Day 8 – Tallahassee to Daytona Beach: America’s Legacy Will Be Preserved

They say that all good things must come to an end, and so it is for the 20th Anniversary KPCRAA 2014.

It seems that we just began out trek from Carlsbad, CA, and now it is over. It is bittersweet. I have made a great many new friends with whom I have shared some adverse moments. Most importantly, though, we shared a glorious adventure. “We few, we merry few, we band of brothers” — riders of the Iron Horse. And all for a wonderful cause: to benefit American children and their own special camp, Victory Junction — and notice the camp is named Victory, not victim!

A very special hat tip to Kyle Petty, Morgan Castano, and the entire KPCRAA ride staff, medical team, Motor Marshals, PR team, maintenance team, and the impeccable logistics team who handled our baggage and RONs (rest overnights). What a highly professional group of men and women who made this look just effortless in execution. Yep, I wholeheartedly recommend y’all sign up for next year. If you have never done something like this, you will not regret it.

So we depart and head our separate ways, separate but always together. The final dinner was similar to knights gathering after a conquest, telling raucous stories of their triumph. In this case, our triumph was creating an opportunity for deserving children to attend camp.

This is what America is all about — Americans caring for each other. We don’t need Big Brother policy makers from far away believing that they know what it best for us. We care for each other. All we need are the resources to do so.

It has been a distinct pleasure to have shared with you my thoughts, perspectives, and insights, as I traveled across our beloved constitutional republic. The country for which I was more than willing to give the last full measure of devotion to preserve, and it was an honor serving with those who did. This is a great country. Let’s keep it that way, realizing that no one person can destroy America, our home. That perversion and destruction is possible only if each and every one of us willingly abdicates our God given birthright of liberty and freedom.

Our final stop was in Starke, Florida, at the Kangaroo Station, for gas and a lunch snack. There I met a mom who simply embodied the greatest values of an American mother. She ran up to me and gave me a big hug and began to cry. She told me her story of raising three children alone with no government assistance. She worked as a truck driver and was proud to tell me that she owes no one anything for her car, home, or her sport bike GS-X racing model. What a mom! Her three kids, two older boys and a younger girl, are 27, 21, and 18 respectively. She told me about her oldest son who took a left turn (funny how we associate going off track with the left direction), but her pride and joy — what made her most ecstatic — was her 21 year old Army Ranger son. She also told me that her young daughter is considering joining the Navy.

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As I listened to this impressive woman, I was reminded of “Snooks” West — her toughness and her sincere love. The woman in Starke loved her Ranger son so much she had the Ranger tab tattooed on her right under forearm, which she proudly showed me. She never considered herself as victim, and sought to raise her children as victors not victims. Happy Mother’s Day, ma’am.

One a final thought, I want to wish all American mothers a great Mother’s Day. As you sit being gifted, spoiled, loved, and pampered ask yourself, “What gift will I leave to my children and grandchildren?” My mother, Elizabeth Thomas “Snooks” West passed away in January 1994, when she was 63 years old. She was laid to rest with my dad, her beloved husband, “Buck” West, in Marietta National Cemetery — one man, one woman, as in life, so they are in death. I know she wished for me to become a strong, principled, and fearless American black man. She wanted me to be tough and unyielding in the face of dishonor and adversity.

Therefore, this Mother’s Day, moms, consider what your legacy will be for those subsequent generations. Are you raising victors or victims? Are you raising future Guardians or sheep? “Snooks” West was an old school southern mom and I am so glad she was. Her resolve lives on. Her legacy is secure. And therefore the legacy of America will be preserved.

Steadfast and Loyal!

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MichelArm
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Allen West, out of obscurity you came onto the American Political Platform, taking it by storm. Truly you should know that in the dark hour of America that God raised you up to defend her freedom along with others to lead this nation out of Pharaoh’s Egypt. Stay your course, as you lead in the field that God’s gifted you in, knowing there are many praying for and and your family’s protection. One can only hope the seat of national defense/security will be yours. We need your military expertise in this hour. God bless you.

Kyle Bradley
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This country needs a leader and Col. West you are a leader.

Clinton Hanna
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Col. West, I hope by now that you have come to realize, this Country Needs YOU! We the People also need You!
You are a great man and I want you to know, I would follow you and your can of gasoline through Hell!

