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Rep. Allen West remembers Whitney Houston, rips President Obama

by George Bennett | February 13th, 2012

In his weekly newsletter to constituents, U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, begins with his personal recollection of hearing Whitney Houston‘s 1991 Super Bowl rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner as he returned from combat in Iraq. West then occasionally revisits the themes of 1991 and the late pop diva while blasting President Obama‘s contraceptive insurance mandate and accusing Obama of failing to “understand the ideals of American exceptionalism or a Constitutional Republic.”

Read West’s newsletter after the jump…

U.S. Rep. Allen West’s weekly newsletter:

Dear Patriot,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. This weekend as I was travelling back from speaking in Orlando, my wife Angela called me and conveyed the news about the death of Whitney Houston. As I continued down Florida’s turnpike, I remembered coming back from Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1991. As we were dropping altitude to land in Philadelphia the crew played Whitney’s rendition of the National Anthem which she sang for the Super Bowl that year. There was not a dry eye on that plane, yours truly included. Many Americans will remember Houston as the “Queen of Pop,” however I will always remember her as the voice that welcomed me back to the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” Go with God, Whitney and we shall never forget the beauty of your voice.

Just as I returned home from that 1991 combat operation, let us not forget why some first came to these shores. Pilgrims came to America’s shores in search for religious freedom. They sought a land where they could freely worship without persecution from a State which endeavored to promote, and even impose, its ideals on religion and doctrines. Even the State of Maryland was established as a sanctuary for Catholics. Here in America, our revered first amendment expresses that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’

The Obama administration’s healthcare mandate is not about contraception, it is about a President and an administration that has repeatedly displayed their disregard and disrespect for the Rule of Law and the United States Constitution. The principle of Separation of Church and State is not specifically addressed in the Declaration of Independence or in the Constitution. It was codified in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury (CT) Baptist convention. Jefferson simply articulated that we shall not have a government structure in America where the Head of State is also Head of Church. Unfortunately, this lesson is obviously not understood by the self-proclaimed “constitutional lecturer” President Barack Obama.

This week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC ), the focal point of the speech I delivered was, “We still hold these truths…..the Fundamental Difference.” We are experiencing a President and administration who believe that they have no limits on their infiltration into every realm of our personal life. This is the antithesis of what our Founding Fathers established the federal government to be. The Declaration of Independence clearly lists the grievances against the overreach of the British into the lives of the American Colonists. The principle of limited government is embodied in the U.S. Constitution as a response to that intrusion and explained in the Federalist Papers.

In 1991, I deployed to a foreign land to do what two previous generations in my family had done and to follow a legacy of men and women who had done likewise for our Republic. As I flew back home, I came to realize even more how great America is and all that it represents. Looking out the window and seeing my beloved America that day gave me such a sense of pride and honor. More than 20 years later, I still remain completely in awe of my country.

I do not know where President Obama was in 1991 or what he was doing. I hope he also remembers listening to Whitney Houston sing the National Anthem. I wonder if when hearing this song, he also closes his eyes and envisions Fort McHenry being shelled by the British and our Flag, the Standard of this Republic, flying. I would hope that tears would begin to flow from his eyes, just as they did for us combat warriors on that flight in 1991. I pray the President truly understands the sacrifice of what it means to live in the “Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.” I fear he will continue to make decisions counter to who we are and never understand the ideals of American exceptionalism or a Constitutional Republic.

Elections always have consequences. President Obama’s obtuse manner toward We, the American people, is at times, in contempt of the very essence of everything American. He is not an imperial monarch and if he continues down this road is certainly not ‘deserving’ of reelection.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

Legislative Update:

- Civilian Property Realignment Act — This past Tuesday, the House approved H.R. 1734, the Civilian Property Realignment Act, by a vote of 259-164, I VOTES YES. H.R. 1734 would establish an independent commission known as the Civilian Property Realignment Commission (CPRC) to provide recommendations on civilian federal properties that can be sold, transferred, exchanged, consolidated, or redeveloped, so as to reduce the civilian real property inventory, reduce the operating costs of the Government, and create the highest value and return for the taxpayer.

- Budget Transparency — Also on Tuesday, the House approved H.R. 3581, the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act, by a vote of 245-180, I VOTED YES. Among other things, the bill would modify the budgetary treatment of federal credit programs so the cost of direct loans or loan guarantees (e.g. those of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) would be calculated on a “fair value” basis, which includes not only the borrowing costs of the federal government, but also the cost of the market risk the government is incurring by issuing a loan or loan guarantee.

