Monthly Archives: September 2020

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 9.28.20

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The Left’s Three Branches of Rule

A good many of us grew up taking Civics in school and learned about the three branches of government, with their roles and responsibilities. And, even if you were not paying attention in school, we had Schoolhouse Rock each Saturday morning on ABC reinforcing such lessons.

My, how things have changed.

Today, if you speak with someone who has recently become a citizen of these United States, they can tell you more about our government, and history, than most Americans. That is because they took it to heart to study and pass the citizenship test, which I would offer, many Americans could not do.

Today, we do not have objective instruction of Civics, the teaching of the three branches of government — Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. We do not have an objective study of History, that has been replaced in many schools by a subjective dogma called Social Studies. Today, there is a move to revise American history to say that our founding was in 1619, when the first slave ship touched our shores, instead of July 4, 1776, when we declared our Independence.

We will close out this month without any real hoopla or celebration of Constitution Day, September 17, 1787, when our rule of law was signed. We have lost that understanding of those three branches of government. The Legislative is the most powerful and passes legislation to become law. The Executive signs the passed legislation into law, or vetos it from becoming law, and sends it back to the Legislative branch. The Judicial branch interprets the law and hears cases to adjudicate according to compliance with established law.

I would easily state that we have drifted away from that foundation.

For the progressive socialist left — now called the Democrat Party — they do not embrace this fundamental premise of our Constitutional Republic. The left is not interested in the three branches of government, but rather the three branches of rule: media, academia, and the courts. We see this played out every day in our America. The left knows that if they control the narrative, the message, they can control the people. where have we seen that before?

Our Constitution speaks of freedom of the press, but, I believe our Founders wanted an objective press, not a state-controlled propaganda tool.

The left needs to control academia in order to raise the next generation of little socialists, Marxists, progressive leftists. This is why divergent thought — meaning conservative thought — is shunned on college and university campuses. And, now, we see a full-scale assault on local education, meaning high schools, middle and elementary grades, by leftists in control of school boards implementing a curriculum of indoctrination, not education.

But, it is in our courts where the left seeks true dominance. It is there that the mentality of legislating from the bench and judicial activism is most apparent. Even today we hear of Senate Democrats speaking of controlling the US Senate so that they may “stack the US Supreme Court,” an endeavor last envisioned by one Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat.

Here in Texas, we see the Texas Democrat Party not going out and attempting to win this election by the strength of their ideals; no, they are seeking to manipulate it through the courts. The Texas Democrats have gone up to the US Fifth Circuit Court to overturn Texas election law stating that the 65 years and above standard for absentee ballots reflects age discrimination. The Fifth Court ruled against them. Their objective is simply this: to institute mass mail-in balloting.

This past week — Friday to be exact — the Texas Democrat Party got an Obama-appointed judge in the US Federal Court, South Texas district, Laredo, to overturn Texas election law and have us go back to straight party ticket voting, yes, three weeks before early voting begins. Why? Because the left knows that it is easier for their mindless lemmings to hit one box, than to exude diligence in staying in the voting booth. Then again, George Soros can just pay them.

In Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Carolina, leftist judges are deciding that mail-in ballots may be received up to four, seven, and, even 14 days after November 3rd. Why is it that we are getting these decisions from the judicial branch and not something decided by the legislative branch? After all, this is changing election law. It’s simple: the left knows the key to their type of control, power, is through the courts, with ideologue activist judges, not constitutional jurists.

So, now, we have the latest apoplectic rage from the progressive socialist left, the SCOTUS nomination of Amy Coney-Barrett. President Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee in his first term has the left in a fit of madness. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, even referred to impeachment to prevent the president from making a nomination. Now, any graduate of Schoolhouse Rock knows that is absurd. You cannot impeach a president for doing their constitutionally mandated, Article II, enumerated power to nominate justices to the Supreme Court. Nothing scares the left more than to see a generational shift in the composition of the US Supreme Court or any judicial position.

Here in Texas, two years ago, Republicans lost approximately 56 judicial positions. This year, we have four State Supreme Court justices and three Criminal Court of Appeals judges up for reelection. Yes, in Texas, We The People of Texas have a say. It would be utterly detrimental to the future of Texas to allow “useful idiots” (the verbiage of Vladimir Lenin) to vote for judicial activists who only care about a certain leftist ideological agenda, in essence, ruling by court mandate, not legislative effect.

