Author: Allen West

A Reflection on Texas from a Tennessee Volunteer

They have a saying here in Texas, the Lone Star State, for those who were not born here. It goes, “I was not born here, but I got here as fast as I could,”

My last duty assignment in the US Army was right here at Ft. Hood, Texas. However, I was born and raised in the state of Georgia, and I graduated from the University of Tennessee. I am a “Volunteer for Life,” or VFL, as we say back on ol’ Rocky Top.

There are some things happening here in Texas that have caused me to do some reflection.

See, Texas is not about whether you were born here or not. The real essence of Texas is its character, that aura of rugged individualism, strength, resilience, toughness, resolve, and yes, defiance. All of that inspired men from here, and so many other places, like Georgia and Tennessee, to come here to make a stand. What did they stand against? It was tyranny. They stood against the belief that some tyrant, a dictator far away, could decide their lives. They stood for individual liberty and self-determination, simple ingredients that make Texas — and America — unlike any other place the world has ever known.

It is said that there is only one flag that can fly at the same height as the American flag, and that is the Lone Star flag of Texas. There is only one state that has its own Pledge of Allegiance, “Honor the Texas flag, I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one State under God, one and indivisible.” That is the uniqueness of Texas, a state in the American union that was once its very own country, a Republic.

Texas is not about being born here, it is about what beats in your heart. It is about embracing a history that is revered all over the world, trust me. Texas is about a certain swagger and sense that courses through your veins.

Texas, in America, leads, it does not follow. Those entrusted to hold positions as elected representatives are supposed to embody that aura, character, and resolve, to lead, not follow.

If there is one thing my 22 years of active duty service in our Army taught me, it is that leaders seek what can be done, they do not cower and submit to accept what cannot be achieved. There is no better place than Texas where that mantra is embedded in its history.

True leaders recognize risks, but they also present solutions that mitigate the risk. Young military leaders are taught, when engaged in an ambush, the worst thing you can do is nothing. You fight out of it, not sit and hope. As former Chief of Staff of the Army, and my former Division Commander, General Gordon R. Sullivan taught us, “hope is not a method.” Sir Winston Churchill, the only foreign leader to have American citizenship bestowed upon him — and a US Naval vessel christened in his name — asserted, “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.”

In Texas, we do not need elected officials who are hoping for a remedy. In Texas, we do not need elected officials who operate under the principle of “paralysis by analysis.” No, I am not talking about throwing chance to the wind, that is what fools do. I am talking about leadership. I am talking about that which is the essence of Texas.

A 26-year-old young man from South Carolina commanded a garrison of 185 that was surrounded by thousands. I am sure he weighed the risks. Even when he realized that there would be no reinforcements, he and fellas from Georgia and Tennessee, made a stand. I suppose y’all know that Jim Bowie was born in Georgia, and ol’ Davy Crockett, well, he was also a former member of the US House of Representatives. None of them was a born and raised Texian, or Texan, but that Texas character, spirit, burned within them.

In Texas, we do not wait for someone else to find a cure, we figure it out. In Texas, we do not allow local tyrants to impose their ideological agenda and will upon the people by restricting and limiting freedom and liberty. As we say back in Georgia, “that dog don’t hunt.” If there is one place that all of America looks to for leadership, it is Texas. When that beacon which is the Lone Star shines just a little less brighter, then the other 49 stars of the American flag will be cast into a grim darkness.

There is never a time when character, resolve, strength, freedom, and liberty do not matter. If anything, this is the time when our fundamental principles and core being matter the most. Click To Tweet

There are those who say these are different times. That we have never faced anything like COVID-19.  I do not accept that excuse. There is never a time when character, resolve, strength, freedom, and liberty do not matter. If anything, this is the time when our fundamental principles and core being matter the most. This is not the time to be driven into the dangerous peril of fear, panic, paranoia, and hysteria. It is not the time to be paralyzed in the ambush zone, refusing to take any action. Now is the time for bold, courageous leadership, and that must come from Texas.

Here, Texas is the 10th largest economy in the world. Do we want to see more economic suffering cast upon our citizens due to a fear to act? Do we want ideologues deciding who and what is essential and non-essential? Are we to believe that together we cannot “cowboy (and cowgirl) up” and forge our way through this pandemic? No, I will not sit in the ambush zone and be told to cower, wear a mask, and wait it out. You fight through an ambush. And, here in Texas, if we know our history, we don’t give a damn about odds and being surrounded.

In Texas, we fight progressive socialism or COVID-19 . . . it does not matter, we fight!

Texans to Gov. Abbott: Please Reopen Texas!

As you know, I have written a number of posts, most recently yesterday, regarding the need to reopen the American economy.

Today, I am pleased to announce that I am one of 216 leaders across Texas to sign a letter to Gov. Abbott, requesting common-sense measures to get Texans back to work.

