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 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
June 18, 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. This month’s title is appropriate because Rod Serling could not have written this script any better. Everyday we wake up and have to ask ourselves, “Are we in some kinda parallel universe”? Actually Serling had an episode which fits appropriately.
Therefore I googled up what has to be my favorite Twilight Zone episode, “To Serve Man”. Here is the synopsis of the episode, which was available upon search.
“A race of aliens known as the Kanamits, they were tall, land on earth and promise to be nothing but helpful to the cause of humanity. Initially wary of the intentions of such a highly advanced race even the most skeptical humans are convinced when their code-breakers begin to translate one of the Kanamit’s books with the seemingly innocuous title, “To Serve Man”.
Sharing their advanced technology, the aliens quickly solve all of the Earth’s greatest woes, eradicating hunger, disease, and the need for welfare. Soon humans are volunteering for trips to the Kanamits’ home planet, which is supposedly a paradise.
All is not well, however, when a code-breaker discovers the Kanamits’ true intentions: Their book, “To Serve Man”, is a cookbook, and all their gifts were simply to make humanity complacent, much like fattening pigs or cows before they are slaughtered.”
Here we are today and the Kanamits are the far left liberals and their book is “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky.
How many people mindlessly followed, ok, well, I will not call him an alien, Obama’s empty rhetoric of “change and hope”? How many were hypnotized by the promises of everything being taken care of and the seas rising.
They just boarded that spaceship while others where telling them, beware. Now we are hearing people state, this is not what I voted for, too late, you have been served up on a plate.
One of the groups which is now trying to jump from the Obama spaceship is the Jewish community who voted about 78% as a block. All the while the American Jewish community was being told about associations with Louis Farrakhan, Rev Jeremiah Wright, and Khalid Rashidi. There were those warning them to read his book, “Dreams of my Father” where Obama said he would, “stand with his muslim brothers”. What did we hear back from the mindless lemmings? Obama loves Israel. Obama will not betray Israel.
My response, “To serve Israel”.
Another group which wholeheartedly drank the kool aid to the tune of 97% was my own black community. I cannot tell you how many times I had deep discussions with family and friends about the 2008 Presidential elections. It would always end up with something like this, “Allen, you just hate him and I don’t care about those issues. I want a black president.” Well, they certainly indeed have a bi-racial muslim raised President of whom they can now attribute a burgeoning national unemployment rate of 9.4%, which is probably doubled in the inner city black community.
And will Obama do anything about illegal immigration which denies the black community jobs, and depresses wages?
My response, “To serve Blacks”.
I remember election night when Obama was declared victor, kind of goes along with the whole imperial Caesar image. On that night people stood in awe, similar to watching the Kanamits.
Obama made a statement which echoes in my mind, “Chicago is coming to Washington DC”. Well, it certainly has and all the corruption and coercive practices was in tow. We have seen a private sector CEO fired. Banks have been strong armed to not only take government funding but to also not repay TARP funds received. We have seen the greatest automobile manufacturer in the world brought to its knees, now owned by the government and unions.
Our healthcare is now the new target and the remedy is not to have solutions driven by medical professionals, just more government intervention. It will cost over $1Trillion and we have no idea as to how this will be paid for….here is a bet, rationing and higher taxes. But, everyone will have healthcare, no woes.
We have 16-19 “Czars” who are unconstitutionally placed in positions to dictate and influence National policy but only answer to our imperial fearful leader. There is no Congressional oversight and these Czars are above the appointed Cabinet positions. In essence, Chicago came to the White House and has created a shadow government.
I watched this President deliver a speech before a university in Cairo (not Georgia where the syrup is made) Egypt loaded with historical inaccuracies. It was a speech which, again, made a point of apologizing for America and appeasing the vilest of enemies with whom we are embroiled in global combat operations.
This President recently was “outraged” at the shooting death of an abortion doctor in Kansas, who had performed countless late term procedures. I do not condone this murder, but when contrasted against the death of Army PFC William Long, I am outraged.
Private Long was killed by a converted jihadist from Memphis Tn originally named Carlos Bledsoe. This fella had somehow secured a Somali passport, attended a Yemeni terrorist training camp, and returned to America where his goal was to kill American Soldiers. Furthermore, a laptop confiscated from this homegrown terrorist had a target list of churches and synagogues.
