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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people refer to themselves as “pragmatists”, they believe that the interpretation of the constitution according to “outdated” views is unacceptable as a matter of policy At least one of the Founding Fathers cited the need to interpret the Constitution in light of changing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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When the Cow’s Milk Has Dried Up

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The uninformed citizens of our country are radically changing the course of our nation at rapid speed. The good has turned to bad, all that was right is now wrong. Let’s face it, our world is upside down and we are in a downward spiral on a collision course directly aimed at socialism and a president deeming himself dictator.

The first paycheck of the year (for those who actually work for a living or own a business) should have been a wake up call for most of America.  Sadly, with blinders on the sheeple walk in lock step with the regime of the Obama administration and are being herded into a corral enticed by what they believe is the endless funding of the governments wallet.

Note to those takers: The money runs out, the benefits will dry up. It is not that difficult to realize that as your dad or mom used to say, “Money doesn’t grow on tree’s”.  The ill informed of our nation and those not paying any attention fail to see that money comes from somewhere and eventually the faucet will shut off. The cow can only give so much milk, the horse can only run so many races, the car runs out of gas and what are you left with? Nothing. It really is that simple.

Americans no matter what walk of life, no matter their race, creed or religion can understand these basic words “Out of Money”. When your personal household is out of money what do you do? Do you pick up the phone and call your federal government office and tell them you need more? Do you borrow from a family member or friend in the hopes that one day you can repay them? If you answered the latter, then you truly comprehend where we are today. Our fellow American’s used to take care of one another, they didn’t rely on government handouts, they helped each other, that is the American way. When you feel like you are “owed” something for nothing, that is when it all goes awry.

The obligation of the government is to promote the general welfare, not to provide it. The government is not an endless money tree. That money comes from somewhere.  Here is a link to the resources of where the government get’s its money: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/background/numbers/revenue.cfm it’s called the tax payers. If American’s are not working and paying taxes, if businesses aren’t productively making money and hiring employee’s, if corporations aren’t successful, the cow’s milk dries up.

The workforce is in a sad state, businesses are tanking left and right. Corporations are folding up shop and taking their business elsewhere. WHY? Because we have become a nation of takers, our next generation’s that are up and coming are being told by their parents that the government “owes” them and will take care of them. Lies, all lies and manipulation to take our country to the lowest levels that this country has ever known.  The next generation has a chance to steer the ship, but we must reach out to them, we must show them the right way. Capitalism and success is just a portion of what made this nation great. To let them walk through blindly while all we do is watch it go down is pointless. Action is needed and needed right now.

As citizens of the United States of America and believers in the foundations on which this nation was built, it is our duty to not just “talk” about rising up, it is time to take that action and fight this tyranny head on. Meaning you, all of you, reading this right now, it is your duty to take a stand and say enough. You will not dictate to me and my children, you will not take away my God given rights and you will certainly not take away the right’s given in the US Constitution.

Enough!

The cow’s milk has dried up. This country can’t take much more. Patriots, we can no longer talk about our actions, we must act and we must act now.

Steadfast to this nation,

Tanya Grimsley

Congressman Allen West’s Statement on the Anniversary of the Signing of the Constitution

(WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution:

“Two and a quarter centuries ago, our Founding Fathers came together and signed the principled law by which all of America’s laws created thereafter would follow, the United States Constitution.  The Founders created this document to secure our fundamental rights and provide for an unprecedented degree of human freedom. The Constitution continues to protect our freedom so we can live the life we desire, without intrusion from the government or fear of retaliation for expressing the beliefs and values we hold close to us.

225 years later, the Constitution is the most important document ever created in the United States.  It also continues to be the most threatened.  Some believe the Constitution is archaic and should change with the times.  For 22 years, as an Army Officer,  I put my life on the line to defend our Constitution, and I am often offended at the lack of respect people have for our nation’s most important document.  This type of thinking is dangerous and underestimates the principles and ideas of our Founders who knew all too well the struggles of maintaining a free society.

The radical Islamist attacks this past week across the Middle East remind us how sacred freedom of speech and freedom of religion are, and that an enemy exists that will stop at nothing to take those freedoms away from us.  As a nation, these attacks and attacks like them only make us more determined to defend our liberty and freedoms.

