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CPAC Fills Keynote Position With Congressman Allen West

Bookmark and Share    This weekend’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference was originally suppose to have former Alaska Governor and G.O.P. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin  give it’s closing keynote address.  Unfortunately with only a few days notice, Palin informed CPAC that a “scheduling conflict” would make it impossible for her to deliver the address.

Palin is sponsoring a Friday evening event at the conference, so her inability to deliver on her speech, is most likely due to circumstances beyond her control and not some kind of intended sleight.

Nevertheless, CPAC was left with the task of trying to find someone who was both willing to give the closing speech and

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 able to make it a powerfully memorable speech that would end the CPAC convention on a high, inspiring note.

Well they have done it.  In fact, with no offense to Sarah Palin, they have probably wound up with a speaker more powerful and articulate than Palin……..newly elected Florida Congressman Allen West.

Now I must reiterate that I really do not mean any offense to Sarah.   In 2007, I was an early activist in the draft Sarah Palin for Vice President effort.  And after the presidential, I even named my new cat Sarah-cuda, or Sarah for short.  So I appreciate Governor Palin and know her abilities.  But when it comes to Allen West, I can’t help but admit that he is probably one of only  a handful of new generation republican leaders who offer the G.O.P. the type of leadership that can keep the Party and more importantly, the nation, strong.

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In  previous POLITICS 24/7 posts, I blogged about the virtues of Allen West.  The most recent one highlighted him as one of the ten most promising freshmen in the 112th Congress.

One of the most exciting things about West is his ability to not just articulate the conservative cause, but to excite and inspire you with it.  West is a true believer.  He is a true believer in independence, personal responsibility, including the responsibility to be personally charitable and he is a believer in American exceptionalism.  Allen West believes in peace through strength and limited government.  He believes in free markets that are not held back by undue government regulation and he has true faith in state rights, not to mention God and country.  And when Allen West is given the chance to address those beliefs within the context of the conservative cause, few have more of an ability than him to make you believe that the blood that courses through his veins is red, white and blue, not just red.

That said, I urge all of you to make it a point of catching Congressman West’s CPAC ketnote address, this Saturday, February, 12th, 2011.  He is sure to make you proud to be a Republican and even prouder to be an American.

In addition to Rep. West, CPAC will be featuring dozens of scintillating speakers.  Many of them are potential and likely candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.  The schedule is as follows;

  • THURSDAY, February 10:
    10:00 AM: Michele Bachmann
    1:00 PM: Newt Gingrich book signing.
    2:00 PM: Rick Santorum
    4:30 PM: Paul Ryan
    6:15 PM: A reception co-sponsored by SarahPAC.
  • FRIDAY, February 11:
    10:30 AM: Mitt Romney
    1:30 PM: John Thune
    3:00 PM: Tim Pawlenty
    3:30 PM: Ron Paul
    4:00 PM: Rick Perry
    4:30 PM: Herman Cain
    7:30 PM: Mitch Daniels
  • SATURDAY, February 12
    9:30 AM: Haley Barbour

Allen West should bve delivering his speech at around 5:30 PM EST on Saturday. 

In  the meantime, POLITICS 24/7 invites you to join with our sister site, White House 2012, and participate in its newest poll.  Each year CPAC holds one of the most most highly anticipated and watched presidential straw polls of the year.  POLITICS 24/7 and White House 2012 would like to know who you think the winner of their poll will be. 

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Freshmen Republicans to Watch in the 112th Congress

Bookmark and Share    The freshman class of Republicans in the 112th Congress is one that could and should hold a lot of sway. Not only is it one of the largest classes, it was also elected on one of the clearest messages that voters ever sent. That message is to stop business as usual and to cut spending and the size and scope of government. This freshman class was elected to change Washington, D.C., not be changed by Washington, D.C., and for many voters this is the Republican Party’s last chance to get things right. And so, given the sentiments that swept these new lawmakers in to office, they must establish themselves by bucking both Party politics and the political establishment. They must demonstrate that they understand fiscal responsibility, limited government, states rights and a willingness to not tow the Party line when its leaders wander off path.