Our President boarded a plane to Egypt, gave another worthless speech, and then some 72 hours after the shooting delivered a statement where he was, “saddened”.
We have two American journalists sentenced to 12 years hard labor in a Country which has been testing missiles and underground nuclear weapons. We are now implementing a policy of reading Miranda rights to captured terrorists. We now are giving released detainees taxpayer dollars to “start anew” and have great new lives in resort locations like, Bermuda.
My response, “To serve America”.
Now, I could go on and talk about a quadruped debt, and remember this has all occurred in 5 months….Katie bar the Door!
What makes all this even more despicable is the complicity of a media that has become nothing more than cheerleaders. Once upon a time there was honor and integrity in the news, now it is nothing more than manipulated propaganda. Heck, ABC is about to broadcast a news segment, one hour, from the White House.
The media is simply seasoning us for the modern day Kanamits, the liberal socialists.
Who will make a stand for the American people? All I see are bloggers, talk radio hosts, Fox News, and concerned American citizens being alerted, they broke the code and found the cookbook.
This is the closing narration from the episode, “The recollections of one Michael Chambers, with appropriate flashbacks and soliloquy. Or more simply stated, the evolution of man, the cycle of going from dust to dessert, the metamorphosis from being the ruler of a planet to an ingredient in someone’s soup. It’s tonight’s bill of fare from the Twilight Zone”.
Stop drinking the kool-aid, don’t look into the light, stop following the Kanamits, unless you wish to be “served”.
Lt. Col. Allen West
March 25, 2009
This appears to be the mantra of the new Obama administration every time they get caught with their hands in the cookie jar. They say that they are going to monitor the new stimulus money to make sure that the companies receiving it uses it responsibly and do not waste it. After all, it is taxpayer dollars being used. By the way, shouldn’t every American receive shares of all of these companies as collateral or something?
Recently, AIG gave bonuses to some more of their executives for doing such a “great job”. Some of the executives do not even work for the company any longer. The language was put into the bill by Chris Dodd from Connecticut. Wait a minute, doesn’t AIG have corporate offices in Connecticut? I am sure that it is just a coincidence. But, I do wonder who received the most campaign contributions from AIG during the last election cycle? Let’s see, who could that be? That’s right, it was Chris Dodd, Mr. Countrywide mortgage deal guy himself. I am sure that it was just another coincidence. After all, Mr. Dodd is really tight with Barney Frank and both of them are financial geniuses who swore up and down that Fannie and Freddie were very sound financially, so I am sure that the campaign donations had nothing to do with the language in the stimulus package. Yeah, right!
Well, at least our government is making sure that France does not get any of taxpayer’s stimulus money. Oops again. As it turns out, AIG gave $15BILLION to French banks. I know, I know……..that’s what AIG does. It insures banks against loses in investments that were touted as stable by Dodd and Frank. But that was with private money before. Now, it is with United States taxpayer money. Our children’s money. Why doesn’t France give AIG some bailout money, I mean stimulus money to bailout their own banks? Then again, why should they when the United States will do it for them.
Now, Obama says that starting next time our government will make sure that we do not waste any stimulus money. That’s right, there will be a next time because the stimulus plan will not stimulate the economy so Congress is considering, yet, another stimulus. By the way, that is why they stopped calling it a stimulus package, it is now called something like the American reinvestment, no wait……..the American…….forget it, I can’t keep up. It is like our government calling “global warming” climate change now because it has been getting colder.
Well, at least our new government came up with a reasonable budget…………wait for it……that’s right, it is the biggest budget in United States history. My question is this, why do we need such a big budget if we just spent TRILLIONS of our children’s dollars? I think that, at least, some of the money would have offset what would have been needed in our regular budget. You really can’t blame the government because Timothy Geitner has been working really hard, after all, he is the only guy in his office. People that are slated to work for him either back out or have too many problems to get appointed to his office. The Treasury Department is like the Bermuda Triangle of government.
