Allen West “Ironic isn’t it, that the 1st African-American president will not attend a historic moment” #Gettysburg150


Written by Allen West on November 19, 2013


On this day we remember a simple yet profound speech delivered by a simple yet iconic American leader. Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address given by our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Our current president is from the Land of Lincoln – Illinois — but for whatever reason will not be at Gettysburg to pay homage to this moment, a seminal moment in American history — how utterly despicable. I suppose the Organizing for America conference call the evening prior was just too taxing. Ironic isn’t it, that the first African-American president will not attend a historic moment remembering a “new birth of freedom.”

Therefore, since America is lacking a leader to address the nation on this momentous day, I decided to write and share with you all a modern Gettysburg Address:

“Seven score and ten years ago, this great nation stood divided on the fundamental concept of liberty and freedom. There were those who believed they possessed the liberty to withhold the freedom of others and that was defined as their right.

Another part of this great nation believed, as a slave owner had written, that we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights from their Creator thus being life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This nation went to war, a Civil War, to guarantee the promise of the latter, rather than live with the shame of the former. So here amongst the picturesque Pennsylvania hills surrounding Gettysburg two armies met: the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac. And as poetic justice would have it, they met from July 1st to 3rd in 1863 to determine the course of this great land.

The latter prevailed at the end of those three days by way of sheer determination, but both sides displayed uncommon valor and bravery. The defining moment to end the physical bondage of others had come, and freedom was the victor.

We remember the honored dead of Gettysburg – but let us remember all the honored dead who have made the stand against the enemies of freedom: Fascism, Nazism, Japanese imperialism and Communism.

However today, this great country, this longest running Republic the world has ever known is yet again embroiled in a seminal fight for liberty and freedom. The current ideological conflagration in America pits a belief of collective subjugation, by means of the metaphysical bondage of dependency, to the will of government as opposed to the liberty of individuals to determine their way in life – enabling their pursuit of happiness.

Even today the political names of the actors, Democrats and Republicans, remain the same, but only the circumstances have changed. We again are challenged to honor the promise of our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, and the words of Jefferson, as well as our Constitution.

It is not only this internal struggle against progressive socialism but the external fight against Islamic totalitarianism — both threats to individual liberty and freedom.

Our men and women in uniform are deployed against the latter adversary, but we must all stand as guardians of this Republic against the former. What is at stake? The exact same thing that President Abraham Lincoln championed 150 years ago, “that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

May God bless the American legacy of courage displayed at Gettysburg, the Gettysburg address, and this beacon of liberty and freedom, the land of the free because it is the home of the brave. The place we call home, our beloved Constitutional Republic, these United States of America.”


Allen West “Why every day is Veterans Day in the US” #USMilitary #VeteransDay


Written by Allen West

To my warrior brothers and sisters, Happy Veterans Day. God bless you for your willingness to stand guard upon freedom’s ramparts to protect our beloved Republic.

Today we are being recognized but always remember — every day in America is Veterans Day. In our veins we carry the legacy of the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord. Our hearts beat just as those who stood at the Battle of New Orleans. We march to the sound of the guns just as those brave men of the Civil War who bled to preserve this Union.

We have left our homes and the warm embrace of our loved ones just as the Doughboys and Devil Dogs of the trenches, the Marne, the Meuse-Argonne.


thank you vets

Allen West’s Weekly Update 7/5/13 via @Next_GenTV “The ongoing struggle for liberty worldwide”

‘Liberty, Freedom And Justice For All’ – How we won them in America and why they still matter

This is one of those special weeks to remember in American history. Two very critical events in years past during this week defined and preserved this great constitutional republic we call home, America.

The promise that is these United States of America was put to parchment 237 years ago this week. We celebrate our independence and the establishment of a nation where our unalienable rights emanate from our Creator, not man. We celebrate a nation where our own individual determination and industrialism leads to our prosperity and enables our pursuit of happiness. We celebrate a nation that rejects an onerous, invasive and intrusive central government.

We celebrate a nation where all men are indeed created equal. However, we hold dear an equality of opportunity in America, not an equality of outcomes.

The link between Independence Day and Gettysburg
In this same week, we remember the greatest battle of the Civil War, fought July 1-3 at Gettysburg, Pa. (See the story below for links to our video series on the battle.)

Perhaps it is somewhat poetic that this seminal battle, which truly changed the course of the Civil War, was fought just days before 87th anniversary of our independence from the British. The battle ensured that Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” – would persevere and survive.

