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

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

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

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  If this Act is not repealed, we will all be hit with the largest tax increase in our nation’s history.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Rep Allen West – Recommended Reading for April 2, 2012

Already the disciples of Saul Alinsky are preparing their onslaught against the nation’s highest court, typical Chicago style…

by Congressman Allen West on Monday, April 2, 2012 (Facebook Page)
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Already the disciples of Saul Alinsky are preparing their onslaught against the nation’s highest court, typical Chicago style intimidation tactics. Whatever happened to the fundamental premise of co-equal branches of government?  good read:

Wall Street Journal Editorial – Assailing the Supreme Court

After last week’s Supreme Court argument on ObamaCare, the political left seems to be suffering a nervous breakdown. Only a week ago, the liberal consensus was that the federal mandate to buy insurance couldn’t possibly be overturned. Now as panic sets in, the left has taken to mau-mauing the Justices by saying that if they overturn the mandate they’ll be acting like political partisans. The High Court’s very “legitimacy” will be in question, as one editorial put it—a view repeated across the liberal commentariat.

This criticism is itself political lobbying, as is clear from the fact that it mostly spares Anthony Kennedy, the likeliest swing vote. Liberals still hope Justice Kennedy will uphold all of the law, even as they audition the mauling he’ll get if he joins Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas in the ninth level of judicial hell. Chief Justice John Roberts is also being lectured that the case will “define” his career, though in six years he has already established a record as a careful consensus builder on the Court.

Overturn any part of the law, the Justices are being told, and your reputations will be trashed. The invitations from Harvard and other precincts of the liberal establishment will dry up. And, by the way, you’ll show you hate sick people—as if the Court’s job is to determine health-care policy.

This is the left’s echo of Newt Gingrich’s threat earlier in the primary season to haul judges before Congress when it dislikes their rulings. Remember the political outrage over that one?

No doubt the Justices will ignore this transparent attempt at political intimidation, but someone should defend them against the claim that overturning the law would be “judicial activism.” It’s more accurate to say that failing to overturn the mandate would be dodging their duty to uphold core constitutional principles.

Judicial activism is not something that happens every time the Supreme Court overturns a statute. The Justices owe deference to Congress and the executive, but only to the extent that the political branches stay within the boundaries of the Constitution. Improper activism is when the Court itself strays beyond the founding document to find new rights or enhance its own authority without proper constitutional grounding.

The classic example, acknowledged by good liberals like Alexander Bickel and Archibald Cox at the time, is Roe v. Wade in 1973. The High Court discovered a right to abortion rooted in a right to privacy that it had invented in Griswold in 1965 from the Constitution’s “penumbras” and “emanations.” Roe overturned 50 state laws and pre-empted a healthy debate that would have reached a different abortion consensus in different states. Our cultural politics has been polarized ever since.

COMPLETE THIS ARTICLE: The Wall Street Journal