READ Allen West’s Op-Ed “How MLK’s Dream Got Derailed”

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How MLK’s Dream Got Derailed

Liberal politics is preventing the black community from fulfilling the vision of the March on Washington

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King delivered that monumental speech to ensure that the words of Thomas Jefferson, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal,” lived up to their meaning, just as Lincoln sought to do. It is therefore quite appropriate that the monuments to these three astute Americans are within eyeshot of each other.

However, where have we come in these 50 years and what is legacy of that speech today?

Dr. King postulated that, “the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.”

There can be no doubt that we have highly successful blacks in all walks of life, but when we examine the state of America’s inner cities we must all be appalled; shall I say Detroit?

We have fought to break the chains of physical bondage, but today the chains of economic bondage are even worse. This is not about social justice but about ensuring that the economic opportunities of America can resurrect small business entrepreneurship in the black community. Our economic, tax, and regulatory policies must promote free market growth, investment, innovation and ingenuity to enable self-reliance.

We need to promote the growth of our small community banks in order to provide the capital for those in our inner cities with an idea in their heads and determination in their hearts. The Reagan administration proposed such an initiative – urban economic empowerment zones.

Dr. King stated that, “America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.” Today, the government is issuing electronic benefits transfer cards and even recruiting for enrollment. The government is issuing free cell phones. This is not the dream King wanted, the nightmare of dependence.

North of Dr. King’s birthplace in Atlanta, a young black teenager sits accused of shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face. We know of the killings in Duncan, Okla.,  and Spokane, Wash., the murders in Chicago and the school bus beating in Gulfport, Fla. Black males comprise 6 to 7 percent of the American population but are responsible for nearly 55 percent of violent crimes … that is not part of the dream.

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Allen West “Listening to President Obama’s weekly address, it’s clear his demagoguery has no bounds which makes him a very dangerous threat”

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by Allen West via Facebook

Listening to President Obama’s weekly address, it’s clear his demagoguery has no bounds which makes him a very dangerous threat to the existence of America as a constitutional republic. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson clearly articulated that our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness do not emanate from man but rather from our Creator, God. That principle is derived from the theory of Natural Law, which our Founders studied and upon which they based this grand experiment in individual freedom called America. In the spirit of Jefferson, “a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it away.” The last time a president spoke of government, i.e. man, granting rights was Jimmy Carter and his Community Reinvestment Act giving everyone the right to own a home… and how did that turn out? Demagoguery means we replace God, the big G, with government, the little g — clearly the antithesis of the document which established our Independence. (Remember how the DNC had to add “God” back into their platform and the motion was booed?) I recommend Obama read Montesquieu’s “Spirit of the Laws” in order to understand our fundamental principle of separation of powers and checks and balances. I want to thank my professors at the University of Tennessee, Kansas State University, and the Army Command and General Staff College for giving me a proper education. I have no clue what they taught Obama at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard –’cause this fella sure ain’t no constitutional scholar. But then again, anyone seen those transcripts?

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Allen West’s Weekly Update via Next Generation TV 7/12/13

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Our Perplexing Hypocrisy – America celebrates liberty while embracing its enemies

Last week on the Fourth of July, the 237th anniversary of our independence, I sat watching parts two and three of the HBO mini-series “John Adams.” As we know, or I hope you know, part two ended with the reading of Thomas Jefferson’s brilliant words in the Declaration of Independence.

I began to think about what had transpired far from my simple home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., some 24 hours earlier – in Egypt.It was as if the young people of Egypt – and almost 70 percent of that nation is younger than 30 – heard the words of Jefferson and realized that it was upon them to sever political bands and that their government no longer had the consent of the governed. They had come to understand that part of democracy is their ability to petition their government for redress of grievances. These young people, and others, realized they do not have to settle and accept a tyranny greater than what they had previously endured.One-fifth of Egypt, some 20 million people, took to the streets and let the world see and hear them. They clamored for liberty and freedom. They sought a better future for their country. They realized that a strict, Islamist sharia state is not in their best interests.

