Guardians of the Republic: Ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things

In the months following the publication of my book, Guardian of the Republic, I have literally traveled across the entire country speaking to and meeting my fellow Americans.  I realized I’m not alone in my fight to preserve America’s exceptionalism. 

Everywhere I go, I meet ordinary men and women who are intent on preserving our Republic as our Founders intended, with its freedoms provided by the Constitution and protected by generations of our American military.  Through their own efforts and ingenuity, using their own funds in many cases, these Americans are working every day to ensure our Republic endures.  They are as determined, as I am, that we will pass on the legacy of liberty to future generations.

I felt it was important to publically recognize these patriots.  On April 23 we announced our national Guardians of the Republic search.  Readers were asked to nominate any of their family members, friends, or colleagues — ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things as Guardians of The Republic.  We searched for Guardians in four categories: education, business, military, and community — and because of the volume of entries, we added Young Guardians as well.


We received hundreds of nominations from almost every state in the union.  They represented America’s vast diversity. The oldest nominee was 90 and the youngest was 10.  I can tell you it was no easy task to choose the finalists from among these amazing stories of self sacrifice, service to others, and love of country.

Today more than ever, our Republic, our heritage, and our ideals  need Guardians. We need conservative leaders who understand our history, our philosophical ideals of freedom and our history of religious faith.  We need Guardians who will translate these ideals into action. 

As we celebrate our nation’s independence, I am proud to recognize these Americans who have done just that.  As you celebrate our nation’s birthday I encourage you to read these uplifting examples of service, dedication, and courage — ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things, each a Guardian of the Republic.

Greg Ridgley – Business
Lt. Commander Kenneth Bingham – Education
Peggy Baker – Community
Gary Terashita – Community
Lance Corporal Josh McDaniels – Military
Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams – Military
Henry Correa – Young Guardian
Benjamin Mitchell – Young Guardian



    • Respect for your uncle!

      My great grandfather, Ora Oscar Balsely fought with the First Cavalry Regiment in France during World War 1.

      There are few people I have more respect for than he.

  1. Col West, thank you being a Guardian of the Republic! Thanks, too for bringing Ashley Edwardson’s reporting here to us. Refreshing to know that American exceptionalism is still alive.

  2. Happy Birth Day, Nation !!!
    Happy the FOURTH of July !!!

    I’d thank my lucky stars to be livin’ here today
    ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.

    And I’m proud to be an American whereas least I know I’m free
    And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
    And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
    ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land [of the FREE],
    God bless the USA!!!

    May God bless the USA again. But first America needs to turn back to God!
    Lee Greenwood

    • Read your website. Glad you support the Constitution and want limited/smaller govt and taxation but can’t say I agree with you on some of your other interests. Glad your site is honest, tho and most importantly, that you still believe and love America.

  3. The signs of the end times are everywhere…

    As we witness such things as the spread of globalism, the building of a one-world church, the increase of wickedness, the breakdown of the traditional family, the destruction of that priceless bastion of liberty called America, the normalization of homosexuality, the callous murder of babies, the filthy pop culture, the breathtaking increase in governmental surveillance, we become fearful, uncertain, frustrated, angry, and discouraged, but this is because our minds and hearts are too focused on things of this world rather than things above. Too often we have the same short view that “conservative” unbelievers have rather than the long view that comes from the light of Bible prophecy…

    The devil is the god of this world, and his handiwork is evident everywhere, but he is not God and he is not in control of the times and the seasons…

    “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding” (Dan. 2:20-21).

    We should stand in the confidence that the present evil is exceedingly temporary and will soon be cut down.

    Please visit my Bible prophecy website at:


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