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Politico: Allen West Questions Romney Team

Proving that we can take less-than-fortunate circumstances on our mission to fire Obama and retain our values and knack for common sense, Allen West went On The Record last night and delivered a much-needed admonishment to Romney for his choice of staff members.

Via Politico:

Rep. Allen West suggested late Monday that Mitt Romney re-evaluate his campaign advisers, hours after top Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom said on TV that the individual mandate of President Barack Obama’s health care law is not a tax.

“It’s a tax,” the Florida Republican told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News. “I think that the governor probably needs to look at who he has within his circle of advisers, and probably get … them to provide the right type of counsel and advice.”


Romney himself is campaigning on a promise to repeal Obama’s signature first-term accomplishment, and Fehrnstrom’s comment on Monday that his boss doesn’t consider the individual mandate a tax raised eyebrows among Republicans.

West, warning that the country’s sovereignty has been threatened by Congress’s “unlimited taxing authority,” suggested that Romney would be mistaken to believe that the mandate is not a tax.

“Gov. Romney needs to understand … the precedent that it now establishes whereby the federal government can, as I said, mandate a certain type of behavior or mandate a certain type of action and they can actually tax you … for your inactions,” the congressman said. “I think that’s the incredible thing that we must all understand.”

He added, “I believe that President Obama has been misleading and actually probably lying to the American people.”

If Mitt Romney is running as the candidate for the opposition to big government, his record is simply too lacking to deny this valuable advice from Allen West.

In the tradition of patriots like Sarah Palin and Allen West, we must hold these politicians and politicos accountable.  While it’s true that accountability is usually reserved for when they are in office, we cannot allow them as candidates to make the rest of us look foolish.

Mr. Romney, it’s a tax!

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  • M_Minnesota


    West is currently Queasy on Rommneeeee!!!

    • StandProudNow

       As he should be!!

  • Bill Right

    Allen West and Sarah Palin, two patriots I admire .

    PALIN/WEST 2012 2016 

    • alien4palin


  • anyonebutbarry2012

    Allen West telling it like it is ! 

  • celestiallady

    What is "actually probably" lying. He is lying. Why do they always sugarcoat it?

    • lyndaaquarius

      You notice Governor Palin never sugarcoats. Always straight-up honesty! That said I admire Col. West.

      • celestiallady

        I admire Col West also. Just seems so many times they are too easy on Obama. Like when they say he doesn’t understand or know – he most certainly knows what he is doing. If he was really that dumb, his advisors, etc would be after him.

        • Redag

          I think that Col. West (being a military man) respects the OFFICE of President and therefore, doesn’t feel comfortable calling him a liar. So we will do it for him. OBAMA IS A BIG LIAR

    • helensimon

       He didn’t sugar coat it. He just changed his mind mid sentence, I think.

  • JELRGrandma

    Gov. Christie was on Fox & Friends this a.m. When asked about this issue, he poo pooed it as who cares what an adviser says, only what Romney says. Couldn’t believe it. Staffers and those said advisers speak on behalf of the candidate. I have come to believe that Gov. Christie is nothing but a blowhard.

    • Exgunman

      " I have come to believe that Gov. Christie is nothing but a blowhard."…………….what took you so long………:>)

    • patnatasha

      christie is a big fat rino.

      • Redag

        I agree and what turned me against him was the fact that he was the only Republican governor that refused to join the law suit against Obamacare.

    • alien4palin

      Always been a "blowhard"

  • HuntingMoose

    Guess this means he is not on the short list of those advisors


    IF Romney becomes President….and IF Boehner stays as Speaker….and IF we win back the Senate….and IF McConnell becomes Majority Leader……will Obamacare be repealed?

    Don’t count on it.
    I’ve been saying all along, as long as Boehner and McConnell are at the helm, things are going to be real scary.
    McConnell isn’t even Majority Leader yet and already he’s saying….
    "Odds are against healthcare repeal"…..

    • MiaBelle

       I am so sick and tired of these wusses who won’t stand up and fight. We had Boehner the crier swear up and down after we took back the House how they were going to defeat it, defund it etc. Now we have the wuss McConnell saying why even bother trying.