On this Constitution Day, let us remember that none of our freedoms would be possible if it were not for the forward thinking of our Founding Fathers and the powerful document they left us.  The United States Constitution is the highest achievement of our political tradition and will forever define us as a people and a nation.  Let it always be revered and respected, as we will do whatever it takes to protect it.”

Congressman Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up – April 16, 2012

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Photo by Vicki Samuels

Dear Patriot,

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

What a week.  My observation about the political ideology of the “left” apparently generated such an extreme response, it indicated a direct hit.  I am pleased that many Americans are beginning to take a look at the history of the progressive movement and the truth behind it.


When one examines the spectrum of political ideology on the “left,” there is little separation between the strategy and tactics of Communism, Progressivism, Marxism, Socialism, and a newly coined term, “Statism.” Actually, it was at the turn of the century in the United States of America that the reference “progressive” was introduced. Those using the term “communist” decided they needed a bit of “rebranding.” However, the basic fundamentals and beliefs did not change.

The term “progressive” is used to refer to the administration of President Woodrow Wilson. Out of the Wilson Administration came some very interesting policies that reflect the far left ideological structure, including a central government bank (Federal Reserve), support to a world body politic (League of Nations), and taxation on production (16th Amendment to the US Constitution).

When we speak of the spectrum of the political left, we see these very interesting aspects: nationalizing production, creating and expanding a welfare state, creating social and economic equality, and creating a secular state. When you recognize these things, as well as centralized financial control and centralized education, I must be truthful to my constituents and the American people. Today in the United States House of Representatives, we have a Congressional Progressive Caucus that does not possess beliefs in concert with that of our Constitutional Republic: individual sovereignty, economic freedom, and limited fiscally responsible government.

Here are some examples of recent legislative activities from members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC):

— An amendment to the United States Constitution to redistribute wealth (H.J. Res. 34)
– Windfall profit taxes and price controls on certain American industries (H.R .3784)
– Higher taxes on those deemed by the government to earn too much (H.R. 1124)
– Praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro after a 2009 visit to Cuba

President Barack Obama visited South Florida last week.  Not surprisingly, his speech focused on yet another political gimmick used to try and attack Americans. His speech on the “Buffet Rule” will only foster more divisiveness amongst producers and those who believe they are entitled. This horrific tax policy does nothing to either raise revenue or affect the debt and deficit in America. Doubling capital gains taxes will destroy investment in America. The real purpose of the increase in taxation is to score political points.

Over the past decade, we have seen federal government spending as a percentage of GDP grow from 17-18 percent to 24 percent with a glide path to 32-33 percent.  This is unsustainable.

The original progressive, President Woodrow Wilson, created taxation on personal income to feed the growing federal government. The current progressive president in the White House seeks to leverage tax increases (which was not supposed to happen) to feed the bureaucratic nanny-state and support the growing American welfare-state.

Those are the facts and we must be able to draw the contrast between the two competing ideologies in America, and make the choice between two futures for America.

We, as conservative Republicans, must have the courage to address that contrast and not fear the liberal media and their insidious and vile attacks.  If we are reticent in standing upon principle and pointing out these critical issues, then we are failing our constituents. I welcome the opportunity to debate those who have a different political ideology in the arena of ideas.
Before I close this week, I want to leave you with two quotes, which illustrate my steadfast determination to ensure the truth is heard:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” –
December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.
Isaiah 54:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Steadfast and Loyal,

Rep Allen West – Weekly Wrap Up, Legislative Low Down and District Highlights 4/9/12

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, it is time again for my weekly report back.
Congratulations to the University of Kentucky for winning their eighth NCAA Men’s College Basketball championship — only three more to catch UCLA!

This weekend, I was finally able to get back out and enjoy the underwater world off the coast of Florida’s 22nd Congressional District. About nine of us braved some 3-5 foot seas early to get in some really nice Easter weekend SCUBA diving. However, it was in driving back from the South Florida Dive Headquarters marina in Pompano Beach that I saw something disturbing.

