February 18, 2012: Born February 7, 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia, Allen Bernard West is a Republican U.S. Representative representing Florida's 22nd congressional district. He has served since January 2011.
West earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee and his master's degree in political science from Kansas State University. He also earned a master of military arts and sciences degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military history and operations.
West joined the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in the tenth grade and entered the United States Army in 1983 after he graduated from the University of Tennessee. He served in the United States Army in Iraq and was a civilian adviser in Afghanistan. He saw over 20 years of active duty service and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.
West's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters, one Valor Device); Army Achievement Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster); Valorous Unit Award; Air Assault Badge; and the Master Parachutist Badge. He also received: the National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star device); Southwest Asia Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Army Overseas Service Ribbon (multiple awards); Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal W/Palm Tree and Kuwait Liberation Medal. In January 2004 FrontPage Magazine designatedits Man of the Year.
West condemned the official flying of a Palestine Liberation Organization flag in Washington, saying the raising of the flag is "an attempt to legitimize an organization with a known history of terrorist actions". In an interview with The Shalom Show, West was asked how he would work with others "like Keith Ellison, who supports Islam" West stated the Minnesota Congressman and practicing Muslim, represents the "antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established." West later contested his comment was misconstrued. He said the comments were "not about his Islamic faith, but about his continued support of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)." In a Boynton Beach Town Hall meeting, West told the Miami leader of CAIR that "I will always defend your right to practice a free religion under the First Amendment, but what you must understand, if I am speaking the truth, I am not going to stop speaking the truth. The truth is not subjective." In February 2011, West cited the threat of "radical Islamic terrorists" as his motivation for voting to extend provisions of the Patriot Act, however he voted against another extension in May.
But enough about the congressman and his politics; here is Allen West singing Click Here.'s classic "Pretty Woman".
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The video was taken at West's 51 birthday celebration