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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 1.25.21

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 1.25.21

RPT Chairman LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)

Unity…or Conformity?

Romans 12:2 (NIV) says:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will . . .Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  

This past week, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of these United States of America. In essence, what happened this past Wednesday was that the swamp reinstated one of its very own creatures. Joe Biden has been in Washington, DC, for some 47 years and his major legislative accomplishment was the crime bill which put young black men — whom he referred to as “predators” — in jail. So, I found his speech on unity quite perplexing.

Bill Clinton, obviously, found it quite boring.

There was so much praise and over-the-top emotional commentary given to this inauguration. Heck, even Fox News commentator Chris Wallace expressed that this was one of the best inauguration speeches he had ever heard.

To all of that I have two words: bovine excrement.

What I heard in Joe Biden’s speech, craftily drafted by some far-left progressive socialist, was the redefining of the word “unity.” Unity, for the progressive socialist leftists who now control the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives, is synonymous with conformity. What China Joe Biden asserted in his speech was that unity will be embraced as long as you are subservient to the ideological agenda of the left in America. Otherwise, you will be denigrated, demeaned, disparaged, and declared a white supremacist, domestic terrorist, and there will be a war against you.

Now, consider this: there were some 23,000 National Guard troops deployed to Washington, DC, for this inauguration under the guise of providing security. The left will be milking the deplorable events of January 6, 2021, for as long as possible. And, know this, their true feelings towards our military was evident in their vetting our troops and then dismissing them into a parking garage once their little optic and charade was done.

Has anyone from the Biden administration mentioned the acts of domestic terrorism that happened last week in Portland and Seattle with Antifa, BLM rioters, and da leftist mob? Nope. The left finds unity with that mob violence. After all, it is rooted in their Marxist ideology.

Ponder these words from former CIA Director John Brennan from last week:

“Former CIA director John Brennan said Wednesday that the Biden administration is “moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements that we’ve seen overseas.” Brennan went on to describe what he believed was “an unholy alliance” involving “religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians.”

“Unfortunately, I think there has been this momentum that has been generated as the result of unfortunately the demagogic rhetoric of people that just departed government, but also those who continue in the halls of Congress,” he continued.”

If you are not in agreement with the left in America, you are an insurgent. You are now classified as a domestic terrorist, but, not Antifa mind you. We are all now white supremacists, racists, and everything else Brennan used to “dehumanize” us.

Unity?

Joe Biden’s speech about unity had nothing to do with unity, it was all about conformity. It is very clear who he and the left feel need conformity. It would appear, based upon John Brennan, that I could be deemed as a religious extremist for even starting this missive with a biblical quote. After all, we did see the left vehemently come after Franklin Graham this week, along with Christian businessman, Mike Lindell. Yes, the left is banning My Pillow from Kohl’s, Wayfair, Bed Bath and Beyond, and HEB grocery stores.

So much for unity.

I did not hear Beijing Biden say anything about censorship in his speech. Biden said nothing about Big Tech and their continued deplatforming of conservatives. He did not address the use of such abhorrent language such as “deprogramming” and “reeducation” by those on the left in America. Why didn’t he? It’s simple, really. It’s because unity means conformity, and if these aforementioned declared enemies, — political opposition — do not conform, then they will need to be deprogrammed in order for us to have unity.

We did not hear anything from Mr. Biden regarding CNN’s demand that Fox News be booted from cable networks, or how the Associated Press wants Newsmax TV and One America News taken off the air.

Yes, there will be unity only when there are no voices, thoughts, insights, perspectives, or ideals in opposition to the left. The left is now redefining our First Amendment rights to no longer mean we have freedom of religion, speech, or expression. Those integral parts of our individual Bill of Rights have now been qualified by a simple new adjective, “acceptable.” And, in the minds of the progressive socialist left, they define what is “acceptable.”

From this moment on, the Republican Party has two choices: “fight or flee.” They will be defined by which one they choose.

