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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.30.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.30.20

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The Tale of Two Political Parties

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

— Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Greetings, everyone. I pray you all enjoyed a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving. I especially pray for those living under the rule of tyrants who sought to dictate the conditions by which you could enjoy your Thanksgiving. Who would have thought of such folly in our time where elected officials would display the arrogance of their officialdom and mandate what Americans could, could not, do in their own homes?

This leads to the focus of this week’s missive.

You can hate his tweets and despise his personality, but there is one thing we can be grateful to President Trump for: he exposed the progressive socialist left. No other Republican could have done what he has done in “smoking out” the left and forcing them out of their dark shadows. President Trump has illuminated the hypocrisy of the so-called Democrat (Socialist) Party and caused the political, cultural, academic, entertainment, and media elites to go completely apoplectic. That is a really smart way to say, “Nuts!”

I know we are all focused on the corruption and fraud perpetrated upon the American people by the Democrats in this 2020 election cycle. However, I want you to ponder this: for all the talk about President Trump being a racist, his reelection campaign received the highest electoral support for a Republican from minorities since Richard Nixon in 1960. That is right, it has been 60 years since a Republican presidential candidate, or sitting president, received such support from American minority communities. That is very telling because the resulting assessment is that there is an electoral reshaping occuring in America.

Think about it: Joe Biden asserted that you weren’t Black if you did not vote for him. And, just this past week, Barack Obama lost his mind in attacking the Hispanic community. Obama stated:

“Those of us who live in DC or New York or LA,” Obama argued, sometimes lack “a good enough sense of how big this country is and how a lot of folks do not accept at all” policies that people living in larger metropolitan areas take for granted. People were surprised about a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump, but there’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, you know, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts detainees, undocumented workers in cages. They think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion,” he explained.”

It would appear that former President Obama is back to his disparaging attitude towards those simple Americans who “cling to their guns and religion.” Yeah, I am one of those simple Americans. And, I am also a Black man, VP Biden.

It was not too long ago that, in the age of Obama — truly an age of foolishness, not wisdom — that headlines claimed “We Are all Socialists Now.” There were predictions that the Republican Party was going the way of the Whig Party. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as we have ascertained from this 2020 election cycle.

It is the Democrat Party brand that is tarnished. It is a party of leftist elites. It is a party that has fully embraced socialism, Marxism, and totalitarianism.

Two weeks ago, when Antifa thugs assailed peaceful Trump supporters in Washington DC, you heard not a word from Democrats. And, even now, as more and more evidence — yes, evidence — is presented that proves beyond reasonable doubt that there was fraud in this election cycle, the Democrats remain defiant, and delusional, in their dismissal.

The Democrat Party has become the party of fascism aligning themselves with a corrupt media and social media to suppress information, and its exchange, they do not like. The Democrat Party has become the party of the “dark winter,” instead of the party of light. Their facade of “hope and change” is nothing more than a retread of failed lefitst rhetoric that has been witnessed in the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Venezuela.

As a new electorate is shapes Republican Party, the Democrats are descending into an ideological abyss that is antithetical to the fundamental principles and values of our Constitutional Republic. One only has to gaze into the eyes of the deranged Senator Chuck Schumer who said, “first we change Georgia, then we change America/” Well, the left thought that they could change Texas and  “flip” it blue. We said no.

Our Republican Party of Texas was established on July 4, 1867 by 150 Black men. At the same time, the Democrats were establishing the Ku Klux Klan. Today, they have Antifa and BLM doing the same thing, enacting threats, intimidation, coercion, and violence in order to suppress individual rights.

When one examines the tale of the two political parties in America, we easily understand which one has been the party of racism, Jim Crow, segregation, and lynching. If you do not believe that, just watch the documentary, “Uncle Tom.”

The Democrat (Socialist) Party in America is one of foolishness, darkness, despair, corruption, delusion, and violence. That is why I find it unconscionable that Republicans, anywhere, would seek to offer any compromise, acquiescence, appeasement to the party of socialism, Marxism, and fascism.

Republicans were overwhelmingly successful in this election cycle because people rejected leftism. It is now time for Republicans to stand strong, and impose a constitutional conservative will upon those who would “fundamentally transform” our nation.

God granted King Solomon immense wisdom and discernment. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 29:2 (NIV), “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

The Republican Party must govern with righteousness according to our rule of law, our Constitution. The Democrat (Socialist) Party has proven that they seek to rule using the wicked means of intrusive and intolerant authoritarianism, and totalitarianism.