HouseofChristina
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Dear Sir,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Im a better person for having read this. I appreciate so much that our country means this much to you. Its that type of admiration and devotion this country needs in our leader. Please consider being our President

CarolineJenkins
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Thank you for this heartfelt article, Col. West. Your mother died too young.

Paul Deckelman
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Colonel, I enjoyed reading your running travelogue (or perhaps that should be rolling travelogue?) of the trip that you and your fellow riders made across America, your observations about the things you saw and the folks you met, and your thoughts on what all of this may mean to this country. BY ALL MEANS, please give the idea of possibly running for president much prayerful consideration and discuss it thoroughly with your family. Obviously, should you decide to run, you will become Target Number One for the liberal smear machine, and they will stop at nothing to destroy you, as… Read more »
4theLord
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Paul, I second what you said, and will add in, that he is already Target #1, and he might as well be getting paid for it, and have a motorcade and secret service protecting him as well. Just think how easily LTC Allen West could be disguised as part of the motorcade, when necessary. He will have to have some doubles though, that figure of his on a bike is already getting so famous 😉 I am sure that the dangers to this next mission should he decide to take it, are the least of his worries, after all that… Read more »
4theLord
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LTC Allen West, you are truly a “Huggy Bear.” 😀 What a great portrait of you and that dedicated Mom, while on your ride, by your side! God Bless you both. I also am a single mom (no .gov support for me, by choice), of two daughters and a son, who came from a long line of great moms, the Thomas side of the family, who were farmers in Iowa, not plantation owners. Hmmm. Your mom was a Thomas as well. I knew you felt like family! Well, we both know what it feels like to have had a wonderful… Read more »
4theLord
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There is also the saying Sir, that we may be left handed, but we are the only ones in our right minds. We have one exception… BHO. There is always an exception to the rule 😉

Guest
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I pray that before any American laments about the demise of our great county, they take a good hard look in the mirror and asks themselves, “What I am doing to preserve my country and what am I doing to defend her.” Each and every one of us OWES this land only our very best and sadly, I do not see many rising to the challenge. Volunteer, mow the yard for an elderly or disabled person, proudly sing the Anthem at a baseball game. Do SOMETHING in the name of America each day and encourage others, by both your words… Read more »
SupportOldGlory
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I pray that before any American laments about the demise of our great country, they take a good hard look in the mirror and asks themselves,“What I am doing to preserve my country and what am I doing to defend her.” Each and every one of us OWES this land only our very best and sadly, I do not see many rising to the challenge. Volunteer, mow the yard for an elderly or disabled person, proudly sing the Anthem at a baseball game. Do SOMETHING in the name of America each day and encourage others, by both your words and… Read more »
El Gato
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One thing that I have done, and it’s a very little thing, is to salute the flag during the National Anthem at the many college sporting events I’ve attended this year. I’m a veteran, USAF, and according to the law, I am entitled to salute the flag, even though not in uniform. I was usually the only one in the stadium/gym/ballpark saluting. However this being Texas, almost everyone had their hand over their heart and were facing the flag (best i could tell while facing it myself) I have artificial knees, and the times when a former softball player sang… Read more »
Phil Cox
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Thanks for sharing the woman’s story. If we are alert, we will see those all around us who have not been victims, but are making a difference day-to-day to make things better for those they influence. Keep up the good work!

MotherBatherick
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Hmm…Snooks West obviously did something right. Hopefully her memory will keep you humble, modest and motivated to always do the right thing. And oh, that goes for you, too, LTC West!

LTC Allen West for President 2016!

Exodus2011
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“I know she wished for me to become a strong, principled, and fearless American black man. She wanted me to be tough and unyielding in the face of dishonor and adversity.” and a MULTITUDE of Americans are grateful to both your dear mother and your father for raising you to be the man, husband, father.. AMERICAN you are today … you have honored your mother’s wishes A THOUSAND FOLD Allen B. West – I believe, you, along with other fearless, steel-spined American Leaders are being raised to prominence, * for such a time as this* … that your circumstances in… Read more »
Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™
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Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™

You’re not an American.

MotherBatherick
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Neither are the illegal aliens that obama lets in.

El Gato
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I wonder if Caribou.. knows who Mother Batherick was and what she did? I do, one of my ancestors was nearby, shooting at the Kings Soldiers.