They actually taught us a lesson – that election by democratic process does not ensure a democracy. One would think we would have learned that lesson after Hamas was “elected” in the Gaza Strip.

A military that with all its might could have enacted a vicious and bloody action in Egypt decided to be the true caretakers of the country. Soldiers acted as guardians of the people, recognizing their true role and responsibility – to serve and protect, to perhaps ensure a brighter future for their own children and maybe restore Egypt to a greatness that it once possessed.

American principles on display in Egypt
Some people are debating the question of coup or revolution? Well, ask the people on the street in Egypt. As for my view, if we use our own American Revolution as a paradigm, the inquiry answers itself.In the twinkling of an eye, we saw a reflection of the principles for which America was founded, a respect and regard for the rights of individual – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.I do not portend to predict the future, but I wish Egyptians well in changing the course of their country and perhaps making it a beacon for the Islamic world. Yes, I do believe we can coexist, but I will not compromise my principles and commitment to freedom to the intolerant.

See, I believe that when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide – and I am certainly not a willing sheep offering my throat to the wolves.

I am proud of the actions taken in Egypt to expel the Muslim Brotherhood from power. I am proud of the young people in Turkey who are taking a stand against autocratic Islamism. I am proud of the young Iranians of the Green Movement who stand for a new way forward, one without the rule of the Rasputin-like clerics, mullahs and ayatollahs.

I am proud of young women like Julie Aftab (see her Profile in Courage story below) and Malala Yousafzai, who have stood against unimaginable hate and assault but evidenced true courage to us.

However, I see a very perplexing hypocrisy. Here in America, which is supposed to be the symbol and beacon of liberty and freedom, we find people embracing what young freedom lovers in the Middle East stand against. We have masked it under the guise of tolerance and multiculturalism.

A pattern of disturbing behavior
I find it utterly disturbing that our government openly consults with organizations that have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Several of them were among the 57 Islamic organizations that in October 2011 sent a letter to then-Obama administration counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan demanding the “purging” of training materials they deemed offensive.I find it disturbing that the Obama administration supports U.N. Resolution 16/18, which, as promoted by the Organization of Islamic Countries, would castigate as blasphemy any “speech” about Islam deemed offensive to radical Islamists.It is truly perplexing that our own National Security Council senior staff would invite radical Islamist cleric Sheik bin Bayyah into the White House for a chat and on the same day, June 13, announce arms support to Islamist rebels in Syria – who 10 days later beheaded a Catholic priest, Father Francois Durad.

On our college campuses we find radical Islamic organizations such as the Muslim Students Association and American professors who viciously attack Jewish students and openly support Palestinian terrorist organizations – and we embrace them. As a matter of fact, the Obama administration has nominated for U.S. ambassador to the U.N. one Samantha Power, who has advocated for a massive American force to impose a pro-Palestinian will against Israel.

How is it that here in America we find instances of radical Islamism and jihadism right under our noses, yet we are recalcitrant to declare it so. The Tsarnaevs, Carlos Bledsoe, Anwar al-Awlaki, Maj. Nidal Hasan and instances of honor killings have infiltrated our shores.

Those of us who stand against Islamic totalitarianism are attacked as being “Islamophobic.” Is it not a perplexing hypocrisy that the United Kingdom would ban two Americans, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, not even two months after the savage, broad-daylight beheading and hacking to death of a U.K. soldier, Lee Rigby, by declared Nigerian Islamists, jihadists? British Prime Minister David Cameron made every possible excuse to appease those who see appeasement as an aphrodisiac.

An admonition for Americans
I find it perplexing that President Obama did not support the Iranian Green Movement and that he demanded that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down yet openly congratulated the Muslim Brotherhood’s president, Mohammed Morsi. All one need do is to read the Muslim Brotherhood charter to know its global intent to establish sharia dominance.The perplexing hypocrisy is that on the eve of our celebration of American independence, the people of Egypt stood against radical Islamic tyranny while we are embracing it and punishing those who speak against it.Our next generation should take note of the young people of Iran, Turkey and Egypt. Stop being uninformed drones who are only concerned about the next party or season of “American Idol” or who got dance moves.