This will at times be hard to do. The old boy’s political network will tempt them to go along to get along and the desire for power can consume them if they forget what they were sent to Washington for. But considering the extremely strong message that sent these men and women to D.C. they will all be wise to not cave in to the traditional trappings of insider politics and Washington.

Given the caliber of many of the new faces on the Hill, there is a vary good chance that they will in fact have a dramatic, positive, impact on the 112th Congress and the legislation it produces. But of this class, I suspect that some will stand out more than others. The following are the names that are most likely to do so.

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  Justin Amash, MI-3:

This 30 year old Michigander has made a name for himself in the Michigan House of Representatives as a leading advocate for government restraint and his consistent commitment to limited government, free markets, and individual liberty. As a state representative, Amash set new standards for transparency and accountability. And was one of the first state legislators to list his office expenses, staff salaries, and legislative benefits online. He has also earned a wide following among Michigan voters for posting all of his votes, with explanations and an opportunity for interactive discussion, on his official face book page. Amash understands that we live under the rule of law and not under the rule of men and he has a command of the issues effecting our economy and liberty.

Lou Barletta, PA-11:

Lou Barletta comes to office after serving as Mayor of Hazleton, PA. There he demonstrated his expertise on economic matters and budgets but he became most known for his fight against illegal immigration. Hazleton had become ravaged by an illegal immigrant population that helped the small town’s crime rate skyrocket. Barletta went into action. In 2006, he created an ordinance that made it illegal for employers to knowingly hire illegal aliens and for landlords to knowingly rent to illegal aliens. The measure passed the Hazleton City Council but was subsequently challenged in the courts. The case still drags on to this day but in the meantime, the number of both violent and non-violent crimes in the City of Hazleton continue to decrease. Barletta is a hard nosed but cordial gentleman who is sure to take the same kind of grit and determination that he had as Mayor of Hazleton, to Washington as a Congressman.

Cory Gardner, CO-4:

Gardner is a quick witted, high energy legislator. The Denver Post calls Gardner “the GOP Idea Man,” and he has been recognized as one of the Top 40 young Republican lawmakers in the country by Rising Tide, a publication of the Republican National Committee. As a member of the Colorado State House of Representatives, Gardner was a leader on issues such as economic development, healthcare, and education. In 2007, he created the Colorado Clean Energy Authority, which has helped to bring millions of dollars in development to Colorado. With a focus on limited government, Cory Gardner believes strongly that reducing taxes is the best way to grow the economy and provide jobs. As a former leading conservative voice in the Colorado state legislature, he promises to be one in the 112th session of Congress too.

Adam Kinzinger, Il-11:

32 year old Adam Kinzinger is a Captain in the Air Force who has served in the Special Ops, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and the Air National Guard. Before his military career, at the age of 20, he challenged a twelve-year Democrat incumbent for the McLean County Board and in a campaign that focused on bringing local government back to the people, he became one of the youngest county board members in McLean County history. Today, Kinzinger has proved that he understands the value of American freedom and is committed to protecting and serving the nation both in uniform and elected office. He has the skills and drive to rise above the political noise, bring government back to the people and to create a lasting positive impact on Congress.

Allen West, Florida-22:

Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (US Army, Retired) is a Bronze Star winner who has also been awarded three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals (one with Valor), and a Valorous Unit Award. With twenty years of distinguished military service, West now aims his fight on Congress where he intends to curb out of control Government spending, work for across the board tax cuts, and combat our economic woes by getting back to basics and transitioning to a flat tax system for both individuals and businesses. West is an aggressive and articulate voice for conservatism and has a deep rooted concern for the proper education of America children. Allen West knows that their opportunities can be endless with the right education and that our nation’s future depends on their ability to take advantage of those opportunities. Allen West is sure to be a thorn in the side of liberals and you can be sure that he will not sugarcoat his opposition to the left side of the aisle.

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Those are five freshmen members of the House whom you can expect to stir things up. They will be joined by several veteran G.O.P. House members who are also worth watching; incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, New Jersey’s Scott Garrett, Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, Mike Pence of Indiana and Virginia’s Eric Cantor. These five individuals are probably the best chance Republicans have when it comes to keeping to the much touted, conservative pledge to America that Republicans took during the campaign of 2010. But now these five have five exceptional new voices on their side.

