Sunday, February 13, 2011

Christian Tea Party Congressman Keynotes CPAC

Congressman Allen West opened with Isaiah 54:17, and went on to say, “If we are to have a new dawn in America, it means reclaiming our Judeo-Christian faith heritage. . . . This is not about a separation of church and state, it is about making sure that we do not separate faith from the individual. You must never forget that the American motto is ‘In God We Trust’.”

For background, read Christian Tea Party is Enigma to Liberal Media

Above video is Part 3 of West's speech. Click here for Part 1 -- Click here for Part 2.

-- From "A closing dish of red meat from West" by James Hohmann, Politico 2/12/11

Rep. Allen West, the firebrand conservative Republican freshman from Florida, closed CPAC with a speech full of red meat applause lines for fiscal, social and national security conservatives.

“We must hold sacred the privilege of the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman to promote the promulgation of our society because we cannot allow the destruction of the American family,” he said.

... “When tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide.”

“I will never support late-term abortion or the use of abortion as birth control because I do not believe that having a baby is punishment,” he said.

West, one of two blacks among the 87 Republican freshmen, pushed back against criticisms that the tea party movement is racist. “Perhaps they should see me standing here as your keynote speaker,” he said.

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From "Rookie U.S. Rep. Allen West taking bulldog's approach" by Alex Leary, St. Petersburg (FL) Times Staff Writer 2/13/11

West arrived in Washington after defeating two-term Democrat Ron Klein, who argued that his opponent's views were out of step with the 22nd congressional district, a span of mostly-white and fairly affluent voters that runs from north Palm Beach County to Fort Lauderdale in Broward County.

In normal times, West likely would not be able to get elected. . . .

In January, West drew fire for saying that Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim member of Congress, "really does represent the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established." A group of religious leaders condemned West, who insisted he was referring to Ellison's support for the Council on American Islamic Relations.

"One of the critical things that if we do not get beyond will end up destroying this country," West said, "is political correctness."

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From "The Meteoric Rise of Allen West" by Jessica Taylor, National Journal 2/12/11

On Saturday night, when the freshman lawmaker gives the closing keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, it will cap an improbable journey. Three years ago, West was a first-time candidate trying to get a campaign off the ground and didn't even have a speaking slot at the annual CPAC gathering. This year, he's been rewarded with a prime slot usually reserved for presidential aspirants or major media commentators.

The fiery Republican made his first run for Congress in 2008 against Rep. Ron Klein, D-Fla. A retired Army lieutenant colonel, West boasted a military career that was lengthy but not without controversy. In 2003, West was charged by the military after threatening to kill and firing a handgun near the head of Iraqi police officer while interrogating him about attacks on U.S. forces in the area. But the investigation resulted in no court martial. The conservative media came to West's defense. But, facing a Democratic headwind and a much better funded opponent, West fell short by by 10 percentage points in his first political foray.

That was before the rise of the tea party. West began running again the next year, and he became a conservative internet celebrity after an October 2009 video of his barnburner of a speech at a Ft. Lauderdale tea party rally went viral, getting over two million hits after he told attendees to "stand up, to get your musket, to fix your bayonet and to charge into the ranks."

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