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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 12.28.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 12.28.20

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Reflections on 2020

Howdy everyone! I pray y’all had a very Merry Christmas and that Santa granted you your wishes. As for me, I got exactly what I wanted: a new pair of running shoes — ASICS GT 1000-9 — and a Glock 43 9mm. Yep, Santa knows that I am all about runnin’ and gunnin’!

But, we must always remember that Christmas is not about the earthly gifts we give to each other. Christmas is about the gift that God gave us all through the birth of His only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: eternal life.

And so, as I bid farewell to 2020, I am reminded about life.

My life could have easily ended on May 23, 2020, Memorial Day weekend. I was returning from an “Open Up Texas” rally at the State Capitol in Austin on my motorcycle. We were in the city of West, Texas, traveling north on I-35, and it happened. I had been riding motorcycles since 1985. But, as the saying goes, “there are two types of riders, those who have been in an accident, and those who will be.” On that day, I was cut off by a car to the front, and hit by the motorcycle rider from behind. I went down at 75 mph on a major interstate on the Saturday of a holiday weekend at 5:04pm. It was a sunny, hot day, and as I came to a stop from flipping and skidding, I felt every bit of the heat on the pavement.

I was air-lifted back to Waco, to Baylor Scott and White, where I received superb care. But my upper body was changed forever. Eventually, I underwent a Latarjet procedure to repair my shoulder, and I am forever scarred on my arms and shoulders. My face miraculously healed, and I had to learn how to use my right shoulder all over again . . . Yes, it was painful. Yet, as I write this missive I just finished a five mile run and knocked out sets of pushups. I am a walking miracle, saved by God’s grace.

My body has been restored. And, even my motorcycle was restored, customized, and went for a nice price at an auction to benefit the faith-based organization, Mighty Oaks Foundation, that supports our warriors struggling with Post Traumatic Stress. It is well.

The year 2020 has affected all of our lives in one way shape or form.

I remember sitting in our home on a Sunday evening late March and hearing that we were going into a “shutdown” because of COVID-19. At the time, we all were willing to do what was necessary to “flatten the curve.” We were told two weeks, and, that has extended to nine months for some.

I must somewhat sarcastically ask, what was our response for COVID 1-18?
As the year went by, we came to learn that there were some medical protocols that reduced the effects of COVID, but some denied its use. We experienced elected officials who claimed upon themselves the enumerated power to declare who or what is “essential.”

This past fall, the CDC released a report that articulated some 94 percent of deaths “related” to COVID were based upon existing co-morbidities such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. At the time of the report’s release, the United States listed 160,000 deaths “due” to COVID, but if the CDC report is applied, it meant that some 9,700 deaths were solely due to COVID in America. There is a difference between dying with something, and dying because of it. We also became aware of a Johns Hopkins report that stated, for some reason, there was an amazing decline in reported deaths due to other health conditions, like the aforementioned. Yet, somehow there was a direct increase in the reporting of COVID deaths.

We mourn the deaths of our fellow Americans, Texans, but we must also be rational, reasonable, and come to the realization that this virus has a 99.93-99.96 percent recovery rate.

We have seen small businesses decimated. In Texas, almost 9000 have closed, permanently. We have increased our debt due to “stimulus” spending instead of assessing means by which businesses can open and follow common sense guidelines. We do have a vaccine now, but we could have also understood the targeted demographics of COVID and focused our efforts.

This year, 2020, has also seen a rise in fascism and censorship. Certain media outlets believe that they are the deciding entities as to what the American people can know. When information and truth are withheld by a few — to the detriment of the many — nothing good comes from that.

This year we were once again told that America is a racist nation. Heck, some even asserted that COVID-19 was racist, instead of understanding that there are serious genetic health issues in minority communities. Groups like Black Lives Matter took center stage, but they never addressed the real issues facing the Black community — fatherlessness, education opportunities, gang violence, and lack of small business entrepreneurship.

Lastly, we are now grappling with the issue of fraud in our electoral system, something I am personally familiar with from 2012. Either we are a nation that abides by the rule of law, our Constitution — and that means all States in our Republic — or we are not.

How interesting it is that in this year, 2020, those who believe in our Constitution are deemed “fringe” and “extremist,” while we condone the abhorrent behavior of those who disregard our Constitution and its enumerated roles, responsibilities, duties, and powers.

