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From “Allen West Speaks”  Podcast

West’s Tun Tavern

Friday, October 16, 2009

Allen West once again entreats us all to listen to the call of the fife and drum, gather your strength and your faith and meet as our first Marine’s did, to pledge your life, your liberty and your personal fortunes for the love of our country, the United States of America. (click picture to hear podcast)


Tun Tavern was a tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which served as a founding or early meeting place for a number of notable groups. It is traditionally regarded as the site where the United States Marine Corps held its first recruitment drive.[1]


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16 October 2009

Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Retired)

“One Year Away”

Greetings fellow South Florida riders, South Floridians, and Americans, here we are for another monthly installment of our Wheels on the Road (WOTR) political assessment. By the time this piece goes into print WOTR will have celebrated 10 years being the definitive voice of the South Florida biker community. However, more importantly, we will be one year from what will be the most critical mid-term election in our Nation’s history.

In the national elections of 2008 we experienced a repudiation of the Bush administration, clear, got it, and can actually understand why it happened. I also realize that America experienced a “Momentary Lapse of Reason”, to borrow the title from a Pink Floyd song. We were so angered from the previous 8 years that we forgot what Leadership looks like. We became so enthralled with a tele-prompted speech giver that we fell head over heels in affection, adoration, and blind admiration.

What is it that we have actually fallen for in this short period of time?

There are clear lines of separation being drawn in America. These are lines which define our “Principles of Governance”. Everyone that knows me realizes that I am a Conservative first and foremost, but what does that mean?

My definition of Conservatism is the interaction between life, society, and governance which promotes the advancement of the individual by adhering to the foundational Constitutional principle of Liberty. That philosophy, ideology, drives how I examine any issue which confronts our Republic.

The opposing perspective is a post-modern liberalism which has truly morphed into a socialist ideology. It is a philosophy that centers not on the individual, but rather the collective. It is a principle of governance which seeks to gather us together as a horde dictating what we shall eat, drive, consume, and even think. It is rooted in an intellectual elitism which believes they know what is best for everyone else, an American politburo.

The Conservative believes in the empowerment of the individual. They believe that the constitutional mandate of “promote the general welfare” means setting the conditions for the success of the American citizen. It means unleashing the indomitable entrepreneurial spirit which made this great Nation what it is, in just 233 years.

When one reads the US Constitution it becomes clear that this is a document which outlines what the federal government should not do…..however, it does set forth its mandates, “establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty”.

The Liberal, on the other hand, misreads “promote” to mean “provide welfare”, which after nationalizing production is a socialistic tenet, expansion of the welfare state. The Liberal does not believe in an American spirit but rather that we are victims.

Liberals want to create despondency and dependency because they see government as the “nanny-state” and to have individuals successful is the anti-thesis to their goals and objectives. They see groups, the collective, defined as victims, and have them dependent upon an outside entity, government. This enables them to enslave, not empower, and the result is the 21st century plantation….leading to their consolidation of political power.

The Conservative sees America truly as a land of equal opportunity. It is a place where a young fella from inner city Atlanta can be the Captain of the High School Football and Track teams. He can be the student body President and JROTC Battalion Commander. He can go onto college and earn a degree and Commission as an Officer in the US Army. He can further his education by earning two Master’s degrees. He can lead Americans in combat and retire as a Lieutenant Colonel and run for US Congress.

That is an opportunity that exists for anyone having the determination and drive to excel, regardless of the group from which one emanates. Yes, Conservatives believe that there should be a safety net, but it should never become a hammock….thereby resulting in individuals who just “lay up sorry”.

In contrast, the Liberal believes in equal achievement, that some external decider must be interjected to create certain results and engineer outcomes. They believe that every kid gets a trophy and that we don’t keep score. It is a philosophy which felt that home ownership was a right, not a privilege. Liberals do not feel that standards are necessary because it is about social and economic justice, which means redistributing the assets.

In America, our progressive tax system is an example of how these lines of separation have been constructed. Here we have a 35-40% of the populace which does not pay into the tax system…and a few members of Congress and the Obama administration as well. This becomes the liberal target group for promises of “manna from heaven”, all at the expense of the 60-65% who carry the responsibility.

You can have free education, free healthcare, and “cash for clunkers”, free whatever your hearts desire and we the Liberals will just take it from those making over $250K or whatever we arbitrarily establish. We will extend unemployment benefits and raise them so that you don’t have to work, just stay dependent upon the nanny-state. We will tax, borrow, and print more money, anything to keep you dependent and enslaved; after all you are a victim, unable to live the American dream.