I hope you will read the letter and encourage others to do the same. We must preserve one of the greatest economies in the world.

Final Open for Business Coalition Letter to Abbott 4.17.20

 

5 Ideas to Reopen America Now

There are those who continue to push back on opening our economy. Here are some common sense points:

  1. Protect the most vulnerable and maintain their sequestration for the moment, seniors and those with underlying medical conditions. We know that obesity, high blood pressure, and other conditions are factors in COVID-19 fatalities.
  2. Allow businesses to determine a workplace rotation schedule or layout in their offices to maintain social distancing. We have proven that some can work from home.
  3. We should allow small businesses to form a consortium or collaborate in providing their own COVID-19 testing. Any businesses taking on that responsibility should receive a tax break on the cost. After all, they are doing the job of our government for the public good.
  4. Sports venues should consider reduced seating for events, and as we progress in rectifying the situation, increase seating capacity.
  5. But most importantly, stop the insidious policy of fining and arresting Americans for those imbecilic mandates and edicts handed down from high.

Here’s Why We Must Reopen the Economy Now

I am not some reactionary, overly emotional, impetuous type of individual. My Myers-Briggs personality survey is ISTJ. We care for and are concerned for the Americans who have lost loved ones during this COVID-19 pandemic. But, we must be realistic, and objective, in assessing that, indeed, there has been a greater crisis created due to the reliance of elected officials upon the data from two erroneous, flawed, computer models..one from Imperial College in London and the Institution of Hospital Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Here are the real numbers, as of this morning at 6 am:

United States 
Estimated Population (328,239,523)

Reported COVID-19 cases (605,390)
Recovered (36,076)
Fatalities (24,582)

Texas
Estimated Population (28,995,881)
Reported Cases (15,492)
Recovered (3,150)
Fatalities (364)
* In my home county of Dallas, we have experienced less than 40 fatalities

The National Data from the 2017-2018 Influenza Season:
Estimated Cases (45M)
Hospitalizations (810K)
Fatalities (61K)

I present this data as a comparative assessment in order for you, the reader, to make your own decision. I have done so, and decided that it was a bad idea to shut down the American economy. Should we have taken precautions and presented businesses with courses of action to maintain operations? Yes. Should we have come forward with a “carpet bombing” approach which has now created greater collateral damage than the COVID-19 virus itself?

The answer is no, and this morning we discovered just how bad that collateral damage is.

As reported by Business Insider:

“In just four weeks, coronavirus layoffs have erased more than a decade of record job creation. US weekly jobless claims were at 5.2 million for the week ending April 11, the Labor Department said in a Thursday report. Claims declined slightly from the previous week, when 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance.

The report brought the four-week total of displaced American workers filing for unemployment to 22.03 million. It also means that coronavirus-related layoffs have effectively erased the 22 million jobs that the US economy added since the post-Great Recession recovery starting in mid-2009. “We wiped that out so fast,” Heidi Shierholz, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, told Business Insider. “It’s mind-boggling.”

Ladies and gents, we now have a greater crisis than the supposed one we faced with #COVID19. We are now dealing with two man-made crises, COVID-19, which we will solve, but now a bigger one: massive unemployment. Click To Tweet

This is the result of a nation being driven into fear, paranoia, panic, and hysteria based upon unreliable computer models. Ladies and gents, we now have a greater crisis than the supposed one we faced. And, the second, third, and fourth-order effects may not be felt for even longer. We are now dealing with two man-made crises, COVID-19 — which we will solve –but now a bigger one: massive unemployment.

The United States is also some $23T in debt, and we can ill-afford to believe that the federal government can just write checks to people. That is surrender to the concept of a universal basic income (UBI); a socialist dream, and a free-market economic disaster. We can not allow the American people to become addicted to the crack cocaine of government largesse, just as the markets were addicted to quantitative easing measures that create a false economy.

We already are seeing the ideological agenda fraud associated with the giving of cash. California Governor Gavin Newsome has decided to give out cash payments to illegal immigrants…just brilliant!

We can not allow the American people to become addicted to the crack cocaine of government largesse, just as the markets were addicted to quantitative easing measures that create a false economy. Click To Tweet

Doggone, open up our economy, get the American people back to work! Treat us as adults and not infantile drones who can be herded to and fro as political pawns. Give us guidelines, not mandates, edicts, and orders so that we can take care of ourselves, our families, and our businesses. We do not want to be dependent upon the government. If there is one thing we can attest to in this case, the government screwed this up. This has nothing to do with political party, this was a lack of visionary leadership that recognizes how to assess an issue and consider short versus long-term ramifications, consequences.

America is the greatest nation the world has ever known. Let’s freaking start acting like it and not like a bunch of whimpering, whining, wusses who can’t improvise, adapt, and overcome.