In the Senate, things are quite different than in the House. The rules of the Senate allow for one member of that chamber to make more of an immediate difference than House members can. Here, although Republicans remain in the minority, their increased numbers will be made quite formidable as strong conservative voices like Jim DeMint and John Thune join with the following five freshmen senators.

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Marco Rubio-FL:

 Marco is a standout among any group of people. He is a personable, bright, innovative, energetic, passionate and articulate young conservative who went through one of the toughest and longest campaigns of 2010. For much of the race he was the underdog and not the establishment choice. But patience and perseverance allowed him to prevail as he convincingly persuaded fellow Floridians to the commonsense, conservative cause. A son of Cuban exiles, Marco is an important voice in the Republican Party for Hispanic voters and his ability to attract voters of all persuasions is going to continue to make him an important player in national politics, especially national Republican politics.

Pat Toomey-PA:

This former leader of the Club for Growth is probably going to be one of the most ardent deficit hawks the senate has ever seen. He will be a perfect partner with South Carolina’s Jim DeMint in the cause of fiscal responsibility and limited government. Toomey will most definitely be a strict constitutionalist who will have no problem standing up to his fellow Republicans and most definitely not any Democrat, including President Obama.

 

Ron Johnson-WI:

Johnson was one of those TEA Party backed candidates who came out of nowhere to slay a liberal giant—Russ Feingold. His campaign was not the best but voter sentiment in Wisconsin was so soured by the direction that the country was going in that they wanted a definite change. Politically unencumbered, fresh faced, conservative, businessman Ron Johnson proved to be the man that Wisconsin voters saw fit to deliver that change. Expect Johnson to take some time getting his feet wet in Washington, but very soon he will be demonstrating a hard-line on budgetary matters and a very valuable independent streak.

Rand Paul-KY:

Rand Paul is another candidate whose race was particularly hard fought. He was also not originally the establishment choice but strong conservative support and energetic TEA Party backing pushed Rand Paul over the top in the end. Rand has many of the more appealing libertarian tendencies of his well known father, Texas Congressman Ron Paul but is a bit more pragmatic. Rand believes in a strong national defense and understand that the defense of the nation is the federal government’s number 1 priority. He insists that funding of the United Nations becomes voluntary, thereby demonstrating a true and accurate level of commitment of individual member states to the U.N.’s success. He also believes that the United States should withdraw from and stop funding those U.N. programs that undermine legitimate American interests. On the economy, Paul is a true free marketer who views the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as having “outlived their usefulness” and harmful to global economic development. Rand Paul is a staunch proponent of spending cuts, balancing the budget, and lowering taxes. Expect Rand to be a very loud voice and major critic of both Parties and the process they often abuse.

Rob Portman-OH:

Like Marco Rubio, Rob Portman is made of presidential timber. He is an experienced legislator and previously served in two separate presidential cabinet offices—–U.S. Trade Representative and Director of the Office of Management and Budget. During his tenure at OMB, the deficit was cut in half. Portman is experienced, accomplished, and when it comes to the federal budget, he is a persistent hawk who has proposed balanced budgets, the creation of new federal spending transparency laws, and fought hard against irresponsible earmarks. In the senate, expect Rob Portman to be a go-to guy on fiscal matters and a leader in the budget process that is growing in importance as well as debt.

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Only time will truly tell how well these 10 incoming legislators will really do but if they show the same kind of stamina, values and sincerity that they have in the past, they will go a long way in bringing the type of real change that Congress and the nation needs.

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Republican Tells Pelosi To “Give Me That Damn Gavel”

Bookmark and Share    I have to say that I find Florida is really beginning to impress me insofar as the type and quality of patriots and genuine conservative Republicans that they are putting out on the campaign trail.

For quite sometime now, I have been a supporter and diehard fan of Marco Rubio, the young former speaker of the Florida state legislature and conservative underdog who is running for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination against popular incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Crist. Rubio represent the next generation of real Republicans and if given the chance will soon emerge as a leader of not just a political Party but the nation. So far his campaign has been a “Rocky-like” story that has Rubio doing to Crist what Rocky did to Apollo Creed, but in this case Rubio is likely to be the winner by a knock out.

