Author: Allen West

Labor Day Prayers

If it were normal times I would be wishing y’all a Happy Labor Day, but these are not normal times. For many this is not a happy time. As a matter of fact, it will be a long-lasting memory of tragedy. In both cases, this is very personal for me.

On Saturday, we were reminded that evil walks among us, by the actions of one deranged person in Midland-Odessa Texas. Since coming to Texas, I have been to Midland-Odessa countless times and gotten to know many great Texans, Americans, out there. Unfortunately, I spent Saturday speaking and texting with some who had friends in the shooting melee. One of my friends even knew the little 18-month-old that was shot in the shoulder.

I am quite sure the usual cast of political characters will seize upon an opportunity to call for gun control. Then again, perhaps we should consider the fact that none of the innocent citizens were armed, or able to return fire against this crazed shooter. This is what the Second Amendment right provides, the ability for us to be able to defend ourselves against evil. Yet again, this Labor Day, we are reminded of evil’s existence.

At the time of this writing, six Texans have lost their lives — I will not count the shooter — and 21 were wounded. The last thing anyone should be discussing is how we disarm innocent, law-abiding Americans . . . again. We should embrace and offer our prayers and condolences for Americans who lost their lives for no other reason than the darkness that has crept into our culture, our society, affecting our safety and security.

As well, there are millions of my friends back along the southeastern coast of Florida who are bracing for a coming storm. One of those is my wife, Angela, the mother of our children. Her work as a financial adviser/broker has her in South Florida at this time. Yes, she is a stubborn woman who decided to ride this storm out. We pray that our friends and family down in South Florida are protected as Hurricane Dorian heads their way. Floridians know how to prepare for these storms, just as Texans confronted Hurricane Harvey not too long ago.

Now is not the time to use a storm as a leverage point to talk about man-made climate change or any other ideological talking point. I think we should come to realize that man is not in control, regardless of those who believe that they are. God is still in control, and, yes, prayer and helping each other out still counts for so very much.

So, this Labor Day we send up prayers for our fellow Americans in Midland-Odessa, Texas and the southeastern coast that extends up from Florida to Georgia to the Carolinas.

God be with y’all . . . now and forevermore.

[VIDEO] Two Minute Case for Texas

In this clip, in under two minutes, I lay out the case as to why Texas is crucial for Texans and non-Texans alike.

If you are wondering why I chose Chairmanship of the Republican Party of Texas rather than a Congressional run, this concisely states the case and is perfect to share on social media to infuse interest in this campaign.

My thanks to Kevin Freeman of the Economic War Room and the team at BlazeTV!

Texas: Ground Zero for Trafficking

Many people talk about the culture war in America. This case of Jeffrey Epstein is a clear and present example. How have we devolved to such a truly deplorable state of existence in America where this sickness would be known and tolerated. We should all be outraged about the fact that we have grown adult predators of our children, robbing them of that which is sacred: their childhood innocence.

Jeffrey Epstein is dead, but those who frequented his services are still out there, and we should unite in finding and imprisoning them for life. No one is above the law, and hurting our children is unacceptable. If there is anything that should enjoy a bipartisan effort, this should be it. We should stop denigrating and disparaging the issue of life for our children, born and unborn, resulting in this degradation of their lives.

What is so greatly disturbing is that the Lone Star State of Texas is Ground Zero for human and sex trafficking.

As reported by KVUE:

“According to a report from The Human Trafficking Institute, 74 criminal human trafficking cases made their way through federal courts in Texas last year. The state of Texas has some work to do when it comes to human trafficking, according to a report from The Human Trafficking Institute. The report, released Tuesday, shows Texas ranked first in the nation for the number of criminal cases that wound their way through federal courts last year. Of those 74 cases, 68 involved sex trafficking and six involved labor trafficking.

Texas also ranked first for the number of new criminal human trafficking cases in 2018 with 19 initiated cases. That’s well above the national average of five new cases per state or territory. Of the new criminal cases, the report shows Texas initiated two criminal labor trafficking cases last year, making Texas one of only seven states or territories to initiate a new labor trafficking prosecution. Texas also topped the list for the number of convictions in human trafficking cases in 2018 with 45 convicted defendants. The national average is seven convictions per state or territory, the report shows.

Last year, the state ordered six defendants who were convicted to pay restitution to their victims, ranking Texas third in the nation for the number of restitution orders.”

This is one of the reasons I find it unconscionable that we have anyone advocating for open borders in America. In essence, they are aiding and abetting this horrific scourge of modern-day slavery in our country. We are looking at 30 percent of kids being used by drug cartels are paired up with people who are not their parents, or relatives. If they are not recycled back to be used again and again to enable “family units” illegal entry into America, they are fed into their abhorrent scheme.

In Texas, the major population centers of Houston and Dallas are leading the way as hotbeds of trafficking of humans, and children, for sex. What must disturb us all is the lack of criminal punishment, not for the traffickers, but those who are taking part in this disgusting operation for their perverted purposes.