And our current generation, and indeed across Western civilization, should take heed and find the courage exemplified by the 20 million who said no to radical Islamists, no to the Muslim Brotherhood – just as we said no to King George III and mmonarchical tyranny 237 years ago.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

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Allen West’s Weekly Update 7/5/13 via @Next_GenTV “The ongoing struggle for liberty worldwide”

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‘Liberty, Freedom And Justice For All’ – How we won them in America and why they still matter

This is one of those special weeks to remember in American history. Two very critical events in years past during this week defined and preserved this great constitutional republic we call home, America.

The promise that is these United States of America was put to parchment 237 years ago this week. We celebrate our independence and the establishment of a nation where our unalienable rights emanate from our Creator, not man. We celebrate a nation where our own individual determination and industrialism leads to our prosperity and enables our pursuit of happiness. We celebrate a nation that rejects an onerous, invasive and intrusive central government.

We celebrate a nation where all men are indeed created equal. However, we hold dear an equality of opportunity in America, not an equality of outcomes.

The link between Independence Day and Gettysburg
In this same week, we remember the greatest battle of the Civil War, fought July 1-3 at Gettysburg, Pa. (See the story below for links to our video series on the battle.)

Perhaps it is somewhat poetic that this seminal battle, which truly changed the course of the Civil War, was fought just days before 87th anniversary of our independence from the British. The battle ensured that Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” – would persevere and survive.

Three days of battle at Gettysburg, where nearly 50,000 Americans were killed, wounded or went missing, were about the essence of Jefferson’s words and the moral character of our nation. It proved that we could no longer compromise our principles and values as they related to liberty, freedom and justice for all. If those words had meaning, we had to fight.

As President Abraham Lincoln stated in the beginning of his Gettysburg Address: “Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.”

This week is special because we remember the intricate relationship between these two ominous events – the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Gettysburg. They are interwoven and should be forever emblazoned in our minds and upon our hearts.

If not for the Declaration of Independence, well, there might not have been a Gettysburg.

The Declaration of Independence lit a fire, establishing a beacon that shined brightly, and the Battle of Gettysburg fueled that beacon for future generations so those people previously under the shackles and chains of physical bondage could experience true liberty and freedom.

The ongoing struggle for liberty worldwide
As we remember these events that define us as Americans, let us never forget that man still yearns for liberty and freedom. We see it happening before our eyes now in Egypt. See, it is not just the physical chains of bondage but also the theocratic ideological chains of bondage that hinder our desire to be free.

We also must remember Franciscan Catholic Priest Francois Murad, who was recently beheaded in Syria for his faith. He lost his life in the struggle for religious freedom.

The struggle for liberty and freedom continues for women in Islamic countries that see them oft times as nothing more than property. That is the real “War on Women” and not some faux political gimmick propagandized by progressive socialists in our America.

The struggle for freedom and liberty cannot be confused with special-interest groups seeking a political agenda. We must never become so disillusioned to believe that every desired aspect of our lives or behavior translates to a right because as Jefferson stated, “A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it away.”

From July 4, 1776, to July 1-3, 1863, to the present, brave men and women have fought to ensure this grand experiment in liberty, freedom and justice for all – that this nation under God will have a new birth of freedom for all who legally came to our shores and that this government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

Toward a united people with national character
Many national cemeteries across America and the world are filled with these brave Americans laid to rest. Gettysburg is one of them. This week we remember that America is the land of the free because it has been and always shall be the home of the brave.

