Allen West “The promise that is these United States of America was put to parchment 237 years ago this today”

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by Allen West via Facebook

The promise that is these United States of America was put to parchment 237 years ago this today. 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, it is an equality of opportunity that we hold dear in America, not an equality of outcomes.

56 men signed our Declaration of Independence and pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

They gave you and me a free and independent America. And four score and seven years later from 1-3 July 1863 men fought a great battle at Gettysburg to ensure the document they signed lived up to its intended purpose, “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.”

Some of us take our freedoms and liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday, read the entire Declaration of Independence and silently remember and thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid. Freedom is truly never free!

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 – Op-Ed “The Balkanized States of America” Washington Times

Op-Ed by Rep. Allen West

The 56 rebels knew they very well might be hanged for what they were about to do. As lawyers, merchants, farmers and landowners, they had plenty to lose. Fighting against an imperial ruler, they had everything to gain.

They were embarking on an adventure – not only because they were revolting against their own government and fighting outmanned and outgunned against a superior military – but because they were creating a radical approach to self-governance.

The 56 men who signed our Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, knew the only way they ever would be successful in their audacious plan was if they stood together. As Benjamin Franklin said at the signing, “if we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.”

Our founders shared a unified vision for our nation. They understood that unity of the many was necessary to uphold the sovereignty of the individual and the fundamental, unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

To ensure the sovereignty of each individual American, our Founding Fathers knew the country would have to be unified on certain principles and values: a limited constitutional government, a free market, a respect for “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and a strong national defense.

Sadly, we are in danger of squandering the precious gift those 56 rebels gave us 236 years ago.

We have become a nation of “special interests” – but what interest can be more special than preserving the greatness of the United States of America and the freedoms of all its citizens?

We have politicians who would rather divide us based on income, gender or race than unite us as Americans. They want citizens to believe that “all men were created equal” really means “all men are entitled to an equal share.” They want their fellow Americans to believe anyone else’s economic success always comes at their own expense.

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