Allen West explains how fighting to defund Obamacare is like the battle of Thermopylae

A great video of Allen West explaining what many of us conservatives know and believe, that even when the odds are against us we can still win. West compares the fight to defund Obamacare to the battle of Thermopylae by the Spartans.


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53 thoughts on “Allen West explains how fighting to defund Obamacare is like the battle of Thermopylae

  1. America’s fatal weakness is a growing population of slavish government dependents with no understanding of the qualities of independence and self-sufficiency that made this country great. They’re living off the remains of previous generations. Kept in ignorance by the education system and media, kept in line by frequent threats that their free meals will be cut off, this is the kind of population despots dream of. This government is harrowing the land for the rise of an American Hitler.

  2. Commandancy of the The Alamo

    Bejar, Feby. 24th. 1836

    To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World—

    Fellow Citizens & compatriots—

    I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna — I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man — The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken — I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls — I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch — The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country — Victory or Death.

    William Barrett Travis.

    Lt. Col. comdt.

    P. S. The Lord is on our side — When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn — We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.


  3. Great point, but WAY too long. He needs to be more succinct it this is to have impact. Too much history lesson, not enough application to the event at hand.

  4. In all of the examples put forth here, lives were lost in the name of a fight for freedom. For heaven’s sake, standing on principle for the Republicans is a matter of politics. You would think they could show enough leadership and unity of cause, by offering to sacrifice their ‘political fortunes’ in the pursuit of freedom! Calling on the population to suffer through the horror of a govt shutdown seems a reasonable price to pay when compared to the decisions and leadership made by the military commanders in the examples offered by Col. West.

  5. NC Senator Richard Aaron Burr said that blocking a government funding bill over ObamaCare is “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,”

    1. I’m a Tarheel (North Carolinian). The dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of, in this state, was electing burr and hagan to office. We got rid of perdue, now we need to dump these two destructive idiots.

  6. The very national anthem of this country is an ode to fighting against all odds. They’re transforming the “land of the free and home of the brave” to “land of the hand out and home of the obedient.”

    1. Very good point! Thomas Paine had to fight tooth & nail to convince his fellow colonists to oppose the king. Some actually preferred living under tyranny. West, Cruz, Lee, Paul, and others like them, are modern-day Thomas Paines.

      1. No disrespect meant to you Sam or to Thomas Paine, but Cruz and West are our Spartan warriors. They have both been in the middle of the battle, not just on the sidelines advocating for it or supporting it. Cruz has argued and won many times in the Supreme court to save our constitution and his all night fight against the timid old guard in the Senate make him an official Spartan. West of course earned his Spartan membership in Iraq where he trampled the timid old guard and sacrificed himself to save the lives of his troops.

    1. West/Cruz West has military expericence and foreign knowledge we need to put an individual in office that know th military and know how to use them. Cruz with experience can then follow.

  7. “If one possesses principles worth fighting for….”

    Therein lies the reason to reject these seditious rebublicans. They have no principles. No courage. The are but bureaucratic vermin who have evolved to survive in the cesspool we call DC.

  8. I thought ‘pyrrhic victory’ meant victory over an enemy who put up a hard enough fight to inflict irreparable damage to the victor, and cause their eventual defeat. What the republicans seem to be engaged in is more like conditional surrender.

  9. I kept waiting for him to mention the names of Ted Cruz and those who stood with and for him. Our metaphoric Spartans. He never did. Why not? In other words, he made a great sales presentation but never asked for the order. He never closed the sale.

    In sales, if you never ask for the order/close the sale, you may very well have an educated customer/prospect, but one who will probably buy from someone else if they buy at all.

    Synopsis: Missed opportunity. Love Allen West. Would have also loved tweaking his presentation.

    1. It sounds like this was recorded before Cruz’s marathon speech. Regardless, West gives his audience enough credit to assume that we know about whom and what he is referring. This video address is meant to serve as a metaphor for the overall fight in which we are currently engaged, not as a campaign ad.

      I don’t see it as a sales pitch. Frankly, I’m tired of politicians who are salesmen, because they always seem to be selling a bill of goods…without the goods.

      West knows military strategy as well as he knows history. We could use a few more men like Allen West in D.C. I hope he runs again. Better yet, I hope Cruz picks him as his running mate in 2016!