Republicans must choose if they are going to be Vichy Republicans, and that is a reference to the World War II French government that collaborated with the Nazis (National Socialists) after the occupation of France. Or, the other choice for the Republican Party is to be more like the French resistance. They did not conform, nor would they be subjugated to the totalitarianism and tyranny of the Nazi German occupation. They fought back. Oh darn, there I go again using factual historical examples to put our situation into perspective. I am certainly moving to the front of the list for reeducation and deprogramming . . . even though I am Black. Then again, according to Biden, I ain’t Black because I do not conform to the victimization rhetoric of the left. Y’all know, I fled their economic plantation.

Your Republican Party of Texas — founded by 150 Black men in 1867 — has chosen to fight. We will not allow the progressive socialist left to classify us into some disparaging category, as listed by John Brennan. We will stand up for our constitutional conservative principles and values, as articulated in our Legislative Priorities, and platform. We will not be apologetic and cower. We will not seek to acquiesce, compromise, appease, or sing Kumbaya with those who want utter and complete control and domination. You only hear the word bipartisan when Republicans are in political positions of control. When Democrats — aka Marxist socialists — are in power, you hear “unity,” but they mean subjugation.

Now, I already hear the delusional and deranged imbeciles of the Texas Democrat Party saying, “Chairman West is inciting Republicans in Texas to violence.” In the words of Joe Biden, “C’mon, man!” I will certainly not be bullied into submission by the Party of the Jackass. Until Democrat Representatives Maxine Waters, Ayanna Pressley, and Cori Bush are removed from office, do not even think about using your empty tactics of threats, intimidation, and coercion on me. The left made it their mantra for the past four years “Resist!” regarding former President Trump . . . Don’t y’all don’t think we have that same choice? Why of course you don’t, because unity means conformity.

As a matter of fact, look at all these Executive Orders signed by Guiseppe Biden in his first days . . . Anyone hear of a judge blocking his orders? Again, why do we not hear anything about leftist Antifa and BLM violence from this past week?

The choice for Republicans is simple, fight or flee, because the leftist rhetoric of unity is rooted in the totalitarian goal of conformity.

I will not be a Vichy Republican. The question is, will you?

Steadfast and Loyal,

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


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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 1.18.21

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 1.18.21

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“Clear and Present Danger”

“There are millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans, who somehow need to be deprogrammed and punished before the country should move on to reconciliation.” — Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Columnist and MSNBC Contributor

“There has to be consequences. And once you get those consequences, people have to take a second look at their actions, and they have to be afraid to do the types of violence that we saw last week.” — Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times Magazine

“Southern states are not red states, they are oppressed states. The only way our Country is going to heal is to liberate southern states.” — US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York)

Perhaps there are those of you who recognize the title of this week’s missive from the Tom Clancy novel of like name. Of course, there was the film adaptation, with Harrison Ford playing the protagonist, Jack Ryan. The book, and movie, centered on the “clear and present danger” that drug cartels posed to the national security of these United States of America. I would kindly offer that when one considers the aforementioned quotes, we are looking at an even more grave clear and present danger to this Constitutional Republic.

It bears repeating, once again, the maxim of former Obama Chief-of-Staff and Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

The progressive socialist left, known as the Democrat Party, has taken free license to use the condemned events of Wednesday, January 6, 2021, to openly discuss such abjectly disgusting concepts as deprogramming and re-educating American citizens. Needless to say, we have all heard of these ideals previously in history, from people such as Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, the Kim family of North Korea, Pol Pot, Castro, Che Guevara, Hugo Chavez, and Nicolas Maduro. History has taught us — well those who are still studying history — words such as stalag, gulag, work camp, concentration camp, indoctrination camp, and re-education camp, with the latter currently being used against the Uighur Muslims in China.

We have, in the past week, heard use of the word ‘censorship’ more often, and the CEO of Twitter has informed us, the American people, that we can expect more of it. Censorship is just a nice PC way of saying fascism. As a matter of fact, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the House Oversight Committee, also lamented this past week about the need for the government to “rein in the media.” Something tells me she is not talking about CNN or MSNBC, certainly not taxpayer funded, left-leaning PBS.

The left has fully adopted, and is implementing, the 13 Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals, namely these:

4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.

8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.

11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.  

