekly Update from Allen West via Next Generation TV 3/29/13

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Democracy And Priorities – The court clash over gay marriage and its impact

I enjoy the multiple televisions on display in the PJ Media newsroom because I can contrast news coverage on Fox, CNN and MSNBC. But I admit that as the day winds down, and especially amid March Madness, we drop MSNBC for ESPN. Funny thing, watching ESPN rather than MSNBC actually makes you more enlightened.

I noticed on the TVs this week that two of the three stations gave incredible prime coverage to one topic, gay marriage. This is obviously a very emotional issue, and the cable stations presented the news through an emotional prism.

My take? Marriage is between a man and a woman to support the furtherance of a society through the creation of progeny. I support the traditional family structure, though sadly that structure is being decimated in the black community. However, I also support civil unions, and one can bet that the vicious gay rights lobby will come out with its predictable vehement attacks against this statement.

But that begs a question: How does one get particular rights based upon sexual behavior? I thought John Locke first established that we all have the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and estate (property). I have been checking the Constitution a lot since January 2009, especially the Bill of Rights, because it seems that now everything is a right when most presumed rights actually are privileges.

A threat to the will of the people

This brings me to my real point about this week’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing of oral arguments in two cases about gay marriage and the ensuing media attention. America is a constitutional republic, and our political process is executed through a democratic system of electorate voting.

One case before the court is over the “constitutionality” of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California. The issue was presented as a referendum to the people back in 2008, and they passed it, joining other states that have voted to not allow same-sex marriage.

This is where and how the issue should be settled, as states issue marriage licenses. Do not query me about the states that previously banned interracial marriage. Race is not behavioral, so there truly is no basis for comparison. And no, I do not equate the civil rights movement to the “gay rights” movement.

The most disturbing aspect of the Proposition 8 case before court is not the issue itself. My concern is that the referendum of the people has been disregarded. The people of California voted for Proposition 8.

Now we see a special-interest group, a minority special interest group that refuses to accept the referendum of the people, seeking to have the court system legislate and overturn the will of the people. This is a clear violation of our democratic process, and a dangerous precedent is being established.

In the other case before the high court, we see a previous president (Bill Clinton) speaking against a bill (the Defense of Marriage Act) that he signed into law. This is a dangerous precedent as well, whereby a past executive undermines the rule of law.

These are the story lines we should be hearing from the media, not the overly emotional aspect that has no lasting effect upon our republic.

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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.
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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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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

Rep Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up and Legislative Update 6/23/12

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. It is time again for my weekly update report to you all. It has been another whirlwind week and there are some very deep concerns I have on several points.

First of all, the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform voted to bring Contempt of Congress charges against United States Attorney General Eric Holder. When this resolution is brought before the full House of Representatives, I will vote YES to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

Operation Fast and Furious has been a dark blight which must be resolved, as United States Border Patrol agents and hundreds of Mexican citizens have lost their lives as a result. This is not something to disregard. The Department of Justice under Eric Holder has not been truthful or forthcoming, not only with the United States Congress, but the American people, and  with the parents of slain Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry.

Operation Fast and Furious is either the result of abject ineptness or complicity, or both.  No matter which, both are egregious and  leadership must be held responsible and accountable.

For President Barack Obama to claim “Executive Privilege” demonstrates that this administration has been misleading Americans about its knowledge and involvement from day one. The invoking of “Executive Privilege” now begs the question, “What part did the administration play in this Operation Fast and Furious?”

Meanwhile, the United States House of Representatives is focusing on its tasks at hand – addressing the issues of economic, energy and national security while ensuring we have an accountable government. We continue to pass job and economic policy legislation that  unfortunately continues to pile even higher on the desk of United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Which leads me to my second point of concern, the Supreme Court of the United States decision on healthcare which will most likely come next week.

It is not only the individual mandate that must go, there are at least 10 more reasons to support full repeal of this Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA);

1. Employer mandate
2. 18-20 new and higher taxes
3. The Independent Payment Advisory Board
4. State mandates
5. MEDICARE payment cuts
6. Higher health costs
7. Conscience Mandate forcing religious institutions to pay for contraception and abortion
8. Government control over the doctor-patient relationship
9. A true budget-buster cost of $1.76 trillion over 10 years!
10. More than 150 new boards, agencies, and programs.

This was the “signature” policy of  President Barack Obama, rather than debt and deficit reduction and small business growth.

I will be voting for full repeal, again, as well as promoting development of free market healthcare reforms to protect our American citizens and reduce their healthcare cost burden.

