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Mon, 18 Jan 2010 07:39 PM

By: John Rossomando

Republicans need to follow the example of Martin Luther King Jr. and return to their basic principles if they plan to win big in this year’s midterm elections, says Lt. Col Allen West, a retired Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who is challenging Democratic Rep. Ron Klein in Florida’s 22nd congressional district.

West used King’s birthday as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of the slain civil rights leader’s belief in the importance of character and to critique the mentality that many black leaders have instilled.

“I think we need to be very careful about losing the sense of individualism, and when you look at this collective progressive mentality that has turned the black community into victims and dependent upon the government,” West, who himself is black, told Newsmax TV’s Kathleen Wolter and Ashley Martella.

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West says many black clergy hold conservative values such as the need for self-reliance and personal responsibility, and believe in traditional family values even if they don’t self-identify as conservatives.

“It is just a matter of us connecting and getting them to contrast between liberal principles of victimization and conservative principles of empowerment,” he said.

Republicans, he says, can reclaim the trust that many blacks, including Martin Luther King Jr., gave them by emphasizing the heritage of defending their rights going back to that party’s 1854 foundation and not by trying to be all things to all people.

The GOP pioneered civil rights for blacks through the passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. constitution.

“The first congressmen of this country that were black congressmen were congressmen of the Republican Party,” West said. “Then you contrast that with the segregation laws, the Jim Crow laws and the founding of the Ku Klux Klan, which was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.”

He said it took Republicans such as late Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act in spite of Southern Democrats such as Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., who tried killing it.

“Go back to what you stand for, and the community will come back to you,” West said. “What we need to establish in our culture is a sense of individual responsibility and move away from victimization.”

West also said the GOP leadership needs to move away from “leadership by entitlement” and find people who will defend limited government, the free market and other traditional values.

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16 January 2010

“One Year down, Three to Go”

Greetings fellow riders, South Floridians, and indeed America, time for another monthly installment of our Wheels on the Road (WOTR) political assessment.

Next week on Tuesday, 19 January 2010, will mark one year since Barack Hussein Obama became President of the United States of America. I figured it would be appropriate for us to do a one year assessment of dear fearful leader and think of what the following three years could represent for America under the Obama regime….oops, I mean administration.

The first thing that comes to mind as we begin this analysis is the interesting event which shall occur on 19 January 2010, Senate special election in the State, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The election is to replace the deceased Senator Ted Kennedy. Funny thing happening up there, Republican candidate Scott Brown is virtually neck and neck with Democrat Martha Coakley…….yes, in Massachusetts….and look Martha, this fella from Georgia spelled your State correctly!

This comes on the heels of two major gubernatorial losses last year in November 2009 by the Dems, Virginia and New Jersey. Of course we were told it had nothing to do with the radical leftist liberal agenda of President Obama and his cronies in Congress.

As Lee Corso says on ESPN College Gameday, I miss college football, “Not so fast my friend”.

This administration has taken an already huge deficit and tripled it in just a year due to the first debacle, an $800B stimulus plan. We all remember being told last year that passing this President’s stimulus plan would mean that unemployment would remain below 8%. Well, by the end of 2009 we were at 10% and here in the State of Florida we are over 11%. The actual hard numbers for unemployment are estimated to be around 17%.

Don’t forget, the black community which voted 98% for Obama now has an estimated 20% unemployment…….change you can believe in?

Due to insane fiscal policies emanating from the Treasury Secretary, a known tax cheat, our dollar is falling. We continue to do the three things history, and sound economics teaches, say you do not do; print more money, borrow more money, and raise taxes. Of course this is all because the Obama, Pelosi, and Reid triumvirate have to grow the entitlement class in order to maintain their hold on power. Sure, they will say we have had growth, but increasing the number of jobs in the federal government does not relate to economic growth of America….and how many staffers does Michele Obama have?

And who is paying these 35 or so czars?

