July 15, 2009
Greetings fellow South Florida riders, South Floridians, and Americans, here we are for another monthly installment of our Wheels on the Road political assessment. If you read the title of this month’s piece you realize where I am headed.
A good Commander always pays attention to the environment and notices that which is not normal. In combat, I would always counsel my junior leaders to look for things that are “out of whack” when you are out on patrol. Did you see children out playing? Were the regular sidewalk meat markets open? Were there news media vans riding around in the area of operations? You must always be tuned into the indicators and warnings (I/W) which can confirm or deny the intelligence reports you receive.
In the same light I have been listening to people and observing them whenever I am out and about.
We just had the 4th of July tea party events here in South Florida. I attended the Broward event which was in downtown Ft Lauderdale. The estimate by the Police was around 3000 for the crowd, truly amazing considering a hot holiday weekend Saturday. The local news came after the event and gave their estimation at a couple dozen.
We are living in such a time of media manipulation that Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Goebbels, would be proud. Many times I will flip back and forth between TV media outlets to contrast the story being reported, guess what? The glaring difference is not even debatable; one would think there is a completely different story being done.
The issue is that more and more people are noticing this, and Americans are becoming rather angry. You can see it in the falling subscriptions of the NY Times, and in the failing ratings of the “mainstream media” news.
Of course there are the mindless lemmings who truly are content with the current state of affairs in America. There are the left wing liberal socialists who believe that America is on the right track and could not be happier. However, what I am witnessing and assessing is their abject fear and concern about maintaining their “power”.
America, as a Country, is slowly awakening and the growing anger is no longer hidden. You see it in emails being passed along, you hear it on the street, when you look at the comment section to internet articles you sense it. Yes, there are the left wing blogs and comments but the hard hitting responses to them are powerful.
There is a reason why this current regime seeks to shut down voices of opposition, the truth is getting out. Why is there legislation to label pro-life and pro-gun groups as domestic terrorists? Why is there a move to create local community review boards that will evaluate, truly regulate, talk radio, the bastion of conservative discourse?
We sit in our Republic and find ourselves living with an unemployment rate that is at 9.6% and climbing. We listen to leadership who tell us that they “misread” the economy or had bad information. We are hearing about a second stimulus package because the first stimulus will not really take effect for two years…then why was it called a “stimulus”.
This most recent exhibit of Congressional incompetence called the “Cap and Trade” bill is nothing more than a behavior modification by taxation piece of legislation. We live with a government which seeks to coercively make us succumb to their desired energy agenda.
We know that there is legislation to grant citizenship to the 15-20 million illegal immigrants residing here in America. This is the number one means to solidify liberal power before the mid-term elections of 2010. The long term solution to cement the power grab is the 2010 census which has been moved from the Department of Commerce to the White House and handed to ACORN (or whatever their name is) for execution. These two actions will change the electoral base of our Republic for years.
We are up to 32 “Czars” in our Nation, in essence a shadow government which does not answer to the people, just the President. We are told that we WILL have a healthcare reform solution which contains a public option. Why would I want the same people who run the Postal Service and AMTRAK involved in my healthcare?
Our President does nothing to support young people in Iran against the Ayatollah’s but condemns the people of Honduras who are following their Constitution. We are seeing so many foreign policy faux pas’ which more than remind us of the Carter administration, just worse. Most recently we just ceded our nuclear weapons program to Russia and sold out our Eastern European allies. And what shall we do with North Korea? They are still holding two American female journalists.
And if you have not seen the film, “Third Jihad” (which you can order from internet) do so and you will truly be incensed. All of you know my sentiments about the radical Islamic infiltration in America, and the world…..but hey, our President said they have made many contributions to the American way of life.
Yep, I think about that every time I undress when flying and see old movies of the New York City skyline.
Ok, the liberal response is simple, “It’s Bush’s fault”! To wit my response is even simpler, when does Obama take responsibility and is held accountable?
Leaders never look for excuses, they accept the situation in which they find themselves and come up with viable solutions. I would offer you read the story of COL Joshua Chamberlain at Little Round Top during the second day at the Battle of Gettysburg.
