Allen West at CPAC: “There’s No Shortage of People Telling Us We Must Change Our Values to Fit the Times”

(video via Vlad Tepes)

“I’ll give it to you straight. Last November we did take one on the jaw, but this movement, this fight is not determined by the punches that we take. We’re defined by how quickly we pull ourselves off the mat and our perseverance.

There’s no shortage of people telling us what Conservatism cannot accomplish. What we can’t do, how we cannot connect, how we must change our values to fit the times.

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to tell you that that truly is a bunch of malarkey. Last time I checked a bended knee is not and nor shall it ever be a conservative tradition.”

When British tyranny besieged our colonies, we survived. When flames danced from the White House windows in 1812, we endured. When the Union split itself into two, almost perishing from this earth, we rebuilt. When the soup lines of the depression stretched down shuttered city blocks, we recovered. When an unstoppable Nazi regime and war machine threatened to extinguish the light of free nations, we triumphed. And ladies and gentlemen, when Barack Obama packs his bags and beats a hasty retreat back to Chicago, we will persevere.

Allen West may no longer be in office, but he is still the most inspiring Republican politician out there. And the CPAC speech, the best one to come out of CPAC, reminds us why.

West reminds us of what was lacking in the last election. Leadership. We have plenty of political saviors telling us how to evolve and where to evolve to. (Will we evolve on immigration, on gay marriage, on the war on terror?) We have no shortage of people eager to convince us that some aspect of conservatism is as dead as a doornail. We have publicity stunters and aspiring presidents who couldn’t win an election outside their own safe territory. And then we have Allen West who actually knows how to fight.

Allen West knows how to fight outside the safe territory of safe interviews to conservative media. He knows how to fight back when he’s attacked, instead of putting on a smile and hoping not to be hated. Allen West knows that life is a battlefield and that winning is done with principles, not by retreating to the left in the hopes of being liked.

And West, unlike everyone the Republican establishment and media are pushing forward, understands that we are in a life and death struggle with Islamic terrorism as well as the left.

  • WatcherOntheWall

    G~d Bless you Mr. West. America lost a wonderful Senator due to voter fraud. But the Republicans signed an agreement with the Demorats that they would NEVER question voter fraud. How/why is that still standing? Who in their right mind would agree to that knowing the Demorats will lie, steal, and cheat as a mean to an end?
    If Republicans do not get back to our conservative values and put forth candidates that express those conservative values, we will never win again. Let's leave the social values for the states to decide.
    NO MORE MODERATES! I would love to see a DeMint/West, or a West/DeMint ticket in 2016.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      That would be fantastic.

  • Toni_Pereira

    I'm so sick and tired of this whiggish view of history where some modern mandarins(aka, Liberals) claim to know that the times are moving to the right direction.The times must change to fit our values.Godspeed,Mr. Allen West, the West is in urgent need of people like you!

  • domenic santoro

    West/Rubio/Demint/Paul/Cruz are the new republican party and god bless everyone of them. Please push the folks to the front come 2016…. These are the guys to makeit happen.. Baynor and McConnell and the moderate rhino's need to go…. These are men with a spine and a great vision for america… Keep pushing guys…

    • EarlyBird

      Dom, you do recognize that at least Rubio and Paul represent a dramatic divergence on immigration and foreign policy, respectively, from what most of you "real" conservatives want, right?

      Both are realists. That means that Rubio acknowledges we can't and shouldn't forcibly eject 11 million illegals (however satisfying that would be) because it is not practical to do so. Paul is deeply against the right wing knuckleheads' desire for endless war in the world, because he realizes how devastatingly counter-productive our deeply ingrained militarism is.

      I hope you agree on these issues, but I suspect you don't, and in a few years will be screaming that they're "fake" conservatives.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Both are realists."

        Ah, the "reality" of the "need" to compromise rather than stand up for ideology.

        • EarlyBird

          "Ah, the "reality" of the "need" to compromise rather than stand up for ideology."

          Yeah, imagine actually working to achieve what is attainable within the context of a pluralistic democracy, rather than creating a break away Republic of Right Wing Infants?

          Serious conservatives want to present a loyal opposition to liberals in the White House, not a rear guard action to bring down the US government in the name of "freedom," something you only want for yourself.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Yeah, imagine actually working to achieve what is attainable within the context of a pluralistic democracy"

            Compromise is only acceptable to a point and in limited circumstances. You seem to call for throwing out all ideology that might prevent victory. Form your own party.

