NOTE: This interview was conducted by AGU-PA State Coordinator Kevin Scholla and the transcript was prepared by AGU-NY State Coordinator Ron Devito. The interview and transcript were originally published on US4Palin.
Allen West is on the American Grizzlies United General Election Candidate List: HERE
Lt. Colonel Allen West visits The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla to talk about his race in Florida as well as the battle for The White House. Hear Congressman West’s thoughts on Benghazi, the socialism and Marxism he sees in the Obama administration, and the Alinsky tactics being thrown at conservatives. Plus, West tells Kevin what he thinks of Sarah Palin. Also we get out the vote for Palin-powered candidates Ted Cruz, Dan Bongino, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Richard Mourdock, Orrin Hatch, Mia Love, Paul Gosar, and Ted Yoho. All this and SarahNET Radio’s Steel Resolve, our weekly commentary from Sarah Steelman.
West Campaign Doing Well
Rep. West is running for re-election in his FL-18 Congressional seat. The American Grizzlies General Election candidate is leading by 12 points in pre-election polling and early voting. Rep. West is still welcoming volunteers and donations and invited listeners to visit his website to obtain more information. He said volunteers have traveled from neighboring states and even far-flung states like New York, Connecticut, and Alaska to help his campaign.
Obama Vulnerable in Florida
Rep. West has been supporting the Romney-Ryan campaign and said the only part of Florida Obama may carry is south Florida. But, with high unemployment, leading the nation in foreclosures, a Jewish community not happy with Obama’s relationship with Israel, and talk of Benghazi on the street, he is vulnerable in south Florida as well.
Obama’s Dangerous "Look the Other Way" Foreign Policy
Rep. West said the Benghazi scandal is the worst Presidential scandal in American history. "Watergate was just a bungled burglary," yet Nixon had to resign. He said if Obama was a Republican, the media would have been covering Benghazi non-stop and he likely would have been impeached, even with the election looming so close. "This cannot be the new normal – that we lose an Ambassador – which has not happened since the Carter administration, a State Department worker, and two former Navy SEALS – and the President doesn’t want to answer it," he said. Rep. West said the Obama administration lied and misled the American public about the attack being carried out over a YouTube video, meanwhile no one knows where attackers are.
"We have gone from ‘peace through strength,’ which was the Reagan maxim to ‘weakness is provocative, lead from behind,’" Rep. West said about our dangerous "look the other way" foreign policy. He said China’s blue-water navy is expanding, a Russian submarine was in the Gulf of Mexico undetected for months, and the "Middle East is catching fire." He continued, "you either win a war or you lose it." He said "on the 11th anniversary of September 11th for countless embassies to be attacked, have our flags ripped down and radical Islamic flags raised over our embassies is an act of war, and we don’t have the type of President to lead and show resolve." Rep. West harkened back to Obama’s appeasement tour of the Middle East early in his term.
Gov. Palin Exceptional, True Constitutional Conservative
Scholla asked Rep. West his thoughts on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who several times said that the former Lt. Col. would make a good Vice Presidential candidate before Paul Ryan was picked. Gov. Palin also endorsed the current Congressman in his 2010 run.
"I think Gov. Palin is an exceptional woman. She really is indicative of a true constitutional conservative. I think that she has a voice that has to be reckoned with as we continue to grow this conservative movement in the United States of America – to restore our republic. I don’t know where she wants to take her future, but I’ll tell you what – she is a key player, and I am just very humbled and honored that she considers me in such high regard. And, I really was just floored to have been able to meet her back last year at Rolling Thunder when we got the chance to meet and take a couple of photos."
West on the Issues
Shifting back to his own race, Rep. West said, "my opponent doesn’t stand for anything, and the only thing he is running on is to hate me." He said we cannot continue down the path of 1.6% GDP growth and he said the right tax policies affect that. Earlier, Rep. West said ObamaCare is already hurting Florida seniors via hospitals being fined for multiple visits within 30 days and doctors deciding to no longer treat seniors. He said many regulations which strangle small businesses and community banks need to be repealed and ObamaCare needs to be repealed and replaced with a market-based alternative. He advocates developing all of our energy resources, stopping Obama’s "War on Coal," building the Keystone XL pipeline, developing Alaskan fields and natural gas deposits, and renewables.
He said "renewables and green energy cannot be the sole focus, and that is where the crony capitalism comes in." He said sequestration must be allowed to go through. He said we must have the military capability to deal with enemy combatant guerrillas and "high-end belligerents" like Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran.
He said today’s Democratic Party is not the party of Roosevelt and Kennedy; it’s the party of Marx and Lenin. Scholla and West discussed the Alinsky tactics and divisiveness by groups that the party uses to achieve its objectives. Rep. West said the Democrats play by Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals we need to use the same playbook against them.
Scholla went on to discuss Gov. Palin’s endorsed candidates, all of whom he interviewed. They are archived at SarahNET Radio, US for Palin, and the American Grizzlies United / Organize4Palin State System.
Sarah Steelman on the Cost of Freedom
Sarah Steelman said during her Steel Resolve segment that Braveheart is one of her "favorite movies, because it is about the cost of becoming free."
"One of the most excruciating and emotional scenes in the movie is when the English are torturing William Wallace for leading the Scottish Rebellion, against the Scottish nobles and the English. The English hanged, racked, and disemboweled Wallace. While he is laying in the rack being stretched apart, through the agony of this horrific pain, he screams out with every breath left in him, one word. That word was, ‘freedom,’" Steelman said.
"History proves that the desire to be free is a powerful force. The yearning to remain free is the motivating force behind this election. Many people have asked me, ‘how are we less free now?’ A government that over-regulates takes away our freedom. It’s that simple. Yes, the economy and jobs are important to all of us, but the heart of the economic argument is the case for freedom. Americans want to chase their own dreams, pursue their own happiness, whatever that may be. Freedom is about choosing your own path to achieve your goals."
"This election offers two futures for America," Steelman said in her closing statement.
"Gov. Romney understands that Americans want to be free and the power of government must be limited. President Obama believes the government should be bigger and more powerful and can make better decisions about your life than you. This Election Day, please remember all the generations of men and women who sacrificed their lives for America. Protect this beautiful, God-given gift to each one of us: freedom. Make your vote count. This Election Day, choose freedom."
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