We live in a Constitutional Republic, not a constitutional monarchy. Mandates, rules, edicts, orders, and decrees are not the way we live in Texas or America. We must restore the three branches of government and ensure there are those checks and balances of the usurpation of power from any one branch.

Here in Texas, we want to be governed — not ruled — and we will never accept the left’s three branches of rule. 

The Democrats Have Always Been the Party of Systemic Racism

Austin, TX, Release: September 23, 2020. For Immediate Release 

Since its inception, the Republican Party of Texas has been working to provide equal opportunity for all American citizens regardless of their race. The Democrat Party can claim no such mantle since it has long been the party of slavery, Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, and mass incarceration.

Chairman West perfectly highlights this in his statement below:

“We hear the rantings from the left about systemic racism, but the truth cannot be hidden. Joe Biden is a representative of the real purveyors of systemic racism in America, the Democrat Party. Their delusional hypocrisy is utterly disconcerting, abjectly disturbing. This short video gives evidence, using Biden’s own words, of the depth of the disdain they have for the Black community. And shame upon Kamala Harris to embrace the politics of personal opportunism to further betray those with whom she claims unity as being “Black.” Never forget, the Republican Party of Texas was founded on July 4th, 1867 by 150 courageous Black men. At the same time the Democrats were creating the Ku Klux Klan. The once violent racism of the Democrats has been replaced by the soft bigotry of low expectations, but it’s just a continuation of systemic racism.”

The video, made by Black Voices for Trump, cited by Chairman West in his statement above, is posted below.

The Texas GOP wants every community in Texas to succeed and hopes more of the Black community will join us as we lobby for school choice, defend the Second Amendment, and work to bring more white collar and blue collar jobs to Texas.

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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 9.21.20

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“The American Thermopylae”

Some of you may wondering about the title of this week’s memo as given above. This is why I support a true classical education and the study of history. When anyone in western civilization sees the word Thermopylae, it should create a sense of honor and regard.

It was there, circa 480 BC, that Spartan King Leonidas with his personal, hand-selected guard of 300 Spartans — and a coalition of other Greek city-states — stood in a narrow gap at a place colloquially called “the hot gates,” named Thermopylae.

Before them stood the invading army of Xerxes, king of Persia who was returning to avenge his father’s defeat at Marathon 10 years previously, and defeat the ideals of individual liberty and democracy. In essence, freedom and liberty stood before tyranny and subjugation.

At the beginning of the battle, Xerxes demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas’ reply was “Molon Labe.” The battle was enjoined, and over the course of two days, the Spartan-led coalition wrought massive death and casualties upon the attacking horde of Persia. Then, a Greek traitor provided information to the Persians about a secret pass that would lead to the encirclement of Leonidas’ force. Leonidas chose one Spartan warrior to take a message back to the city-state of Sparta, “Go tell the Spartans, and strangers passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.”

The Spartan code, the law of Lycurgus, was “no surrender, no retreat.” Thus, Leonidas and his remaining Spartans were killed at that place called Thermopylae. However, their sacrifice bought valuable time, and rallied all of Greece.

In the end, Xerxes was defeated, and individual liberty, freedom, and democracy was saved in Greece, and for the rest of the world.

And, so it was, some 2300 years later that there was a small mission, a garrison, in what we call San Antonio, Texas, today, that history did, indeed, repeat itself. There, at the place called The Alamo, some 185 men came together; a coalition of men who answered the call of arms, of duty. They were Texians, Mexicans, Georgians, Tennesseeans, and those from Missouri and South Carolina. They were led by a young 26-year-old from the Palmetto State, named William Barrett Travis.

They took up their positions on February 23, 1836 and watched the gathering army of Mexican dictator General Santa Anna take the field. On February 24th, Col. Travis chose one man, Juan Seguin, to deliver a message to General Sam Houston. The Travis letter requested support and aid, and it spoke of no surrender, no retreat…about honor of sacrifice and closed with the immortal words, “Victory or Death.”

For 13 days, over 180 men fought, and held, buying time for Houston and for what had been declared, an independent Republic of Texas. No reinforcements came, no support, but, a line in the sand was drawn and every man accepted that challenge, knowing their true end.

So it was, on March 6, 1836 The Alamo fell, and every defender was killed, put to death, and their bodies piled and burned. Iconic American names such as Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett perished that memorable day, the day of the American Thermopylae.