There it was — a purple banner flying in the wind at a gas station just east from I-95, “Now accepting EBT cards and SNAP.” For those of you who do not know these abbreviations, the EBT is the Electronic Benefit Transfer card, which is a plastic means by which one can utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

This is not something we should be proud to advertise! Truly it seems the safety net is slowly becoming a hammock.  This program has expanded well beyond its original intent and expanded to a far greater percentage of Americans.  Now we see a growing number of businesses in this country, including sit-down and fast food restaurants, standalone and gas station convenience markets, and even pharmacies eager to accept SNAP benefits.  The number of businesses certified in the SNAP program has gone from around 156,000 to more than 200,000 in five years, and food stamp benefits have ballooned from $28.5 billion to $64.7 billion.  This is a highly disturbing trend.  Food stamps were intended to provide a safety net for the small percentage of Americans who needed assistance. But since President Obama’s inauguration, the number of Americans receiving assistance has increased by 45 percent.

We continue to see polices coming out of the White House bent on dividing, not uniting America. The rhetoric of no blue and red states has now been replaced by divisive rhetoric and actions focusing on class, 1 percent vs. 99 percent, race, and gender. We are witnessing the degrading of the American individual citizen to being viewed as part of various collectives, and even referred to as units in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The real group waging a war on women are liberals. Their fiscal failures evidenced by the growing debt burden threaten the future of America’s children and grandchildren. Their ineptness in keeping gasoline prices in America at a reasonable cost is resulting in harming the many soccer, hockey, and lacrosse moms who are struggling to get their children to tournaments.

Let us not forget the constant foreign affairs missteps that are resulting in a diminishing global influence for our country, and subsequently the children who shall inherit this degraded state.  Think about the rockets and missiles that were launched from the Sinai desert into Eilat, which the media is not covering. Jewish mothers fret for the future of their children who now live under threat from a new front, now out of Egypt.  This is the same Egypt now clearly under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, to whom President Obama sent almost $1.5 billion in foreign aid because of their threat to Israel, and paid $5 million worth of American taxpayer treasure to Egypt to release some 19 Americans held hostage.

I reject this divisive rhetoric by the Obama administration because my focus is on our economic, energy, and national security. What can be more beneficial to men, women, and children in America?

The President’s criticism of the House GOP budget is almost pathetic when you consider the “support” he received for his own budget. Let me refresh your memory. The President’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget failed 0-97 in the Senate and the Fiscal Year 2013 budget just failed 0-414 in the House. Furthermore, it has been some 1,074 days since Harry Reid and the Democrat-led Senate has passed a budget.

Bottom line, President Obama presents a budget and policy which raises taxes, and never ever balances –but it does result in more debt, $15.6 trillion today, $26 trillion in 10 years.

President Obama must come to a very clear realization that his economic policies have led to the longest streak of consecutive months of unemployment at eight percent or higher.  This is the longest “losing streak” in the history of America. I am glad that some 165,000 Americans were able to find a job in the last month. However, we still have close to 13 million Americans unemployed. There are around eight million Americans who fit the category of “underemployed.”  Don’t forget, one of the interesting reasons why unemployment dropped from 8.3 percent to 8.2 percent is because more Americans simply fell off the radar.

The question is, how many Americans have given up and are no longer being tracked by the Department of Labor? Some say this number is in the area of 1 to 1.2 million Americans.

Along the same lines, it seems that President Obama does not clearly understand the 1803 Marbury vs. Madison case, which established the premise of Judicial Review for the Supreme Court. It is the Supreme Court’s job, their raison d’être, to interpret laws against the supreme law of the land, the United States Constitution. Judicial activism, on the other hand, is legislating from the bench, creating laws, or over-turning the referendum of the electorate. In some 209 years, the Supreme Court has ruled approximately 150 laws as unconstitutional.

This was not a good week for the President’s administration, and  lets not overlook the news reports that the Obama administration leaked information about Israeli air base usage in Azerbaijan.

In closing, I offer a Bravo Zulu to the two Unites States  Navy fighter pilots aboard the F/A-18D on which they did their best to avoid creating a greater catastrophe. If this crash ends up being maintenance-related, perhaps this is a result of the excessive budget cuts to our Military, which are hitting our operating forces.

