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." Mr. West writes daily commentary on 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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June 18, 2018, 2:45 PM EDT
Greetings, everyone, from the beautiful secluded island of Cayman Brac. Yes, even I need a little R&R. I am here with the Dive Pirates Foundation, on which I serve as a board member. The Dive Pirates is a special and unique diving organization focused on training amputees and spinal cord injured individuals adaptive diving techniques, along with a designated partner. It is a worthy and noble cause that enables those who may seem to have a disability, to enjoy God’s splendor underneath the seas with their ability. However, before I headed out on Sunday morning, I had to pen these thoughts.
June 11, 2018, 11:52 AM EDT
Remember when President Trump was on the campaign trail and he made the assertions that America would get back to winning. He stated that we would be winning so very much that we would ask him to stop winning. Now, to the casual observer, such as myself, I was thinking, “Hmm, this is starting to sound like a very bad Charlie Sheen routine.” And admit it, many of you who were not at any campaign rallies probably grimaced, thinking the whole “winning” thing was a tad bit over the top. Boy howdy, were we ever wrong! What we have witnessed in the first 500 days of the Trump administration is resoundingly incredible. Yes, we are indeed winning.
June 4, 2018, 12:58 PM EDT
I think we can all relate to this parallel optic. Have you ever been in a grocery store, going down the cereal aisle, and there it is, the irrational kid throwing a temper tantrum because they are not getting the cereal they want. Plainly speaking, the progressive, socialist left is starting to resemble that kid wallowing on the grocery store floor. Going back to the State of the Union Address earlier this year, I will never forget the reaction of the Congressional Black Caucus when President Trump announced that black unemployment was at a historical low. Anyone with a political marketing background would certainly take that optic and craft a simple message: “What makes the left in America happy?” In terms of this missive, I would ask, what kind of cereal does the left want?
May 29, 2018, 10:54 AM EDT
Here we are. Summer has started, and school is out in most places across America, especially colleges and universities. As these generations return home, or to summer internships, it is important, no, vital, to take the time to provide them an education. Too many of our young people have fallen to the indoctrinations of college and university professors. The result being that many of these young people suddenly believe that socialism is a more preferred economic system than the free market capitalist system that has made our constitutional republic an economic powerhouse in just 242 years.
May 21, 2018, 12:23 PM EDT
Last week I wrote a missive titled, “Liberal Media’s Negative Coverage of Trump Is a Losing Strategy.” It was based on the recent Media Research Center report on the undeniable negative focus of the liberal, progressive media on the Trump administration. Of course, there are those of the progressive socialist leftist mindset who believe it is all but deserved. However, if there is one thing you can count on the left to do, it is to substantiate one’s hypothesis.
May 14, 2018, 11:38 AM EDT
This past week, Media Research Center released another updated report on the liberal progressive media’s coverage of President Trump. And there’s no new news here. The report found that the leftist media produces 90 percent negative coverage of President Trump. If you are one who channel surfs between different news agencies, you tend to believe some are on a different planet. The left’s abject obsession with a porn star, to include a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, is rather unconscionable, but sadly, it is what we have come to expect.
May 7, 2018, 2:27 PM EDT
For starters, you probably didn’t hear much about the NRAAM from the liberal, progressive media because there was just not much to report. One thing notable is that this year's NRAAM broke the attendance record previously held by Houston, Texas. Now, how could that be? I mean, after all, the NRA is supposed to be on the run after the Parkland, Florida, Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Yet, the month after that shooting, the NRA broke a 15-year fundraising record, and the membership numbers have only been increasing.
April 30, 2018, 10:28 AM EDT
Back in the mid-80s when I was a young Army Second Lieutenant, I was tasked to give our commanding officer a briefing. Now, these were the days before power point, so this was old school briefing style. I took great pains to prepare my briefing on a series of butcher paper flip charts—of course, the current generation has no clue as to what I am describing. I was proud of the briefing, and I rehearsed it to perfection. I had all the right statistics and points. However, at the end of the briefing, the commanding officer was complimentary, but he said two words that rocked me, and taught me a vital lesson, “so what?”
April 23, 2018, 10:33 AM EDT
We all recall those famed words of President Ronald Reagan, “trust but verify.” As we draw close to a summit meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Reagan’s maxim is useful. Except, we are dealing with a maniacal dictator who makes Bashar al-Assad look like Mr. Rogers. This coming week, North and South Korean leaders will meet, and Kim Jong-un has already shot out the first salvos.
April 16, 2018, 12:18 PM EDT
If there is one thing you can count on, it’s the ever shifting 24/7 news cycle. Mostly, and appropriately, perhaps, the news cycle over the weekend focused on the combined American, British, and French airstrikes against the Syrian chemical weapon production capability. However, there was a more important story from last week that we should not so easily dismiss. It centers around the Senate and House congressional testimony of Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. If we were paying attention to the very well scripted and rehearsed testimony of Mr. Zuckerberg, we would realize that he all but concurred with the assessment that Facebook does censor certain speech. No, I am not talking about Islamic jihadist material or even what he defined as “hate speech,” even that could be challenged. Mr. Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook is “located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place.”