KVUE continues:

“Out of the approximately 100 known victims identified by non-profits each year, only 11 child sex trafficking cases were brought to court in Travis County since 2016. “The detectives have been working really hard at trying to form relationships and really making sure that they can build a trust so slowly, they can find out what’s been happening to these children,” Fowler said. Of the 11 cases brought to court, only three defendants served jail time. The other eight got probation or their charges were waived or dismissed.

“The first and biggest reason really is based on the victim. It’s their story and if we don’t have the nerve to tell their story we can’t prove it to a jury,” Fowler said. Police and prosecutors said the survivors often run away or refuse to be a witness. In Austin, immigration also plays a role. Workers with the Refugee Services of Texas said U.S. citizen children who are trafficked are sometimes afraid to speak out if their parents are in the country illegally. “I have had minors come and speak to us and say, ‘My mom doesn’t want to work with law enforcement,’ or ‘I didn’t call police because I’m scared,’” Alvarez said.”

As I have read over some of these cases, it appears there is a common theme: plea bargaining. If we are honest, this was part of the Epstein case. For me, this is unacceptable. The trafficker and the “beneficiary” of this darkness should be equally punished. There is something about our culture that is allowing this cancer to manifest itself.

Our culture has become so perverted as to demean our children into sex objects for adult pleasure. Recently, an illegal immigrant child rapist was released by law enforcement officials in Mecklenburg (Charlotte) County, NC. What message are we sending to our children?

The existence of human and sex trafficking, of children, in America, represents a definitive decline in our culture. This is intolerable and inexcusable and must be rejected by all of us. We need tougher sentencing for these vermin and miscreants. We must re-establish the sanctity of our children and their innocence.

We must not relent in finding every single person who was involved with Jeffrey Epstein and bring them to justice. No one should be able to find sage quarters due to their status, evil is evil.

I, for one, will be committed, as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, to support the eradication of this scourge from the Lone Star State. Let’s find these people, report them, and ensure they are taken off of our streets!

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Statement: Officially Running for State Chair, RPT

https://youtu.be/F0Ag5v0oCKA

Greetings, everyone!

Tomorrow is National Airborne Day. National Airborne Day is a special day designated to honor the U.S. Airborne Forces and the first parachute jump of 48 volunteer members of the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon on August 16, 1940. This day is annually observed on August 16 by Congress and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2009.

The use of parachutes was an innovative method of warfare during World War II. This gave our armed forces an opportunity to deploy the troops behind enemy lines. The first parachute jump pioneered the way for future jumps and marked the birth of new airborne forces, that might play a vital role in the future of military operations.

British General Bernard Montgomery had this to offer about Airborne troops, “What Manner Of Men Are These That Wear The Maroon Beret? They are firstly all volunteers and are toughened by physical training. As a result they have infectious optimism and that offensive eagerness which comes from well-being. They have ‘jumped’ from the air and by doing so have conquered fear.

Their duty lies in the van of the battle. They are proud of this honour. They have the highest standards in all things whether it be skill in battle or smartness in the execution of all peace time duties. They are in fact – men apart – every man an emperor.

Of all the factors, which make for success in battle, the spirit of the warrior is the most decisive. That spirit will be found in full measure in the men who wear the maroon beret”

I was blessed, honored, to have worn the Maroon beret in my service to this nation. I earned the privilege to wear the US Army Master Parachutist, Army Air Assault, Navy/Marine Corps Parachutist wings and insignia. And, during my first duty station I earned my Italian Airborne wings.

This past summer we remembered the 75th Anniversary of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, the liberation of Europe from the tyranny of Nazi Germany. And leading the way, the night prior, were US Army paratroopers, 82d and 101st, Airborne and Glider troopers who went in behind enemy lines.

And, it was the 101st Airborne Division who was blessed to be told that they had a “Rendezvous with Destiny.”

Therefore, I cannot think of a better time than the eve of August 16, 2019, the tenth-year anniversary of National Airborne Day, to officially announce my candidacy for the Chairmanship of the Republican Party of Texas.

Texas has always had a “Rendezvous with Destiny” and right now the Lone Star State’s destiny is being challenged by the threat of progressive socialism. I stand ready to “hook up” and parachute into this fight, behind their lines, and take this ideological fight to those who embrace the ideals and policies antithetical to individual freedom, liberty, and self-determination.

I will take that infectious optimism and offensive eagerness to rally constitutional conservatives in Texas for the battle to “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation.” My life has been defined by service, sacrifice, and commitment to our Constitution. And, there is no better State in our Republic that reflects true American principles, values, than Texas. However, we are facing an onslaught that has overtaken several States to the west of Texas. This political opposition believes Texas is their next conquest. I say no! We must not forget that the Republican Party of Texas was founded on July 4, 1867, sharing our birth with that of this nation. And today, we are embroiled in a new fight for individual independence, rights, freedom, liberty, against the forces of dependence, collective subjugation, and victimization.

I will be the “first one in the door” as your Jumpmaster and when the green light comes on will look over my shoulder and give that command: ”Follow Me.”

Follow me at West4Texas.com, and please donate to our noble endeavor. This is our present-day mission, our destiny is before us. Let us embrace the “warrior spirit” that will lead us to a decisive victory in 2020 that will send a message to the progressive socialist left.

“Don’t Mess with Texas.”