“The Breaking Point; Summer of Discontent” -by Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West* (US Army, Retired)

*Note:  Lt. Col. West is running for Congress in Florida’s 22nd Congressional District.  Allen West for Congress Website:   http://www.allenwestforcongress.com/

Washingtoons

15 July 2009

Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Retired)

The Breaking Point; Summer of Discontent

Greetings fellow South Florida riders, South Floridians, and Americans, here we are for another monthly installment of our Wheels on the Road political assessment. If you read the title of this month’s piece you realize where I am headed.

A good Commander always pays attention to the environment and notices that which is not normal. In combat, I would always counsel my junior leaders to look for things that are “out of whack” when you are out on patrol. Did you see children out playing? Were the regular sidewalk meat markets open? Were there news media vans riding around in the area of operations? You must always be tuned into the indicators and warnings (I/W) which can confirm or deny the intelligence reports you receive.

In the same light I have been listening to people and observing them whenever I am out and about.

We just had the 4th of July tea party events here in South Florida. I attended the Broward event which was in downtown Ft Lauderdale. The estimate by the Police was around 3000 for the crowd, truly amazing considering a hot holiday weekend Saturday. The local news came after the event and gave their estimation at a couple dozen.

We are living in such a time of media manipulation that Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Goebbels, would be proud. Many times I will flip back and forth between TV media outlets to contrast the story being reported, guess what? The glaring difference is not even debatable; one would think there is a completely different story being done.

The issue is that more and more people are noticing this, and Americans are becoming rather angry. You can see it in the falling subscriptions of the NY Times, and in the failing ratings of the “mainstream media” news.

Of course there are the mindless lemmings who truly are content with the current state of affairs in America. There are the left wing liberal socialists who believe that America is on the right track and could not be happier. However, what I am witnessing and assessing is their abject fear and concern about maintaining their “power”.

America, as a Country, is slowly awakening and the growing anger is no longer hidden. You see it in emails being passed along, you hear it on the street, when you look at the comment section to internet articles you sense it. Yes, there are the left wing blogs and comments but the hard hitting responses to them are powerful.

There is a reason why this current regime seeks to shut down voices of opposition, the truth is getting out. Why is there legislation to label pro-life and pro-gun groups as domestic terrorists? Why is there a move to create local community review boards that will evaluate, truly regulate, talk radio, the bastion of conservative discourse?

We sit in our Republic and find ourselves living with an unemployment rate that is at 9.6% and climbing. We listen to leadership who tell us that they “misread” the economy or had bad information. We are hearing about a second stimulus package because the first stimulus will not really take effect for two years…then why was it called a “stimulus”.

This most recent exhibit of Congressional incompetence called the “Cap and Trade” bill is nothing more than a behavior modification by taxation piece of legislation. We live with a government which seeks to coercively make us succumb to their desired energy agenda.

We know that there is legislation to grant citizenship to the 15-20 million illegal immigrants residing here in America. This is the number one means to solidify liberal power before the mid-term elections of 2010. The long term solution to cement the power grab is the 2010 census which has been moved from the Department of Commerce to the White House and handed to ACORN (or whatever their name is) for execution. These two actions will change the electoral base of our Republic for years.

We are up to 32 “Czars” in our Nation, in essence a shadow government which does not answer to the people, just the President. We are told that we WILL have a healthcare reform solution which contains a public option. Why would I want the same people who run the Postal Service and AMTRAK involved in my healthcare?

Our President does nothing to support young people in Iran against the Ayatollah’s but condemns the people of Honduras who are following their Constitution. We are seeing so many foreign policy faux pas’ which more than remind us of the Carter administration, just worse. Most recently we just ceded our nuclear weapons program to Russia and sold out our Eastern European allies. And what shall we do with North Korea? They are still holding two American female journalists.

And if you have not seen the film, “Third Jihad” (which you can order from internet) do so and you will truly be incensed. All of you know my sentiments about the radical Islamic infiltration in America, and the world…..but hey, our President said they have made many contributions to the American way of life.

Yep, I think about that every time I undress when flying and see old movies of the New York City skyline.