Lastly, the United States Senate is debating and amending the Farm Bill. However, when one considers that 80 percent of this piece of legislation is dedicated to Food Stamps (Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT), it seems this bill should be re-titled the “Food Stamp Reauthorization Bill.” In the past ten years, (2002-2012), food stamp spending per year has increased from $20.6 billion to $75.6 billion. The United States Senate bill will increase it again to around $80 billion per year.

Since January 2009, food stamp recipients in America have grown from 32 million to 46 million, a 45 percent increase.  While this is happening, we are being asked to slash another $500 to $600 billion from the United States military.

Now, tell me where you think the priority lies in this administration? Clearly, it’s not about America’s economic or national security.

The focus appears to be on creating and expanding a socialist-style bureaucratic nanny-state designed for economic dependence, not economic freedom.

As a final note, for those in the black community who hoped this administration would bring about change for all, please take a few minutes to view our Conservative Black Forum on urban economic empowerment, and answer one simple question, are you better off now?

Steadfast and Loyal,


Legislative Update:

Lands Package — On Tuesday, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 2578, the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, by a vote of 232-188, I VOTED YES.  The bill would incorporate 14 bills approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources.  The bipartisan package would remove federal red tape to responsible, local economic development and job growth.  In addition, the bill would encourage tourism and recreation, promote responsible use of our public lands and resources, protect the environment, secure federal lands along the U.S. border, and would promote the development of clean, renewable hydropower.
 Energy Package — On Thursday, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 4480, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, by a vote of 248-163, I VOTED YES.  The legislation combines seven bills that would reduce our dependence on foreign oil, as well as spur economic growth and job creation. H.R. 4480 is aimed at increasing production on federal lands and protecting American refineries by reducing unnecessary red tape and burdensome Obama Administration regulations.  According to the CBO, enacting the bill would reduce direct spending by $385 million over the 2013-2022 period and would not affect revenues.  In addition, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $189 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.

Next Week:

Agriculture Appropriations — Next week, the United States House of Representatives is expected to consider the Fiscal Year 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill.  As reported, the bill would provide $19.4 billion in discretionary funding for programs funded through the bill.  The funding in the bill is a reduction of $365 million below last year’s level and a cut of $1.7 billion below the President’s budget request.  The Agriculture Appropriations bill funds several government programs and services, including food safety, animal and plant health, rural development and farm services, and nutrition programs.

THUD Appropriations — Also next week, the House of Representatives will likely begin consideration of the Fiscal Year 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill.  The legislation was reported out of the Appropriations Committee on June 19 and provides funding for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies.  In total, the THUD Appropriations bill provides $51.6 billion in discretionary spending, which is a reduction of $3.9 billion below last year’s level and $1.9 billion below the President’s budget request.

Transportation funding — In addition, the House of Representatives may consider legislation relating to the authority to appropriate funds from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for federal highway and surface transportation programs.  On March 29, 2012, the House passed H.R. 4281, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, which extended surface transportation program authority for three months through June 30, 2012.

Student Loan program — Also next week, the House of Representatives may consider legislation to maintain undergraduate student loan interest rates of 3.4 percent. Currently, the rates are set to double on June 30, 2012.  On April 27, 2012, despite a veto threat from the President, House Republicans approved a bill to prevent the interest rates on new student loan from increasing to 6.8 percent.  The bill would have offset the expense of extending current rates by repealing a slush fund included in Democrats’ federal government takeover of healthcare law.

Contempt of Congress — Lastly, the House of Representatives will likely consider a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  The resolution was reported out of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform by a vote of 23-17.  If a majority on the House of Representatives approves a resolution of contempt, it would be referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for enforcement of the subpoena.

HealthcareThe House of Representatives will be prepared to respond to the Supreme Court of the United States decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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The Justice Department Plays a Losing Hand—Again – Conservative Papers @pjpaton

by Peter Paton

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an appeal today with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals of a federal district court’s decision refusing to issue an injunction against major portions of Alabama’s new immigration law.

On September 28, Judge Sharon Blackburn upheld most of Alabama’s law, including a requirement that police officers check the immigration status of individuals stopped, detained, or arrested when they have a reasonable suspicion that the individual is unlawfully present in the United States.

The inherent right of state and local police officers to make immigration arrests has been upheld by numerous other courts of appeal, including the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and 10th Circuits. Even a unanimous Supreme Court recognized the authority of local police officers to inquire into the immigration status of individuals who have been lawfully detained in 2005 in Muehler v. Mena. This makes DOJ’s challenge even more unwarranted and dubious.

Judge Blackburn also upheld a requirement that schools report on the immigration status of their students, as well as another provision barring illegal aliens from contracting with the state government or state courts from enforcing contracts with illegal aliens.

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