March 1, 2015
Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell. —Edward Abbey, American author
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. —Ezekiel 22:30-31
Allen West's Military Service
Allen Bernard West was born in Georgia, graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and then joined the United States Army in 1983. He was deployed to Kuwait in 1991, and Iraq in 2003. In 2003, West was charged in an incident that involved the beating and simulated execution of an Iraqi police officer. He was fined $5,000, accepted a Non-judicial punishment and after 20 years of service, was allowed to retire as a lieutenant colonel after an Article 32 hearing.
West made an agonizing moral decision to save his men from a likely ambush. To do so, he shot off a pistol next to the head of a suspect, forcing him to confess vital lifesaving intelligence. Col. West didn't do that to punish the man, but to save lives, and it worked. However, the military considered his actions to be harsh interrogation tactics.
West reported his actions to his superiors, and he had to know it would cost him his career. He very well could have ended up in prison as well as costing him personal agonies. Yet, he made the right decision and it saved his men.
In 2004, Col. West returned to Afghanistan as an advisor to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007. During his Army career, he was honored many times, earning 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.
West Runs for Congressman
In 2008, when Col. West ran for representative in Florida's 22nd Congressional District, he lost to Democrat Ron Klein.
West was one of 32 black Republican candidates for Congress in 2010. He said he supported the Tea Party movement and rejected the notion that the movement was motivated by racism, saying the accusation was a creation of liberal critics and the news media. West was described as a "tea party star." His stance on Islamic terrorists convinced many patriotic and conservative Americans to support him for Congress. He has even spoken out about Islamists infiltrating the military. [Link] He raised $5.4 million and stated that 97% of his donations came from individuals, and I was happy to be one of those individuals. I thought West was truly a Constitutional conservative, but once again, I was wrong.
Congressman West became a member of the congressional Tea Party Caucus, in February 2011. However, the TP Caucus died a quick death and was all but defunct by 2012.
On February 1, 2012, West announced that he would run for reelection from the new 18th Congressional District, which consists of a majority of the previous 16th Congressional District. He had been redistricted. He received a primary challenge from Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder, but won the primary. Crowder later endorsed Democrat Patrick Murphy, a political newcomer and a Republican until 2011. Unfortunately, West lost his re-election bid to Murphy, and it was not only because of being redistricted, but because he had lost his grassroots Tea Party support. Here is why he lost that support:
Allen West voted for the Pigford II farm payouts to non-existent black farmers against his constituents' wishes, and the TP people were quite angry about it. Allen apologized and admitted he didn't do his homework. [Link]
Allen West supported Speaker John Boehner's plan for cutting spending and raising the debt ceiling, even though his fellow Tea Party supporters were very skeptical. [Link] Cut Cap and Balance raised the debt limit against his constituents wishes. [Link]
When Congressman West was interviewed on the Laura Ingraham show after the debt vote, Ingraham asked him how he felt about his Tea Party supporters being very angry at him for his vote. He actually answered her by calling his Tea Party supporters, "Schizos." Video recording
Allen West voted against cutting 100 Million from Obama care, against his constituents' wishes. [Link]
Allen West voted for the horrid NDAA and insists there is nothing in the bill that would allow military arrest and detention of American citizens. I've read the bill and hundreds of others have too. [Link] Allen West was on the NDAA committee. [Link] And why was there a provision that would allow the president to order the death of an American citizen without a trial? [Link] Again, this was against the wishes of his constituents.
Col. Allen West has capitulated on his anti-Islam stance. [Link] He wrote a letter to members of the Interfaith Alliance which was in contrast to his previous speeches stating his stance on Islamic terrorists.
These various votes cost West his Tea Party backing. Here's a link to West's Congressional voting record.
West's New CEO Position
On Tuesday, February 12, 2015, the Tea Parties in northern Texas hosted an event to welcome former Congressman Allen West to Texas. He has been named the CEO of the formerly conservative National Center for Policy Analysis, (NCPA) a national policy think tank based in Dallas. Since the libertarian Koch brothers gave the organization $570,000, the NCPA is singing a different tune. (The Koch brothers are planning to spend $1 billion on the election in 2016, partly for a Rand Paul presidency. [Link] David Koch is on the board of Trustees of Rockefeller University. He is also on the board of Earthwatch Institute, an environmental, sustainability, Agenda 21 group. See this map of Koch's many connections. David Koch also supports gay marriage and stem-cell research. He is also on the board of the globalist new age Aspen Institute formerly headed by new age environmentalist, and UN Agenda 21 author, Maurice Strong.)
Under the "About" category in the NCPA website, you'll find dozens of their experts, and the first person listed is Bob McTeer, who is best known for his 36-year career with the Federal Reserve System, including 14 years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).
Another expert is Estelle James, Ph.D, who is a consultant to the World Bank, USAID and other international organizations. Previously she was Lead Economist at the World Bank and Director of the Bank's flagship course on pension reform. She has also served on the Governing Board of the new pension fund in Kosovo and the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security in the U.S.
NCPA (Allen West) Invites Traitor to Lecture in Dallas
Sounds like a really conservative bunch of folks, doesn't it? To top it off, the first guest under Col. West's new leadership role is Glenn Greenwald who was a contributor for the leftist Salon Magazine and The Guardian.
The following email combines two which were sent to Col. West asking why he would allow Greenwald to speak to them:
It is beyond shocking for your organization to provide a forum for an individual who is a paid shill for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas affiliate. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism funding trial in U.S. history.
Clearly, Glenn Greenwald, sidekick to Edward Snowden, has been engaged in aiding and abetting the Islamic terrorist enemy. Reportedly, Greenwald fed classified information to Nihad Awad, the head of CAIR and the subject of a major terrorism probe, and refused to help the FBI investigations of jihadists in America.
This is what Greenwald had to say about CAIR/Hamas:
“There really is no organization with which I’d rather be spending my time, or which I feel more at home than CAIR.” “I’m really glad to be a part of anything that CAIR does and to support the organization in any way that I can.” (Emphasis mine)
What is the justification for the NCPA's invitation to a traitor and Islamist sympathizer like Glenn Greenwald?
Would you invite Nihad Awad? How about Mohammed Magid or Mohamed Elibiary?
Here is Col. West's answer, which is also a combination of two emails:
First of all this was already scheduled before my arrival. Secondly when did Constitutional Conservatives start censoring free speech like liberal progressives?
Let me be very clear and explain something, I am not afraid to engage anyone in the arena of ideological and philosophical debate. Now, if you want to attend the event, feel free to come and ask a question as there is a 20 min Q&A session. But as I said, when did constitutional conservatives become so fearful, like liberal progressives, that they censor free speech. If you do not have the confidence in your ability to stand upon your principles against any opposing view -- that is your choice. However, do not portend to take a confrontational tone with me because I do not operate in the realm of fear.
Have a great day
I would agree with Allen West, I would not want free speech censored, but neither would I invite the enemy into my house. And this is what Allen West and the NCPA have done. As well, the tone of the email was not confrontational, but informative. and it questioned the logic of the leadership in their decision to have Greenwald speak. This is certainly not what I expected of Allen West when I funded his Congressional campaign in 2010. Sadly, far too many political activists are wolves in sheep's clothing, and Allen West has proven he is just like the rest of them.
© 2015 Kelleigh Nelson - All Rights Reserved
Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.