STAND FOR TRUTH in the United States. Deceptive rhetoric does not provide prosperity.
Dave Agema RNC Committeeman
Lieutenant Colonel Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and lived where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a preacher. He served for 22 years in the United States Army and received many military honors. In 2010, he was elected to the U.S. Congress from the 22ndDistrict of Florida. He was one of 44 blacks in the 112th U.S. Congress, one of 2 blacks in the Republican Caucus. Colonel West attended the last Michigan GOP Convention in Novi. Many people met him as he moved through the crowd being introduced by Ambassador Ron Weiser. On his website, allenbwest.com, December 29, 2014, Colonel West wrote a piece in which he said, "Every now and then, you come across an article that folks just need to read. This one written by Michael Smith entitled, 'Confessions of a Public Defender,' and originally posted at American Renaissance on May 9, 2014, is one of those articles." He urges the review of this piece by saying, "It will take you only 5 minutes to read this article-and I will bet you will read it again. Then ask yourself, is this something you hear Al Sharpton addressing? Or President Obama, Eric Holder, Jeh Johnson, or Jesse Jackson?" He describes the article by saying, "It is a profound and deeply disturbing piece....Smith articulates that which ails the black community-the real discussion we should be having on race--not that of victimhood and the further expansion of the welfare nanny-state....There is a war to be fought, it is for the soul of the inner city and the black community....We cannot begin to 'have a conversation about race' until we are willing to honestly address the facts." As attorney Michael Smith says in the closing paragraph of his article, "... it is wrong to deceive the public. Whatever solutions we seek should be based on the truth rather than what we would prefer was the truth.'" Colonel West concludes his recommendation of attorney Smith's piece by saying, "I am quite sure the socialist left will criticize me for sharing this article-that is just who they are-they hate the truth. The facts and observations in this are not shocking to me. They are quite well known but the manner in which the writer so eloquently presents them is quite commendable." Like Colonel West, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson--who was raised by a single mother in inner-city Detroit--has chosen to abandon political correctness and speak the truth honestly and forthrightly. In his article entitled "The Handiwork of Agitators and Manipulators" in the December 8, 2014 issue of the Washington Times, he states, "We must resist the victim mentality that is peddled by so many agitators and manipulators. If you believe you are a victim, you are, and you begin to act like a victim." He goes on to say, "We have too many important problems to solve in America today to allow ourselves to be consumed by actual and perceived injustices perpetrated by others. We can solve many of those problems by keeping an open mind and considering things from the viewpoints of others. This can lead to constructive conversations about ways to heal the many rifts in our society." When our black, patriotic, Republican brothers such as Lieutenant Colonel Allen West and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson share the truth, let us not criticize them for being honest. We need National and Party leadership that can handle the facts that they present. I am proud to be a Republican and to be the Republican National Committeeman from the State of Michigan. I am proud to stand with Colonel Allen West and Dr. Ben Carson both of whom are not afraid to stand for truth.Standing for truth is lost in American values. Persecuting the brave man who fight against the grain is, while deceiving the masses is nonsensical. We must continue to remain true to the the liberties, freedoms, and justice that makes The United States GREAT