Conservative Insurgency takes the form of an oral history of a successful struggle against progressive dominance from the perspective of the year 2041. It is not a novel; instead, it is a rallying cry and a battle plan for constitutional conservatives who feel outnumbered and outgunned by a liberal establishment that wants to make them extinct and Republican moderates who are more than happy to lose if it means they keep getting invitations to all the right parties.
Conservative Insurgency lays out the history of this struggle from the point of view of various participants as America inaugurates a new president and fully re-commits to the conservative vision of the Founders. The testimonies of the characters – politicians, academics, activist, soldiers and even a gender-indefinite performance artist who finds that liberalism is more constraining than conservatism ever could be – describe a multi-front, long-term political, social, and cultural war designed to seize society’s high ground in order to restore the Founders’ vision.
It is not a war of violence but one of persuasion and action. The weapons are not arms but arguments – though the transition is not entirely peaceful as progressives refuse to honor basic rights when it means they must give up power.
Why an insurgency? Because conservatives won’t win a stand up fight today – the enemy is too powerful, and to do so risks allowing them to destroy us forever in detail. Military history provides many useful analogies for this peaceful struggle. Remember the Vietnamese insurgents during Tet in 1968? They came out of the jungles during that holiday season in an attempt to take over the South in one fell swoop. They were annihilated, despite the best efforts of a liberal United States media to portray it to the contrary. They simply made their move far too soon. They went back underground and, seven years later, they took Saigon.
How does a force that is always “losing” end up winning? That’s the key question, and one the oral histories of the 30+ characters answers.
Author Kurt Schlichter is uniquely suited to write this book. A Townhall,com featured columnist and conservative media commentator, he was personally recruited by Andrew Breitbart to write for the conservative legend’s “Big” websites. Kurt has a large Twitter following and four consecutive Amazon kindle bestselling “Political Humor” e-books, but he is also a trial lawyer who served in the Army infantry from Operation Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom in Kosovo. His background, including a masters of strategic studies from the United States Army War College, give him a unique perspective on politics, government and the strategy and tactics of an insurgent movement. His work as a stand-up comic helps give this serious subject a humorous edge.
Conservative Insurgency shows how we need to engage the enemy everywhere – politics, the media, the law, academia and, as Andrew Breitbart taught us, popular culture. From the faculty lounge to the news room to the recording studio to the boardroom, we will never again simply write-off anywhere in our society to the progressives. There can be no safe havens for those who reject the basic freedoms our Founders enshrined in the Constitution.
Conservative Insurgency is not about losing gloriously but about winning gloriously. Through the experiences of its many vivid characters, it lays out some general concepts and ideas about how to do it. They say the Tea Party is dead. Nonsense. We’re still here. We’re still ready to fight. And we’re going to fight, each in our own way, and take America back.
"Please, God, make it so. Not the part about Bobby Jindal only getting to be VP, but at least 90% of Kurt's crystal ball look into what could be, not what has been; how things could turn, not as they are likely to turn out right now. Schlichter's genius --and it is genius-- is to make it all possible based upon a single premise: That conservatives will play to win. A stretch of course, an enormous stretch, but not greater than that of 1776, 1789, 1860, 1944 or 1980. Read it and be inspired." - Hugh Hewitt, Author, commentator and national radio host
“Here's how the conservative movement won - from 30 years in the future. Kurt Schlichter's creative and fascinating take on how conservatives can achieve victory is an optimistic breath of fresh air in a dark time.” - Ben Shapiro, Bestselling author, conservative columnist and radio host
“This is a great read, provides a good way forward, and offers a new concept for how conservatives should be writing books about their future.” - Erick Erickson, Fox News Commentator, Redstate.com editor and radio host
“A fascinating read.” - David Limbaugh, Bestselling author and conservative commentator
“This book is exactly the electric jolt of inspiration that grass-roots activists on the Right need…. I’m energized and ready to fight!” - Michelle Malkin, Bestselling author and Fox News commentator
“Conservative Insurgency captures the spirit of my friend Andrew Breitbart with a no-holds-barred, bare-knuckle brawl for the heart and soul of our country.” - Dan Loesch, BlazeTV host and Fox News commentator
An American missionary has been kidnapped in by Boko Haram.