When are “we the people” going to realize that we have to stop electing and re-electing these “politicians”? We have the power to change all of this but we must use it in order for it to work. When are we going to realize that our “elected officials” are so in bed with the lobbyists and special interest groups that “we the people” do not matter to them. They know that we are going to elect them again because that is what we do. I said it during our last campaign and I am sure that I will be saying it during this campaign, “the only special interest group that should be in Washington, D.C. should be the American people.”
Thank you and God Bless the United States of America,
March 23, 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. It is hard to believe how fast a month flies by but it seems that we have been under the Obama administration for years; perhaps it is the everyday speeches.
I hate speeches.
I pride myself in being a person of calm demeanor, unless of course you are Attorney General Eric Holder and you call my America a “nation of cowards”. So as I begin this month’s article I find myself on the verge of total rage which is great for writing.
In these first 60 days of the Obama administration I am beginning to have concern over issues of national security. There have been some very disturbing trends which I will share in this month’s column.
It first started right after the coronation; I mean inauguration, with the first phone call going to Mahmoud Abbas. Last time I checked the leader of the displaced Arab nomad group in the West Bank called Fatah was not a National leader, or ally. Considering all the other key allies who have stood by the United States, why was this gentleman first for a new President to call?
Next came the series of executive orders which commanded we shut down Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) detention facility, stop any harsh treatment of terrorists, and ceased any ongoing military trials against those being held. Now just recently we have heard from the infamous GITMO 5 who have claimed they take utmost pride in what they have accomplished to include the atrocities of 9-11.
We know that some 60 released detainees went right back to the battlefield to include several who are now leaders in Yemen and Afghanistan. Some would say this recidivism rate is low, however, not when you are the US man or woman in uniform overseas fighting.
As of 13 March we have been instructed by this administration that we can no longer call these fellas “enemy combatants”. Hmm, lets see, how about we call them “Friendly Frustrated Freedom Fighters”? I am certain we should consult Dr Phil for a proper means to address these cheeky fellows without damaging their self-esteem.
New Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently stated in an interview that she found using the term terrorism nuanced. She preferred using the term “man created disasters”. Well, Secretary Napolitano, if there is another “man created disaster” perpetrated by “Friendly Frustrated Freedom Fighters” Americans not take that too kindly.
Does an IED fall into the category of a “man created disaster”?
Soon after the series of executive orders focusing on GITMO the President gave his first TV interview, with Al Arabiya. During that interview he remarked about a return to better relations with the Muslim world, like 30 years ago. Perhaps the President did not realize that in Iran they have been celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
I remember that being a very sad and embarrassing episode in American history, can you say Embassy hostages?
At a time when we are having serious economic issues the American taxpayers are now sending $900 Million to the Gaza Strip for rebuilding. The “political” entity controlling Gaza is called Hamas, and they are a “Friendly Frustrated Freedom Fighter” organization. I can certainly bet that the only thing being rebuilt will be tunnels from Egypt into Gaza.
Along with that piece of change, is, by executive order, $20.3 Million going to resettle pro-Hamas Palestinians to the USA…..did anyone ask the American people about this?
First planned foreign country visit? Turkey, where “Friendly Frustrated Freedom Fighter” ideology is taking root (I call it radical Islamic ideology, but don’t tell anyone, I could be arrested for hate speech).
So far the President’s only visit to a US military installation was to Camp Lejeune NC, home of the US Marine II Expeditionary Force, a place where I spent three great years. The purpose was to announce his plan for withdrawal from Iraq.
Could you imagine Alexander the Great telling his Macedonians, “well guys, that whole bit about conquering the world, I was just kidding, let’s go home”. Warriors want to be inspired.
President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have both referred to our ICE agents as terrorizing Hispanics and being un-American. That should really inspire them to protect us against illegal immigrants.
Ok, you are asking so what? Well, this is the so what, President Obama has decided that our wounded warriors and others with service related injuries will have to use private insurance. AFLAC does not send our men and women into harm’s way to defend our way of life, the Constitution mandates the government do so.
The so what is that why are we placating and appeasing the enemy while abandoning those who stay on the wall protecting our America? That has me fuming and truly concerned about the loyalties of this President.
Nero fiddled while Rome burned; our President Barack Hussein Obama has Wednesday evening parties in the White House.