Someone needs to have the cajones to just say it. America needs to get back to work at the end of this month. Here are the guidelines, now, go make it happen.

The Target on Texas

Howdy, y’all . . . I know we are enduring the 24/7 media coverage of COVID-19, but we must maintain a strategic focus. There will be an election in November of this year which is critical to the future of our Constitutional Republic.

If there is a real lesson to be learned from this Wuhan Chinese coronavirus episode, it is how quickly our essential liberties were assailed. It was how convincingly we succumbed to the fear, paranoia, panic, and hysteria. Yes, we need to take precautions and stay healthy, and live a healthy lifestyle. Soon the elected officials who questionably put in place these measures against our liberties will pat themselves on the back, and demand praise and accolades because they imposed measures that ended the crisis before it worsened. Just watch, it is coming.

But, here in Texas, the haters of our individual liberty still have a target on our Lone Star State.

As reported in the Houston Chronicle:

“As the coronavirus outbreak ravages fundraising efforts by political campaigns across Texas, the political affiliate of one of the country’s oldest gun violence prevention groups is bringing reinforcements to the state, where it sees Democrats’ efforts to flip the state houses as among the most important races in the nation. BradyPAC is the latest gun safety group to turn its attention to Texas, planning to spend more than half a million on elections in the state — more than it’s spending anywhere in the nation by far — as it remains the top target in 2020 for groups pushing for new gun laws.

“If you can get Texas passing strong gun laws, I think that sends a really strong message to the rest of the country,” said Brian Lemek, executive director of the political action committee affiliated with Brady, a nonprofit formed in 1974 that advocates for assault weapons bans, red flag laws and stricter gun storage requirements, among other things.

Texas gun rights groups are also stepping up fundraising, warning supporters that they need to help defend 20 seats in the Texas House this fall.”

As I have always asserted, 'an armed individual is a citizen, and unarmed individual is a subject.' Here in Texas, we do not want to be subjects. Click To Tweet

We have previously shared with y’all the declared intentions of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action groups. They are allocating $8-$10 million dollars into Texas to support anti-Second Amendment candidates running for the Texas State House, primarily focused in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston (Harris County) areas. Now, joined by the Brady Bunch, they are targeting the State of Texas in an attempt to replicate exactly what was done in the State of Virginia. We know the results there, from November 2019, and the ensuing full-scale attacks against individual rights to keep and bear arms.

Now, there are some — even in the Texas GOP — who think this is all fantasy and just a “Democrat talking point.” Those are the types of individuals who do not need to be in any position of leadership on this ideological battlefield. Y’all know my background as an NRA Board Member, and Life Member of the Texas State Rifle Association, Dallas Safari Club, and Gun Owners of America. We can ill afford to lose this fight, especially here in Texas. As Texas goes, so goes our America.

Consider this if you will: these leftists who wish to undermine our unalienable right to defend ourselves, families, and property are the same people who want to have open borders here in Texas and unbridled illegal immigration. To them, illegally crossing our border is not a crime. But, someone having a semi-automatic rifle is deemed more of a threat, a potential criminal. Do not believe that it stops with semi-automatic rifles. We have seen with this Wuhan coronavirus crisis, who gets to decide what is “essential?” To the left, abortion clinics and sites providing hypodermic needles, along with other items on their ideological agenda, are essential. But a business that supports our Second Amendment —  gun stores and ranges — are not “essential.”

These leftists are already making decisions about magazine sizes, ammunition, and prevention of reciprocity for concealed carry holders. What part of a constitutional right do they not comprehend? Oops, forgot, if it does not align with the left’s ideological agenda it is not a respected, recognized, and regarded right.

Texas is the number one state in America for human and sex trafficking, and the Brady Bunch wants to focus on gun control? We have a proliferation of gang violence and drug trafficking, and the Brady Bunch wants to support gun control candidates? Here in South Dallas, we are witnessing an increase in major crimes. What is the left’s answer? Yes, flood Texas with millions of dollars to undermine your right to defend yourself. I guess the left does not deem that right as “essential.”

Just imagine this scenario: if you are not able to defend yourself, your family, and/or your home, what prevents you from refusing compliance to any unconstitutional mandate, edict, or directive issued by elected officials seeking concentrated power?

No, this is not being alarmist, this is about being a realist…and the progressive socialist left is conveying to us, explicitly, their delusional intent.

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
— Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th-century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

Those words of Thomas Jefferson are the immutable truth. As I have always asserted, “an armed individual is a citizen, and unarmed individual is a subject.” Here in Texas, we do not want to be subjects. That was the message sent to Generalisimo Santa Anna back in 1836. In the Lone Star State, we are not about to allow Bloomberg’s minions or the Brady Bunch to do what Santa Anna sought to do.

Further, Robert Francis O’Rourke is not going to be in charge of “taking care of the gun problem.”