President Donald Trump has given America the best of times…let’s not allow the Democrats to lead us back into the worst of times. Heck, we had eight years of that under Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)
Republican Party of Texas

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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.23.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.23.20

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An American Soldier’s Reflection on Thanksgiving

Greetings everyone, and yes, Happy Thanksgiving! This is a special and blessed day when we gather in our homes with our loved ones to give thanks and count our blessings over a sumptuous meal. The tradition in the West family’s household is fried turkey and fried spiral ham. Hey, I am from down South, anything can be fried and made absolutely delicious. The first time I fried turkey for our family, that was it, no going back to baked turkey. And, so, we shall renew our tradition here, in our home, in Garland, Texas, as a family.

A truly special moment for me on Thanksgiving Day is my early morning run. It is then that I reflect back on my career active-duty soldier, on Thanksgiving. I remember those Thanksgiving days when I could not be with my family because I was deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan or stationed near the DMZ at Camp Casey Korea. It was those times, when I sat with my other family, my fellow brothers and sisters who were also deployed. There we were gathered in the respective “chow halls” — sorry I ain’t politically correct and never liked the dining facility moniker — eating our Thanksgiving meal. We all had that desire to be back home, but we all knew our task and purpose for being where we were.

We sat at our tables, laughed, and shared stories of what we thought our families would be doing on that day. I remember Thanksgiving in Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan and watching the soldiers from Romania taking pictures of the Thanksgiving feast . . . heck, the chow hall crew even did ice sculptures! You know what, y’all? Those Romanian troops could eat! And, it was heartwarming to hear them, and other foreign nation troops, wish us a Happy Thanksgiving. One of the best things was that we even got to invite some of our interpreters/translators to dine with us on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American experience based upon the Pilgrims, who fled religious persecution in England, surviving a harsh winter in their new home, our home, the one we call America. We congregate on this day to remember our blessings.

That is what we were so proud of, as troops deployed, that we were safeguarding, defending the blessings of liberty and freedom for the longest-running Constitutional Republic the world has ever known. We had the opportunity to share this special day with others, and tell our stories of America over a great meal. As the Christian song goes, “Count Your Blessings,” and, so we did . . . and, at the end of the day, we hit the rack, and prepared to carry on with our mission. Some of those deployed were standing guard on remote outposts, or on patrol, yet, somehow, we always found a way to ensure they got a little taste of Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving, in 2020, we are all counting our blessings as this abominable year draws to a close. And, even this day, Thanksgiving, has come under a politicized assault.

I find it unconscionable that there are those — Jay Inslee, Andrew Cuomo, Gavin Newsom, and Ralph Northam, all Democrat (Socialist) governors — who are making absurd declarations to restrict Thanksgiving. To tell any American family who they can have within their own home on this special day of giving thanks and remembering our blessings is beyond perplexing, it is tyrannical. For someone such as Gov. Northam to believe he can guilt-trip people into believing that restricting their Thanksgiving is an “act of love” reaches a level of absurdity that no one would believe.

Ask yourselves: is this really what our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are proud to defend as they are separated from their families this Thanksgiving? How have we devolved into the acceptance of a complete and utter disrespect of our private property rights, when government officials are under the delusion that they can mandate the activities within our very homes?

Not just that, but consider the words of one Democrat running for US Senate in the State of Georgia who stated that our men and women in uniform can’t serve God and serve the military. These words are so offensive, it is beyond belief. How does that make our men and women in uniform — deployed and away from their families — feel as they sit and thank God for the simple blessing of the meal they and their survival?

As a retired US Army veteran living in Texas, I can attest that I am not thankful for the nearly 5.2 million Texans who voted to end our oil and gas industry, relegating us to foreign energy dependence. They voted to open our borders to illegal immigration. To defund our police. To allow for the rule of the mob on our streets. To murder unborn babies in the womb right up to birth. To end private health insurance. To take away our Second Amendment right to defend ourselves. To institute a socialist economic model for this State and our America.

They voted for a corrupt career politician who in 47 years of elected officialdom has only one legislative achievement . . . and that was to lock up young black men he referred to as “predators.”