How did we get to this point?
Ride Hard, Ride Safe.
Lt. Col. Allen West
March 11, 2009
Remember when you were a child and you got in trouble for doing something stupid and you tried to defend your position by stating the ever popular, “well my friends are doing it.” To which your parents would state, the just as popular, “If all of your friends were jumping off a bridge would you do it too?” You wanted to answer “yes” but you knew that was the wrong answer. Today I was watching the usual news channels with all of the political pundits going on, as they always do, about the government. I noticed that no matter what the subject matter there seemed to be a constant answer. The answer was, “Well, that is what we got when the Republicans were in charge.”
Nancy Pelosi recently came under fire for using our armed services as her personal air force. She was adamant about our government keeping large planes ready for her use. She also got some heat for trying to take her husband on a trip to Iraq with her. When the “pundits” were asked about this they replied that this is the same thing that happened when there was a Republican Speaker of the House.
Today, President Obama, behind closed doors, signed our nation’s $410 billion spending bill. This spending bill has over 8500 earmarks. That is right….over eight thousand, five hundred earmarks. When Democratic leaders and pundits were asked about all of these earmarks, their response was, “well, 40% of them are from the Republicans.” Stinking less does not mean that you don’t stink. By the way, Obama signed this bill despite his promise to end earmarks and make the government more transparent and more ethical. Nancy Pelosi promised the same thing yet they had to use the Freedom of Information Act to get the information about “Pelosi Airlines”. President Obama should have been a man of his word and vetoed this bill and demanded that all earmarks to be removed.
When many of the members of President Obama’s administration came under scrutiny for tax problems, their response was that the Republicans were just as bad. When Barney Frank came under scrutiny about his complete and thorough buffoonery regarding his responsibilities on the Financial Services Committee, his response was that it was the Bush administration’s policies that caused all of the problems.
When Democrats come under fire for anything they have a tendency to blame the “failed polices of the Bush administration”. However, let us not forget that Democrats have been in charge of the House of Representatives since 2006. Since then, they have set the agenda for bills to be presented on the floor for debate, they have come up with the budget and they have put in the earmarks (not the President).
Now, elected officials must do their job, you know the one that we are paying them for. They need to stop the blame game and do not use the excuse that it is alright for them to continue with their illegal activities, their tax evasion, their paying off special interest groups with political favors for campaign donations, their doing nothing on the taxpayer dollar, their not living in the state that they are supposed to represent, their cavorting with bad people, and all of the other despicable acts. You know who they are. This is not “change we can believe in”, this is being a coward and doing what they want because all of their friends “are jumping off of bridges.” This is politics as usual, it has to end and we have the power to end it. We did not do it in 2008, we must in 2010 because these leopards are not going to change their spots. These times call for real leaders; leaders of business……leaders of men…..let’s elect them.
May God bless you and the United States of America.
March 10, 2009
Last week I attended the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) annual meeting in Washington DC. It was my second opportunity to attend this great event. This year the attendance hit an all time high of nearly 9000, and again seeing so many young people generates an astounding energy.
Being a former active duty Army officer of some 22 years service we are taught a very important lesson, self-assessment. After the completion of any operation, especially in combat, you conduct an after action review (AAR) in order to objectively develop lessons learned for improvement.
With that being said, I would like to offer my assessment from CPAC.
A week after the completion of CPAC who are we speaking of as conservative leaders? So far I have seen two persons making several appearances and dominating the news; 13 year old Jonathan Krohn and Rush Limbaugh.
I will admit, the young man from my hometown of Atlanta is a conservative phenomenon and certainly a future voice. As well, there is no doubt that Rush Limbaugh is an ideological giant of conservatism in America at this time. However, neither of these fine Gents shall be seeking political office and developing legislation to fight against the liberal socialist agenda.
What was needed coming out of CPAC is a definitive conservative political leader who will, much as Speaker Gingrich, begin to pull together our philosophy and be the voice in opposition to Pelosi, Reid, and yes, President Obama. We must have a Leonidas who will stand in the gap for our Republic as its foundational fabric is under attack.