I know my liberal friends will say, war is terrible, but as John Stuart Mill stated,” the decayed and degraded moral state of patriotism which believes nothing worth war is worse”.
Hey Liberals, no more excuses, it’s your economy, your foreign policy, and you are in control, so stop whining!
So what does this all have to do with this month’s topic……people are getting more and more pissed off! (There is no better way of saying this)
We are approaching the “breaking point” and I reflect back to the 1993 Joel Schumacher film “Falling Down” which starred Michael Douglas. During this summer, the discontent will continue to arise as we head into the fall, which could have an appropriate meaning for the liberals.
Americans are growing tired of the ineptness, incompetence, and corruption which now characterizes Washington DC. Get to DC on 9-12 and let your anger be known, your voice heard, and do not just internalize that emotion.
Michael Douglas’ character just wanted to get a birthday present to his daughter……we want our Country back!
Steadfast and Loyal,
Lt. Col. Allen West
July 13, 2009
This year the Congress at the urging of President Obama rushed through a voluminous stimulus bill which cost taxpayers a whopping $787 billion dollars. The bill contained almost 9,000 earmarks. You know those pet projects that senators and members of the House slip into bills to bring money home to their states and districts, essentially buying our votes with our tax dollars. The rest of the bill was essentially government spending on schools, roads, bridges and other infrastructure. There was nothing in the bill to stimulate the private sector, especially small businesses.
Most of the jobs in this country, between 66%-75%, are created by small businesses. But the stimulus bill is creating government projects, which will employ a relatively small number of people, mostly union workers, temporarily. If the stimulus was really supposed to help pull us out of the recession and put people back to work on a sustainable basis, it would be in the form of payroll tax cuts for small businesses so they could reinvest in their companies and employ more people. It would also be in the form of a withholding tax cut, putting more money in every worker’s paycheck immediately. The Democrats are engaging in class warfare to get the public to buy into this government-spending plan. They paint the business owner as the bad guy and then instead of cutting small business taxes, they actually raise them. But most small business owners are entrepreneurs. They are our friends and neighbors. They aren’t rich they don’t have a yacht, a mansion, or a string of polo ponies. They’re regular folks, that had an idea or a dream and through hard work, long hours and usually by risking their own money, or home, they built a business and along the way, they’ve been employing people both directly and indirectly. They’re paying their taxes, their utilities, rent and payroll. They are living the American dream and acting as the engine of our economy. If we punish them for their success by saying they have to give even more, then they can’t reinvest in their companies to grow them and they can’t put even more people to work. Business in America is already taxed at the highest rate of any nation on Earth. Why are we surprised that American jobs are being outsourced in this environment?
It’s a cliché but it’s true. If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime. The same applies to stimulating the economy. If you give a person a job on a make work government project, that person will work and take home a salary, until the project is done or the stimulus money dries up and the job goes away. If instead you create an environment for small business and entrepreneurship to grow and thrive, you’ll create millions of sustainable, long-term jobs that will give people the ability to growth of the economy. Because workers that are confident they’ll have a job in a year are far more likely to spend their money than a person who thinks they’ll only be employed for a few months. We need people to spend their wages in order for the economy to flourish. Should there be government investment in our nation’s infrastructure, much of which is crumbling before our eyes? Should we update our schools? Of course, but it should have been part of a comprehensive plan to get the real engine of the economy, the private sector, going too.
July 6, 2009
Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Jesse Jackson, John Edwards, Elliot Spitzer, Tim Mahoney, David Vitter, John Ensign, Mark Sanford and a galaxy of politicians too numerous to list have committed adultery.
Whenever a Democrat politician commits adultery, Democrats pull out their list of Republican adulterers, and whenever a Republican politician commits adultery, Republicans pull out their list of Democrat adulterers. This whole battle of the “lists” is boring and pointless. Let’s just say a whole bunch of politicians from all over the political spectrum are “Hiking the Appalachian Trail” and doing the “Lewinsky” with someone other than their spouse and be done with it.
If we put the battle of the “lists” aside, we are left with a moral debate, framed mostly in the language of politics, about the nature of marriage. Republicans and conservatives usually look for illegalities when attacking Democratic adulterers like “He lied under oath”, “Prostitution is illegal,” and “He used campaign funds as hush money.” Democrats and liberals consistently hammer “the party of hypocrites who espouse family values and then fool around” theme when attacking Republican adultery.