I am sad to see a Marine Sergeant may lose his career because he dared to criticize the President on a Facebook page. Should we have disciplined this young NCO? Yes. But to end this Warrior’s career with a less than honorable discharge is not the answer. This Marine had served nearly nine years in the Marine Corps and was planning to reenlist. Maybe if America had leadership that gained the respect of our military, instead of simply using them as stage props for speeches, this atmosphere would not exist.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Rep Allen West Legislative Lowdown, Weekly Wrap Up and District Highlights

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. It is Sunday, March 18th and I just got back this morning from a really nice trip to Minnesota and Nebraska, first time ever visiting those great states.  I was very happy the skies were sunny and the temperature was in the high 70s to low 80s! I want to thank everyone I met in Minnesota and Nebraska for their kindness, hospitality, and prayers.

I was truly perplexed about one thing while in Nebraska, and that is the Democrat candidate for Senator, Bob Kerrey. It seems the former Senator has not lived in Nebraska for more than ten years and has filed using a relative’s address, claiming he lives in the basement. I am continually astonished by the hypocracy of the left!

Down here in South Florida there are some who refer to me as a “carpetbagger” because I will be running in a new Congressional district which encompasses 24 percent of the district I currently represent.

And how long did Hillary Clinton live in New York before she ran for United States Senate there?

This is just another example of why I just cannot take liberal progressives seriously when it comes to intellectual discourse and truth. This constant duplicity threatens the future and legacy of our great Republic, especially for our children and grandchildren. We must see their hypocrisy and call it out at every given opportunity, which as you can see, is quite regular.

Speaking of hypocrisy, we now know who the “alleged” shooter was in Afghanistan, killing 16 people including women and children. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales has now been transferred to the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. His alleged actions are horrible and disturbing, but not reflective of the professionalism, dedication, commitment, sacrifice, and service given by hundreds of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in Afghanistan and worldwide.

He will be held accountable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for his actions.

I ask America not to treat this Staff Sergeant any differently from Sergeant Hasan Akbar, who in 2003, threw hand grenades and fired his weapon into the tents of his Commanding Officers, killing several. He was not placed in pre-trial confinement in Fort Leavenworth and was tried at his home Army installation, Fort Campbell.

Then there is Army Major Malik Nadal Hassan, who still awaits trial after more than two years since he allegedly gunned down 43 Army soldiers and civilians killing 13 people. Hassan has not been sent to pre-trial confinement in Fort Leavenworth, and his attack has been officially termed “workplace violence.”

My point is this, let our leadership- not the media- determine the fate of Staff Sergeant Bales.  Let us not offer him up as some type of “appeasement” to President Hamid Karzai, who would not be in his own position of power without the sacrifices of the American taxpayer as well as the American warrior. I want to see the military legal system work its own will and not the will of the political gods.

I am watching this case as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the subcommittee on Military Personnel. I am also a former Army soldier and I know what can happen when the public tries and convicts our men and women in uniform.

Keeping with our discussion of hypocrisy from liberals, we learned this past week about the true cost of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also referred to as Obamacare. It seems the original estimate of Obamacare when it was signed into law two years ago of $940 billion, was way off. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its true estimated cost this past week to be $1.76 trillion.  I guess we didn’t know how right former Speaker Nancy Pelosi was when she stated, “We have to pass the bill in order to know what is in it.”

In a few weeks, this highly controversial and intrusive law will be heard before the Supreme Court. One can only pray that those entrusted to interpret the Constitution will recognize the individual mandate is NOT consistent with the general welfare or the commerce clause. This Republic cannot survive a political ideology, post-modern liberalism, which believes it has the authority to mandate to the individual American citizen and private sector what it must purchase or provide, and the means by which it must be done.

Classic liberalism, which is today’s modern Conservatism, holds high the preeminence of individual sovereignty, the limited scope of government and its fiscal responsibility, and the free market. The writings of Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Voltaire are what our Founding Fathers read and used to establish the animating theme of a nation built upon these values, especially, individual liberty.

Liberal progressives believe in the preeminence of the bureaucratic nanny state and its authority to dictate the lives of the individual. President Obama and his disciples base their beliefs in the writings of Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky. Their animating theme is the complete antithesis to that of our Founding Fathers.