A young Nigerian mother is sentenced to death by stoning.
A Texas oilman has disappeared in Nigeria’s oil-rich delta.
No government in the world will touch these politically charged cases.
Acquisitions editor Karen Burke works for the small, L.A. based “faith and inspiration” imprint of a venerable New York publishing company. She arrives at work one Monday morning to find a book proposal on her desk. “See if this story has legs,” her boss writes. “If you have to do a site visit, do it. This could be huge!”
The book proposal was written by an American, Nate Gregory, recounting his shocking recollections of being held hostage by Muslim radicals in Nigeria. His story is gripping, and although Nate was simply doing construction work on a short-term missionary assignment, he turns out to be a surprisingly talented writer.
Karen is troubled, however, with his description of his Muslim captors, his seemingly “colonial” view of the Christian community in Africa, and his eloquent but relentless deprecation of “Sharia law,” the Islamic religious system under which he was held captive. He also makes incredible claims about brutal amputations as sentencing for crimes, crude violations of women’s rights, and the burning alive of Christians in their churches.
Talented or not, is Nate Gregory just another Islamophobic religious fanatic who hates Muslims?
Meanwhile, David Levine, an Israeli philanthropist based in London, has put an elite paramilitary team together. Levine is deeply concerned about the global threat of Islamic jihadists like Boko Haram, and their ferocious tactics in trying to impose Shari’a law around the world.
Since neither the US, NATO nor any other government wants to get involved in politically incorrect religious politics, Levine has formed an elite team of former Special Forces commandoes. He sees it as his own little army – fighting jihadis, one deadly attack at a time.
Unbeknownst to Nate Gregory – who’s been led astray by a Southern California preacher who claims to have miraculously saved him from his captors - Levine’s team, commanded by Joe Brac a retired Green Beret, was actually responsible for his release from captivity.
Now Levine has tasked Brac with another rescue – this time to liberate Jumoke Akabakar, the 18-year-old Nigerian girl who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.
The story unfolds as Karen Burke, in order to confirm the facts in Nate’s book proposal, travels to Nigeria to meet up with him. The two of them get along better than they might have imagined. But what seems to be a simple fact-finding mission soon gets increasingly ugly.
While Karen and Nate are in Nigeria, they learn that an American oilman has been kidnapped and beheaded in the Niger River delta. At about the same time, the corrupt governor of the local Nigerian state is assassinated. Worst of all, an urgent warning reaches them that a mob of jihadis has targeted the church compound where they are staying. The Boko Haram terrorists are heavily armed and raging with hatred.
All at once Karen and Nate find themselves in the crosshairs of bloodthirsty radicals. They have unexpectedly been left on their own and aren’t at all sure that help is one the way. They have no choice but to run for their lives.
Joe Brac’s small team of Special Operators rescue has been working night and day to develop of plan to liberate Jumoke. That was their key mission, well conceived and meticulously planned.
But now, unexpectedly, they have two more victims in grave danger.
Will they find a way to rescue Nate and Karen, too?
Ivan “The Butcher” Bulovski, is the ruthless head of the Russian Mob in Moscow. His organization is more powerful than some countries. Employing out-of-work Russian scientists and diamond cutters, The Butcher succeeds in developing synthetic diamond thin-films to create the next generation of super-computers. These computers will be used for the largest bank heist in world history.
Just two obstacles stand in The Butcher’s way—the FBI is following the bodies that lead from New York City to Moscow, and are getting closer every day; and one of Ivan’s diamond cutters got spooked and took off with “The Star of Moscow”. Max, an old diamond cutter who is terrified of The Butcher, doesn’t know the flawless diamond is synthetic. If discovered, this diamond may unravel all of Ivan’s multi-billion dollar plans.
