Allen West on Principles & Values
Religious coexistence "would give away our country"
During a March 2011 town hall, West talked about the "Coexist" movement, saying of their bumper stickers: "Every time I see one of those bumper stickers, I look at the person inside that is driving. Because that person
represents something that would give away our country. Would give away who we are, our rights and freedoms and liberties because they are afraid to stand up and confront that which is the antithesis, anathema of who we are."
Source: ThinkProgress.org on 2022 Texas Governor race
, Jul 29, 2021
If you're a conservative in America, you are free
[At CPAC]: "You saw earlier where Joe Biden said, 'If you don't vote for me, you're not Black,'" West said. "A week ago we heard Maxine Waters and Representative Cori Bush talk about how Blacks are not free in America. Well, let me tell you something:
If you're a conservative in America--Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, it doesn't matter--you are free. It's all about the constitutional principals and values that we believe in. That we honor. That we love."
West, who is Black, continued, "I look out at this audience, there's quite a few white folks out there. But you know something, I don't feel one bit oppressed. I don't feel like a victim because as an American, as a Texan, I'm a victor and not a victim.
And as an American and a Texan, we are all victors, we are not victims. If we're going to make sure that America is not canceled, we have to step foot on this ideological battlefield in which we find ourselves."
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram on 2021 CPAC Conference
, Jul 11, 2021
Likened Democrats to Nazis, Socialists, Communists
During his brief tenure in Congress, he made headlines when he said Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels would be impressed with the media tactics used by Democrats. He called
President Obama "a low-level Socialist agitator," according to news reports. He claimed to know that up to 81 members of the Democratic Party were members of the Communist Party.
Source: Houston Chronicle on 2022 Texas Gubernatorial race
, Jul 6, 2021
I don't serve Trump; I serve God, country and Texas
West said he would not be deterred by an incumbent having the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Trump has already backed Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for reelection. "You know, I don't serve President Trump.
I serve God, country and Texas," West said. "So that does not affect me whatsoever."
Source: Texas Tribune on 2022 Texas Gubernatorial race
, Jun 4, 2021
2020 election: Only one view of Constitution (pro-Trump)
After the U.S. Supreme Court jettisoned Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's ludicrous lawsuit challenging election results in four other states, West reacted as I feared he would, including this: "Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together
and form a union of states that will abide by the Constitution." He believes his interpretation of the Constitution is the only one that matters when it comes to something as pivotal as the selection of a president of the United States of America.
Source: Austin American-Statesman on 2022 Texas Gubernatorial race
, Dec 11, 2020
Branded Texas GOP with motto used by QAnon
West quickly steered the GOP into unnecessary controversy regarding his adoption of a motto for the party--"We Are the Storm"--that's also used by followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory. The phrase comes from a popular meme: "Fate
whispered to the warrior, 'You cannot withstand the storm.' The warrior replied, 'I am the storm.' " (West has described the quote as a reference to Psalm 29, which talks about the voice of God being heard through a storm.)
Source: Texas Monthly on 2022 Texas Gubernatorial race
, Dec 1, 2020
First Republican member of Congressional Black Caucus
Among the 43 CBC members he was the only Republican. That was Lieutenant Colonel West.
Before the 2010 elections, the House Democrats had 42 black members.
The Republicans had zero. Now there were two of the latter. The other African-American freshman, Tim Scott from the old slave market town of Charleston, SC, had made it clear during the
2010 campaign that he had no interest in joining the CBC with its liberal agenda. West hadn't discussed the subject with Scott.
Raised in Atlanta less than two miles from
Ebenezer Baptist Church, West could still remember the primal wailings of his mother and aunts the night Martin Luther King was shot. To honor the perseverance of his forebears, West knew what he had to do.
Source: Do Not Ask What Good We Do, by Robert Draper, p. 17
, Apr 24, 2012
2003: Court-martialed for threatening Iraqi policeman
Lieutenant Colonel West was commanding a 4th Infantry Division battalion in the central Iraq town of Taji when he learned of a plot to assassinate him. On his orders, an Iraqi police officer named Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi, who supposedly
had knowledge of the plot, was detained and brought back to the base for interrogation.
West testified at his Article 32 hearing in November 2003. He acknowledged that his actions were in violation of Army rules.
He told the court about a promise he had made to his soldiers' families at a pre-deployment gathering: "I'm going to bring your guy back alive." Their safety was worth his breach of
regulations, he contended--adding, "I'd go through hell with a gasoline can for my men."
In the end, the military fined him $5,000 and permitted him to retire with full benefits. A martyr of the right was born.
Source: Do Not Ask What Good We Do, by Robert Draper, p. 19-20
, Apr 24, 2012
Member of the Tea Party movement.
West is a member the Tea Party movement
The Tea Party movement is a populist conservative social movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. The protests were partially in response to several Federal laws: the stimulus package; te healthcare bill; and the TARP bailouts. The name "Tea Party" refers to the Boston Tea Party of 1773, the source of the phrase, "No Taxation Without Representation."
Source: Tea Party movement 10-Tea on Aug 11, 2010
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