Therein lies the greatest hypocrisy, that we as a free people have forgotten our fundamental and foundational principles and are now being ruled, not governed, by those who believe the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the United States Constitution represent an “inconvenient truth” rather than the immutable self-evident truth of the longest running Constitutional Republic the world has ever known, these United States of America.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:

– Monday, 12 March, met with Florida State Representatives Snyder and Harrell and Florida State Senator Negron, addressed the Board members of Oculina Bank of St. Lucie County to discuss adverse effects of Dodd-Frank law, conducted our monthly town hall meeting in Jupiter.

– Tuesday, 13 March, visited with ATK Missile products development facility in Palm Beach Gardens to receive an update on latest rocket and missile technology development, conducted a press conference at Jupiter High School in support of HR 1515, the “STANDUP” Act which promotes grants for States which adopt a graduated drivers license program to reduce the effects of teenage driving fatalities, taped a segment for WPTV-5 “To the Point” program with Anchor Michael Williams to discuss pressing issues facing our community and our country, addressed the ASIS Law Enforcement monthly dinner for Security professionals in Palm Beach Gardens on the topic of fiscal, energy, and national security.

– Wednesday, 14 March, conducted our monthly town hall meeting in Broward County at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lighthouse Point, addressed the Fort Lauderdale downtown Rotary Club monthly luncheon on the topic of what the military taught me to prepare me for Congress.

– Thursday, 15 March, flew to Minneapolis, Minnesota to participate in events supporting my freshman colleague Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN), addressed the Minnesota Republican Jewish Coalition on security concerns and the situation in the Middle East, addressed the Minnesota GOP Lincoln-Reagan dinner as the keynote speaker.

– Friday, 16 March, flew to Omaha, Nebraska to participate in several events to support my Congressional colleague Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) to include a very nice rally, also conducted a Defense contractor roundtable and visited USSTRATCOM at Offut AFB for a strategic update and mission brief.

– Saturday, 17 March, started the day with a nice 8.5 mile run along the Keystone trail in Omaha-reminded me of my days being assigned in Kansas running in those wide open spaces, then went over to the home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Lincoln, to be the Keynote Speaker for the Lancaster County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan dinner at the request of my Congressional colleague Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and met Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns.

– Sunday, 18 March, flew back to South Florida, and during layover in Memphis met a young Army Staff Sergeant assigned to Fort Riley Kansas in the same Infantry Battalion in which I served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Small world.

Rep Allen West “Legislative Update, Highlights, Upcoming Events and Weekly Wrap Up”

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans.  This weekend as I was travelling back from speaking in Orlando, my wife Angela called me and conveyed the news about the death of Whitney Houston. As I continued down Florida’s turnpike, I remembered coming back from Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1991. As we were dropping altitude to land in Philadelphia the crew played Whitney’s rendition of the National Anthem which she sang for the Super Bowl that year. There was not a dry eye on that plane, yours truly included.  Many Americans will remember Houston as the “Queen of Pop,” however I will always remember her as the voice that welcomed me back to the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” Go with God, Whitney and we shall never forget the beauty of your voice. 

Just as I returned home from that 1991 combat operation, let us not forget why some first came to these shores.  Pilgrims came to America’s shores in search for religious freedom. They sought a land where they could freely worship without persecution from a State which endeavored to promote, and even impose, its ideals on religion and doctrines. Even the State of Maryland was established as a sanctuary for Catholics. Here in America, our revered first amendment expresses that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’

The Obama administration’s healthcare mandate is not about contraception, it is about a President and an administration that has repeatedly displayed their disregard and disrespect for the Rule of Law and the United States Constitution. The principle of Separation of Church and State is not specifically addressed in the Declaration of Independence or in the Constitution. It was codified in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury (CT) Baptist convention. Jefferson simply articulated that we shall not have a government structure in America where the Head of State is also Head of Church. Unfortunately, this lesson is obviously not understood by the self-proclaimed “constitutional lecturer” President Barack Obama.

This week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC ), the focal point of the speech I delivered was, “We still hold these truths…..the Fundamental Difference.” We are experiencing a President and administration who believe that they have no limits on their infiltration into every realm of our personal life.  This is the antithesis of what our Founding Fathers established the federal government to be. The Declaration of Independence clearly lists the grievances against the overreach of the British into the lives of the American Colonists. The principle of limited government is embodied in the U.S. Constitution as a response to that intrusion and explained in the Federalist Papers.

