“National Security and Military Affairs”
Report by Betty Sakai
Guardian of the Republic is an apt title for Allen West’s 2014 book, and his life. ( published by Random House, www.crownpublishing.com) Allen West personifies the stability and strength, knowledge and determination of American manhood. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached, Allen is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. His book is interesting and immensely powerful. It tells the story of the middle son of proud but humble parents. Herman “Buck” West and Elizabeth Thomas “Snooks” West were themselves highly educated and provided loving structure and discipline for their children, expecting them to attend church and respect their elders, attend the best schools possible, and serve their country to the best of their ability.
Introduced to the Forum by Joel Fine, Vice President of Programs, Allen West spent 22 years in the U.S. Army. Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan. He received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Metals, three Army Commendation Metals and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the U.S. Army ROTC Instructor of the year.
In his book, Guardian of the Republic, West reveals the reason he is no longer in the Army. In 2003 an Iraqi policeman had been stonewalling interrogators about intelligence reports of something about to happen in the next couple of days. As Deep Strike 6 Commander of the Second Battalion, in order to protect the 450 to 550 men under his command, West drew his Berretta 9-millimeter pistol and fired it over the policeman’s head into the sand of a weapons clearing barrel. The man cried out Allah and provided several names of those intending to do harm to himself and his unit. This action prevented an attack. As required by Army protocol, West reported the incident, and in the resultant hearing, he was punished with an Article 15 non-judicial judgment, fined $5,000, given an honorable discharge, and retired with full rank and benefits. West stood by his actions then and still does now, adding that he would walk through Hell with a gasoline can if it meant taking care of his men. He added, his father would have been proud.
Growing up in the South, Allen told his audience the most conservative Americans are Blacks. He remembers his entire neighborhood on Sundays coming out to walk to their various churches. From his family Allen learned how to communicate, to listen respectfully, to appreciate the insights of elders. The Blacks had culture. In 1959 in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward where his parents bought a house, there were two-parent homes, a real sense of community. Old men sat by the sidewalk, told stories, watched over the kids, and played competitive checkers. Their checker banter was what West describes in his book as the ‘genesis of trash talk’. At times they would allow a youngster to play a game of checkers, but most times that youngster would get “spanked” –Bam!!-- within four moves.
Throughout his life, Allen West has attributed his many successes to the teachings of his “earthly masters”, his parents. From the occasional whacks he received from church elders, to the whacks he would receive at home from his father Herman West (Buck), a quiet man who enjoyed an impeccable reputation, to the discipline he received from his tough and thrifty, disciplinarian mother Elizabeth Thomas West (Snooks), Allen West confided that he is today exactly what his parents raised him to be. He is a Ronin, a warrior that continues to honor his departed parents. He serves his country with knowledge, clarity, and uncompromising standards of excellence. “Fear God, and dread not” [Deuteronomy 31:6] is Allen West’s code. Like the 300 Spartans in 49 BC who fought and won against unsurmountable odds, Allen West fights to win.
In school, Allen found he excelled at Math and later used his skills in the Army to calculate gunnery targets. In college he changed his major from Engineering to Political Science and studied the philosophical foundations of America. He studied the philosophies understood by our founders: Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. He grew to understand that America is about “limited government, fiscal responsibility, a free market, individual sovereignty, a strong national defense, and an understanding that all of Man’s freedoms come ultimately from God.”
In 1983 during the malaise of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan’s speech on the evil empire that so inspired U.S. troops, while stationed in Germany, West witnessed the reality of Communism and Socialism in the emptiness reflected in East Germans’ eyes. He realized then what makes America exceptional -- limited government that respects the individual and each individual’s sovereignty including their personal life, economic enterprises, and religious expression. The government of the Socialist or Communist does not respect personal sovereignty nor the marketplace of free enterprise. As a movement, Socialism began in the late 19th Century with John Dewey, Theodore Woolsey, John Burgess, Herbert Croly, Charles Merriam, Woodrow Wilson, and Theodore Roosevelt. These men departed from the traditional notion of limited government.
Fast-forwarding to today, Allen West expressed great concern over the fact that government schools have been indoctrinating students into socialist Marxist beliefs, alienating them from a belief in God. Compliant and complicit educators and educational institutions have produced a generation of indoctrinated, dumbed-down graduates who know nothing about the origins of their country. In 2009, Obama cancelled the voucher system in Washington, D.C. forcing students into government schools. People have been herded into living in urban areas as a means of controlling them. In 2012 a minority of states had enough people in them to control enough electoral votes to sway the election. The future of federal elections, Allen said, is in the urban areas where 15% are Black, and 35% to 40% are Latinos. If Conservative Republicans can win over the Blacks and Latinos, they can win national elections.
