I ran across this from former Congressman Allen West and I was again moved to tears. This time is was anguish. I read it to Chett and the tears just came. I started rambling about this and America and my heart is and was truly broken. I have dedicated my entire life to this country. I have studied the words of our founding fathers, I have quoted them, and I have lived by them. I teach my students exactly what Allen West was talking about.
Here is the text of his Speech
I stayed at the Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed and Breakfast in the lovely antique Library Room. In 1746 when this home was constructed, no one could have ever imagined that 268 years later I would be sitting here documenting my personal experience. Yet, there I was, the kid from the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta chilling out at Deacon Pratt’s place.
This, ladies and gentlemen is the true America. The exceptional America. Not the contrived “social justice” and “equality of outcomes” America into which Barack Obama seeks to transform our Republic. This is the America that says there are no limits on what you can do or what you can become as an individual.
This is the America Buck and Snooks West told me about as a child and made me believe that anything and everything is achievable, if only you dedicate yourself to working hard. This is the America that my wife Angela and I now tell our daughters Aubrey and Austen about, and prepare them for. This is the America that Dr. King spoke of because it is character that matters, not skin color.
This is the America that our Founding Fathers just somehow knew was possible. This is also the America we are challenged to preserve and defend. We must continue to talk about this America and the legacy of liberty and why it must be passed on to subsequent generations.
We must tell the stories of the sacrifices of previous generations that have enabled us to enjoy these blessings. We cannot begin to believe that all we can ever be are just subservient drones to a tyrannical government that does not believe in our individual indomitable American spirit. And we must once again restore the brilliance of that beacon of freedom of conscience and will that has drawn so many to our beautiful shores and graced those of us fortunate enough to be born here.
Say what you will progressive socialists and others, with your incessant personal attacks. This America shall triumph, as liberty and freedom always have. This America will see a recommitment to its fundamental constitutional principles. This America will once again be that special place that holds respect, regard, and honor in the world (Allen West)
In the last four years I have seen my home became a shadow of the home it used to be. Both my city and Country have become something I do not recognize. I find myself a Patriot lost in a country with no appreciation as to what that means. In fact, it is bad to be me now. My country teaches me I am supposed to me ashamed of who I am. My race, my religion, my marital status, and laughingly my Patriotism are all things that I am told by society I am to be ashamed of. I am the problem with all that is wrong in the world. How is that? This country was founded on the principle of freedom for me to be a Christian and for you not to be if you so choose.
We should be allowed to be proud of who we are, all of us. We are Americans after all and that we should be proud of. That flag that people desecrate is the reason I am able to be me and you are able to be you and we are able to be free. We are blessed to be citizens of this nation. I don’t think most even realize what it could be, what it is for many in the world. I love my country. I am a teacher and a radio show host. Do you realize I would be stoned to death in many countries for taking a stand like I have? I am free to take up for the David Bookers and campaign for Mike Williams.I can get on the radio every week and fight for my fellow Memphians. It is my choice and it is my voice and my country allows me to do it.
There was a time not that long ago where life was not like this in the US. Was it perfect, absolutely not! Did it have problems? Absolutely! But the people had a voice. The people….We the people….Where did “WE” go. In the last four years I have seen race relations set back numerous years, I have seen my religion come under attack, I have seen corporations seek out to take advantage of people, and unfortunately I have seen the government cater to all of it.
Two years ago I had the honor to meet Justice Antonin Scalia the longest serving Supreme Court Justice. Before this I did not pay attention to local politics very much. I was an American Government Junkie. He changed my perspective and opened my eyes to what is happening. He said, “yes the decisions I make are important, but if you are not paying attention to what’s happening in your own back yard, you need to fix that now.” I had no idea just how right he was.
We live in a city and country were big money sets the agenda. Our education is dictated by a textbook company. People are being forced on to poor insurance by our government. The Chamber of Commerce of Memphis is stealing from the retired and forcing working people in to poverty. Our jobs are being stolen legally by a program put in by our own Congress and being manipulated by companies to bring in workers from Mexico. Our police and troops are being vilified in the media and the truth gets lost in the agenda pushing. No longer can you count on the media for truth, otherwise you would have seen the 10 thousand people in Times Square protesting a deal that our president made with a terrorist nation. We contributed 150 billion to a country that seeks death to America. They say it themselves, it isn’t a myth, they have declared war on us and we were too afraid to make China and Russia mad, we caved. China and Russia seek to destroy our way of life and we cower to them? 10,000 informed people took to the streets and I read about it on Facebook, not any of the news outlets.
I know you are now wondering how this pertains to Mike Williams? I am glad you stuck around to find out. Mike is a product of the people. “We the People” encouraged him to run and be our voice. He has fought for “we the people.” He put his life on the line for those who live under the stars and stripes and he protects and serves those who live in the City of Memphis. Mike Williams represents the people voice. He is the personification of “ the America that our Founding Fathers just somehow knew was possible. This is also the America we are challenged to preserve and defend.” He is not a millionaire nor the member of an LLC. He is a man who grew up in Memphis, worked hard to get through school, served our country, came home to take care of his family, served his city, and now he has answered the call to serve the citizens. He is what this country means to so many. “This is the America Buck and Snooks West told me about as a child and made me believe that anything and everything is achievable, if only you dedicate yourself to working hard.”
As the tears streamed down my face this morning, I looked up at my husband and said, “Mike has to win.” Mike’s winning will restore hope to me. It will tell me that in fact, “WE THE PEOPLE” still run things and not the Shea Flinn’s of the world who feel they can make one phone call and candidates will simply say ok and drop out to the mighty dollar. His victory will show me that it is true what I have taught all these years, we can change things. He is the people’s candidate. Look at the big 4. AC (money) Stirckland (money), Collins (Money), Mike (the people) Money is all the media wants to talk about. That was one of the reasons cited from the fire union……. But.I want to believe I still have a voice, that "We" have a voice. I want to believe "WE" still can make difference and that our country and city are NOT FOR SALE! Mike Williams has to win, my belief about the future this country depends on it. It truly does. “We the People” just have to win. This country was designed for us to win. Stand with the "We."