Allen West: Military service
Allegiance: United States of America
Service/branch: United States Army
Years of service: 19822004, 22 years
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Commands: 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division
Battles/wars: Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards: Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
"The origin of all civil government, justly established, must be a voluntary compact, between the rulers and the ruled; and must be liable to such limitations, as are necessary for the security of the absolute rights of the latter; for what original title can any man or set of men have, to govern others, except their own consent?
To usurp dominion over a people, in their own despite, or to grasp at a more extensive power than they are willing to entrust, is to violate that law of nature, which gives every man a right to his personal liberty; and can, therefore, confer no obligation to obedience. "