Day 7 – New Orleans to Tallahassee: Victors, Not Victims

Greetings everyone from the Aloft Hotel in Tallahassee, FL, home of the college football BCS Champions, the Florida State Seminoles.

We had a heavy escort in Austin, TX, and in New Orleans the city PD and the State Troopers escorted us. Heck, the State Troopers took us all the way to the Louisiana state line. However, we Florida riders were embarrassed when there was no police escort provided for our riders as we exited I-10 at Monroe St. No worries, we obeyed the law and the convoy of over 150 bikes made it safely to the hotel. Sad day for the Tallahassee PD in not supporting this charity ride.

It was a really nice ride from New Orleans to Tallahassee. It took three days to cover Texas, but in one day we went through four states. We did finally hit a rain band and for about 45 minutes it was hairy, but we all read the forecast and most of us had our rain gear on for the short deluge.

We had two nice stops: one in Daphne, AL, and the other in Bonifay, FL. Once again, lots of great folks came out to wish us well β€” and there were kids who had attended Victory Junction Camp.

While in New Orleans, I went for an invigorating 5 mile run along the river walk of the Mississippi, ending at the backside of the French quarter. As I ran, I thought of the Battle of New Orleans from the War of 1812. As I went, I hummed the first stanza and refrain of the song “Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Driftwood:

In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip.

We took a little bacon an’ we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British near the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns an’ the British kept a’comin’.

There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more an’ they began to runnin’
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

You can enjoy the full song and video here.

Even though the actual War of 1812 was over, it did not stop the assembled army and citizens of New Orleans from an astounding victory over the British, under the leadership of a Tennessean (had to get that in there) and future president, General Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson. Today, the Democrat party has their annual dinner they call Jefferson-Jackson. Doubt “Old Hickory” would have anything to do with today’s Democrat party. Jackson faced the enemy and led his group to victory. He turned back the redcoat tide.

In 2005, another wave came ashore in New Orleans. I was in Afghanistan when Hurricane Katrina hit South Florida as a Category 1 hurricane before it traversed the peninsula and entered the Gulf of Mexico, becoming a killer storm. As we departed New Orleans today, I could see still some remnant effects of that storm, but New Orleans has recovered.

What I want to discuss as a theme, though, is “Empowerment and Victory vs. Enslavement and Victimization.”

I do not think any of us will forget the pictures of residents sitting atop their homes in New Orleans awaiting rescue, or the parking lot full of school buses underwater. How could that have happened?

General Jackson arrived in New Orleans and took charge of the situation, organizing various groups into cohesive units β€” and led them to victory. He empowered them to make a stand and fight for their freedom and their city.

So what happened 191 years later?

What happened, in the beginning, was a lack of principled, resolute local leadership. Matter of fact, I believe the infamous Mayor Ray Nagin fled to Houston β€” so much for leading by example. But how was it that the rugged American individualism and American energy failed in the face of that adverse situation? It’s simple. Citizens had become conditioned to be dependent, not independent. There was no vision, no strategy. The people had become victims, enslaved to a government system that basically tried to meet all their wants. They failed to realize that the greatest need is self-preservation, and so, there they sat.

I will not forget Army Lieutenant General Russ Honore (dubbed the “Category 5 General” by the press) coming in to take over the situation in New Orleans and referring to a reporter as being “stuck on stupid.”

I don’t want to see America continue to move away from individual empowerment. Americans need to be victors. Instead of empowering, we are enslaving Americans to the bureaucratic welfare nanny-state and the ever expanding dependency society β€” making victims. The real lesson from Hurricane Katrina is not about the reaction from local, state, or federal government officials. The real lesson is learning why we had Americans who simply sat and did nothing. We cannot allow more of our inner cities to become engulfed in a morass of victimization and abject hopelessness.

The story of America is the story of a nation of simple men and women who overcame all odds. That must be our legacy, our lineage, the DNA, the genetic code that we pass on to subsequent generations.

I have grown disgusted with the game of political elites, mainly liberal progressive socialists, who use the false emotional argument of “caring” in order to turn our citizens into submissive subjects.

The legacy of the City of New Orleans was established by General Jackson in 1814. That prideful lesson must not be forgotten. Growing up in Atlanta, we knew about the Civil War and General Sherman’s burning of Atlanta (to the ground), yet we were taught about the seal of Atlanta with the phoenix rising out of the flames. Wonder if they still teach that today?

