| Sgt. D wrote:|
It's awesome, it's great, it's inspiring............. Its talk!!!
When is somebody with that clarity and the position and authority gonna take action to assembly the masses. And lead us back to the Nation or honor, Courage and Integrity that (I believed at the time) I served and gave my well being and health for??? I'll endure the pain and take up arms if asked/needed/allowed.
While I agree with the general sentiment, in the case of Colonel Allen West, it ain't just talk. If you know anything about the man, he has not only "talked the talk," he's "walked the walk." He spent 20 years in the Army, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel, and commanding the 2nd Batt, 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry. He served honorably in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and the Iraq War, and is recipient of the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and other decorations. He was relieved of his command for an "excessive use of force" incident while interrogating an Iraqi police officer he detained based on intelligence he received about a planned ambush. During the interrogation, the Iraqi police officer appeared to reach for his gun, and soldiers under West's command beat him while trying to subdue him. West fired his sidearm near the police officers head to let him know he would use deadly force if he fired at his men and that he needed information. It turned out that the police officer didn't have any actionable information. The Army didn't court-martial but instead fined him and relieved him of duty. Asked later if he would've handled things differently, West replied "if it's about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I'd go through hell with a gasoline can."
West then ran for US House Rep seat for a Florida district, finally winning election in 2010. He served in the House from 2011 to 2013, when redistricting gerrymandering occurred and he was voted out. He is one of the chief reasons for the Tea Party movement. He has been VERY outspoken against government corruption, against liberal policies, and for conservative causes his entire career, and has never wavered. He tried to "assemble the masses" peaceably through the political process, but couldn't overcome lib voters.
The bottom line is it's "talk" in the right forums that wins over voters. Our side has to rely on influential voices and common sense "talk" like this to try to persuade people to not vote for leftists. "Talk" is required to win elections, without which, there is no action. Short of an armed coup, "talk" and the $ to make sure that "talk" gets heard is all we have. We have to win through the political process. What do we do if "our side" gets fewer votes? What do we do if those supposedly representing our views lies to us? We can only vote for those who actually run for office.
We can't overcome large masses of stupid voters.