We witnessed for the first time in my life a private sector CEO being fired by a US President. I thought that was the job of the company Board of Directors and shareholders? The federal government now controls our banking sector, and has demonized them terribly, some to their own just desserts. The federal government has controlling interest in the automobile industry, along with unions.

Of all the issues to tackle in America, the Obama administration along with an inept, incompetent, and corrupt Congressional leadership and members decided that healthcare was their priority. They have unleashed bills of enormous size; 2000-3000 pages of bloated Capitol Hill geek speak meant to confuse the American people. The result, another big government grab at 1/6 of our national production, and our lives. Just gotta tell you all, running against a Pelosi puppet like Congressman Ron Klein just makes life a little easier! Keep up that Pelosi voting record Ronnie.

In the past year we have seen the Obama crew sailing all over the world promoting American values and traditions, way wrong answer.

Matter of fact, this President was the first in 110 years to not attend the traditional Army-Navy game. The graduating seniors from Annapolis were not allowed to carry their ceremonial swords; President Obama was the graduation speaker. And we had the opportunity to see on two occasions our President take the subservient position of bowing.

It was just pathetically appalling to watch an American President parade all over the world apologizing for the exceptionalism of our Republic, town hall meetings in Europe and China….why?. However, it was even more disturbing to watch the submissive nature of this President before the Turkish National Assembly and at a University in Cairo. These speeches certainly projected weakness and a dhimmi (submissive) attitude to the clear and present dangerous totalitarian ideology which threatens our Nation and its interests.

Remember, his first telephone call as President was to Mahmoud Abbas, his first interview was with Al Arabiya, and his first Executive order was to close GITMO and be nicer to terrorists. Let us analyze the result of this behavior.

How many missiles did North Korea shoot off? Afghanistan this year witnessed its highest numbers of casualties for our Men and Women. Iran has certainly been cooperative with their nuclear program development, how many deadlines have passed?

We have thwarted islamic terrorist attacks coming out of North Carolina, a potential suicide car bomber in Dallas, and a potential bombing attack with plastic explosives in New York. In Dearborn Michigan there was a shootout with a converted radical muslim imam. We saw a young convert to islam, Carlos Bledsoe, shoot two US Soldiers outside a Little Rock recruiting station, killing one.

I, nor should anyone else forget Major Malik Nidal Hassan and his terrorist attack at Ft Hood Texas resulting in the death of 14 Americans and 30 wounded. Of course President Obama advised us to not rush to any conclusions….hmm, firing on unarmed American Soldiers and civilians shouting “Allahu Akhbar”. We surely do not want to be accused of “acting stupidly” now do we?

And where is that doggone captured Somali pirate? Someone told me they saw him partying with Derek Jeter after the Yankees won the World Series.

All this and we still want to offer illegal enemy combatants US Constitutional rights and legal proceedings because it will demonstrate how “nice” we are. We want to close GITMO because it is the number one terrorist recruiting tool?

So did the young Nigerian terrorist from Christmas Day travel to Yemen and get all “bombed up” because he did not like GITMO? Oh yea, he is an “alleged” terrorist since we have read him his Miranda rights and gotten him all “lawyered up” for his day in court.

Stupid me, I thought Miranda rights were for US citizens.

Amazing when you think of it, radical islamists give their guys training, guns, RPGs, dull knives to hack off heads, and bombs……. and we give them lawyer.

We are no longer fighting a war, just an “overseas contingency operation”. There are no longer terrorist attacks, that is a nuance…..they are “man caused disasters”.

In December, I appeared on the Sean Hannity show and was asked to grade the President. I responded, failing. If anyone can change my mind, please try, bring facts, not illogical emotional diatribe such as “he has improved our standing in the world”. Or as Sean Penn stated, “it is wonderful to have an elegant President”…LOL LOL Hey Sean, it would be better to have a President who could say “Good Morning” without a teleprompter and keep our Country safe.

