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.

My Articles

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.
November 26, 2018, 11:05 AM EST
There are some who still deny that we have a crisis on our southern border. That is delusional. There are those who tend to assert that the numbers of people seeking illegal entry into the United States is negligible. Some have even attempted to make light of the situation, such as a former U.S. President. I believe it is time to cast aside emotions and ideological agendas and look at the situation with illegal immigration in America objectively.
November 19, 2018, 3:10 PM EST
If you remember, it was back in the waning days of the 2008 presidential election in Columbia, Missouri when then Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama made a defining assertion: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” What I found interesting was that no one said, “Time out on the court coach. What exactly are you talking about?” The lack of any principled inquiry evidenced something very disconcerting in that no one cared what we were supposedly being fundamentally transformed into. Or even a greater point of inquiry should have been, from an astute electorate, why are we fundamentally transforming the world’s longest running constitutional republic?
November 12, 2018, 2:30 PM EST
It was a weekend to remember. First, I spent Friday and Saturday back on ol’ Rocky Top for our University of Tennessee Army ROTC Hall of Fame Dinner and reunion. The goal is to have it coincide with Veterans Day weekend. Friday morning, we old guys braved a cool wet morning and ran 2.5 miles with the University of Tennessee Army ROTC Cadets. They said it would be a 10-minute mile pace – yea right. But how exhilarating to be able to run with those young men and women carrying on the legacy of the original Company of Infantry Dragoons that left the campus and volunteered to answer the call to arms in the Mexican War.
November 5, 2018, 12:28 PM EST
Imagine we are in a court of law, that we have gone through a lengthy trial, and it is now time for closing arguments. On one side we have the plaintiff, progressive socialism, and on the other side there is the defendant, constitutional conservatism. Progressive socialism has brought a lawsuit against constitutional conservatism demanding control/power. Progressive socialism makes the claim that their ideological agenda is better, and the jury, the American people, must decide the case.
October 29, 2018, 11:14 AM EDT
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims of the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Once again, a deranged person, filled with a demonic evil, has taken innocent lives. Here in Texas we sadly remember the shooting in Sutherland Springs, almost exactly a year ago, November 5, 2017. It was the deadliest Church shooting in U.S. history, where 26 were killed and 20 were wounded. Save for the heroism of one single man, Stephen Willeford, the carnage could have been even worse.
October 22, 2018, 2:32 PM EDT
Across America it has begun, early voting for the 2018 midterm election cycle. I am not a big fan of early voting as it portends to lend itself towards electoral chicanery. I would prefer that we designate our national election day as a federal holiday, affording everyone the opportunity to do their civic duty and cast their vote. If they cannot participate at their designated polling station on election day, then submit an absentee ballot. Speaking of absentee ballots, I pray that each state in our republic has mailed out absentee ballots to those men and women in uniform deployed who stand upon freedom’s ramparts safeguarding this very special privilege – voting.
October 15, 2018, 12:54 PM EDT
This past week has been all about one narrative for the progressive, socialist left. It was not about the corrections in the market due to the rising of interest rates. There are those on Wall Street that preferred the days of Barack Obama’s artificial economy manipulated by monetary policies, such as quantitative easing, to mask the failures of his economic policies. No, that was not the focus of the left and their complicit media allies. Instead, it was all about Kanye West.
October 8, 2018, 12:22 PM EDT
Let me start by cautioning constitutional conservatives on being giddy, gloating, and excessively celebrating over the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. College football head coach emeritus Lou Holtz once admonished his players that when they end up in the end zone and score a touchdown, act like you have been there before. Yes, a good man survived, withstood, the most vile, vicious, and vitriolic of assaults and character assassination from the progressive, socialist left. Already the left has evidenced that they are not done. They now want to investigate and impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The question to be asked: why?
October 1, 2018, 12:20 PM EDT
If there is one thing we must all admit to, it is that we are moving away from the rule of law and more towards mob rule. We saw this emerge recently with the Occupy Wall Street movement. It took an even more dangerous turn with the fomenting of racial tensions in the Ferguson, Missouri protests. And with the rise of the progressive, socialist-backed organization Black Lives Matter it became a cancer within our republic. When talking points, themes, and media-driven propaganda, such as “hands up don’t shoot” become more prevalent than our system of justice and law we are embarking down a perilous path.