Greetings from Houston, Texas where I’m in town for the Dive Pirates Annual Ball. It’s a great organization that promotes adaptive dive training for individuals with spinal injury or lost limbs. I’m honored to be here, as they dubbed the theme for the evening “Year of the Patriot.” I dunno, kinda hard for an Atlanta guy to be in Houston and talk about “Patriots” right now — catch my drift? Also, I’ll be heading out Sunday for Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center cruise around the Caribbean with some awesome guest speakers. So, I’ll kinda be off the net but will write intermittent missives to give y’all an update and weigh in on pressing issues and matters.
And there’s one pressing issue that just has me astonished — and should you as well. I was driving down I-45 from Dallas to Houston Friday morning I heard this very disturbing news.
As reported by The Week, “In a last-ditch effort to block the confirmation of President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency director nominee Scott Pruitt, EPA employees have resorted to calling their senators.
(Ahead of) Pruitt’s confirmation vote… employees at the agency (were) growing increasingly worried about the possibility of a new boss who has vowed to “get rid of” the EPA and who sued the EPA “at least 14 times” while he was Oklahoma’s attorney general, The New York Times reported.
“It seems like Trump and Pruitt want a complete reversal of what EPA has done. I don’t know if there’s any other agency that’s been so reviled,” said EPA lawyer Nicole Cantello. “So it’s in our interests to do this.”
The bold and blatant effort is out of the ordinary, and perhaps unprecedented. “I’ve been here for 30 years, and I’ve never called my senator about a nominee before,” an EPA employee in North Carolina told The New York Times. Former EPA employee Judith Enck said the rebellion reveals how desperate EPA employees are to block Pruitt. “EPA staff are pretty careful. They’re risk-averse,” Enck said. “If people are saying and doing things like this, it’s because they’re really concerned.”
Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was indeed confirmed as the new Director of the EPA on Friday, obviously to the chagrin of the employees of the agency he’s about to lead.
What type of bizarro world are we living in where government employees of an agency are now calling to block the nominations of their future boss? Haven’t these folks EVER heard of the Hatch Act (which prevents government employees from lobbying)?
This is purely political activity and it should not and must not be tolerated. However, this abhorrent behavior has been playing out quite often in these early days of the Trump administration. There’ve been reported instances of similar actions in the Department of Defense and State, and we all know someone is leaking classified information to the liberal progressive media in order to undermine — no, sabotage — the peaceful transition of government.
These are government employees whose salaries are paid for by the American taxpayer. They should not be using their positions as political platforms, which is what the Hatch Act seeks to prevent. This just goes to further lend credibility to this belief that there’s some sort of residual rear guard, Obama shadow government left in place to create chaos for the incoming Trump administration.
Can you just imagine if, in February 2009, there were government agency employees calling their Senators, demanding they block Obama cabinet and agency appointees? The liberal progressive media would be going apoplectic! Instead they’re busy frothing over President Trump’s impromptu press conference from Thursday. Yes, it is the media’s fault they’re losing credibility and are hardly trusted. A story such as this should be receiving immense coverage, but instead, these rogue employees are being heralded as heroes and courageous by the leftists.
It’s time some very serious actions take place, and the government unions are not going to like what I say. These folks cannot see themselves any longer as being impervious to suffering any consequences to their actions. Not just this, but also the failures of government inefficiency — a reason why there are so many government hired contractors.
These government employees must be fired.
They cannot operate in this realm of feeling “untouchable” any longer. Their paychecks are signed by us, the American taxpayer. They don’t work for any political party, cause, or in advancement of an ideology. They are part of the swamp, the bureaucratic administrative state, and there is no place more indicative of that than the IRS and the EPA. This agency in the past eight years was used as an ideological agenda weapon of mass destruction.
This past Wednesday evening, I addressed the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, and their stories about onerous EPA rules, regulations, and coercive practices evidences an agency that does not serve the people, but rather a big government philosophy. And now we have these EPA employees who seek to undermine their new boss. So how does Scott Pruitt come into an environment such as that? Needless to say, Director Pruitt can expect the same leaking, undermining, and sabotaging of his efforts in order to make him unsuccessful.
The left in America has become this unhinged tyrannical group of violent saboteurs. They appear to be unwilling to accept what they preached back in 2009, elections have consequences, and they lost. This ugly hypocrisy will not end well for them, and you can just imagine when President Trump removes the insidious protections that preclude government employees from being fired…shall I say VA scandal? Funny, how many scandals embroiled the Obama administration? Well, if you’re a liberal progressive Kool-aid drinking sycophant, you’ll reply “none.”
Let me close by putting this into military lexicon. The Obama administration has left an underground rear guard resistance in place. Its mission, task, and purpose is very clear…sabotage and undermine the Trump administration.
Therefore, as with any resistance action, the subversives must be found, rooted out, and eliminated from their positions of impact and influence. My recommendation to President Trump is an executive order — as he is the chief Executive officer of our federal government — to retain the power to fire and remove any government employee that performs in a substandard manner, or conducts subversive actions that are in violation of the Hatch Act. If there are employees in the EPA who want to be progressive socialist activists, fine, but not on the American taxpayer dime. Let George Soros pay y’all. Join Organizing for America, get a pre-printed protest sign and hit the streets.
What these employees at the EPA did was despicable and appalling and, yes, there must be consequences to their actions. It’s clear they cannot work at the EPA for the new Director against whom they made calls. They’re not loyal to him, so they can go serve somewhere else where they can be.
There must be no shadow government in the United States to erode the foundation of our Constitutional Republic. Playtime is over y’all!
Do we want to follow a man who has his act together and loves America or someone that is hell bent on making America a Muslim country? (That is really a question that the radical left and a lot of blacks need to answer.)
I don't know what penalties are allowed under the Hatch Act; but, if there is sufficient evidence to permit terminating the employees of the EPA, they should also be prosecuted under the Hatch Act and be subject to whatever penalties are called for.
It is time to clean out the swamp and what a better place then the EPA to start. I realy lke reading articals by Allen West and I wish they could find a spot for him in the Trump camp. On a sound note if they worked for obama they need to go.
We must support President Trump and as a member of the Tea Party he has my backing.
Allen West is a true American patriot who should have a much bigger platform upon which to share his wisdom. As to the EPA, shut it down today and no one will miss any of their power grabbing, usurping antics. Give a bureaucrat the least amount of authority and they run amok. They are nothing more than sycophants and are good for nothing moles who should be tried and convicted for breaking the Hatch Act.
President Trump deserves the space and freedom to make America great again and should find a position for LTC Allen West to contribute his wisdom and loyalty to serve this great nation of ours.
You are so correct.
And, yes, Trump needs Col. West in his administration, somewhere. He is way to valuable to not have his support. Col. West knows the muslims like the back of his hand and holds two Master's degrees. An incredible Patriot!!
I hope President Trump heeds this sage advice and follows it to the Letter !!, I, for one, am TIRED OF HEARING OF THESE FILTHY LEFTIST TACTICS, and want to see some MAJOR PAYBACK TO THESE SEDITIOUS BASTARDS !! I ALSO WISH TRUMP WOULD THROW OVOMIT , SWILLARY , PELOSI AND SCHUMER, UNDER THE PRISON FOR THEIR ROLES IN ALL OF THIS !!
Just love Allen West...maybe President Trump can put him in charge of sniffing out the subversives....