My commitment to equality of opportunity, not equality of outcomes

Sunday morning I awoke in Greenwich, Connecticut to a beautiful sunrise. I went for a nice run through Brice Park enjoying the woods and pondering what it must have been like living here during the Revolutionary War. After my run, I enjoyed breakfast sitting next to a magnificent yacht docked in the harbor. I was invited to Greenwich to present the SPC Gordon Raymond James “Pay it Forward” Award to some very good friends, who have been stalwart in their support to our veterans: Leora and Steve Levy at the Greenwich Polo Club.

In a short 53 years, life has taken me from very humble beginnings, born and raised in an inner city neighborhood in Atlanta, to having breakfast at the Greenwich Harbor. That ladies and gentlemen is the essence of American exceptionalism — which we must fight to ensure remains part of our DNA, the American genetic code for future generations.

And how does this happen? It happens because in this great Constitutional Republic we believe — at least some of us believe — in an equality of opportunity that promotes our ability to succeed regardless of our beginnings.

However, there are those who do not share that same belief, because their concept is rooted in an equality of outcomes whereby government and manipulative progressive socialists determine how far you can go — what you can achieve. They believe they are the selectors of the winners and losers.

It is that belief — equality of outcomes — that falsely motivates people to believe that all they can achieve in America is a minimum wage job, and that it is a career pursuit. Therefore, in the appalling goal to limit and constrain the outcomes, these people, under the guise of misconceived benevolence, advocate for higher minimum wages — $15 to $22 an hour – in effect, relegating an entire demographic into continued poverty — not greater opportunity.

Countless Americans will come to believe — and it becomes a generational phenomenon — that government will give to them, as they feel entitled, therefore stymieing their own personal ambition, will, desire, and determination to one day sit and have breakfast at Greenwich Harbor.

Today, I am in Long Island to support a fellow veteran and congressional candidate, New York State Senator and U.S. Army Reserve Major Lee Zeldin. And as usual, the progressive socialist Left is attacking Lee for having me come and support him. Why? Why would these leftists have an issue with a 53-year-old retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives with two masters degrees married for 25 years to a successful financial broker who has an MBA — from Long Island University — and a PhD? Oh yeah, I’m black and my wife Angela is a naturalized American citizen of Jamaican heritage whose father is a retired Army Master Sergeant, and we have two daughters — seniors in college and high school.

Why is that so very threatening to the progressive socialist Left? Because my wife and I represent equality of opportunity — and not servitude and surrender to the liberal progressive welfare nanny-state. Furthermore, we are vocal as black conservatives – and that scares the hell out of those who seek economic enslavement of minorities, not economic empowerment. They embrace the pimps of poverty who will continue to degrade the American dream for more Angelas and Allens.

And that is why the vile vicious attacks ensue as I prepare to join Lee Zeldin, Larry Kaifesh, Dan Bongino, Mia Love, Joni Ernst, Tom Cotton and others in helping them to further the American dream, American exceptionalism. The belief in the equality of opportunity.

Consider this Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY) who attacked a veteran like Lee Zeldin with an ad putting Lee’s face on the cowardly lion character of the Wizard of Oz. And his attacks on me — a fellow veteran and paratrooper seeking to assist and support another. It’s all because of a fear of men and women who have made an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. It’s not good for business for progressive socialist politicians whose relationships and closeness to teachers unions and charlatans such as Al Sharpton outweigh a commitment to serve the American people — their constituents.

This is why I am undeterred in my quest to restore this Republic and ensure for future generations their dreams and hopes are secured — the dream of policies promoting growth, opportunity, and promise.

Simply put, I am committed to an endeavor, an effort to secure our nation from its enemies — foreign and domestic — that would keep more young minorities from ever being able to awake and see a sunrise over Greenwich Harbor. I am dedicated to American exceptionalism — the firm belief in equality of opportunity for Americans, not the subservience of equality of outcomes.

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TugboatPhil
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Thank you, Sir, for not confining yourself to one of the neat little boxes that progressives use to contain people. It is our heritage to not be restricted to the life or circumstances of our ancestors, but it’s something that must be fought for lest we lose it.

cweat
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Sometimes it takes above average fortitude to stand in the gap- particularly these days. Thanks for doing so.

Rancho Del Valkayrie
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Ohhhhhhh please Colonel the nation may be great in providing opportunity, but im sure as you had, one needs affirming and regulated guidance in order to have a real chance as yourself at grabbing the brass ring.

Earl Lee
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You find all the loons you can to purchase your tee shirts and books filled with fake quotes! Don’t act like you WORKED for this money Allen (buy my tee shirts) west. You are only using the Sarah (I QUIT) Palin playbook to become a multi-millionaire!

Daniel Corcoran
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You obviously went to a common core school! You didn’t learn anything

Earl Lee
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You are obviously a LOON!

Ryan Flaim
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Why are you angry Sir? This is all too typical. A reaction such as this is a clever and convenient way to take the focus off of the actual issues.

Earl Lee
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I LAUGH AT YOU with the “ACTUAL ISSUES” comments. This is too darn funny…people actually take opinion as FACTS!! COMEDY!!

MotherBatherick
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Progressive socialists may have dimmed and tarnished our good name, “These United States of America” but, they have not blinded us with their razzle-dazzle to the point where we cannot think and do for ourselves. We still do and will prove it come November.

Molon Labe!

Ryan Flaim
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Hi Mr. West I am a huge fan. I could not agree with you more on basically every major issue facing the country right now we see eye to eye on what needs to happen. I see you are in Long Island. I live in Long Island and would like to attend whatever function you will be attending for Mr. Zeldin if the public is allowed. If not, I would like to somehow meet and talk to you to gain more of your insights from you first hand. I’d be happy and proud to help you in anyway possible get… Read more »
Ron Coon
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That is the voice of a true American. One day, sir, you will be the First Black American President, Barry, ain’t it.

GINGRICH/WEST 2016: Welcome to the liberals worst nightmare.

Earl Lee
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GINGRICH/WEST? Seriously? Please explain to mean how in the world Allen (buy my tee shirt) west can run for ANY political office?? What he is doing in this post is saying THANK YOU too all you LOONS that buys his books, tee shirts and other products. YOU are the ones that put him in Greenwich, Connecticut!

Earl Lee
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ALLEN west is a FRAUD!!! The GUARDIAN FUND has collected over 4 million dollars and has given only 20k to candidates while over 3 million has gone for fundraising! How in the WORLD do you spend 3 millions on fundraising to give away 20k?? You LOONS keep supporting this CON MAN!!!

Polarbearpapa
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Got a little hatefest going this morn’n do ya Earl…..

Earl Lee
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TRUTHFEST goest on EVERYDAY!

Earl Lee
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This is how you get to Greenwich….you LIE!!

Polarbearpapa
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“Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday and St. Tuesday, will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.”
Benjamin Franklin