The difference in the political rhetoric each side uses is revealing and much more important than the details of any marital infidelity committed by a particular politician. That conservatives point to illegalities committed as a byproduct of Democratic adultery indicates that the charge of adultery alone is not enough to oust a liberal Democrat politician. The charge of hypocrisy used by liberals to attack conservatives is the more interesting argument, interesting because it reveals a truth not about conservatives, but about the left. In order to be a hypocrite, one must have a publicly professed moral standard that is violated by adultery. By charging conservatives with hypocrisy, the left admits to a lack of any publicly expressed moral standard of its own.
Conservatives and many other Americans believe in marriage as a compact between a man, a woman, and God. In this traditional view of marriage, adultery is not just a betrayal of a marriage vow between a man and a woman, but a breaking of one’s covenant with God. Of course, even this higher form of commitment, does not make conservatives immune to sin, and probably does not make them substantially less likely to break marriage vows. I know liberal politicians and opinion makers, who, as far as I can tell, do not have the same concept of a “higher commitment” regarding marriage, but do seem to have a strong sense of personal commitment to marriage in their private lives anyway.
The debate about adultery, marriage and divorce is primarily one of “voice”. Who discourages adultery and divorce, and who by their trivialization of a “higher commitment”, encourages it. In public, and as a matter of policy, conservatives strive to discourage adultery and divorce. In public, and as a matter of policy, liberal progressives often present changing partners as just another lifestyle choice comparable to getting a new pair of shoes.
This rhetorical bias for adultery and divorce among liberals has its roots in the early radical feminist movement of the 60’s and 70’s, which told women that marriage was submission to patriarchy, and adultery and divorce were liberating. The other culprit is the sexual revolution that took place during the 60’s and 70’s. The baby boomers, and their “If it feels good do it” mantra, are as much to blame as the feminists. “Doing it” and “feeling good” became culturally acceptable in much of America, and “feeling good” for a lot of men and women, means having numerous sexual partners. Since then, many liberals have discarded these positions as a practical matter in their personal lives, but to this day, most have not abandoned the public rhetoric of adultery and divorce as sexual and personal liberation.
Conservatism is not about being perfect. Conservatives make many mistakes and have the same human weaknesses as anyone else. It’s what we do after we make a mistake that defines a conservative. Conservatives don’t change beliefs about fundamental issues just because we were too weak to live up to our own high standards. The goal for conservatives, and anyone who believes in marriage as a higher form of commitment, is to elevate behavior to meet the traditional standard, and not to lower standards to a baser level of behavior. That all humans can fail is understood. But, if words do mean things, conservatives are the more responsible voices in the debate on adultery and marriage. We encourage the view of marriage as a sacred commitment between man, woman, and God, and it is that viewpoint and that high standard, which produces the greatest good, for the greatest number of people.
July 2, 2009
The following is the speech that Lt. Col. Allen West gave at New Life Church in Deerfield Beach, FL on July 2, 2009 in preparation of the upcoming July 4th celebrations:
A greeting to all here at New Life Church and it is truly an honor to be here with you this evening. Deerfield Beach has a real special place in my heart because it was here that I taught HS for a year upon my retirement from 22 years active duty service.
Here we are together at an event called “Celebrate America” and I believe a good speaker should always pose a question for the audience. Therefore, “What do we Celebrate Today?”
Read Psalms 33:12
Sit and imagine a select group of men, some 56, on 2 July 1776, 233 years ago. Imagine being Thomas Jefferson with the unenviable task of creating a document which basically was an act of treason and would mean the death warrant for those who would later sign.
You are about to capture in words one of the two greatest political documents ever known, the Declaration of Independence…later came the Constitution of the United States.
So what drove these men to such a conviction? What did they hope we would be here celebrating 233 years later?
On this same day 233 years ago, Gen George Washington stated;
“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our Country’s Honor, all call upon us for vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world.
Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions”.
