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Obama's incessant scandals and disregard of individual liberty are reminders that we've forgotten the purpose of the Declaration of Independence.

Allen B. West


June 13, 2013 - 12:38 am

In less than a month we will be celebrating our Independence Day. It has been 237 years since a brilliant man named Thomas Jefferson put quill to parchment and started with the simple words, “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…”

When I ponder the incessant scandals and instances of disregard of individual liberty that we are seeing in America, I believe that we have forgotten the purpose for which the Declaration of Independence was written. I explain why in my latest “West Point Blank” episode on NextGeneration TV. (Also available on YouTube.)

The Laws of Nature dictate that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence therefore established the preeminence of the individual and their relationship with God, the Creator, who bestowed these blessings, or rights, upon each and every one of us. We fought a Civil War to bring that truth to realization for all.

However, to secure these rights, “governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Now, there are those who seem to believe that winning an election gives one enough consent, or a mandate, for their agenda — whether or that agenda is in keeping with the fundamentals of America as a constitutional republic.

And it is my belief that more and more Americans are losing trust and confidence in the federal government.

Take, for instance, the arrogance of IRS official Lois Lerner to make a statement, plead the 5th, and then depart the hearing room off to a taxpayer funded “leave of absence.”

Or former IRS Chairman Douglas Shulman who, when asked if he could remember some of the 157 instances of his being at the White House, responded with “Easter Egg Hunt.”

And don’t forget Operation Fast and Furious, or former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi telling us that we have to pass a bill in order to know what is in it.

And now we know that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is out soliciting private funding in order to finance the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

If there is to be a next generation, we must reestablish the consent of the governed and discharge those who believe that lying, deception, and the officialdom of arrogance is the new normal. We must find American leaders who will take responsibility and accountability for their actions…not excuse makers and deflectors.

Prior to joining PJ Media, Congressman Allen West served 22 years in the U.S. Army before being elected to the House of Representatives by the constituents of Florida's 22nd district. Throughout his time in Congress, West consistently stood for policies that would make the United States prosperous, strong and free, even when speaking up was not easy. In January 2013, he joined PJ Media as the Director of Next Generation Programming where he is leading the effort to develop new Internet TV shows and other media that can be viewed onNextGeneration.TV starting in February 2013. Congressman West received his Bachelor's degree while at the University of Tennessee and later went on to earn a Master's degree from Kansas State University, both in political science. He also holds a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military operations.

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Has Col. West given any information about his plans for the future? Every time I hear one of his pieces, I think he ought to be in the federal government working to set things right. Whether he runs for elected office or has a behind-the-scenes job where he can actually effect change doesn't matter that much as long as he - or someone like him! - is running things instead of the current crop of buffoons.

This man UNDERSTANDS America and what it needs to be (again). Unlike the current Resident of the White House, West would actually IMPROVE America by returning it to the model laid out by the Founding Fathers, not "transforming" it into the Soviet States of America.
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"That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers form the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."

" alter or abolish it..."

Are you ready?
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Rusty Bill, I've lived happily for 60 plus years with this form of government. I'm not ready to alter or abolish it. The problem is not in the government but in those in power now who are abusing it. We have to fight to bring us back to our original purpose. We are allowing those that would destroy us rule us.

First, get rid of this PC foolishness and enforce the laws of the land. No more special privileges for "minorities", no more apologizing for our supposed wrong doings in the past. Get the government out of things it has no business being involved in in the first place. Bring us back to the America as it was intended to be.
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This was excellent and needs a wide audience. I don't care about the crease in this mans' pants or the color of his skin, he says the things I believe in, may God bless him.
1 year ago
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The Declaration of Independence is not the Law of the Land, but then,
neither is the Constitution, not any more. Rebuild, Grassroots up, and
include the coming world economic collapse in your plans.
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Thank you, Mr. West. I hope that our next civil war can be cold, not hot. It's rather interesting that the descendant of a slave could lead us back to our roots.

West/?? 2016
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