I end with the words of George Washington in a letter to James Madison on Nov. 30, 1785:

We are either a united people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern, act as a nation, which have national objects to promote and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

Next Generation Celebrates “Greatest President’s Ever” Watch the Discussion

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It’s Presidents’ Day. Which Presidents do Col. Allen B. West, Michelle Fields and John Phillips respect the most? Thomas Jefferson? George Washington? Someone else? Find out

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The Republican Coffee Corner with Angela – Sunday’s Discussion is up Come Leave Your comments

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THIS MORNING’S DISCUSSION COME JOIN IN – The Republican Coffee Corner with Angela

As most of you already know, my husband is Allen West. (I am the “introverted”, side of the duo. That being said, I started this page to address some of the questions and concerns I have noticed being voiced by conservatives who are in dismay constantly with some of the issues going on with this administration…….. I have read and heard the words “ The Constitution is being violated” and “My rights are being trampled”. The raison d’être for this particular question today lies within the context of the following issues:

. Gun Control
. Religious freedom as it relates to companies and their rights pertaining to contraception 

Rules of this discussion: Please refrain from name calling, condemning, judgmental scripture quoting, or other types of vitriol. We get plenty of that in the main stream media and liberal “funny” people who try to stifle you with ridicule. As conservatives we must learn to answer these challenges thoughtfully. We will not solve all the problems of the day but this might be a start…..


There are really three parts to this question, the first was is the Constitution a living document? Not a new question at all. If you think about it, this has been tackled many times in the past. The other two parts of the question this morning pertain each to the first two articles of the Bill of Rights. I know that many of you feel very passionate about each of these so I felt that it is an important beginning. Please keep the discussion within the three current issues. We will expand during the upcoming weeks!

There are two schools of thought regarding the Constitution as a living document, first those who believe it to be a living document say that “The Constitution is a document that explains our nation’s guiding principles and the rights guaranteed to all U.S. citizens. Many countries have constitutions. But our Constitution is the oldest written national constitution in existence. Because it has passed the test of time, many countries have used it as a model for their constitutions. “ Simply put, the constitution just provides a “guiding principal” which can be adapted to the modern day problems. These people refer to themselves as “pragmatists”, they believe that the interpretation of the constitution according to “outdated” views is unacceptable as a matter of policy At least one of the Founding Fathers cited the need to interpret the Constitution in light of changing circumstances: Thomas Jefferson wrote “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.”

On the other side of the coin, lies the “originalists” — those who believe that the Constitution should only be changed only through the amendment process and that allowing judges to interpret the constitution “impedes democracy.” In other words, strict interpretation and changes only through amendments.

Let’ s now discuss the three issues current issues — the, there are many more, as we are really in the process of “fundamental change” in the United States as promised in the first term by the President, “ A Bill of Rights is an example of constitutional rights that outline the privileges and freedoms that every American within the jurisdiction of the United States of America is to enjoy and never to be denied of. An example of such constitutional rights include the right of suffrage, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms. The United States as a federal government also has state constitutions, which can provide for additional rights or protection to individuals who reside within the state’s jurisdiction. However, it is possible for individuals to be deprived of their constitutional rights if they have committed an offense of a severe nature”.

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Congressman Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up – July 9, 2012

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

I pray you had a wonderful and happy Independence Day celebration!

It was a great week for me, which gave me time to reflect upon Thomas Jefferson’s impeccable document and the foundational premise upon which this great nation was established. I have sought to articulate that premise this past week when possible – the concept of individual sovereignty.

That was why I read the entire Declaration of Independence at several different venues this week. What was very telling were the grievances as listed by Thomas Jefferson and how we see a parallel and resemblance to where we are today. America is moving away from Jefferson’s vision of individual liberty to one of collective subjugation and economic dependence – in effect a new form of slavery.

It is clear that when one objectively assesses where this current Administration is taking America, its members are more concerned with wedding more people to government in a dependent mode than empowering American’ to live out their dreams, and enjoy their unalienable rights which do not emanate from man or government, but from our Creator, the supreme judge.

We see that in this past month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Social Security Administration, more Americans signed up for Social Security disability (85,000) than jobs were created (80,000). Since June 2009, while the Obama Administration claims 2.4 million jobs have been created, there have been 3.1 million Americans going on Social Security disability in the same timeframe.

Let us not forget, under this Administration, unemployment benefits were increased from 26 weeks to 99 weeks. When economic policies are failing, the solution is not to throw up our hands and simply dole out more benefits. The solution is to change policy.