One year after electing President Barack Hussein Obama and having Liberals in charge of House of Representatives and Senate the lines of separation are clear.

Similar to the French Revolution, we had the bourgeoisie versus the proletariat. In America in 2009, we have the Production class versus the Entitlement class. Michael Moore’s new film is just evidence of the hypocrisy of Liberals, and their insidious un-American design.

The objective of the liberals is simple to understand, expand the entitlement class to maintain power, at the expense of the production class. When you have a built in 35-40%, all one must do is coopt some 10-15% useful idiots, and voila, you have the 52% secured by Obama a year ago in the Presidential election.

The problem with this paradigm? It has never been successful anywhere in the world! As in the book by Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”, the production class will eventually stop producing, shrink, and even move away creating a societal collapse.

We are one year away, the lines of separation have been drawn, on which side will you find yourself? The greater question is actually, which side will win in 2010 and decide the future and legacy of our Republic, these United States of America……production class versus entitlement class.

The choice is yours, empowerment or enslavement.

Steadfast and Loyal!

LTC(R) A B West

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Allen West, a retired Army colonel who is running for the second time against Democratic Rep. Ron Klein in Florida’s 22nd congressional district, West, is one of a small but determined group of black Republicans running for seats in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives in 2010.

By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos


Monday, October 12, 2009

When former President Jimmy Carter said racism was an underlying factor in attacks on President Obama, it’s safe to say he had no intention of boosting Allen West’s campaign for Congress in Florida’s Broward County.

But according to West, a retired Army colonel who is running for the second time against Democratic Rep. Ron Klein in Florida’s 22nd congressional district, that is exactly what has happened.

“Since (Democrats) have thrown out the race card, it has made me more appealing,” says West, one of a small but determined group of black Republicans running for seats in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives in 2010.

Eager to overturn the “conventional wisdom” that the GOP is mainly a white bread party that offers few opportunities for minorities, these black Republicans believe they can attract increasingly agitated conservatives, as well as independents, to make 2010 their year.

They also conceded in interviews that the injection of race — a familiar theme since Obama’s election last year — has given them a certain edge and authority when they speak out against the president’s agenda. Because they’re black, they say, they can lead the charge against Democratic policies without being called “racist.” In fact, they say, their skin color may make them more attractive candidates.

“A lot of people who don’t want to be part of Obama’s policies are being called racist,” West said. “Then they say, ‘Hey, this guy, Colonel West — he’s black and I support him.'”

“It’s made me more appealing,” West told FOXNews.com, “because it shows the contrast of our principles — how different we are even though we both have permanent tans.”

Ryan Frazier, a 31-year-old councilman from Colorado, is running for U.S Senate against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. He, too, thinks his black skin will make it impossible to label him a racist because he opposes the president.

“I don’t think they will be able to use that argument against me or engage in those tactics against me — I certainly don’t hate myself,” Frazier said.

Michael Williams, the four-term Texas railroad commissioner who plans to run for the U.S Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson next year, says being black will help him, too.

“One of the things it allows me to do, “it allows me to speak very, very frankly about what I believe, and what I feel, and nobody is going to call me a racist. ” Williams said.

“They may try and call me a sell-out … but I’ve been doing this for 11 years and that certainly doesn’t bother me anymore.”

Williams wrote a strident response to Carter on his Web site last month, saying that “stigmatizing honest opposition as ‘racist’ appears to be a way of not answering legitimate questions about policy reform. I, for one, oppose the president’s health care plan because it will explode the deficit, allow further government intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, and continue to insulate healthcare consumers from the true cost of their care.”

John Gizzi, political editor for the conservative Human Events magazine, said emerging “top tier” black Republicans like Williams and West “are the worst nightmare for Democrats,” because “they will be the ones who can go toe-to-toe with Barack Obama and the media will pay attention.

“The very fact that these candidates, who happen to be African-American, can address the issue (of health care) … is very, very significant,” Gizzi said. “People are going to listen because they will eliminate any racially incendiary issues that have entered into this debate.”

Blacks and the GOP: A Mixed Bag

Black Republicans have been trying for years to break onto the scene with notable, but minimal, success, Gizzi said.

There have been four black U.S senators since Reconstruction. The first was Massachusetts Sen. Edward Brooke, a Republican, who served from 1967-1979. The other three were all Illinois Democrats — Carol Mosely Braun (1993-1999), Obama (2005-2008) and Roland Burris, who replaced Obama last year.