Ok, the liberal response is simple, “It’s Bush’s fault”! To wit my response is even simpler, when does Obama take responsibility and is held accountable?

Leaders never look for excuses, they accept the situation in which they find themselves and come up with viable solutions. I would offer you read the story of COL Joshua Chamberlain at Little Round Top during the second day at the Battle of Gettysburg.

I know my liberal friends will say, war is terrible, but as John Stuart Mill stated,” the decayed and degraded moral state of patriotism which believes nothing worth war is worse”.

Hey Liberals, no more excuses, it’s your economy, your foreign policy, and you are in control, so stop whining!

So what does this all have to do with this month’s topic……people are getting more and more pissed off! (There is no better way of saying this)

We are approaching the “breaking point” and I reflect back to the 1993 Joel Schumacher film “Falling Down” which starred Michael Douglas. During this summer, the discontent will continue to arise as we head into the fall, which could have an appropriate meaning for the liberals.

Americans are growing tired of the ineptness, incompetence, and corruption which now characterizes Washington DC.  Get to DC on 9-12 and let your anger be known, your voice heard, and do not just internalize that emotion.

Michael Douglas’ character just wanted to get a birthday present to his daughter……we want our Country back!

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC(R) A B West

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Archived Internet Broadcast- with Maj Gen Paul Vallely – July 12, 2009

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The signs of Sharia in Dearborn Michigan By Paul E. Vallely Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This is a remarkable video showing “how they fight”. The issue is not the Arabs at the 2009 Arab Festival , but the Islamic component.

Note the coordination between security and unmarked security, the intimidation, the clash between cultures, and the lying to the police misrepresenting the facts.

This video is….a warning of things to come.

This is a video of David Wood and Nabeel Qureshi asking questions at Arabfest, Dearborn. The date is June 21st, 2009. There was a booth at the festival which had a banner titled “Islam: Got Questions? Get Answers.” From their table, we picked up a pamphlet claiming that Islam promotes peace. We noticed that it was full of poor logic and errors, so we decided to make a video refuting it. We went to the booth that gave us the pamphlet to give them the opportunity to defend their claims. Security, however, stepped in and forced us to turn off our camera.

We left the booth, received advice from police, and found out that the actions of the security guards were illegal. We went back to the booth to record a potential answer again. Realizing that the Muslims present had no answer, we left.

When we came outside, we were asked some questions by two young men, who had been sent by security to entrap us. While we responded to them, festival security started assaulting us, as you will see in this video. The conclusion of this video is a mob of festival security attacking our cameras, pushing us back, kicking our legs, and lying to the police.

We ask you, is it a coincidence that the city with the highest percentage of Muslims in the United States is the city where Christianity is not allowed to be represented (let alone preached) on a public sidewalk? Is it coincidence that in this city, people will say “No way!” when we say “This is the United States of America”?

Is this what will happen when Islam takes over the United States?

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Paul E. Vallely , MG US Army (Ret), is Chairman of Stand Up America USA, and a writer for American Daily Review. Paul’s latest book is “Operation Sucker Punch – Blood for Our Future”. He is the co-author of “Endgame- A blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror”.

Paul can be reached at:  standupamerica1@gmail.com

Obama and the Military’s Moral Dilemma By Robert Klein Engler | Published 06/18/2009

Obama and the Military’s Moral Dilemma

By Robert Klein Engler | Published  06/18/2009

There is now reasonable doubt that Mr. Obama meets the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of “natural born” citizenship.  This means that there is also reasonable doubt that he is qualified to be President of the United Sates and commander in chief.

The Kenyan citizenship of his father, the age of his mother, the lack of a birth certificate, the ambiguous nature of a Certification of Live Birth, the possible forgery of birth documents, the inability of the press to view passport and college records, and even his own statements, all add to the uncertainty many have about Mr. Obama’s qualifications to be President.

Even the often quoted “proof” by Janice Okubo only adds more gasoline to the fire of doubt. She said:  “Therefore, I as director of health for the State of Hawaii, along with the registrar of vital statistics …have personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record…”  Notice that she does not say that this document proves that Mr. Obama was BORN in “Hawaii.”

