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Against all Enemies, Foreign, and Domestic . . .


Allen West


May 9, 2023

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. — Roman Statesman, Marcus Tullius Cicero

The title of this missive comes from the oath we take in the military, “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign, and domestic. And to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” It is an oath that true members of our military understand has no statute of limitations. For me it represents the idea that this Nation requires those who will forever be Guardians of the Republic, which was the title of the first book that I wrote. Several generations in my family have taken that oath and served in combat. And that is the same experience in many families across America.

Today we face not just enemies from without, such as our #1 geo-political foe, China, but we have enemies from within. That is why the quote attributed to Roman Statesman Cicero is relevant to what is happening in America.

This week, the Title 42 policy will end. It was something that the Biden administration desired, along with ending the “Remain in Mexico” policy. It cannot be debated–this current administration is enacting treasonous actions to undermine the sovereignty of our Constitutional Republic, and is in violation of our Constitution. The fact that members of this administration would lie under oath, such as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, telling us the border is secure is unconscionable. And to have the official mouthpiece of the administration, Karine Jean-Pierre, asserting that there has been a 90% decrease in illegal immigration is pure lying, deception. And even her correction stating that Joe Biden is offering, by way of an App, pardons to individuals to illegally enter America is unconstitutional, as he does not have that enumerated power. Furthermore, her explanation that there has been a 90% decrease in Cubans and Venezuelans belies the real evil of this policy. Cubans and Venezuelans are seeking to escape hard line socialist regimes. The American progressive socialists know that these demographic groups will not embrace the very same here. In other words, they will not be dependable leftist voters.

If it is not a concern for you that we are witnessing policies that bring about the destruction of our Country and disregard for our rule of law, then you should evaluate whether you fit into Cicero’s description of a traitor. No longer can we afford to operate under these rules of kindness when one side operates under the rules for radicals.

No, our economy is not strong. No, we are no longer energy independent. No, we no longer possess a powerful military deterrent…matter of fact we are a joke, as indicated by drag queen recruiters. No, we are not respected across the globe because our foreign policy is abysmal, and to have France’s President Macron downplay alliance with the US after a visit to China is telling. No, our streets are not safe, as the progressive socialist leftists by way of their well-placed Soros-backed district attorneys are releasing violent criminals. No, we do not have educational freedom and parental choice when the leftist teachers’ unions concentrate more power. Parents are being told they will lose their children if they do not consent to gender mutilation — heck, we are now struggling to understand what a woman is. We cannot be trusted to decide what car we wish to drive or appliances we want in our home, and we are being told how our home should be constructed.

The dangerous infiltration of cultural Marxism is dividing the Country in a detrimental way.

It was back in 2008, Columbia, Missouri, just days before that presidential election when one Senator Barack Obama shouted “we are five days from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” . . . and no one asked what that meant. The following February of 2009, Newsweek ran a cover and claimed, “We Are all Socialists Now.”

Not me…and I pray many of you will reject that position.

Progressive socialism, statism, collectivism, Marxism, and communism is the antithesis of our Constitutional Republic. It is indeed the enemy of our foundational principles and values. Churchill claimed that socialism is a “philosophy of failure and a creed of ignorance.”We are embroiled in a seminal ideological war in America, one that has to be won by constitutional conservatives…not leftists, and certainly not those who subscribe to the principles of being moderate. There is a clear and present chasm, a choice for us to make. It is not possible to compromise with traitors, simply because compromise and bipartisanship, even debate, is not what they seek. They want totalitarian control, tyranny, and it is seen by their suppression of any opposing thought, perspective, and insight…which appears to be the real mission of groups like Antifa, Jane’s Revenge, and the delusional acolytes of gender dysphoria. As I have said before, “when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide.

So, what is our recourse? Frederick Douglass uttered it once upon a time in a speech given on 15 November 1867, “A man’s rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box, and the cartridge box. Let no man be kept from the ballot box because of his color. Let no woman be kept away from the ballot box because of her sex.” Douglass was then addressing this issue towards the very same political party that still seeks to undermine our individual rights . . . the Democrat Party. We are losing in the courts, and the leftists are angered that they lost the Supreme Court. We must reassert election integrity policies and legislation to restore the ballot box. And we must never allow these maniacal leftists to disarm us so that we cannot defend ourselves by way of the cartridge box.

A line in the sand has been drawn. Our domestic enemy has intentionally identified themselves. It is sad that we are at this point, but the progressive socialist leftists have indeed declared war on America, its foundations, fundamentals, principles and values. These leftists have proven to us that they are more than willing to use violence as a means to their ends. We have to be smarter, but we must also be resolute and vigilant, never cowering.

As I articulated to my troops in combat, there are two choices . . . get to fightin’ or get to dyin’. My choice is to fight the traitors, the sly whisperers. What is your choice?

Steadfast and Loyal.

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