On October 2, 1835, the Texians in Gonzalez sent a message to the Mexican Army. Today, we Texans, — and all Americans — will send a message to the tyrants of the progressive socialist left: “Molon Labe”. . . Come and Take it.

Forced Isolation, Forced Masking . . . Texas Style

Good TGIF, y’all!

Here in Texas, our “forced isolation” or shelter-in-place order imposed unilaterally by Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins has been extended. As of yesterday noon, the Lone Star State, a state of 28.9 million people, had lost 70 Texans to the Wuhan Chinese COVID-19 virus. Yes, I am sure folks will comment that is because we are not doing enough testing. It is always very difficult to prove or disprove a negative.

But, it appears that some in Texas may be going just a tad too far.

As reported by KGNS in Laredo, Texas,

“[Laredo City] Council came together to discuss and pass motions that will affect just about everyone in the city when it comes to the coronavirus. The stay at home measures continue to change.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, society is having to change how they live.

Tuesday evening, council members came together, while keeping their distance. Some in different rooms, others joined in through their computer in their home.

But something was new: everyone present was wearing a protective face mask.

A motion was passed making it a punishable offense for all ages to be out in public between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the exception of “essential workers” or emergency situations.

You will need to provide I.D. and a letter from work if you are out between the hours of the new curfew.

The City says police will use discretion and you could face a fine between $50 to $1,000, and it’s an arrestable offense.

This new measure goes into effect on Thursday at 12:01 midnight.

A second motion was passed that included the mandate for all Laredoans to begin wearing protective face masks, or “nose to mouth” covers. That includes any type of fabric, scarf, or bandana.

This measure also takes effect Thursday at 12:01 midnight, and it can be punishable of up to $1,000, but a judge could determine the final fine.

If you are exercising in your yard or garage, you do not have to wear a mask.

The executive order was extended, putting all these mandates into effect until April 30th.”

So let me get this right: in Laredo, Texas, the City Council, government, has mandated everyone to wear a face-covering, or else face a fine? I suppose the folks of Laredo should be thankful they aren’t in the Philippines:

“President Rodrigo Duterte is allowing the use of deadly force against those found violating lockdown standards implemented in an effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.” — NY Daily News

So, I guess a $1,000 fine is better than being shot.

I have never been a fan of collective punishment as a means to adjust individual behavior, but that is a socialist, communist, ideal. It is always done under the guise of 'the public good.' Click To Tweet

Regardless, think about this precedent being established by the City Council of Laredo. They have just decreed that you will do something, under the premise of the public good, or else face a fine. Oh, by the way, is the City Council of Laredo going to provide some type of face covering? What is the difference between this, in principle, and the individual mandate of Obamacare? Remember, you must purchase health insurance, for the better good, or else you will be fined? What happens when government decides that you must purchase an electric vehicle, for the better good of climate change, or else you will be fined? Or, how about you must buy plant-based “meat” products, for the better good, and government will raise taxes on real meat products in order to modify your behavior?

I have never been a fan of collective punishment as a means to adjust individual behavior, but that is a socialist, communist, ideal. It is always done under the guise of “the public good.” Some municipal governments have implemented a Sugar Tax, basically unlawful fines, placed on certain beverage products. Again, all because a group of elected officials has determined what is our “better good.”

No, I do not like this mandated decree to wear a mask, under penalty of a fine. One thing is for certain: I do not want anyone mandating I wear a protective mask that was “made in China!” Thanks, but I will just pay the fine.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

How true.

Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV):

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

Choose life: two simple words that should be rather easy to comprehend, but in these times they seem confusing to some. Here in Texas, we have the organization founded by a white supremacist and racist, Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood, suing the state of Texas because their clinics were not deemed “essential.” Imagine the unthinkable hypocrisy that at a time when we are fighting to save lives, by choosing life, we have an organization wanting to take more lives, innocent lives. One they deem as an essential function?

What type of sick, delusional, despicable mind would conjure up such insanity, such savagery?

Well, it appears we have another epidemic, virus, spreading throughout our America. We recently shared a post with y’all about “death panels” being considered as part of this COVID-19 issue.

Now, let’s put somethings into perspective here before moving on. To date, we have experienced some 90,000 Americans affected by COVID-19 and approaching 1,400 who have lost their lives to the virus. In comparison, this common flu season, nearly 41 million Americans have been affected, with over 600,000 hospitalizations, and sadly 40,000 have died. Yes, I said that right, we have lost 40,000 Americans this flu season. We also know that during the H1NI flu episode there were 61 million Americans affected, and tragically 12.469 deaths.

Why are we seeing such a panic-driven, paranoia-laced, and hysteria promoted response in this present case? Unfortunately, I am about to share with y’all a disturbing event that just took place here in Texas.