Until proof of U.S. citizenship is presented beyond a reasonable doubt, it is reasonable to say that Mr. Obama is probably a usurper to the office of President.  Yet, for many Americans, this is irrelevant.  They believe that holding the office is proof that one is qualified for the office.

Even if the Supreme Court declared upon the examination of the evidence that Obama does not meet the Constitution’s qualifications to be President, what can be done?  The chief justice of the court is not going to the Oval Office with a broom and sweep it clean.

The same can be said for many other American institutions.  The people have voted.  The man is popular.  What Constitution?  We prefer the thrill up our leg.  These are some of the arguments put forward to support the current regime.

The Military and the Constitution

There is one American institution, however, that has a moral responsibility to support the U.S. Constitution.  That institution is the U.S. military.  The Constitution is the bedrock upon which military order and discipline is founded.

Colonel Anthony E. Hartle claims in his book ”Moral Issues in Military Decision Making,” that “When military members pledge to the support and defense of the Constitution, they commit themselves, by logical extension, to the principles and values that form the basis of its provisions.”

In their paper, ”Divided Loyalties: Civil-Military Relations at Risk,” DiSilverio and Laushine write: “The commissioning of military officers is another source of legal support for the Constitution as the primary legitimate authority.”

“The commission from the Commander-in-Chief states, ‘this officer is to observe and follow such orders and directions, from time to time, as may be given by me, or by the future President of the United States of America.'”

DiSilverio and Laushine continue: “The requirement to follow orders also applies to those officers appointed over the subject officer.  As Anthony Hartle contends, the fundamental law of the United States is the Constitution, and the commission confirms the supremacy of the Constitution…”

“Hartle goes on to say that if a President were to issue an unlawful order, military officers would be obligated to disobey it, and that this obligation derives its moral basis in the commissioning oath.”  This same obligation to disobey also holds against an order issued by an unlawful or usurper President.

Add to this, all entering the U.S. military take the following oath: “I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States…”

The writer of the ”Natural Born Presidency Blog” reminds us that, “Military personnel are subject to a world unlike anything a CIVILIAN would ever understand.  It is an anachronistic, rule oriented, self contained society which doesn’t react amiably when confronted with a breakdown of good order and discipline.”

Then he cautions us. “It should be noted…a significant gray area exists regarding whether an ineligible President can render a ‘lawful order.’  There exists a strong probability the court will reinterpret the Constitution to allow Mr. Obama to hold the office.  If such occurs, the military, as a WHOLE, will nod affirmative…”

If a person is clearly not a natural born citizen, then it is hard to imagine how Congress or the Supreme Court can make him one.  Furthermore, members of the U.S. military have a moral obligation NOT to follow his orders.  As Hartle states, “this obligation derives its moral basis in the commissioning oath.”

If Obama is not qualified to be President from the start, then he simply is not President.  The only gray area is in the hearts of his supporters.  He cannot even resign.  He can only be removed.

To complicate matters even further, The Uniform Code of Military Justice may be invoked to get at the truth.  Writing in the Huffington Post, Martin Lewis wanted to use this Code to remove George W. Bush from office.  If he is right, we can turn the tables and use his argument against Mr. Obama.

Lewis writes, “Article 7 of the Uniform Code Of Military Justice specifically says…’Any person authorized under regulations governing the armed forces to apprehend persons subject to this Code may do so upon reasonable belief that an offense has been committed and that the person apprehended committed it.'”

Removing Obama from office, in Lewis’ words, “would not be an action to undertake lightly…However, given the current imperilment of U.S. troops…you have a greater responsibility to your nation, your code of honor, and to the U.S. Constitution.”

The Constitution is a document with some flexibility.  However, the military is an institution that abhors flexibility.  Discipline, order, and the chain of command are not flexible.  Neither is the line between life and death, honor, and victory.

The Chicago Connection

Barack Obama claims to be a Chicagoan.  He is no more a native Chicagoan than Sammy Sosa, who allegedly took illegal performance-enhancing drugs to play baseball.  In spite of this, there is a Chicago connection to the moral issues raised by Obama’s uncertain natural born status.