      • OldmanRick

        Both bloviator McConnell and crybaby Boehner are serious rinos. They care more about retaining their positions of power within congress than what’s beneficial for America and the American people. Worse yet is rino Romney. However, My motto is ABO in Nov. So I will vote for the rinos while I attempt to get more real conservatives elected to Congress. Until conservatives replace all the rinos and old boys club repugnuts, business will continue as usual within spin city east, home of the thought police.

    • $20732943

      Don’t worry.  None of your "if" scenarios will happen.  Romney is going to get destroyed in the fall, Pelosi probably will return as speaker, and McConnell will never be the leader in the Senate, nor she he.

      I knew this election was lost the moment Sarah declined to run.  And this week, we’ve seen Romney stumble, fumble, and bumble a sure-fire issue and toss it into the trash. This is what happens when RINOs run the party.

      We’re doomed.

      • Redag

        Thank God our forefathers didn’t feel that way. They were up against a much bigger battle against Britain and they never gave up. Thank God they didn’t or where would we be? Let’s reflect on them and not let their efforts go to the wayside. We can and We WILL do it,..

        • $20732943

          The difference is that our ancestors had great leaders who were worth fighting for. 

          Had our ancestors lacked the right leadership, their cause would have failed regardless of their commitment, effort and dedication.  No great movement can succeed without the right leadership.  Without Washington, the American Revolution would have failed.  Without Lincoln, America would have ceased to exist.  Without Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights movement would have failed.

          Based on the type of people we’re producing in America today – illiterate, entitled, lazy, ignorant, arrogant, selfish, unskilled, unpatriotic, unemployable, atheistic –  I doubt the America we knew as youth will ever exist again. Ever.

    • patnatasha

      they suck they don’t have the will to repeal.

    • Redag

      With Michele Bachmann leading the charge I doubt they will have a choice . I don’t think they will be able to out and out say no. She for one will not let it go. God bless her.

  • SonOfOriginalTed

    Romney’s got one chance — PICK PALIN AS VEEP — or it’s bye bye!

    • SonOfOriginalTed

      …the Party needs to be unified!

    • Steve_Flesher

      My own opinion of course.  But I really don’t see Palin taking part in a Romney administration.

      Just because we would oust Obama by using our only choice (Mitt) as the vehicle doesn’t mean we support him.  As such, do we want her to be tied to his governance in an official capacity?

      She’s much better off out of that loop and using her freedom as an activist to be able to call it out and distance herself and conservatives from the GOPe for four years.

      That’s the grander plan I think of where all the chips begin to fall in the right place.

      • hrh40


        It was a blessing in disguise that Palin didn’t win Lt Gov in 2002; then she would have been tied to the Murky admin – instead of being free to call out GOP Chair Ruedrich and eventually, take out Murky himself.

        • Mary Beth House

          Perhaps history will find a way to repeat itself…

    • fb274

       Romney doesn’t have the nomination in the bag yet.  Found interesting videos and articles concerning Attorneys for Ron Paul who are planning to ambush the convention and now have file briefs in the 9th circuit court.  The attorney, Gilbert, said basically they are representing delegates (even though they stated they are taking over the RP compaign) to allow delegates to vote for whomever on first round.  Sounds like the convention is going to be a bit of excitement.  Paul is supposed to have his gathering the day before the convention.  Who knows what the ‘crazy uncle’ has in store for all.

  • TheresaAK

    Allen West, the cream of the crop that hadn’t risen yet? 

    • mark1955

      Very respectfully and i know i am gonna catch heck for this,but i have come to view Allen West suspiciously. I originally started out as a huge West fan, only to watch as his votes repeatedly did not match his speeches,youtube video’s and rhetoric. Just a few short weeks ago,West was Boehner’s point man in wanting to keep three of the worst parts of Obamacare,when the repubs thought SCOTUS would bury it. West has voted for the renewal of the ‘Patriot Act’,the NDAA, opening up the entire airspace of the United States to drone flight’s,Raises in the debt ceiling,including last summer’s vicious fight, where West said on the ‘Tammy Bruce Show’ in defense of his vote, ( I’m paraphrasing ) " when my Commander  ( Referring to John Boehner ) asks me for his support, as a career military man i give it to him". As someone who was in the military for four years (Admittedly non-combat ) and honorably discharged, i got queasey. West’s actual votes have been a major disappointment.