As reported by Church Militant:

“A Texas prelate is breaking with fellow Lone Star State bishops, refusing to sign a statement that would strip hospital patients of their protections. His act has exposed a growing rift within the U.S. hierarchy over fundamental Catholic teaching on protecting life.

Bishop Joseph Strickland of the diocese of Tyler won’t back a declaration by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) that calls on Gov. Greg Abbott to lift penalties against healthcare rationing at hospitals amid the growing viral pandemic. In essence, the declaration would give hospitals carte blanche to decide who gets to live and who gets to die among coronavirus-infected patients, regardless of their reasons for choosing one patient over another.

Published Friday, the “Statement on Scarce Healthcare Resources” declares that “critical medical triage decisions are best left to the professional judgment of healthcare providers.” 

“In order to encourage this sound practice of medicine, the Bishops support the Governor waiving regulations and statutes which could result in fines civil liability, and even criminal charges for decisions related to the allocation of resources during this declared disaster,” the statement continues. 

Pro-life observers note that to the uninitiated, the statement may read as reasonable — but the devil is in the details. One analyst who asked to remain anonymous told Church Militant Saturday that the TCCB wants to remove legal protections that hold physicians accountable — measures designed to ensure doctors practice good medicine. The ability to sue helps keep bad behavior in check, stressing that patients and their families must have legal recourse, especially in times of crisis, as now. 

Bishop Strickland’s refusal to sign the TCCB statement isn’t the first time he’s stood alone in defense of Church teaching. Earlier this month, while other U.S. bishops stayed silent, Strickland publicly called for an investigation into Catholic Relief Services (CRS), after Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute released a report spotlighting CRS documents encouraging the use of condoms as a means of combating sexually transmitted diseases.

For faithful Catholics, the bishop’s uncompromising defense of orthodoxy is inspiring. But some expect Strickland to be targeted by fellow bishops for his stance.

One Texas Catholic told Church Militant, “They’re going to barbeque Strickland over this. He’s going to need strong support from the laity moving forward.”

There is a reason why I included Deuteronomy 30:19 at the beginning of this missive, under the title of “Choose Life”. How could these Catholic Church Bishops take such an unBiblical position…openly? When we have so called religious leaders advocating for rationing of healthcare it is time we get informed, engaged, and involved. If I were a Catholic my immediate question to my Priest, and Bishop, is do you support the letter sent by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, or Bishop Strickland. We can no longer sit back and allow these so called religious leaders to take on positions that are contradicting, antithetical, to the teachings of our Judeo-Christian faith heritage.

This so reminds me of 2 Timothy 4:2-5 (NIV), “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

I am going to state what must be stated, evil has invaded the Church itself. We are witnessing a time of false prophets and dangerous dogma being espoused that has nothing to do with our faith in God and the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. The culture war is now fully being waged within the sanctuaries of our places of worship. Just as our once-venerable system of education has become a system of indoctrination. Our churches, and these religious figures, are now preaching their own desired, causing people to reject sound doctrine, truths, and yes, turning aside to false narratives and myths.

America is gripped by an ideological civil war and the progressive socialist left has done an admirable job in infiltrating even churches to promote and advance their agenda.

It all comes down to this:

Joshua 24:15 (NIV): 

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

This indeed is a time, a season, for choosing, and the future of this great Constitutional Republic depends upon that choice.

A special hat tip and a hearty “Steadfast and Loyal” goes out to Tyler Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland. We need to lift him up in prayer and support him wholeheartedly, or else he will be persecuted by what has become an institution, not a Judeo-Christian religious faith.

When Exploiting the Health Crisis Hits Closer to Home

Saturday I shared with y’all the insidious political exploitation of the COVID-19 crisis by the Mayor of Champaign, Illinois. Sadly, there are always going to be opportunists who seek ideological advantage and gain in a crisis situation.

Now, it appears that here in my home, the Lone Star State of Texas, we are not immune from the same.

As reported by the Texas Tribune (a media outlet funded by George Soros):

“A Texas-based immigrant rights group sounded alarm bells Friday about recent immigration enforcement raids it said have created fear within the immigrant community and will result in sick [illegal] immigrants not seeking medical attention should the new coronavirus strike the borderlands.

There have been at least six raids by immigration officials in El Paso County in the past two weeks, said Fernando Garcia, the executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights. Garcia and other advocates said the enforcement is ill timed as the pandemic has cloaked the country in uncertainty and fear. The raids targeted small, Latino-owned businesses in the community, he said. “We have a list of documented cases. We’ve talked to the business and the people, and all of that has been verified within our own internal process,” Garcia said.

The organization prepares annual reports on enforcement and use-of-force incidents and investigates claims of abuse or government overreach in immigration enforcement. “We have the names of the business, we have talked to the owners and we have the names of employees,” he said. “That is the way we have done our traditional documentation campaign. Now the next step for us is to sit down with ICE and demand they stop these enforcement actions.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso said the agency does not conduct enforcement operations at medical facilities “except under extraordinary circumstances.”

