Freshman Rep. West Rocks the House, Promising ‘New Dawn in America’


allen-westFreshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) gave a speech to close this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference that earned a more enthusiastic reaction from conservative activists than those given by most rumored 2012 presidential hopefuls over the past three days.The first-term congressman brought the audience to its feet several times late Saturday, repudiating President Obama’s social and economic policies and promising “a new dawn in America.”


West took the coveted speaking slot that was rejected by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who declined to attend CPAC for the fourth straight year.

West, who represents a district that voted for President Obama in 2008 and Sen. John Kerry in 2004, will be a top Democratic target next year and opened his speech by noting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already run a radio ad in his district.

West told the crowd that despite what the “liberal media” might say about his electoral vulnerability in 2012, “standing here before each and every one of you, I don’t feel so vulnerable, do I.”

West, who touted efforts by House Republicans to push for some $100 billion in spending cuts, offered a closing keynote that was chock full of red meat for the base.

West said now is the time to reform the tax code, lower taxes on business, eliminate the capital gains tax and fight for the adoption of a Constitutional balanced budget amendment.

“I say we start looking at every government agency and program that’s been created in the last ten years, and let’s start making some hard choices,” said West, who received a loud cheer when he singled out the Environmental Protection Agency.

He said “liberal progressivism” has failed all over the world and he devoted a sizable portion of his speech to social issues, emphasizing his opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

“If you break down the American family, that leads to government dependency,” said West.

On abortion, he said, “I do not believe having a baby is punishment.”

West spoke of Friday’s “historic moment” in Egypt with the resignation of longtime President Hosni Mubarak, but he held up the Iranian revolution as a cautionary tale and recalled the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

“History has a way of teaching you a very bad lesson if we don’t listen,” he said.

{The Hill/}


  1. This man is fantastic. He gave a speech a few months ago and he said that Israel is a God Given nation so Obama should stay out of it.

  2. The house that he rocked voted in a straw poll that it prefers anti-Israel anti-Semite Ron Paul for President.

    He himself doesn’t have to worry about re-election; the Florida legislature will draw him a safe district.

  3. I love to read Charlie Hall’s comments as he licks his wounds. Hey Charlie, Liberals/Demorats LOST! (As Obummer would say “We WON”)

  4. Number 2,

    That is slander unless you can cite the evidence. Ron Paul is a Libertarian which naturally has a non interventionalist philosophy. He is consistent on eliminating all foreign aid, be it to Canada, Scandinavia, Israel, Egypt, Palestinian Authority etc. so to call hom anti semitic because of that, you will have to say he hates Canadians, Scandinavians etc as well. He is also very adverse to using the military unless the USA is directly attacked.

    He actually was one of the few to vote against a reprimand of Israel after they bombed Iraq’s Osirack nuclear reacter, citing that it was none of our business what Israel does in their own security intrests.

  5. More so, why would the Cpac attendees who are by and large gentiles, scrutinize his relationship to Israel? Do you scrutinize Obama’s relationship to Belgium before you decide that his philosophy is close enough to your own to be worthy of your support?

    Allen west is more supportive of Israel than the entire democratic party combined.

  6. West is great. Like Mark Levin, I agree with Paul on his domestic policies, but not foreign policy. We need a strong national defense and we need to maintain military alliances with our allies.