Three days of battle at Gettysburg, where nearly 50,000 Americans were killed, wounded or went missing, were about the essence of Jefferson’s words and the moral character of our nation. It proved that we could no longer compromise our principles and values as they related to liberty, freedom and justice for all. If those words had meaning, we had to fight.

As President Abraham Lincoln stated in the beginning of his Gettysburg Address: “Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.”

This week is special because we remember the intricate relationship between these two ominous events – the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Gettysburg. They are interwoven and should be forever emblazoned in our minds and upon our hearts.

If not for the Declaration of Independence, well, there might not have been a Gettysburg.

The Declaration of Independence lit a fire, establishing a beacon that shined brightly, and the Battle of Gettysburg fueled that beacon for future generations so those people previously under the shackles and chains of physical bondage could experience true liberty and freedom.

The ongoing struggle for liberty worldwide
As we remember these events that define us as Americans, let us never forget that man still yearns for liberty and freedom. We see it happening before our eyes now in Egypt. See, it is not just the physical chains of bondage but also the theocratic ideological chains of bondage that hinder our desire to be free.

We also must remember Franciscan Catholic Priest Francois Murad, who was recently beheaded in Syria for his faith. He lost his life in the struggle for religious freedom.

The struggle for liberty and freedom continues for women in Islamic countries that see them oft times as nothing more than property. That is the real “War on Women” and not some faux political gimmick propagandized by progressive socialists in our America.

The struggle for freedom and liberty cannot be confused with special-interest groups seeking a political agenda. We must never become so disillusioned to believe that every desired aspect of our lives or behavior translates to a right because as Jefferson stated, “A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it away.”

From July 4, 1776, to July 1-3, 1863, to the present, brave men and women have fought to ensure this grand experiment in liberty, freedom and justice for all – that this nation under God will have a new birth of freedom for all who legally came to our shores and that this government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

Toward a united people with national character
Many national cemeteries across America and the world are filled with these brave Americans laid to rest. Gettysburg is one of them. This week we remember that America is the land of the free because it has been and always shall be the home of the brave.

I end with the words of George Washington in a letter to James Madison on Nov. 30, 1785:

We are either a united people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern, act as a nation, which have national objects to promote and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up via @Next_GenTV 6/21/13

A Father’s Day To Remember At Antietam
The battle that opened the door to my Army career

This past Sunday was Father’s Day, and I pray all you Dads had a wonderful day being honored and cherished by your children and grandchildren.

My daughters Aubrey and Austen are finishing a three-week trip to Beijing after returning with our Chinese exchange student Lin. They are having the time of their lives and getting an experience that will last a lifetime – and yes, they did email and text dear ole Dad.

My wife Angela went to her homeland of Jamaica to visit extended family and relatives in Montego Bay. So I was here alone in Washington on Father’s Day.

My morning started with a nice run from my Batcave to the Marine Barracks at 8th and I streets, past the Navy Yard, historic barracks row, past the Washington Nationals stadium to 4th Street, back to the National Mall, up Capitol Hill’s Senate side and through the local neighborhood, and then back to my humble abode. It was a great start to the day.

However, the real treat was yet to come. My motorcycle is at the Alexandria condo of my close friend, retired Marine Lt. Col. Neal Puckett. Neal and I met 10 years ago in Iraq when he arrived as my defense attorney. A father as well, he decided that Father’s Day this year was a great day for a motorcycle ride – to a Civil War battlefield.

See, growing up down south in Georgia, I visited many Civil War battlefield sites and remember the time my Dad took me to Andersonville, home of the brutal, Confederate prisoner-of-war camp. I will never forget that surreal experience. However, I had not visited a battlefield in quite a few years. Heck, my daughters and Angela have been to Manassas Battlefield – or Bull Run, depending upon which side of the war people fought.

Our journey into Civil War history
What battlefield did Neal and I choose? Antietam. So we mounted our iron horses Sunday morning around 11 a.m. and took off to see a memorable place in American history.

It was a perfect day for a motorcycle ride – not too hot and with a nice breeze blowing. The Maryland countryside was breathtaking, and finally we exited I-70 and began the ascent up and over South Mountain.

We went through the Middletown and Boonsboro, and I loved the sense of being in the “real” America, with flags on homes. The freshness of the air was intoxicating – and even the occasional smell of cow barns put a smile on my face. Finally, we saw Little Antietam Creek and then crossed Antietam Creek.