The people want to know you are with them. In Baltimore, the government gives women money as long as there is no father living in the home. 72% of births are out of wedlock in the Black community. Today we have an enemy inside the gates -- not waiting at the gates. This is the same enemy that has been attacking Western Civilization for 1,400 years.
Asked about Pam Geller in Texas, West said that those who attacked are despicable. Mohammed was a war lord and Islam intimidates. The symbol on Mohammed’s sword is Saudi Arabia. Contrary to what is good for America, Obama has been quietly bringing in thousands of pro-sharia law Syrian Muslims -- not the Christians who are being slaughtered in Syria.
Concerning the 2016 Presidential Election, Allen West said Republicans need to draw the people to a charismatic personality to diminish party loyalty. Republicans he cautioned cannot win being a lesser version of the other side. The people need servant leadership, not self-serving leadership.
Officialdom, he said, has become arrogant -- departments without mission statements -- bureaucrats finding ways to create more regulations to bring in more revenue to government in the form of permits, fines, and fees that are hidden forms of taxation burdening those trying to work and live without being dependent on government.
Acknowledging the need for a safety net that requires funding for those who have fallen on hard times, Allen West cautioned that assistance should not become a hammock. As Benjamin Franklin said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing such good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading them out of it.”
Allen West said he agrees with Term Limits, the Balanced Budget Amendment, and Judicial Action that controls judges who legislate from the bench. He agrees with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton’s “Chamberlain” analysis comparing Obama’s attempts to win peace with Iran with Neville Chamberlain’s attempt to gain peace with Hitler. He noted that Hitler later labeled the Munich Agreement as “just a piece of paper”. Iran will follow suit.
Most concerning, he said, is that because of the lack of leadership in the family, the lack of a good education, the lack of leaders willing to serve the people, we have become the nation that we deserve. The educated must not fail to vote, he warned. Concerning our capitalistic entrepreneurial roots, West said there is no return on government investments such as the money Obama gave to failed solar startup Solyndra. Silicon Valley happened because of free enterprise, not the result of government investment. The idea that government, not the free market, is the answer was promoted by John Maynard Keynes, a British economist and early progressive. Keynes also believed in reduced reproduction among those deemed less desirable, an idea shared by Adolf Hitler. Our democratic Republic “will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not”.
Allen West then asked the Forum audience what the difference is between a Democracy and a Republic. He added that not many know that America’s founders created a democratic Republic, not a Democracy. Democracies become subject to influence by the most popular person, the person most able to control how the crowd votes. Historically, Democracies are volatile and do not last long. A Republic is governed by representatives. Republics require an educated citizenry where those elected owe allegiance to their constituents. So without Term Limits and funding limited to constituents, with Washington elites ignoring constituents in favor of funding by Party donors, special interests, and international money, what type of government is now operating in Washington, D.C.?
When the decision was made to elect Senators by voters directly in the states instead of by appointment by state legislators, was the focus on each state’s representation in the Senate diminished or eliminated? Has the intent of the framers of the U.S. Constitution to give a voice to each state in the Senate been compromised -- negated? Has electing Senators directly by the voters in each created a Senate that is no different than the House, making it easier to implement a Socialist agenda?
Today more than ever, America needs clarity and a return to its basic principles, understood and exemplified by leaders like Allen West. He is indeed a Ronin, principled and informed about America’s history, faith, and freedom, unyielding in his Conservative beliefs with a plan get America back on track. Raised by strong, educated parents, Allen West rose from humble beginnings and was taught uncompromising standards in service to his country. His parents taught him Conservative values and molded in him character and excellence that continue today to guide him even as he is treated as ‘persona non grata’ by those with different views, including some in the African-American community. Allen West readily supports Educator Booker T. Washington’s views on a strong family, faith, education, and entrepreneurship.
On the 2nd Amendment, West noted that the co-author of this Amendment, George Mason, was asked what it meant by a “militia”. He replied, “It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
On religious liberty, Allen West said no-one can show you where the separation of the church (the Christian faith) and the state exists in the Constitution. It was only mentioned in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. The mantra of Socialism is the separation of church and state. America was founded by men and women of faith. God has been part of America since its founding.
The number one responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. Years ago we stopped talking about the story of America. We need to trust in God. Institutions that give in to “no prayers” and fail to reign in their employee professors who indoctrinate students into socialist doctrine embolden Socialists. Islam is advancing in America because it’s hard to defeat an enemy with a Muslim sympathizer in the White House.
Before and after the long Q & A session, the appreciative Forum audience gave Allen West a long, standing ovation. God bless American men like Lt. Col. Allen West!
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