Allen West: Who Exactly Is a Domestic Terrorist to the Progressive, Socialist Left?

By Allen West | September 9, 2019 | 2:01pm EDT
Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Allen West (Screenshot)

The news out of San Francisco last week should disturb every American. Yes, I know. Almost any news out of California should disturb Americans. However, this resolution by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is very disconcerting, perhaps alarming. Last week, a resolution was offered and passed by the board, “declaring that the National Rifle Association is a ‘domestic terrorist organization.’” The resolution, furthermore, encouraged other U.S. cities, states and the federal government to follow suit and do the same.

In full disclosure, I am a Patriot Life (Benefactor) member of the NRA as well as a Board of Director for the NRA. The NRA, founded in 1871 for the intent purpose of improving rifle marksmanship by way of training and education, is the nation’s preeminent membership organization that advocates for our constitutional Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, a right endowed not by man but one that shall not be infringed. The NRA is not some lone building, nor just some group or inanimate machine. The NRA is made up of Americans, law-abiding, legal gun owning Americans, some five million of them. And now, the progressive, socialist left in our America, specifically the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, has just designated me, along with the other millions of law-abiding Americans, as domestic terrorists.

The word terrorist is defined, according to a Google search, as a noun: “a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.” The definition of terrorist, according to a Google search, as a verb, is as follows: “unlawfully using violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”

For the life of me, I searched for news stories and reports evidencing the NRA advocating for an unlawful use of violence and intimidation against civilians. I did not find anything. I do recall that there was a former trained NRA firearms instructor and now NRA for life member by the name of Stephen Willeford, from Sutherland Springs, Texas, who used his legally purchased and owned semi-automatic rifle, AR-15, to stop a mass shooter at the First Baptist Church in his town … by someone who was unlawfully using violence against civilians.

I have done my due diligence and have not yet found a perpetrator of a mass shooting that has a NRA membership, and that includes those who do so each weekend in Chicago.

So, who exactly is a domestic terrorist to the progressive, socialist left?

Let’s take a little walk through history and recall that the first domestic terrorist organization in America was founded, and sponsored by, the Democrat party. That little gang is called the Ku Klux Klan. It was an organization that used unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, namely blacks, in pursuit of political aims. It was a Democrat President, Woodrow Wilson, who viewed a screening of the silent film “Birth of a Nation,” which heroically portrayed the KKK in the White House. It was Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia who was a Exalted Cyclops of the KKK, yet upon his passing, he received accolades from the likes of Hillary Clinton, and even Barack Obama … former Democratic Party colleagues.

It is the well-known racist, eugenicist who spoke at KKK rallies, Margaret Sanger, that founded the organization called Planned Parenthood. And since Roe v. Wade in 1973, the same organization has enabled the murder of an estimated 20,000,000 unborn black babies in the womb, by some of the most heinous methods. Now, sadly, there are those who have deemed this lawful, but it is still an act of violence against innocent civilians, babies, and seemingly all for a political aim.

I have yet to find an instance of the NRA having a direct hand in the use of violence or death of any civilian. Planned Parenthood does this daily, and its founding is linked to the ideology that supports our nation’s first domestic terrorist organization. Yet no one dares challenge or issue a resolution against Planned Parenthood. Heck, even a movie “Unplanned,” which opened the curtains to expose Planned Parenthood, was met with threats, coercion, and intimidation by way of censorship by the progressive, socialist left.

Today’s left has created a new domestic terrorist organization, Antifa. The left and their complicit media allies shield and cover for Antifa as part of their #resistance movement and dismiss their unlawful acts of violence and intimidation against civilians in the pursuit of political aims. Since the election of President Donald Trump, we have seen countless acts of violence and intimidation enacted by Antifa … and we’ve witnessed the silence of the left. There has been destruction of property, individuals targeted and beaten, and even an armed attack against a government ICE facility in Seattle, Washington. The political aim is open borders. But, for some odd reason, these attacks get seemingly no condemnation from the left. And what about the crazed gunman that shot up Republican Members of Congress practicing baseball? Was he deemed a domestic terrorist? After all, he was using unlawful violence and intimidation against civilians, elected officials in pursuit of political aims – progressive socialism.

And then we have another organization birthed from the bowels of the progressive, socialist left, Black Lives Matter, that called for resistance against our law enforcement officers. And I recall Democratic [Socialist] leaders, such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama even lending praise to this organization as part of a #resistance movement, meaning pursuit of political aims.

So, who exactly is a domestic terrorist to the progressive, socialist left?

Could it be anyone that rejects their ideological agenda for individual rights, freedom, and liberty? Is it anyone that embraces our rule of law, our Constitution that is a domestic terrorist to the left? Is it anyone that believes in the American ideal and or God-given rights to pursue our own happiness that is an enemy of the left and therefore a domestic terrorist?

As Hillary Clinton once asserted that “if we [Democratic Party] are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.” That is not civility. That is ideological domination. And what the left wants is subjugation to their political aims, one of which includes the disarming of the law-abiding American populace. And the progressive socialists, as they have historically done, will use any means necessary to convert citizens into subjects for their tyrannical political aims.

Apparently, just like the British back in the mid to late 1700s, the progressive, socialist left in America is more threatened by armed, law-abiding American citizens who love this nation, NRA members who refuse to be subjugated. Those are the people the left deems to be domestic terrorists.

Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Mr. West is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias. Mr. West also writes daily commentary on his personal website


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