Perhaps I am dating myself, but maybe some of you remember the comic strip “Beetle Bailey?” The comic strip began in 1950, and is one of the oldest comic strips done by an original creator, Mort Walker. It is based on the antics of a fictional Army soldier, kind of a goofball, on a fictional Army post. Private Beetle Bailey is described as a feckless, shirking, straggler known for his chronic laziness, and insubordinate attitude. He was depicted as a slacker: hapless, lanky, and freckled.
Here in Texas we have a Congressman, from the El Paso area, by the name of Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. He is challenging the sitting US senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. As you travel around Dallas you will see many a black “Beto” yard sign showing support for this fella that I have nicknamed “Beto Bailey.” Why? Simple: because he does indeed remind me of the titular character from Mort Walker’s comic strip. Here is a person who wants to be an US Senator from Texas, who supports the open borders, and the #AbolishICE crowd . . . along with impeaching President Trump. Beto has been somewhat successful in maintaining a low, but effective, profile, and has flown somewhat below the radar . . . until now!
As reported by Townhall:
“Beto O’Rourke, the man challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his Senate seat, was asked at a recent town hall for his thoughts on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Before O’Rourke answered, he thanked all current and former military men and women for their service. Then, he offered his short answer: “No, I don’t think it’s disrespectful.”
For his longer answer, O’Rourke compared the kneeling players to the heroes of the civil rights movement. “The freedoms that we have were purchased not just by those in uniform – and they definitely were – but also by those who took their lives into their hands by riding those Greyhound buses, the Freedom Riders in the deep South in the 1960s who knew full well that they would be arrested, and they were, serving time in the Mississippi State Penitentiary,” he said. “Rosa Parks getting from the back of the bus to the front of the bus.” Likewise, taking a knee at a football game, O’Rourke explained, is a way to peacefully point out that “black men, unarmed, black teenagers, unarmed, and black children, unarmed, are being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement, without accountability and without justice.” “I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights anytime, anywhere, anyplace,” O’Rourke concluded.”
As a Black man born and raised in the south to a Mom born in 1931 in south Georgia, and a Dad born in Alabama in 1920, Beto’s comments are repulsive, reprehensible, disgusting, disrespectful, and disturbing. For this truly privileged, white, progressive, socialist running under the banner of the political party of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, Ku Klux Klan, Margaret Sanger, poll taxes, literacy tests, and lynchings, to try to draw some sick parallel to NFL players kneeling during our National Anthem, and the Civil Rights movement is upsetting. My dad proudly served this nation during World War II in uniform, and he damn sure never took a knee during the National Anthem. Buck West inspired three subsequent generations: two of his sons, and a grandson, to serve this nation. He inspired me with the words, “there is no greater honor than to wear the uniform of this nation.”
I am sick and tired of these pissant leftists trying to degrade the Black Civil Rights movement to justify any of their ideological agenda antics. Rosa Parks being compared to kneeling NFL players? Give me a doggone break! And what is this blather from Beto Bailey about “black men, unarmed, black teenagers, unarmed, and black children, unarmed, are being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement, without accountability and without justice.” The worst shootings, and killings of blacks in America, is happening at the hands of Blacks. Has this useful idiot not been paying attention to what is happening in places like Chicago? How about the fact that nearly 18M black babies have been murdered in the womb thanks to Margaret Sanger, and her organization, Planned Parenthood — which I am sure Beto Bailey supports.
I was not going to vote for this chump-change charlatan, Beto O’Rourke, but I am now committed to ensuring his defeat. I am a proud Black man. I am a retired soldier. Let me explain something to you, Beto: I do not need, or appreciate your leftist brand of victimization, or minimizing the heroic efforts of our Black Civil Rights movement. I love my country. I love the symbols that define the American Constitutional Republic, namely our flag, and our National Anthem. That flag draped the coffin of my dad, and I damn well demand it be respected. Francis Scott Key penned the words of our National Anthem while watching the bombardment of Ft. McHenry by the British fleet during the War of 1812. Inside Ft. McHenry there were soldiers fighting to keep our flag flying during that bombardment, sacrificing their lives. Yes, it is disrespectful to take a knee during the playing of our National Anthem. If you feel it is not disrespectful, then you are not worthy of being a senator from the great state of Texas. I tend to believe that you would not have had the courage to make that stand at The Alamo, as you would not have stepped across that line drawn in the sand by Col. William Barrett Travis.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom. His forthcoming book, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, is due fall 2018 from Brown Books Publishing Group.