Former Congressman Allen West was in Tombstone, Arizona and at the OK Corral the other day. He met some actors who were playing the heroic characters of that bygone day. The question arose on the road trip home as to what is really popular in America. Looking back at Tombstone, here are the things that Mr. West saw and voiced.
As Written By Allen B. West:
Howdy folks. We’re back from our Christmas road trip to Phoenix, Arizona. We drove — ok I drove — straight back to Dallas Wednesday and arrived at 2am this morning. But, like a good former paratrooper, I got up at 7:30am and got in a four-mile run and calisthenics. Now, you ask, why did it take to 2am to get back from Phoenix, considering we departed at 7am Wednesday morning? We did indeed stop off as planned at Tombstone, Arizona and ended up spending about two-and-a-half hours there. Angela and Aubrey loved that movie and for them to walk those streets and really learn the history, they were enthralled.
It was my second time to Tombstone, and I just love the place. While the West women were inside the Oriental, now a converted women’s store, I just sat on a bench on Allen Street — kinda like that name — and reflected on life there back in the late 1800s. What we did as a family this time, which I didn’t get a chance to do previously, was visit Boot Hill Cemetery…there I laid a tribute dollar on the grave of Tombstone’s first Town Marshall, Fred White.
Funny, Angela asked that we all watch the movie Tombstone today, since now the story is even more real to her.
But, the point of today’s missive is to ask y’all to be a bit more introspective as we close out 2017. As we were driving back to Dallas, listening to Sirius/XM satellite radio, thank God, as we traversed the Van Horn sector along Interstate 10 (where a US Border Patrol agent was recently bludgeoned to death with a rock), we listened to Fox News. Guest hosting for Tucker Carlson was Mark Steyn, and he’s always a great guest host.
Steyn had on a young liberal progressive female guest who made a comment I found very interesting. She stated that conservatives must realize the views of the left are most popular across America…really? That gave us some points of discussion in the truck, but my thoughts raced back to Tombstone, Arizona, and truly I thought about the terrain we had recently covered. What is exactly popular about leftist views in America? And, would leftist views have been popular back in the late 1800s across Texas, New Mexico and Arizona? They young lady emphasized leftist policies such as climate change and other social issues. The real essence of liberal progressive leftist policies is redistribution of wealth, national consolidation of economic production, welfare state expansion, social egalitarianism, and secular humanism. Are we to believe these are popular principles in America today?
When you’re driving from Dallas to Phoenix, you see the wide-open spaces of the American west. And what was it that defined the American west, and the people who expanded our nation into these regions then…and today? It was a rugged American individualism. It was a determination to persevere, regardless of the circumstances and environment. It was a toughness that forged ahead into the unknown and even today, in those remote areas, people, families, are raised and they thrive.
But, are these the popular views of today’s liberal progressive left in America? Funny, does anyone believe that today’s snowflake, safe space, double mocha latte generation could repeat what was done back in the late 1800s in the American west? So, where are these leftist policies so very popular? Easy — in the major urban centers, and the college campuses across America.
Out in western Texas where folks wake up every day and pull long shifts out in the oil and gas fields of the Permian basin, something tells me that collective whining ain’t very popular. Out in the remote areas of New Mexico traveling along I-10, something tells me that waiting for a welfare check may not be a viable way of living. And back in the days of Tombstone, wealth redistribution was called a stick-up. When did it become popular, trendy, to be — well, dependent upon the government – that’s what leftism is all about. When did……
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