In 1990, Gary Franks of Connecticut was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives — the first black Republican elected to the House since1932. He served three terms before he was defeated in 1996.

Since Franks, there has been only one black Republican in the House — J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, who served from 1995 to 2003.

There have been some notable also-rans, most recently former NFL star Lynn Swann, who ran and lost against Democrat Ed Rendell for governor of Pennsylvania in 2006. At the same time, Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell ran and lost a bid for governor in Ohio.

After losing his bid for U.S. Senate in 2006, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele became the second black official to head a major political party when he was elected Republican National Committee chairman 10 months ago. The other black party chairman was Ron Brown, who headed the Democratic National Committee from 1989 to 1993.

The GOP still calls itself the “Party of Lincoln” because of its historical ties to the abolition of American slavery, and blacks remained loyal to the party after Reconstruction as Southern Democrats established segregationist Jim Crow laws. But the scene began to shift during the Depression, as blacks voted in large numbers for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his New Deal policies.

The Democrats cemented their lock on black voters in the 1960s when President Lyndon Johnson pushed his Great Society programs and, more importantly, the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Congress. Four years later, in 1968, Richard Nixon wooed disenchanted Southern Democrats to win the presidency, setting the GOP on its current course, demographically, with voters of color.

“[Blacks] are the most reliable, monolithic voting component in the Democratic Party,” Gizzi said.

It means candidates like Williams and West are rare, but it also gives them an appeal: they are running against stereotypes, with conservative ideas they insist should appeal to people of all colors. They believe blind faith in government has hurt the black community, and want to make that case plainly.

“Our time will come,” Williams said. “And when it does, the floodgates will open.”

Frazier said he believes the current political climate favors a push toward diversification in the GOP.

“I think it’s reasonable to say the landscape is unfolding in such a way in which Republicans in general have an opportunity to gain the confidence of the people, and a big part of that is going to require the Republican Party to put forth new voices and different people,” Frazier told FOXNews.com. “In order for Republicans … to grow its ranks, it must reflect America.”

“Race has nothing to do with it.”

But at least one black Republican says race has everything to do with it… [SNIP]… If you don’t recognize the color … you will not be able to formulate a message to reach out to the different demographics.”

But the candidates themselves disagree that they should make a central theme of their campaigns. They think their success relies on broad conservative appeal, not color appeal.

“Our folks are saying they want a reliable conservative –– that happens to be what’s catching on with me,” Williams told FOXNews.com. “It just happens to be an added plus, me being an African-American.”

West, who captured 45 percent of the vote in his Florida swing district in 2008, says his positions on the economy and national security are resonating with his constituents. “It has nothing to do with race,” he said. “People don’t care about your color, they care about your character.”

Retired Army Col. Louis Huddleston, who is running for Congress against incumbent Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., is blunt when talking about race. “My bona fides and my credibility … have nothing to do with my race,” he said. “It may be good for copy or for media sensationalism. But my success will not be based on race.

“I don’t function from that paradigm,” he said. “Race is a benign characteristic. It is who you are and what motivates you that matters.”

Frazier said he’s not living in a bubble — “I go anywhere, the NAACP as well as the tea parties.” He is also sure that Carter’s comments “did nothing to further race relations in this country.”

“Does racism exist in this country? Sure. But I think the overwhelming majority of Americans who care about this country do not care about skin color,” Frazier said.

“My candidacy is based on solutions and beliefs I hold near and dear. It’s not going to be about race, and when I oppose Obama, it is going to be purely because I believe his administration is headed the wrong way.”

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Lt. Col. Allen West, Republican candidate for the House from Florida and David Bellavia, author of House to House return to Freedom Radio, for a well deserved NiteCap.We continue here our exploration into the available facts provided by great patriot bloggers into the War and the needed strategem. We will also work our way into the need for revision of the rules of engagement. This discussion will put it all out there so that everyone can be the wiser.

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Sunday, 4 October 2009

By: Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Ret)

Greetings friends here in South Florida, I am writing you this evening to draw your attention to something that you will not hear about in the media.

On this day there were several events which illuminate what leadership is all about. This morning a group supporting our men and women serving overseas in combat held an event called “Walk in Their Boots”. Up in Deerfield Beach there was the 13th Annual “Dunn’s Run” to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, a very worthy event to help kids in South Florida.

Finally, this afternoon in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, the South Florida Tea Party group held a rally featuring Lloyd Marcus and the American Liberty Tour. It was attended by many concerned citizens worried about the direction of the ever growing federal government and wasteful spending in Washington DC.

