Are America's best days still ahead?
With your help, yes! Pitch in with three timely books
ONE: How can each of us apply the timeless principles of our founding to current issues of self-government in a stormy 2017? What does it mean to be a conservative in today's new political landscape? What would a right turn for your state or my state look like?
My book Backbone Colorado USA: Dispatches from the Divide is a hundred brief essays as timely as this morning's news, answering those questions. Read it straight through, or nibble it like political popcorn. Either way, I promise you'll enjoy and value this book.
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TWO: What are the ideas and ideals that make the United States of America an exceptional nation in world history and a beacon of hope in our times? How can we rally a declining America that's tried to have freedom on the cheap, unbought with the hard coin of personal responsibility? What does "greatness" mean in our individual lives, each person helping revive the nation's greatness?
My book Responsibility Reborn: A Citizen's Guide to the Next American Century looks at all this through lessons learned the hard way during 40 years in politics. Its call for a citizens renewal movement transcending both parties, Element R, presciently sensed the forces that brought forth Trump. It belongs in your library!
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THREE: Imagine a citizen legislator in a heartland state whose conservative principles keep colliding with the human dilemmas of self-government. That's George Leland of the Covenant Party, serving in the Senate minority at the state capitol in Hamilton (pictured below).
My experiment in short fiction, Meet Senator Leland: American on Duty, finds George an underdog for reelection in “Win True: A School Story.” Previous outings with Leland include "Susan Washington: A Love Story” and "Mike Loomis: A Movie Story," as well as "Clay Rice: A Crime Story" and "Lisa Kilgore: A Fake-News Story." Entertaining? I hope so. But the real objective is to think deeper about what freedom is for. Get to know Senator Leland. Click to order.