I am not thankful for the people who voted for the Democrat ticket, because they voted against the very oath that I, members of my family, and many others took, which is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. The rule of law means nothing to them. They have told us, the Guardians of this Republic, that suppressing religious freedom, restricting free speech, curtailing freedom of expression, and denying the right to peaceably assemble are only acceptable based upon their progressive socialist ideological agenda. They have shown us that they are willing to use fear, intimidation, coercion, threats, and violence to achieve your deranged and destructive ends.

They say that there are things you cannot discuss at the Thanksgiving table. Maybe if we go back to what those men and women throughout our history have fought for, and lost their lives to defend, and discuss that at the Thanksgiving table we would not be in this precarious situation for the future of our Republic.

Yes, I am one of those who clings to his guns and religion. Yes, I am one of those who stood guard upon the ramparts of freedom. Yes, I am an American — Georgian by birth, Texan by choice — and dedicated to preserving our individual rights, freedoms, and liberties. I will always discuss this at our Thanksgiving table . . . the question is, will you?

If you choose not to, then perhaps one day, this nation will be ruled by those who are telling us who and how many we can have in our homes for Thanksgiving. Remember that one of Karl Marx’s planks in his Communist Manifesto was the abolishment of private property rights . . . and, it is also part of this “Great Reset” dogma. 

Fortunately, that will never happen because Americans will never be collectively subjugated to the wanton evil of progressive socialism, Marxism, statism, or communism.

Always remember: there is no Thanksgiving Day for Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, or Saudi Arabia. Sadly, there are Americans, Texans, who voted for the same type of governing philosophy that dominates those despotic regimes. So, I give thanks for true American patriots, defenders of liberty, and those men and women who are deployed, and not able to be with their families for Thanksgiving this year.

God’s blessings; Happy Thanksgiving!

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)
Republican Party of Texas

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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.16.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.16.20

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Political Party and the Philosophy of Governance

We live in the longest running Constitutional Republic that the world has ever known, our home, these United States of America.

For those of us who call Texas home, we have this additional source of pride: the Lone Star State began as the Republic of Texas. Texas stands today as the only state in our Union that fought, solely, for its own independence, declared on March 2, 1836. On December 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th State in the Union.

The key aspect of living in a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy, is that we are governed by a rule of law. Individual rights, freedoms, liberty, and sovereignty are vital. It all comes down to principles, values, and policies…a philosophy of governance.

Today, in America, we are generally grouped into two major political parties: Republicans and Democrats. Yes, I do recognize the Libertarian and Green parties also exist, and, of course, there are those who are UNA, non-party affiliated.

Early, in the development of America, it was our very first president who, in his farewell address, in September of 1796, warned us of the negative impact “factions” could have on the functioning of, and obstruction to, our laws, and enumerated powers granted to our respective branches of government, ya know, legislative, executive, and judicial.

Sadly, we no longer really teach civics in our schools, history and civics have been replaced by something called social studies. When we get to a point in our nation where our fundamental principles, documents, and philosophy are not taught, we become the victims of message propaganda. The result? Folly, such as those who promote that America was established in 1619, not July 4, 1776, when our Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 courageous men. So what if they were all white?

When one reads the Declaration of Independence, the entire document, you will see a long list of grievances that address the usurpation of individual rights, liberty, and freedom by an onerous, invasive, and totalitarian government, England. And, if one is very astute in reading the Declaration of Independence, you will recognize some very glaring similarities to today.

Here is what we must do now as Americans, Texans: examine ourselves not based upon what political party we belong. No, that is what the game of the simple-minded. We must do a deep self-analysis as to what our philosophy of governance is.

Let me explain. America was established by the Declaration of Independence forming a unique concept, the individual is supreme, sovereign, over the institution of government. The unalienable rights of the individual in America are endowed by the sovereign Judeo-Christian God, the Creator. That is the expansion of Natural Rights theory, first proposed by the father of classical liberalism, English political philosopher, John Locke. Locke set forth the notion that the individual rights granted by the Creator, naturally, are life, liberty, and property…Jefferson wrote of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In America today, we have two competing philosophies of governance — constitutional conservatism (today’s classical liberalism) and progressive socialism…aka statism, Marxism. One of the political parties in America has decided to embrace progressive socialism, that is the Democrat Party. The other political party struggles with definitively regarding itself as constitutionally conservative, the Republican party.

Why do we say “progressives?” Because that is the moniker communists adopted to introduce their ideological system into Western democratic nations. As a matter of fact, it was Vladmir Lenin who coined the phrase “useful idiots” referring to those in Western nations who would adopt the socialist philosophy. Lenin also stated that, “the goal of socialism is communism.” Socialism is an economic philosophy, construct, that leads to a societal restructuring called communism. What are the principles of progressive socialism?

