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[VIDEO] ACWT: Interview with LTC Allen West

I joined America, Can We Talk? and it’s host, Debbie Georgatos, to discuss topics of the day including my bid for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

LTC Allen West appears on America, Can We Talk (ACWT) with Debbie Georgatos.

Challenging Progressive Leftists with Sights on Red States

It was a year ago, in October 2018, that my second book was released, “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death.” What I sought to do was lay out the simple case as to why Texas has been successful, and California has not. Well, that is unless you consider being a sanctuary state for illegals and a massive homeless crisis being deemed a success. In the book, we discussed the issue of taxation and housing as two of the comparative points. Now, there are those who seem to not grasp the demographic shift here in Texas and its adverse effects upon the politics of Texas. We are seeing the major population centers of Texas being transformed into leftist fiefdoms. There can be no debate that the capital of Texas, Austin, looks more like San Francisco than the capital of the Lone Star State.

Here where I reside in Dallas County, in the city of Garland, we see the migration. I recently spoke with a GOP county chairman from Kaufman County. He articulated to me the problems of more folks moving into the area, namely Forney Texas, from inner Dallas, and elsewhere, and the political shift that is occurring.

It is rather obvious that Texas has become a victim of its own success. But, it is high time that Republican elected officials begin to challenge those moving here to Texas with that simple question: “why are you here?”

It was not too long ago that former Governor Rick Perry, and also current Gov. Greg Abbott, would travel about the country and advocate for corporations and businesses to relocate to Texas from failed economic states like California and New York. That is a great thing, but there is an additional consideration that perhaps they did not factor in. Business and corporate leaders realize why they are leaving places like California, but do they discuss their decision, honestly, with the employees? Many of who end up relocating with the business and corporation? Do they supply these employees with a fact sheet articulating the basis for the decision they have made? Do they tell these employees that they are moving because places like California, New York, and Illinois have a political and ideological agenda that sucks?

"As always, the grand strategy of failure is centered on consolidating power and control in the major urban centers, population centers, where we find the greatest examples of leftist policy failure." Click To Tweet

Do these business and corporate leaders look these employees in the eye and admonish them to not being those failed ideologies and policies with them? Nah, it seems that is not the case, and the result is that we end up experiencing the “locust effect.” Look at how folks have fled California for Oregon, Washington State, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Colorado and abjectly screwed up those states with their progressive socialist policies, which are the reason why they left California. Now, these delusional leftists are fleeing California for Montana and Idaho, but does anyone stop them at the border and ask, surrender your blue card, here is your new red card?

On the other side of the Mississippi River, it has happened in Virginia, and the left has their sights on Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. As always, the grand strategy of failure is centered on consolidating power and control in the major urban centers, population centers, where we find the greatest examples of leftist policy failure.

From there the progressive socialist left extends out into the suburban areas, as we are seeing happen here as the insidious leftism of Dallas County infects Collin, Kaufman, Denton, Ellis, and even eyes Tarrant County. Just the same, we are seeing this cancer spread out of Houston, Harris County into Ft. Bend County, Brazoria, and Montgomery.

Yes, there are a good number of folks migrating into Texas from California and other failed blue states, but they do so more individually. As businesses and corporations relocate, they end up bringing groups, and it appears they don’t understand. I remember when a former Collin County GOP elected official shared with me a conversation he had with a recently relocated individual. She told him how much she loved Texas, the cost of living and atmosphere, but she said the only problem was that there were not enough Democrats (socialists). He told me he just shook his head in dismay, in utter disbelief. As if this woman could not comprehend why she loved the atmosphere and quality of life here in the Lone Star State as opposed to where she had left. She could not grasp the fact that she left a former failing state where the leftist locusts had destroyed it, but she wanted more of those same locusts to infest the new fertile grounds where she was living?

As reported by the LA Times:

“Just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state, with soaring housing costs cited as the most common reason for wanting to move, according to a new poll.

Young voters were especially likely to cite unaffordable housing as a reason for leaving, according to the latest UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. But a different group, conservatives, also frequently suggested they wanted to leave — and for a very different reason: They feel alienated from the state’s political culture. Republicans and conservative voters were nearly three times as likely to have seriously considered moving as their Democratic or liberal counterparts — 40% compared with 14%, the poll found. The conservative voters mentioned taxes and California’s political climate as a reason for leaving more frequently than they cited housing.