It is imperative that we realize the progressive socialist left — these Marxists — do not subscribe to the premise of hypocrisy. They do not embrace any semblance of rules (save Alinsky’s radical ones), standards, or constraints. What they will do is encircle their enemy with their imposed rules, standards, and ideals of decency, all for their gain.

Take for instance, Democrat Congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri, whose floor speech last week was laughable. Here is someone speaking to condemn the violence of January 6th when she actually led a violent march against two people. Yes, Cori Bush is a BLM activist who led the mob that called for the rape, murder, and burning of the home of Patty and Mark McCloskey of St. Louis. I know this for a fact since my wife Angela and I hosted the McCloskey’s for an event here in North Texas, and they stayed at our home for two evenings.

If we are to believe that there is some standard, or language, that the House Democrats are embracing as “incitement to violence,” heck, then why is Cori Bush a member of the US Congress? I demand that she be charged for her actions, which are on tape, and removed from Congress. After all, the Texas Democrats are accusing Texas Republican members of Congress of “inciting an insurrection” because they did not vote for the absurd impeachment charade…and they are fundraising off of that.

As well, Texas Democrats are demanding Senator Ted Cruz be disbarred because he objected to the elector slate from states where there were clearly unconstitutional issues of changing election law, and not by state legislators.

Funny, I have not heard a single Texas Democrat elected official address the violent history of Rep. Cori Bush, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Sen. Kamala Harris, or Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who claimed Antifa was a myth. I have not heard a single Texas Democrat elected official condemn the violence over countless months that we have seen at the hands of Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

Let us not forget that it was four years ago at President Trump’s inauguration when violent leftist mobs took to the streets in Washington DC burning cars and destroying property, etc. Heck, I think they were rewarded with BLM Square in DC. The day after the inauguration, it was Madonna who stated, in Washington DC, that she dreamed of “blowing up the White House.” Would any Texas Democrat official like to condemn this?

This begs me to ask a very simple question. Knowing how delusional, vindictive, maniacal, and violent the left has been, in the face of Democrat silence: why would our own Texas Republican State House majority vote last week to allow Texas Democrats to hold Committee Chair positions? Please, spare me the offensive and condescending excuse of “Colonel West, you don’t understand our traditions and how things work.” If y’all recall, my Monday Message from November 9, 2020 addressed this issue.

See, Texas Democrat elected officials represent a clear and present danger to the Legislative Priorities of the Republican Party of Texas getting passed. Once again, elected Republicans come up with these rules, traditions, that mean nothing to the Texas Democrats. But, they use increasing and unceasing pressure to force weak Republicans to acquiesce to their demands. Does anyone believe that a Texas State House majority under Democrats, socialist leftists, would offer Committee Chair positions to Republicans? Hmm, how many Republicans are Committee Chairs in the California State Assembly?

The progressive socialist leftists know that they have two years to run amok before the midterm elections. They have not forgotten what happened to Barack Obama in 2010. They are going to seize this moment to inflict as much harm upon our nation and potentially make it impossible to ever be unseated from federal government power. Here is what must happen:

1. The Republican states, and states with Republican state legislative majorities, need to toughen up. They all need to put together 10th Amendment committees. We must have better coordination between red State AGs and State Legislatures to serve as a bulwark against the leftist ideological agenda. We need to start thinking about how to respond to a “packed” Supreme Court…which in my estimation would be illegitimate. Republican states must become “Liberty Sanctuaries.”

2. Republican State Legislatures need to examine the possibilities of divesting their state portfolios of Big Tech stocks who are advocating censorship of American citizens. This is already happening in Florida. Hmmm, why ain’t Texas leading on this? As well, it should be made clear that any tech companies in Texas embracing the idea of censorship of American citizens are not welcomed in the Lone Star State.

3. Republican State Legislatures must enact strong election integrity laws, meaning voter registration roll reviews, voter ID laws, and firmly disallowing universal mail-in ballots. Hey, Texas Democrats, that is not racist, and I am Black…Oops, forgot, Joe Biden said that I ain’t really Black. Remember, states and counties run elections, not the federal government. But, beware, Nancy Pelosi already has a House Bill ready that would nationalize elections.

Bottom line, Republicans need to “cowboy da hell up” and use Alinsky Rule #8 against the left.