  • Wealth redistribution: Karl Marx first introduced a progressive tax system
  • Nationalization of economic production under government control
  • Expansion of a welfare state: Economic dependency
  • Social Egalitarianism: The belief that everyone can be made equal, equality of outcomes
  • Secular humanism: Faith in government, undermining of religious belief

Now, I could create an entire week of missives expanding upon each of these points. You can, as an independent thinker, expound upon these at your leisure. I did in my academic studies.

Progressive socialism is rooted in massive government control, over the individual. Constitutional conservatism is rooted in individual rights and liberty.

My personal ideological mentor is Booker T. Washington, who advanced the ideals of education, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance. Conservatism, true classical liberalism, seeks to elevate the individual over the institution of government. It is the philosophy of governance of Ronald Reagan.

What are the principles of constitutional conservatism?

  • Judeo-Christian Faith heritage: Our first liberty is freedom of religion
  • Strength of the traditional nuclear family
  • Individual Rights and Liberty
  • Quality Education: It opens the doors to equality of opportunity
  • Free market/free enterprise economic system: Small business entrepreneurship
  • Strong national security…in order to protect a nation internally and externally

When a government adheres to those principles, the result is fiscal responsibility and a reduced size and scope.

The success that we, the Republican Party of Texas, experienced in the 2020 election cycle was grounded in articulating those principles, and that philosophy. We have translated those principles into a governing philosophy as reflected in our 2021 87th Texas Legislative session priorities:

  • Election Integrity
  • Religious Freedom
  • Monument Protection: History, good or bad, exists for us to learn from
  • Abolishing the Practice of Child Gender Modification
  • Constitutional Carry
  • Ending the Murder of Unborn Children: Right-to-Life
  • School Choice
  • Ending Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying

Based upon some of the issues from this 2020 COVID-19 year, we also believe we must curb executive overreach.

Yes, I am an American, born and raised in Georgia, educated in Tennessee, and now a Texan. But, I am a Christian constitutional conservative and a registered Republican, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. I am guided by my philosophy of governance, principles, and values. Those, in turn, shape my ideological, policy, agenda. Ask yourselves: what principles guide you? Those of progressive socialists — such as we have seen in Cuba, Venezuela, China, Soviet Union, North Korea? Or the principles of our Founding principles, enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution?

The Democrat political party has made its choice…what shall Republicans choose?

Revelation 3:16 (New International Version) states, “So because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

America, Texas, needs men and women who are passionate — hot — to restore and preserve our Constitutional Republic.

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)
Republican Party of Texas

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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.9.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.9.20

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The Fight for the American Republic

Last week, our Monday message addressed the exchange between Mrs. Powell, a Philadelphia socialite, and Benjamin Franklin. The chance encounter happened on Constitution Day, September17, 1787, in the city of Philadelphia . . . yes, the irony. Mrs. Powell asked Franklin if we had a monarchy or a Republic? Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” We discussed the fundamentals of a Republic last week, the rule of law, and individual rights and liberty. The question that we posed in our missive last week is our topic for this week.

I asked, simply, at the end of election week, would we be able to state that we had held onto the Constitutional Republic we call these United States of America?

One of the foundations of our Constitutional Republic is that we have a representative democratic system of governance. America is not a pure democracy, thank goodness. We have an electoral process whereby we elect those who will be our voice, our representatives. Our Founding Fathers were exceptionally visionary in establishing our rule of law, the Constitution, which gave us the mechanism by which we could keep the American Republic.

However, there were several things that they could not fully account for: human behavior, voter apathy and lack of discernment, a propaganda driven media, and the creation of a philosophy of governance, antithetical to our American Republic.

When these factors are aligned with that age-old flaw in human character, the quest for power and control, you have the recipe for what we are currently experiencing in America.

I know something about voter fraud. Back in 2012, during my congressional reelection, the race had been called by some media outlets in South Florida. I was ahead by 200 votes, and it was just after midnight. Then it happened. There was an exact 4,000 vote shift, which no one could later explain, that put me down by 2000 votes.

There in St Lucie County, where the supervisor of elections was a staunch partisan Democrat named Gertrude Walker, certain precincts reported having over 100 percent voter participation. As well, Ms. Walker was seen mysteriously going in and out of the storage facility for the ballots, at very strange, early morning hours. She ended up submitting the results of the election, stating that they were issues, yet, a full recount was never done, and the Florida Secretary of State accepted her report. Florida Governor Rick Scott, and Attorney General Pam Bondi, did nothing.

