The Oxford dictionary defines terrorism as:
The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.
What is the objective of terrorism? It is two-fold: its intended purpose is to cause you to live in fear, to terrorize you into inaction. Its secondary purpose of to cause you to change your behavior, way of life, actions making you succumb to the terrorists — their ideological agenda.
I have been here in Washington DC this week, and it truly struck me yesterday: we are watching, and being subjected to, the real terrorists in our midst, the Democrat [Socialist] party. Yes, I am ready for the angst that will be directed towards me, but I have experienced the terrorism of the left, personally. When the Florida Democrat party openly printed my SSN and my wife’s EIN on a mail piece, the message, no different from Democrats of old burning crosses in front yards, was clear. They would go to any length, and use any means, to threaten, intimidate, and terrorize me and my family into submission — not running for US Congress.
Yes, the Democrats were the ones who created the nation’s first domestic terrorist organization, the Ku Klux Klan. Heck, it was the Democrats, not the Republicans, who had a KKK Grand Wizard as a United States senator, the infamous Robert Byrd of West Virginia, whom they praised, and who also stood against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
But, it was this week that I truly recognized the abject terrorist tactics of the progressive socialist left. And why not, as it was Mad Max Waters who issued a Fatwa against members of the Trump administration calling for their harassment and confrontation in public spaces. The ensuing result has been the White House Press Secretary being denied service at a restaurant. The Secretary of Homeland Security being threatened and intimidated while trying to enjoy dinner. Folks like Charlie Kirk, and Candace Owens, being assailed after eating breakfast at a restaurant in Philadelphia — the “City of Brotherly Love,” only if you are a progressive socialist, it seems.
However, it was the disruptive antics of leftists at the Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearing that was most disturbing. For some reason, the progressive, socialist, left does not seem to understand basic civics, and the enumerated powers of the Executive Branch of our federal government, the president. They do not believe that President Trump has the constitutional right to nominate someone to the US Supreme Court, though it was fine when Obama did. Therefore, they plotted, and planned to create an atmosphere of fear, terror, and sadly, what should have been a great moment for the family of Judge Kavanaugh turned into an atmosphere of threats, to the point that his daughters had to be escorted out of the hearing chamber.
Who does that? The answer is simple: terrorists — extremists who demand ideological domination, and subjugation to their will. Yes, that is happening in our United States of America.
Earlier this week I had the privilege of speaking at the national conference for ACT for America. It is a constitutionally conservative grassroots national security organization. Their meeting was held in the basement of an undisclosed hotel in the DC area. There were no direction signs in the lobby, and there was police presence due to threats of violence against the organization . . . all because a far leftist organization, called the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), designated them as a “hate group.” The SPLC did the same to the Family Research Center (FRC), an organization that survived a lone gunman attack against their headquarters in Washington, DC, and barely reported by the liberal, progressive, leftist, media. The left has gone so far as to demonize GOP members of Congress to such a degree that some leftist gunman tracked, and in a premeditated manner, opened fire upon the GOP baseball team, almost killing Rep. Steve Scalise.
That is what terrorism is all about, and we continue to see it happen. As a matter of fact, it was MSNBC commentator Joy Reid, who, on her Sunday show, actually rationalized the shooting of Rep. Scalise due to his voting record. Terrorists justify their actions by demeaning, denigrating, and disparaging, rendering their targets as not human, making them impersonal, all based upon one thing: disagreement with their ideology.
Why is it that a constitutional, conservative, grassroots, national security organization must meet in secrecy, and be protected by law enforcement? Stupid me, I thought we enjoyed freedom of speech and expression in America. Perhaps it is now about accepted speech and expression — another aspect of our fundamental transformation.
Yet, leftist groups can operate in public, destroy property, express violence . . . but they are justified because they do not want any ideological opposition. After all, the domestic terrorist propaganda wing — the media — is doing a fabulous job of demonizing the opposition. Antifa can march in our streets, black-clad, with hoods, and faces covered. Hmm, sounds familiar, except that the first domestic terrorist group of the Democrat party wore white. They can shout out seditious slogans such as “no borders, no walls, no USA at all,” and not be prosecuted, even as they conduct violence. Yet, a constitutional conservative grassroots organization called the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party can face the totalitarian power of a weaponized government agency, the IRS. Governor Cuomo of New York can leverage the power of his Department of Financial Services (DFS) against the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, the National Rifle Association, because he has an anti-Second Amendment ideological agenda. After all, terrorists cannot be successful against a legally, law-abiding citizenry — they need to be disarmed.
We even face an atmosphere where constitutional conservative speech and expression is being censored, and we saw the leaders of Facebook and Twitter on Capitol Hill this week.
This cannot be debated. The terrorism of the progressive, socialist, left — the Democrat [Socialist] party — seeks to drive any, and all, political, and ideological, opposition into secrecy, hiding, and ultimately into abject irrelevance and eradication. Maybe this is why the progressive, socialist, left is simpatico with Islamic jihadists. Yes, I can easily back up that assertion. After all, it is an Islamic jihadist group, Fatah, that is rooting for the left to win back the US House of Representatives. Why? We shared that recently with you on these pages.
There are two ways to respond to this domestic terrorism by the progressive socialist left: get to fighting, or get to dying. I choose the former. I shall not be subjugated to their tyranny. I believe that the Old School Patriots will do, and respond, as our forefathers and foremothers did by standing up to threats, intimidation, coercion, and violence to defend our American way of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yes, you may lose folks that you thought were your friends, but, who wants to be friends with someone who wants to terrorize you into non-existence?
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, 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, published October 16, 2018, from Brown Books Publishing Group.