Does anyone really care about “traditional values” anymore? Does anyone really care if the word “Christmas” is expunged from our national vocabulary? Does anyone really care if the United States of America remains a sovereign nation with secure borders? Does anyone really care that upwards of half a million people per year are crossing into our nation illegally? Does anyone really care that among that massive and uncontrollable number, are Islamic terrorists bent on our destruction?
One year after the publication of my novel, “America’s Last Days,” it is exceeding clear to me that tens of millions of Americans fiercely care about these issues. They care, they worry, and they are desperately looking for honest politicians who will fight -- tooth and nail -- for the last best hope of this planet.
For the first two months of 2007, I pushed my novel just like any other author. I did a large number of radio, television and newspaper interviews, and because of that, my publisher tells me the book did well.
I disagree with my publisher. Lots of authors get much more publicity and support than me and yet, their books still flop. Whatever success my book was afforded, came not because of publicity, but rather because of a subject matter that struck a chord with those Americans who fear our Republic is in a death spiral from which it won’t recover.
The book details the actions of a super-militia called “The 1776 Command.” A group that is led by a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the former Director of the FBI. Two men who feel that the nation of their fathers, their grandfathers, true traditional values, and real border security, is gone forever. Replaced instead, by the edicts of political correctness and the growing desire of our politicians to turn our nation into part of a “North American Union.”
The opening page of the novel quotes Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
My book was and is, fiction. At no time was I advocating a revolution from within. The real purpose was to create a dialog based on the hundreds of discussions I had with Americans of all walks of life with regard to the possible demise of our nation. I wanted the reader to decide if the members of The 1776 Command were good people or bad. Were they patriots or traitors? Did they have a legitimate point, and if so, would it even make sense for them to succeed.
Success for The 1776 Command meant establishing the new nation of “Jefferson” within the United States, and basing it on the principles outlined by our Founding Fathers. In my novel, they do succeed.
Since its publication, I have gotten over one thousand emails discussing the book. The vast majority of the emails (be they from soldiers, police, firefighters, or just frustrated citizens) all had basically the same message: “If Jefferson existed, I would move there tomorrow.”
One year after its publication, I still do a fair amount of radio and television interviews discussing politics of the day. During a recent radio interview, the host brought up the novel. “Can I keep my guns in the fictional Jefferson?,” he asked. “Yes,” was my answer. “The Second Amendment is honored in Jefferson where a ‘well regulated militia’ and ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms’ are a necessity.”
In 1861, during his First Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln said: “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”
No one but fictional characters seek to overthrow our nation. Rather, voters would like their elected officials to remember that “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it.”
Maybe if they remember that, they will stop taking our liberty and way of life for granted, and start putting the “people” before themselves.