Yeah, 2020 was a rough year. But, just as it was rough being thrown from a motorcycle at 75 mph, I see a restoration for our America. I see people all over Texas, and America, rising to the occasion, refusing to surrender, acquiesce, and be subjugated or relinquish their freedom, their liberty. I see the Vietnamese community of Houston holding rallies every Sunday since the election of November 3rd. I see more people reading and comprehending the Constitution. I see young people that do not think socialism is cool. I see Blacks and Hispanics who no longer want to be part of a 21st century economic plantation. They want to be victors, not victims.

As I reflect on 2020, I am reminded of one of my favorite Bible verses, Romans 5:3-5 (New International Version):

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Yes, 2020 was a tough, challenging year, but as Friedrich Nietzsche once quipped, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.” I am stronger in my faith and commitment to service to God, country, and Texas because of May 23, 2020. We who will bid farewell to 2020 must press on, stronger, and committed to this Constitutional Republic, America. And, we Texans must realize that in these troubling days, America will gaze upon the Lone Star of Texas to find hope . . . just the as the wise men followed the star that led them to the birth of Jesus Christ, in whom we have real hope.

Happy New Year!

Steadfast and Loyal,

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


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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 12.21.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 12.21.20

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“Nuts”

If you are a serious student of American military history you will immediately recognize the title of this week’s missive. As well, you have probably ascertained the thesis of this Monday message. If you do not recognize this simple word, let me give you a short reminder.

As we enter into this Christmas week, I think it is appropriate to remember Christmas 1944. The US Army had landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate the continent of Europe from the stranglehold of Nazi Germany. However, the German Army had devised one last strategy. It was a daring harsh winter assault through the Ardennes forest across Belgium to seize the port of Antwerp, and sue for a peace negotiation. The Germans had caught the American forces by surprise, as it was one of the worst winters, and Christmas was coming.

It was the brave men of the 101st Airborne Division, who had combat parachute operations of D-Day and Market Garden under their belts, who were called into action to a town called Bastogne. There in that Belgian city, these American paratroopers found themselves surrounded, cut off, from 20-27 December 1944. The “Screaming Eagles” were commanded by Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe. He encouraged his paratroopers with these words: “Men, we are surrounded by the enemy. We have the greatest opportunity ever presented an Army. We can attack in any direction.”

When the Germans sent a message to BG McAuliffe asking his surrender, he responded with one word: “Nuts.”

That is the measure of the American spirit, when all seems dire, lost, we find that single ingredient that steels our resolve, courage.

It was just six years later, at a place called Chosin Reservoir, November 26 – December 13, 1950, that the 1st Marine Division found itself surrounded by the Chinese Army in the first year of the Korean War. The 1stMarDiv had a commander named “Chesty” Puller. His famous words were, “They are in front of us, behind us, we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away from us now? Great. Now we can shoot at them from every direction.”

I have had the honor to stand with two men who were at these impeccable moments in American history. One was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne and the other a Marine in the 1st Marine Division at the Chosin Reservoir.

Courage.

It is that word which is truly indicative of the American story. I could tell of Lexington Green, Ft. McHenry, Little Round Top, the Ia Drang Valley, all the way to the exploits of our warriors today in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Courage.

We here in Texas know very well the story of The Alamo, how a young 26-year-old, William Barrett Travis and the other 182 stood, for 13 glorious days. Travis’ letter talked about never surrendering, not retreating; it spoke of honor, and ended with those immortal words, “Victory or Death.”

Courage.

Today, it appears that the progressive socialist left has us surrounded. They control our media, academia, the courts, and they drive their ideological agenda through our culture. Heck, we even have a Democrat running for Senate in Georgia, claiming to be a Pastor, stating that the Bible approves of murdering unborn children. The foundation of our Constitutional Republic is our democracy, the means by which our elected officials are selected.

There can truly be no debate that in this election cycle, America experienced voting irregularities, fraud, and unconstitutional actions by certain players, in certain States.

Courts, Secretaries of States, and Governors do not possess the enumerated power to make our change law, especially election law. A so-called declared “emergency pandemic” — that has a 99.96 percent recovery rate — does not suspend the rule of law. We cannot have dead individuals voting. We cannot have universal mail-in ballots that do not have signature verifications, or listing addresses that are to empty lots, RV parks, and other questionable issues.

But, who has the courage to stand up?