In 1991, I deployed to a foreign land to do what two previous generations in my family had done and to follow a legacy of men and women who had done likewise for our Republic. As I flew back home, I came to realize even more how great America is and all that it represents. Looking out the window and seeing my beloved America that day gave me such a sense of pride and honor. More than 20 years later, I still remain completely in awe of   my country.

I do not know where President Obama was in 1991 or what he was doing.  I hope he also remembers listening to Whitney Houston sing the National Anthem. I wonder if when hearing this song, he also closes his eyes and envisions Fort McHenry being shelled by the British and our Flag, the Standard of this Republic, flying.   I would hope that tears would begin to flow from his eyes, just as they did for us combat warriors on that flight in 1991.  I pray the President truly understands  the sacrifice of what it means to live in the “Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.”   I fear he will continue to make decisions counter to who we are and never understand the ideals of American exceptionalism or a Constitutional Republic.

Elections always have consequences.  President Obama’s obtuse manner toward We, the American people, is at times, in contempt of the very essence of everything American. He is not an imperial monarch and if he continues down this road is certainly not ‘deserving’ of reelection.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Legislative Update: 

– Civilian Property Realignment Act — This past Tuesday, the House approved H.R. 1734, the Civilian Property Realignment Act, by a vote of 259-164, I VOTES YES. H.R. 1734 would establish an independent commission known as the Civilian Property Realignment Commission (CPRC) to provide recommendations on civilian federal properties that can be sold, transferred, exchanged, consolidated, or redeveloped, so as to reduce the civilian real property inventory, reduce the operating costs of the Government, and create the highest value and return for the taxpayer.

– Budget Transparency — Also on Tuesday, the House approved H.R. 3581, the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act, by a vote of 245-180, I VOTED YES. Among other things, the bill would modify the budgetary treatment of federal credit programs so the cost of direct loans or loan guarantees (e.g. those of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) would be calculated on a “fair value” basis, which includes not only the borrowing costs of the federal government, but also the cost of the market risk the government is incurring by issuing a loan or loan guarantee.

– Line-Item Veto — On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 3521, the Expedited Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act, by a vote of 254-173, I VOTED YES. H.R.  According to CBO, “enacting H.R. 3521, by itself, would not have a significant impact on the federal budget. Any impact on the budget would depend on the extent of the President’s use of the new cancellation procedure and on future Congressional actions.”

 STOCK Act — On Thursday, the House approved an amendment to S. 2038, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, by a vote of 417-2, I VOTED YES. The bill would make clear that Members of Congress, Congressional employees, and executive and judicial branch employees are prohibited from using nonpublic information for private profit. The bill also would amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 and the Ethics in Government Act and would require the Senate and the House of Representatives to implement an electronic filing system for financial disclosure forms, as well as provide the public with on-line access to that information in a searchable database.

Upcoming Week:

– Energy and Infrastructure — The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act would provide a five year extension of federal highway and transit programs without increasing current spending levels or adding to the deficit. The bill would eliminate all earmarks from the highway bill. The last surface transportation law approved by Congress in 2005 contained over 6,300 earmarks. The bill would cut red tape and streamline highway funding by consolidating or eliminating nearly 70 highway programs and eliminating mandates that prevent states from funding infrastructure needs.

 Payroll Tax Cut Extension — H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 was approved in the House on December 13, 2011 by a vote of 234–193, I VOTED YES.  The House-passed version of H.R. 3630 provided an offset one-year extension of the current payroll tax rates, a delay in the implementation of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (the so-called “Doc Fix”), and an extension of reformed Unemployment Insurance benefits. Currently these programs are operating under two-month extension (H.R.3765) set to expire on February 29, 2012.

Highlights of the Week: 

– Monday, 6,  Participated in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry.  Excited to learn the Chairman of the HASC panel and Committee on Small Business will be making a visit to South Florida’s CD-22 week of 20 February.

– Tuesday, 7 January, God blessed me with another year as I turned 51 years of age. Amazingly enough there are three others Members of the House GOP who share same birthday, Rep Hastings of Washington, Rep Grimm of New York, and Rep Fincher of Tennessee. Conducted a meeting with American Humane Society and United Egg Producers on HR 3798 Egg Products Inspection Act, I will cosponsor.

