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There was a time in this country when patriotism and love of freedom was something to be proud of – not something to be derided and mocked by the elite. There was a time when success was lauded and put forth as something to aspire to – not something to be punished and taxed into extinction. There was a time when freedom was cherished – not traded for the soft tyranny of “safety”.
I recently came across a cartoon from 1948 (thanks to the Thorum at bradthor.com), that is a relevant today as it was when it was made 63 years ago – perhaps even more so. It’s a cartoon that puts forth a persuasive argument for the American way of life. It’s a cartoon that tells you everything you need to know about the financial and jobs crisis we are currently in, and what the path back to prosperity looks like. And, unfortunately – it’s a cartoon than would most likely never be made in today’s America:
When anybody preaches disunity – tries to pit one of us against the other through class warfare, race hatred, or religious intolerance – you know that person seeks to rob us of our freedom and to destroy our very lives.
Watch it. Think about it. Discuss it. Pass it on.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a book signing in Little Rock, AR with Brad Thor. Brad is wrapping up a promotional swing in support of his latest release “Full Black”. (If you haven’t had a chance to read “Full Black”, it’s one of Brad’s best books to date. You can read my review of it here.) It was the first Brad Thor book signing I’ve had a chance to attend and after my experience – it definitely won’t be the last.
The signing was held at Books-A-Million in Little Rock. That meant a 3 ½ hour drive for me. I was a bit tired when I finally arrived, but the staff at Books-A-Million were all very helpful. The setting for the event was casual and intimate. When Brad arrived, he greeted the crowd and thanked everyone for coming out to support him. He then spent the next half hour talking about a wide range of subjects; everything from the inspiration for “Full Black” (“I went out to people I knew in the intelligence and special operations community and I said – I write about what keeps me up at night. This time, though, I want to know – what keeps you up at night?), an update on the adaptation of his Scot Harvath books into films (“We signed a big deal with Warner Brothers in November.”), and his views on Islam (“I’ve never been anti-Islam. I’m definitely anti-Islamist. There is a difference. If you say your religion compels you to go kill people – your interpretation of your religion sucks.”)
After a few questions from the audience, Brad jumped in to signing books. He was genuinely excited to meet and talk to his fans. He took time to speak to everyone personally as they reached the table, he took pictures with anyone and everyone who asked, and he was happy to sign as many books as people had brought with them. In short, he showed true class and an appreciation for those that have read and loved his books over the years. (In another classy move, he invited any veterans and any parents with small children to come directly to the front of the line. That, more than anything, impressed me – and spoke to his character.)
As the evening was wrapping up, only I was left, along with quite a few active members of the Thorum – Brad’s online discussion forum. As I sat and listened to Brad talk with them, I was struck by the camaraderie they all shared. It was more an easy conversation among friends than a book signing between author and fans. I realized that I was seeing the true secret to the success of Brad Thor – a desire and willingness to truly connect with people. To have a conversation – not just give a lecture.
After the event was over, every book signed and every picture taken, Brad was kind enough to spend some time talking with me. It was great to sit down and chat with him in person. He has an infectious energy about him and an engaging personality. It was late, he was feeling a bit under the weather, but he was more than gracious with his time. I hope you, faithful reader, enjoy our conversation.
It’s hard to believe it’s only been three years since Barack Obama was elected president, and not even a full year since the American public soundly rejected his socialist policies with a stinging election night rebuke in 2010. The day after that election, Jim DeMint published an article outlining what the incoming Republican senators should expect in Washington. I linked to that article on Facebook and posted the following thought -
You should read this article from Jim DeMint. I have to say – I wouldn’t mind seeing him challenge Obama in 2012. DeMint/Rubio 2012 anyone?
After reading “The Great American Awakening” by Senator DeMint, I believe it even more strongly that he has the answers to many of the problems we are facing today.
In “The Great American Awakening”, Senator DeMint chronicles the two years between Barak Obama’s election and the landslide Republican Congressional victory in 2010. Looking back now, it’s easy to see the path from one Tuesday in November to the other. Those two years, however, were a long march for conservatives. People were enveloped in a self-congratulatory haze after electing America’s first black president. Pundits were pronouncing an end to conservatism and the advent of permanent rule by the Democratic Party. The future looked bleak.
I’m a pretty politically aware person. I keep up with current events, I have a decent sense of history, and I am a voracious consumer of news and books. I’ve read Glenn Beck’s other books, and looked forward to reading his new release, “Broke”. As I worked my way through it, there was quite a bit of information that I was already aware of. There was also quite a bit that I had never heard before. What struck me, though, was the powerful message in putting all of the information in the book together, weaving a narrative through it, and connecting the dots. This is one of the best non-fiction books that I have read in a very long time. My only complaint is that it’s non-fiction. I wish Beck was making this stuff up – I could sleep better at night if I knew that none of this was true.
As some of you may know, my New Year’s resolution was to try and read 75 books this year. I hadn’t counted on spending 5-6 weeks with “Atlas Shrugged”, so my chances of reaching the 75 book plateau are slim to none. I also hadn’t planned to start blogging and writing book reviews. Like they say in football, that’s why we play the games.
After starting off strong with writing reviews, I began to turn my creative bones to other writing opportunities. A little personal reflection here, a music review there – couple that with trying to keep up with my day job and see my family once in a while, and I find that I have fallen woefully far behind on book reviews.
There’s simply no excuse for it, nor is there any way I can reasonably expect to get caught up with in-depth analysis and opinion on every book that I’ve managed to read but not review. So, I have decided to cheat ever so slightly and partake in the speed dating equivalent of book reviewing – the mini review. Think of it as the little blurb you read about a new book in Entertainment Weekly. 100 words or less – great taste, less filling. I’ll leave it to you to tell me if I’m any good at it.
“Bold Fresh” is a quick and enjoyable read. Let me say up front – I’m a fan of Bill O’Reilly and have read most of his other books. If you are a fan, chances are you will enjoy this latest book as well. If you are not a fan, and can put aside your reflexive hatred of the man (sorry – had to get that tweak in…) you can gain some valuable insight into what has led Mr. O’Reilly to where he is today.