American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century

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9781433215506: American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century

Americans need to toughen uppersonally, culturally, and as a national fighting forceif we are to survive the unprecedented threat from Islamist assault.

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Tough Times Call for Tough Action

In American Grit, nationally syndicated columnist Tony Blankley warns that the administration of Barack Obama is a potential disaster at a dangerous time for America.

Challenging Americans to recapture the spirit of sacrifice that has historically characterized our nation, Blankley demonstrates how Obama's agenda, with its emphasis on environmental sensitivity, military retreat, and the diminution of executive branch powers, promotes national weakness as a righteous ideal. In contrast, Blankley puts forward his own nationalist program based on toughness, resoluteness, and grit--traditional American values totally absent from Obama's agenda. In this passionate, hard-hitting book, Blankley shows:

* How Obama's plan for national service is a weak substitute for what America really needs--a full-on military draft
* How Obama's infatuation with alternative energy will damage America's national interests
* Why we need stricter laws to prevent the media from compromising our national security
* Why the office of the presidency, contrary to popular belief, has not gained enough power since the September 11 attacks
* How we can craft a successful foreign policy that avoids the mistakes of both the liberals and the neo-cons
* How our war effort in Iraq was undermined by effective enemy propaganda--and what we can do about it
* Why education reform under President Obama will fail to address one of the biggest problems in our education system: the failure to teach patriotism

Filled with solutions to problems ranging from the detention of enemy combatants to dealing with aggressive petro-states like Russia, Venezuela, and Iran, American Grit demonstrates how this country can emerge from its current domestic and military challenges as a stronger, more unified, and more tenacious nation--and why under President Obama, it won't.

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Praise for American Grit

"Tony Blankley has long been one of America's most trenchant conservative commentators and thinkers. In American Grit, he provides conservatives--and Americans generally--his wise thoughts on where we should be going in the future."
--Michael Barone, U.S. News & World Report senior writer and American Enterprise Institute resident fellow

"Egged on by new leaders promising the same discredited liberal statism that fails time and again, too many Americans line up at the trough, asking what their country can do for them. In a searing ode to America's greatness, Tony Blankley reminds us that the real question is what we can do for our country. American Grit is a clarion call to a new nationalism: a fearless summons exhorting citizens to elevate love of country over love of self. That prescription, and no other, will ensure that our union remains an unparalleled beacon of freedom, tough enough to face down the tyrannical designs of radical Islam and strong enough to rebuild the economic prosperity that enables America to lead a troubled world."
--Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Legal-Affairs Editor and author of the national bestseller, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad

"Tony Blankley brilliantly lays out a spot-on list of the dire challenges that threaten America's future. From our short-handed military to our energy dependence on foreign adversaries, from destructive educational dogmas to the media's propensity for revealing classified information--we ignore these problems at our peril. Tony presents us with solutions. A must read!"
--Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney (Ret.), former assistant vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force

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