With a way to go yet, Rubio has so far shocked the political establishment and is currently ahead of Governor Crist by as much as more than 25% in some polls.

But beyond Marco Rubio, Florida has several other outstanding candidates running for various offices such as Bill McCollum who is seeking to become the next Governor of the Sunshine State. But one of the most stellar candidates to come out of Florida is a candidate for the House of Representatives from the 22nd congressional district.

Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (US Army, Retired), is the Republican who will be opposing liberal Democrat Ron Klein and he is dying for the opportunity in January of 2011, to look Nancy Pelosi in the eye and say…“give me that damn gavel!”

Allen West describes his plight as one that is fighting the “dishonest tyranny” of an Administration that will lie while saying that all they are doing is for the betterment of the people when all they are really doing is “making us slaves.”

And while Allen West opposes this Administration and their radical liberal agenda, his opponent, incumbent Ron Klein, can be described as nothing other than a undistinguished, knee-jerk, big government, tax and spend liberal who has never opposed an idea or piece of legislation that his master Nancy Pelosi has thrown down for him to approve. Klein is truly nothing special and his only hold on to his congressional seat is based upon the gerrymandering that created his district along the lines of predominantly Democrat registered populations. But under the existing political environment, the most positive characterization that one can claim of Klein’s chances of getting reelected to his once safe seat, is to place his election contest in the “leans Democrat” column.

Part of the reason for the unusually competitive race facing Congressman Klein, is his opponent, Lt. Col. Allen West.

In his military career, West served in several combat zones, including in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was battalion commander for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and in Afghanistan, where he trained Afghan officers to take on the responsibility of securing their own country.

His service, talent and dedication earned a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals (one with Valor), and a Valorous Unit Award, he received his valor award as a Captain in Desert Shield/Storm, was the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year in 1993, and was a Distinguished Honor Graduate III Corps Assault School. He proudly wears the Army Master parachutist badge, Air Assault badge, Navy/Marine Corps parachutist insignia, Italian parachutist wings, and German proficiency badge (Bronze award).

But beyond his military career, West has the experience of a lifetime of conservative values that have propelled him and his family to independence and success and now he intends to bring that experience to Congress.

On the issues, West is a fiscal conservative with his own ideas on how to properly reform healthcare and reduce federal spending and the size of government, reform our tax structure and adopt a flat tax , stimulate the economy and create jobs through the private sector, initiate strong anti-illegal immigration enforcement and policies and seek to have the U.S. Border Patrol placed under the Department of Defense so that proper training, equipping, and better personnel resourcing can be provided and allow for a lateral transfer of members of the military, with experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, into the USBP for their expertise. West emphasizes that last proposal by making it clear that he does not trust our homeland security under Janet Napolitano.

In addition to being a strong and innovative leader for and of the people, Allen West knows how to present his case and seems to thrive on the prospect of any challenge, on any issue, that his opponent might want to address.

Currently, liberal fears of losing Klein’s seat have the hidden prejudices of the left rearing its ugly head. West is African-American and as he points out in the video clip provided with this post, they have been calling him everything from a traitor and an Oreo to an Uncle Tom. Such disrespect and hate is certainly not something that a hero and patriot like Lt. Col. West should have to endure. But the conduct of the left is simply a sign of the fear which is forcing them to show their true selves and it is not pretty.

But West is undeterred.

Knowledgeable, convincing, passionate, articulate and quite commanding, Allen West is a dynamo on the campaign trail. If he can raise the money to compete with the financial resources that the liberal lobby of special interests and big unions finances Klein with, West could just pull off one of those surprise wins that helps get Republicans closer to taking control of the House back from Democrats. But what’s more is, West won’t just be another Republican vote. He is the type of leader who will not be seduced by Party powerbrokers or impressed with leadership titles. His entire adult life has been spent defying the forces that oppose him and after having stood up to entire brigades of enemy military combatants, I doubt there is question in that someone like Republican minority leader John Boehner will easily intimidate Lt. Col. West.

Like Marco Rubio in his race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, West’s race for the Florida’s 22nd Congressional District seat is an uphill battle but West has been climbing and conquering hills his whole life. So this race may be tough but with Allen West as his opponent, this time around, it won’t be any easier for Klein either.

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