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

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.
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)