Allen West “Going in behind enemy lines”

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Last week Bill O’Reilly asked me if I would be interested in leading the Tea Party. I certainly don’t believe one needs to be officially “anointed” to be recognized as a leader and voice for conservative principles. But I will gladly take that message from coast to coast.

Today I will hit the airways and travel to Utah and the Chicago area. It will be my first time ever in the state of Utah and I will be there to support a fantastic young conservative Congressional candidate, Mayor Mia Love. Mayor Love truly represents the future for the Republican party, and for our resurgent conservative movement. Hers is a story of American exceptionalism and the opportunity society for which so many have fallen for in our Republic.

Of course being a black conservative means she has the ire of the progressive socialists. If you are in the Salt Lake City area, come out to the Salt Lake Community College campus and spend some time with Mayor Love and myself.

I will then travel over to the Chicago area, yep, going in behind enemy lines, to speak Thursday evening at an event sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation and the Northwestern University College Republicans. The event will be held at Harris Hall and the topic will be “Should the U.S. use military action to spread freedom?” The event is open to the public so please come on out. National Military Strategy relating to our national security objectives is vital and it’s an issue that doesn’t get enough attention.

Finally, I pray everyone enjoyed a very memorable and special Veterans Day. Mine certainly was. I am so very humbled to have announced on Veterans Day the first book I have ever written, Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and FreedomYou can pre-order a copy here.

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The title truly symbolizes the purpose for all of us who have donned the military uniform of the United States of America. Next year, I look forward to touring and signing many copies for my fellow countrymen and patriots.

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The Guilt of a Veteran by Paul D. Clark, Retired US Navy CPO

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I had the honor of serving in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1981, retiring as a Chief Electronics Warfare Technician. I have always been proud of being allowed to serve my country and also achieving the signal honor of being initiated into the fraternity of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) of the United States Navy. Through the years, however, there has always been a struggle within me when someone thanks me for my service.

 

When thanked, the first thought I always have is one of surprised gratitude that there are citizens who still recognize the value of military service. That event warms my heart. Then comes the ever occurring guilt of trying to find the proper response to the compliment. “You’re welcome” is not a proper response from my perspective. It was my honor to have served. I should be the one thanking America for the opportunity to serve. No thanks needed or wanted. My response of “It was my honor” leaves me feeling guilty of a prideful boasting that I served.

 

This guilt of pride is all about what I was allowed to do and what I was allowed to accomplish. Thanks to the Navy I have been places and experienced things that most people would pay big money for the price of admission. See me back then and you saw a top of his game CPO. That pride lives on, but grows dimmer with time and telling. I am also embarrassed that I am no longer that person. To tell people how glorious that time was seems to be nothing but empty boasting, however well intentioned.

 

The guilt of being mistaken for a hero comes to worry me every time a veterans event occurs. I am no hero by any stretch of the story, and I did nothing remotely heroic for all twenty years served. I saw heroes in action and have seen or heard stories of heroes. All that I can lay claim to is being true to my oath of enlistment and standing on the proverbial wall. Do not mistake me for any of those great ones that paid the price required of true heroes.

 

The Navy may have brought Barbara and I together, however there is always the guilt of the time stolen from my family. I am that thief. I stole from my children and from my wife. I gave that time to the Navy. Barbara, on the other hand, had the toughest job in the Navy – Navy Wife. She was and is jealous of the Navy. Rightly so, but with a wisdom that I lacked in this matter, she allowed me to pursue my dreams in the Navy. For that alone I thank her and owe her for the rest of our days. My children, on the other hand, consider being called Navy Brats as the highest among honors. Go figure.

 

I am guilty of loving the Navy and the ships too much. So much so was this love that separation from the Navy left me feeling guilt ridden and in anguish over abandoning the Brotherhood. Realizing that I could no longer contribute was the cause of a great and dark depression. That is all behind me now and I have moved forward. Now I cherish those memories of days/weeks/months at sea, sailors as close as brothers, and challenging events on the horizon

 

Finally, I am completely guilty of telling sea stories. The stories that are told always contain elements of truth, humor, and amazement. They are meant to entertain as well. They are my hard earned right and privilege to tell. I intend them to educate you and amaze you and to also satiate that longing within me to remain forever young and at sea. If by chance it inspires another to serve then we are all twice blessed.

 

Of all these things I am guilty of because that is who I am. A veteran shaped by the decisions made and the course laid in. A volunteering of service that rewarded the giver more than the gift. All that I ever did was my duty. To be allowed the memory of that is all the reward or thanks I’ll ever need, Thank you.

 

Retired United States Navy CPO, Paul D. Clark

(Paul D. Clark is the father of Tanya Grimsley)

 

Allen West “Why every day is Veterans Day in the US” #USMilitary #VeteransDay

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Written by Allen West

To my warrior brothers and sisters, Happy Veterans Day. God bless you for your willingness to stand guard upon freedom’s ramparts to protect our beloved Republic.

