This video shows Congressional candidate LTC (ret.) Allen West speaking about illegal immigration before a gathering in Jupiter, Florida.
I love listening to this man speak; he never says a single word I disagree with:
Many thanks to Heroyalwhyness for this rough transcript:
We can no longer trust the people that we have sent to Washington DC because they have continued to let us down.- - - - - - - - -
When you think about this one issue of illegal immigration, it's very much like an octopus with many different tentacles that reach in the basic fabric of the United States of America, while we talk about how it affects our job situation.
Here, in the state of Florida, we have got an unemployment rate of 9.4%. Why do we have that? Why are we allowing people to come across into our country and take jobs away from good Americans that want to get out there and work very hard?
We've got to change that around. We cannot allow them to come here and depress our wages so that Americans cannot get proper wages. It has an effect upon our economy. You just heard Mr. (?) talk about how your taxpayer dollars are paying for people who are here illegally, breaking our laws.
And the last time I checked it out, the United States is a republic and that means we respect laws in this country. The number one law should be protecting American citizens and holding this thing called citizenship very near and dear to our hearts. One of the things that caused the Roman Empire to collapse was the fact that they devalued being a citizen of the Republic of Rome. They just handed it out to any body. And then on top of that, they stopped paying attention to their border to the north. The next thing you know, they were conquered from within. We cannot allow that to happen here in the United States of America.
We've got to send a very clear message to the people in Washington DC. We don't care that you want to change the voting electorate so that you can stay in charge. We don't care that you want to kowtow to the corporations and the businessmen so that you can have cheap labor. This is about putting Americans first, not special interests, not Mexican special interests, but what is proper by the Constitution of the United States of America and its citizens.
Everyone talks about health care and the effects of health care and the high costs of health care. There are hospitals and there are emergency rooms right here in our state that are going under because they cannot refuse care to people who are going there that are illegals. We've got to change that. And this is not about me being an uncompassionate person. I am very compassionate, but my compassion starts with people who are Americans. Because I believe in one thing. There are three types of people that should be here in this country: Americans, those people that want to be Americans and those people we invite here as our guests.
Other than that, you don't deserve to be here.
This is without a doubt a premier National Security issue. The number one foreign language being learned by Hezbollah Islamic terrorists right now is Spanish. See they're always telling you about if you go along to some of these base camps they use along our border, you're finding Arabic translation into Spanish translated into English. They're coming across our border. This time, regardless of what the president says, we are at war with a very violent enemy. That enemy is radical Islamic terrorism.
They are here in our country. There are 36 training camps. There's one in northern of Florida. There's two in my home state of Georgia. There's even two right outside of Washington DC. And for those of you that spend your summer vacations in New York, upstate in New York there's a place called Islamberg.
If we don't get serious about securing our border, we're going to lose this country. And what should we be doing?
The United States border patrol is being out manned, and out gunned on that border. Why don't we take that border patrol and put it under the Dept. of Defense so that they can get the proper training, so that they can get the proper equipment… so that they're not down there with a 9mm going up against the drug cartels who have AK47's, RPG's, heavy machine guns, mortars. . .AND NOW THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS because our Secretary of State said we'd give them over to the Mexican Army. I guarantee you, they are going to end up in the wrong hands.
See, our government wants to castigate us as the enemy. Our President went down and said that the problem is right here in the United States of America.
Well, you know, let's face it. Wherever he goes, he's going to apologize for this country. I can't stand the guy. I absolutely can't stand him. It is not our fault what's going on in Mexico. There's drugs going on. And no. 90% of those weapons are not coming from the United States of America. They won't even tell our DEA agents where those weapons are or the serial numbers.
You see, this is once again a ploy by this government to open up the amnesty - to close down our second amendment rights.
And never forget this, my fellow Americans: In 1930 there was a gentleman in Germany who took away private gun ownership, and you know what happened to that population. You must be well informed and well armed because this government that we have right now is a tyrannical government, and it starts with this issue right here, with illegal immigration.
We cannot allow them to do what Ronald Reagan unfortunately did in 1986. There cannot be another amnesty program. Two to three million in 1986 has now morphed into 12 to 15 million - if we even know. We do better tracking UPS packages than we do illegal immigrants in this country.
Now is the time, because we are standing on a precipice and in front of us is the abyss. I see a lot of young people here. What would history say about us, at this time, right now 2009? Did we take a stand? Will we allow this republic to go away?
And will we sit around and have to tell our children and grandchildren there once was a place where you could be free, where there was liberty, and there was justice for all? And will we capitalize on what you started Wednesday?
And now we take it to the next phase. Take it to Lexington and Concord. Now is the time to take action. Now is the time for us to rally and stand against this government and stand against the people that would take this country away. You cannot go away. You
cannot go into your homes. You cannot put down your signs. You cannot put down your flags. Do not put down your enthusiasm, your emotion, your love for this country.
Thomas Payne in 1775 talked about "these are times that try men's souls, when the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot would fade away." Do not fade away. Do not let the people on the far left, these people with the socialist agenda believe that you are going to fade away.
By 2010, through the ballot box, we've got to take this country back. Thank you.
But before 2010, you've got to keep the pressure up on them. Because let me tell you something: they're scared of you. The reason why they are calling you names, cause they're scared of you. One thing they teach in the military is how to smell fear. They are absolutely terrified right now. You have got to keep the pressure on them because they are going to crack. And come 2010, when I go up to Washington DC, I'm going to look Nancy Pelosi in the eye. I'm going to look Barney Frank in the eye and I'm going to tell them one thing, pack your crap and get out.
Stay vigilant. Stay focused. This is our country. Let me read you one quote as I close out- from a great American.
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated with exact equality with everyone else for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace of origin. But this is predicated upon the person becoming in every facet, an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American but something else isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, that is the English language. We have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."
— Theodore Roosevelt, 1907
God bless you all. God bless America. Stay in this fight.
Thank you so much.