Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. During his 22-year career, he served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, receiving many honors including a Bronze Star. In 2010, West was elected as a member of the 112th Congress representing Florida’s 22nd District. He is a Fox News contributor and author of “Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom” and his latest book from Brown Books Publishing Group, “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death.”  Mr. West writes daily commentary on his personal website theoldschoolpatriot.com and is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias.

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April 22, 2019, 2:49 PM EDT
Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Allen West (Screenshot)
April 15, 2019, 12:21 PM EDT
Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Allen West (Screenshot) Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001 – those two highly recognizable dates have an essential meaning for us as Americans. And those dates have a special meaning in the West Family.
April 1, 2019, 3:09 PM EDT
Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Allen West (Screenshot)
March 25, 2019, 3:14 PM EDT
Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Allen West (Screenshot)
March 18, 2019, 12:51 PM EDT
LTC Allen West (left) and NCAA Men's Nat'l Championship Trophy (right) (Screenshots)
March 11, 2019, 11:24 AM EDT
This past week, Angela and I moved into a new home in Garland, Texas, and we ain’t moving anymore. My wife of 29 years and I paused to look out the expanse that is our backyard. We are so very blessed. However, all we hear about today is redistributing prosperity, blessings from others. There are some even touting reparations for slavery – abject folly. As a proud American black man, I am offended by this soft bigotry of low expectations. Today, we hear more people talking about what is wrong with America, or why some even hate this great country. It seems to be more popular to voice and express sentiments of angst against America or take a knee at the playing of our National Anthem, than to share your affections for the “land of the free.”
March 4, 2019, 11:18 AM EST
This past week and weekend the American Conservative Union put on its annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) just outside of Washington, D.C. at the National Harbor. It is widely regarded as the largest gathering of “conservatives” in the United States, drawing the top voices in the conservative movement. But, if there is one question that must be posed, does America truly know the answer to the question: What is conservatism?
February 25, 2019, 12:06 PM EST
I must ask, how many of you ever thought you would hear an American president, while speaking at a State of the Union Address, assert that “America will never be a socialist country”? I tend to believe that none of us would have ever believed that would be a necessary statement to profess in our constitutional republic. However, as Thomas Paine once quipped in his December 23, 1776 Revolutionary War pamphlet, “The Crisis,”“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
February 19, 2019, 10:46 AM EST
Greetings, everyone, and first, I have to say congratulations to the University of Kentucky Blue Nation for their resounding basketball victory over my Tennessee Volunteers Saturday night in Lexington. It was a great run for the Vols to be ranked #1 in college basketball for a month. I did not get to watch the game, as I was in Colorado Springs speaking at the 4th Annual Angels of America’s Fallen Gala at The Broadmoor Hotel – awesome place folks!
February 12, 2019, 4:31 PM EST
Unless you have been hiding under a very large rock at the bottom of the sea, you know that the progressive, socialist left has made wealth redistribution a centerpiece of their economic plan. If you have any understanding of political philosophy, you know that is a cornerstone of the socialist economic model. This is the first line of attack for socialism. All else fails, unless they achieve that goal. That follows right along with Karl Marx’s slogan from his 1875 “Critique of the Gotha Program,” in which he so family said, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” And of course, the progressive socialists will define what is “needed.”
January 28, 2019, 2:44 PM EST
Last week, there was an interesting exchange on the ABC show, “The View” between hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. It came in the aftermath of the now infamous Covington Catholic High School media debacle.
January 21, 2019, 10:45 AM EST
There are two special birthdays this week, both of whom were, and always will be, extremely influential in my life. See, I grew up in the downtown Atlanta black community known as the Old Fourth Ward, a very historic place. It was there that my dad, Herman “Buck” West moved in 1959 with my mom, Elizabeth “Snooks” West. They found a quaint little house at 651 Kennesaw Avenue and bought it for $19,000. I will never forget that proud day when my dad made the last payment on that house and it officially became his.
January 14, 2019, 12:25 PM EST
If there is one thing I admire about the progressive, socialist left, it’s that they will all come together and repeat the exact same message, the same talking points. It is as if every morning someone sends them a chip to be inserted into the base of their neck that sends a stimulus to their brain. When I watch the repetitive collective messaging of the left in America, it reminds me of the aliens from “Star Trek: Next Generation” called The Borg. Y’all remember The Borg, right? They were the alien life form that was half human, half machine that forced you into their collective and assimilated you into their group think. Their standard line to their victims was “you will be assimilated; resistance is futile.”
January 11, 2019, 3:27 PM EST
I trust the people on the ground who are dealing with this threat. Yes, I said threat. This illegal immigration issue is a threat to our sovereign nation on many fronts. It represents a national security threat, a healthcare threat, an illicit drugs crisis threat, and a local criminality threat (gangs).
January 7, 2019, 12:51 PM EST
We now have a new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Already we are seeing a very distinct direction in which this majority will legislate. A fair question that should be posed, and assessed, is what the future of liberty in America is … if we are indeed trending towards progressive socialism. Back in February 2009, the cover of Newsweek magazine touted, “We Are All Socialists Now.” I would beg to differ, but we should consider: how is it that an ideology that is completely antithetical to everything America represents can find a home on these shores?
January 2, 2019, 2:30 PM EST
We have entered 2019 with a partial government shutdown and will have a Democrat House of Representatives majority by weeks end. The new Speaker of the House, once again, will be California Democrat Nancy Pelosi. The lack of resolve by the GOP while they had majorities in the House and Senate on the issue of an integrated border security system has led to this impasse. However, with the new House majority, the Democrats believe that they have the high ground on the issue. They are woefully wrong.
December 17, 2018, 10:46 AM EST
Recently, a federal judge ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ACT (PPACA), also known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. Of course, there are the usual suspects who are expressing their angst. However, a simple lesson in civics would evidence their blatant incompetence.
December 10, 2018, 12:56 PM EST
After I got back home to Dallas last evening from Las Vegas where I was invited to attend the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) at 10:36PM CT, I sat down to my computer to write this missive. I had the opportunity to visit with the folks there at what is called Cowboy Christmas, where I did book signings of my latest literary endeavor, “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death.” The annual WNFR is considered the Super Bowl of Rodeo, and it was my first time ever attending. I have been to several rodeo events prior. The Ft. Worth rodeo topped that list. However, as I sat there in the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas taking in this incredible spectacle, it hit me, this was real America.
December 4, 2018, 11:01 AM EST
I have previously shared on this platform the three branches of rule for the progressive, socialist left. If you recall, they are, academia, courts, and the media. It is vital to have an organization like the Media Research Center (“MRC”), for whom I am a Senior Fellow, that evidences the bias emanating from the liberal, progressive media. There can be no further debate that the leftist media has become nothing more than a mouthpiece for the progressive, socialist left. They have seemingly lost their sense of objectivity and focus more on being a propaganda wing of the Democratic Party, and their distortions of the truth enable the leftist mob.
December 3, 2018, 12:18 PM EST
Okay, as y'all know, I was born and raised in Georgia and attended the University of Tennessee. Therefore, I am not a big Alabama Crimson Tide fan. However, I will always give proper recognition and honor when due. Saturday, the #1 ranked Crimson Tide came back from behind in the second half, again, to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs. Last year, it was in overtime for the National Championship, and this year, it was in the closing minutes to win the SEC Championship.