Today we are being recognized but always remember — every day in America is Veterans Day. In our veins we carry the legacy of the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord. Our hearts beat just as those who stood at the Battle of New Orleans. We march to the sound of the guns just as those brave men of the Civil War who bled to preserve this Union.

We have left our homes and the warm embrace of our loved ones just as the Doughboys and Devil Dogs of the trenches, the Marne, the Meuse-Argonne.

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Allen West “Against All Enemies, Foreign And Domestic.” Newsletter 11/10/13

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Friends,

Today is the 238th birthday of the greatest and most lethal fighting force known to man, the United States Marine Corps.

Tomorrow on Veteran’s Day, a grateful nation thanks those who have been willing to make the last full measure of devotion in service to our Republic. These are the men and women who have been our guardians and stood watch on freedom’s rampart.

But today we must ask, what exactly are those in uniform guarding now? The day has come upon us in America where we accept lies from our president. We accept laws that do not apply to everyone, not even to our elected officials. We find our Supreme Court hearing a case as to whether or not we can pray openly before civic meetings, when our nation’s motto is “In God We Trust.”

The oath of office taken by our men and women in uniform is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The oath of an American guardian has no statute of limitations. We serve, sacrifice, and defend until we draw our last breath.

Don’t forget to thank our veterans, our guardians, on Monday.

Steadfast and Loyal

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Congressman Allen West Weekly Wrap Up, Video & Article of The Week

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. As I wrap up the previous week I am first and foremost thinking about my brothers in arms-  praying that my Marine brothers and sisters had a great 236th Marine Corps birthday, and my fellow veterans had a superb Veterans Day.

Veterans Day was a memorable day that will not come again for another 100 years, as we witnessed the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th year.  May God continue to bless those who were willing to make that last full measure of devotion to our beloved Constitutional Republic, the United States of America.

This past week was a very engaging week in our Congressional district. Americans are paying attention and concerned with everything from domestic economic to foreign policy and national security.

Most concerning right now is the news that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) submitted a formal report confirming Iran is marching closer to having a militarized nuclear device. There is no doubt this is a 21st century Chamberlain-Churchill moment for the United States and the world. We must come to grips with understanding the theocracy behind the motive in Iran.
History has certainly proven that compromise, appeasement, and negotiations are ineffective means to persuade dictators, despots, autocrats, and theocrats. America must present a credible military threat, option, and presence to Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei. This is why “zeroing out” an American military capability in Iraq makes no strategic military sense. Still, for President Obama it does make political expedient sense, and that in my opinion is the obvious reason for his decision.

During my trip to Israel this past summer, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed to the Congressional Delegation the importance of retaining an American military presence in Iraq, to stymie any regional, hegemonic expansion of Iran. There is no doubt that Israel has the capability to take unilateral action against Iranian aggression and the country’s nuclear program.  Israel has shown the ability to do so, as in Iraq and Syria. However, it is a different time. When one considers the “off microphone” comments exchanged between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama, reported here, there is grave concern. The comment by Sarkozy referring to the Prime Minister as a liar was very disturbing, but the fact that Iran and other enemies of Israel know of these comments is unconscionable.

Presidents Sarkozy and Obama owe Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli people an apology. Not only were their comments disrespectful, but they also endanger the security of the modern day State of Israel. They must wholeheartedly reaffirm their commitment to the Jewish State of Israel, lest they be seen as emboldening and enabling the enemy.  As long as their statements remain, Prime Minister Netanyahu has to be concerned whether a unilateral action against Iran will have French and American support.

Meanwhile, America’s economic situation continues to be a grave concern. We once again saw the Campaigner-in-Chief take front stage with the self-serving decision to table the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline project. This pipeline project had undergone extensive environmental scrutiny and is determined to have minimal impact, as certified by the Unites States Department of State. A focused march towards our energy independence is a national security, economic, and employment issue. Americans win in all aspects with the construction of the pipeline. The estimation for putting people to work for this project is between 20,000 and 30,000 jobs.

It is obvious President Obama is making decisions that are not necessarily best for the country, but best for his reelection. He has clearly shown that the environmental lobbyists, along with Hollywood elites, are more important to him than struggling Americans. We have seen average gas prices go from $1.83 to $3.43 during his term, yet all we get from the President and his administration is crony capitalism and misconceived venture capitalist endeavors supporting their own ideologically-driven energy agenda.

The problems stem beyond the President.  This past week we saw Democrat members of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction walk out of discussions after Republican members, led by Pennsylvania Freshman Senator Pat Toomey,  proved the budget is able to produce revenues by lowering marginal tax rates and eliminating loopholes. Senator Toomey had evidence to show leaders can hold capital gains, dividends, and estate tax rates where they are. By reducing the highest personal income tax rates by 7% from 35 % to 28%, doing the same across all tax brackets, and taking corporate tax rates from one of the highest in the world of 35% to 25%, there is hope to reform the tax code.