“Claims to the contrary are false and create unnecessary fear within communities. Individuals should continue to seek care for medical conditions,” spokesperson Leticia Zamarripa said. She added that the agency, “like other law enforcement agencies with a detained population, is taking important steps to further safeguard those in our care and, as a precautionary measure, ICE is temporarily suspending social visitation in all of its detention facilities.”

In essence, this group is seeking is to cease protecting American citizens from those in our country — and our Texas — illegally. It would not surprise me at all if this leftist mayor would declare a state of emergency and mandate that such law enforcement actions be suspended. Let us not forget that these are the very same people who advocate for “open borders” and we once shared with you an assessment of the healthcare issues such an absurd position enables…primarily for our Border Patrol agents and their families.

Yes, “never let a good crisis go to waste” is the mantra of the progressive socialist left, and this is yet another example. If there was ever a time to secure our borders, it is now. Think of it this way: isn’t a travel ban basically an aerial shutdown of our border? This is what the left criticized in the beginning with the Trump administration. I believe that the situation would be far worse if that travel ban, and the ensuing one against the European Union had not been implemented.

Speaking of the European Union, think about the concerns with the spread on their continent since they have free, open borders within the EU zone. Perhaps that is why we are now seeing Spain and the next contagion area in Europe.

But, the left has never allowed facts to dissuade them from pursuing their goals and objectives.

If there is one thing I despise, it is the creation of fear and hysteria in a crisis situation. This is a clear example of such, by insinuating that our law enforcement officers, performing their duties, are creating fear in El Paso over being sick is juvenile at worse, delusional at best. Having borders that are not secure during a time of a global pandemic is irrational, and dangerous.

The progressive socialist left will use any crisis to advance their ideological agenda. For us here in Texas, just imagine, this is what “turning Texas blue” means, free reign of illegal immigrants in our State, and draining our healthcare resources. Remember, every single Democrat presidential candidate once affirmed that they would provide free healthcare to illegal immigrants. Where does that leave you?

Super Tuesday Results From Texas: It Ain’t Pretty

Ever since I was a little boy, I have always enjoyed math. It was always a treat solving equations and figuring out solutions based upon formulas. Regardless of the common core math fallacy, there are objective truths, and they can be found in the study of mathematics. I suppose that was why being a US Army Field Artillery officer was the perfect fit for me, figuring out firing solutions to put “steel on target.” Back in the day, we had to do our computations, under time constraints, with tabular firing tables and slide rules . . . those were the days.

Numbers tell a story when you know what to analyze, and they provide insight and the ability to develop plans and strategies. Therefore, our campaign staff for Texas GOP Chairman decided to take a look at some numbers from the Super Tuesday primary election here in the Lone Star State. We believed the results would tell us a story, but the story we uncovered is not a good one.

I think it is time those living in a delusional fantasy land stop kidding themselves, and realize that, well, yes, “Houston, we have a problem.” Now, I am not an alarmist, certainly not one to panic, but I am a realist. And, it is time we get real about what is happening, politically, in Texas.

It is, sad to say, a repeat of what the progressive socialist left has been doing in other once strong, conservative states.

The data found below comes from the Texas Secretary of State website. You can also see the results by county by party. This is all open-source data that anyone can find, research, analyze, and assess. What we did was to look at the major population centers in Texas, by county, and several surrounding counties, to provide a picture of what happened in this primary election cycle.

By comparison, we looked at three rural (lower population) counties. This is the data we found posted as of Thursday, March 5th. Here is what we found, with “us” meaning Republicans:

STATEWIDE (Texas) – updated 
D – votes cast – 2,076,046
R – votes cast – 2,008,385
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 68K
 
Harris (Houston) – registered voters 2,385,906
D – 321,903 votes cast 13.49% turnout
R – 192,985 votes cast 8.09%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 129k people 
 
Ft. Bend (West of Houston)  – registered voters 456,128
D – 69,540 votes cast 15.25% turnout
R – 57,212 votes cast 12.54%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 12K people 
 
Montgomery (North of Houston) – registered voters 347,703
D – 25,487 votes cast 7.33% turnout
R – 64,138 votes cast 18.45%  turnout
 
Galveston (South of Houston)  – registered voters 218,067
D – 22,044 votes cast 10.11% turnout
R – 28,250 votes cast 12.95%  turnout
 

Dallas (County) – registered voters 1,343,237

D – 231,688 votes cast 17.25% turnout
R – 83,304 votes cast 6.2%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 148k people 
 
Collin (North of Dallas) – registered voters 603,975
D – 84,350 votes cast 13.97% turnout
R – 68,909 votes cast 11.41%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 15K people 
 