      • misterlogic0013

           The current egg bill in FL., he is on the wrong side / more Gov control side / more regulation side / your correct. We were their the night of his fiery speech about pitch forks. I shook his hand, small hands, weak grip / different from Sarah s grip, she has a strong grip of conviction. The real deal.
         His refusal to be on Kaufman’s show along with Marco, raises questions. Another thing happen too, he seems to be spending many bucks with high quality adds these days. I smell something. Not positive, I’m going to run into him soon, without a doubt.
         I already talked with my wife about it, he is in our district, #18  Lets see if he answers my questions with conviction like he did four years ago, he will remember me. I hope he does.  Anyway the way I see it / Sarah Palin is the one I trust .. Sarah is not for sale, the others ?? 

      • Jasmine Clark

        i remember the whole debt ceiling fight last summer. the people (on the internet) who didn’t want to raise it, which meant risking default, had NO PLAN on how to deal with the default… i kept asking people about it and no one really had an idea on what they would do if default happened. so i became uncomfortable with the idea of a default.

      • Redag

        Give the guy a chance. He is only in the congress a short time. Why is it the Republicans are always quick to turn on one another. You will never see a Democrat do that. Look how they all stand in lockstep to defend the criminal Holder. Maybe that is why they are so powerful United we stand and divided we fall. We all need to rally together and send these criminals packing.

        • mark1955

          He’s been in almost a full term and has had numerous chances to vote the right way and hasn’t. The NDAA,opening up the entire airspace over the U.S. for drones,renewal of the ‘Patriot Act’. All those votes are designed to crush our freedom and liberty and Allen West has voted the wrong way on every single one. In addition he was the point man for Boehner in wanting to keep the three worst parts of obamacare.Voting against offshore drilling in Florida,voted for numerous debt ceiling raises. He’s had more than enough of a chance.

  • Spec 5

    Allen West is the best thing since Sarah.

  • Guest

    Tell it Allen West!!!………..obama lies, freedom dies.

    Palin/West 2012……

  • DocBarry1

    His staff is made up of people that are not ready for a huge campaign – if they are marching to Romney’s orders then we are doomed – West is absolutely right.

  • patnatasha

    we all should be queasy of romney.

    • Redag

      No we should all be queasy of OBAMA

  • Bill__Hughes

    Thank you for this post!

  • nkthgreek

    Romney got a bad case of staff, and he wasn’t even in the hospital.

  • carmtom13

    Love that Congressmen West not afraid to say what he and millions of others believe. What he said was the truth. I think this statement that was made has many delegates to the convention thinking twice about Romney and he may lose some of their votes and if this happens all bets are off about Romney being the nominee.

  • wodiej

    Rupurt Mourdoch tweeted something about it and I have heard other higher ups admonishing Romney. But geez, I don’t know why they are surprised. He had no guts during the primary-he just kept throwing money at his other opponents until it buried them.  

  • Jasmine Clark

    THANK YOU allen west!! i appreciate you so much…

  • 4suchatimeasthis

    Getting a little redundant here, Peeps, but I don’t apologize; there is little left of the Republic once known as the United States of America. We the People would do well to heed the words of worthy patriots who have gone before us:

    "WE the Delegates of the people of Virginia, …having fully and freely investigated and discussed the proceedings of the Federal Convention, …DO in the name and in behalf of the people of Virginia, declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution, being derived from the people of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression, and that every power not granted thereby remains with them and at their will: that therefore no right of any denomination, can be cancelled, abridged, restrained or modified, by the Congress, by the Senate or House of Representatives acting in any capacity, by the President or any department or officer of the United States, except in those instances in which power is given by the Constitution for those purposes: and that among other essential rights, the liberty of conscience and of the press cannot be cancelled, abridged, restrained or modified by any authority of the United States." –
    Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Virginia, June 26, 1788
    Supreme Beings
    By W. James Antle, III on 7.2.12 @ 6:10AM
    A Constitution, if we can keep it from being just whatever the judges say it is.
    "It’s constitutional, bitches." That was the considered legal judgement of one Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee and former Obama aide, when the Supreme Court handed down its health care decision last week. (Cleaned up for capitalization and punctuation, but not for language.)
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took a different view. In response to National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius he declared, "just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so."
    "Make no mistake: Obamacare is not constitutional," the senator wrote in a post-ruling column. "As a consequence of the Court’s ruling, Americans, whether they want it or not, will be compelled to purchase a product — health insurance — or pay a penalty." (Note that Paul did not call it a "tax" like Chief Justice John Roberts.)
    Even some conservatives find this a radical view. One complained to this author that Senator Paul had overstepped his bounds, because surely it is the job of the Supreme Court to decide what is constitutional or not.
    That has indeed been the role of the courts in our system since at least Marbury v. Madison (though perhaps this should dim conservative enthusiasm analogies between Roberts and John Marshall). The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is as binding as any reversal would have been.
    Accepting the legitimacy of the Court’s decisions, however, does not require us to believe that the Constitution means whatever five or more justices say it means. Such a belief leads not to the rule of law, but the rule of men — unelected men (and women) with lifetime appointments, at that.
    Consider: there is increasing speculation that Roberts flipped at the last minute. He may have initially sided with the conservative dissenters, which would have instead made them part of a 5-4 majority. Had Roberts done so, would the Constitution suddenly have had a completely different meaning?
    Justice Anthony Kennedy engaged in a similar late change of heart on Casey v. Planned Parenthood in 1992. He had initially been inclined to overturn Roe v. Wade. Instead he was the key vote to reaffirm its essence. Did the Constitution change with Kennedy?
    Roe has stood for almost forty years, yet millions of Americans reject its conclusion. Numerous pro-choice legal scholars who agree with the ruling on policy grounds consider it shoddy constitutional law. On the other side of the political spectrum, liberals clamor for the reversal of Citizens United, which was decided by the same margin as the Obamacare ruling.
    The Supreme Court has even overruled itself. Whatever the merits of the particular decisions, did the Constitution change between Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education? Or between Bowers v. Hardwick and Lawrence v. Texas, which are less than twenty years apart?
    This is not simply an academic exercise. Members of all three branches of the federal government swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. But the executive and legislative branches have increasingly abdicated their duties to the judiciary. This is a major contributor to the erosion of constitutionally limited government.
    Two examples, one implicating each party, stand out. In 2002, President George W. Bush expressed "serious constitutional concerns" about the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law but he signed it anyway. Bush maintained that provisions violated the First Amendment from the time he started running the White House through the presidential signing statement he issued while making McCain-Feingold law of the land.
    Seven years later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced constitutional questions about the sweeping health care reform legislation being considered by her chamber. She answered with a question of her own: "Are you serious?" She later said they would have to pass the bill to find out what was in it.
    In each case, the courts ultimately had their say on the legislation. But shouldn’t Congress and the president have considered the constitutional questions beforehand? The judiciary is a fickle master. There is no guarantee how judges will rule.
    Moreover, the idea that the Constitution has no objective meaning gives those judges too much power. This is especially true now that the composition of the courts seems to matter more in many areas than even precedent. Nearly half the justices pay scarcely any attention to what the people thought they were ratifying when they delegated powers to the federal government. So why elevate the Supreme Court to a nine-member policymaking board?
    In short, if the Constitution has no meaning apart from what the judges say it means, we have no written Constitution.
    Not even the highest court in the land was ever intended to be the sole arbiter of the Constitution, nor the people’s only remedy for federal disobedience.
    "1. Resolved, That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force: that to this compact each State acceded as a State, and is an integral part, its co-States forming, as to itself, the other party: that the government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; but that, as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress."
    – Kentucky Resolution of 1798
    "Gentlemen, the judiciary is in the appointment of the executive power. It cannot continue or renew itself. Its vacancies are ‘ to be filled in the ordinary modes of executive appointment. If the time shall ever come (which Heaven avert), when men shall be placed in the supreme tribunal of the country, who entertain opinions hostile to the just powers of the Constitution, we shall then be visited by an evil defying all remedy. Our case will be past surgery. From that moment the Constitution is at an end. If they who are appointed to defend the castle shall betray it, woe betide those within! If I live to see that day come, I shall despair of the country . "
    – DANIEL WEBSTER, March 10, 1831

    I find it sadly serendipitous that Daniel Webster happened to employ the phrase "past surgery" to describe the greatest danger to our Republic that he envisioned at that time, considering the circumstances under which said Republic has now been brought to its last throes. :-(

  • celestiallady

    I like Allen West but why can’t he just say it "Obama is a liar" instead of "actually probably lying." Thats like when they say Obama doesn’t know what he is doing. He darn well does know.

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