As you may know, the federal government saw a 6.5% increase in revenues last year, yet we still ran another record $1.3 trillion deficit. As I’ve said before, Washington DC does not have a revenue problem, it truly is a spending problem.

If there are some out there who still don’t believe America is truly in a crisis and this Administration and its policies are taking us in the wrong direction, I ask you to look at Greece and Italy and compare the debt to GDP ratio– an indicating factor of true crisis and chaos- America is not far behind. Greece has an unsustainable debt to GDP ratio of 128% – the Greek people have now forced Prime Minister George Papandreou out of office. Italy has a debt to GDP ratio of 120% and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been forced out. America has a debt to GDP ratio of 101% and we will not be able to sustain this much longer.  When will President Obama see that his policies are only taking us down the same road as these countries???

In closing, I want to share with you some clear examples of why Americans, when left to their own ideas and “choice” to help those less fortunate, will trump Federal Government programs any day.

Within the past week I attended events with those “Evil One Percenters” you know, those folks who hold all the wealth in America — yes, those same rascals who pay 38% of all federal taxes. The Faith, Hope, Love, and Charity event in Palm Beach Gardens raised money for the “Stand Down House” – a program for homeless veterans and their families. The charity has already furnished an apartment for a former homeless and jobless female veteran, allowing her to stand on her own, and this is just the beginning.

The Wounded Warriors Second Chance organization out of Jupiter, Florida, provides Wounded Warriors and their families a vacation getaway in sunny Florida. Watch a news clip on the weekend fundraiser here.  The money raised allows the wounded to enjoy our beautiful South Florida sunshine and beaches, and find a moment of peace and solace.

I also attended the 24th Annual Yacht Rendezvous for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. Here again were those selfish, fat cat “One Percenters” raising funds to expand Boys and Girls Clubs in Broward County and the after-school education and dinner programs. The result of these programs are higher graduation rates and fulfilling the Boys and Girls Club motto… “From backpacks to briefcases.”

Unlike President Obama and the liberal progressives with their goals of creating and expanding government dependency, the “One Percenters” don’t create more victims, they create victors! These victors expand the American entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit!

Steadfast and Loyal,

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From Rep Allen West ” All gave some, some gave all” (PHOTO)

by Congressman (LTC) Retired Allen West via Official Statement from west.house.gov

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released this statement today reflecting on Veterans Day:

“On this day of all days, all men and women who once wore the United States Military uniform are remembered for their service and sacrifice to our nation. Although this holiday is only one day out of the year, our Veterans are committed to protecting us every day.

George Washington once said, ‘The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.’

More than 1.1 million active duty servicemen are defending our nation right now. An additional 25 million military retirees and veterans are living in this nation, many who dedicated their entire professional and personal lives to protect our freedoms.

As a 22 year combat veteran of the United States Army, I am proud to have worn the uniform–as the son of a World War II Army veteran, the brother of a Vietnam Marine veteran, and the uncle of a current Army combat veteran.

I will always keep my fellow brothers and sisters in arms in mind each and every day I serve in the United States House of Representatives.

Our Veterans are sometimes the most underappreciated Americans. On this day, I remind and challenge our citizens as well as our Federal Government to continue to stand for its Warriors. The United States is known for having the most superior military in the world. Let us be admired for the way we take care of our veterans as well.

Always remember: All gave some, some gave all.”

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America’s Best Veteran’s Day – Speech of Col. Oliver North to the NRA This video tribute on the front lines is the story of true patriots, told by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North at the NRA Annual Meeting. It’s a stirring profile of the spirited, courageous guardians of our precious freedoms. America’s best …

Rep Allen West – Happy 236th Bday USMC & Remembering Our Veterans

by Retired LTC, Congressman Allen B. WestFlorida Congressional District 22

Taken from Allen West for Congress E-Newsletter

There are two reasons I am writing today.

The first is that today is the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Since before the founding of our country, the Marines have valiantly served to keep us safe and free. Their courage under fire and unparalleled valor have made them admirable examples for every member of our armed services and true inspirations to all Americans.

I encourage you to join me in wishing the Marines a Happy 236th. I’m posting a message on my Facebook wall and hope you will do the same.

The second reason I am writing is that Veteran’s Day is tomorrow. And while some look at Veteran’s Day as a holiday or an extra day off, I think it’s important to remember those who have fought — and in many cases — lost their lives so we could be a free and safe country.

As you know I served in the Army. I’m proud of my service, but even more proud of the thousands who came before me and many who will serve in years to come.

I was recently honored to speak at a dinner honoring Rep. Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, as he received the Center For Security Policy‘s Keeper Of The Flame Award. I won’t re-hash what I said here, but would encourage you to take a moment to watch this video and share it with your friends.

I hope you will take a moment this weekend to thank our veterans for all they have done.

Thank you again for all you do for our country.

Steadfast and loyal,


LTC(R) Allen B. West
Member of Congress