In the same light, everyone attending CPAC, sponsored by the American Conservative Union, should have departed with an action plan; we call it a CONPLAN (concept plan) in the military. This simple document would serve as a means to bring conservatives on a common azimuth to understand our principles and how they relate to prominent current issues; the economy, fight against radical Islamic ideology, energy independence, illegal immigration, and our Constitutional rights.
The left came together based upon Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”, a book we should all read, and we must therefore also unify our thoughts.
Conservatives must focus, never forget the maxim of “divide and conquer”, which is being used against us to dilute and divert our efforts, and attention. There is so much dangerous legislation being enacted, as well as executive orders, which are taking us down the path of tyrannical socialism. See the matador, and not chase the pretty red cape, and with a leader, concept plan, and focused followers we can achieve that end.
There is a reason why the left is attacking Rush.
We must stop using the tactic of frontal assault and employ other means of political maneuver; infiltration, penetration, or even turning movements. We have to learn to attack the liberal left not on their terms but by exploiting weaknesses and focusing efforts against that opening. No one wins on defense, I say attack them, and CPAC gave us a fantastic opportunity to develop that attack plan and disseminate it.
Very well, enough of pointing out my assessments, what are the solutions?
We must look to the mid-term elections of 2010 and that is the immediate objective. We cannot afford to lose any more seats, but that is playing defense. We need to go on the offense and target 40-45 seats in the House Congressional races. Congress is where the dogfight is, and defeating Speaker Pelosi is vital.
This is where our new Chairman Michael Steele, the State GOP Chairmen, and NRCC are vital. Send up their recommendations for review and approval, conduct an objective assessment board, conduct candidate interviews, and select those who will present the best image and deliver the conservative message.
And I did say, conservative message, no more talk about moderate, middle of the road Republicans. Only thing in the middle of the road is road kill, which is what happened in 2006 and 2008.
Lastly, out of that 40-45 candidates, we then need to train a “Dirty Dozen” who will be the best of the best and will lead the fight. We should take someone like Congressman Mike Pence who will, such as Lee Marvin, be responsible to groom this group and present them all over the Country as the future conservative legislators of the Republican Party.
Next years CPAC should feature this vanguard 12 men and women who will our conservative standard bearers and we must promote them in the media.
If in 4 years the left wing liberals could take an empty suit charlatan from giving a speech to the White House…we as conservatives can do better, much better.
First, we shall focus on Victory in 2010’s mid-term elections and begin to recommit to our principles and values, restore our Republic, and reclaim American pride!
Lt. Col. Allen West
March 6, 2009
First of all, I would like to clear up a few items. Were there failed policies of the Bush Administration? Perhaps, in fact, for the sake of argument, let us say yes. The last eight years….blah, blah, blah. Let us also consider that, despite these so called failed policies, the citizens in our country were doing pretty well up until 2006 and were kept safe since 2001. What changed? You guessed it, we elected a Democratic Congress. That is not to say that our congress acted democratically, more correctly, our Congress was run by the Democrats. Nancy Pelosi and her cronies would not allow a single substantive debate regarding any of the major issues that we are having to deal with right now. In fact, we were told by Barney Frank that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in great financial shape. Either he was too stupid to know any better or he knew what was going on and chose to do nothing about it because democrats believe that every American is entitled to own a house, whether or not they can afford it. I do not care which is the case, either way he should not be in charge of the financial services committee, nor should he even be a congressman. This is just one example, there are many others.
You see, the majority party in congress has the responsibility of setting the agenda with regard to which items will be placed on the schedule to be discussed, debated and ultimately voted on. Remember the “drill here, drill now” mantra? Congress was never allowed to vote on that due to the fact that Nancy Pelosi did not want to, period. Our government has gone from being a government “of the people, by the people and for the people” to being a government “of the politician, by the majority party and for the special interest groups who put them there”. This is not the way our founding fathers wanted it and this is not the way to solve our problems. It has been said that those that fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it, and our politicians (for lack of a better word) are playing a dangerous game with the futures of our children and grand-children.