In 1815 the land that was to become Chicago was Federal Territory.  Fort Dearborn, located by what is now Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River, was commanded by Captain Heald.  Captain Heald was ordered to evacuate the fort by General Hull, who commanded Fort Detroit.

What documents we have about Chicago’s early history tell us that Lieutenant Helm and Captain Wells, who came up from Fort Wayne, tried to discourage the evacuation.  Some historians believe that the order itself was vague and allowed for mitigating circumstances.

It seems that there were enough supplies at the fort to outlast a siege.  The native forces outnumbered the U.S. forces almost ten to one.  What to do?  Question a vague order and save your command, or have a drink and press forward to Ft. Wayne?

Opinions differ as to the character of Captain Heald.  Some argue that he was a conservative yet inept a career officer.  Regardless of his character, he chose to follow orders, and evacuated the fort on the morning of August 15, 1812.

The result of the evacuation was the Fort Dearborn Massacre.  It occurred on the shore of Lake Michigan about a mile and a half from the fort.

The moral dilemma faced by these Ft. Dearborn officers, at what was then a relatively unknown outpost, is no different from the moral dilemma faced by U.S. military officers today.  In light of the reasonable doubts concerning Obama’s status as Commander-in-Chief, what to do?

Captain Heald and Lieutenant Helm survived the massacre, but Captain Wells did not.  Nor did Ensign Rohan, a young officer stationed at Ft. Dearborn.  Ensign Rohan was the first graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point to die in battle.

Duty, Honor, Country

The motto of the U.S. Military Academy is “Duty, Honor, Country.”  These words are imbedded in the academy’s coat of arms.  It is the duty of an officer to be a moral agent and to support the Constitution. Honor and country mean nothing if duty is ignored.

The crisis in military discipline and order created by the doubts that swirl around Barack Obama’s status as a natural born citizen can be easily resolved.  A simple birth certificate showing birth in Hawaii, along with college and passport documents released to the public, is all it takes.

Up to now, Obama has done little to dispel once and for all the reasonable doubts about his status.  He has created, instead, the greatest “moral issue in military decision making” in the country’s history.

Given doubts about Obama’s natural born citizen status, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have a moral duty to investigate Obama’s qualifications to be President.  They must then report their findings to those under their command and the American people.

Anything less looks like a violation of their oath and a disregard for the Constitution they swore to defend.  If we expect a soldier to die for the Constitution, then he must expect his officers to live by the Constitution.

This is not an issue of legitimate succession to office of Commander-in-Chief, but an issue of usurpation.  The moral duty here for military officers is clear: Demand proof, or serve without honor, or resign.

Citizens and servicemen alike should be mindful that once the Constitution is made void, the United States disappears.  Who wants to fight and die for nothing?  Ensign Rohan did not die for nothing.

On the surface, the following article is not that big of a deal.  However, the big picture point here is that the over-the-top Political Correctness has forced this situation instead of allowing the market to willfully adapt to the demands of the clientele.   Also keep the following in mind as you read that there are an estimated 2 million Muslims in the UK, a country of 60 million inhabitants.  This represents roughly 3% of the total population.

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Domino’s pizza store takes pork off the menu to go ‘halal-only’

By Daily Mail Reporter
The Daily Mail (UK)
Last updated at 1:58 PM on 24th June 2009

Residents have threatened to boycott a Domino’s Pizza – after it took pork off its menu and now only offers halal food.

Customers in Blackburn are angry that the managers of the store – which is located in a heavily populated Asian area – made the move in a bid to attract more Muslim clients.

Toppings now include halal pepperoni, halal spicy beef sausage, and customers wanting a Hawaiian pizza traditionally topped with ham will be offered the new version which features halal cured turkey along with pineapple and mushrooms.

The takeaway in the Roe Lee area of the town has secured accreditation from the Halal Food Authority (HFA) in a bid to widen its appeal to nearby Asian residents.

Franchisee of the Blackburn store, Slawomir Szulc, said the move towards halal pizzas was vital if the takeaway was going to have a viable future.

