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 we denigrate Americanism and rugged individualism into “skinny jeans?”
You know what makes a place like Tombstone so very popular? Folks wanting a connection back to those days of American toughness. It was a time when men and women worked hard, and often, an argument was settled in a very rustic manner. Yep, I thought about Chuck Schumer being out there in a gunfight…don’t think he would have fared well. And all those really “tough” folks on social media? I bet they wouldn’t be so vocal back in the day. Folks walked the paths of Tombstone trying to reconnect to a very special time in America, and it’s something of folklore. Years from now, I wonder what they’ll be writing about in our history? NFL players taking a knee?
No, leftism is not popular in America; its purveyors just speak louder. America is not defined by California and New York, nor by the urban centers and the college campuses, or in Starbucks coffee houses. America still exists on Allen Street in Tombstone. America isn’t a geographical region but an ideal, rooted in individual freedom, liberty, resolve, determination and resiliency…toughness. That’s why folks visit Tombstone, or Lexington Green and Concord Bridge. That’s why folks visit places like Normandy, Iwo Jima. That’s why folks visit places like Gettysburg. Americans want to reconnect, they want to link back to the times of true Americanism. It’s why we visit monuments in Washington DC and lay wreaths in our national cemeteries, because that’s where we find America and American honor.
I stood in the middle of Allen Street and Angela took a picture of me with the characters portraying Doc Holliday (a Georgian), Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp. I knew these men were actors, but they were representatives of men who stood for something and believed in the rule of law. Well, Doc just liked a good old-fashioned gunfight, but he was the loyal friend of Wyatt Earp, and a man who even suffering from tuberculosis, didn’t want to be considered a victim. I stood there with those actors who represented a bygone era in America, and it felt awesome. That feeling is what’s popular in America, and sadly, the left doesn’t get it.
This is why they have conversations within their bubble, sequestered away from the real America. They make themselves believe men using women’s bathrooms is a critical issue. When women want men to be men, not disrespectful punks, but fellas who will tip their hat to a lady, and fight for their honor, and yes, open a door. Leftism tries to make us believe that feminism means the erosion of the positive, strong, and focused American man. Yep, Al Bundy was funny, but he wasn’t the model of the American man…like those fellas who once walked the streets of Tombstone. Ya know what will be telling? Our progressive socialist leftist friends who frequent this website, and Facebook page will go apoplectic, nuts about what’s written here. They’ll leave all kinds of dubious and inane comments. But, one question: do ya think they’d meet me at the OK Corral? I’m your huckleberry.
Barack Obama was just named “the most admired man” in America…ask yourself, would Obama have been admired in Tombstone…could Obama have survived in Tombstone, Arizona? Doggone, when did a fella who believed in “leading from behind” become admired in America? It happened when folks started promulgating the belief that liberal progressive leftism was popular. Well, ain’t nothing popular about being a feckless weakling…and I will take the fearless American determination of a Wyatt Earp any day.
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]