this morning, via a fellow patriot i know fairly well, i was introduced to liuetenant colonel allen west (usa, ret.). this amazing man is running for the u.s. house of representatives for the 22nd district of florida. as districts go it's not huge, but it does include a portion of west palm beach, palm beach gardens, boca raton and fort lauderdale.
in october, west was featured in a fox news article by kelly vlahos titled "black republicans say 2010 will be their year" noting that lt. col. west "is one of a small but determined group of black Republicans running for seats in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives in 2010". sadly, i believe the author of the article is correct as she continues:
Eager to overturn the "conventional wisdom" that the GOP is mainly a white bread party that offers few opportunities for minorities, these black Republicans believe they can attract increasingly agitated conservatives, as well as independents, to make 2010 their year.
They also conceded in interviews that the injection of race -- a familiar theme since Obama's election last year -- has given them a certain edge and authority when they speak out against the president's agenda. Because they're black, they say, they can lead the charge against Democratic policies without being called "racist." In fact, they say, their skin color may make them more attractive candidates.
in colorado a councilman from aurora, ryan frazier, has begun his quest for a congressional seat for colorado's 7th district. he observes that his skin color will make it impossible for the democrats to use the racism as the reason he is speaking out against the president and his policies saying "I don't think they will be able to use that argument against me or engage in those tactics against me -- I certainly don't hate myself."
in texas, michael williams hopes to succeed retiring senator kay bailey hutchinson when she retires after the primaries in march 2010. mr. williams is a four-time texas railroad commissioner regulating the oil and gas industry for the state. mr. williams says, when describing what makes him who he is "Most lives have defining moments. For me, it was the period between 1967 and 1971. I learned I could compete, could succeed and had value." in the fox news article he said "Our folks are saying they want a reliable conservative -- that happens to be what's catching on with me," Williams told FOXNews.com. "It just happens to be an added plus, me being an African-American."
but back to colonel west. this is the second time he's running against democrat incumbent ron klein for the representation of florida's 22nd district. last time he took 45% of the vote in this florida swing district, this time he's aiming to take the majority. and with the help of jimmy carter and the rest of the race baiters in the democrat party, he just might have a chance.
this man is incredible. talk about motivation!! he says some things in this clip that resonate especially well with me:
- "...it's ok to get out here and cheer lead, but you better get your butts out there and understand it's a fight and you better be willing to fight for this country. the united states of america was founded by the original insurgents. a bunch of farmers, a bunch of people, men and women dedicated and said to the british 'we're not living under your tyranny.' now we've got to come back and do it again. we're gonna take saul alinsky's 'rules for radicals' and we're gonna turn it on 'em and we're gonna drive it through 'em and we're gonna take this country back.
- in speaking to the military among the crowd he said "let me tell you something - god bless you all. but listen, we took an oath and that oath said we would 'support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to bear true faith and alliegance to the same.' there's so statute of limitations on that oath and tonight EVERY ONE of you needs to take that oath."
- "this 2010 election is a defining moment for the united states of america. for the future and the legacy from which we go on."
- "...'these are the times that try men's souls; when the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis shrink from his duties.' if you're here to shrink away from your duties, there's the door. get out.
- "...bayonettes. charge this enemy for your freedom, for you liberty for the future and the legacy of that young lady right there because i will not go down and tell my children that i did not have the courage, the conviction, the committment or the character to fight for this country."
now is the time that we need to act. now is the time for all of us to (in the words of my friend laura boatright) "GO OUT ON A LIMB....OUT OF *YOUR* "COMFORT ZONE"... IF WE DON'T 'SET BRUSHFIRES OF FREEDOM IN THE MINDS OF MEN'... WE ARE DEFEATED ALREADY! BE INDIGNANT BUT *PEACEFUL/NON-VIOLENT*... TELL OUR GOVERNMENT TO 'LET OUR PEOPLE GO!' "
who amongst you is with me?