Now, this week, on September 22, the Texas Historical Commission will vote on the moving of The Alamo’s open tomb memorial, The Cenotaph. There are those who say we need to “reimagine” The Alamo. I say, we need to simply “Remember The Alamo.”

History and heroism do not need be reimagined. These are character traits that should be taught to each and every new generation. The Spartans, today, in Greece, embrace their legacy. We Texans should do the same. However, it was just a few years ago that the Texas State Board of Education had to meet in emergency session to prevent the removal of the word “heroic” from Texas state history books with reference to The Alamo defenders. This is not “revisionist” history, this is a dedicated effort to erase our history.

Texans have spoken — and resoundingly reject — any design that will move The Cenotaph from its current location, near the very north wall where the Mexican Army stormed the garrison. There is no doubt that The Cenotaph’s current location is on The Alamo battleground. But, the woke cancel culture mob supporters who sit on the San Antonio City Council do not see themselves as protectors of those who defended Texas. No, they would rather surrender Texas history, an American iconic symbol, to the progressive socialist leftist mob.

The Texas Historical Commission must vote with the people of Texas who said, with over 90 percent support, that they did not want The Cenotaph moved, or The Alamo “reimagined.” They prefer it be remembered by future generations just as it is, and revered. We do a disservice to those who sacrificed all if we move their open tomb just to appease some real estate developers and leftists.

It should be a matter of pride for Texans, and all Americans to visit The Alamo, gaze upon the faces and names of those on The Cenotaph, and remember the men who sacrificed so that the Lone Star State would come into existence.

I am a Tennessee Volunteer, and a former member of the US House of Representatives. Whenever I visit The Alamo and look upon The Cenotaph, I see the man whose legacy I carry, Davy Crockett. And Congressman Crockett, says, “remember us.”

The Greek words “Molon Labe,” translated into English, mean “Come, Take.” The fight for Texas liberty started on October 2, 1835 when the Texians responded to the Mexican cavalry demand to return a cannon. “Come and Take It.”

The Alamo is our American Thermopylae. The Alamo Defenders are our Spartans. Leave The Cenotaph where it is, and honor their memory, and commitment to our present-day liberty.

Chairman Allen West Condemns Any Attempt to Move the Alamo’s Cenotaph

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Austin, TX, Release: September 18, 2020. For Immediate Release

Chairman West and the entire Republican Party of Texas condemn the San Antonio City Council’s upcoming vote to move the Cenotaph. In the most recent election, 97 percent of Texas Republicans voted to keep the Cenotaph and other historic monuments where they are.

As Chairman West said, “the San Antonio City Council is in a rush to appease the mob, and by doing so will set a precedent that we can abandon our history and heroes. No Texan should support such an egregious measure.”

The men who gave their lives at the Alamo deserve our respect and gratitude. Any attempt to move their tombstone is an insult to their sacrifice. The GOP of Texas is diametrically opposed to any measure that will lead to desecration of that hallowed ground.

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The Texas GOP is Concerned About Potential Voter Suppression in Harris County

Austin, TX, Release September 16, 2020. For Immediate Release 

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Allen West is calling on the Harris County Clerk, Chris Hollins, to publicly pledge to follow through with court orders — from the Texas Supreme Court and the Federal 5th Circuit Court — to immediately halt any plans to release millions of ballot applications across Harris County. 

Chairman West has aptly pointed out that “millions of printed, unsecured ballot applications at a printing company in Harris County is a key ingredient in the recipe for voter fraud.”

Based on the Democrat’s blatant disregard for Texas election law, Chairman Allen West strongly encourages Chris Hollins, in the interest of transparency, to share his plans for ballot security and all election plans with the Secretary of State, Office of the Attorney General, and the public at large, in the interest of transparency. 

The Republican Party of Texas is deeply concerned about voter suppression and the undermining of our electoral integrity. 

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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 9.14.20

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“The Perversion of the Progressive Socialist Left”

My wife, Angela, and I are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters, Aubrey, 27, and, Austen, 23. We were — and still are — very protective of them and their innocence. Yes, I was one of those dads who guarded the honor of my daughters with my life, to defend them against any potential danger . . . and I always will be.

And. so it is that I find the recent Netflix movie, “Cuties” to be abjectly disturbing. I find it utterly disconcerting that anyone would endeavor to make a film that glorifies the sexualization of little girls, especially in this day and age.

What is unconscionable to me is that there are actually those who would defend such despicable — dare I say, deplorable? — sexual abuse of little girls.

