With 2010 under way, it's time to fully embrace my new approach to, well, just about everything, especially the way I talk about the big problems facing our country. The last two years have been like a national sucker punch —bailouts, handouts, rising unemployment, creepy politicians, even creepier banking executives and a virtual collapse of the entire economy. Considering that, it makes sense we've spent these last two years in a state of shock, wondering how things got so bad so fast. But it's now time to move on. Enough with admiring the problem! It's like every weekend in the spring and summer when you look out at your yard and think to yourself, "Didn't I just mow the lawn last week…how did it grow again so quickly?" Stare all you want and wonder while you eat your cereal—eventually, you know you're gonna have to face the problem and get mowing.
2010 is the time for offering solutions and moving forward aggressively. There's no more time to waste. Essentially, you have a choice to make and it shakes down like this: You're either with James Madison or Karl Marx. It's time to pick a team. Of course, I'm not saying that there isn't room for a greater diversity of opinions, but I am saying that Madison and Marx are the two ideologies—right now—fighting for control of your country. Both are revolutionary, but one is more in the "muskets, freedom, good guys winning" vein, whereas the other is more "crazy-bearded, no individual rights, everybody speaks Russian." I think you know which is which.
Most importantly, you can't just take a pinch of Madison and a dash of Marx and try to come up with your own recipe. Washington is a big fan of this approach. They like to get you thinking that it's "progressive" to be open-minded about political thought and ideologies, and all that ends up doing is diluting your passion and distracting you from their real agenda. The political "pick and choose" approach just won't work—these two ideas are diametrically opposed to each other.
Right now as you're reading these very words, your country is being run by those who've chosen the Marxist approach. It's impossible to argue otherwise. You've heard me talk about President Obama back when he was Professor Obama and teaching the beliefs of Saul Alinsky, the author of Rules for Radicals. Alinsky wanted to take from the haves and give to the have-nots (he got to decide who was whom), and said, "The ends justify almost any means," and "[success] or failure is determinant of ethics." Funny, I've always thought that ethics and decency is where we started our discussion in and about America? But to guys like the morally bankrupt Alinski, and those who taught and follow his teachings, they're a mere after thought. That's Marx, not Madison, and that isn't me and I know it isn't you either.
Washington refuses to have this debate over the future of our country out in the open. They refuse to de- fend their "Madison or Marx" choice or be accountable for that decision to we the people. Not me. I proudly choose Madison. I choose liberty, individual rights and personal responsibility. In the coming months, I'll be talking about three more essential cornerstones in the foundation of my American Revival: The ideas of Faith, Hope and Charity. You won't find mention of those in any of Karl Marx's teachings, but they lie in the soul of Madison and inspire our desire to stop merely thinking about the problems facing America and start implementing the solutions.
Madison or Marx? I've made my decision, and it's time to make yours. Let's get to work.