As y’all may have seen, I spent the yesterday down in Harlingen, Texas, at the Marine Military Academy. The motto of this exceptional college-preparatory boarding school is “Forging Tomorrow’s Leaders.” What an impeccable motto for the only private school in the world based on the traditions and values of our United States Marine Corps. The school was established in 1965.
What makes this school, their campus, the grounds so special, and the atmosphere beaming with honor? The Marine Military Academy is home to the original cast mold for the US Marine Corps Memorial, the world-renowned depiction of our flag being raised on Mount. Suribachi, that 169m high mountain at the southwest end of the island forever known in US history, Iwo Jima.
In our home, we have the autographed picture of US Marine Corps Corporal Herschel “Woody” Williams being awarded the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman for his service and heroism above and beyond the call of duty on Iwo Jima. However, what makes the grounds of the Marine Military Academy a sacred place of honor is that Corporal Harlon Henry Block of Weslaco, Texas, is buried there. CPL Block was one of the Marines who raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi, overlooking Iwo Jima. As a matter of fact, he was the first man in that impeccable photo that is forever ingrained in the annals of America folklore, part of our legacy.
What more could you ask of a place for young men to study, learn, grow, find discipline, and be the guardians of such an esteemed honor? While I was there I spoke to those 220 Cadets, utterly impressive, from all across the nation, and 23 different countries. I met with the staff and faculty who uphold the highest levels of honor in being the teachers and mentors of these fine young men. I met some of the alumni, and it is a very remarkable list of alumni over the 54 years of MMA’s existence. But most importantly, I met the young men. Young men like Augie West, from Utah, a 7th-grade student.
I met a young man whose Dad is a US Border Patrol agent who so wanted his son to attend MMA, but admitted that he could not afford it . . . MMA covered the cost. Sadly, the US Department of Homeland Security does not have a scholarship program for the children of our Border Patrol agents.
During the question and answer part of my presentation, I had a young man ask what I would recommend he do to earn a nomination to the US Naval Academy. I asked first if I could change his mind (#GoArmy), but I told him that he was on the right path.
I met a young man who wanted to be a US Navy SEAL like his dad.
Yes, I did meet the one kid out, of the entire Corps of Cadets, who is heading to the US Military Academy at West Point, a young black cadet. I doubt he will ever be front page in the news. I even met a young man from Mexico, here legally, who is about to earn his private pilots license. MMA has its own two aircraft.
I encourage you all to perhaps visit the Marine Military Academy and see honor being developed, and the forging of our future leaders. God knows, we see and hear all the negative stories about young people, we never get to see the greatness in them. There are no “safe spaces” at MMA on its 150-acre campus. Incidentally, the campus used to be the Harlingen Air Force Base, before it was closed down by Lyndon Johnson, in spite.
I arrived at the Harlingen Airport for my flight back to Dallas just beaming with the joys of what I had witnessed in the day. Then, I checked my email, and I was reminded of what dishonor looks like.
As reported by Fox News:
“Multiple Democratic lawmakers this week replaced POW/MIA flags outside their Capitol Hill offices with a Transgender Equality flag to commemorate “Trans Visibility Week,” photos show.
The move reportedly came at the behest of the “National Center for Transgender Equality.” The group tweeted Tuesday that it had delivered the flags to every member of Congress – even Republicans – with the request that they be flown outside their offices.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted a photo of his office with the transgender flag displayed, writing: “Discrimination has no place in our society. I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country. We must stand with transgender people in all of our community.”
Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., was among multiple Democratic lawmakers whose office was pictured this week with the transgender pride flag in lieu of the POW/MIA flag.
A report from the Washington Free Beacon included a photo shot outside Schrier’s office in January with the POW/MIA flag displayed. Her office has reportedly informed the Free Beacon that the switch is only temporary.
Some Democrats, like Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., displayed the transgender pride flag alongside the POW/MIA flag.”
How can it be that there are so-called elected representatives, officials, that would equate a flag that honors those who have been held in captivity by our enemies to those with a mental condition called gender dysphoria? How can it be that there are those who want us to believe that they are leaders in our Constitutional Republic who would dishonor the memory of those still unaccounted for, MIA, and render this disrespect to the families who have had no closure on the fate of their loved ones?
Yes, I find this supremely dishonorable. What type of people would pander to a very small minority and cast aside those who have given the last full measure of devotion, the ultimate sacrifice to this nation? Who are these people who would even believe that their made up ideological agenda flag is comparable to that simple black and white flag that honors our nation’s POWs and MIAs?
This angered me to no end. Then again, I suppose this is what is to be expected of the political party of the jackass symbol. This is what we have accepted, the abject hunger of the Democrat (socialist) Party has for identity politics that would demean, denigrate, and disparage those men and women like US Marine Corps Corporal Harlon Henry Block.
No, I do not care if it is just for a week, I do not care if it was just for a second. You do not replace the POW/MIA flag with some agenda-driven piece of fabric. Nor, do you reduce the importance of our POW/MIA flag by lining it up with same said fabric.
Do you know what we need? More Marine Military Academies in America. Then again, just like our service academies, the progressive socialist left will find a way to infiltrate them with their deranged, delusional professors. That is why I lent my financial support to MMA while I was there. Just like Hillsdale College, we need more institutions like that for our young men and women.
If we fail to have more places where honor is taught, then we do not forge future leaders. No, we indoctrinate the next generation of those who would take down the POW/MIA flag because it is, after all, “just” a piece of fabric to them, easily equated with any other piece of fabric.
God, please, help us!
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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.