Today we should be celebrating the beginnings of America and Americans. Today we should celebrate the triumph of the indomitable human will to seek out Freedom from tyrannical rule.
But then if I were to ask 200 people on the street this evening, “What is America and what is an American?” Do you think there would be one common answer or unifying theme?
Would the respondents understand that our Republic stands as a beacon of Liberty, Sacrifice, and Faith?
The 4th of July is more than just BBQ and fireworks, and time off from work. It is a day when we should reflect upon the fabric of this Nation, its history, struggles, challenges, defeats, and triumphs……everyone should rent and watch “The Patriot” and “John Adams”.
It is a day when we should examine ourselves as America and Americans and recommit ourselves to our foundational principles, beliefs, and yes Faith…….is there something wrong with embracing those basic American values?
Lets us look at some things that have recently occurred:
- We have a government that has castigated those who believe in certain foundational principles as extremists…and labeled returning military veterans as potential domestic terrorists.
- Just two days ago in the NY State Senate, there were legislators who refused to stand and give honor to the Pledge of Allegiance…and even restrained a comrade who attempted to stand and recite the pledge.
- A homegrown convert to islam gunned down two US Soldiers, killing one, outside an Army recruiting station in Little Rock Ark.
- There is legislation being developed to “give away” American citizenship to individuals who have entered our Country illegally…and we even have to “Press 1” for our own language, which no one in our Nation’s capitol wish to make official
- Lastly, we have our President state before a foreign nation that we are not a Christian Nation but one of many religions.
Why? How have we forgotten what we are supposed to celebrate?
Patrick Henry stated, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone that approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force you are inevitable ruined”.
And we all recall his most famous quote, “Give me liberty or give me death”.
The Freedoms we enjoy in America truly are not free; they come with a bill of personal sacrifice, responsibility, and accountability. We must hold ourselves to the highest degree of accountability to this Nation, under God indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all.
America is indeed a Land of Mutt’s, you know that is true but there must be a common fabric bonding us as Americans, language, beliefs, principles, shared goals, and Faith.
Inclusiveness of all cannot come at the detriment of our Society; for when tolerance becomes a one way street it leads to cultural suicide.
Washington stated, “We are either a people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of great concern act as a Nation, which has 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”.
What do we Celebrate Today?
We celebrate a rich Judeo-Christian heritage which is the foundational premise upon which America was birthed and exists today…sorry Mr President, you got it wrong!
Here are examples from our Founding Fathers;
Washington: “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and Soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
John Adams: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?…..I tremble for my Country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
Hancock: Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual….Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which Heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”
Patrick Henry: It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
And if there is any doubt about what guided the construction of our branches of government….READ ISAIAH 33:22.
Our Founding Fathers believed as David did in Psalms 20:7……..
Today we celebrate a rich heritage born of Men of Conviction, (24) of the (56) signers held seminary or Bible school degrees. (15) became POWs, (12) had their homes destroyed, and (9) fought and died.
As Christ gave us Freedom from sin…these Men gave us Freedom from tyranny, earthly Liberty.
Do not focus on the seemingly constant negative messages and hate driven upon us by our media. Celebrate that which is truly the “shining city which sits upon a hill”. Never forget that you ARE the “Salt of the earth, the lamp which burns brightest”.
Never forget that we must be committed to fighting for this rich heritage, our National objects and character…or else we shall just be another chapter in a history book in the future.
John Stuart Mill stated, “War is an ugly thing, not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse.”
In conclusion, I am not advocating constant war or conflict, but I do advocate this, know that for which we should celebrate, honor it, and defend it. When the National Anthem is played correct someone that continues to talk or not remove their hat.
Teach our children and grandchildren the history of this Country, good, bad, and otherwise, develop in them a sense of pride in being an American, never ashamed to simply state, “I am an American”.
In December 1776 after our young Nation had suffered defeats by the British, Thomas Paine stated, “These are the times that try Men’s souls. The summer Soldier and sunshine Patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his Country; but he (she) that stands now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
As I depart, I humbly beseech you not be the sunshine Patriot, celebrate the 4th of July every day honoring our Judeo-Christian heritage, honoring America.
Faithful and True.
God be with you all, God Bless America
Lt. Col. Allen West