Nick Adams, author and founder of FLAG, the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness, joined Glenn on radio for an inspiring interview about his new non-profit foundation that is reaching students across America about the greatness of the country they live in.
“I go and tell these kids that the day they were born in the United States of America is the day that they won the lottery of life, and they got a head start on everyone. And I beg them, I beseech them to never, ever bind to this false narrative by the left that America is this bigoted and awful place. This is a country of unlimited opportunities,” Adams said.
In addition to the success he’s having with FLAG, Adams also experienced a surge in book sales thanks to the president of the United States who tweeted that Green Card Warrior
is a must-read.
Nick Adams new book, Green Card Warrior, is a must read. The merit-based system is the way to go. Canada, Australia! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
The tweet boosted Green Card Warrior into the top 100 books in the world in sales.
Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:
This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: We have Nick Adams, I’m in Austin at South by Southwest, we have Nick who is a green card warrior, which is a book of a days ago, the President of the United States tweeted out Nick Adams’ new book green card warrior is a must read. The merit-based system is a way to go. Canada, Australia at Fox and Friends.
So how did that work out for you, Nick?
STU: A little boost in sales?
NICK: Absolutely. The last week or so has been incredible. We cracked the top 100 in the world for book sales.
NICK: I was on the front page of every newspaper in the country. I had an opportunity to spar with Pierce Morgan over gun rights on good morning Britain television.
GLENN: So, Nick, you’re the guy who tried to get into the United States for a very long time, you were blocked because you were anti-Obama. At least that’s what I would take from it, and I think you kind of took that from it as well. You came here, you’re very patriotic, for some strange reason you fell in love with America in Australia. And now you have founded something, you’re the executive director of FLAG. The foundation for liberty and American greatness.
NICK: Yeah, that’s exactly right, Glenn. I’ve come to America to make sure that America doesn’t turn out like the country I had to leave. Doesn’t turn out like every other country in the world, that we preserve everything that is special and different and amazing about the United States about the United States of America and almost 5,000 years of history we’ve never seen. And it’s really disturbing to me that for several generations now we have not passed on what it means to be an American. What Americanism is. So I have come over here and set up a 501(c)(3) a nonprofit called the FLAG, and we go into elementary and high schools talking to students about what makes America special, what makes America different. Why is the constitution the best political document ever written. What would the world look like without the United States of America? What would the world be like today, had it not been for American leadership in the 20th century? Why is it an unparalleled force in the world? What has America given the world?
GLENN: I would imagine that you’re very popular in Christian schools, some private schools, how are you doing with the public schools with that message?
NICK: Glenn, FLAG has been into 35 school. 31 which have been public schools.
GLENN: Out of Texas?
NICK: In California, in Florida.
PAT: He’s been all over the place.
NICK: We’ve already trained more than 4,000 students across eight different states, and we are one of the fastest growing nonprofits right now in America. We are absolutely killing it. In terms of push back, you know, when I first started this, people said to me, Nick, this is a fantastic idea but there’s no way in the world that you are ever going to get any public schools to let you in. Well, I’m here to tell you that we are 35-0. The push back has been very limited. We’ve had a couple of isolated incidents where a teacher has made a remark or a student has pushed back. But we take that in our stride, and I am sure that there’s going to be more push back in the future, but we welcome that because that just means that we’re being remarkably effective.
GLENN: If you want your school to get involved, I guess you will just go to FlagUSA.org?
NICK: That’s exactly right.
GLENN: So tell me how did this tweet from President Obama happen? Or sorry President Trump happen?
NICK: Well, thankfully President Obama never tweeted about me. It wouldn’t be too positive. But, no, look, President Trump watched me on television. He had already had a copy of green card warrior that we had furnished for him some time ago, and he saw me on Fox and Friends talking about a merit-based immigration system. And basically saying that we need to bring the best people to America if we’re going to make sure that America remains the best country in the world.
GLENN: Does Australia do that?
NICK: We do. We do. Australia does, Canada does, there are a number of countries around the world that employs a particular grading system, which means if you have a proficiency in English, you have certain skills, job prospects, you get a certain amount of weighting for that, and that elevates you.
PAT: How is it, Nick, that it became fashionable to believe that America’s the only country on earth that can’t do that? Why do we get such vitreal directed towards us when we try to control our borders? That we ask that you at least come here legally, then we’re haters, we’re races, all of those things when almost every country in the world asks something of the people who emigrate there.
NICK: That’s exactly right. There are has been a war on security going back at least 30 years. There’s nothing more normal, nothing more logical. Every country has the right to determine who comes into our country.
PAT: It’s our home. Do you let any stranger come into our home? I don’t know who they are.
GLENN: No. No. They’re not just here now. They’re family. You’re not somebody who broke into the house. You’re family.
PAT: I have 68 people down in the basement. It’s a new family of ours. It is ridiculous.