We saw the site markers designating unit positions, passed Antietam National Cemetery and entered the historic town of Sharpsburg. We then turned right, heading north on state Route 65 and, like a scene from a movie, saw Antietam Battlefield to the east on our right.

We parked and headed into the national park building. Both Neal and I know the Battle of Antietam well, but we were just in time for the 1 p.m. battle brief by the park ranger. She did a phenomenal job. Descendants of one of the families with a farm at the center of the battlefield were at the briefing.

From Dunker Church to Burnside Bridge
During the Civil War, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army decided to cross the Potomac River and attack north into Maryland. He reasoned that their continued success would bring support from England and France.

The Union forces were somewhat demoralized until they found out Gen. George McClellanhad been placed in charge of the force. A Union garrison was 17 miles away at Harpers Ferry, and Lee decided to split his force to capture it. At Antietam, Lee was outnumbered, and as fate would have hit, two Union privates found a copy of his battle plan wrapped around two cigars.

The battle began early Sept. 17, 1862, with the Union attack in the north cornfield and toward the Dunker Church. The engagement went back and forth, and finally the Confederates drove the Union forces back. Next came the engagement at the Sunken Road, where the Confederates initially held the Union forces until a flanking maneuver turned the site into a horrific killing zone – “Bloody Lane.”

A shift in forces enabled the Confederates to hold on as Lee recognized his center had been broken and he committed a reserve force.

The third engagement at Antietam occurred at a singular stone bridge over Antietam Creek, the Burnside Bridge. Although they possessed a numerical superiority, the Union split its force into the fight against a Confederate front that dominated the high ground overlooking the bridge. Despite being devoid of senior leadership, the Union forces finally broke across the bridge and drove the Confederates back.

It all looked desperate for Lee until the Confederates saw the colors of Gen. A.P. Hill arriving from Harpers Ferry.

A deadly yet momentous battle
In the end, the Battle of Antietam was a standstill but a costly one – 23,100 dead, wounded or missing. Antietam remains the deadliest day in U.S. military history.

Lee could not press the advance into the North and retreated across the Potomac River. The support from England and France never came. Lee again crossed into the North the following year, coming to battle at Gettysburg, Pa.

Seeing Antietam as a victory, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and a decree accepting black soldiers into the Union Army. Robert Gould Shaw, a young Union officer wounded at Antietam, later commanded the first black regiment, the 54th Massachusetts. He led his troops into battle at Fort Wagner in South Carolina the following year and was buried there in a mass grave with his Colored Soldiers.

Bloody Antietam ended up being the catalyst that made the Civil War a moral struggle against slavery. It also enabled me some 120 years later to be commissioned into the U.S. Army.

Parents and grandparents, take the next generation of Americans to one of our many historic battlefields so they can learn how we came to be this great nation. The next generation must learn who we are, from whence we came, so we all can stand up for what we shall be in the future.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen B. West

A Call For Accountability For Snowden, IRS
Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden and Internal Revenue Service officials involved in the grilling of conservative nonprofits have one thing in common in the eyes of Rep. Aaron Schock. They all broke the law and need to be held accountable for it.

The Illinois Republican told Michelle Fields of NextGeneration.TV that Snowden broke a promise to keep secrets about American data gathering secure and the IRS engaged in egregious political tactics that no one thought possible in America.

The controversy surrounding Snowden is different from the IRS scandal in one sense. “We’re rightfully upset that he broke the law, and I think he needs to be held accountable for that,” Schock said. “At the same time, what he exposed is an administration and an agency [that’s] going further than what they had told Congress they were going to do.”

Whistleblowers need to know they will be protected when they report government officials or programs run amok, Schock said. But they can’t be allowed to do it in ways that undermine national security.

Schock condemned IRS officials of multiple abuses. Their transgressions included asking religious groups to reveal the content of their prayers, pressuring conservative nonprofits to keep their members from running for office and demanding that pro-life groups not protest at Planned Parenthood facilities.

But he voiced even more displeasure with the Obama administration for its subdued response to the IRS scandal. The president must do more than push the head of the IRS out of his job to “root out the cancer that has infected the agency,” Schock said.

“There were people all over the agency doing this,” he said. “Somebody was clearly directing them from Washington, D.C. The president has shown no interest in getting to the bottom of that.”