The US Supreme Court abdicated its constitutional duty. State legislatures are being stymied from taking action due to governors who deem themselves as unilateral tyrants. So, it comes down to a joint session of Congress on January 6th. And, please, Democrats, leftists, spare me the delusional diatribe about this being unprecedented. Y’all did this in 2005. What am I referring to? It is easy: the certification of the Electoral College by our US Congress. It only takes one member from each body, the US House of Representatives and Senate, to find their courage, and reject the slate of electors. Namely, reject the slate of electors from the States of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona. In those aforementioned states, the selection of the electors should have been done, according to Article II, Section 1 of our Constitution, “the electors clause,” by the State legislatures due to the known voting irregularities and unconstitutional actions in those States.

Sir Edmund Burke once asserted, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing.” And, to do something, well, it just takes courage.

If I were still in Congress, honoring my oath to the constitution, I would stand in opposition to the Electoral College slate, especially from those mentioned States. I would demand that we debate, and vote on this within our respective legislative bodies. Today, I am asking myself, who will find the courage to do exactly that? The history of America is replete with examples of those, with their lives on the line, standing defiantly in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, relentlessly fighting against tyranny to preserve liberty. Are we to believe that that measure of being an American is less viable in this age?

Thomas Paine wrote on December 23, 1776 in his essay “The Crisis” that, “These are the times that try men’s souls, when the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service to their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

“These are the times that try men’s souls, when the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service to their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

— Thomas Paine, The Crisis

The progressive socialist left is telling us to surrender our Constitutional Republic, these United States of America. We the People respond by saying, “Nuts.”

Who stands with us?

Steadfast and Loyal,

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


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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 12.14.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 12.14.20

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“…To Form a More Perfect Union”

Greetings, everyone!

Yep, today is that day when electors are chosen from the respective states, December 14th. More importantly, it is my wife Angela’s birthday. But, what good is a birthday for my wife — or any of us — if we are not living up to the charge in the Preamble of our US Constitution. Those simple words, “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union,” are the essence, the binding fabric, to being a citizen in this Constitutional Republic.

Let us not forget, that it was Benjamin Franklin on September 17, 1787, Constitution Day, who responded to a question of whether we had a monarchy or a Republic, said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

There are two aspects of a Republic, or as our Constitution states, a “Republican form of government:” the rule of law and individual rights, freedom, and liberty.

Therefore, I found some of the responses to these words rather perplexing, actually ignorant. I issued a response to the decision, this past Friday, by our US Supreme Court declining to hear the case brought forth by the State of Texas and enjoined by 17 other states. There are actually those who believe that I had no business responding to the decision at all. I found that humorous since I am the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas . . . not to mention my status as a retired US Army officer who, for 22 years, swore an oath to our Constitution. But, it was these words, my closing sentence, that sent some into a delusional, apoplectic rage: “Perhaps law-abiding States should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the Constitution.”

Oh boy, you would have thought me to be the anti-Christ. But consider those words. They borrow from the same ideas contained in our Preamble to our Constitution of forming a more perfect Union. I am still trying to find where I said anything about “secession.”

Truth be told, the real perpetrators of secession are the states, and others, named in the suit by Texas, who enacted illegal and unconstitutional actions resulting in the violation of election laws.

I have to ask a simple question: when did it become wrong to follow the law, and ask others to do the same? When did we become so partisan, or even ignorant and incompetent, that we accept a notion that a Union of law-abiding States following the Constitution was seditious? But, a domestic terrorist group like Antifa, or illegally changing election law to the detriment of other states, is not?

I have to ask a simple question: when did it become wrong to follow the law, and ask others to do the same? When did we become so partisan, or even ignorant and incompetent, that we accept a notion that a Union of law-abiding States following the Constitution was seditious? But, a domestic terrorist group like Antifa, or illegally changing election law to the detriment of other states, is not?

— Chairman Allen West

I tend to believe this is the result of the progressive socialist left’s overtaking of our education system so that we no longer teach true history and civics. We now indoctrinate people on this subjective notion called “social studies.”

Let me frame the Texas lawsuit against Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin in good ol’ Southern sense:

Imagine you lived in a community that was under a homeowners association, HOA. In order to live in that community you agreed to the rules and regulations of that HOA. You are supposed to abide by them, and be in compliance, for the good of the community. Well, in that community there are several homeowners who are not abiding by the HOA rules. They are not properly maintaining their property, trash is strewn all over the place, cars parked on the yard in front of the house. In time, property values decline for all homeowners. And because of the trash, there is a rodent infestation, which other property owners incur an expense. The dogs of some homes are not properly restrained, and an early morning jogger is attacked by a vicious dog.