Instead, poverty rolls have increased by almost seven million Americans since 2009.

Food stamp rolls (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) have grown from 32 million to 46 million, a 45 percent increase. We now even have a federal government using American taxpayer dollars to promote individuals enrolling on food stamps… unconscionable!

We have the lowest job participation rate that America has seen in 31 years at 63.7 percent. And we now have had 41 months of unemployment above eight percent — the longest running high rate since the Great Depression.

Yet, President Obama states, “We are on the right track.”

Sure we are, if your dream and desire is to economically enslave the American people and collectively subjugate them to government dependency.

We are so far away from Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. It is now becoming a Declaration of Dependence under this Administration. That ladies and gentlemen is truly a form of slavery, and is not what the title “American” was meant to be. It is certainly not what 56 men pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to establish.

This is enslavement of our indomitable American entrepreneurial spirit, and I will join forces with all those who seek to change this course.

Steadfast and Loyal

LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress

Rep Allen West – Legislative Update and Weekly Wrap Up

Greetings to our Constituents, fellow Floridians, and indeed all Americans,

It is early Sunday morning on July 1st, and I am reflecting on the astonishing events of the last week.  For me, the events center on a simple theme of individual freedom and sovereignty.

On a beautiful Saturday morning, just yesterday, I gathered with almost 500 Americans, 300 of whom were about to participate in the First Annual US Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim. Aaron gave his life in service to this country as one of the Navy SEALs killed in the Chinook helicopter shot down in Afghanistan last year. I have come to know his father, Billy, and met the entire family. One thing you can certainly ascertain is that Aaron grew up in a loving Christian family who understood devotion to Duty, Honor, God, and Country.

Looking at the splendor of the Atlantic Ocean, I reflected upon the sacrifices made over all these years by individuals such as Aaron for the individual freedoms, liberty, and democracy which we enjoy here in America. The wholehearted willingness to lay down one’s life for another is truly amazing and is an essential part of the American experience, our exceptionalism.

Aaron was one of the best this country offers, a US Navy SEAL. He was part of a legacy which began not too far up the coast in Ft. Pierce, Florida, home of the Navy Frogman, Underwater Demolition Team. However, Aaron is part of a legacy that spans all the way back to the first men who answered the call to arms — those brave patriots at Lexington and Concord who fired the shot heard round the world.

It was those first “Minutemen” who stood ready to defend a new nation which embodied a fledgling idea of the sovereignty of the American individual… a sovereignty that emanates from our Creator, not from man or government.

And how those patriots would have shed tears upon hearing the decision coming from the Supreme Court of the United States of America this past week. This decision has set a precedent by collectively subjugating the individual rights of Americans to the subjective whims of the Federal Government. This decision has given the Federal Government unlimited taxing authority to unleash a new era of behavior modification by way of taxation. This decision has taken us back to exactly the point and reason for America’s founding — onerous taxation.

As we come upon the 236th anniversary of the document setting America apart from all other nations, the Declaration of Independence, consider the achievement of Thomas Jefferson all those years ago. Thomas Jefferson would create the longest running Constitutional Republic the world has ever known. He would set forth a concept that was foreign at the time, of rule by the consent of the governed, not by the monarch. His idea that our unalienable rights did not come from a single ruler but were embedded in each of us from our Creator wholeheartedly altered the relationship between God, leaders, and the people.

Yet, in a single moment five Supreme Court justices decided that Jefferson’s words had no meaning. These Justices decided that James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton had it all wrong.

Quite contrary to the serenity of the morning where we memorialized Aaron Vaughn.
I respect our concept of separation of powers and the three branches of government, but I have utmost respect for the fundamental premise in America of individual sovereignty and liberty.

My parting challenge to all who read this missive before this 4th of July — read the entire Declaration of Independence with your families. Read and understand that which Thomas Jefferson set forth here some 236 years ago.

Read the grievances which he listed from an invasive and intrusive King George III and England and find the similarities to today.

Read and understand the impeccable birthright of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that has been given to all who earn the title of American.

