In any battle or conflict, there is always a decisive moment, a turning point. Earlier this week I was speaking to young conservative students at Clemson University, and I reminded them of such a moment. It was not far away from the Clemson campus, just up the road near what is today Spartanburg, SC. The date was January 17, 1781, and the moment was the Battle of Cowpens. The Continental Army and the militia — led by General Daniel Morgan — were being pursued by the vicious British commander, Sir Banastre Tarleton. Why was this a decisive moment? Because the southern campaign of the Colonial forces needed a victory. They were reeling from their enormous loss at the Battle of Camden. Brigadier General Morgan strategically used the terrain and the art of deception to lure Tarleton into a double envelopment winning a resounding victory. This would eventually lead to the subsequent withdrawal of British Lord General Cornwallis from the south, and he was later trapped at Yorktown, where he surrendered.
So, we have come to a decisive moment for the GOP, who appear to be reeling. If you tune into the liberal progressive media, the midterm elections spell doom and gloom for the GOP. And, yesterday, we got the news that Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, will not be seeking congressional reelection. I find that very interesting since Speaker Ryan was just here in Texas, in several major cities, and raised some $4M. Of course, Ryan’s announcement was met with more prognostications about the impending Democrat wave: a sweep of the US House of Representatives, and the restoration of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
I presume to believe that the British, also, had a similar feeling of being invincible, and that an inevitable victory over the new American nation was on the horizon. After all, the Brits held the most important city in the north, New York, and Cornwallis had taken the most important city and port in the South, Charleston. All seemed lost, save for one thing: a willing spirit for the cause of liberty in the hands of a few tenacious leaders like Daniel Morgan, Nathanael Greene, Henry Knox, Alexander Hamilton, and, of course, George Washington. Leadership is about a vision, and the resolute will to instill that vision and inspire others to attain that visionary goal and objective.
There are many who are singing the woes and despair of having some 40+ GOP members resigning from the House of Representatives. They believe that this is that moment that will turn the tide for the Democrats. I see it in a completely different way. Perhaps this is the time when, as Thomas Paine wrote in his pamphlet The Crisis, in December 1776:
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
Those words were written at the request of General George Washington in order to inspire a dejected Continental Army to cross the frozen Delaware River and attack the Hessians at the Battle of Trenton, and later, they would be successful at the Battle of Princeton.If the summer soldiers & sunshine patriots of the GOP shrink from this moment, farewell. There will arise a new generation that will stand & fight for the cause of Liberty. Click To Tweet
I say if the summer soldiers and the sunshine patriots of the GOP shrink from this moment, so be it, farewell. For there will arise a new generation that will stand and fight for the cause of liberty, and the exceptionalism of our Constitutional Republic. If they wish to run away at this time, in the end, they will not deserve the love of true American men and women.
The GOP leadership, at this time, has not done what was necessary to correct the debacle that is Obamacare. They have not reversed the damages of Dodd-Frank. They just passed the second largest spending measure in US history, resulting in increased debt and deficits for our future generations. There have not been any reforms to our budget process and spending. Just as with a controlled burn bringing forth new growth, this is a decisive moment for the GOP. As a political party, they have not been effective communicators — even in the majority — and are finding themselves reacting, and being pushed around by the progressive socialist left.
What is it that the modern day Redcoats, the Democrat party, promise for America?
Sure, they will lead the effort to impeach 45, meaning President Donald Trump. They will repeal the tax cut law, something that Nancy Pelosi stated. The Democrats are the party of supporting criminal illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities, and states. They are the party that rejects the notion of American sovereignty. The Democrat party is the party of collective subjugation, the party of Antifa, and the party that represents the economic failures of America, especially in our inner cities. The Democrat party is the party that, as the British did in April 1775, believe in disarming law-abiding legal gun owning Americans, rendering them not as citizens, but subjects. I could continue, and you could as well. So, why is it that we have such a level of incompetence of the GOP leadership to be able to articulate those points?
This is a decisive moment for the GOP, and the first Republican president keenly articulated that moment, an ideological battle. It was President Abraham Lincoln who stated, in a concise and succinct manner, on April 18, 1864:
“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatable things, called by the same name—liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatable names—liberty and tyranny.”
There were many decisive moments during the Revolutionary War, centering on the choice between liberty and tyranny. Simply stated by Lincoln, the ability for a person to do as they please with themselves, liberty, or the desire of some to do as they please with others. Will the GOP stand for liberty, or will they cower, quit, and run away from the present day onslaught of the progressive socialist vision of tyranny?
Farewell and adieu Paul Ryan, along with other summer soldiers and sunshine patriots, we will find better men and women who will, as Col. William Barret Travis wrote at The Alamo, stand for “Victory or Death,” and as Patrick Henry stated, “Give me Liberty or Death.” We few, we happy few, we Band of Brothers will face the perceived insurmountable odds and win in November 2018 . . . and true to these words: “we would not die in that man’s company that fears his fellowship to die [stand] with us . . . He that outlives this day, and comes home safe will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d.”
Yes, November 2018 will be a Constitutional Conservative St. Crispin’s Day, a Battle of Cowpens, a stand for liberty seeking “Victory or Death!” This is that decisive moment, so choose for yourselves today, whom you shall serve. I will not surrender to the tyranny of George Soros, Planned Parenthood, and the progressive socialist left.
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.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former 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, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.