Note: Don’t miss Chuck’s brand new book, “Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America.”

I believe a revolution is coming to America. Just as certain as Hurricane Ike slammed into my home state of Texas, I am more and more convinced as every year passes that a needed voter revolution is brewing and imminent to America’s shores and ballot boxes.

Like the turbulent winds at my ranch outside of Houston, the signs for this voter revolution can be seen through the highs and lows of current political polarities. I believe it was felt through the surge of the constitutional community supporting Rep. Ron Paul. I believe it was felt in evangelicals’ and conservatives’ frustration with our present presidential picks. I believe it is felt in the heightened responses to John McCain’s “Hail Mary throw” for vice president in Sarah Palin. And I believe it is felt in Americans’ virtually unanimous disapproval rating (roughly 91 percent) for Congress.

Most Americans have grown cold over partisan politics. They cringe over the political power plays and pollution emitting from the Capitol. They expect that their representatives will stand for special interests or their own, rather than the people’s. Americans are sick and tired of politics as usual. And the fact is: Only a voter revolution is strong enough to change the current tides of corruption.

Of course America has some good congressmen and senators, like Ron Paul. But the fact is those good politicians are few and far between. The majority needs to be replaced, and the minority needs our help to do it.

So how do we do it? With a voter revolution. By discovering, raising up and electing great Americans who truly represent average America. Those like “maverette” Sarah Palin, who is a fresh, reputable outsider who isn’t afraid to confront Washington corruption and government stalemate. Despite liberal hecklings, Alaskan politics remain proof of her reputation, and so does her 80 percent favorable rating there. If Alaska can do it, the rest of the nation can too.

A voter revolution should usher in politicians who make sweeping and radical changes, like disposing of the unconstitutional IRS and replacing it with a Fair Tax. These are the types of leaders who genuinely commit to the America established by our Founders, drastically cut government waste, immediately stop pork barrel spending, reject political perks and lobbyists, quit borrowing from other nations (like China), cease imperialism and nation building, lessen the flow of so much government aid overseas and bring back production and pride in American commerce, etc.

The way I see it, there are three major common-sense steps toward a voter revolution:

First, examine your representatives, from the top down, and ask yourself: Do they represent the people? Do they stand by the Constitution and Bill of Rights? Do they reduce big government, taxes and our deficit? Are they working toward protecting our borders and sovereignty? Will they stand up to governmental status quo and gridlock? Do they have the type of character that can resist the temptations of political power and special interest groups?

Second, if your answer is “no” to any of the preceding, get them out of office. Petition their dismissal, publicize their political problems and muster community consent in order to vote others in. Call them by name on blogs, and explain to people why they should be ousted – then do it. No more talk. Stay the course – no matter how long it takes.

Third, fight to vote in solid, reputable, law-abiding, constitutional-honoring representatives. I’m talking about those who first have a long track record of possessing an upright and moral character and standing, and those who clearly take care of their marriages and families first. Half of our problem today is that we have been duped to vote into office individuals who have no integrity. Scrutinize their records and characters more carefully. A politician’s integrity must precede our interests. If leaders are above reproach, then they are more likely to do what they’ve pledged and promised. But if you can’t find a better upstanding citizen than yourself, consider running for public service. It’s time for many more to get out of the bleachers and onto the battlefield.

You know the words of the English orator Edmund Burke, “Evil flourishes when good men do nothing.” Well, evil has flourished for too long. It’s time for the good people to rise up again in another voter revolution. Don’t be like the 90,000 people who ignored the evacuation orders as Hurricane Ike approached. Don’t wait out the voter revolution and let it pass by. We must prepare now. Get involved. Start in your community. Fight for your county and state. And together we can reawaken our country. It’s time for a spring cleaning in winter politics.

It’s time we all revive the revolutionary spirit of America’s Founders and reinvigorate their legacy. I’ve experienced a renewed sense of appreciation and commitment to them, and I talk about it in my new book, “Black Belt Patriotism” – how a spark of their passion can turn into a raging cultural fire:

It doesn’t take many people to foster a revolution. Jesus did it with twelve disciples. George Washington did it with his few suffering troops at Valley Forge. And we can do it today. We can set a new direction for America with people like you and me, who through our efforts in our communities and at the ballot box and in our personal lives can make this country everything it should be, everything our nation’s Founders wanted it to be. America has fallen asleep at the wheel and it’s time for her to wake up before it’s too late. It’s up to us; and this book is my way of showing where we can start.

I heard it said once that it only took 2 percent of our population to create our nation. And that it still would only take 2 percent to change it today. Like me, if you don’t like what you see today in America, then join me by being a part of the new 2 percent. If you’re with me, then you know the road ahead will not be easy, and the war will not easily be won. But the rewards (I promise you) will be ultimately glorious. As Thomas Paine challenged on Dec. 23, 1776, with his now famous rallying call to the Continental Army in “The Crisis”:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

(Addendum from Chuck: I finished this column just as Hurricane Ike hit the shores of Texas, and of course was saddened and heartbroken like everyone else to find out the devastation Ike actually wrought. My wife, Gena, and I extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to our fellow Texans and others who are victims of this natural disaster. We, like others in this Lone Star State, will rally together to help in any way we can. We will, in due time, collectively stand strong as the Southern strength of the Union we are known to be.)


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