Yesterday I posted 10 Ways To Make 2013 Your Best Year Yet, in which I also shared my To Do List for the New Year. Since I was in somewhat of a hurry to complete the article before we hosted yet another family gathering, I left out one of my biggest items: finishing my sequel to Water Signs, Sea To Shining Sea. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that nearly three years after starting it I am still stuck in Chapter Five for a variety of reasons — not the least of which involves working for a living (at this point in time, writing books is still a luxury for me and a minimal source of income, though definitely a worthwhile effort).
But it’s time to get back on track.
I’ve long shared the belief of heavy-hitting conservative powerhouses like Glenn Beck and the late, great Andrew Breitbart that culture is politics. And after watching Agenda: Grinding America Down about five times, it’s pretty obvious that if liberty-loving Americans don’t make an effort to undo the formidable damage by progressive infiltration of pop culture, public education, academia and the media, we can forget all about ever electing Constitution-loving representatives in any level of government. Then kiss the freest nation the world has ever known goodbye.
Well I am not willing to let that happen without a fight — all while keeping a positive, optimistic and determined outlook. As Glenn Beck states in his New Year message:
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
These are the times that try men’s souls, and putting America back on the path of freedom may not be easy – but “the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
So in 2013, what do we need to do?
First, you need to make a commitment. It’s going to be harder than ever to stand for liberty, freedom and small government in 2013. You need to be prepared to stand up and stand firm for the things that you know to be true.
Second, we need to align ourselves with like-minded people who really believe in the principles of freedom. If you look to the Constitution as a guide, you’re likely to find some allies. Why can I sit down with an atheist like Penn Jillette and find common ground? Because we both believe in the same basic principles of freedom and liberty that were part of this country’s founding. I guarantee you, there are more people in this country who want small government and personal responsibility than those who don’t – you just need to seek them out and find that common ground.
Third, we need to take back the culture. I said it earlier this year – conservatives have all but given up on culture. I’ve been working with my company on some exciting new plans for next year and beyond that will see us injecting new art, music, and entertainment into the cultural sphere. But I can’t do this alone. If you’re a creator or an artist, you need to be out there creating your art, filming your movie, singing your song. And if you’re not an artist, you can support and share the work of people who are putting their work out there.Inspired by Glenn Beck’s New Year’s message, I am going to finish my sequel this year, along with continuing to co-host CRF Radio
Visit the site to read the entire call to action. Beck has inspired me to get back on track to complete my novel, which places my main characters Madeline and Ken on the front lines of the Tea Party movement:
After sixteen tumultuous years, destined lovers Ken and Madeline Lockheart finally have it all—a blissful marriage, a beautiful home, two healthy children, fulfilling work and a renewed sense of faith and patriotism. But during one significant business trip abroad, the couple will personally discover just how treacherous and absurd the world has become.
When a joyous event becomes a source of contention with the “medical experts”, and an important telecomm deal implodes thanks to government-imposed political correctness, Ken transitions from successful sales executive to determined candidate for office. And while he’s always enjoyed a good reputation and the respect of his community, he’s in for a rude awakening as Sunshine State politics quickly turns friends into enemies.
Having landed her man at last, Madeline valiantly endeavors to create close bonds with his offspring, in spite of their mother’s endless attempts to discredit her. In the wake of unexpected and simultaneously uplifting and tragic news, she’s forced to summon the same strength and courage that has always guided her in the past.
Spurred on by steadfast faith in God, genuine love of country and unwavering fidelity to each other, Ken and Madeline will ultimately come to understand the broader significance of their star-crossed union and the esoteric value of their journey from sea to shining sea.
Speaking of Beck, I completed Agenda 21 the other day, which is an absolute must-read and a perfect example of contributing to pop culture as an artist and a patriot. I will post a review soon, but in the meantime, check it out here.