Well, if you know anything about history, you know exactly the political party of which I refer. If you are a member of that political party one of two things apply: you fully embrace that history, or you’re just too doggone dumb to know about it. If the latter, well, ignorance is not bliss. Therefore, if you continue to be a member, then you embrace the history.
We should not be surprised at all by the disgusting turn of events recently by the progressive socialist leftists, who completely own the Democrat party. Just as a point of order, both my parents, Buck and Snooks West, were registered Democrats. My mom was a lifetime member of the NAACP. My folks campaigned for, and voted for, one John Lewis, my congressional representative growing up. However, this apparition now calling itself the Democrat party has nothing to do with the principles and values upon which my parents raised me. My folks believed in individual responsibility, faith, family, education, and service to our nation. They have little to nothing in common with this existing choom gang calling itself the Democrat party.
My folks believed that in America, nothing could hold you back. My dad admonished me to never see my skin color as an impediment, and to never use it as a crutch. He demanded that I seek out whatever the standard was, and blow past it. To Buck West, as he said, America was about opportunity, and merit, as long as you proved yourself above reproach, and damn anyone trying to hold you back.
Dad raised a victor, not a victim.
Momma Snooks, well, that woman was all up for a spirited debate, and she was charmingly gifted with an acute intellect and spirit. Mom would never shy away from someone with an opposing viewpoint. Heck, she never shied away from any confrontation. I remember when prostitutes tried to set up shop on the corner of our street — Kennesaw Avenue and Ponce de Leon — there went Mom, baseball bat in hand. Yep, they went elsewhere. You can bet your butt that if someone told Snooks West that she could not eat somewhere because of what she believed in, oh boy, “Katie bar the door.”
That is my lineage, my DNA, and I do not regret a bit of how my parents raised me, and the lessons they inculcated in me.
But now, history is indeed repeating itself because the same ol’ party that shunned people because of their skin color is now shunning people because of what they believe. Instead of welcoming open and intellectual debate, as I learned, they just want to shut you down, shut you up, and relegate you to a demonized status. It is truly as Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 9:17, “The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.” Solomon must have been quite the prescient man, as he had visions of Maxine Waters, and her ignorant leftist minions, all those millennia ago. As my dad would say, “Boy, an empty wagon makes a lot of noise.” Today’s Democrat party is an empty wagon, and actually, it has historically always been that way. That was why they created the very first domestic terrorist organization in order to silence the voices of freed men and women.
Please, spare me the tall tales about Lyndon Johnson. His was not a noble act. Johnson only saw a means to an end regarding the Civil Rights legislation of 1964. We all know his infamous assertion aboard Air Force One when speaking with southern Governors . . . ya know, “if we pass this we will have those (denigrating reference for blacks) voting Democrat for the next 200 years.”
If you come to my house in Dallas, you will see the picture of a Democrat president proudly displayed. He was a man of character, conviction, and courage. He served his nation, in World War I, as an Artilleryman. His name is Harry Truman. President Truman recognized the state of Israel. President Truman desegregated the US military . . . and his reward from his own political party? He was shunned.
We are just witnessing another chapter in the deplorable state of existence of the Democrat party in America. Take this story for an example as reported by Fox News:
“The New Yorker magazine fact-checker who falsely accused an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employee of being a Nazi over an innocuous tattoo has resigned and apologized on social media. Talia Lavin issued an apology on Sunday and revealed that she’s no longer part of the outlet. “To Justin Gaertner, I apologize, sincerely: all I saw in you was the photo ICE tweeted, and not the human being depicted inside it. It was uncharitable, and the hasty deletion doesn’t change that. I’m sorry and I have voluntarily resigned after three years at the New Yorker,” she tweeted.”
The tattoo she referred to, “Her apology stems from the backlash after she accused Gaertner, a combat-wounded Marine veteran and ICE forensic analyst, of being a Nazi sympathizer over a tattoo she perceived as being the “Iron Cross” used by Nazi Germany. ICE strongly pushed back against the unfounded allegations, going as far as to demand the apology from Lavin for “baselessly slandering an American hero” and pointing it out that the tattoo on the veteran’s left elbow has nothing to do with Nazi Germany at all. In fact, said ICE last week, it is “the ‘Titan 2,” the symbol for his platoon while he fought in Afghanistan. “The writing on his right arm is the Spartan Creed, which is about protecting family and children.”Oh yeah, I hear it already, the Democrats gave us our first 'black' President. Actually, and more appropriately, Barack Obama was America's first socialist president. Click To Tweet
Ask yourselves: is Talia Levin indicative of the type of “fact checker” Mark Zuckerberg will be hiring at Facebook?
Yes, the same ICE that the Democrats refer to, in totality, as “Nazis” and wish to abolish. Why not, the left has never supported law and order, just their definition of what order is per their ideological agenda.
Oh yeah, I hear it already, the Democrats gave us our first “black” President. Actually, and more appropriately, Barack Obama was America’s first socialist president. But, true to form for the Democrats, he chided the Republicans — you know, the fellas who passed the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments — to move to the “back of the bus.” Imagine if a Republican president had said such?
No, I am not surprised one iota by the actions of the Democrat party. This is their history. When you know their history, you know that threats, intimidation, refusal of service (and no, this is nothing like the Masterpiece Cakeshop case), coercion, and violence are all in the deck of cards the Democrat party has used. And, with their full embrace of progressive socialism, well, we know how many millions have been killed, and are still being killed. Check out Venezuela, because of that ideology.
Yes, indeed, those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. In this case, we are doomed to watching it resurface. Instead of white hoods, this time the attire is black.
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.