Let me be clear, we can not spend our way out of this economic recession, soon to be a depression. Japan tried for 10 years and now they are in a major depression. They have a GDP growth rate of -10%, during the great depression we had a GDP growth rate of between -2% to -12%. When companies do a bad job, they need to fail, no matter who they are or how big they are. We can not bailout these companies because; number one, it probably will not work; and number two, if we take all of the risk out of being in business we will promulgate this corruption that has run so rampant throughout our big businesses, Wall Street and, most importantly, our government. Forget special interests, the only special interest that there should be in Washington in us, the people.
Let me tell you straight up, this culture of corruption does not know race, it does not know sex, it does not know religion, and it does not know party affiliation. There are bad people on both sides of the aisle because our government, like big businesses, got too big for their own britches and lost sight of their priorities. In 2006, we Republicans got slapped around and it was a sobering wake up call. Unfortunately, it was a little too late and we lost in 2008 also. But, let there be no mistake about it, we are awake now and there are some good people ready to put our government back where it should be..in the hands of “the people”.
It is time for us to take back our government from those who continue to game the system for their own selfish political and financial gain. Now, hear what I just said, we need to take it back. Our politicians are not going to just give it back because we have let them have a good life off of us citizens for far too long, besides, if we eliminate lobbyists, most of them will not be qualified to work anywhere else. By take it back I mean we need to “vote the bums out”. We have got to stop being so ignorant as to say that, “I have voted Democrat (or Republican) all of my life and that is how I am going to vote”. That is just plain stupid. Why would you vote for some criminal just because they are affiliated with one party or the other? If you were on jury duty on a trial for someone who was accused of harming a child, and the evidence against them was overwhelming, would you cast your vote as not guilty just because of their political affiliation? Well, that is exactly what you are doing every time you vote for one of these criminal incumbents.
Let me give you an example. I am running for congress in one of the most Democratic districts in our nation against an incumbent who has been our “representative” for over 12 years. In 12 years, he has not passed a single bill; he has broken his oath to uphold the constitution by not even living in our state; he is being investigated by the F.B.I. for money laundering; he is very connected to the impeached Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich; he received serious illegal campaign contributions from Harry Sargeant III and that is only the tip of the iceberg. But he holds one of the safest seats in Congress because of the demographics of his district. Am I saying these things because I am running against him? Absolutely not! I am running against him because of these things. Is it a tough, uphill battle? You bet, but my kids and your kids deserve a better congressman than this.
Do you want to talk about change? Well, I do too. This type of situation around the country needs to change but, it is up to us to change it. We need to get more involved in our government. We need to find out the truth about our elected officials. We can not rely on the fact that someone belongs to a certain party so they must be good or bad. We must hold our elected officials accountable and we must tell them, as Donald Trump did so many times on his television show, “You’re fired”, when they fail to adequately represent us.
Remember, we may get the government that we deserve but let’s make sure that we give our children the government that they deserve…. and this is not it.
May God bless you, our children, our troops and the United States of America.
Old lessons for a new financial crisis
By Carol J. Loomis, Senior Editor at Large
Last Updated: February 18, 2009: 11:49 AM ET
John Loeb in a photo for a
December 1970 Fortune story
NEW YORK (Fortune) — When FORTUNE published a picture of John Loeb, then 68, in a 1970 article called “Wall Street on the Ropes” (yes, there have been earlier periods of pain), the son of an editor regarded Loeb’s imperious mien and said, “That’s what people my age think all Wall Street executives look like.” But behind Loeb’s hauteur were decades (including the 1930s) of business experience, much of it spent running Wall Street firm Loeb, Rhoades & Co.
Fortunately some of the lessons John Loeb learned got set down on paper, and lately his bullet points have been making the rounds. Here they are:
* Once in every seven to ten years, there is a period of excessive general speculation culminating in a severe panic or depression when the man who is borrowing money is at great disadvantage and he who has ready cash stands like a tower, four-square to the ill winds that blow.
* Extreme situations do not last, no matter what the apparent justification. While we may have “new eras,” old laws will still operate.
* Avoid commitments, particularly of the delayed variety; they are more insidious. Also, be definite about commitments made to you by others. When the storm comes, misunderstandings are so easy and so natural.