      1. Selling and trying to convince people of something, are one in the same. You are trying to sell something right now. Get it?

        When you go on an interview you are trying to sell yourself. When running for and performing in office you are also trying to sell yourself to the voters. Everything is selling. You are either making sales or losing sales, unless you live as a hermit in a cave.

        1. I get where you’re coming from. My point is that, like it or not, “salesman” tends to have negative connotations. That’s why we have phrases like, “If you believe that, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.” It’s also why comparing someone to a used car salesman is not considered a compliment.

          Do I assume correctly that sales is your profession? If so, I don’t mean any offense. My father has worked in sales his entire career, but even he would tell you that there is a certain amount of cajoling that is necessary in sales. You have to convince someone that they need something that they didn’t know they needed previously.

          If you want to see West’s presentation as a sales pitch, that’s your prerogative. I prefer to view it as simply stating one’s case, or making a sound argument based on time-tested principles. If someone chooses not to believe what West is saying, West isn’t the one who is losing anything from that.

          1. A “sound argument” for what, directed at whom, and for what purpose?

            Yes, I now own my own business, but when I was younger I was the top salesman in the entire country for three different companies.

            Cajoling? No. Convincing? Yes.

            1. Okay. I get it now. Sales is your wheelhouse; your baileywick; your point of reference. Fair enough. I respect that.
              I just hope you put those skills to good use when you come across left-wingers!

              1. The success of my country is my real point of reference. These days, 100% of my customers call me. I never call anyone. I no longer sell one or two products at a time, but rather, in bunches like bananas.

                To me, what West did, was like telling the story of Thermopylae without mentioning Leonidas.

                Were West to run for any political position though, he’d have my vote 🙂

      2. Wow! I mentally assumed he was talking about Cruz and maybe himself and never noticed he never mentioned Cruz. Well, it had the same effect as if he had on me. Long live Cruz and West.

  10. When the bill returns to the House, can’t the House just defund the Senate? Or in the least defund the Majority Leader?

  11. After what Soros and the Dems did to West in Florida, he didn’t sit there crying like a baby. He sees the bigger picture… and his analysis on Thermopylae and Obamacare shows this.

    1. Indeed. Not just Soros and the Dems. The GOP establishment did all they could to make sure Alen lost his election. They lifted not a finger to help him fight the voter fraud or defend him in any way. They in fact did the opposite.

  12. Wow!
    Send this video around to all you know: this is a battle cry by LtCol West, who knows whereof he speaks. Thankfully, the new Leonidas doesn’t have to die but can lead on.
    I think we’ve seen him yesterday …

  13. Thank you, Mr. West.

    In my view, what Mr. West is expressing is a passionate loyalty and personal sacrifice towards every American, something about which Mr. Obama knows absolutely nothing.

    For the men in those battles to stand for principle for the sake of others means taking the risk of sacrificing that which is most important to them, that is, their very lives.

    They were all willing to give up their very lives for the sake of others, that Americans might live in freedom.

    The “principle” on which Mr. Obama stands is one principle and one principle alone, that is, Barack Hussein Obama. He will protect himself and enhance himself at all costs, even to the cost of those around him.

    There is one other Person that Mr. West should have mentioned: Yeshua of Natzeret. Yeshua willing gave up his own life so that others, even Barack Hussein Obama, might have life and life eternal. He is the model upon which we, as Americans, must pattern our lives.

  14. Here is a man for our youth to look up to as a hero or role model, perhaps following in his footsteps.

    Great post Scoop.

    1. How about Cruz for president and West for Speaker of the House to replace Boehner. Now that would be a team that could transform/restore America. Note: Apparently the Speaker does not have to be a member of the House but just elected by it. West has experience there. Either would be wasted as VP nor suited to it since both are leaders. It is fun to play fantasy politics. But that won’t stop me from dreaming.

  15. He forgot James Bowie, Davey Crockett, William Travis and 100 other Texians at the Alamo. A month and half later against a depleted Mexican army, Sam Houston won at San Jacinto.

    1. There are many such examples in the history of this country. None of whom you will find in the school history books of today. 🙁

  16. That kind of thinking that the good Col. just voiced is a complete foreign a concept to the leftists of today. Their eyeballs would explode just watching this video.
    America lacks the leadership Col. West could provide, is an understatement of massive proportions.

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