On Thursday morning, Australian author and political commentator Nick Adams appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program in order to discuss some of the themes of his just-released, "The American Boomerang: How the World's Greatest Turn-Around Nation Will Do it Again."
Echoing in some respects a modern-day version of Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," the book focuses on the resilient nature of America, and why the nation, as it has time and time again, will triumph over current threats to its freedom and survival. Adams wrote the book imbued with the belief that if a foreigner like himself can be so optimistic about and committed to American institutions and principles, so too can and should be Americans.
In the interview with Beck, Adams started out by discussing the four things America needs to do to "boomerang" (i.e. return) to the country it used to be:
"It's got to end the waste. It's got to pay back the debt. It's got to limit the government. And it's got to axe political correctness."
Adams went on to discuss these goals in depth, particularly political correctness, which Adams called "the great calamity of our time," and a weapon of the left. Adams was unflinching in his belief in freedom of speech and open discourse for all:
"Because I am a straight, white, Christian middle-class male, I'm not supposed to have a voice. I'm not allowed to have an opinion. Well, that's certainly not going to happen. And that's what I would encourage everybody out there to be like…We need to be committed to freedom, particularly freedom of speech. And if you can't speak freely in America, then where on Earth can you speak freely?"
You might be wondering what ignited Adams' passion for America and career as cultural warrior. The answer? The 9/11 terrorist attacks:
"September 11th made me realize that we were at war. Our way of life was hated…what really upset me and what really kind of charted this course for me was that so many people were saying America deserved it. So many people were saying "Well, the chickens have come home to roost." And I rejected that so much. That angered me so much that I thought, well, what can I bring to this debate? What can I bring that no one else can? And you know, I knew the story of an outsider coming to America and casting a fresh pair of eyes, looking at America and identifying what was different. And I thought, well, that's what I can bring now to America."
Adams also added in an insightful bit about America's source of greatness today:
"I still believe that Christianity is at the heart of American exceptionalism, and that's what I talk about in my book. I talk about the appreciation of the military, patriotism, the values of freedom and individual liberty. I think all of those go back to Christianity. And what is American exceptionalism? It's God over man and man over government."
At the end of the interview, Beck called Adams "more dedicated than most Americans are to tell us the truth about ourselves."
If you'd like to hear more of Adams' optimism about America and love of the nation's values, check out the full interview below.