[December 18, 2020] There is an old idea about great leadership I keep thinking about; it is most fitting applied to Allen West. You may forget what a great leader said, but you will never forget how that leader made you feel. Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Congressman Allen West is a steadfast Republican, American Patriot, family man, and Christian.
Because of this description, Allen West is controversial in any nation that considers socialism as a legitimate alternative form of government. West says that he is tired of hearing that it is our moral duty to serve the state. He believes it is our moral duty to serve our fellow man, regardless of race, sex, affiliation or creed. The duty of the state is to get out of the way.
“We believe in humility and integrity, the spirit of one people, bound together under God. We understand that the Constitution was written to control and regulate the government, not the people.” – Allen West
West is also controversial because he pokes a stick into the intellectual contradictions of liberal progressivism. Leftists fear him because “[I’m] a black American who wants a better life and a smaller government.”
I remember Lieutenant Colonel Allen West for what he did during the early months of the Iraq War. Commanding a Field Artillery battalion in Taji, Iraq, he received information about a plot to ambush his unit. The plot involved an Iraqi police officer who West had his men detain. To force the policeman to provide details, West personally fired his pistol near the officer’s head. LTC West was charged with violating Army regulations and found guilty. West accepted the judgment and retired.
The story does not end there. LTC West became a hero to many, for what he did was the epitome of great leadership. He showed that he deeply cared about his battalion soldiers and would “walk through hell with a gasoline can” to protect them. West was wrong, but few real officers would not have done the same thing. He makes you ‘feel’ great as a real American.
It should come as no surprise that his popularity translated into him winning an election as part of the Republican Party in Florida. West’s rhetoric won him both support and condemnation from differing groups along the American political spectrum.1 Many view him as a torchbearer and conservative icon.
Allen West and I have similar views of all the various forms of socialist governance (see some of my articles here, here, and here). They all fail. They all fail spectacularly, despite the tinkering on the margins of neo-Marxist ideology. West is willing to stand up and be heard; he doesn’t take mille-mouthed, leftist politicians for granted and is ready to go toe-to-toe with them. This, I like about him.