Angela West “The African American trend of voting for Democrats can be traced back to the 1930s”


by The Republican Coffee Corner with Angela West 

The Southern Strategy/Lee Atwater and the Chasm

The Southern strategy refers to the Republican Party strategy of gaining political support or winning elections in the Southern section of the country by appealing to racism against African Americans.

Just what was the Southern Strategy?

It was not developed by the Nixon team but was attributed to Nixon’s political strategist Kevin Phillips. Phillips stated in an interview in a 1970 New York Times article:

“From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that…but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.”

This was the strategy that helped to win the Southern states for the Republican Party during the 1968 and 1972 elections.

Although political scientists have argued that the change in the southern voting patterns from Democrat to Republican had more to do with economic interests than with race, the change was in place. By the way white working class voters in the south still continued to vote for Democrats for national office until the 1990s, so the jury is still out about the true success of the Southern Strategy as regards to race.

By the way, in 1976, Jimmy Carter won most of the Southern states without offending northern Democrats, explaining, “I have no trouble pitching for Wallace votes and black votes at the same time.” Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Democratic charges of racism have been made about Republican campaigns for the House of Representatives and Senate in the South. The Willie Horton commercials used by supporters of George H. W. Bush against Michael Dukakis in the election of 1988 were considered by many Democrats, including Jesse Jackson, Lloyd Bentsen, and many newspaper editors, to be racist.

In 1990 re-election campaign of Jesse Helms attacked his opponent’s alleged support of “racial quotas,” with an ad where a white person’s hands are seen crumpling a letter indicating that he was denied a job because of the color of his skin.

Lee Atwater:

Harvey LeRoy “Lee” Atwater (February 27, 1951 – March 29, 1991) was an American political consultant and strategist to the Republican Party. He was an advisor of U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and chairman of the Republican National Committee.

A man of many contradictions, Atwater played guitar in a rock band called the Upsetter Revue in Columbia South Carolina. At the height of his political power he played with B.B. King, and released an album called “Red, Hot, and Blue” featuring among others, the great Isaac Hayes. He was also a husband and father to three children.

All of this being said Atwater possessed An acumen for aggressive tactics. For example, as the campaign consultant to Republican incumbent Floyd Spence in his race for Congress against Tom Turnipseed , a Democrat, Atwater’s tactics included doctored push polls, fake surveys and statements that Turnipseed was not only a member of the NAACP but that he “got hooked up to jumper cables”. Atwater discovered Turnipseed underwent shock therapy as a teenager for depression.

The following is the infamous interview that Atwater gave on the “Southern Strategy”

ATWATER: You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

Although Atwater was not directly responsible for the Willie Horton Ads, the campaign benefited from it. Atwater’s skills in the 1988 election led one biographer to call him “the best campaign manager who ever lived.”

After the election, Atwater was named chairman of the Republican National Committee. The scope of Atwater’s abilities are far beyond the scope of this page, however, there is one very notable achievement:

In 1989, Atwater became a new member of the historically black Howard University Board of Trustees. The university gained national attention when students rose up in protest against Atwater’s appointment. Student activists disrupted Howard’s 122nd anniversary celebrations and eventually occupied the university’s administration building. Within days, both Atwater and Howard President James E. Cheek resigned.

Atwater collapsed in March of 1990 at a political fundraiser for Phil Gramm. He was diagnosed with brain cancer. He underwent very drastic treatments which left him swollen and unable to move without a wheelchair. In his last written piece, he stated the following:

“My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood.”

Atwater died on March 29, 1991 of his illness.

The infamous Atwater interview:

The Chasm:

President Barack Obama received 95% of the African American vote. But even before this, at least 88% of the African American vote.

The large majority of African Americans support the Democratic Party. In the 2004 Presidential Election, Democrat John Kerry received 88% of the African American vote compared to 11% for Republican George W. Bush. Although there is an African-American lobby in foreign policy, it has not had the impact that African American organizations have had in domestic policy.

The African American trend of voting for Democrats can be traced back to the 1930s during the Great Depression, when Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program provided economic relief to African Americans; Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition turned the Democratic Party into an organization of the working class and their liberal allies, regardless of region. The African American vote became even more solidly Democratic when Democratic presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson pushed for civil rights legislation during the 1960s. This along with the efforts by Truman, Eisenhower and others solidified this block.


The Republican Coffee Corner with Angela