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 forthcoming book from Brown Books Publishing Group coming this fall, “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death.”  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.

My Articles

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.
September 24, 2018, 11:58 AM EDT
I have spoken about this before and will continue until there is consistent justice. We are about to enter another dramatic week surrounding the 11th hour allegations and accusations of Professor Ford against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The incessant rhetoric from the progressive, socialist left is that Professor Ford must be believed, that her accusations from 36 years ago must be taken as credible. She must be believed, and there should even be an FBI investigation. If anyone has been keeping up with this episode, they know that there are more questions for Professor Ford to answer than Judge Kavanaugh. Of course, my saying that opens me up to condemnation from the left, and this is so for no other reason than the fact that I am being a reasonable and objective individual that is fairly assessing this situation.
September 17, 2018, 12:02 PM EDT
I was in Philadelphia last week on Thursday and Friday. I had a little time after the end of the advisory board meeting I attended, so I took a ride down to Independence Hall. I just stood there and reminisced on the history established there enabling me, and millions of others, to live in this exceptional country we call these United States of America.
September 10, 2018, 3:17 PM EDT
Three years ago, I was honored to be nominated by petition and elected to the Board of the Nation’s oldest civil rights organization, the National Rifle Association (NRA). My first three-year term is coming to an end, and I will be up for reelection by our membership next year, 2019. This past week was our Fall NRA Board meeting in the D.C. area. Sadly, thanks to the threats, intimidation, and yes, violence of the progressive, socialist left, we can never disclose where we meet. I remember two years ago when the NRA annual meeting was in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. How proud I was to take the stage at that meeting before our members. And proud I am to don the pin that has the American and NRA flag side by side.
September 4, 2018, 11:10 AM EDT
Greetings everyone, I pray y’all had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend. This weekend represents the “official” end of summer and the “official” beginning of another college football season. But I just had to reflect on what Labor Day was intended to be. It began back in the late 19th Century with the intention of recognizing the American labor movement and the worker. The first state to recognize Labor Day as a holiday was Oregon in 1887. The United States officially recognized Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1894, 30 States had already recognized it as a public holiday. Of course, some may say that Labor Day emanated as a Marxist concept, rooted in the elevation of the proletariat – workers or working-class people, regarded collectively. Going back to ancient Rome, this class of citizens was regarded as the lowest, also termed the plebian class, as commoners.
August 28, 2018, 9:59 AM EDT
Finally, that longing has come to an end … as it happens each year, once that last college football game is played in January. Yes, I am talking about a new college football season. And last season ended in a spectacular fashion with, yet again, another grand and storied comeback for the University of Alabama – winning another college football championship. Those who know me well can tell you that I am nuts about college football, and why not, having been born and raised in Georgia, down South in SEC country.
August 27, 2018, 11:30 AM EDT
As y'all know, I am a Senior Fellow with the Media Research Center, the country's premier conservative media watchdog group that has been around some 30 years. While on the MRC Alaska cruise, one of the panels was on the subject of censorship. Yes, it is happening. As a matter of fact, we have had experiences with algorithm manipulations by Facebook affecting your ability to read what we are expounding upon here on this website. As well, we know about the "shadow banning" of conservatives. Heck, even Fox Business News' Maria Bartiromo has experienced this. As well, we have seen the censoring of videos -- conservative, of course -- such as those from Prager University. And we recently discussed Twitter getting slammed for their banning of Candace Owens, who only swapped out a couple of words from the tweets of one Sarah Jeong -- a far leftist member of the New York Times editorial board, whose tweets were not banned.
August 20, 2018, 10:13 AM EDT
Angela and I enjoyed a fantastic week aboard the MS Eurodam of the Holland America Line fleet as part of the Media Research Center Alaska cruise. This was my fourth ever cruise, second time aboard the MS Eurodam.  I must be honest. I joined the Army, not the Navy, so being aboard a ship for a week can be rather confounding. However, the accommodations were stellar, the ship’s crew and staff were highly professional, the MRC crew were fantastic, and Alaska is truly our last great frontier – utterly beautiful.
August 14, 2018, 3:11 PM EDT
Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Allen West (Screenshot)
August 6, 2018, 11:35 AM EDT
This past week I attended the 99th reunion of America’s First Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red One, in Lombard, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. It was an amazing event with some 400+ gathered to reminisce and honor our Fallen companions. The Big Red One (BRO) is America’s first and oldest Infantry Division, and our museum is located at Cantigny Park on the estate of Colonel McCormick, who was the 37-year-old owner of the Chicago Tribune. McCormick served in the BRO during World War I. The Big Red One can also claim President Teddy Roosevelt’s son, Teddy Jr., as a member of our Division in World War I.
July 30, 2018, 10:55 AM EDT
Perhaps I am dating myself a little, but one of my favorite movies as a young teenager was “The Bad News Bears.” It was a very moving story about an alcoholic youth league baseball coach who takes over a losing team. Walter Matthau was the lead character. The movie was all about never giving up, working hard, and finding success. Of course, who can forget the end scene of the movie? No the Bears did not win the championship; they finished second. But they realized they were capable of being champions, and in their eyes, they were. They did not seek out a participation trophy but rather found their moxie.
July 23, 2018, 11:17 AM EDT
In the aftermath of the Helsinki summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin the overly emotional, hyperbolic, and delusional rhetoric has been quite disconcerting. I have been on record stating that President Trump’s performance in the joint press conference was quite disappointing, and there was a missed opportunity. However, I also have recognized the policy differences between the Trump administration, and previous administration, when it comes to issues with Russia – such as Ukraine, the Baltic states, sanctions, and increased NATO spending. But what I have found perplexingly, indeed comical, is that the progressive, socialist left and their media accomplices have become so hysterical as to demand that President Trump’s interpreter appear on Capitol Hill and surrender their notes.
July 16, 2018, 12:12 PM EDT
Almost a week ago – last Tuesday to be exact – something happened, which is very telling about the hypocrisy of the progressive, socialist left. It truly does provide us a window into the mindset, prejudice, and true fascism of the left in America. It was not widely reported. As a matter of fact, I did not see it hit the news until last Friday, and you will not see any massive protests.
July 9, 2018, 10:41 AM EDT
I know everyone is preparing for this evening’s announcement of President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee. Also, this week, President Trump will head to Europe for a NATO meeting as well as a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. These are very, very important developments. I’m quite sure many of you will be tuning in, and the media will have much to prognosticate about.
July 3, 2018, 10:59 AM EDT
I remember in 2000 when actor Mel Gibson decided to step out of the genre of strong man roles, such as William Wallace of “Braveheart.” He did a movie called “What Women Want.” I must admit, it was a rather fun, comical, and different side of Mel Gibson. He played an advertisement/marketing agent who by way of a strange accident, was able to read the minds of women. Now, what man would not want that blessing, or it could be a curse, as Gibson found out? That film came to mind as I watched last week’s incessant on-camera apoplectic meltdown of the progressive, socialist left.
July 2, 2018, 9:33 AM EDT
A couple of weeks back, I had the utter pleasure of diving in Cayman Islands with former Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who had suffered amputations and spinal cord injuries. I made a promise to myself, which I kept, to not turn on the TV while I was there, nor did I turn on a computer. However, I could not help but see the news updates off my iPhone. Of course, upon returning to the states last weekend, I was inundated with all the hysteria over the “separations” of, what I have read, between 1,800-2,300 illegal immigrant children. This has all been rectified, but one would tend to believe that we were facing an Armageddon-type situation … you know, like the GOP tax cuts.
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.