Former Congressman and retired Lieutenant Army Colonel Allen West has a new book out titled “Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom.”
In his book, West holds no punches in discussing his life, political philosophy and conservatism (or lack thereof) in the black community.
Below are 12 of the most provocative quotes from “Guardian of the Republic” on President Obama, faith, abortion, the military, the destruction that Leftism has wrought on the black community and much much more.
1. In Obama’s case we’ve enabled affirmative action to find a home in the nation’s highest office
“I believe the election and reelection of Obama were among the most conspicuous acts of denial in recent years. Voters just stopped paying attention. They accepted consistently bad behavior and rewarded it. They they wonder why they get more bad behavior. Of course many in opposition dare not challenge the behavior because they’re too obsessed with race and political correctness.
In Obama’s case we’ve enabled affirmative action to find a home in the nation’s highest office. There you have it. I said it and I stand by it. America fell for the gimmick candidate, disregarding every fact and warning sign in the rush to have “the first African-American president.” We were told to shut up, and a complicit media became part of the scheme.”
2. As for the next president…
“What type of gimmick will we rush to accept as a leader regardless of qualification, leadership, or principles? The first Hispanic president? The first gay president? The first transgender president? The first Muslim president? (Oh, wait…) How long will we follow destructive cults of personality just to appease the gods of political correctness?”
3. On abortion…
“Does anyone else find it hypocritical that progressive socialists promote choice in killing children but reject saving them through educational choice?”
4. And birth control
“The opportunity society tells individuals that their rights, as granted by their Creator, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The dependency society confuses privileges with rights and sells everything as a right: the right to own a home, rights based on sexuality, a right to birth control–that one I can’t really understand. What prevents manufactured women’s rights advocate Sandra Fluke or anyone else from walking into CVS or Walgreens and picking up a pack of Trojans for the weekend?”
5. The most conservative people in America on Sundays…?
“The little platoon of the black community is the church. Our Christian faith is based on individual freedom from sin and the personal decision to find spiritual liberty that leads to a better life here on earth and for eternity. On Sundays in America, the most conservative people can be found in black churches.”
6. Valuing gay/female integration in armed services over national security
“Peace, and I mean real peace, begins with courageous leaders who are willing to identify and define our enemies and their objectives. Political correctness has no place in our national security strategy. Currently we have an administration more focused on integrating openly gay and lesbian troops and allowing women into ground combat arms billets than owning up to its constitutional responsibility as it applies to national security. The administration is more comfortable combating global warming and climate change than finding the terrorists who killed a US ambassador, two former US Navy SEALs, and another American in Benghazi.”
7. President West and mandatory JROTC
“Now there are people who would take programs like high school JROTC [Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps] out of schools. Frankly I believe they are misguided idiots who have no clue that what they’re doing could actually harm our young people. If ever I were to become US president, I’d ensure that every inner-city high school had a JROTC program.”
8. Today the struggle is economic bondage; which side is each party is on?
“I am angry about the mammoth, out-of-control social welfare entitlement programs from Washington, DC, that were supposed to solve our problems. The obvious truth is these impractical, politically motivated programs have irreparably damaged the fabric of our black society and community.
The irony is, we were told these policies would help us most of all, and yet our community has ended up being the most grievously harmed. To those who fell victim to the welfare mentality, I am sorry to say, you were sold a horrific lie. You are shackled to the twenty-first-century economic plantation. We want nothing more than for you to be liberated as well, because you cannot continue to live in bondage.
The Republican Party was established for one reason: the abolition of slavery through passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Against the Democratic Party, the Republicans engaged in a fundamental philosophical fight for individual freedom from physical bondage. Today the fight for freedom continues with the same protagonists and antagonists, except now it is economic rather than physical bondage that must be defeated.”
9. “you are the ones who are the Uncle Toms and sellouts”
“I suspect that by now, those of you with a different perspective are reading this and steaming. Good. Those of you who are black and who follow the progressive socialist ideology and philosophy are most likely shouting at these pages, calling me an Uncle Tom and a sellout.
In return, let me say you are the ones who are the Uncle Toms and sellouts. You have sold your own once regal and proud black community for less than thirty pieces of silver, and to what end?”
10. LBJ and the Great Society promoted the disintegration of the black community
“When I revisit my neighborhood in Atlanta, I see the blight facing most urban neighborhoods: Section 8 housing, food stamps, EBT card signs, and the breakdown of the family. Of all the consequences of the Great Society programs and the War on Poverty, intended or otherwise, the destruction of the black family has been the most disastrous. More than 70 percent of black children are born outside of marriage. That is an epidemic. And if you take into account the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics that close to three hundred thousand black babies are aborted annually, are we looking at racial genocide?
The brilliant idea for this tragedy came from the progressive socialists of the Johnson administration who thought government should provide welfare payments to women who purposely had children out of wedlock and did not seek to get married or have a male living in the same home.
In other words, the Johnson administration was promoting the disintegration of the moral fiber of the black community. Furthermore, the government would send our social workers to inspect the households and ensure there were no males residing in the home, because if there were, the benefits would be cut off. As long as women remained single, they could stay on these programs and receive free health care, housing, and babysitting services for life.
The most dangerous consequence of President Johnson’s misguided policy is the abdication of individual responsibility in the black community.”
11. More on the Great Society…”the twenty-first-century plantation”
“When Booker T. Washington talked about education, self-reliance and entrepreneurship, he was describing economic independence. But the Great Society has left a legacy of economic dependence, a new form of slavery, and to me, a far more dangerous one, because it destroys the will and determination to excel. As President Franklin Roosevelt said, welfare is “a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” And that is what I see when I go back to the ol’ Fourth Ward and drive along Boulevard…
The Great Society has turned out to be a big lie, and sadly, those in my community who bought into it are stuck on the twenty-first-century plantation.”
12. Social Welfare is worse than physical enslavement
“The Left and its black gatekeepers went absolutely apoplectic some months ago when I used the word enslavement. But you tell me a better description for what social welfare dependence breeds. To me it’s worse than physical enslavement, because it enslaves human spirit. It destroys the will and determination to seek improvement and a better life.”