In His Own Words: Congressman Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up | “If Thomas Jefferson were alive today…”


Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and to all Americans. It is once again time for our weekly update.

During this time period I have done some extensive traveling. I  returned from a 72-hour visit to Doha Qatar (Combined Air Operations  Center) and Afghanistan this past Tuesday evening, 26 June. I can humbly  state that in my first six months of being in Congress, I have spent  more time in Afghanistan than our Commander-In-Chief in his first three  years.

We released our Afghanistan summary report which you can find on my website, http://www.west.house.gov, under “press releases”. Feel free to review and share with others. Ours was the first CODEL  (Congressional Delegation) visit after the President’s speech on  Afghanistan troop reductions.

As I sit here typing this missive, I am pondering the 235th  birthday of the longest running Constitutional Republic the world has  ever known; the United States of America. I went back and re-read the  Declaration of Independence, which was written 235 years ago by a young  Thomas Jefferson.  What many perhaps do not realize, is that the  Declaration of Independence not only set forth a new ideal for  government and challenged the status quo of aristocratic and sometimes  autocratic monarchies, it contained a list of grievances justifying why,  “in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one People to  dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…  that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.”

Here are examples of some of these grievances from the Declaration of Independence:

“He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and  pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent  should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to  attend to them.”

“He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither  Swarms of Officers to harass our People and eat out their Substance.”

“For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable  Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.” 

“For imposing Taxes upon us without our Consent.”

Now, I just started to consider, what if Thomas Jefferson were  sitting with me right now this weekend and assessed what our  Constitutional Republic has become under this Obama administration. What  would he outline as the potential “grievances” as he did 235 years  ago?

Since Mr. Jefferson cannot use Microsoft Word, he dictated these grievances to me:

He has enacted a fiscal disaster called the stimulus package of  some $900B which increased the national debt and did not keep  unemployment in America under 8%. It resulted in a reported unemployment  topping at 9.8%. For the black community, which supported him by  overwhelming numbers, an unemployment rate between 14-16%. 

He has proposed raising taxes during a weak economic recovery  which would adversely affect long term sustainable growth. He has  proceeded to seek increase of capital gains, dividends, and estate  taxes. He has not considered reducing the corporate/business tax rate of  35% in order to incentivize private sector growth. He has promoted a  widening chasm and divisiveness in America due to his incessant class  warfare rhetoric.

He has nationalized several aspects of free market production in  the automotive, financial, and healthcare industries in violation of  the principles of capitalism and free enterprise.

He has signed into law a healthcare vision which creates 11 new  taxes (one of these taxes to be a tanning tax), 16,000 new IRS agents,  $500B in cuts to the MEDICARE program, 159 new government agencies and  bureaucracies (to include a 15 member panel of bureaucrats which shall  regulate the expenditures of MEDICARE), mandated individual American  citizens to purchase a private sector commodity (which is not supported  by the Commerce Clause), and has provided nearly 1400 exemptions to  political cronies from adhering to the law he signed.

He has increased the federal debt by some $5T since taking  office and due to historic levels of excessive spending, created record  deficits of $1.42T, $1.29T, and $1.65T in just three years. He has seen  41 cents of every dollar being borrowed and 47% of the federal debt  owned by foreign nations.

His proposed FY 2012 budget was voted down in the Unites States Senate, 0-97.

He has expanded a “dependency” class in America reflected in a 41% increase in food stamp recipients. 

He has failed to produce a full spectrum energy independence  resource development program while seeing average gas prices during his  tenure go from $1.89 to a high water mark of approximately $3.81. He has  inappropriately commanded the release of strategic oil reserves and  provided the country of Brazil $2B for its offshore oil exploration.

He has created a shadow government of some 35+ individuals  termed “Czars” who are not confirmed by the United States Senate and  respond only to him, yet have overarching regulatory powers- a clear  violation of our separation of powers concept. 

He has increased the regulatory burden on American business  through bypassing the legislative process with his executive branch  agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and  Drug Administration.

He has supported an inept and incompetent Attorney General who  has failed to prosecute voter intimidation cases (New Black Panther  party), initiated a dangerous gun-smuggling program (Operation Fast and  Furious) – which resulted in deaths to our own law enforcement agents,  and refused to uphold a law, DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).

He has failed to take the steps necessary to secure our borders  and stem the flow of illegal immigration, termed as “repel invasions” in  our United States Constitution in Article 1, Section 8 and Article 4,  Section 4; and brought a federal lawsuit against a sovereign state  seeking to protect its citizens from this threat.

He has violated the War Powers Act of 1973 and sought to redefine the term “hostilities” to suit his liking.

He has telegraphed troop reductions to our enemies- against the  consult of his experienced Field Commanders, while embracing  negotiations with our enemy, the Taliban, and recognizing another, the  Muslim Brotherhood.

He has placed the security of our most trusted ally in the  Middle East, Israel, in danger while increasing funding to the  Palestinian Authority (Fatah, just another Islamic terrorist group)  whilst they have enjoined a reconciliation pact with long- standing  terrorist group, Hamas.

In conclusion, Thomas Jefferson simply stated that, in his  humble assessment, the unalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator;  life, liberty, and the pursuit (not guarantee) of happiness-  are being  threatened. He offered his analysis that this current government, the  Obama administration, as instituted by the American people, has abridged  the consent of the governed and that whenever any form of government  becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to  alter or to abolish it.

So the 235th anniversary celebration of American Independence  message to President Barack Hussein Obama, and his liberal progressive  cronies, is simple:  “You must go!”

Legislative Update: The House was not in session, therefore, no legislative update.

Highlights of the Week: Besides visiting with our men  and women in Afghanistan, I attended the First Baptist Church of Ft.  Lauderdale 4th of July celebration services. I was reunited with my  former driver in Iraq, SGT Robert Delgado and we discussed the meaning  of sacrifice. I participated in several Independence Day  celebrations in South Florida, but most important was the “Wade-In” 50-  year anniversary on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, reflecting on a period in our  community’s history when Edna Johnson and a few others challenged the  beach segregation policy.  And here I am, with the honor, 50 years  later, of being the Congressional Representative of Ft. Lauderdale  beach.  America is exceptional!

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen

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