Sunday, May 12, 2013

Should I Decline Lunch?

Allen West, retired Lieutenant-Colonel and Congressman (R-FL), would like to treat a few sympathetic bloggers and e-friends to lunch:

"Dear Priscilla,

I'd like to treat you to lunch.

The one thing I miss about serving in Congress is constantly meeting with constituents and hearing their opinions and ideas. That's why I've decided to treat three Guardian Fund supporters to lunch to discuss what we need to do to preserve America's legacy of liberty for future generations.

You could be one of the lucky three—so enter today!

As you know, we recently conducted a survey of tens of thousands of individuals about the biggest issues facing Americans today. I'd like to continue this dialogue with you—in person—in an informal setting where you can share with me what's on your mind, and of course enjoy a tasty meal. My goal is to use your opinions and ideas to help select the 12 hard-charging conservative candidates the Guardian Fund will support in the 2014 elections.

Donate $12 today to be automatically entered for your chance to join me for lunch.

If you're one of the lucky winners, but you don't live nearby, we'll fly you to and from Washington, DC, so you can join me. That's how much I want to meet you! But we'll be picking the winners before Memorial Day, so make sure you register for your chance to win right away.

Thanks, and I look forward to meeting you!

Allen West
Lt. Col. Allen B. West, USA (ret)
U.S. Congressman (2011-2013)
"

For the cost of lunch in a decent place, some lucky person (or couple, I hope) could get a free trip to Washington...after the cherry blossoms, but before the weather gets bad. Nice. I don't have twelve e-dollars, but somebody out there might chip in that much.

So I asked Adayahi if he wanted to drive up to Washington...and that's why I'm sharing this post.

Recap: Although he doesn't type and hasn't found time to dictate an article since he offered to dictate a book two years ago, Adayahi is our primary source of updates on veterans' affairs. He was in Vietnam. He survived Agent Orange and worse, with dramatic-looking scars, but no noticeable loss of ability to do any kind of job. He doesn't look as old as John McCain, but he's older.

And I had to tell you that he declined to go to lunch in Washington, with anybody...because he's needed at home...to help a sick relative.

I think that's the way our veterans ought to be, and I'd like to encourage Americans, especially those who've not seen our capital city yet, to contribute to the Guardian Fund and ensure that our heroes continue to have advocates there.