Sound familiar?

Even before my own brush with voter fraud, it was US Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota, in his race against Al Franken, who had ballots appearing in various locations…namely in the trunks of cars. All the ballots found were for Al Franken.

Sound familiar?

Just two years ago, Republicans in California were declared winners in their respective elections, only to have those calls reversed in the weeks following due to ballot harvesting. Yes, ballots just kept showing up, all for one person, until the desired result was affirmed.

Sound familiar?

Fast forward to November of 2020, and, here we are again. However, this time, we are witnessing what appears a bloodless coup at the national level, utilizing the tactic of ballot harvesting.

We should not be surprised.

Earlier this year, I read, and wrote about, an op-ed written in Time magazine on April 14th, by the former US Attorney General, and Chairman of the National Democrat Redistricting Committee, Eric Holder. The title of his article was, “Here’s How the Coronavirus Crisis Should Change U.S. Elections—For Good.” What was the crux of his missive? Yes, it was the need for universal mail-in ballots.

Do you remember what was it that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was trying to get funded in the first coronavirus stimulus package? Yes, universal mail-in ballots.

Communist dictator Josef Stalin has a quote attributed to him that asserts, “it is of little concern to me who casts a vote, what matters is who counts the vote.”

It seems that a very disconcerting form of Common Core math is being used to count votes, to favor Democrats.

Today the American Republic is the victim of a grand scheme and anyone dismissing this is a mindless lemming. The Texas Democrat Party attempted this scheme here in the Lone Star State in Texas’ largest County, Harris County. It was there that an appointed partisan County Clerk, Chris Hollins — who is also an official of the Texas Democrat Party — sought to disseminate nearly 2.5 million mail-in ballot applications to the “registered voter list” in Harris County. His planned scheme was in violation of Texas election law which clearly specifies the intent and scope of absentee ballots. Hollins was issued a stand down order by the Texas Supreme Court. However, Hollins then went onto unilaterally expand “curbside” voting during the early voting period, another violation of Texas election law. Of course, his expanded locations were all in heavily Democrat precincts. When challenged, the media tried to make it appear that Republicans were enacting voter suppression. Since when did supporting election law become equated with voter suppression? Imagine if those 2.5 million mail in ballots had found their way into our Texas electoral system?

In all truth, voter suppression comes where there is voter fraud, as we are witnessing. This is what serves to undermine the American Republic, and we will not be brow-beaten into silence, or acceptance.

The top legislative priority for the Republican Party of Texas, of our eight priorities, is election integrity. You can view the entire list of priorities at our Texas GOP website.

Texas will not allow the undermining of our “Texas Republic.” This is why the Republican Party of Texas is perplexed, and will not support, a potential Texas Speaker of the House who would seek  affirmation from progressive socialist Democrats to attain that position. It is utterly absurd and demonstrably idiotic that any Republican would join with Democrats to lead our Republican majority (83-67) Texas State House. Does anyone believe that Texas Democrats will support the Republican Party of Texas legislative priority of election integrity?

Therefore, let me clearly state this: the Republican Party of Texas will not support, nor accept, State Rep. Dade Phelan as Speaker of the Texas House. Texas does not need a Republican political traitor, not at a time when the two diverging philosophies of governance are this lucid.

The Republican Party of Texas will not sit back idly and watch leftist Democrats be placed as Committee Chairmen who will undermine, kill, our legislative priorities, as happened in the 86th Texas legislative session.

Texas will be led by Constitutional Conservatives, not middle of the road “road kill” individuals seeking alliance with Marxist, socialist, leftists. We fought hard in the 2020 election cycle — against massive odds and leftist resources — to retain a strong legislative majority.

America needs Texas. Texas needs committed, principled, resolute, and courageous Conservatives who will be the vanguard in saving, protecting, and restoring the American Republic.

The fight has been enjoined . . . Y’all all in?

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)
Republican Party of Texas

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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.2.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 11.2.20

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The Relevance of Mrs. Powell’s Question

Good Monday morning everyone!

Well, I think we all know the criticality of this week. But, I would assert that the real importance of this week was articulated some 233 years ago. I am sure there are those of you who will immediately recognize the meaning of the title of this missive. For those of you who do not know the relevance, let’s have a chat.