In closing, I ask y’all to refrain from sending me emails and text messages about how scared you are, or that the country is lost. That is exactly what the left wants you to feel. The Spirit of Texas is not one of fear, it is one of resolute and principled defiance. Not acquiescence or appeasement to Democrats and giving them Committee Chair positions.

If there are moments when you are starting to feel a little despondent, I leave you with the mock-Latin motto of World War II US Army General “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell, “Illegitimi Non Carborundum!”

Steadfast and Loyal,

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


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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 1.11.21

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 1.11.21

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“Cool Heads Always Prevail”

In my 22 years of active duty service in the US Army, I learned many lessons in leadership. I would be happy to share them with you, as they are enshrined on the 3×5 cards I carry. Having served in combat, my first combat tour was 30 years ago in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. It became very apparent that when bullets begin to fly, it is the resilient, resolved, and focused commander that inspires victory. I have always stated, “no one follows a Frantic Fannie into combat.”

At this tumultuous time in our American history, I must reiterate this leadership maxim: “Cool Heads Always Prevail.”

This past week, after the disturbing events of Wednesday, my cell phone blew up, and it continued through the weekend. The prevailing question was, “Colonel, what do we do now?”

As I drove home after our Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priorities Rally on Saturday in Austin, I had to make that “pause for the cause” in Hillsboro. I decided to fill up the gas tank at the 7-Eleven there off I-35, and a young black man from Arlington, who was at the rally, came up to me. He asked, “Sir, can we stop the communist takeover of America?” I looked at him resolutely and told him that we sure can, and that was why we were at the Capitol building rallying.

Having been in combat, I know the prudence of being calculating — yet swift to act — when engaging your adversary. I would recommend y’all read about the battles of Alexander the Great. I have had folks ask me when will President Trump enact the Insurrection Act and deploy the military? To that I respond: I pray he does not. Now, to the anxious, angry, frustrated, and upset, that is not the answer they desire.

The Army taught me the five forms of maneuver against the enemy: infiltration, penetration, turning movement, envelopment, and frontal assault. Thirty years ago, our forces in Kuwait and Iraq conducted what is probably the largest envelopment operation in military history since Hannibal’s successful double envelopment of the Roman legions at the Battle of Cannae. The problem with Republicans is that we often choose the worst form of maneuver, the frontal assault. Just study Pickett’s charge on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Therefore, here is my response to the question of what we should do now:

The real issue from the 2020 election cycle has less to do with mythical beasts — like the Kracken — and, more with the understanding as to how the left enveloped Republican State legislatures. The left targeted and encircled key Republican State legislatures in places like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Arizona, among others, and changed election law by way of governors, secretaries of state, and judicial activism. They relied on the belief that these State legislatures would be slow, or even reticent, to respond. They implemented such unconstitutional actions such as universal mail-in ballots and changing ballot signature verification standards.

Governors enacted emergency declarations to deal with a “pandemic” that has a 99.96 percent recovery rate. These executives made us believe that this “pandemic” suspended the rule of law, election law. As well, the left has been incredibly effective in preventing the review of voter rolls in states all over the country.

State legislatures need to reaffirm their enumerated legislative powers and erase dictates that say only a governor can call them back into session.

They need to refine the meaning of an emergency.

The number one Legislative Priority for the Republican Party of Texas is Election Integrity. We need to tighten up our election laws, enforce voter registration roll reviews, disallow the registration and voting of illegal immigrants, ban the use of universal mail-in balloting — which is not the same as absentee ballots — and reduce the time for “early voting.” Heck, we even had the County Clerk in Harris County expand “curbside” voting into heavily Democrat precincts. But, not only here in Texas, this has to be a priority for Republican-held State legislatures across the nation. There was a reason why Eric Holder was targeting state legislatures.

Lastly, there have to be real penalties for enacting voter fraud and conducting illegal voting activities. It becomes rather Pavlovian if there are not.

Next, on the first Tuesday in May of 2021, we will have municipal level elections in Texas. Let’s be honest, these elections are not “non-partisan.” We must focus on winning elections for City Council, School Board, County Commissioner, County Clerk, heck, Water Management District elections. If we want better election activities in our respective counties, that means controlling more county commissions in the state of Texas.