Lastly, in his victory speech in November 2008, President Barack Hussein Obama stated, “Chicago is coming to DC”. It certainly has, with all its closed door dealings and corruption…..just like the recent deal made with the unions reference taxing healthcare insurance plans.

No, President Obama is not the global leader which so many touted him to be. His foray into manmade climate change drew a big laugh from God, especially as we were down here in South Florida a week ago shivering from 30 degree temperatures for close to a week.

These are just a few reasons why a year after Obama’s inauguration a Republican is within the “margin of cheating” to win a Senate seat in the State of Massachusetts….and why Congressman Ron Klein will not be Nancy Pelosi’s puppet after 2 November 2010. The people of Florida’s 22d Congressional district will have one of their own, an old school American as their Representative.

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC(R) A B West

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Col West was on Red Eye after a full day with security and policy experts in New York City at the First Annual Reclaim American Liberty Symposium .  He then seamlessly switched gears from the day’s earlier tenor to the intelligently sarcastic and funny rhythms of Red Eye.

To watch the entire interview (You tube is only Part 1)

Go click thru to Red Eye at Fox News

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Friends, attached is my response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments, which I consider incredibly vile, “…revelations about Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid 2008 comments were included in the book “Game Change” …. (Reid was quoted as saying)  …. the race of Barack Obama – whom he described as a “light skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” – would help rather than hurt his eventual presidential bid.”

“The revelation of Senator Harry Reid’s comments referencing “negro talk” is just indicative of the true sentiment elitist liberals, and indeed the Democratic party, have toward black Americans. The history of the Democrat party is one of slavery, secession, segregation, and now socialism. It is this new aged socialism born from the Johnson Great Society programs that have castigated blacks as victims needing government dependency. One need only to look upon the city of Detroit to ascertain what liberal social welfare policies have produced for the inner city…..the new plantation for black Americans.

The Ku Klux Klan was birthed by the Democrats as a terrorist wing to intimidate blacks, and whites, who sought to promote economic and education independence and social justice for blacks. What was once overt has just morphed and become covert, yet still exists..

One can only imagine the insanity and media outrage if Reid’s quote had come from a member of the Republican party. I look forward to hearing from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on Reid’s comments……..or has liberal hush money paid for the silence of these proprietors of poverty and victimization theory.. Actually, if President Obama had any courage he would demand Reid step down as Senate Majority Leader, and discontinue any support for his Senate reelection…….notice I said “if”. I am quite sure the Soros money which elevated Obama to the position of President has bought his servitude.

Why am I running for US Congress as a Republican, simple, I would rather stand proudly and be called “Uncle Tom and Sellout” than lose my self-esteem and be considered an inferior by liberals. I understand the legacy of the GOP and the black community….not that revisionist history espoused by liberal educators. I am not, shall never be, and will not raise my daughters to be a part of the liberal 21st century plantation. I am not just some articulate, clean, good speaking negro. I am an American warrior, Congressional candidate, and shall never submit to the collective progressive ideal of inferiority.

Senator Harry Reid’s comments are disgusting, despicable, and unacceptable. They are representative of how intellectual elite liberals do indeed speak of black Americans in their closed private spaces. Next week I have been invited to NYC to address the Hudson Institute, a conservative organization, conference on “Reclaiming American Liberty”. That invite came to me because I took advantage of the opportunities this great Republic offered. I followed the guidance of my parents and set my standards above all others around me. I speak well and have impeccable communicative skills because my Father and Mother prioritized that quality.

I shiver to think what my future could have been if I listened to the insidious rhetoric of charlatans such as Harry Reid, and the ambassadors of affirmative action who reside in the Congressional Black Caucus.

Sure, the “stuck on stupid” blacks are going to address me in derogatory names, but I possess something which they lack; Honor, Integrity, and Character. To them I say, continue to be slaves to the liberals for your vote…….and in a year you will be calling me Congressman West.

Steadfast and Loyal, LTC(R) Allen B West



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