Oh well. It was nice while it lasted. Now back to the real world.
Transcript of Allen West speech:
Thank you for being here because this shows your commitment to your country. This shows your commitment to the principles and values upon which this country was established. And you know some of the things that people continue to ask me, they continue to ask me ‘well, why won’t you compromise? Why won’t you negotiate?’ We’ll let me tell you something. Abraham Lincoln said very succinctly, he said ‘plant your feet in the right place and then stand firm,’ and so I’m gonna be standing firm.
When I was a young Lieutenant and I was going through airborne school, the sergeant black hat said very simply, ‘If you set the bar low, you jump low.’ You did not send us up here to set the bar low. You sent us up here with some expectations. You sent us with a mandate. You sent us up here believing that we were here to do the things, to turn around this great ship of state called the United States of America because right now, this leaderless, rudderless ship is out in the maelstrom about to get tossed on the rocks.
And I’m sick and tired of hearing everyone talk about this great constitutional, conservative grass roots movement called the tea party. I am sick and tired of them trying to blame you. I am sick and tired of them trying to castigate you in a negative manner. No one says anything about Moveon.org. No one says anything about Organizing for America. You are what this country was founded upon and I am glad to be standing here with you.
We are not here to talk about shutting down the government. But if you want to know about shutting down the government, go right over there and talk to Chuck Schumer; go talk to Harry Reid; go down to 1600 Pennsylvania and talk to the President. We’re here to talk about the incredible fiscal irresponsibility.
And I gotta tell you something. Why would I want to sit down and compromise with people who enhanced this problem we have in America with the three years of deficit spending: 1.42 trillion; 1.29 trillion; 1.65 trillion? The debt in the past four years has gone up 5 trillion dollars. Why do I want to listen to people like that? Because I don’t think that they are going to give me any good solutions.
The bottom line is this. We have got to turn this ship around. I am not going to lower my standards. I am not going to do anything but stand upon the values you sent me up her for!
For twenty two years you asked me to do one simple thing. You asked me to always protect your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. You asked me to guard the great symbols of this country. In November of 2010 you gave me the privilege and honor to take off a uniform, put on a suit and tie, and continue to serve you.
I will continue to protect you. I will continue to protect your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. I will not let you down!
God bless you all, God bless America, and thank you to the tea party.