– Wednesday, 8 February, met with former Ambassador and Congressman David Funderburk and Board of Trustee Members of The Senior Citizens League. We discussed issues of concern for our American Seniors; MEDICARE and Social Security survival and solvency primarily. Met with Brigadier General Young, Deputy Chief of the US Army Reserve on military personnel issues. We are truly concerned about the proposed personnel cuts to our Army and how they will affect our Reserve forces as well as defining the role of the Operational Reserve force. Participated in Small Business Committee full hearing on Small Business Administration mismanagement of modernizing its information technology systems.

– Thursday, 9 February, attended a House GOP breakfast with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, a true Constitutional scholar. Participated in Small Business Contracting and Workforce subcommittee hearing on Construction Contracting barriers on small businesses. Met with brothers Earl and Les Phillips, both former military Servicemen (one Army Infantryman and the other Naval Aviator) representing the National Veterans for Republicans Association about reaching minority conservatives.

– Friday, 10 February, spent the day at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union.  Honored to be a speaker for the 3rd straight year.  Speech here.

– Saturday, 11 February, drove up to the Orlando area, Geneva and Oviedo, and spoke at two events supporting my Freshman colleague Sandy Adams. I recommend everyone visit the “Danville” bed and breakfast located in Geneva, it is quite a unique place.

– Sunday, 12 February, Family Day and after church did our first search for new residence in North Palm Beach and South Martin County.

– Monday, 13 February, meeting with British Consul General, Kevin McGurgan and South Florida Marine Industry Leaders.

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Rep Allen West – Legislative Lowdown, Highlights of the Week and more

Legislative Lowdown:

– Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Authorization — On Tuesday, the House approved H.R. 2838, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011, by voice vote. The bill would authorize funding for the Coast Guard in Fiscal Years 2012 through 2015. The bill would also authorize funds for the Federal Maritime Commission in each of the Fiscal Years 2012-2015, and would make changes to current law affecting marine safety, marine transportation systems, and the authorities of the Coast Guard. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), appropriating the amounts authorized by H.R. 2838 would result in discretionary spending of about $24.4 billion over the Fiscal Year 2012-2016 period.

Right-to-Carry — On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, by a vote of 272-154, I VOTED YES. The bill would allow any person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues concealed firearm permits or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms. The bill would make no changes to any state’s laws on where concealed firearms may be carried within its borders; would not create a federal licensing system; and would not establish a minimum federal standard for a carry permit. Instead, it would require states to recognize each others’ carry permits, just as they recognize drivers’ licenses.

– 3 percent withholding — Also on Wednesday, the House approved the United States Senate amendment to H.R. 674. The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, by a vote of 422-0. The bill would also establish new job training programs for Armed Forces members separating from active duty, create additional requirements for veterans’ job training programs, and increase tax credits for employers to hire qualified members of the Armed Forces following their service. In addition, the bill would require all Social Security and Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits to be included as part of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) for purposes of determining eligibility for certain Medicaid applicants and subsidies for health insurance purchased through the new health insurance exchanges to be established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

– Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations — On Thursday, the House approved the H.R. 2112 Conference Report, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, by a vote of 298-121, I VOTED YES. The conference report on H.R. 2112 would provide a total of $128 billion in discretionary appropriations to provide funding for three Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bills: Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development. In addition, the legislation would provide short-term appropriated funding for discretionary government operations at current levels through December 16, 2011. Under a continuing resolution (CR) approved at the end of Fiscal Year 2011, discretionary appropriations are set to expire on November 18, 2011. Known as the “Mini-bus,” the conference report would provide $19.77 billion for Agriculture appropriations, $52.74 billion for Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), and $55.55 billion for Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD). In addition, the legislation includes $2.3 billion in emergency disaster relief funding which is not subject to statutory discretionary spending caps under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). The conference agreement for the three bills upholds the non-emergency base discretionary level of $1.043 trillion as agreed to in the BCA.