Now, several of the property owners, who have evidence of all these violations, and have sworn statements articulating their grievances, submit them to the HOA board. The HOA board rejects their plea, and tells these homeowners that they do not have standing to present these valid issues. In essence, these homeowners have no equal protection under the HOA contract.

What do these homeowners — who have abided by the HOA contract — do? Well, they form a more perfect union, coalition, alliance, or consortium in order to protect their rights. Once upon a time, there were 13 homeowners who went to the HOA board — England — to present their petitions for redress of grievances, and they were denied hearing. As a result, those homeowners dissolved the bonds with that HOA, and formed these United States of America.

In Texas, there were some homeowners in a place called Gonzales who, on October 2, 1835, were told by the emissaries of a dictator to surrender the ability to defend themselves. Those homeowners decided to form a more perfect union and together stood on a field and said, “Come and Take It.”

It is time we study our founding documents, and understand our fundamental principles and values. Our rule of law clearly articulates enumerated powers, roles, and responsibilities in our Republican form of government. Courts and the executive branch do not make laws, nor change them. We are not a constitutional monarchy to be ruled by mandates, orders, decrees, and edicts. Even here in Texas we have a little issue with that. Elected officials do not have the enumerated power to determine who and what is essential. The executive branch does not get to suspend individual rights and liberty for a “declared” emergency, change election law, unilaterally appropriate taxpayer funds, and take executive actions, overreach, without convening the legislative body.

What is essential in America, Texas, is liberty. When you have several states who do violate the law, as the Texas lawsuit presents, it results in damaging effects upon other states who do follow the law. Yet, our highest court — which is supposed to interpret the law — does not adjudicate properly . . . well, that violates the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection under the law” clause. Then what are the law abiding states supposed to do? Why are there those who assail the people and states who follow the rule of the law?

The more perfect union exists with those who abide by the Constitution. Secession and sedition come from those who do not! They are the ones in the wrong, unless you believe that our Constitution is, as the lawsuit stated, “just a piece of parchment on display in a museum.”

Our Declaration of Independence elevated individual rights over the collective subjugation of an intrusive and onerous government. It established the dissolution of the bond between the people and government when the consent of the governed, not ruled, no longer existed.

The Texas lawsuit that was rejected by the highest court in the land, charged with interpreting our law, articulated a clear choice. Either we are a nation of laws that establishes how we are to be governed, or we are a nation where ideologues pick and choose what is applicable to them, to the detriment of those who follow the law. 

The former is how we form a more perfect union, equal adherence and protection under the law. The latter is how we dissolve into the tyranny of the rule of absolutism.

My statement, my response, my words, and my lasting oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and honor our Texas Constitution are clear.

What is your response? What shall you choose: rule of law or rule of absolutism?

Steadfast and Loyal,

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


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The Texas GOP Lauds Texas’s Lawsuit Against Electoral Illegalities in Battleground States

The Texas GOP Lauds Texas’s Lawsuit Against Electoral Illegalities in Battleground States

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Austin, TX, Release: December 8, 2020. For Immediate Release

Chairman Allen West and the entire Texas GOP support the legal action taken against the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. We cannot allow illegal votes to be counted and voter suppression to be tolerated.

Below is Chairman West’s full statement on the matter.

“The Republican Party of Texas strongly supports the lawsuit filed by the State of Texas against Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The unconstitutional and illegal actions in those states relating to the 2020 national election violate the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment for Texans. We cannot tolerate judicial and executive actions that undermine election law. These matters should be resolved in our respective state legislatures. And our Constitution supports that assertion, Texas has standing in filing this petition. Our Constitution clearly expresses the enumerated power and right, of state legislatures to decide electors. If the progressive socialist left wants to complain, perhaps they can explain their support of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact initiative.”

Texans will always stand for the rule of law. We will not let the progressive socialist left undermine our Republic.

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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 12.7.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 12.7.20

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Georgia and Texas: The Inextricable Bond of Liberty

Greetings everyone, and Merry Christmas to y’all! Please remember to keep Christ in Christmas. He is, indeed, the reason for this season.

In this season, politically, everyone is focused on the Peach State of Georgia. There are those who mistakenly believe that I am from Florida. The truth is, after my retirement from the US Army in 2004 — from Ft. Hood, Texas, by the way — I turned to my wife Angela and committed to follow her. See, Angela not only married a career Army man, her own dad was a career Army man. So, when Angela got the offer to continue her career as a financial advisor in South Florida, near many of her Jamaican relatives, we settled there.

But, in 2014 we got the opportunity to return to the Lone Star State, where Angela’s mom and dad lived. We returned.