Read, and notice, that Thomas Jefferson stated pursuit of happiness, not guarantee!

Read, and read again if necessary to ensure that our children and grandchildren recognize the blessing of having been born in the greatest nation the world has ever known… a nation for which men and women have given their lives… a nation for which many have left other places in order to become a citizen within the laws of the land.

Read, my fellow Americans, and when you feel that swelling of pride within your hearts and the tears well in your eyes, then you are ready to do as 56 men did 236 years ago — pledge your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor to restoring the legacy of this Constitutional Republic, these great United States of America!

Thanks to the five United States Supreme Court Justices who have reminded us, true Americans, of what tyranny looks like.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update:

Contempt of Congress— On Thursday, the United States House of Representatives approved H. Res. 711, recommending that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, by a vote of 255-67, I VOTED YES.  According to House Report 112-546,”The Department of Justice has refused to comply with congressional subpoenas related to Operation Fast and Furious, an Administration initiative that allowed around two thousand firearms to fall into the hands of drug cartels and may have led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent. The consequences of the lack of judgment that permitted such an operation to occur are tragic.”  The report continues, “The Department’s refusal to work with Congress to ensure that it has fully complied with the Committee’s efforts to compel the production of documents and information related to this controversy is inexcusable and cannot stand. Those responsible for allowing Fast and Furious to proceed and those who are preventing the truth about the operation from coming out must be held accountable for their actions.  Having exhausted all available options in obtaining compliance, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recommends that Congress find the Attorney General in contempt for his failure to comply with the subpoena issued to him.”  The resolution will be referred to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia for enforcement of the subpoena.  In addition, the House approved H. Res. 706 by a vote of 258-95,I VOTED YES , authorizing the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings in any Federal court of jurisdiction to seek declaratory judgments affirming the duty of Attorney General Holder to comply with any subpoena issued to him by the Committee, as part of its investigation into the “Fast and Furious” operation, and to seek appropriate ancillary relief, including injunctive relief.

THUD Appropriations — On Friday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5972, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013, by a vote of 261-163,I VOTED YES.  The legislation would provide a total of $51.6 billion in discretionary budget authority for the agencies and programs funded through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Budget authority in the bill would be a reduction of $3.9 billion or 7 percent below last year’s spending level and $1.87 billion below the level requested by the President for Fiscal Year 2013. H.R. 5972 would contribute to an overall level of discretionary budget authority of $1.028 trillion for Fiscal Year 2013 as contained in House Continuing Resolution 112, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

Transportation funding / Student Loans / Flood Insurance— Also on Friday, the House of Representatives approved the Conference Report to H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, by a vote of 373-52,I VOTED YES.  The Conference Report accompanying H.R. 4348 would reauthorize federal surface transportation programs and extend the authority to appropriate funds from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for federal highway and surface transportation programs for two years, through September 30, 2014. The Conference Report would also extend current excise taxes used to provide funding for the HTF.  The Conference Report would set the obligation limit for Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs at $39.69 billion for Fiscal Year 2013 and $40.25 billion for Fiscal Year 2014. The legislation would also authorize a total of $10.5 billion for Federal Transit Administration programs in Fiscal Year 2013 and $10.7 billion in Fiscal Year 2014.  The Conference Report would include offsets to fully pay for the shortfall between transportation spending levels and HTF tax revenue. Under current law, surface transportation spending authority is set to expire on June 30, 2012.  The bill would also include reforms to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) funding, which JCT estimates would reduce the deficit by a total of $9.394 billion over Fiscal Year 2012-2022 (including $8.817 billion from increased revenues and $650 million from reduced PBGC outlays).  These reforms, which were not included in the United States Senate amendment to H.R. 4348, are designed to shore up PBGC’s financing in order to reduce the risk of a taxpayer-funded bailout.  In addition, the Conference Report would prevent the interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans from increasing to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012, SOMETHING WHICH BECAME AN ISSUE BECAUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT NATIONALIZED COLLEGE EDUCATION LOANS AND SET THE RATE AT 6.8%… ANOTHER INSTANCE OF FINDING OUT WHAT WAS IN THE BILL AFTER WE PASS IT.  Instead, interest rates for new subsidized Stafford loan borrowers will be maintained at the lower interest rate of 3.4 percent through June 30, 2013.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that reforms to the length of time interest accrual can be deferred will save $1.2 billion from the estimated $5.9 billion cost of extending the current interest rates.  Lastly, the bill would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through September 30, 2017, and amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to include a series of reforms to the NFIP that the CBO has estimated will generate a $2.7 billion increase in net income to the program over the next 10 years. For Floridians, the Conference Report also includes the RESTORE Act which ensures the restoration of the affected Gulf States from the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Our Elective Despotism and how Allen West’s seat will be sacrificed – by Lawrence Sellin