NICK: It is. The left is capturing the narrative, all the institutions that shape the culture and the messaging and, unfortunately, the messaging is now that if you just demand that, you know, we make sure that we vet people coming from dangerous countries to the United States, all of a sudden that makes you racist and bigoted and you’re defaming the character of those people. So, unfortunately, political correctness is causing there to be a lack of clear mindedness, a lack of right thinking in the culture and in the country, and that’s really why we need to fight as hard as we possibly can.
PAT: By the way, we’re talking to Nick Adams, the founder and executive director of FLAG. Have you seen any evidence of some students having a realization while you’re there? Do you think you’re having an impact?
NICK: Absolutely. We were back N St. Louis, Missouri back in December, and this was one of four private schools we spoke at, a Catholic school, and there were six African-American students and I’m here to report to you that race relations in Missouri are at an all-time low of course after eight years of the Obama administration.
PAT: And the Ferguson stuff.
NICK: To break open that chasm. But it was an after school event and these six African-American students came and sat in the second row, and they pushed back hard because I said this is the best country in the world for a black person to live and America is the least most racial country in the world and this is the only place where they’re free to color between the lines where they can fall down 5,000 times and get up 5,001 and, unfortunately, they were brain washed thinking because they were black, America was a terrible place. Anyway, I asked them if they knew any black people in their community that had ever left America to go anywhere else? And the answer was no. And then I asked them if they were aware that more black Africans that emigrated voluntarily to the United States became slaves. They again told me no. Anyway, it was some very heated discussion back and forth for the next two hours because this was a.
NICK: And at the very conclusion, those six African-American students came up to me and said Mr. Adams, we want to say thank you for coming to our school. We’re not sure yet whether or not we agree with you, but we want to tell you that you put things in a way that we hadn’t previously seen. And, for me, that was a victory. Because I’m going to go back.
PAT: That is a victory.
NICK: I’m going to go back. That’s how we win back the future. Transform a generation.
GLENN: What is it like to be an African-American — what is it like to be an African Australian?
NICK: Look, we don’t have too many Africans in Australia. But, look, this is the — this is the only place where anybody can rise above the circumstances of their birth to go and achieve whatever they want to achieve. And I told those students.
GLENN: People don’t believe that, Nick.
NICK: I know.
GLENN: They think that Australia — it’s just like the United States. What is the difference?
NICK: The difference is massive, Glenn. In Australia, success is resented. In Australia, you can’t color outside of the lines, you can’t blaze a trail, you can’t leave a legacy. People are rooting for your failure, rather than your success.
PAT: Sadly, that’s starting to take root here.
NICK: I go and tell these kids that the day they were born in the United States of America is the day that they won the lottery of life.
PAT: It’s true.
NICK: And they got a Head Start on everyone. And I beg them, I beseech them to never, ever bind to this false narrative by the left that America is this bigoted and awful place. This is a country of unlimited opportunities. You can do anything. And so FLAG is doing this uplifting motivational patriotic talks at these schools. We have the world’s first U.S. constitution translated by Scalia interns in plane English that even an 8-year-old can understand.
GLENN: I love that. Is it available online?
NICK: Not yet. We’re about six weeks away. But I want to come back on the show and tell you about it. But I can tell you this is the worlds first kid friendly constitution. We respond. The kids were saying we love the constitution but we’re turned off by it because it’s hard to understand.
GLENN: Can you do the decoration of independence as well?
NICK: Yes, sir. We have. That’s right up next.
NICK: And we want to get that in the hands of as many kids in America.
STU: You have it for 8-year-old levels. If you can get it to 4-year-olds —
NICK: That’s right. We want to make it relatable. So we have images, we have graphic designs, we have cartoons, and we’re going to do it in a nice, big format, not the usual size of the constitution. It’s going to be for kids all the way from 8 years old up until 18. And because we want our kids tethered to the values and the virtues that emanate from the constitution, that catapulted America to the pinnacle nation of this earth.
JEFFY: Any way they get it is great. Instead of telling them we know it’s difficult. Butch up, dummy, read it anyway.
NICK: That’s right and it’s not going to be a substitute for the real thing. There are indispensable phrases in the constitution that we want them to know. But small things like saying to form a more perfect union, to form a more perfect country. It’s just small things like that that will hopefully make sure that kids will be really drawn and magnetized to the constitution because that’s the greatest political document ever written, and we want kids, we want the next generation of Americans to understand the centrality of that document to America’s continued prosperity and success.
GLENN: Nick Adams, so glad that you’re here. Glad that you’re a friend of ours and god bless you on all of the work that you’re doing. Founder and executive director of FLAG. The foundation for liberty and American greatness. Nick Adams. You can find more information, and I would imagine make a donation to help his 501C3 out.
NICK: We would love that.
GLENN: FlagUSA.org. If it’s something you want to be involved with, go to FlagUSA.org. Thanks, Nick, we’ll talk to you again later.