I am a native son of Georgia, and very proud of that. Georgia is historic, one of the thirteen original colonies that signed onto the Declaration of Independence and established these United States of America. Georgia is a beautiful state with mountains, rolling hills, and a beautiful coastline with barrier islands. It is known as the Peach State: folks know it for its peanuts, and, along with Texas, it is a major producer of pecans. Georgia is a major agricultural state, and has some of the most strategically important military installations, and is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

But, the bond, the history, that Georgia shares with Texas is special. It is a bond forged in the fight for liberty and Texas’ independence.

There are five Georgians listed on the Cenotaph, the memorial to the 183 defenders of The Alamo. Their names are Albert Calvin Grimes, William Wells, Manson Shield, Edwin T. Mitchell, and William T. Malone. Their names shall always be remembered for their stand in those 13 glorious days. There is also one other who gave his life at The Alamo who has a tie back to Georgia, his name is Jim Bowie. There is a possibility that Bowie spent early years in Georgia. His mother and father were settled there. He is listed as being born in Kentucky.

However, there is no debate about these three gentlemen and their history in Georgia, and their service to Texas. Col. James Fanin attended the University of Georgia, transferred to West Point, but was not successful. He returned back to Georgia and was in Columbus when he heard the call of liberty. Mirabeau Lamar was born in Louisville, Georgia, but found his way to Texas to answer the call of liberty. Thomas Jefferson Rusk was born in South Carolina, but was practicing law in Clarkesville, Georgia when he answered the call of liberty in the Lone Star State.

If you know your Texas history, you know that Fanin won fame at the Battle of Concepcion, but was executed after the massacre of his men at La Bahia, just south of Goliad, Texas. I have been there to pay homage to my fellow Georgian.

Mirabeau Lamar went on to be the President and Vice President of the Republic of Texas, and Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, is named after him. And, Thomas J. Rusk was the first Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas.

As well, it was an 18-year-old girl from Macon, Georgia, just north of where my mom was born and raised, who created the Troutman Flag. It was the white and blue flag that featured a Lone Star and the words “Liberty or Death.” The flag was brought to Texas by a group of Georgia volunteers.

As Georgians answered the call of liberty in Texas, and came to its aid back in 1835-1836, so Texans now are answering the call in Georgia.

My native state is facing the onslaught of the new tyranny, that of progressive socialism. When we hear the assertion of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), “first we change Georgia, then we change America.” it should rally us all to the Peach State.

Texans just held off the $61 million challenge of the left to undermine our individual rights and the freedoms we enjoy. Now, Texans are lining up, heading east on I-20 to take a stand beside Georgians, to stand upon freedom’s rampart, and defend liberty.

What has happened in Georgia is part of the strategic plan of the left in America. The leftists are fleeing their own failed states — California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey — and infiltrating strong conservative red states, like Georgia, Texas, and Florida, bringing their failed ideology. They are settling into the major population centers, where you witness the greatest failure of leftist, Democrat, policies. In Georgia, the Atlanta-Fulton County metropolitan area is dominating the political atmosphere. We face a similar challenge here in Texas with Houston-Harris County, Dallas-Dallas County, Austin-Travis County, and San Antonio-Bexar County being ruled by the progressive socialists of the left. The same has been replicated in other states that were once red, conservative: Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia.

Georgians once deployed to Texas to fight. Now, we as Texas must deploy to Georgia for the same. I am deeply humbled to be a native son of Georgia who came to Texas, and now calls it home, similar to Mirabeau Lamar and Thomas Rusk. I am blessed to have the same resolve and courage as Fanin, and those five who are named on the Cenotaph who were willing to give their lives for Texas. And, I am excited to be able to head back to my birth state of Georgia and carry on the fight for liberty.

There are two states that share an inextricable bond of liberty with Texas, one is Tennessee, where I attended university. The other is Georgia. How awesome it is to have been born and raised in Georgia, gone to school and earn the title of Tennessee Volunteer, and now live in Texas.

Damn, y’all, it just doesn’t get any better than that! “Liberty or Death!”

Steadfast and Loyal,

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


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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 12.7.20

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Georgia and Texas: The Inextricable Bond of Liberty

Greetings everyone, and Merry Christmas to y’all! Please remember to keep Christ in Christmas. He is, indeed, the reason for this season.