Who is taking up the defense of such a highly deviant film? Yes, the progressive socialist left.

At the time of this writing, there has only been one Democrat, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who has publicly spoken out against this movie. I have not heard anything from Barack and Michelle Obama, who have become part of the Netflix family.

This film should strike a nerve with us here in the Lone Star State, as Texas is the number one state in America for human and sex trafficking. As a matter of fact, it was just a few weeks ago that several human trafficking stash houses were raided along the Mexico/Texas border. In our beloved Texas, Houston and Dallas are the two top cities for human and sex trafficking. Yet, we hear little to nothing from the leftists in Texas about this issue. Remember, it is the left, the Democrats, who want open borders and decriminalize illegal border crossing.

There is no dismissing the fact that the drug cartels in Mexico have made trafficking of humans — children — a lucrative business. We have an entertainment outlet, Netflix, that is aiding and abetting this scourge by glorifying the sexualization of little girls.

But, the issue goes even further than that when you consider the leftist sex education curriculum in Texas. Let us not forget the Austin Independent School District (ISD) sex education curriculum that was approved to be taught to 3rd to 8th graders. Let me just say it is pornographic considering the leftist school board thinks it’s fine to teach our children about sodomy. This reinforces why I often state that the most important elected position in America is to the school board.

This election cycle we have several school board races, and also Texas State Board of Education positions that will appear on the ballot. It is imperative that we cease allowing the perversion of the progressive socialist left to harm our children. We expect our children to be educated, not indoctrinated into perversions based upon the ideological agenda of the progressive socialist left as advanced by the radical LGBTQ organizations.

Speaking of LGBTQ radicalism, one need only look at what just occurred in California. As reported by the Los Angeles Times on September 11th, under the title of “Newsom signs bill intended to end discrimination against LGBTQ people in sex crimes convictions:”

Discrimination against LGBTQ people in sex crime convictions will be outlawed under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom late Friday evening.

The measure, Senate Bill 145, will amend existing state law that allows judges to decide whether an adult convicted of having vaginal sexual intercourse with a minor should register as a sex offender in cases in which the minor is 14 years or older and the adult is not more than 10 years older that the minor.

Currently, adults who are convicted of having oral or anal sex with a minor under those circumstances are automatically added to the state’s sex offender registry. SB 145 will eliminate automatic sex offender registration in those cases and give judges discretion to make that decision.”

I pray that each of you will read those italicized words and realize that the progressive socialist left is fully seeking to mainstream pedophilia. The language that Gavin Newsom just signed into law means that a 23-year-old can engage in sexual relations with a 14-year-old, and not be considered a sex offender, as it is less than a difference of 10 years.

I hope you will begin to see the evidence of the progressive socialist left’s perversion and lack of care for our children, especially girls. The wanton acceptance of the film “Cuties,” the lack of addressing human and sex trafficking in Texas, and the disturbing sex education curriculum being pushed by leftists in Texas are all evidence of such.

And, now this incredibly deranged SB 145 law in California. 

Texans, think about this: the Democrats want to “turn Texas blue,” meaning make it more like California. Is that really what we want? Do we truly want, in a state that is number one for sex trafficking, to mainstream sexual deviancy with our children?

This is also why we need to keep leftist judicial activists out of our courts in Texas.

Parents, we are the storm!

Chairman West’s Weekly Message for 9.8.20

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“Equality of Opportunity versus Equality of Outcomes”

We are within 60 days of a defining election, and even closer to the start of early voting.

If you listen to the leftist media outlets, they tell us that our country, America, is a land of racism, not opportunity. They are teaching our children that our beloved Republic started in 1619 when slaves first arrived on these shores. They do not want us to believe that America began on July 4th, 1776. These are the same media outlets that would not want you to know that our Republican Party of Texas was founded — in Houston, on July 4th, 1867 — by 150 black men.

My story is that of opportunity. A kid born in 1961 in a blacks-only hospital, Hughes Spalding, in Atlanta. Today, that same fella is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, a former member of the US House of Representatives, and now Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. It is all possible because, here, in America, in Texas, we are endowed by our Creator, the Judeo-Christian God, with unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In essence, the greatest equality we possess in America is the equality of opportunity. That means no matter where you are born, no matter where you come from, here in Texas, all across America, you can achieve whatever hopes, dreams, and aspirations your individual will, determination, and drive desire. We are all “dreamers” in America, not just some politically identified demographic.