Let’s make victors, not victims. We need to reject the political message of defeatism that enslaves collective groups as it destroys the indomitable individual spirit. Let’s all take that trip down the mighty Mississip and turn back our own personal redcoats. Victory America!

Steadfast and Loyal!

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Love what you are doing! And the song made me smile~ My husband taught me this song in the 70’s.. he was a musician and it was played often..

  2. When I first moved to New Orleans and saw the river running high in it’s levees (you had to look up to see the ships go by), I couldn’t believe that everyone didn’t own a rubber life raft. It is kind of the same thing with money. No one seems to think of their future needs any more, assuming the government will take care of everything. This is a very dangerous way to live.

  3. I ask myself all the time, how can anyone believe the present political system has their best interest at heart? I do think that there are some politicos that are genuinely concerned for people but are dangerously misguided. I see them trying to help people by making them helpless and dependent because it is believed that the general public is too incompetent to survive on their own. For the most part the public is fulfilling the view of incompetence by allowing themselves to be voluntarily enslaved and I don’t see the majority waking up in time to stop the avalanche that is coming our way. The only way out now that I see is not a political solution (we are way passed that) but an disastrous upheaval of human or natural creation and a long period of pain and rebirth.

    • I am surprised there hasn’t been civil uprising in this country! I agree with you..Maybe that is why the DOD bought all that ammo.

  4. I grew up in New Orleans. My brother lived in the French Quarter at the time of Hurricane Katrina. While he didn’t have a vehicle so he didn’t have a ride out of N.O. he had enough survival sense to go to the store and buy bottles of water and crackers and other easy to eat food items to fill up a backpack.

    He was a live witness to what happen in N.O. All chaos broke out as lawlessness ran over the weak, elderly and disabled. He helped as many elderly and sick that he could, but many were breaking into stores and stealing everything they could get their hands on…. not food or survival items but luxury items…. furniture, jewelry, electronics.

    Most people don’t know but the reason the assistance could not get to the people in need was because gangs were shooting at aid-workers. The ARMY had to come in to stop the anarchy so people in need could be rescued.

    Eventually my brother moved back to N.O. and he still is self-sufficient. The amazing part about this is that he was born with an extra X chromosome, is handicap and has several health issues. But he has always worked to support himself, has never lived off the government or on disability even though he could. Working bring dignity to his life and gives him self worth. The government robs people of self-respect and dignity and independence when they become their “caretaker”.

    • Thank you, Lindy for your truthful story. I also heard that large companies had loaded trucks with water, food and goods, but were not allowed by FEMA to enter the city. Were the gangs the reason for that as well?

      • Yes, James, as I thought. Thanks for the clarification. As LTC Allen West said, the local authorities did a terrible job of handling the situation.

  5. It has been a long time since I heard that song, Sir! For a warrior like you, it must have quite a different meaning than it did for us kids, marching and running around the house singing it, Sir! πŸ™‚ Though you have certainly gone through so much difficulty and adversity, LTC Allen West, when I met you in Carlsbad for your “send off” on this great American adventure, I knew that you have this bit of advice down, in your very being, and I greatly appreciated it:
    “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard.
    Do not let pain make you hate.
    Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
    Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
    You still believe it to be a beautiful place.”- Kurt Vonnegut

  6. Awe man I missed you in New Orleans. Would have loved to shake the hand of a future President. Hopefully next time you make it out way you’ll be giving a speach

  7. I have been screamin all this for years. I can’t seem to get people to understand just how bad things are! I believe I was one of the first people to call Hawaii to find his birth certificate. I have stood on the main road and held signs, yet the people are still in denial. I am starting to think I should stop trying and just worry about my own family.

  8. As a side note, Col. Jackson later turned on the people that helped make his victory possible, and was instrumental in driving them off their lands in a genocidal purge. So, he may very well have identified with today’s modern politics. Genghis Khan was an able leader too, that doesn’t mean I’d vote for him.

  9. Unfortunately, there are small towns who let themselves be invaded by the hippy-dippies of the Leftist-Liberal Progressives. Those small towns now have big problems…high crime rates, higher taxes, boarded up businesses (job and revenue loss) and letting Agenda 21 creep in. It’s getting ugly out here, Sir.

    LT Col Allen West For President 2016!

  10. There’s more. Now that the Democrats no longer run the state life is improving. New Orleans has the most improved large public school system in the country. Governor Bobby Jindal took the destruction of the storm and allowed the people to create the country’s largest Charter school system. 84% of the N.O. public school kids are now in Charter Schools. The system went from an F to a C, on its way to an A.

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