It was September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia — a city currently being destroyed by the rule of the mob — that a simple question was posed. We now know this day as Constitution Day. It was the day that the longest-running Constitutional Republic was established. July 4th, 1776, was the day America declared it’s independence, two totally different occurrences. It was on that day in 1787 when our rule of law, the Constitution, was created.

As one of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, exited Independence Hall, he was approached by a well known Philadelphia socialite, Mrs. Powell. Folklore says that she asked Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what is it that we have, a Republic or a monarchy?” Benjamin Franklin responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

To this day, many mistakenly refer to America as a democracy. America is a Constitutional Republic. Yes, we do elect our representatives in this Republic through a democratic process of elections. But, what is a Republic?

There are two basic fundamentals of a Republic: individual liberty and the rule of law. The question posed by Mrs. Powell is critical, and Franklin’s response is vital.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, we all have the opportunity to decide whether we still want to be a Republic. In Texas, some 9.7 million already have, by casting their votes. This is that moment in history which will define America as to whether or not we did make a stand to keep this Republic.

The choices are clear, and quite divergent if you take the time to realize them.

Look, let’s put aside the hatred of a person’s personality, or social media practices, and truly conduct an analysis of policy. Am I to believe that there are actually people — citizens — in the state of Texas who really want to see our oil and gas industry decimated? Let me pose this question: what does that mean for the state of Texas, which has the 10th largest economy in the world? What happens to America’s energy independence? Should we go back and find ourselves dependent upon the OPEC countries, mostly comprised of countries that are not Republics, but led by despots and dictators?

What happens to the rugged, individual, indomitable, entrepreneurial spirit that creates the businesses supporting our oil and gas industry?

Of course, we can articulate many divergent issues of the economy, but what happens to individual liberty if America takes a turn towards progressive socialism? That’s not a hard question to ask as history has shown us exactly what happens. National Socialist Germany, Soviet Union, Communist China, Cuba, and Venezuela are all proof that the respect of individual liberties are subjugated to the collective will.

We would no longer be seen as individuals, just part of a greater demographic in which we will be classified. We hear all the rhetoric about “social justice,” but fail to delve deeper and comprehend that social justice is just the forcible, mandated equality of outcomes . . . and, the equal sharing of misery.

In a Republic, under the rule of law, individuals have equality of opportunity. It is an equality of opportunity that takes a fella like myself, born in 1961, in a Blacks-only hospital, raised in a lower middle-income household . . . but, someone who could grow up to be a Lieutenant Colonel in our Army, command a battalion in combat, be a member of the US House of Representatives, and now serve as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. That is what happens in a Constitutional Republic, not under a socialist nightmare, where only some are allowed to rise above.

Mrs. Powell’s question, and Franklin’s answer, will be what we shall be discussing later this week. Will we have kept this Republic, or shall we have lost it?

How interesting that we here in Texas could be double losers. Why do I say that? Well, think about it: there is only one state in these United States of America that has fought by itself for its own independence, established on March 2, 1836, and won it on April 21, 1836 . . . and, that is the state — now — once known as the Republic of Texas.

And, it is here that we, Texas citizens, must make a double stand to uphold the founding principles of values not just of the Constitutional Republic known as America, but those of the Lone Star State which began as its very own Republic. When we gaze upon the names and figures of those men on the Cenotaph who sacrificed their lives for this moment. When we Remember those who stormed the field of San Jacinto. When we remember that aura, swagger, that defines Texas, we must dedicate ourselves to keeping this Republic

Let me share the sage wisdom of a Scottish political philosopher, Alexander Fraser Tytler, that sums up this moment:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”

–Alexander Fraser Tytler

Ask yourselves: where do you think America, Texas, is in this progression? When we have a political philosophy that promises everything for “free,” it only leads to economic dependence and enslavement, not independence and empowerment. I must stress, free does not equal freedom, but it is very enticing and has been the downfall of so many nations.

This week, we must commit to keeping this Republic. This week we must reaffirm the greatest endeavor of individual liberty the world has ever known and needs. This week, we are not just voting for Donald J. Trump or Joe Biden . . . only the simple-minded embrace that folly.

This week, we are voting to extend the life cycle of the world’s longest-running Constitutional Republic. We are answering the question posed by Mrs. Powell. it is a Republic, Ma’am, and we shall, indeed, keep it.

God bless Texas, God bless America!

LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)
Republican Party of Texas

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