But, what is the opposite of our equality of opportunity; what is its antithesis? It is the progressive socialist left’s concept — nightmare — of equality of outcomes. Really, when you analyze what “social justice” really means, it is the forcible mandate of equality for all . . . social egalitarianism. That results in a few elites deciding what our outcomes shall be, based solely upon their subjective interpretation, centered on their ideological agenda, of what is just, right, and equal.

We are all blessed as individuals with our respective talents, gifts, intellect, and exceptionalism. In America, Texas, we believe that the individual is sovereign over the institution of government. Progressive socialists take the opposing viewpoint; they see the institution of government, man, sovereign over the individual. Leftists do not embrace the fundamental American ideal of individual rights. They prefer, no demand, collective subjugation.
How does one subjugate individuals? It is simple: fail to truly educate society and its future generations. Instead, indoctrinate it, and control the culture as well as the media narrative.

This is why VP Joe Biden has come forward and stated that he will eliminate charter schools. For the left, any competition to their state-controlled indoctrination centers is a threat. As a matter of fact, one of the planks in Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto was State control of education. This is why the school board member is the most important elected position in our nation. If you do not believe me, just take a look at what is happening in Texas with Austin, San Antonio (NE). and Carrol Independent School Districts (ISD). We are well aware of the socialist, Marxist indoctrination happening on our Texas college and university campuses. All this breeds the next generation of leftist radicals, whom we are watching riot and enact violence and chaos on our streets.

Equality of opportunity leads to economic empowerment while equality of outcomes leads to economic enslavement. Equality of opportunity creates victors! Equality of outcomes results in victims. So many have come to America, legally, and found the equality of opportunity. Even those, like my predecessors, who were forcibly brought here to these shores, eventually found equality of opportunity, even under the most horrible conditions.

That is why my ideological mentor is Booker T. Washington. He was a slave who became one of the greatest educators and orators in the history of America. His autobiography, Up From Slavery is the testimony of equality of opportunity. His three-point principles of education, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance are the keys to having our pursuit of happiness.

The progressive socialist left believes that they can guarantee happiness by determining your outcomes. It has always proven unsuccessful and we must reject it again this election cycle, and in the future. Sir Winston Churchill aptly defined socialism:

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Sir Winston Churchill

Equality of opportunity is the Texas way, and, the American way. Equality of outcomes just ends up with equal sharing of misery because no one can guarantee your happiness. But in Texas, you can damn well pursue it on your own merit.

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The Republican Party of Texas Will Not Be Providing Support for Vanessa Tijerina

Austin, TX, Release: September 4, 2020.  For Immediate Release

The Republican Party of Texas will not be providing any resources to the SD-27 candidate, Vanessa Tijerina.

Due to multiple arrests and shocking evidence of driving under the influence, using controlled substances, and endangering a child, we will not be supporting her campaign in any way.

Ms. Tijerina’s behavior does not reflect the values of the GOP of Texas, and we do not wish to promote anyone of her character.

The Republican County Chairs of Cameron, Hidalgo Kleberg, Kenedy, and Willacy have all joined us in withholding support for her campaign. Many of the Chairs have also passed resolutions against her.

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Democrats Plan to Use Mail-in Ballots to Undermine the Elections in Harris County and Across the Country

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Austin, TX, Release: September 2, 2020. For Immediate Release

It has become abundantly clear that Democrats across the country plan to use the pandemic to force mail-in ballots to flood the country. This would undermine election integrity by dumping millions of loose ballots across the nation. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Harris County, Texas where Chris Hollins, the County Clerk and Texas Democrat Party Treasurer, is pushing to dump 2.7 million mail-in ballots in his jurisdiction. 

Eric Holder, Chair of the National Democrat Redistricting Committee, published an op-ed in Time magazine on April 14th where he highlighted his desire to restructure the American electoral process.

“It would be foolhardy to take these pro-democracy measures off the table after we get on the other side of the virus. These are changes that we should make permanent because it will enhance our democracy.”

These plans include massively increasing mail-in voting and creating at-home voting options.  

Allowing our electoral processes to be altered during the pandemic will embolden Democrats to codify those changes permanently. Their goal is to use this emergency to undermine our elections and legitimize processes that harm the value of each citizen’s vote.

As Mayor Rahm Emanual said, “never let a good crisis go to waste.”  

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