* In both 1920 and 1929, the so-called “big fellows” in general said everything was okay. But if the big fellows in general thought otherwise the stage could not be set for the unexpected. Panics occur because the leaders themselves have lost their way.
* Never borrow money without continually reviewing and questioning your ability to pay it back under the worst conditions.
* It’s right to be an optimist, but always be prepared for the worst.
* People borrow money in good times and pay it back in bad times – just the opposite of what they should do.
* The public is just as blind in recognizing the bottom of a depression as it is in recognizing the top of a boom. While there is no ladder that reaches to Heaven, the ladder that reaches all the way down to Hell in a country like America is just as fantastic.
* A reputation for fair and honest dealing will be your greatest asset.
* As my father used to say, “Don’t forget, the soup is never eaten as hot as it is cooked.”
In case you’re wondering, that last point is a Hungarian proverb meaning “be patient.” John Loeb, by the way, died in 1996 at age 94.
February 27, 2009
Greetings readers, I have held my peace long enough to allow Attorney General Eric Holder an opportunity to rectify his faux pas from last week. I am now compelled to offer my insights into Attorney General Holder’s epidemic of diarrhea of the mouth when he called our Country a “Nation of Cowards”.
Whenever I think of fools speaking unwisely I am drawn to the writings of one who is considered the wisest man the world has ever known, not you Bill Clinton. Rather, I speak of King Solomon and his words from the Book of Proverbs.
Solomon certainly has some advice which Eric Holder may wish to take to heart. I shall use The Soldiers New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs, Holman Christian Standard Bible
Proverbs 15:7 “The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, but not so the heart of fools”
Proverbs 15:14 “The discerning mind seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feed on foolishness”
For Eric Holder to castigate our America as a “nation of cowards”, being someone who has capitalized on every opportunity this Country could afford, is pure foolishness. It also represents a malicious narcissism and hypocrisy from someone purported to be of great education.
I am a West Man, third of four generations of military servicemen; Dad World War II combat wounded veteran, older Brother Vietnam Marine combat wounded veteran, my serving 22 years active duty in 13 different countries and three combat zones, and my young nephew, Captain Herman Bernard West, commanding an artillery unit serving his second tour in Afghanistan. We are proud American black Men who certainly are not indicative of a “nation of cowards”. Holder’s comments are offensive to the legacy my Dad established for our family.
Perhaps also Attorney General Holder forgot about the many white Americans, and Jewish persons, who marched during the civil rights movement, some cowards huh?
Attorney General Holder, do not ever refer to my Country with such manner of disrespect. I have stood with Americans in many foreign lands, seen them everyday across this Nation, and we are not cowards!
Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning when he seals his lips”
Attorney General Holder has certainly lost respect as the enforcer of our Nation’s laws. It would have bided him best to have kept his comment to himself, even though it must be in his heart. It has to be evident to the American people that this person cannot be trusted to protect a County which he holds in such disdain.
What could have persuaded Holder to make such an insidious comment and believe he would not be challenged? And anyone defending his comment or ignoring it is complicit in this terrible offense against our great Nation.
If Holder had any honor, which I doubt, he would have apologized. Since an apology seems to not be an option, Attorney General Holder MUST resign.
If Holder does not resign then President Obama MUST dismiss Eric Holder from his Cabinet, or perhaps Obama and his cabinet hold the same contempt for America?
Proverbs 18:6 “A fools lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating”
My recommendation to Holder is to stay away from places where we cowards congregate; military bases, NASCAR races, around law enforcement officers, first responders, Southeast Conference college football and basketball games, Boy Scout meetings, biker bars, VFW and American Legion Posts, youth soccer games, anywhere true Americans exist.
Remain in those places where the bravest victims in America exist; your office, the White House, Ivy League schools, Hollywood, NAACP offices, Oprah Winfrey Show, and MSNBC. Cowardice is voting for an inexperienced usurper and charlatan just because he is black, do not be confused.
Yes, I am angry and therefore Attorney General Eric Holder you have earned a lifetime membership in The Phallus Cranium Club.
Sir, you are not there alone, Speaker Pelosi, Barney Frank and Rod Blagojevich are members, and Congressman Clyburn of South Carolina, your membership is being processed as well.
– Lt. Col. Allen West