Lt. Col. Allen B. West Speaks on Texas Values
About 150 Limestone County residents gathered at the Kosse Community Center to enjoy a speech by Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Allen B. West regarding the importance of Texas Values and the need for their preservation. This free event, hosted by the Massey Foundation and Kosse Conservatives, brought together many politically likeminded residents on February 13, 2020 to discuss the current political state of Texas.
“Tonight I have the pleasure of introducing Lt. Col. Allen West to the citizens of Limestone County,” said County Judge Richard Duncan. “During his 22 years in the United States Army, Lt. Col. West served several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor. In November 2010, Col. West was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd district. He served on the Small Business and Armed Service Committees and was instrumental in the 2011 and 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.”
West was welcomed with applause, and he wasted no time letting the audience know his speech would be more of an interactive session, and he looked forward to hearing their questions. West spent time explaining the core values that he considers to be vital in the retention of this strong state: Christian faith, family, individual responsibility, quality education, small business entrepreneurship, free market and service to the nation.
“In this ideological battlefield, you have to be ready to confront the other side,” West said after challenging each person in attendance to try and reach three out of five people with differing views. “People are in the dark, they want to see the light. As it says in Matthew, you’re the light of the world; you’re the salt of the earth. Your light was meant to shine and if every single one of us shines brightly, then the beacon that is Texas, this Lone Star State; the beacon that is America, will shine even brighter.”
After outlining the many strengths and successes of Texas, West took questions from the audience, answering questions about influence, political plans, how to boost younger voter involvement and more.
One woman stated that she wants Texas history back in schools, and West responded in agreement, stating that it is of the utmost importance to be closely involved with the elected school board.
Another attendee asked if he had any relation to Kanye West, which evoked loud laughter from West and much of the audience; West goodnaturedly responded that he was not related to “Ye” to his knowledge.
Though West is running for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, challenging current RPOT Chairman James Dickey at the 2020 RPOT Convention in Houston, West’s message was not tailored to win votes or sway one’s view; it focused on his passionate effort to keep Texas true to the conservative values that made it the strong state it is today.
Throughout his speech, West offered several examples of these aforementioned values by Texans historically and in present day political circumstances. He took several opportunities to include relevant Bible verses and often referred back to Ephesians 6:10-18. Many of his anecdotes elicited support from the crowd in the form of nodding, spurts of applause, and agreeable “amen!”s.
Prior to the free event at the Community Center, The Massey Foundation hosted a Meet and Greet with Lt. Col. West at Austin’s Steak House in Kosse. More than 50 people gathered to rub elbows with West and speak to him in this smaller setting, where he signed copies of his book “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death” and took pictures with attendees.
For more information about future events to be held by the Massey Foundation, visit their Facebook Page or website. From Brown Books Publishing: In Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, West explains how the longstanding conservative capitalist policies within the state’s government have allowed it to flourish over the years, providing hard-toignore evidence and allowing his experience in Congress to support his argument. He makes his stand, asserting that Texas must hold fast to its conservative ways and resist succumbing to liberal mindsets, or else cease to prosper, and begin to perish.