by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism
Representative Allan West will be the closing speaker at this years CPAC conference. It is fortunate, at least in this writer's opinion, that former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin declined the spot. The official word is she declined due to scheduling conflicts. Given her political sense I suspect she has other reasons.
The choice of Allan West is significant in that he is an independent-minded freshman legislator and is not wary of bucking the status quo within the rank and file GOP. A real deal conservative, he is fully aware of the need to reign in the spending of an out of control Department of Defense. Representative West, having served the nation as a Lieutenant Colonel in the military, recognizes and supports the need for a strong defense but he also recognizes the need to cut wasteful and unnecessary spending not only in domestic programs but in the defense budget as well.
Representative West is a man of honor, and one who will do the "right thing" rather than the "expedient thing," even if is not politically popular. Rep. West has the character and intellect of a natural leader. His sincerity and genuine love of country is beyond question. The current occupant of the "Peoples" White House would do himself a great service if he were to emulate Allan West.
Here is what THE HILL had to say.
Freshman Tea Party Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) will deliver the coveted closing speech on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
West, the headline-grabbing lawmaker and former Army officer, said he was "humbled" to have been invited to deliver the closing keynote address at this weekend's conference.
West tweeted about it on Wednesday:
I've been asked today to have the honor of giving the closing keynote address at CPAC Saturday. I'm humbled.
Giving West the spot is just one of the many bows to the relatively new Tea Party movement at CPAC, arguably the most important annual gathering of conservative lawmakers and activists....
By choosing West, CPAC sends an interesting message. The Florida freshman hasn't been afraid to clash with the GOP leadership in the House, and he enjoys a unique status as just one of two black Republicans elected in the House.
Still, the speech carries some political risk for West. He comes from a district that had voted for President Obama in 2008, and his 2012 reelection will almost certainly be competitive. Much like Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) in the last Congress, West could run the risk of being perceived by constituents as too interested in ideological battles in Washington.
As to the possible risks, the above statement may be so. However, it is quite likely Rep. West will overcome the possible risks and gain the support of the people who sent him to Congress to do the peoples business. Rep. West is a man to watch. He has the character and intelligence to be a national leader. I expect to see some good things from him in the future.
Cross posted to Rational Nation USA