Being a cynic about America’s future is an easy thing to do.
You’ve seen a story, be it 82 shootings in Chicago over the July 4th weekend or a riot squad potentially being used by the federal government to subdue Americans opposed to being colonized by illegal immigrants, and you’ve thought: “Have America’s best days past our country by?”
Or: “What in the world is happening to America?”
As I note in my book “Rocker: Scars & Strikes,” the enemies of America want you to believe this: that no matter what you do or what candidate you vote for nothing can be done to undo the drastic changes occurring in our country.
This can’t be your way of thinking, or else despair and pessimism will cloud all of your thoughts.
Though a story of a riot squad being called out to quell a protest by Americans against the federal government’s efforts to forcefully put illegal immigrants in their community is a depressing reminder of just how perilous a state the nation is in today, the fact men and women are raising their voices against the tyranny of open borders madness and taking a stand is inspiring.
However, it’s a book by an Australian about America’s greatness that I had the opportunity to read a few months ago, before its release, that inspired me and reminded me of what makes our country so unique.
And worth fighting for, no matter the constant barrage of news that suggests our imminent national demise.
Nick Adams’ new book, “American Boomerang: How the World’s Greatest ‘Turnaround’ Nation Will Do It Again,” is just the type of work needed during our hyper-cynical times, an antidote to the toxic level of discourse trapping many conservatives into hoping the halcyon days return.
As Adams, an Aussie who is inspired by America in a way many of our fellow citizens could never be, notes (paraphrasing here): “What America needs most right now is strength, leadership and will. America must boomerang back.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Leadership is what creates strength where it was formerly missing, motivating people to find the will to act and persevere against great odds.
Adams writes: “I do not believe for one second that America’s best days are behind her. American decline is not inevitable. And those who say that America should manage its decline ‘gracefully’ should be told rather indelicately what they can do with their opinion. Decline is a choice, not a condition.”
Again, it comes down to what we as Americans are willing to tolerate, and the simple fact is we conservatives find a situation where a huge leadership vacuum exists.
An Australian pointing out that the decline of our country is a choice, not a condition, is illustrative of a dangerous situation where cynicism and pessimism has become the prevailing attitude for conservatives.
And, as Adams notes, by choice.
What I found most helpful about Adams’ book is his willingness to outline a strategy for Americans to follow that he believes is a plan for a renaissance.
It’s a 15-point plan, and I’ll share with you my favorite ones:
- Exercise fidelity to the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and founding ideals.
- Promote and achieve a return to American self-belief as a force of nature. As any leader knows: you can’t expect others to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.
- Re-engage with cultural institutions. It is time for conservatives to compete for control of the cultural institutions that for the past four decades have been the forums and seedbeds of the left. From Hollywood to popular music to teaching to journalism. The days of the cultural elites playing unopposed … they’re numbered. We’re coming to get you.
- Put an end to the culture of complaint and entitlement. We need to put the professional offense-takers out of business. They’re designed to intimidate us, to remove our confidence, to make us afraid to even look at someone the wrong way, to make all our visceral convictions suspect. The days of promoting grievance and envy … they’re over.
- Recommit to success. If you ain’t first, you’re last. Work harder. Be the best. That’s America. There is no virtue in striving for mediocrity. No American kid dreams of growing up to become the vice president. That’s the way it has to stay.
- Desire upward mobility. Upward mobility can never be replaced by downward stability. Taking a risk is virtuous.
- Smash political correctness. Political correctness empowers radical Islam, terror and socialism. Advocates of the PC agenda are as dangerous to America as the men that orchestrated September 11. Margaret Thatcher said it best when she said “the world has never ceased to be dangerous, but the West has ceased to be vigilant.”
- Remain economically massive and nimble. Capital and imagination must continue to combine more quickly in America than anywhere else in the world. Taxes must always be low, and government should be out of the way. Don’t spend money you don’t have.
Those are eight of the 15 points, with Adams proposing an outline of how to overcome the pessimism (worse, the acceptance of decline as a permanent state when it’s a momentary condition based on acquiescence to liberals demands) with a stalwart and steadfast defense of the principles he believes paved the way to American success, dynamism and exceptionalism.
America’s best days aren’t behind us.
We can’t succumb to this thinking, or else it makes it that much easier for the left to continue to steamroll over our cultural, traditions and nation, remaking it in whatever image suits them at the moment.
Cynicism isn’t a viewpoint that navigates anyone to victory, and Adams’ book is a breath of fresh air in helping conservatives stand up and start taking the battle back to the left again.
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