A Black Man’s Defense of the Constitution


“Mystal’s condemnation of our Constitution is based on the skin color of writers, editors, which is insidious. Was it not Dr. King who advocated that we judge by character content, not skin color? ~ Lt. Col. Allen West

Naples, Florida – In response to a recent article by journalist Elie Mystal calling the United States Constitution “trash,” American Constitutional Rights Union Executive director Lt. Col. Allen West writes, “the situation in America is no longer about political parties. These are now two very different philosophies of governance, constitutional conservatism and progressive socialism…Marxism. The crux of the problem boils down to the relationship between the individual citizen and the governmental institution.

Former Congressman Lt. Col. West recently announced his new role with ACRU, saying on social media, “If you want to know why I’m thrilled to be the Executive Director of the ACRU, read this [Mystal’s] article. This is the seminal ideological war in which we find ourselves against the progressive socialist left.

ACRU President and CEO Lori Roman said, “We are thrilled that Allen West is continuing his lifelong commitment to fighting for the United States in as Executive Director of the American Constitutional Rights Union and the ACRU Action Fund.

“Martin Luther King’s Press Conference / [MST].” Original black and white negative of Marion S. Trikosko. Taken August 26, 1964, Washington DC, USA (@libraryofcongress). Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA https://www.loc.gov/item/2003688129/. Courtesy of Unseen Histories, via Unsplash.com.

West explains the contrast with Mystal’s assertion “the constitution is a garbage can”, “constitutional conservatives embrace the premise of equal opportunity and in the writings of English political philosopher John Locke and his theory of natural rights – life , liberty, and property. Thomas Jefferson codified Locke’s theory of natural rights in our Declaration of Independence – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Mystal’s condemnation of our Constitution is based on skin color writers, editors, which is insidious. Wasn’t it Dr. King who advocated that we judge by character content, not skin color?”

Bottom line, according to West: “And we have to understand that the left doesn’t believe in the three arms of government, but rather in the three arms of power – the media, academia and the courts. The left does not believe in the theory of natural rights, no. They believe that their ideological program constitutes the basis of rights, which they can grant and cancel.

American Constitutional Rights Union is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy organization dedicated to advocating for the constitutionally protected civil rights of all Americans.


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