West says survival likely, once Obama's term ends
March 14th, 2013
11:04 AM ET
2 years ago

West says survival likely, once Obama's term ends

(CNN) – Former Rep. Allen West, who lost his seat in November, compared the end of President Obama's term in January 2017 to perilous points in history that Americans had to endure and overcome.

"When British tyranny besieged our colonies, we survived. When flames danced from the White House windows in 1812, we endured. When the union split itself into two almost perishing from this earth, we rebuilt," he said Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington.

"When the soup lines of the Depression stretched down shuttered city blocks, we recovered. When an unstoppable Nazi regime and war machine threatened to extinguish the light of free nations, we triumphed," he continued. "And, ladies and gentlemen, when Barack Obama packs his bags and beats a hasty retreat back to Chicago, we will persevere."

Elected in 2010, the one-term former congressman has been known for his fiery rhetoric and sharp criticism of the Obama administration. His speech Thursday was laced with advocacy for conservative principles and scorching rebuke for liberal policies. Compassion, he argued, stems from values on the right, not the left.

"California's falling victim to the same snake oil that President Obama sold America during this past election. We were told compassion comes not from generosity, but from compliance," he said. "We're told kindness means raiding a man's hard earned wages and sending it off to Washington, DC, so that they - not you - may dole it out in courtesies and indulgences."


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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Mark in Seattle

    Guy's messed up upstairs.

    March 14, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Sandy

    How did this crazy get elected in the first place?! Laughing my butt off at the people who voted for him. LOL

    March 14, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. 1608®

    That iz just stupidity.

    March 14, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, that's great news, Mr. West. It's has to be getting mighty uncomfortable for GOPers to continually drag themselves out from under their beds day after day to voice their fear of that mean old President Obama. And to think GOPers and GOPettes now have a second Obama term to feed their fears and their displeasure of that changey hopey thingy that so enrages them.

    I really think this guy West has some very serious paranoia issues he ought to address sooner rather than later. I doubt even WalMart can keep him in tinfoil long enough to control his ... inner voices of jealousy and resentment.

    March 14, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Thomas

    One angry Man !
    Former Rep. Allen West, " FORMER " !

    The kind of guy who would crush another mans dreams , Martin Luther King, Jr.

    March 14, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Dang, Speaking the truth is is severe absense these days. Allen West Speaks the Truth.

    March 14, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Amazing

    If I recall Mr. West, you lost and President Obama won. If you are truly concerned about the country, you can put the partisan BS aside and roll up up sleeves to find real solutions. It is clear from your comments, that will not happen. At least I take comfort in the fact that the country will survive now that you are no longer in Congress!

    March 14, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Derek

    God, is this the kind of crap we're going to be hearing for the next few days?

    March 14, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    When asked a follow up question, the former Congressman replied... "Who's been painting my roses red? WHO'S BEEN PAINTING MY ROSES RED? /Who dares to taint / With vulgar paint / The royal flower bed? / For painting my roses red / Someone will lose his head"!

    March 14, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Former GOP

    @Ray E. (Georgia)
    Dang, Speaking the truth is is severe absense these days. Allen West Speaks the Truth.

    Yes Ray, no need to tell us you are from Georgia, we figured that out ourselves.

    March 14, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. daviddavid

    Ogama is not a leader, he is a ITS YOUR FAULT!

    March 14, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. rla

    Whine away progressives but most of the country is feeling this way.. Show how we are better off in terms of economic position, jobs or the national debt and you may have a glimmer of hope, Right now the left is a lie and their policy results show it

    March 14, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    Our chances of survival incresed exponentially on November 6, 2012 when this war criminal and his ilk were shown the door. With any luck the rest of them will be run out of DC in 2014.

    March 14, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Since he hates DC so much, will he give up his Vet benefits? Doubtful.

    March 14, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Yanni

    He is instigating irrational fear and hate against the USA president while he is still on the helm. Conspiring against the democratically elected president; isn’t that treason? Not to forget that Allen West has ashamed his country and the US Army by torturing prisoners in Iraq.

    March 14, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Deathstalker

    Call him crazy all you want. What he said about California is spot on. And he's 100% correct that Obama has tried to govern this nation in the same fashion. The progressive parasites don't get it. At some point, the host dies and with it, all your entitlements that you've grown so accustomed to receiving.

    March 14, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    Oh Allen, you poor deluded man. Yes the country will persevere but the Republican party is going to drop you faster than you can say Obama. Don't you know that you have outlived your usefulness? I know you THOUGHT they liked you but you couldn't have been more wrong. They used you and once President Obama is out of office, they won't give you the time of day.

    People like yourself and Herman Cain are the main problems with the black race. Whenever someone gets ahead of you, you're like crabs in a barrel, trying to pull them down with you. These are the same people that referred to our President in the most racist terms, you know our mixed race POTUS....Seriously guys, do you really think they like you???

    March 14, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. TNPatriot

    Yes Mr West and America has survived and moved on after the mistake of your two years in Congress. This man was a disgrace to the military, a disgrace to the congress and a disgrace to mankind. Your 15 minutes is up, so please move your insignificance into oblivion.

    March 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Deathstalker

    And for the record, Ben Carson is 100% correct that an ignorant electorate plays into the hands of socialists like Obama. You'll notice that the first people to respond to West's remarks didn't aim at find fault in his words but instead, attacked the man's character, called him crazy, etc. This is the trademark of the Progressives. Character assassination rather than deal with the facts. In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. That man is your very own Barrack Obama!

    March 14, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Malory Archer

    rla

    Whine away progressives but most of the country is feeling this way..

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except the President won reelection in November with a MAJORITY of the vote, the Dems increased their majority in the Senate. Additionally, the rethugs ONLY were able to maintain a grasp on the House due to gerrymandering of districts in states with rethug governors, although they lost a great many seats. Granted, there are Obama supporters who are disappointed in their President, but it's because of his overwhelming efforts to reachthe oppositon while they continue to bite and slap his hand.

    March 14, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. CarolO

    The only "event" that caused Allen West to lose his seat was Allen Wests mouth. It is not even comparable to the Depression or The British burning The White House.

    March 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Former GOP

    @daviddavid
    Ogama is not a leader, he is a ITS YOUR FAULT!

    Excuse me Sir, are you from Mississippi or Alabama?

    March 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    The Real Tom Paine

    Since he hates DC so much, will he give up his Vet benefits? Doubtful

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    He should have lost them after his little war crime episode.

    March 14, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. ghostriter

    We're still waiting for him to produce the names of the 78-81 members of congress who are communists. I'd ask for proof, but we know conservatives treat proof like their fiscal responsibility......only for others to provide.

    March 14, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    rla

    Whine away progressives but most of the country is feeling this way.. Show how we are better off in terms of economic position, jobs or the national debt and you may have a glimmer of hope, Right now the left is a lie and their policy results show it
    -----

    that's funny because 4 months ago, a clear majority voted FOR Obama and his policies and rejected this loon and his.
    As for West, when he talks, all I hear is a buzzing sound in my ear....kinda like a mosquito that is pestering you constantly

    March 14, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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