I know, everyone says that it is too hard. Do you want to know what is hard? Try changing the engine out of a US Army M1 Abrams tank in the middle of winter in South Korea. I watched that back in 1995. Getting off your keister and finding good quality candidates that can run in local elections, where often the turnout is less than 10 percent ain’t hard . . . but it is vital. I want you to think about who is making the decisions about elections at the local level, yet another way leftists have penetrated and infiltrated our cities, schools, and county-level administrations.

The next vital play comes with the redistricting of political office districts that only comes every 10 years. Since we maintained a strong majority in both the Texas House and Senate, we control this process. This will shape the political landscape of Texas, and other states, for the next 10 years. This was the main reason why Eric Holder, Michael Bloomberg, and Barack Obama dumped some $25 million into Texas.

Texas Republicans control this process and must realize this strategic opportunity, and not concern themselves with “fairness” to the progressive socialist left. I think we are getting a lesson right now in the ruthlessness of the left. We can ill afford to be Neville Chamberlains and believe that appeasement, compromise, and acquiescence to the leftists are viable courses of action.

That brings me to this final point, as I know there are still those doggone hot heads out there who want a “revolution.” Just remember, when you read the Declaration of Independence, that our Founding Fathers sought every possible manner of petition to King George. But our history, both as a state and a nation, evidences the one thing that we will not tolerate: disarmament.

In America, we have always recognized that an armed individual is a citizen, and an unarmed one is a subject. This is why another of the Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priorities is Constitutional Carry.

Remember these dates in our history: April 19, 1775, and October 2, 1835. These are two dates where the Sons of Liberty in Massachusetts and Texians in Gonzales responded to the threat and imminent objective of a tyrannical government to disarm them. In both cases, the actions on Lexington Green and the field of Gonzales spurred forth movements toward independence.

If the progressive socialist left — aka the Democrat Party — seeks to pursue a “mandatory gun buyback” initiative, then they will have followed suit with the previous tyrants who dared the same. They will have, indeed, doused themselves with gasoline and struck a match.

The way forward is not to conduct a frontal assault, but envelop the left, outmaneuver them, play chess, not checkers, and anticipate their next move and block it. If the Bidenistas want open borders, we say no! If the Bidenistas want the Green New Deal and decimation of our oil and gas industry, we say no! If the leftists believe that they can mandate equality, we say no! National lockdowns, the decimation of our small businesses, and mandated mask-wearing, no more, unless government officials want to stop being paid. The best stimulus for our economy is small business.

The government does not exist to protect our health, that is our responsibility. Government exists to protect our rights . . . and that is not defined as the ideological agenda of the progressive socialist left.

We must be resolute, forthright, and stand like an immovable rock. We must school the left on the concept of federalism. After all, they believed that they could declare themselves “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants. The left must be taught a firm lesson in the 10th Amendment. 

However, what this will require is that Republicans can no longer be “Quislings.” One thing the left, like any bully, relies upon is the lack of intestinal fortitude from us, their political opposition. Their use of fear, intimidation, coercion, threats, and violence (to which they never admit) are the means to their end. The left is playing a very dangerous game of duplicitous hypocrisy. It is evident and unacceptable. We can borrow a page from their Saul Alinsky rule book and let them see what principled American resistance looks like.

No, I am not scared. God did not give me, or you, a spirit of fear. What we do need are leaders who are calm, cool, and collected under fire, and who will not cower to the left. Yes, I am gonna be talking to someone about communication platforms. But, what we currently see from the left is abject totalitarianism, targeting members of the Trump administration to undermine their future livelihood. They are censoring conservatives, which is true fascism. But, with all of this, we must keep a cool head as our planning and execution must be flawless, as we frustrate the left into making tactical, and strategic, errors . . . causing their implosion.

A final word to bolster your spirit:

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of 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.”

Summer soldiers and sunshine patriots stay out of our way. We will let you know when it is safe to come outside. It is time to carpe diem!

Steadfast and Loyal,

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


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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 1.4.21

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 1.4.21

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” . . . A Republic, If You Can Keep It”

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Monday Message of 2021!