            "…rather than creating a break away Republic of Right Wing Infants?"

            You're calling for change and asking everyone else to change with you while trying to steal the legacy too. You need to start over, not the Republicans, unless your ilk finally destroy all credibility and the legacy becomes worthless. Did I thank you for that yet?

            I might add that lunatics like you are not exactly the ones who get to decide who the "infants" are.

            "Serious conservatives…"

            LOL! You're hilarious!

            "Serious conservatives want to present a loyal opposition to liberals in the White House"

            1) It's unclear who you refer to. If you consider yourself a 'serious conservative" by that you must mean a serious sellout who tries to wear the conservative "early bird" brand.

            2) Is this "loyal opposition" loyal to power or to the constitution?

            "…not a rear guard action to bring down the US government in the name of "freedom," something you only want for yourself."

            You make no sense at all.

          • EarlyBird

            The GOP candidates all refused a hypothetical budget deal where for every $10 of spending cuts, $1 of increased taxes would occur. They all had to forswear such a deal, because they all had to say "no tax increases, ever." Even the Fox News dork couldn't believe he heard them right.

            They had to take this idiotic, extreme position – which you sure would consider sticking to principle – because the Tea Party psychopaths had pushed them to be that extreme. If any president could get such a budget deal, he'd be a national hero.

            The GOP is purging morons like you.

  • Grant

    I hope West will also explain how CPAC is now part of the problem by jumping into bed with Muslim Brotherhood traitors.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    I hope West will be the President in 2016.

  • EarlyBird

    The ideological radicalism represented by this site is is exactly why the GOP is getting smaller and less relevant. By virtue of being radical and impractical, it is the opposite of "conservative."

    The GOP has been pushed so far to the right, that it's become divorced from reality on economics, social policy, foreign policy, you name it.

    This demand for purity forced every single GOP presidential contender to reject a theoretical deal where for every $10 cut in spending $1 in taxes is raised. Imagine what a hero any president would be if he could achieve so much on the deficit! But "no tax raises ever!" was the answer.

    The unreconstructed trickle down economics is stale and not the answer for every economic circumstance. Yes, gays, one parent families, and non-Christians are real, and Obamacare is the law of the land. Yes, America's military has limits to what can be achieved abroad.

    Get over it, and try to shape policies based on reality, rather than screaming that the sky is falling, that 80% of the American people are the problem and stop attemping to delegitimize Obama as a Kenyan born un-American radical.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      This message has been brought to you by the moderate big tent folks at MSNBC.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "This message has been brought to you by the moderate big tent folks at MSNBC."

        Who don't see themselves as dupes of the left.

      • EarlyBird

        Daniel, you may not realize how much of a minority within a minority you're becoming. You're on the right wing fringe of the right wing. "No compromise" means "no governance."

        It means sitting out on all the big issues and allowing the Democrats to win be default. It forces the voter into a choice between lefties or nut jobs, and the ones at least in touch with reality will win by default.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Daniel, you may not realize how much of a minority within a minority you're becoming. You're on the right wing fringe of the right wing. "No compromise" means "no governance.""

          We have "red lines." That doesn't mean literally never compromising when the other party is reasonable. It means no compromise when they're not reasonable. There's a clear dichotomy for you since you just love keeping things simple. Somehow I doubt you'll understand.

          "It means sitting out on all the big issues and allowing the Democrats to win be default."

          No it doesn't. Refusing to compromise does not have anything to do with stealth mode.

          "It forces the voter into a choice between lefties or nut jobs, and the ones at least in touch with reality will win by default."

          Your personal view is useless here. We know you learn nothing from political discourse but many do. That is our hope, for people to learn the truth.

          • EarlyBird

            Oh everything with you fascists is a "red line." It's why there are no deals on immigration, the budget or pretty much of anything.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The ideological radicalism represented by this site is is exactly why the GOP is getting smaller and less relevant. By virtue of being radical and impractical, it is the opposite of "conservative." "

      You're "conservatives" want to conserve power. We want to conserve what makes America great.

      "The GOP has been pushed so far to the right, that it's become divorced from reality on economics, social policy, foreign policy, you name it."

      Only when looking from the far left. The right itself has shifted to the left by any objective measure.

      "The unreconstructed trickle down economics is stale and not the answer for every economic circumstance."

      Um, OK. We need socialist reconstruction. Got it communist-bird.

      "Yes, gays, one parent families, and non-Christians are real"

      And you claim we want to kill them. That's why discourse with you is so pointless.

