LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2014 — Colonel Allen West has been a prominent fixture in politics and on news programs since 2010, when he won election as the first black Republican congressman from Florida since 1876. Yet he remains an enigma to many.
Until now. His new book, “Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom,” puts previously unseen parts of his life on public record.
“Scores of reporters, journalists, pundits, bloggers, opponents, and strangers have done their darndest to paint a particular picture of me and typecast me to fit their narrative. In this day and age, when ‘news’ and ‘reporting’ have become tools to further an agenda instead of the means of presenting the facts, it’s not always easy to communicate the truth.” ~ Colonel Allen West
A brisk read, West’s book clocks in at a whisker past 200 pages. The book is typical West, with substance trumping style. Like West himself, the book is simply outstanding. In few words, he does what few writers of his stature and accomplishments are willing to do: He gets deeply personal.
West’s relationship with his late parents defines him; their teachings are with him every day.
“Mom and Dad have long since gone home to God, but their lessons, guidance, counsel, and love resides in me — and I shall pass it on.”
Despite his stature, West remains a humble man because his parents would not have tolerated any other way.
West has the moral courage to admit his own mistakes without excuses or caveats. He also explains how those youthful blunders — relatively tame ones compared to most people’s — made him the man he is today.
West is a highly educated man, and his ability to discuss Hobbs, Rousseau and other enlightenment thinkers in a succinct manner makes for quality food for thought. He is a man’s man and a soldier’s soldier, but “Guardian” shows the pride he feels in just being a child of God and an American citizen.
“So rather than offer a conventional autobiography, I set out to share with you my philosophical beliefs, the reasons why I love this country and why I shall fight wholeheartedly and fearlessly for the future of our republic.” ~ Colonel Allen West
West’s wife and daughters are not props. They are the embodiment of why he fights to make America a stronger nation. As a conservative who happens to be black, he does more than lament the 70 percent out-of-wedlock birth rate for black children. He proposes solutions.
While real war is the military’s job, the war for America’s soul requires a civilian army ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
Soldiers who were part of West’s military missions would go through a brick wall for him. After reading “Guardian,” it will be easy to understand why. Real heroes do not spend every waking minute announcing they are heroes.
In “Guardian,” West applies his knowledge to show ordinary Americans how to take back America from the various forces trying to drag it down. It is a battle America must win, and West knows and communicates this as well as anybody.
“Guardian” combines West’s humility, seriousness of purpose and genial style to explain what makes him tick and what makes America great.
“These are indeed the times that try our souls and I wholeheartedly believe our greatest days are ahead. We are Americans, and just too resilient to lie down without a fight. The nature of who we are is not weakness, it is exceptionalism in all we do. We just need to be reminded of the composition of our DNA and the American genetic code that we pass on to subsequent generations.”
If you love freedom, make “Guardian” your next read.
— Allen West (@AllenWest) April 2, 2014
Michele Hickford co-wrote Guardian of the Republic.