Yes, another lesson in American history and civics, God knows we certainly need it. I challenge you parents to sit down with your children and discuss these issues, such as our Constitution, unless you are homeschooling and doing so already.

This coming week is a reminder of this quote which was a response by one of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, to a question posed to him by a Philadelphia socialite, Mrs. Powell. The story goes that on September 17, 1787, the day our Constitution was signed — it was later ratified in 1789 — Franklin was exiting Constitution Hall. He was met by Mrs. Franklin who asked him, “Well Dr., what is it that we have? A monarchy or a Republic?” The title of this week’s missive is Franklin’s response, and what an appropriate response as we head into this first week of January, 2021.

We have a new Congress, the 117th US Congress, that has been sworn in, but there are two seats in the US Senate that still need resolution. Both of those seats are in the state of my birth, the state that was one of the original 13 colonies, Georgia. The state of Georgia has been at the forefront of every major challenge to our nation. The Peach State was there during the Revolution. And, it was vital in the war that sought to separate our Union, the Civil War.

Now, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has asserted, “first we take Georgia, then we change America.” Hey, Chuck, I grew up down South being taught the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee. A Yankee comes down South to visit, a Damn Yankee stays. The problem in Georgia, and in many red states down South, is there are too many Damn Yankees, especially those who want to change America. We kinda have that issue here in Texas, as well.

A Republic is based upon two things: individual liberty and the rule of law . . . our Constitution. America is not a democracy. We do, indeed, elect our representatives by a democratic process. However, America is a Constitutional Republic, and even in the Constitution, it speaks of a Republican form of government. And, our beloved Lone Star State, whose admission to the Union as the 28th state we celebrated last week, began as the Republic of Texas on March 2, 1836.

If Chuck Schumer is allowed to “change America” — similarly Barack Obama spoke of “fundamentally transforming” America — we will no longer have the Republic that our Founders bequeathed to us back in 1787. This is why our first challenge to keeping this Republic is in Georgia, this Tuesday. All liberty-loving Americans need to encourage Georgians to make a stand.

Texans are very proud of the iconic response to the Mexican Calvary on October 2, 1835 “Come and Take It.”

Previously in one of our Monday messages, I shared the inextricable bond between Georgia and Texas. Well, guess what? American Col. John McIntosh sent a response to British Lt. Col Lewis V. Fuser’s demand to surrender Ft. Morris, Georgia on November 25, 1775: “We, sir, are fighting the battle of America — as to surrendering the fort, receive this laconic reply — Come and Take It.”

It just doesn’t get any better than being born in Georgia and living in Texas!
This is the measure of courage that we need from this new breed of Georgians this week, if we are to keep this Republic.

And, if we are to keep this Republic, then we need to abide by its rule of law, our Constitution. Critical to our foundation is our electoral process, and if that process is not fair and honest, no longer honored and trusted by Americans, we cannot keep this Republic. Therefore, Americans will be watching on January 6th — this Wednesday — for those who will stand in opposition and say to the deviants who seek to undermine our national election: “Come and Take It!”

There should not be a single member of the 117th US Congress who will not stand in opposition to the electors from Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada. The evidence of voting system irregularities, unconstitutional actions, violations of election law, and lack of transparency in these aforementioned states is irrefutable. Sadly, we have courts, such as the highest in the land, who have failed in their Constitutional duties, to interpret law, and keep our Republic.

A hearty “Steadfast and Loyal” to all the American Patriots that are heading to Washington, DC to assemble on January 6th. That is the beauty of our Republic, the freedom of speech, expression, the right to free assembly, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Those are the rights enshrined in our Constitution, our Bill of Rights. That is what it means to keep a Republic.

In closing, remember, Texas started as its own Republic in 1836. In preparation for the upcoming 87th Texas Legislative session, the Republican Party of Texas will hold a rally at the State Capitol on January 9th at 2pm in Austin. The purpose will be to inform, educate, and activate Texans on our legislative priorities. The reason is that, regardless of what happens this week in Georgia and Washington, DC, Texas will lead. Texas will ensure that we keep this Republic.

“Hold Texas, Hold the Nation . . . Victory 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 12.28.20

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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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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