GOP needs to do just one thing to avert a government shutdown

— but I’m not sure they have the big boy pants to do it


If there’s one thing disturbing about the GOP, it’s their inability to message. Once again, I’m specifically talking about the issue of a looming “government shutdown” this Friday. And as usual, the Democrats, aided by their complicit liberal media allies, are messaging the “blame game” against the GOP.

When the Democrats are in control, they demand subjugation to their deranged ideological agenda. And when the Democrats are not in control, they demand acquiescence to their deranged ideological agenda. In both cases, the GOP sits back and gets pummeled, blamed and in the end, succumbs to the insanity of the progressive socialist left.

Now, we can say many things about President Donald Trump, but there is one fact: he was mainly elected because he was the first GOP presidential nominee who didn’t succumb, acquiesce, or appease the liberal progressive left. He fought back, and that’s something they despise, and fear…trust me, I know from personal experience. President Trump’s methods may be unorthodox, but they are effective in that he has completely caused a meltdown of the progressive socialist left because he keeps on attacking…something the left doesn’t like. They prefer to be the aggressors.

So here we are just days away from Friday and what shall the GOP majority in the House and Senate do? My counsel is get on the same sheet of music and pummel the Democrats, the left. Go on every doggone leftist media outlet and crush the Democrats.

The message is simple: the Democrats, the progressive socialist left, are more concerned about the plight of 700,000 illegal immigrant children than the security of the United States. And remind people that Barack Obama unconstitutionally signed DACA as an executive order; it is not a law. Therefore, no circuit court judge in California can force another president to abide by a previous, unconstitutional executive order.

The GOP needs to hammer the Democrats and tell all of America that they care little or nothing about securing the border of these United States. That the Democrats want more chain migration, and Senator Dick Durbin’s explanation of that term is absurd. The left wants more diversity – lottery — visas. The left wants more sanctuary cities and states, which again is unconstitutional and exemplifies the left’s love affair with criminal illegal immigrants, such as the one who gunned down Kate Steinle, and now walks free.

The Democrats want more drugs to flow, unobstructed, into the United States to kill our future generations. The Democrats want more Islamic jihadists entering our country through a porous border. The Democrat Party would rather hold funding of our military hostage in order to accommodate illegal immigrant children. Meaning, our children who are serving this nation in uniform mean nothing to the left compared to their ideological agenda to garner more voters.

This is what the left, the Democrat Party, stands for and it is imperative for the GOP to spread that message, that truth, all across America. Instead, I see weak GOP elected officials on these news programs and always on defense when they should be aggressive and putting these leftist, talking head pundits on their heels.

There are those who believe the Democrats have the initiative, that they’re on their way to winning the 2018 midterm elections. I could not disagree more! What message does the Democrat Party have beyond hate and impeach Donald Trump?”

How abjectly insane to try and credit Barack Obama with the incredible economic growth we’re experiencing. Yet due to a lack of promulgating the message of economic growth, the leftist media outlets have commandeered it, or dismissed it all together. To hear Nancy Pelosi refer to the $1,000 to $2,000 in bonuses being received by American workers as “pathetic crumbs” when she went stupid crazy over Obama’s extra $40 is reflective of the duplicitous hypocrisy of the left.

Why was there a mistaken emergency preparedness alarm in Hawaii? It’s because for eight years, the Obama policy towards North Korea was strategic patience. Even now, Obama’s former national security adviser, Susan Rice, says we must learn to live with a nuclear North Korea. Or maybe we can give Iran billions more dollars as we ignore a revolution against the rule of the ayatollahs. Do we really want folks who think like that in power in Washington DC?

A party that would allow a convicted felon, a traitor, Bradley Manning, to run for a U.S. Senate seat? And the left chided me as a “criminal” for protecting the lives of my Soldiers. Really?

Do we want a party that advances the radical LGBT agenda as it criminalizes Christian beliefs in traditional marriage? Do we want the party that has brought us Antifa in power in America? Do we want the party firmly against our Second Amendment rights to gain power in America? Do we want America to resemble California? Lastly, do we want George Soros to win?

Y’all think about these things as we motor through this year towards the 2018 midterm elections. I’ll be hammering away on these points and articulating why the progressive socialist left MUST be defeated in our Constitutional Republic, America.

I just wish the GOP would find its big boy pants and do the same.

Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at Used with the permission of the author.

Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.