With so much as stake, The Butcher sends his former-Spetsnaz body guards after Max to track down his diamond, while evading the FBI until he can unleash his computer on the World Wide Web and crack every major bank around the globe. A rich story woven with high-tech computers, old world characters, unlikely heroes and action around the globe, Hard Carbon offers a glimpse into the diamond trade and cyber security
When Amber Portwood debuted on MTV’s hit reality series 16 &
Pregnant, no one could have predicted that the teenager from Anderson,
Indiana with the dry sense of humor would go on to become one of the
most controversial young celebrities in reality TV history. But soon
after the Amber stepped into the public eye, her life spiraled into
From her struggles with anxiety, depression and addiction to her brutal onscreen fights with her boyfriend, Amber seemed a troubled young woman destined to destroy herself. And that was all before she shocked everyone by sending herself to prison for seventeen months!
But behind Amber Portwood’s shocking behavior is a story the cameras never captured. It’s a story of hardship and hope, of relationships torn apart by tragedy and addiction and put back together with strength, love and determination. After years of losing herself in a daze of sex, drugs and depression, Amber made the decision to stand up and do whatever it took to save her life, her family, and herself.
With her trademark honesty and dry sense of humor, Amber tells the real story of how she learned to deal with the demons that nearly destroyed her. Never Too Late sends a powerful message that no matter how far down a person might fall, it’s never too late to get back up and change the future.
Will America fail?
That question has surged to the forefront of our nation’s escalating culture war. The fear of “American decline” has emerged as the recurring hot topic on primetime cable news programs and daytime talk radio shows. Public opinion polls routinely report that once-devoutly hopeful Americans are now more pessimistic than optimistic about our country’s future. Gradually, the fear of American decline has begun to reshape our political DNA.
While authors on both ends of the political spectrum have addressed the question of American decline with honesty and depth, even the most thorough and engaging of these works tend to be too academic, too impersonal or too narrowly focused on a single Presidency. Their Baby Boom or Gen-X authors, while often credentialed, hail from conventional political backgrounds with predictable cultural outlooks, rooted in the experiences of Watergate, Vietnam or the Reagan Revolution.
Written by Ryan Houck, the narrator, producer and writer of If I Wanted America to Fail—a groundbreaking viral video that quickly earned millions of hits on YouTube—Will America Fail? is a genuinely understandable and relatable book on America’s long-term political future from a fresh, persuasive young source.
In the space of only a few days, millions of Americans watched If I Wanted America to Fail. The overnight YouTube sensation roared into the political limelight, gaining national media attention by depicting a bleak, seemingly pessimistic vision of America’s decline. Conservative commentators hailed the video as “brilliant” while Fox News’s Eric Bolling declared it a new “conservative manifesto.”
Will America Fail? addresses the gnawing questions that have begun to erode our national confidence, such as: Is America, like Rome before it, destined to crumble and collapse? Have the values of our Founding Fathers become antiquated and unnecessary in the Information Age? Will the 21st Century belong to China or the United States? Is the next generation of Americans prepared to lead?
The video, If I Wanted America to Fail, was a dire depiction of our nation’s challenges. However, surprisingly, Will America Fail? makes the case that many of those challenges can and will be overcome within our lifetime. The author’s take on America is decidedly, and surprisingly, optimistic. Will America Fail? is both a “message of hope” from Millennials to Baby Boomers as well as an optimistic, frank and original take on the future of conservatism in the 21st Century.
Written in a deeply personal style and filling the vacuum of optimistic conservative literature, Will America Fail? makes the bold prediction that America stands at the threshold of renewal—and that many members of the Millennial Generation will not only live to see it, they will inaugurate it.
