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10 years ago today, the phone woke me up from a deep sleep. My wife had gotten up early and gone over to the YMCA to work out. I had been up late the night before packing for a trip to Los Angeles, and had planned to try and sleep in a bit that morning. I was very groggy as I rolled over and picked up the phone from the bedside table.
“Are you awake?” my wife’s voice asked me from the receiver.
“No, not really,” I replied.
“You should get up, there has been some sort of plane crash in New York. Turn on the news.”
I rolled out of bed and in to the living room, grabbing the remote from the end table. I clicked on the TV and sat down to see what was happening. I didn’t get back up off the couch for the next 15 hours. Like so many other people in the country, I went to bed on September 10th, 2001 with absolutely no idea the next day would change my life and set the country on a new path. It was the proverbial calm before the storm and looking back now, I can only describe 9/10/01 with one word – before.
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.
New York Times Best-Selling author Brad Thor is one of the most accomplished thriller writers of our day. His signature character, Scot Harvath, has been entertaining audiences since his debut in 2002. This year, Brad took the all female covert operations team he introduced in “Foreign Influence” and spun them off into their own book – “The Athena Project”. I called this team a “lethal combination of beauty, brains, and bullets” in my review (which you can read here).
Brad has spent time as a member of Homeland Security’s Analytic Red Cell Unit, is a fellow of the Alexandrian Defense Group, and is a frequent contributor to the Glenn Beck program. He can now add to his resume – an interviewee and friend of thewordzombie.com. Just before Christmas I had a chance to talk with Brad about a wide range of topics. We covered “The Athena Project”, how veterans could help secure our airports, the things that scare him most, why gun owners should be allowed to fly armed, the best non-fiction book he’s ever read, teleportation, why Eric Holder is a coward, and – of course – zombies. It was one of the more engaging and interesting conversations I’ve had in long while. I hope you enjoy it.
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.
“7 Events That Made America America” offers up a collection of historical moments that helped define the American experience. These slightly larger than bite-sized morsels give you a taste of some of the turning points in American History – turning points that might not be obvious on their face. Moments that had ripples far beyond a single point in time. It’s a fascinating read.
“Foreign Influence” is not a story for the weak of heart in matters of national security, or squeamish in the matters of intelligence gathering. If you are the person that turns from the screen when Jack Bauer holds an ink pen to the eye of a terrorist on “24” – this is not the book for you. It takes an unflinching look at situations and people that many folks, sleeping in their warm beds at night, want to believe don’t REALLY exist in the world. Well – these people do exist – and without them, the warm beds would be few and far between. It is unapologetically conservative, and takes on both radical Islam and Liberal groupthink alike, without concern for political correctness. In short – it’s a great book.
As we drove home, I was lost in thought. I barely noticed the streetlights and cars that we passed. It was full dark, the kids were watching a DVD in the back of the van, and something was playing on the radio – I’m not sure what. My mind was too busy chasing itself round in circles, replaying the night’s events over and over – asking myself – did my children really understand what we had just done? Did they wonder, as I had earlier – was it really okay to burn the American flag?