By Lawrence Sellin

There are many things obvious to ordinary Americans that cannot be mentioned publicly in the polite political company of the Republican and Democratic establishments or among their press agents in the mainstream media, who obligingly pirouette around the truth.

For example, both the Republican and Democratic establishments are composed of hopelessly corrupt, procrastinating control freaks, who seek fame and fortune through over-spending money they didn’t earn and enthusiastically crushing any spontaneous outbreaks of democracy among U.S. citizens, for example, the Tea Party.

Thomas Jefferson warned us of the danger of “elective despotism:”

“They should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when a corruption in this, as in the country from which we derive our origin, will have seized the heads of government, and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people, and make them pay the price. Human nature is the same on every side of the Atlantic, and will be alike influenced by the same causes. The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.”

Unfortunately, the wolf is already in the fold.

Taking the rhetoric up a notch from Jefferson, Israeli historian J. L. Talmon coined the term “totalitarian democracy,” a political system in which lawfully elected representatives rule a nation state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government.

If you do not think the United States has become an elective despotism, think again.

One of the most honest and courageous members of Congress in decades, Rep. Allen West (R-FL), is about to become a sacrificial lamb of the collusion between the Republican and Democratic establishments in the state of Florida.

And what is West’s crime? He is an independent thinker and a rising star of the Tea Party movement.

The Republican establishment hates the Tea Party because it has the audacity to suggest that American citizens should have a voice in their government.

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“Washington Fly-in” organized by the Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Allen West

by Kinglsey Guy

Washington, D.C., is an impressive place, if you look only at the monuments, neoclassical buildings and Victorian mansions. But take those away, and the city’s left primarily with statist, bureaucratic, monolithic structures similar to the ones that began proliferating throughout the world around the 1930s, including in Moscow and Berlin.

Architecture can reflect values and aspirations, or a lack thereof. The Capitol Building, sitting on a hill and capped by the Statue of Freedom, harkens back to the governing principles of republican Rome. The White House, stately but hardly regal, reflects America’s rejection of kings and princes.

My favorite memorial is the one to Thomas Jefferson, the nation’s third president. The rotunda mirrors the ones Jefferson designed for his home at Monticello and his beloved University of Virginia. A student of the ancients, he revered the sovereignty of the individual and recoiled at the idea of a society governed by a caesar.

Jefferson understood the dangerous nature of power, and I suspect that if the statue of Jefferson in the middle of his monument transformed into Jefferson himself, he would look out at the nation’s capital and be appalled at what he saw. The sage of Monticello never envisioned such power concentrated in one place. He might even ask the same question I did two weeks ago as I looked at the massive, unimaginative edifice of the Department of Education headquarters near my hotel: “Can anything of value come out of a monstrosity like that?”

My musings about Jefferson, and architecture, took place during a visit to the nation’s capital as one of 75 members of the four-day “Washington Fly-in” organized by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Allen West, the freshman Republican congressman from District 22.

The Fly-in was designed to facilitate dialogue between concerned citizens and Washington’s decision-makers, and give participants a better grasp of the issues affecting the nation. It brought Fly-in members into contact with politicians, ambassadors, military leaders, journalists and business spokespeople. By all accounts, it succeeded beyond expectations.

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