Unlike most political commentary on bookshelves today, Houck’s message is born of the Information Age. Readers in their twenties and thirties will instantly discover modern ways to connect with the timeless truths of our American Experiment, while older readers will find both a new sense of optimism for our nation’s long-term future as well as a new conservative language that will appeal to their Millennial children. For all generations, Houck’s take is powerfully original—striking the same provocative chord that made If I wanted America to Fail an unqualified success.
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Author of Sedition and AllegianceMore Info
Tom is a Texas television reporter and anchor who has spent more than 20 years covering local, national, and international news.
He's interviewed Presidents, cabinet members, and leaders in congress. He's reported live from the White House, Capitol Hill, and the United Nations.
Tom's covered five national political conventions. He has flown with presidential candidates, gone backstage at their rallies, and broken stories about them on television and online.
He was at the Pentagon while smoke still rose in the hours after 9/11 and was in the room when Secretary Colin Powell made his case to the U.N. Security Council for war against Iraq.
Tom lives in the Houston suburbs with his wife, Courtney, and their two children.
New York Times Bestselling Author, and Syndicated ColumnistMore Info
OLIVER NORTH is a combat-decorated Marine, the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action. From 1983 to 1986 he served as the US government’s counter-terrorism coordinator on the National Security Council staff. President Ronald Reagan described him as “an American hero.” A New York Times bestselling author, a syndicated columnist, and host of the award-winning War Stories documentary series on the FOX News Channel, North lives with his wife, Betsy, in Virginia. They have four children and fourteen grandchildren.
Past Governor of the State of Maryland, U.S. Congressman, and Civil LitigatorMore Info
The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., is senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding. Having served as Governor, U.S. Congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he counsels clients on an array of government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance and economic development. As Maryland's first Republican governor in 36 years, Governor Ehrlich launched construction on 123 statewide transportation projects in four years and managed the most successful military base realignment and closure strategy in the nation. He toughened penalties for sex offenders, drunk driving, and witness intimidation and established Maryland’s first Office of Homeland Security.
Governor Ehrlich earned national commendation for empowering individuals with disabilities. He created the nation’s first cabinet-level Department of Disabilities, for which he earned the “Highest Recognition Award” from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, among other awards.
Prior to serving as governor, Congressman Ehrlich won four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In Congress, he served as a member of the House Majority Whip team, wherein he helped pass comprehensive tax relief, greater access to health care, federal education reform, and the first balanced budget in a generation.
He also served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1986 to 1994, representing Baltimore County.
Prior to running for public office, Ehrlich was associated with the Baltimore law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes and Shriver, where he practiced civil litigation for eleven years. He was a founding Member and Partner at the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC in Baltimore.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Princeton University in 1979, where he captained the freshman and varsity football teams, and his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University in 1982.
Governor Ehrlich is married to Kendel (Sibeski) and they live in Annapolis, Maryland with sons Drew and Josh.
"Two Bipolar Chicks"More Info
Wendy K. Williamson
While studying at Virginia Tech, eight weeks before graduation, Wendy had her first manic episode. It was then she was diagnosed with bipolar type I. She managed to graduate and worked in a number of fields until being downsized from corporate America. It was then she plugged in her laptop and wrote her memoir: I'm Not Crazy Just Bipolar.
Wendy has written for: BP Magazine, Bipolar Disorder for Dummies: 2nd Edition and The Two River Times. Her book has been reviewed by Publisher's Weekly and National Alliance on Mental Illness’ The Advocate. She is the co-founder of The Red Bank Writers Group and has been interviewed on over thirty radio stations. Wendy resides in Monmouth County, NJ with her two kitties and fiancé, burning out laptops to stay sane.
Honora is a graduate of Boston University. Upon graduation, she worked in the financial industry for ten years before starting a family. She has two children: a son, thirteen and a daughter, eleven.
Not long after the birth of her second child, she was diagnosed with bipolar type I. Later they learned she was a rapid cycler. At thirty-five, years of meteoric highs and crushing lows finally had a name. Her journey to wellness was born. Honora is co-founder of The Red Bank Writers Group, an editor and author.