“Upon exiting the Constitutional Hall, Benjamin Franklin was asked by Mrs. Powell, what is it that we have a monarchy or a republic? Franklin responded, ‘A Republic if you can keep it.'”
“Those who would surrender essential liberty for temporary security, will, in the end, deserve neither liberty nor security.”
The United States of America is not a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic. However, since we no longer stress the teaching of civics, many — young and old — have no comprehension of what that means . . . to their own detriment. A Republic such as America is rooted in the ideals of individual rights, freedom, and liberty. The foundation of America is based upon the concept that the individual is sovereign over the institution of government, and adherence to the rule of law. It subscribes to the premise that government exists only with the consent of the governed. “Governed,” a very interesting word, means our system of government is broken down into three respective branches: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. Each of them have their respective duties and responsibilities, and there are checks and balances on the powers of each. These branches of government are charged to govern, not rule, and therein lies our present predicament.
Laws are not being passed under the guise of an “emergency” or “pandemic,” which, when one assesses the facts, we are dealing with a virus, not a disease, with a 99 percent recovery rate. Instead, we have the executive branch going about issuing mandates, edicts, orders, and decrees without the consent of the government. In other words, we are being ruled, not governed.
Just last week there were “Emergency Temporary Standards” issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Department of Labor. This is the result of Joe Biden standing at a podium, in the middle of the Afghanistan debacle, and decreeing “this is not about your freedom,” and issuing a nationwide mandate for all Americans to get a jab in the arm. Now, I find that rather interesting because the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing into our Republic are not being mandated to get this shot. By the way, Article 4, Section 4 of the US Constitution is referred to as the “Guarantee Clause.” This Biden administration is in violation of our rule of law by unconstitutionally implementing an open borders ideological agenda by Executive Order.
The Executive branch does not have the enumerated power to enact these actions. No government agency has the power to dictate to the American people what must be injected into their body under condition of employment. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not have the power to tell renters they cannot collect their rent. We are seeing a complete bypass of the elected representatives of the people, the Legislative branch. When I am traveling through the airport and I hear the recording about federal law mandates that every person must wear a mask or else face fines and other penalties . . . when was this law passed? The answer: there was never a law passed by the legislature of the United States on the issue of mask wearing. Here in Texas we had an executive that made the decision of who and what was essential. No elected official has the enumerated power to decide who or what is essential. The most essential element in Texas, America, is individual liberty.
Yet, we are watching that very vital aspect of our Constitutional Republic being usurped by those hellbent on power and control. And, if We the People have no right or say so as to our medical freedom, then what freedom do we have? Terry McAuliffe already conveyed the progressive socialist leftist perspective on educational freedom when he said that no parent has the right in deciding what their child is taught. And, remember, Biden said the most disturbing words, “this is not about your freedom.” Biden also once quipped, “no Amendment to the Constitution is absolute.”
These are words that should send a chill down our spines. They are the words that send a thrill up the leg of progressives, socialists, Marxists, statists, and communists.
Where is the spirit of freedom and defiance? When you walk through the airport you see nothing but complicit, subjects, not citizens, who understand their rights, their liberty. We are slowly being converted into a massive collective, no longer individuals. We are willingly participating in the grandest Pavlovian experiment known to man. We are rewarding unconstitutional behavior by surrendering our God given rights to totalitarianism, tyrants. We are sadly exhibiting a lack of courage, character, to just say “no.”
I am in search of those who will stand in righteous, Constitutional, defiance. I am searching for citizens, and I am hoping to free the subjects, serfs, and those who wish to regain their freedom. One of my American heroes is Rosa Parks, an ordinary woman who on one day did an extraordinary thing: she said “no.” Rosa Parks would no longer be told she had to go to the back of the bus. Rosa Parks understood she was a citizen, not a subject, and she took an act of defiance, regardless of the consequences.
Texans, Americans, who among you will find your Rosa Parks moment? Who among you will take a stand in defiance to being ruled? Who among you will realize that “Fortune Favors the Brave” and that “Who Dares Wins?” Who will embrace the understanding that “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision?”
Sir Edmund Burke stated very well, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing.”
I am searching for Texas men and women who will take a place with me on freedom’s rampart, lock shields, and defend the honor of the Texas Republic . . . and thereby inspire all Americans to do the same.
My intent is to govern, protecting Texas sovereignty and individual liberty . . . not rule.
Steadfast and Loyal,
Lt. Col. Allen B. West (Ret.)
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