MotherBatherick
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That’s interesting. Makes me wonder if shorty aka caribou is a direct descendant of one of those king’s soldiers. ROFL

Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™
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Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™

??
You personally witnesses this?
Please provide the proof of your statement other wise, you’re a liar.

MotherBatherick
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You need to go look in the mirror, shorty.

Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™
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Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™

Wrong again.

Exodus2011
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go away booboo – your trash won’t gain any traction here

remember the Americans who read and post at this blog are PRO-America, not enemies of the US Constitution like you

Half-Evil D
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It’s up to those of us who actually ARE pro-American, as well as being ACTUAL American citizens, unlike yourself, to make sure people know when their being trolled and spammed.

Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™
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Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™

Nope.
No can do.
I am an American, you are not.

Exodus2011
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am I your baddest poster? .. **__** .. am I the one who gives you Tools the worst trouble? **__** … do you have to trail anyone else around like you do ‘me’? **__** …

YEAH …

#winning

Half-Evil D
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Actually, you’re almost as laughable as America’s Reigning Dunce herself!!

Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™
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Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™

Nope.
You’re just a banned C4P poster.

Exodus2011
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I know booboo ….. you make me feel soooooo important

runnin after me, yapping at my heels like a little doggie

here booboo … here booboo … heel now, be a good girl

LOL

**__**

Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™
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Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™

But you’re not important.

MotherBatherick
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Gee, booboo, guess you’re not driving around with one of those “co-exist” bumper stickers.

MotherBatherick
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One look in the mirror and booboo would know things look grim.

Exodus2011
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**__**

Exodus2011
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and? … I am married to a Texan American citizen, *at one* with him in all Spirit/Soul issues (DEO GRATIAS) people can read my disqus profile if they are interested in my background/location but here’s a brief synopsis: I am the granddaughter of a soldier who served alongside the US Military on Guadalcanal in WWII … a man who had huge respect for America because of the caliber of men he served with … so much so that he would not permit one word to be said against America in his house … .. a man who gave me the… Read more »
Half-Evil D
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Married to a Texan…wow, that definitely explains your obsession with Palin, since it’s become quite obvious that Texans love their politicians to be every bit as idiotic and out of touch with reality as they seem to be, and Palin definitely meets those “qualifications”.

MotherBatherick
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Thanks for your support of LTC West and America!
Better to be pro-America than un-American, like barrack hussein obama for instance.

Exodus2011
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thanks for your support Patriot ~> ^5!

booboo has trailed me round the blogosphere for over a year telling lies about me, trying to discredit my pro-Constitutional America voice … my messages must frighten the enemies of America, so I am quite encouraged really **__**

Half-Evil D
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From what I’ve seen, Caribou is only revealing the truth about you, and your paid career as a professional troll.

Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™
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Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™

You’re still not an American and never will be.

Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™
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Caribou "PAYCUT" Barbie™

I kind of doubt that.
You’re a known liar and SPAMER.
C4P has banned you.

Navwig
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Allan I wish you could have spent some more time here in San Diego area I would have loved to have you meet with Larry Wilske our candidate for the 53rd here in San Diego. You two would get along great same mind set

ACoffey
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Sir, at just about every startup of my Internet Browser I see where you giving of yourself for a worthy cause. Thank you sir for being a man of honor and living out the Christ’s words to “Love thy neighbor”. I am sure you are bombarded with request, but I believe our cause to be worthy of your time and energy. I sat on the front row of the CPAC presentation you gave and had a brief moment to chat with you and tell you a little bit about Operation American Spring (OAS). I would appreciate the opportunity to continue… Read more »
lokiswife
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Found this in another newsletter tonight and I am furious. The government death insurance for the Benghazi four has not been paid yet – Two of Glen Doherty’s friends paid for his funeral.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/05/11/dohertys-friend-blames-patrick-kennedy-for-benghazi-deaths-says-family-received-no-benefits-118266#disqus_thread

MotherBatherick
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Makes me sick to my stomach. I pray Gowdy rips hillary, valerie jarrett and obama for their lying and coverup and brings them all to justice!

Barry
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Dear Colonel West….This should be something we should be aware of as I am sure you are. Don’t mind my avatar … Gotta have a sense of humor. 🙂
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul2hpEOngyo

MotherBatherick
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obama and his muslim bast’ad buddies -MAKE ME SICK. Thanks for sharing the video. Hope more people on here watch it.