      "…and Obamacare is the law of the land."

      That's debatable.

      "Yes, America's military has limits to what can be achieved abroad. "

      Make sure you let everyone know that we have no plans to defend our sovereignty or our global interests.

      "Get over it, and try to shape policies based on reality…"

      EarlyBird-brain reality. Got it.

      "…rather than screaming that the sky is falling"

      Another useless paraphrase. Thanks so much.

      "…that 80% of the American people are the problem…"

      It's the ideology of that 80% that cause the problems. We're fighting back with conservative ideology. The ideology of the US constitution.

      "…stop attemping to delegitimize Obama as a Kenyan born un-American radical."

      It doesn't matter where he was born at this point. Show me where we talk about that. He is an un-American red-green radical. We prove that nearly every day.

      • EarlyBird

        Another post which proves you deserve nothing but ridicule and scorn. You're a silly, reactionary little man who can't think with the slightest bit of nuance, and come to this facist propaganda site to get fed a steady diet of red meat and comfortable fantasies.

        The good news is that majority conservatives are finally starting to get it, and are beginning the purging of you silly little neo-John Bircher freaks. Your little cult is getting shriller and smaller day by day.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Another post which proves you deserve nothing but ridicule and scorn."

          As if anyone turns to you for such analysis. You just hate being corrected. And you claim that "right wingers" won't accept correction. So I could just go on listing all of the clearly hypocritical habits you have but you're well known around here.

          Keep ignoring the facts psycho.

    • Ar'nun

      When the government takes in $2.4 Trillion in one year, why not give them some more!!! Talk about "divorced from reality on economics"!

      • EarlyBird

        Where the Dems refuse to accept that we need to make major cuts, the Republicans refuse to accept that we need to raise taxes and reduce certain loopholes.

        Though the US military budget something like 8 times larger than any other in the world, the Republicans refuse to cut Defense, and prefer only to cut Medicare and Social Security, when all three need cuts and adjustments.

        They also pretend that we can grow our way out of the deficit by lowering taxes and setting the market free to create new revenue. That's as unserious as the Dems "tax our way out of it" plan.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Where the Dems refuse to accept that we need to make major cuts, the Republicans refuse to accept that we need to raise taxes and reduce certain loopholes."

          Early Parrot? Broken record?

          "Though the US military budget something like 8 times larger than any other in the world, the Republicans refuse to cut Defense…"

          What value is it to compare our budget to that of others? Smoke and mirrors.

          "…and prefer only to cut Medicare and Social Security, when all three need cuts and adjustments. "

          Not necessarily the ones you think.

          "They also pretend that we can grow our way out of the deficit by lowering taxes and setting the market free to create new revenue."

          Rather than "stimulus." We'd be out of the recession already if not for 0'Bama. And investors don't trust liars as POTUS. So the fact is that just getting him out of office would add to our prospects and then maybe compromise would be possible. Leftists are on cloud 9 right now thinking they can just write their own ticket without any grounding in reality. Leftists like you.

          "That's as unserious as the Dems "tax our way out of it" plan."

          You have no clue. You just read talking points and then pin the tail on the donkey to decide what position to take.

    • RebeccaJean

      GOP ideology has remained fairly consistant. It is democrats, er….progressives…um…..liberals? What is it the left calls themselves these days? I don't want to be politically incorrect. I know how much the leftwing hate that. It is the democrats that have shifted so far to the left that there is very little difference between them and outright Marxism anymore. Economic "demand for purity" forcing GOP presidential contenders to reject "no tax raises ever!" No, it's called common sense. We have a spending problem Einstein. The Republicans recognize that. We are being taxed to death. And I mean that literally as the estate tax has gone up this year. Shall we discuss all the other new taxes that have hit Americans, including middle income Americans? Cause I've got the list ready.

      • EarlyBird

        Yes, we have a spending problem. So why did every GOP presidential contender refuse the hypothetical deal of $10 dollar of spending cuts for every $1 in raised taxes was rejected? That's the question! If a president could pull off such a deal, his face woudl be put on Mt. Rushmore for having saved the United States.

        But because this would have included a tax raise, and extremist right wing simpletons wont' allow them "ever!," the GOP nominees couldn't bring themselves to accept such a solution. Unbelieveable! Even the Fox News anchor couldn't believe he heard their answers right.

        There is no better illustration of how simply idiotic the right wing has become. Normal conservatives want our Party back, and we're gonna get it.

