“If ever the Time should come, when vain and aspiring Men shall possess the highest Seats in Government, our Country will stand in Need of its experienced Patriots to prevent its Ruin.”
~Samuel Adams [i]
That time has come, but where are the “experienced patriots” who can set things right again? Indeed, the great and increasing majority of our politicians for the last century or more have had far more experience with things like tyranny, puppetry, celebrity, self promotion, treason, bribery, corruption, demagoguery, idleness, dupability, foolishness, and profiteering than they have had with preventing the political ruin of a nation. Where, then, shall we find the necessary patriots?
Well, this is where you come in. We must make them—from scratch—and this may not take as long as you think. On the contrary, it must not take as long as you think. Otherwise, we’re in serious trouble.
As the United States continues to race down the slippery slope of political, economic, and moral ruin, there is little hope for us unless we can quickly position men and women of high character in our seats of government. The veritable monopoly of the two major political parties, however, continues to put forth, with very rare exception, only enemies of the public good from which the voters may choose. Meanwhile, the voting public continues to revel in the utter foolishness of lesser-of-two-evils voting in spite of the obvious fact that meaningful reform almost never results from it.
Amazingly, it does not occur to the citizens to correct themselves in this foolishness. Nor does it occur to them to correct their own government. Unlike the earliest generations in America, today’s citizens tend to believe that the overseeing of the government is the job of the government itself! Hence, this present call for the revival of the American Citizen. If a critical mass of the American population cannot be transformed into self-correcting and assertive overseers of their own government, there is no hope of putting our runaway government back in its place. The character of the citizenry, therefore, is what America must fix before she can fix anything else.
This book addresses what must be fixed, and whether we succeed or not depends on whether you will change your mind as you read—and to what extent. We each have but one lifetime on the Earth; why not do something extraordinary while we are here?!
Indeed, in the immortal words of patriot Thomas Paine:
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
~Thomas Paine [ii]
Discussion: I wrote this book to start a national dialog. I’d love to hear your comments, whether large or small, positive or negative. Please comment below or contact me privately to let me know what you’re thinking!
[i] Letter to James Warren (24 October 1780)
[ii] Source: THOMAS PAINE, Common Sense, conclusion, The Complete Writings of Thomas Paine, ed. Philip S. Foner, vol. 1, p. 45 . Originally published in 1776.
Samuel Adams photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3c02271/