In this season, politically, everyone is focused on the Peach State of Georgia. There are those who mistakenly believe that I am from Florida. The truth is, after my retirement from the US Army in 2004 — from Ft. Hood, Texas, by the way — I turned to my wife Angela and committed to follow her. See, Angela not only married a career Army man, her own dad was a career Army man. So, when Angela got the offer to continue her career as a financial advisor in South Florida, near many of her Jamaican relatives, we settled there.

But, in 2014 we got the opportunity to return to the Lone Star State, where Angela’s mom and dad lived. We returned.

I am a native son of Georgia, and very proud of that. Georgia is historic, one of the thirteen original colonies that signed onto the Declaration of Independence and established these United States of America. Georgia is a beautiful state with mountains, rolling hills, and a beautiful coastline with barrier islands. It is known as the Peach State: folks know it for its peanuts, and, along with Texas, it is a major producer of pecans. Georgia is a major agricultural state, and has some of the most strategically important military installations, and is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

But, the bond, the history, that Georgia shares with Texas is special. It is a bond forged in the fight for liberty and Texas’ independence.

There are five Georgians listed on the Cenotaph, the memorial to the 183 defenders of The Alamo. Their names are Albert Calvin Grimes, William Wells, Manson Shield, Edwin T. Mitchell, and William T. Malone. Their names shall always be remembered for their stand in those 13 glorious days. There is also one other who gave his life at The Alamo who has a tie back to Georgia, his name is Jim Bowie. There is a possibility that Bowie spent early years in Georgia. His mother and father were settled there. He is listed as being born in Kentucky.

However, there is no debate about these three gentlemen and their history in Georgia, and their service to Texas. Col. James Fanin attended the University of Georgia, transferred to West Point, but was not successful. He returned back to Georgia and was in Columbus when he heard the call of liberty. Mirabeau Lamar was born in Louisville, Georgia, but found his way to Texas to answer the call of liberty. Thomas Jefferson Rusk was born in South Carolina, but was practicing law in Clarkesville, Georgia when he answered the call of liberty in the Lone Star State.

If you know your Texas history, you know that Fanin won fame at the Battle of Concepcion, but was executed after the massacre of his men at La Bahia, just south of Goliad, Texas. I have been there to pay homage to my fellow Georgian.

Mirabeau Lamar went on to be the President and Vice President of the Republic of Texas, and Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, is named after him. And, Thomas J. Rusk was the first Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas.

As well, it was an 18-year-old girl from Macon, Georgia, just north of where my mom was born and raised, who created the Troutman Flag. It was the white and blue flag that featured a Lone Star and the words “Liberty or Death.” The flag was brought to Texas by a group of Georgia volunteers.

As Georgians answered the call of liberty in Texas, and came to its aid back in 1835-1836, so Texans now are answering the call in Georgia.

My native state is facing the onslaught of the new tyranny, that of progressive socialism. When we hear the assertion of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), “first we change Georgia, then we change America.” it should rally us all to the Peach State.

Texans just held off the $61 million challenge of the left to undermine our individual rights and the freedoms we enjoy. Now, Texans are lining up, heading east on I-20 to take a stand beside Georgians, to stand upon freedom’s rampart, and defend liberty.

What has happened in Georgia is part of the strategic plan of the left in America. The leftists are fleeing their own failed states — California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey — and infiltrating strong conservative red states, like Georgia, Texas, and Florida, bringing their failed ideology. They are settling into the major population centers, where you witness the greatest failure of leftist, Democrat, policies. In Georgia, the Atlanta-Fulton County metropolitan area is dominating the political atmosphere. We face a similar challenge here in Texas with Houston-Harris County, Dallas-Dallas County, Austin-Travis County, and San Antonio-Bexar County being ruled by the progressive socialists of the left. The same has been replicated in other states that were once red, conservative: Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia.

Georgians once deployed to Texas to fight. Now, we as Texas must deploy to Georgia for the same. I am deeply humbled to be a native son of Georgia who came to Texas, and now calls it home, similar to Mirabeau Lamar and Thomas Rusk. I am blessed to have the same resolve and courage as Fanin, and those five who are named on the Cenotaph who were willing to give their lives for Texas. And, I am excited to be able to head back to my birth state of Georgia and carry on the fight for liberty.

There are two states that share an inextricable bond of liberty with Texas, one is Tennessee, where I attended university. The other is Georgia. How awesome it is to have been born and raised in Georgia, gone to school and earn the title of Tennessee Volunteer, and now live in Texas.

Damn, y’all, it just doesn’t get any better than that! “Liberty or Death!”

Steadfast and Loyal,

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


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