        • RebeccaJean

          You clearly did not comprehend my post.

          • RebeccaJean

            Read the last 3 sentences of my original post again.

          • RebeccaJean

            Sorry. Last 4 sentences.

          • EarlyBird

            I understood it perfectly. We have to both raises taxes and cut spending. You're in the "no taxes ever!" camp. That's ridiculous.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "You clearly did not comprehend my post."

            He/she/it never does pick up more than a few words of what anyone says.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Yes, we have a spending problem. So why did every GOP presidential contender refuse the hypothetical deal of $10 dollar of spending cuts for every $1 in raised taxes was rejected?"

          Because historically they never make the cuts. They lie.

          • EarlyBird

            Oops. Try again.

  • Indioviejo

    Thank you Daniel, for a very perceptive article on a man of destiny even before the main stream "Conservatives" recognize his power of attraction. The man stands alone, head and shoulders above all else in our time. Perhaps a Ronald Reagan, or even a Winston Churchill in the making ? I hope you and people like you can keep him in the public eye for his magic to work on the heathen.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    I'd rather lose every election than fuse with the Democratic Party in all but name. It's already intolerable how much these suck-ups compromise in the war of ideas.

    • EarlyBird

      I spent a year hanging out with a libertarian group here in Los Angeles, which met over dinner once a momth. There were some very brilliant guys in that club, and they have forgotten more about politics, history, and the Constitution than you've ever bothered to learn.

      But at some point I realized that the whole thing was irrelevant. Everything they were saying was totally abstract, and would have no effect in the world. Same with the pure Republican Party you want.

  • Ar'nun

    I have never understood why people get so excited about CPAC Conventions and the speeches given at them. What exactly does this accomplish? Nobody that needs to hear these speeches will ever hear these speeches unless someone says something controversial. So what's the point? They need to start reaching the people who have been indoctrinated by the Left, but deep down know something is wrong with it.

    • EarlyBird

      Historically CPAC has been used to keep the troops in order, and to excommunicate anyone not toeing the most rigid of lines and tar them as "RINOs." Because God knows its better to have a tiny, irrelevant but perfectly ideologically "pure" Republican Party, than a messy but effective and inclusive one which forwards conservative values as much as possible.

      We're now thankfully seeing cracks in the orthodoxy on things like immigration (Rubio) and neoconservative endless war theory (Paul). The fact that they're asking why they're losing is a healthy conversation.

  • Cathy

    The upholding of Marco Rubio as a conservative is the definition of compromise by someone I once considered the real McCoy.
    .
    Marco Rubio, 2013:
    Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration plan earned a measure of praise from the White House. And why not? It looks a lot like a White House plan from 2011.
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/16/3185077/rub

    LTC Allen West on Illegal Immigration
    May 18, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmn0mFV7xFs

    • Cathy

      Flashback

      Marco Rubio, March 2009

      “I am strongly against amnesty. The most important thing we need to do is enforce our existing laws. We have existing immigration laws that are not being adequately enforced. Nothing will make it harder to enforce the existing laws, if you reward people who broke them. It demoralizes people who are going through the legal process, its a very clear signal of why go through the legal process, if you can accomplish the same thing if you go through the illegal process. And number two, if demoralizes the people enforcing the laws. I am not, and I will never support any effort to grant blanket legalization/amnesty to folks who have entered, stayed in this country illegally.”
      http://shark-tank.net/2013/01/28/marco-rubio-the-

    • EarlyBird

      Cathy, another perfect illustration of how the far right wants to simply shut down governance in the name of purist ideology.

      Reality check: There is simply no practical, moral, legal, or politically possible way to literally eject 11 million illegal immigrants from this country, no matter how much we'd like to. It's not going to happen. Repeat: it's impossible.

      Therefore, ANY solution must include SOME form of amnesty, preferably after we secure the border and enforce strict penalties against hiring illegals. THAT is the realist, conservative solution.

      Conservatism is not just a set of policies; it's an adult acceptance of the fact that we live in a world of limits. Pursuing some conservative utopia is idiocy. We can either pursue as much as we can within the limits of reality, or just accept the broken immigration system we have.

      But more likely we'll have something even worse. By opting out of the solution making, we'll simply be overrun with the Dems' "solution."

      Try to grow up, kids.

      • Cathy

        EarlyBird

        In my world …

        Conservatism is remaining firm on a position that applies to all. Progressivism is an ideology based on Conservative compromise for some.