He said: ‘I am delighted to be opening a 100 per cent halal Domino’s Pizza store to better serve the needs of local residents.

‘The store originally opened in October 2005 and has never performed particularly well.

‘We realised that we needed to widen our appeal and target the local Muslim community.

‘We tried adding in some additional pork-free toppings, but this still did not stimulate the business, potentially forcing us to close permanently.

‘But, after further consideration, we chose to go all the way and reopen as a 100 per cent halal store.’

But some residents have slammed the move on the grounds that they want to eat pork dishes and others saying they think that the halal slaughter method is cruel.

Mike Costa from Blackburn said: ‘They have now set their stall out to cater for Muslim customers. They won’t get my trade. That’s their business risk though so good luck to them.’

Another resident said: ‘This place has just lost our custom. Every week we used to order from there for a youth club, but after getting their ‘new’ menu it looks like Pizza Hut is now our place to go.’

Another fan said: ‘How long before K.F.C, Mcdonalds and Burger King start to alter their menus to suit.’

But the move has been backed by others.

One said: ‘I’m English, and I can assure you halal meat tastes much better. I always buy halal meat now.’

Domino’s has worked closely with the HFA, the UK’s leading accreditation authority for halal food, which has examined every stage of the pizza-making process.

The HFA also explores where ingredients are sourced from to how they are stored and prepared, ensuring Domino’s meets its strict criteria.

Masood Khawaja, president of the HFA, added: ‘We have been delighted to work with Domino’s to create this halal store.

‘Our team has been extremely impressed by the company’s commitment to halal.’

For meat to be deemed Halal, it must meet certain conditions. These include that the animal should be killed by having its throat cut and any flowing blood of the carcase should be completely drained.

A Domino’s in Birmingham became the first in the country to offer only halal food earlier this year and also caused anger among some locals.

Exiled Iranian Opposition Group Rallies in Paris in Support of Tehran Protests – washingtonpost.com

NOTE:  “MG Paul Vallely, Chairman of Stand Up America, is a founding member of the
Iran Policy Committee and has attended the Paris rally for the Iranian
Opposition for the past four years.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/20/AR2009062001
347.html?hpid=topnews

A MUST Read!! From our Friends At Stand Up America (http://standupamericaus.com)

New to our growing group of like-minded friends is Stand Up America, US Project and its Chairman Major General Paul E. Vallely, US Army (ret).

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Biography

Paul E. Vallely, Major General, US Army (ret) was born in DuBois, Pa. He retired in 1992 from the US Army as Deputy Commanding General, US Army, Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. General Vallely graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the Army in 1961 serving a distinguishing career of 32 years in the Army. He served in many overseas theaters to include Europe and the Pacific Rim Countries as well as two combat tours in Vietnam. He has served on US security assistance missions on civilian-military relations to Europe, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Central America with in-country experience in Indonesia, Columbia, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras and Guatemala.

General Vallely is a graduate of the Infantry School, Ranger and Airborne Schools, Jumpmaster School, the Command and General Staff School, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Army War College. His combat service in Vietnam included positions as infantry company commander, intelligence officer, operations officer, military advisor and aide-de-camp. He has over fifteen (15) years experience in Special Operations, Psychological and Civil-Military Operations.

He has served as a consultant to the Commanding General of the Special Operations Command as well as the DOD Anti-Drug and Counter-Terrorist Task Forces. He also designed and developed the Host-Nation Support Program in the Pacific for DOD and the State Department. He has in-country security assistance – experience in Israel, Iraq, Kuwait, El Salvador, Columbia and Indonesia in the development of civil-military relations interfacing with senior level military and civilian leadership.

General Vallely has been a military analyst on television and radio for over six years. He is also a guest lecturer on National Security matters and the Global War against Radical Islam. He co-authored the books “ Endgame – Blueprint for Victory for Winning the War on Terror”, “Baghdad Ablaze”, and “Warfooting”. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Iran Policy Committee. Currently, he is the Chairman of the “Stand Up America Project”.

He and his wife, Marian, are the co-trustees of the Scott Vallely Soldier’s Memorial Fund and reside in Montana.