Congressman Ron Klein attended the “Walk in Their Boots” event and was met by constituents that were not pleased with his representation. They challenged him on recent votes and demanded he address their concerns reference support to Israel and the healthcare debate. Klein was visibly taken aback and had nothing to say to these on the spot inquiries. Unfortunately for Congressman Klein, this event was not held with ACORN and SEIU teams present, was not invitation-only, nor had his staff “pre-screened” the crowd. A telephone conference call this was not and Klein had to face the concerns of his constituents for the first time this year.

What Klein did do when approached by voters? He left. The walkers began their short 3 mile trek in support of our troops and Klein disappeared when it was apparent the photo opportunity he was seeking turned into a chance for his employers, YOU the voters, to ask him questions about what he stands for and to explain his votes. So let me understand, Ron Klein shows at an event dedicated to empathy for our men and women in combat yet he refused to participate? Does Congressman Klein believe he doesn’t have to answer to the voters in District 22?

What is obvious is that Congressman Ron Klein only saw this as an opportunity for a photo-op. Soldiers know when the going gets tough, they push forward in the face of adversity and succeed. Politicians like Klein, however, avoid facing their constituents and prefer the company of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barney Frank rather than the voters from their own home districts. Is this what we have come to regard as “leadership” in America? In 2010, both America and District 22 deserve better.

Contrary to Ron Klein, I attended the Dunn’s Run event and signed up for the 5 mile race. The race sponsor, Jim Dunn, had previously spoken with me and asked if I would carry an American flag. He said that he would have the small flags, but my response was that I wanted a full size flag. I cherish any opportunity to carry the banner of our great nation, it is a true honor. Carrying that flag during a 5 mile run allowed me to inspire the runners and bystanders and unite us all as Americans. While running the race with the Stars and Stripes in my hands, I was humbled thinking of our men and women who stand guard in distant lands representing freedom around the world.

Afterwards, many of my fellow South Florida runners came up to me and expressed their appreciation seeing their American Flag. What was best of all, were the young children along the race route who said, “Mommy, there goes our flag”.

I stayed, ran hard, and shared in the joyful jubilation of individuals who accepted a challenge, being it a 5K run, 5K walk, or 5 mile run…..and that included my wife Angela who completed the 5K walk.

Leadership is being a part of the people while listening and working in both agreement and disagreement, not grandstanding in self-promotion or remaining apart from your fellow citizens.

In the afternoon, some 300 concerned voters gathered at an appropriately titled spot called Revolution. There we spoke of the issues facing our nation and how we as common Americans must rise up to this challenge. We heard inspiring voices such as that of Joyce Kaufman and other Congressional candidates speak of their love and commitment to our country.

I was honored to deliver the Pledge of Allegiance and give a short message on restoring the principles that made our country the greatest success the world has ever seen. The greatest surprise was at the end of the event when guest singer, Lloyd Marcus, turned to me and handed over the microphone and encouraged me to join him in singing “God Bless America”.

I was overcome by spontaneous fear as my singing is somewhat lacking, but the words came together and no one grabbed their ears. I believe that Mr. Marcus was even surprised, resulting in our finishing the song in a duet, but nope, not trying out for American Idol.

The tale of two Sundays is simple: one of a politician and the other of America. It is one of someone who possesses an elitist view of the people, the other a picture of America populated by volunteers running to raise funds for children, citizens walking to display their support of our troops and love of country, and voters gathering to participate in our great democracy. It is one of a Washington DC insider totally disconnected from the people he professes to serve while the citizens he ignores gather for three separate causes greater than themselves. I know which side I want to be on and when I sit in my home as the sun sets on such a great day as today, I am humbled at the outreach and selfless acts of all the runners, walkers and concerned citizens that stepped out of their lives for a moment in support of causes greater than themselves. I truly admire the charitable and dedicated attitudes of those Americans who see charity and love of country as simple deeds of gratitude for others as opposed to a cheap opportunity to be a false part of the community.

The choice for the people in Florida’s Congressional District 22 cannot be any clearer, even at 13 months out from the mid-term elections.

You can choose one who would walk away, or one who would take up the flag and run with you….a flag and spirit that will be taken into the chambers of the US House of Representatives.

The elections of 2010 will offer us all a chance to turn back the representation that represents no one but themselves, waste and special interests and choose warriors without masters who serve only the the people, the Ronin.

Steadfast and Loyal!

LTC(R) A B West

For more on Col West’s campaign go to “Allen West US Congress 2010”

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