- Line-Item Veto — On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 3521, the Expedited Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act, by a vote of 254-173, I VOTED YES. H.R. According to CBO, “enacting H.R. 3521, by itself, would not have a significant impact on the federal budget. Any impact on the budget would depend on the extent of the President’s use of the new cancellation procedure and on future Congressional actions.”

- STOCK Act — On Thursday, the House approved an amendment to S. 2038, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, by a vote of 417-2, I VOTED YES. The bill would make clear that Members of Congress, Congressional employees, and executive and judicial branch employees are prohibited from using nonpublic information for private profit. The bill also would amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 and the Ethics in Government Act and would require the Senate and the House of Representatives to implement an electronic filing system for financial disclosure forms, as well as provide the public with on-line access to that information in a searchable database.

Upcoming Week:

- Energy and Infrastructure — The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act would provide a five year extension of federal highway and transit programs without increasing current spending levels or adding to the deficit. The bill would eliminate all earmarks from the highway bill. The last surface transportation law approved by Congress in 2005 contained over 6,300 earmarks. The bill would cut red tape and streamline highway funding by consolidating or eliminating nearly 70 highway programs and eliminating mandates that prevent states from funding infrastructure needs.

- Payroll Tax Cut Extension — H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 was approved in the House on December 13, 2011 by a vote of 234–193, I VOTED YES. The House-passed version of H.R. 3630 provided an offset one-year extension of the current payroll tax rates, a delay in the implementation of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (the so-called “Doc Fix”), and an extension of reformed Unemployment Insurance benefits. Currently these programs are operating under two-month extension (H.R.3765) set to expire on February 29, 2012.

Highlights of the Week:

- Monday, 6, Participated in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry. Excited to learn the Chairman of the HASC panel and Committee on Small Business will be making a visit to South Florida’s CD-22 week of 20 February.

- Tuesday, 7 January, God blessed me with another year as I turned 51 years of age. Amazingly enough there are three others Members of the House GOP who share same birthday, Rep Hastings of Washington, Rep Grimm of New York, and Rep Fincher of Tennessee. Conducted a meeting with American Humane Society and United Egg Producers on HR 3798 Egg Products Inspection Act, I will cosponsor.

- Wednesday, 8 February, met with former Ambassador and Congressman David Funderburk and Board of Trustee Members of The Senior Citizens League. We discussed issues of concern for our American Seniors; MEDICARE and Social Security survival and solvency primarily. Met with Brigadier General Young, Deputy Chief of the US Army Reserve on military personnel issues. We are truly concerned about the proposed personnel cuts to our Army and how they will affect our Reserve forces as well as defining the role of the Operational Reserve force. Participated in Small Business Committee full hearing on Small Business Administration mismanagement of modernizing its information technology systems.

- Thursday, 9 February, attended a House GOP breakfast with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, a true Constitutional scholar. Participated in Small Business Contracting and Workforce subcommittee hearing on Construction Contracting barriers on small businesses. Met with brothers Earl and Les Phillips, both former military Servicemen (one Army Infantryman and the other Naval Aviator) representing the National Veterans for Republicans Association about reaching minority conservatives.

- Friday, 10 February, spent the day at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union. Honored to be a speaker for the 3rd straight year. Speech here.

- Saturday, 11 February, drove up to the Orlando area, Geneva and Oviedo, and spoke at two events supporting my Freshman colleague Sandy Adams. I recommend everyone visit the “Danville” bed and breakfast located in Geneva, it is quite a unique place.

- Sunday, 12 February, Family Day and after church did our first search for new residence in North Palm Beach and South Martin County.

- Monday, 13 February, meeting with British Consul General, Kevin McGurgan and South Florida Marine Industry Leaders.


20 Responses to “Rep. Allen West remembers Whitney Houston, rips President Obama”

  1. Paul DeSousa Says:

    You’re a disgraceful ass.

  2. Veritas Says:


    You shouldn’t post while you’re looking in a mirror :)

  3. nomore55 Says:

    whitney houston – great voice
    allen west – obnoxious voice.

  4. Veritas Says:


    At least West’s songs don’t sound like king Obummers spend and tax tunes ;)

  5. Fladude Says:

    Veritas – get it through your head, West is a lunatic.