Denton (North of Dallas) – registered voters 525,530
D – 67,092 votes cast 12.77% turnout
R – 66,621 votes cast 12.68% turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 500 people 
 
Ellis (South of Dallas) – registered voters 113,007
D – 9,701 votes cast 8.58% turnout
R – 22,481 votes cast 19.89% turnout
 
Tarrant (Ft Worth) – registered voters 1,160,856
D – 152,676 votes cast 13.15% turnout
R – 122,802 votes cast 10.58%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 30k people 
 
Parker (West of Ft. Worth) – registered voters 96,775
D – 5,292 votes cast 5.47% turnout
R – 24,277 votes cast 25.92%  turnout
 
Bexar (San Antonio) – registered voters 1,131,650
D – 170,762 votes cast 15.09% turnout
R – 80,785 votes cast 7.14%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 90k people 
 Travis (Austin) – registered voters 822,720
D – 223,233 votes cast 27.13% turnout
R – 42,043 votes cast 5.11%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 181k people 
 
Williamson (North of Austin) – registered voters 353,476
D – 60,677 votes cast 17.17% turnout
R – 43,868 votes cast 12.41%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 17K people 
 
Hays (South of Austin) – registered voters 142,166
D – 25,236 votes cast 17.75% turnout
R – 16,328 votes cast 11.49%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 9K people 

El Paso (County) – registered voters 471,296

D – 68,132 votes cast 14.46% turnout

R – 18,343 votes cast 3.89%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 40K people
 
Hidalgo (Rio Grande Valley, McAllen) – registered voters 379,061
D – 59,486 votes cast 15.69% turnout
R – 12,378 votes cast 3.27%  turnout
THEY OUT VOTED us by roughly 47K people 

The turnout percentage number is based upon the number of registered voters in those respective counties. What has to be rather disconcerting is the low voter turnout for Republicans overall, but especially in some very critical counties, such as where I reside, Dallas County…which saw a dismal 6.2 percent turnout.

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The first critical analysis from this data is that we must increase our voter enthusiasm, turnout. That has to occur more than ever in the major population centers. It is critical that Republicans are inspired, and not just for the top of the ticket, but for the complete ballot. That means voter education, and the development of ballot slates is vital. We can ill afford another bushwhacking, like in 2018 where the Texas Republicans lost 12 state house seats, and most importantly 56 judicial positions.

Yes, we must be concerned about the progressive socialist expansion from these major population centers. We can easily ascertain that their spread is in a particular direction. If you look at Houston — Harris County — you will find that the left is finding success to the west in Ft. Bend County. This is very important since there is an open congressional seat up for grabs there. We cannot continue to tout winning a Texas State House special election a few months ago, where the Republicans greatly outnumbered the Democrats.

Going into the November 2020 election cycle, it is imperative that we develop a political calculus to determine the precincts in these major population centers where we can grow numbers. This is not just about registering folks to vote! We gotta get them out to vote! 

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Where can we gain those Independents and disaffected Democrats who do not wish to go down the path of the left’s ideological agenda? We must force the Democrats here in Texas to define what “turn Texas blue” means. We do not win on defense. It is time to go on offense. In essence, this is all about “micro-targeting” in these population centers, with definitive MOE (measures of effectiveness), goals, milestones, that we must hit . . . and that means careful management and constant updates.

If there is one thing for certain, it is that we must deliver our conservative message into the place where you find the greatest failure of leftist policies . . . the major cities. Just look at Austin.

Another staggering tidbit of information I never thought I would see in the Lone Star State, Bernie Sanders garnered over 633,000 votes and was the choice of Democrats in Denton, Bexar, Travis, Hays, and El Paso, just to name a few.

As well, that means finally, engaging, and sustaining, a policy relationship with the black and Hispanic communities. There is no reason why the Texas GOP should not have the Asian, namely the Vietnamese and Indian, communities solidly in our corner in the Lone Star State!

Further, it is time to roll up our sleeves and stand shoulder to shoulder with our Young Conservatives of Texas on these college and university campuses.

By a short comparison, let’s look at counties where I visited on Thursday, in the Texas Big Country. Abilene, Texas is in Jones and Taylor Counties

Jones – registered voters 9,287
D – 336 votes cast  – 3.62% turnout
R – 2,765 votes cast – 29.77% turnout
 
Taylor – registered voters 79,737
D – 4,824 votes cast – 6.05% turnout
R – 15,963 votes cast – 20.02% turnout
 
Coleman (County, south of Abilene) – registered voters 5,818
D – 163 votes cast 2.8% turnout
R – 2,354 votes cast 40.46% turnout

Folks, let me share a little something with y’all: when I shared this data in Abilene, they were shocked to hear some of these numbers. We must have an 80-100 percent turnout in our rural counties and that means East and West Texas. Nothing less will suffice, this is all hands on deck, “all in,” for Texas. If we have a massive turnout in our outer ring areas, regions, and then strategically focus — and, I mean like lasers — in the major population centers, we can pull off a resounding victory in November 2020!

