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 22nd District 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 [attorney] 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….[attorney] 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 Col. 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 Col. Allen West and Dr. Ben Carson both of whom are not afraid to stand the truth.