        Compromising Conservative principles is a stepping stone to chaos. IMO

        Think about it. If Rubio is willing to compromise his former Conservative stand and afford over 11 million "illegal" hispanics benefits/services and ultimately a path to citizenship … a precident has been established. What will happen when Rubio is faced with over 11 million "illegal" Muslims demanding amnesty.

        Rubio has flip-flopped from his 2009 position regarding "illegal" immigration. Consider Allen West's upholding of Rubio at CPAC 2013 … I am concerned that he has also flip-flopped.

        LTC Allen West on Illegal Immigration
        May 18, 2010
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmn0mFV7xFs

        • EarlyBird

          I hope people of all political stripes are sincere about them and are willing to stand up for their principles.

          But to me standing up for principles doesn't mean never budging on POLICIES.

          For instance, when we are faced as we are with a massive, crippling budget deficit, while enjoying a massive military edge on our rivals while also having the lowest historic modern tax rates on the top earners, the answer is not to go all 1980 and demand even MORE spending on Defense, and even LOWER taxes on the wealthy, as the GOP is doing. That is confusing policies with principles.

          We should steadfastly apply our PRINCIPLES of "Whatever the problem, let's try to find the most liberty expanding, least governmentally intrusive and expensive solution to it," and go from there.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Reality check: There is simply no practical, moral, legal, or politically possible way to literally eject 11 million illegal immigrants from this country, no matter how much we'd like to. It's not going to happen. Repeat: it's impossible."

        OMG, you again? False Dichotomies R Us? Dude, if someone says "kick them out" it's just frustrations. We ought to secure the borders and enforce the existing laws. Some will eventually be asked to leave if they don't qualify. But many will be allowed to pay penalties and reconcile what they must.

        I mean you are so clueless.

        EB logic: The law is too difficult to enforce, so just offer them a 'gimme.' And if a mob breaks down the doors of a department store and there are not enough police cars to arrest them, why you just call for an amnesty so that the laws will be "realistic."

        Wait, it's too difficult to get people to pay their taxes and since so many refuse to comply with the law, then we need to just give them amnesty too.

        Great going EB. You're our savior.

        "Therefore, ANY solution must include SOME form of amnesty"

        Due process is all anyone should expect for ask for. Some get amnesty already after petitioning the courts. Class amnesty is unjust.

        " preferably after we secure the border and enforce strict penalties against hiring illegals. THAT is the realist, conservative solution."

        Sure you want to sound balanced, but next (after some class action amnesty) you'll say we can't "realistically" expect to secure the borders better than we already do. Those laws are "too hard."

        With you we're back to square one in delusional leftist land.

        • EarlyBird

          "..if someone says "kick them out" it's just frustrations."

          You don't pay attention too well, do you? Throughout FPM there are people, like lil' Danny Greenfield, who absolutely believe we ought to round them up and deport all 11 million, and anything less than that is "amnesty." And "amnesty" is a liberalcommunistMarxistweakmindedIslamist something.

          Now, you do know that your and my solution on immigration are identical, but I'm just intellectually honest enough to call part of the solution what it is, i.e., "amnesty."

  • Cathy

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Allen West Concedes Defeat Despite Options Still Available
    Wednesday, 21 November 2012

    The Allen West for Congress campaign issued a press release on Nov 20 conceding defeat. A post-election audit in this contest could have national implications if it uncovers significant illegal voting by ineligible voters, whether that be because they are non-citizens, non-existent people, or people registered multiple times. It would likely lead to similar post-election audits across the nation. Conversely, if there was only minimal illegal voting in this contest, the public has a right to verify that as well. Allen West’s decision to concede the election without a post-election audit to check for potential illegal voting may be one of the top 10 political blunders of 2012. The people who dug deep into their pockets to donate the $17 million to his campaign deserve better.
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/ite

  • Cathy

    Mr. West

    There are so may unanswered questions regarding your premature concession as well as the $1.5 Million in remaining campaign funds. Those who upheld you financially, prayerfully and otherwise deserve transparency.

    Sincerely, Cathy

    Ex-Rep. West uses campaign funds for self-named foundation
    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Allen West, the outspoken former Republican lawmaker, was always a prodigious fundraiser, drawing money from far outside his Florida district. He had $1.5 million in the bank even after mounting an unsuccessful recount challenge to his November 2102 loss at the polls. Now, he’s transferred a half-million dollars in donated campaign funds to two charity groups: the Allen West Foundation and another entity sharing the new foundation’s post office box address.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/24/w