BY ALLEN WEST
Earlier this year, I was nominated to serve on the Board of Advisers for Amegy Bank, Dallas Region. That’s why I can tell you what the unconstitutional Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is really doing to our small to medium-sized financial institutions. And remember, the Constitution grants the enumerated power to levy taxes andraise revenue, to only one portion of our government: the U.S. House of Representatives. Any other government agency doing so through excessive regulations and rules is acting outside the mandate of our rule of law. That is what the CFPB does, and why it should not exist, as it is a politically-charged agency being used as a weapon — kinda like the IRS.
But, I digress… This past Monday I attended the Dallas Citizens Council annual luncheon that featured AT&T head, Randall Stevenson, and JP Morgan Chase head, Jamie Dimon. It was a great exchange between these two leaders in our private sector of major companies. However, there was a theme I picked up from the luncheon, and it started before the event even began.
I was waiting for the event to commence when a young lady who recognized me came up to chat. She was quite upset and expressed it to me…I get that a lot, folks. She was fuming about the tweeting of President Trump. I could understand that. But she then went into being upset with the GOP, saying she no longer recognized the Republican party…I concurred, but it was on a policy and ideology basis. Her angst was about the supposed repeal of the Johnson Amendment, and that she was a staunch believer in “separation of church and state.” Oh boy, I had a great moment for a tutorial.
I pulled out my worn pocket-sized Cato Institute burgundy leather-bound Declaration of Independence and Constitution. I then told her that “separation of church and state” is not mentioned anywhere in our founding documents. I let her know that it’s not codified as law at all, but rather was a concept written in a letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury (CT) Baptist Convention.
What Jefferson was asserting was that, unlike England, he did not want a head of state to also be a head of church in America…which was what Henry VIII did. I explained that was where religious persecution starts and the reason why the very first right in our First Amendment of our Bill of Rights was freedom of religion. She was astonished because she truly believed that separation of church and state was a law.
I then explained to her what the Johnson Amendment, named for then Texas Senator Lyndon Johnson, was all about. Her fear was that we would start having religious leaders involved in the political process. The Johnson Amendment was produced by Senator Johnson to shut down the growing civil rights movement that was being championed by black pastors, ministers and religious leaders. Church leaders in the black community were held in high regard and they had taken the major leadership position to address the issue of civil rights to their congregation. Again, she was astonished with this revelation, and I reminded her that John Kerry and Hillary Clinton were often campaigning in black churches, speaking from the pulpit.
It was a good moment to share historical truth and facts with someone.
During the exchange between Randall Stevenson and Jamie Dimon, Mr. Dimon made a great point. He asked when was it that anyone ever asked Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren what is socialism? We shared with y’all here the story about college students who are embracing the idea of socialism…but do they really know what it is? As Mr. Dimon said, socialism is all about government control of industry — what I call the means of economic production — nationalizing it under its purview. That is what led Venezuela down the road to perdition, nationalizing the oil and gas industry and economic production.
The theme I got from that Monday luncheon is that we’re witnessing an utter, and purposeful, dumbing down of America. And this isn’t just in our schools, but throughout our society. Who in God’s name would want socialism in America? Funny thing, George Soros is a hedge fund manager. Does anyone think that Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon, really wants socialism — after all his net worth just went over $100 billion. Do Warren Buffet, Tom Steyer, Mark Zuckerberg, or the Hollywood and entertainment elites really want socialism? Hey, does Michael Moore want government telling him what movies he can make and how much he can charge? Hmm, methinks they want it for us, but they desire crony capitalism that keeps them rich.
Vladimir Lenin stated that the goal of socialism is communism…is that what we really want? I guess we want murderous, maniacal psychopaths like Stalin, Mao, Kim Jung Un, or Nicolas Maduro running our country? And remember that Nazi stood for National Socialist. Don’t believe me? Ask George Soros, after all, he was one.
Remember those commercials that said, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste?” We need leaders in America who educate and inform. Perhaps this is a great platform for President Trump to utilize Twitter — impart nuggets of knowledge and wisdom to the American people. Can you imagine if President Ronald Reagan had Twitter? Oh boy, the wisdom, insights, and knowledge he would have shared would have been impactful.
Why do we have this website? To do just that, make an impact. So, I ask of y’all, don’t just take what’s written here and share with those who agree with you….pass it on to those who do not. Eventually they may just stop deleting it, and read a post. And from that single drop into the waters of America, a ripple will begin.
Knowledge is power, and yes, there are those stuck on stupid…but perhaps we have an epoxy that can make them unglued.
Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at AllenBWest.com. Used with the permission of the author.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for Townhall.com, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.