Greetings everyone, and I wish y’all a very Happy Flag Day from west Texas, namely, Amarillo and Pampa. I love being out here in these wide open spaces, and with folks who have those basic fundamental American values They work hard, and love God, Country, and Family.
Today is that day when we especially recognize and honor the most visible symbol of our Constitutional Republic: the American flag. It was in August of 1949 that finally we had Congressional approval for a National Flag Day, and President Harry Truman signed it into law — one of the reasons why President Truman’s portrait is proudly displayed in our home.
It was our first President, George Washington, who stated in his November 30, 1785 letter to the author of our Constitution, and a future American President, James Madison, “We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a National character to support—If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it. for whilst we are playing a double game, or playing a game between the two we never shall be consistent or respectable—but may be the dupes of some powers and, most assuredly, the contempt of all.”
Those words, written so long ago, resonate to this day. We, America, must decide if we are a United people, or not. We must seek to act as a nation, and yes, we do have national objects to promote, along with a national character to support. A key part of that is our American flag, and the national anthem that was written during the War of 1812 bombardment by the British of Ft. McHenry, in Baltimore harbor. In that fort, American soldiers gave their lives to ensure that those broad stripes, and bright stars, flew through that perilous fight, gallantly streaming. As Francis Scott Key so proudly hailed, at the twilight’s last gleaming, we should proudly honor it at all times. Ours of a flag that has flown, not in conquest, but rather all over the world for liberation. It is a well-known symbol that can inspire the downtrodden, lift the spirits of the despondent, and cast fear into the hearts of the enemy.
However, when, as Washington said, we play some double game of pretending, of being a farce to our true nature, then we shall find ourselves never being consistent, or respectable — the contempt of all. I do not care for any other nation that wishes our weakness. If we are to fall into the dubious belief that there is contempt for our nation because we stand for something, then, as my mom would say, we shall fall for anything. I am sure that George Washington, James Madison, and Francis Scott Key would be perplexed to know that we upheld the burning of our national flag as a freedom, a right of expression. I am quite sure the ghosts of those soldiers in Ft. McHenry would consider that not a right, but a reprehensible, and disrespectful action. We can understand why foreigners, our enemies, would burn our flag, but why would any American wish to do so?
What is great about our national Flag Day is that it is also the birthday of our United States Army. Yes, our Army; my Army, my dad’s, and my nephew’s Army, was established on June 14, 1775, 243 years ago today. And, it is symbolic, and, I do not think coincidental, that these two observances are on the same day. Why? Because it is the motto of the United States Army says it all, “This We’ll Defend!”When we see folks in America advocating for principles, and values, that are inconsistent with our foundation, we must defend America. Click To Tweet
Before there was an America, a nation, national objects to promote, and a national character to support, there was an Army. Our America would be established a year later. There was an Army ready to defend the principles upon which this nation was predicated: the individual, unalienable rights from the Creator of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The point to understand is that America is not some geographical territory; it is an ideal, a vision, a dream, a place where men, and women, are free to pursue their hopes, and aspirations. That is what our American flag represents, and that is what our Army has stood for 243 years to defend.
When we see folks in America advocating for principles, and values, that are inconsistent with our foundation, we must defend America. The ideological progressive, socialist agenda of wealth redistribution, collectivism, government control of economic production, welfare dependency, and secular humanism are the real true threats to our American existence.
American soldiers have always taken an oath to the very thread that holds, and defines, us as Americans, as a Republic, our rule of law, our US Constitution. All these 243 years, soldiers continue to abide by that simple motto, “This We’ll Defend.” Today, we find ourselves on an ideological battlefield in America, and if you embrace those aforementioned words of George Washington, you know that you are being called to arms.
Today, June 14th, 2018, this national Flag Day, this 243rd US Army birthday, ask yourself a simple question: what will you defend?
I shall forever commit my energy, and ability, to “This We’ll Defend” — these United States of America.
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, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, published October 16, 2018, from Brown Books Publishing Group.