April 9, 2018, 12:16 PM EDT
I first read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” as a young Army Second Lieutenant back in 1984. It was mandatory reading, along with Erwin Rommel’s book from World War I, “Attacks.” I have gone back and read “The Art of War” several times over my military career. This past weekend, I decided to re-read it again. The reason being, the conservative movement is lacking an aggressive, offensive oriented, focused strategy. If we go back to 2009-2010, we witnessed the rise of something new, a constitutional conservative grassroots movement, the Tea Party. The Tea Party was successful in bringing together an incredible mass of people, and its political success was the 2010 midterm election. However, what the Tea Party lacked was a strategic focus that looked beyond that electoral success, namely, understanding the response from the progressive socialist left, as well as the GOP establishment.
April 2, 2018, 11:52 AM EDT
I pray everyone had a blessed and enjoyable Easter and Passover. In this world of incessant madness, it is a soothing comfort to know that there is a loving God whose grace enables us to have peace and eternal life. Sadly, as we entered this very special and Holy period in the Judeo-Christian faith a certain group sought to undermine this time.
March 28, 2018, 2:22 PM EDT
Once upon a time during a State of the Union Address, it was a Democrat President, Bill Clinton who claimed, “the era of big government is over.” Clinton, after his 1994 first midterm election loss, had to contend with a House and Senate controlled by Republicans. During that time, we saw amazing fiscal and government reforms such as a balanced budget, growing surplus, and welfare reform. Just last week, we witnessed a House, Senate, and White House all under the leadership of Republicans pass and sign the second largest spending measure in U.S. history. It was a $1.3T, 2,232-page omnibus spending bill, which we are sure those who voted for it did not read.
March 21, 2018, 3:10 PM EDT
This weekend it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of young people will gather in Washington DC in response of the February 14th shooting in Parkland Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in an event called the “March for Our Lives.” This area is very familiar for me, as it was within the congressional district that I was honored to represent in 2011-2013. The tragedy there is unconscionable, and so has been the misguided response based not upon rectifying the situation but rather an ideological agenda. What has transpired since February 14, 2018 has been a targeted ideological abuse of young people who have not been allowed to grieve over the trauma of which they were subjected. And the planned protest that is scheduled for this weekend in Washington DC is just another example of the progressive socialist left hijacking a tragedy for their ideological purposes, unconcerned about who they emotionally abuse along the way.
March 19, 2018, 3:47 PM EDT
The title of this missive comes from former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren. This is how she referred to Washington DC. Somehow, once you cross over the Potomac river, there is a different standard and definition for character, ethics, morality, and integrity. And that is exactly what we see playing out in the latest Kabuki theater surrounding former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew McCabe.
March 12, 2018, 12:09 PM EDT
Yes, it is that very special and unique time of the year that is pure American. It is a time when we celebrate that game created by an American, James Naismith, called basketball. That grand pageant of competition called March Madness begins this week. In offices all across this great nation, folks are filling out their NCAA Tournament championship brackets and submitting into office pools. The odds of one person picking every game correctly is near impossible.
March 5, 2018, 12:32 PM EST
This week I will return to Palm Desert California in the Coachella Valley to speak at a private town hall-type event. Yes, there are constitutional conservatives in the Golden State, and they want to restore California to greatness – a greatness that once elected Ronald Reagan as its Governor. However, the question that we must ask: Is it too late for California to recover, to be restored?
February 27, 2018, 2:02 PM EST
I spent twenty-two years in the U.S. Army. Therefore, the title to this missive may lead some to believe that I am “out over my skis.” However, the image is easy to understand, as a rudderless ship is cast adrift according to the seas and tides. It is unable to control its course and direction. Regardless of having someone at the helm, the large vessel is uncontrollable, and in a dangerous position.
February 21, 2018, 2:41 PM EST
I know that we have been inundated with the horrific news from Parkland, Florida. Sadly, the funeral services for the seventeen who tragically lost their lives will go on this week. As well, many in the media have been focused on the news about Robert Mueller’s indictments of Russian nationals for “meddling” in our recent elections. The admission that there were no Americans involved seems to be lost on some.
February 19, 2018, 11:42 AM EST
Last week’s tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hit close to home for the West Family. The school is in the congressional district that I was honored to represent. I even addressed the Army JROTC Cadets at the school. Parkland is a model community, and no one would have ever believed such evil could strike there at Stoneman Douglas High School, yet it did. Through this week, there will be the funeral services laying to rest those seventeen who horrifically had their lives taken away. There are many questions that must be answered, especially how there could have been so many indicators and warnings, yet nothing was heeded?