– Balanced Budget Amendment — On Friday, the House failed to approve H.J. Res. 2, proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, by a vote of 261-165, I VOTED YES. If approved by a two-thirds majority of each chamber of the United States Congress and ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures, H.J. Res. 2 would have amended the Constitution to prohibit federal spending in any fiscal year from exceeding receipts for that year. The balanced budget requirement could be waived in a given year if three-fifths of both chambers approve a law to allow spending to exceed revenues. In addition, the amendment would require a vote of three-fifths of both chambers to increase the statutory debt limit. The amendment would also require the president to submit a balanced budget to United States Congress each fiscal year and would require a majority vote of Congress to increase taxes. Under the amendment, the balanced budget requirement could be waived for any fiscal year in which a declaration of war is in effect or in any year that the United States is “engaged in military conflict which causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security and is so declared by a joint resolution, adopted by a majority of the whole number of each House, which becomes law.”

– Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act — On Friday, November 18, 2011, the House approved the rule for consideration of H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. The bill would pre-empt National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed rulemaking that will significantly change procedures that govern union elections by providing employers just seven days to find legal counsel and prepare their entire case to be presented at a NLRB pre-election hearing. The bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act to require specified waiting periods before unionization hearings and elections can occur.

The bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act to require specified waiting periods before unionization hearings and elections can occur. The bill would also provide minimum and maximum time frames in which action should be taken in response to the filing of election petitions.

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Highlights of the Week:

– Tuesday, 15 Nov, Presided over House of Representatives Morning Hour for one- minute and five-minute speeches, participated in the Keystone XL press conference, participated in the Operation Fast and Furious press conference, met with former National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane on energy security, conducted an interview with WHUR, Howard University radio station.

– Wednesday, 16 Nov, attended House Armed Services Committee Classified briefing on Iraq withdrawal; big concern over release of detainees in United States custody to Iraq and the overall post-security situation with no credible America military presence. Just so you know, the plan is for 5,000-6,000 security contractors under United States Department of State control… budget savings? Met with the Israeli Missile Defense Minister to discuss missile defense cooperation in light of the Iranian, Hezbollah, and Hamas threat.

– Thursday, 17 Nov, guest speaker at the bi-partisan Member’s Prayer breakfast, attended House Armed Services Subcommittee classified briefing on Yemen and Somalia, addressed a Young Entrepreneur Leaders group on the future of entrepreneurship in America, met with three great Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) soldiers on the needs of the Army EOD community… needless to say the movie “Hurt Locker” was EODs boost similar to “Top Gun,” attended the Capitol Hill farewell reception for Army Vice Chief of Staff General Chiarelli, a stellar Army leader.

– Friday, 18 Nov, participated in the House Armed Services Panel on Business within the Defense Industry, flew back to South Florida… after a disheartening vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment.

– Saturday, 19 Nov, finally got back to a nine mile Ft. Lauderdale beach run, spoke to and attended the David Horowitz Freedom Center Restoration Weekend dinner.

– Sunday, 20 Nov, Participated in the Delray Beach Sixth Annual Project Holiday packing event to send care packages to our deployed men and women in uniform.

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Statement on Congressman Allen West’s Vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment

Constitutional Amendment Fails by 29 votes

(WASHINGTON)—- Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today after voting in support of H.J .Res 2 – a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

“As our nation passes $15 trillion in debt this week, the House of Representatives has once again let down the American people and instead chosen the path of continued spending beyond its means.

The Balanced Budget Amendment would have put our nation on a path to fiscal and economic sustainability. However, by their vote today, the majority of House Democrats and their Party have made it obvious they prefer the road of increasing debt and enormous deficits. I further found it appalling that House Democrats clapped and cheered on the House Floor at the failure of the Balanced Budget Amendment.

I am proud to have supported a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution – an identical Amendment that was passed by a vote in the House of Representatives of 300-132 in 1995, only to fall one vote short in the United States Senate.

I commend the Members of the House – both Republicans as well as 25 Democrats – who voted for this amendment and put  their country before politics. The Balanced Budget Amendment made perfect sense- ensuring the United States spends only the taxpayer dollars the U.S. Treasury collects each year.  But unfortunately, too many Members of Congress put politics before America’s future.

When I – along with 86 of my Freshmen colleagues – were elected a little more than a year ago, we pledged to change the conversation in our Nation’s Capital.  Despite today’s failed resolution, I believe we have changed that conversation.  It is more important than ever Americans continue to get involved in the political process and elect legislators who believe in doing what is right for this country.  Americans are balancing their family budget, it is imperative leaders have the courage to do the same.”

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