In the military, I learned of the incredible wisdom of Carl von Clausewitz. The Prussian military officer who wrote the impeccable book, “On War,”* asserted that “War, therefore, is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.” Your enemy is not defeated until you have successfully destroyed their will, their determination to seek their goals and objectives.
This maxim applies to our everyday lives. For example, back a few years ago in the Super Bowl, I was an excited Atlanta Falcons fan. My Falcons were ahead, in the 3rd quarter, over the New England Patriots 28-3. However, I cautioned my family and friends, we should not celebrate too early, the Falcons had not yet taken away the Patriots’ will to win. Needless to say, the rest is history, the greatest comeback in Super Bowl lore . . . a complete meltdown.
The same has been applied to our political atmosphere today. We are indeed embroiled in an ideological civil war. The will and determination of the left is relentless and unwavering. I will give these socialists credit, they will fight you to the end for that which they believe in, regardless of its proven failure. And, why should they not be emboldened? The progressive socialist left has overtaken state after state in these United States of America . . . Never forget that California was once a solidly red state. Most recently, the left overran the state of Virginia.
This week we had a special election in Texas for State House District 28. Hundreds of thousands of progressive socialist dollars flowed into this race. Names such as Sanders, Bloomberg, and O’Rourke were supporting the leftist candidate Eliz Markowitz. In the end, she lost by 16 percent. I have been reading some of the conservative media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, and I am seeing that celebratory atmosphere like when my Falcons were up 28-3 in the Super Bowl. And I want to caution my constitutional conservative brothers and sisters, we have not destroyed the will of the progressive socialist left in Texas.
As reported in Newsweek:
“President Donald Trump may still be leading the political polls in Texas, but data released Wednesday show Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is actually the biggest threat to Trump winning the state, although former Vice President Joe Biden is still the current Democratic front runner in Texas.
Polling by the non-partisan organization, the Texas Lyceum, showed that in a trial presidential election ballot, Sanders held 47 percent to Trump’s 50 percent. When Biden was put up against the president in a hypothetical matchup, Biden scored 46 percent to Trump’s 51 percent.
Biden did, however, pick up the win for the overall poll as 28 percent of potential Democratic voters in the Texas primary supported Biden. Sanders came in second place with 26 percent while Senator Elizabeth Warren came in a distant third place with 13 percent, a full 13 points behind Sanders.
Newsweek reached out to the Sanders campaign for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication. Rounding out the top five were billionaire Michael Bloomberg with 9 percent and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 6 percent.
Trump lost the 2016 Texas Republican primary to Texas Senator Ted Cruz by a wide margin. Cruz wound up with almost 44 percent of the vote while Trump came in second with only 26.7 percent. But after Cruz’s popularity spiraled, culminating in a defeat in the Indiana primary, Cruz suspended his campaign. Trump went on to win the Texas presidential election by over 50 percent.
Sanders’ campaign recently invested in a $2.5 million advertising campaign in Texas designed to drum up support for the senator before the Texas Democratic primary in March. At a Texas campaign appearance in 2019, Sanders told supporters he believed he could win the state instead of Trump. “I believe we can and will defeat Donald Trump here in Texas,” Sanders said. “Let me tell you why I think we are going to defeat Trump here. People understand increasingly he is a pathological liar and a fraud.”
In a January interview with The Dallas Morning News, Biden said he feels like he could win the Texas primary. “Texas is changing,” Biden said. “It’s getting back to what it was when I first got elected. I feel good about Texas.” “There’s a whole lot I like about Texas,” Biden added.
Biden also said that if he is elected president, he would consider placing former Representative Beto O’Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro in positions within his cabinet. Both O’Rourke and Castro dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. “I would consider either or both of them,” Biden said. “I’ve spoken to each of them. My plea to both of them is that they stay engaged. They are talented, talented people.”
I just have to ask, why would anyone in Texas vote for a person that never had a job until he was in his 40s? That job was in politics? Texas has the 10th largest economy in the world. There are some 10 percent of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters in Texas. The United States of America is a net exporter of energy resources, oil and gas, and energy independent because of Texas. And you mean to tell me the progressive socialist left would put up a Bernie Sanders as their nominee and expect to win the Lone Star State? Well, of course they do, they are emboldened, even here in Texas, because of the results of the last electoral cycle, 2018. Their will has not been deterred, not just because of a special election victory…in a red House district.
Bob Frank O’Rourke and Julian Castro talented? In what universe?
In his last foray as a cabinet member for Barack Obama as HUD Secretary, there was massive mismanagement of billions of taxpayer dollars. And, Bob Frank, give us a break, there is not a cogent policy thought emanating from his cranium. But, as we shared with y’all yesterday with the $15 minimum wage policy initiative being passed in Virginia, competence is not a strong characteristic of leftists. I think Vladimir Lenin coined the phrase “useful idiots.”
Anyone who takes a position of complacency in Texas, in the face of a determined progressive socialist left, will suffer the same mistakes of the Vietnam War. There we had all the firepower, but we did not focus it to crush the will of the enemy. The Tet Offensive of 1968 was a resounding defeat for the Viet Cong, but our media did not articulate it as such. That emboldened the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese enemy, and, regardless of countless tactical victories, we lost the Vietnam War at the strategic level. We did not impose our will on the enemy.
Today, with the assistance of the very same liberal, progressive, leftist media, the progressive socialist left finds encouragement. Bernie Sanders mentioned President Trump being a pathological liar and a fraud. That is the talking point of the leftist media, who would not offer the same analysis and assessment of Barack Obama. And if there is anyone who is a fraud, Bernie Sanders should follow Michael Jackson’s advice, and look at the “Man in the Mirror.” Sanders preaches the gospel of envy, of socialism, wealth redistribution, while he owns several lakefront homes, and drives a posh Audi. Just so y’all know, I drive a 2013 Toyota Tacoma truck, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and a 2016 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball motorcycle. My first job came as a 10th grader at Baskin Robbins ice cream shop in Ansley Mall on Monroe Drive in Atlanta.
Texas is all about a rugged indomitable spirit. It is about hard work and individual determination. Bernie Sanders and his ilk do not possess the formula that has made the Lone Star State what it is.
However, as long as there is a pathological lying leftist media, the will of the left, even in Texas, may not be dampened. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us all to send a very strong message to the left in November . . . from the top of the ticket down to water district and dog catcher . . . no progressive socialist leftists!
The left needs victims . . . Texas ain’t about being a victim.
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.