“If the people who are giving serious consideration for leaving are indeed going to follow through, the state will continue to get bluer and bluer,” said Mark DiCamillo, the director of the Berkeley IGS poll. “That has huge political implications.”

The findings come amid the slowest population growth in California history — underscoring shifting immigration patterns, declining birthrates, and the economic strains that make it harder for some to afford living here.

One in five Californians pay more than 50% of their income for housing, according to the state Department of Finance. In Southern California, the six-county region’s median home price was $535,000 last month, unchanged from August 2018, according to a report released Wednesday from real estate data provider CoreLogic. The Los Angeles County median price rose slightly to $619,000. The median price in the nine-county Bay Area region was $810,000.”

"It's time we who reside in strong red, conservative states ask the question, 'why are you here?' If folks are relocating because they want a better standard of living, growth, opportunity & prosperity, then leave the stupid behind." Click To Tweet

Yes, I have met many who have fled the insidious policies of California, New York, and elsewhere for Texas. Now they are expressing dismay in that Texas is succumbing to the same delusion they fled. In other words, what happens when the promised land is being overrun by the tyrannical invaders? Do I care if California gets deeper blue? Well, if people out there are stupid enough to embrace the failures, then so be it. But, what perplexes me is when leftists flee their own failure, yet import the same failure to a new, promising, and successful state. That is why this is not about logic, reason, or competence. Progressive socialism is rooted in abject ignorance.

Can some leftist explain to me the reasoning behind moving away from failure but being committed to bringing it with you? And why do we have folks in Texas who would even believe progressive socialism is a viable ideological agenda? Why is it that the University of Texas is becoming Cal-Berkeley? Heck, why don’t folks who love leftism move to California? As the article suggests, places like California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Connecticut are bleeding population due to their tax and regulatory policies…but why pack that crap in your bags and bring it to a new location?

It is time we who reside in strong, conservative, red states ask the question, “why are you here?” If folks are relocating because they want a better standard of living, growth, opportunity, and prosperity, then leave the stupid behind. For those who live in Red states who prefer progressive socialism, move to places where you can bask in it, and end up smelling like the aroma of the homeless areas.

I know what is happening, it is all about power and control. The left wants a pure democracy that means concentrating their efforts in population centers . . . kinda like in “The Hunger Games” where the rural areas were subjugated to the tyranny of The Capitol.

That was a movie, but remember who controls Hollywood, that is their vision for America. Let’s bond together and drive progressive socialism out of our strong conservative red states. That also means electing people who will embrace this fight, and not surrender.

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Statement Regarding Texas Gun Proposals

Too often politicians overly react to crisis situations and the call to do something with nebulous, boilerplate recommendations. Yet, they offer no specific and concise solutions based upon meticulous analysis, that is what leaders do.

In the case of the recent mass shootings in Texas, I would have gone back and assessed each incident on its own. Case in point: Sutherland Springs was the result of the failure of the US Air Force in uploading the assailant’s criminal record.

In the Santa Fe High School shooting, the assailant took his parents’ legally purchased firearms and hung out in an old trailer, the property of the parents. As well, the assailant wore a heavy coat to school on a hot day.

In the most recent cases, we had a mother in Allen, Texas, who reported her son. In Midland-Odessa, we had an individual with a violent nature who seemingly lived off the grid but had previously threatened a woman with a semi-automatic rifle. The woman reported the incident.

This is not about more gun control or ‘universal background checks.’ We need better reconciliation processes of our National Instant Criminal background checks system (NICS).

We currently have a stove-piped system with poor cross coordination, the real loophole. But more importantly, we need engaged parents. And, parents who are gun owners must better secure their weapons or potentially face prosecution.

I believe we also need to add a question to our BATF 4473 asking if the gun purchaser has anyone living in the home with a history of mental illness. Again, it should not deny them their Second Amendment right, but as an aid in consideration of gun security, as in the Sandy Hook case, it becomes vital.

We must act, but we must act within our established law. We need not create new laws that infringe upon our constitutional freedoms.

Statement: Officially Running for State Chair, RPT

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.”