West And Stigall Warn Of Dangers To America, Spiritual Battle — Lt. Col. Allen West gave a dire exhortation, May 11, about the state of the nation and the need for all to step up to save it, while radio host Chris Stigall noted that politics is no longer about two sides working towards a common goal but dark spiritual warfare.
The men were honorees at this year’s Pennsylvania Phyllis Schlafly Eagle Awards Dinner held at the Marriott Philadelphia West in West Conshohocken.
West, who retired from the Army in 2004, represented Florida’s 22nd congressional district from 2011 to 2013 and served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 2020 to 2021. He received the Phyllis Schlafly American Patriot Award.
Stigall was a long-time host at WPHT and now appears from 6 to 9 a.m. on AM990 along with his own The Chris Stigall Podcast. He received the Phyllis Schlafly Truth in Journalism Award.
West described growing up Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward with loving, patriotic parents.
“I was raised in a household of patriots,” he said.
His parents taught him that there is no greater nation than the United States of America.
“I am the testimony to them,” he said.
His father, Herman, served in the Army in World War II leaving with a rank of corporal while his older brother served in Vietnam. His mother, Elizabeth, was a civilian employee of the United States Marine Corps.
West was commissioned after graduating from the University of Tennessee and its Army ROTC program.
West said rights are inherent and from God. Those who now run things hold they are not and do not. He said they want to bring back the English feudal system where one needs permission from self-proclaimed betters regarding life choices.
West said those who love freedom must stop thinking about election cycles and become constantly engaged. He encouraged outreach to neighbors and emphasized the importance of communication. He noted that billboards can be surprisingly effective.
West said it is imperative to recapture the judicial system from those who no longer have an objective standard of justice.
It is no longer Democrat vs Republican, he said.
“I don’t even think about party any more,” he said.
West thanked the many who prayed for him after his motorcycle accident three years ago. He noted not many survive a 75 mph motorcycle crash on an interstate.
Stigall talked about his faith and about how Jesus delivered him from alcoholism, which ironically was just before he lost his job at WPHT. He said, however, this led to the Salem Media Group signing him and giving him national exposure.
Stigall was introduced by Sean from Queens, a frequent caller to the show. Sean said he is the Democrats’ worst nightmare as he is a black guy from Queens who is a big Trump supporter.
The first at the podium was noted Philly attorney and police supporter James Binns. He talked about the sacrifices made by those in law enforcement and called attention to the many killed in the line of duty. He said police are mentioned in the Bible, name Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matt 5:9) and Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13).
Binns has appeared in several films including Rocky Balboa and Rocky V.
Ed Martin, who is an attorney and president of Phyllis Schlafly International, noted he is representing several January 6 protestors despite establishment pressure not to. He said many attorneys are afraid to take them on as clients.
He said while reviewing video he saw someone clearly plant a pipe bomb near Sen. Kamala Harris, who was then vice president-elect. There has yet to be an arrest for this.
Alla Pukhtetska, a Ukrainian refugee, described the suffering in her country due to its war with Russia and how two million Ukrainians are now refugees in the United States with 300,000 of them living in Pennsylvania. Speaking with her was fellow refugee Julia who was Miss Ukraine 2018.
Stan Casacio, who heads Pennsylvania Phyllis Schlafly and is the force behind the dinners, spoke about the need for meritocracy in the face of the garbage being thrown at us.
He quoted William Clement Stone as saying we must have the courage to say no and the courage to face the truth.
Casacio is a long-time Montgomery County political activist who hosts the Don’t Back Down program with Vicki Lightcap. He was given the Common Sense Conservative Award to his surprised as the board had kept the honor hidden.
Several candidates for this year’s election cycle attended the dinner and were recognized.
These included Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough, who is running for the state Supreme Court; Attorney Josh Prince, who running for Commonwealth Court; Andy Warren who is running for commissioner in Bucks County; Ed Moye, a former state trooper who is running for Montgomery County Sheriff; and Tom DiBello and Liz Ferry who are running for Montgomery County Commissioner. DiBello says issues include election integrity. He said the dropboxes need to go away and the voter rolls need to be cleaned up. Ms. Ferry noted crime is becoming a problem and that they are running to win the general election.
“We are not running for third place,” she said. ” We are running for first and second place.”
Also recognized were Andy Meehan and Barry Casper of Bucks County. Meehan’s band provided entertainment for the night, with Meehan playing harmonica and doing vocals.
The candidates are all Republicans and have primary challengers. The primary is this Tuesday, May 16.
Podcaster and author Chris Scott introduced Teddy Daniels, who had run for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania two years ago.
Daniels warned the candidates that they will take as much fire from the establishment Republican leaders as they do the Democrats, and will likely be united against them.
Daniels said he has never seen an American government as oppressive to dissenters.
He said a friend who was a Jan. 6 protester from West Virginia and served a 90 sentence had been scheduled to speak. He was prohibited from leaving his state, however.
Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrett, who had been scheduled as a speaker, was unable to attend. Daniels said she told him to tell the audience that she is doing everything in her power to foil the Biden administration’s scheme to punish those with good credit and reward those not inclined to pay their debts.
Schlafly Board Member Angelina Banks talked about courage of mothers and introduced attorney Andy Teitelman, who received the organizations Inaugural Award for Election Integrity Service. Teitelman has represented many election integrity activists pro bono.
M. J. Costello spoke on behalf of Audit the Vote.
Radio host Don Beishl criticized the GOP establishment saying they always demand populists to hold their noses while voting for corporatists in general elections but are quick to abandon populists when they win nominations. Beishl said the GOP corporatists who run many of the Philadelphia area Republicans parties did not just abandoned Doug Mastriano in last year’s governor’s race but out-and-out opposed him. He mentioned several names including then Delaware County GOP Chairman Tom McGarrigle.
Photographer for the event was Olivia Braccio. Visit https://oliviabraccio.com/ for examples of her work or to contact her.
West And Stigall Warn Of Dangers To America, Spiritual Battle West And Stigall Warn Of Dangers To America, Spiritual Battle