“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!‘”Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)
Greetings, everyone! It is hard to believe that we are entering into the final days of September. The year is simply flying by, and I guess that is what happens as we regain some semblance of normality. That comes regardless of what the progressive socialist left tyrannically seeks to implement. I was out and about South Texas this past week. I love hearing from the folk there. The week started on Sunday, heading out from home in Garland, to Sugarland, Richmond, Conroe, Cypress, Yoakum, Victoria, McAllen, Harlingen, and Pleasanton. However, it was the last stop on our trek that inspired the title to this week’s missive.
Last Thursday evening, I was humbled and honored to be the keynote speaker for the very first Reagan Day Dinner for the Atascosa County Republican Party in Pleasanton. The best part was that the attire was “rancher casual” . . . da ol’ Colonel prefers jeans, sports jacket, open collar shirt, and cowboy boots to suit and tie. As well, it is so very refreshing to be around the people who have those “God, Country, and Texas!” values. Ya remember, as Barack Obama (aka Barry Soetoro) stated, “those people who cling to their guns and religion.” I love those people, and I am one of them.
At the end of the evening, as I was heading out for the drive home to Garland, I was approached by a woman. She came up to me with a quiet voice, and I quickly ascertained the distress in her voice. She began to tear up as she took my hand and spoke. She simply asked me, “When is someone going to do something about the border situation? When is someone going to care?”
It was a late night drive going back to Garland. We departed from Pleasanton at 9:07pm. We made great time coming back, thanks to Hwy 130, and I got home at 1:27am. But, as I sat there in the car, I could not help but reflect and ponder on the concerns and sentiments of that Texas woman.
The conversation reminded me of the Bible verse shared at the beginning of this piece. It comes from the Book of Isaiah, when he was caught up in a dream where he stood with the host of the Lord God before Him. God wanted to know, who would deliver the message to His people? And, much the same in this case, this woman looked at me and asked the same question.
The people of Texas are well aware of what is happening on the southern border. This is a concern that is resonating across the state, unless you are a progressive socialist leftist who desires an open borders agenda to undermine our state, and country, or, you are a Republican sycophant refusing to admit the failures and hold those responsible, accountable.
This past week we witnessed some 12,000 Haitians walk across the Rio Grande River and enter Texas. They camped out, and now, the camp is empty and they have been dispersed across our country. They were not seeking asylum as they were already in South and Central America. Now, hard-working Texans, Americans, will have the burden of paying for benefits for those who invaded our country . . . and not a doggone elected official stopped this. By the end of this week, we will have seen nearly 1.4 million illegal immigrants enter our country, many here through Texas. We have been told there are another 350 to 400K illegal immigrants categorized as “got-aways.” This on top of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees that the federal government is looking to settle here in Texas.
Last week I was grateful to be asked to address this issue on Tucker Carlson’s show, which I did from Harlingen. The solutions are simple, and as Tucker asserted, “common sense.”
And, if you have the time — which you should — I did a chalk talk to diagram out the issue and the solution.
The question is: why has none of this been done, especially when Texas has the constitutional right to protect and defend its sovereignty?
I looked into the eyes of the woman in Pleasanton, and confided to her that if I could rectify this situation right now, I would. It does frustrate me to no end to see what is playing out before my eyes, and yours. We all know that this comes down to courageous, competent, principled, and resolute leadership.
And so, just as Isaiah, I am responding to you, my fellow Texans: “Here am I. Send me.”
This is not about self or special interest. This is all about your interest, your safety and security. This is about protecting your life, liberty, property, and pursuit of happiness. This is all about defending the Texas Republic, our home, the Lone Star State.
It is time to say goodbye to the professional elite career political class. These are the ones who consider it offensive when they are held to a standard, and held accountable to you. This is your moment to set a new course, direction, that will ensure a future for your children and grandchildren.
Our forefathers are calling out to each and every one of us and admonishing us to do one thing: answer the call. Isaiah did. I will. Many before us have. Others are now. In this moment, will you?
Steadfast and Loyal,
Lt. Col. Allen B. West (Ret.)
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