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

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"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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  1. Blinded by the republican lie

    This man reeks of nothing but hate...

    March 14, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Terri

    What a great president Allen West would make!!!!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Ind.

    I have to disagree with Mr. West on this one.

    Obama has done irreparable damage already and will do much more.

    March 14, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. bombastus

    The only thing West got right is that the US somehow gets through very tough times including awful leadership. We made it through Nixon and Watergate, LBJ/Nixon Vietnam, and Bush 2 wars and tax cuts. Of these Bush 2 might have been the worst but we are crawling back out of it. Remarkable ability to survive disastrous Presidents most of whom were Republican.

    March 14, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Deathstalker

    Bombastus, still blaming Bush. How pathetic – and predictable. That got old about two years ago. Squeeze together those two brain cells and try to come up with something new.

    March 14, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. cnnife

    Remember history Mr. West. The generation that threw you guys out on 2008/2012 despite your multi-million $ campaign money are still around and will be for a long, long time.

    March 14, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. manhandler1

    Great tactics....insult California........which has a full 10% of the U.S. population. 30 some million people. We're solving our problems with some cuts that hurt but also some additional revenue, and we saw what needed to be done and voted for it. That's a lot more than you can say for the jerks in D.C. We're actually pretty happy out here....we're way more tolerant of different lifestyles and we don't hate and demonize our immigrants. If prop 8 were voted on today, it would go down in flames. Plus, we're building the Nations first super high speed rail. So take your nasty hate elsewhere, West and don't come out to California.

    March 14, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. RINO Bill

    It is really funny that west (a loser like him doesn't deserve a capital first letter) should say something like this. It is EXACTLY what I thought when Bush was re-elected in '04.

    March 14, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. ART

    I've said it once I'll say it again this man is an embarrassement and disgrace to his race and to America and to the armed forces. Never have I ever heard such ignorance and stupidity come from one persons mouth, if he can be considered a person, He is a total waste and should be watched closely because I think he is a traitor.

    March 14, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Mete Krop

    Mr. West please Obama is not your kind. He even doesn;t know if you are on this earth. You even doen't servive more than one term in your district. Shame on you you are trying to redicule others. Talk first if you can of the man who defeated you to death in the last year US house election.

    March 14, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota


    What a great president Allen West would make!!!!!!!!!!


    March 14, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. LR.Ricks

    West, please!, A want a be Republican. That's why he is on the side line. Know one in their right mind really believes that this President is the worst. if they do, then it's a reason, and it's not political. Maybe because the Republicans says NO to everything that he suggest. Tell me out there. You ever ask, why this President. Why??????

    March 14, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Tony

    Can you name the irreparable damage that this President caused, i know for sure that he did not get us into two wars, one was a lie with no way of repaying for those wars, tax cut for the rich, no way of repaying those money back, ZERO jobs created in America, but in China, India, and Canada millions of American jobs were shipped to these countries, so can stop spillin fox garbage on this post.

    March 14, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. simp

    And since you have been KICKED out loser the house is less evil. This loser is such an evil entity who could never hold the office of dog catcher let alone congressman. I'm a floridian and he is such an embarrassment to this state.

    March 14, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Former GOP,
    You on food Stamps now? I was born and raised in a Northen State. And Allen West still speaks the truth. Your Democrat friends in the Senate is trying to raise taxes. Your Taxes. They are advocating closing Loopholes for business. Gusee who isn't moving back to the U.S. Beggers can't be choosers as much as they try. You don't have to ask me, just ask the Auto Workers.

    March 14, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. ST

    Who thinks this man (Allen West) is OK upstairs? To me, it looks like each and everything is totally messed up.

    March 14, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Ind.

    Harry Reid is obviously the worst person in congress.

    March 14, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Pander Bear

    LOL! Alan West is entertaining to say the least. Especially love the quote about California considering California just balanced it's budget. How's Florida doing?

    March 14, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Deathstalker, perhaps you should take a reading comprehension class. Bombastus didn't blame the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for ANYTHING. He stated we survived his 8-year reign of error. That your knee jerked so violently at the mere mention of his name indicates that deep down you know he was the worst thing to ever happen to this country, and you're embarrassed that you voted for him – TWICE!

    March 14, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Jaime

    What a crock!

    March 14, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. PTD

    Exactly how many felt during both of GW's terms of office!

    March 14, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. AprilElaine

    Wow.. I wish people would stop blaming Obama for every little thing that goes wrong.

    March 14, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Billster

    He's comparing the Obama presidency to the War of 1812 and the Civil War? Military imagery doesn't surprise me from an ex-military man but, seriously, try to maintain some semblance of perspective.

    March 14, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Florida Joe

    The voters told west in Nov what they thought of his hate.........We threw his butt out never to return
    This man is a joke

    March 14, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Madison

    interesting choices for his anecdotes.....it was liberals who saved the nation in every single example he picked. The funniest one is the republicon caused Great Depression, whichFDR saved the nation and capitalism from the grips, and WWII, which again FDR and then Harry Truman shepparded the nation through.

    West is right. We will survive, despite cpac and conservativs like west. Especially since President Obama will be followed by Hillary.

    March 14, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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