  6. Veritas Says:


    Yea, wanting to balance the budget, lower taxes, and make social security solvent is just plain lunacy :)

    How’s that hope & change working out for you?

  7. The Real Perspective Says:

    President Obama will be easily re elected in November.

  8. Veritas Says:


    Just keep saying and clicking your heels together.

    I’ll be cooking you an extra large crow pie to snack on the day after the election BWAHAHAHAHAHA :)

  9. joe brown Says:

    Sad to see a celebrity’s death used for political purposes like this. Especially one that questions the patriotism of a duly-elected, beloved American President. But there’s no shame is there? No prisoners, no compromise, nothing but hatred for fully 50% of the population, and 95% of your own race, including Whitney, who don’t necessarily agree with you on tax policy and the subtleties of what individual freedom actually means. Obama will win in 2012, and you will hate him then as much as you do now, but he’s changed this country for the better already, and it’s too bad you won’t disagree agreeably, because it’s going to take more than 51% to keep this nation on course, and your rhetoric, jingoistic and bombastic, only guarantees you’ll never be taken seriously outside the fringes who revel in hatred, and secretly, though you’ll never understand it or why, reserve some of that hatred for you too.

  10. RENEGADE Says:

    @ Veritas

    Balance the budget on the backs of the poor and middle class while…..

    Lower taxes… for the wealthy and big corporations until they no longer pay any taxes and the “people” shoulder the entire burden.

    Make S.S. solvent…. by cutting the benefits till many lives are shortened from lack of sustenance and medical care. When the benefits are so little no human could survive off that we will be forced to work until the day we fall over dead. But SS will be solvent!! And thats all that matters right?

  11. RENEGADE Says:

    Veritas…..careful those CROW pies, much like your own words, can be very fattening!

  12. Bill D. Says:

    He probably never met Whitney and he has probably never met Pres. Obama.

    How pathetic – Allen West discussing two issues he knows little, if nothing, about: music and politics.

  13. Sucks to live in Palm Beach Says:

    Blue skies ahead for Broward as this cretin packs up his ruck sack and heads North.
    Good Riddance.

  14. peter Says:

    Wow this guy is a republican Al Sharpton and a total jerk


    This is just concrete proof that Allen West DOESN’T UNDERSTAND the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.

    And yes, to pivot from Whitney Houston singing the national anthem to a political attack on Obama (for a decision supported by the vast majority of Americans according to every single poll) is the height of classlessness.

    How deplorable.

    Allen West, you are not worthy of the House of Representatives. You are not worthy of being a public servant. And you are DEFINITELY not worthy of abusing Whitney Houston’s memory.

    Allen West = disgusting, insulting piece of garbage.

  16. Anti-STAN for Allen West Says:

    Allen West is a clown. He starts off by acknowledging the passing of Whitney Houston by claiming how her rendition of the anthem moved him to tears. Please!!! Very convenient how he omitted the rest of her career to score points with his STANS by talking about the anthem. Hearing from West, you would have thought she only did one song.

  17. jaxsprats Says:

    Interesting points noted. A very good article. R.I.P Whitney Houston. I remember watching her sing her rendition of the star spangled banner at the superbowl. It was a powerful performance.

  18. Rudy Says:

    Just read Allen West. What a crock. Using Ms Houston’s death to politic is just wrong and insulting. As to the reasons the Pilgrims came to America was NOT for religious reasons but to seize and occupy new lands because Britan had poisened their fresh water, overfished it’s seas and ruined it’s soil.
    And as to continuing the tradition of military service, 2 generations ago his family wasn’t even allowed to participate in combat, only clean up until Pres Truman intervened. Then that allowed West to tourture others, not to save anybody but for his own pleasure. He will be a regular citizen very soon. Thank goodness.

  19. Veritas Says:

    You Libtards are a real joke :)

    You carry on about how Allen West uses Whitney Houston’s death for political purposes, but doesn’t King Obummer do the exact same thing every state of the union. He always has a multiple of different people in attendance who are their to “Highlight” why he needs to spend more money or more power.

    He’ll point them out and try to make it sound likes he cares and their stories are a launching point on why he’s doing such a great job as president.

    Spare me the melodrama libtardians, Obama uses people 100X more than Allen West.

  20. Veritas Says:


    Put down the crack pipe for a second & try to focus. I don’t know where you’re getting your “revised” history lessons, but it’s a well known documented fact that the pilgrims came here for religious reasons.

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