However, if this is the trend, as these numbers suggest, then “Katie bar da door.” We must hold Texas, in order to hold America. Remember, mini-Mike is dumping $8M here to support anti-gun candidates running for the Texas State House in Dallas and Houston counties. I predict that Joe Biden will select a black female as his VP candidate. Sorry ol’ Bob Frank O’Rourke.

This is a fight, but we have all the right tools in our shed. We just gotta go for it, and, by God, show up!

Steadfast and Loyal!

Happy 184th Texas Independence Day

Greetings, everyone! Today is the 184th celebration of the establishment of the Republic of Texas.

Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. With this document signed by 59 delegates at Washington-on-the-Brazos, settlers in Mexican Texas officially declared independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas.

The reason why the Texas state flag is the only one authorized to fly at the same height as the American flag is because Texas was once its own Republic. As a matter of fact, it was not until nine years later that Texas was admitted into the Union, and became a sovereign state of these United States of America.

However, consider this: even to this day, Texas Independence Day is not a statewide holiday. There is reduced staffing, but offices are not closed. This begs the question: how many even know that today is Texas Independence Day? How many people know that 184 years ago, this was day nine of the siege at The Alamo?

Heck, how many residents in Texas even know that Texas was once a Republic, which has its own Declaration of Independence? If I remember correctly, it is the only state in these United States of America that does. She singularly fought and won a revolution, a war of independence.

This is why there is a swagger in Texas. This is why the Lone Star State has a deep meaning, an aura, that is known worldwide . . .  a mystique. It is all because from October 2, 1835, through March 6, 1836, it fought for its independence, which was not secured until the 18-minute woodshed whipping put on General Santa Anna and his Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

But, what does Texas Independence mean today?

When you look up the word independence, you see phrases associated with that term such as self-government and self-rule. This is exactly what independence means. It is a mindset that when confronted with the dark specter of tyranny. Whether from the ruling British monarchy, or the despotic dictatorship of General Santa Anna, she refuses to succumb, surrender, retreat, or be subjugated.

Today, still yet, Texas faces a new threat, a new tyranny, that of progressive socialism that would seek to undermine that mindset of Texas independence. The leftism that challenges Texas is not from an external foe; it comes from those who live next door to us, work beside us, and go to sporting events, concerts, and dine with us. Consider that just last week, as we shared, Mayor Big Gulp — aka Mini-Mike — is unleashing $8M and his gun control organizations in Texas. His objective is to replicate what he successfully accomplished in Virginia and institute legislative edicts that are contrary to the gun rights that Texans enjoy. Basically, he wants to take away our independence, our freedom, and our ability to have self-rule. Thus, turning us into subjects, not Texas citizens.

I think we must begin to ask ourselves, and those who advance the leftist ideological agenda, just what does “turn Texas blue” mean?

Texas Independence is all about political, cultural, and financial independence. That is why Texas is the 10th largest economy in the world. Approximately 10 percent of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters located in Texas.

Texas has enabled the United States of America to be energy independent and a net exporter of oil and gas resources. Texas has its own energy grid. Texas has a landscape unlike any other. Texas has a culture, a history all to itself, a style that cannot be replicated elsewhere. What is vital, essential, and utterly important is that those coming to Texas realize what Texas Independence is all about.

Texas is not going to go backward. We will not surrender to the progressive socialist left, nor the masters of onerous government intrusion in Washington, DC. When those here speak of Texas Independence, it is first about securing that mindset, and if necessary, restoring the Texas Republic.

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Allen West at the gun range for Texas Independence Day

The insidious notion of “turning Texas blue” is synonymous with making Texas — and Texans — subservient to government control. We all know that the first step to that end is gun control. Anyone who embraces the ideal of a “Blue” Texas means that they do not support, comprehend, or accept Texas Independence. The reason being that the concept of independence starts with the individual, and leftism is all about the collective.

I was born and raised in a state that was one of the original thirteen colonies. Georgia fought in our American Revolution for our national independence. In Georgia, I grew up understanding the proud and rich history of my birth state. Yes, Georgia was once part of the Confederacy, and so was Texas. But, history exists for us to learn from, not destroy. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi, and has 159 counties, second only to the place I call home, Texas, with 254 counties. Amazingly enough, it was a Georgian, Mirabeau Lamar, who became the second President of the Republic of Texas, after a man from Tennessee named Sam Houston.

I guess there are some things that never change: a fella like me, originally from Georgia, educated at the University of Tennessee, residing in Texas. And, yes, showing up at a time such as this to remember, celebrate, and defend Texas Independence.

Hell yeah, God Bless Texas!