January 17, 2005
It has become clear that Americans fed-up with political correctness
are shifting to the right and making a strong statement that
the country has strayed too far from the values of our founding
Liberals are going to hate to hear this but this is PRECISELY
why my commentary is right on point this week. The Average
American today, Joe and Sally Six-Pack as I like
to call them, have had it with the Left and theyre not
going to take it anymore. (My apologies to the producers of
the movie Network for playing off their classic
Its funny how we come to realize things in life, when
the light finally goes on, when reality smacks us in the head,
and all of a sudden we say to ourselves, Oh, I get it!
Well, that has finally happened to me, and in the least expected
This epiphany happened today as I was driving home from a
very successful meeting on behalf of a client. I took a cell
phone call from a fellow named Tom who, after
apologizing for calling me out of the blue, made an incredible
case for why the little guy in our country is flexing his
Made-in-the-U.S.A. muscle and we better all pay attention.
His passion and anger reminded me of the classic quotes that
came out of the Nixon Administration. Richard Nixon, in a
speech about ending the Vietnam War, on November 3, 1969,
called on the silent majority in America to back
him up. His Vice President, Spiro Agnew, in expressing anger
at how much control the Democrats had over America, declared:
In the United States today, we have more than our share
of the nattering nabobs of negativism.
Today, we hear similar cries from people who are standing
up and vowing to take America back from the Negative Left
who see nothing good in America and want us all to be like
Canada, or worse, France.
But back to my caller.
He was angry (furious was more like it) that the city of Azusa,
California, a sleepy little burb in the foothills of the San
Gabriel Valley in Eastern Los Angeles County, was trying to
shut down one of the largest and most respected gun ranges
in the U.S. It has a pistol range, a rifle range, a moving
target range, a shotgun range for skeet and trap, and a combat
range, located in the foothills near the intersection of Interstates
210 and 605.
The San Gabriel Valley Gun Club is a favorite of not only
ordinary firearms enthusiasts, but also the home of more than
50 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The
military also uses it regularly to train and qualify our soldiers,
including prepping them for overseas duty.
I know it sounds kid of funny to talk about the military using
a range East of L.A. for war training, but think about this.
In a heavily populated region like L.A. and Orange counties,
with most military bases now closed, where do valiant warriors
go to sharpen their skills to take on Al Qaeda and other world-wide
By the way, not all of our military folks fight for us overseas.
One of the regular visiting military units at the gun club
is the Coast Guards Sea Marshals. These men and women
work in ports around the U.S., including Long Beach and Los
Angeles harbors, boarding incoming ships and looking for terrorists,
dangerous cargo, and other things that threaten this nations
economy, our livelihood, and our very existence. Next time
you see a truck hauling containers into your community to
the local WalMart, Kmart, Sears, et al, remember that a Sea
Marshal or a U.S. Customs inspector probably checked it first
to make sure it doesnt blow up in your town.
Local cops, state parole and narcotics officers, and federal
ATF, DEA, and Customs and Immigration agents all train alongside
each other to protect YOU and Joe and Sally Six-Pack
in the other on-gong war in our lives, the war on crime. So
the San Gabriel Valley Gun Club, founded 58 years ago, is
a major resource right in the back yard of the second largest
city in America.
But back to my caller.
Tom was telling me that even though he disagreed
with the war in Iraq, and he is not some right wing nut, he
voted for George Bush for President because we have
to take our country back. We are going to get our moral values
We have all been hearing about moral values lately and some
in the media have sarcastically questioned what this buzz
word really means. Tom told me what it means to him
and he made a lot of sense.
He said that as Americans, we have always been at the top
of the world heap not just because we are risk takers who
maximize the use of our freedoms of speech, religion, the
right to assemble, bear arms, elect a representative government,
etc. Tom reminded me that although we may have philosophical
differences over issues like abortion, the funding and future
of Social Security, and whether we should be the worlds
police force, we generally have always gotten along as a society.
It is his contention that the Democrats, the Left, the ACLU,
and their ilk, have ruined it for all of us and that we are
now in a massive and classic pendulum swing back
to the right in the hopes we end up somewhere near the middle
where most of America resides. He feels the current layout
of red and blue states should become the traditional red,
white and blue America in which all of us were raised.
It is Toms view that everyday, average Americans are
tired of political correctness, the removal of Christ
from Christmas, the inability or refusal of the government
to control our borders, the over-regulation and taxation of
our businesses, and the increasing intrusion of the government
into our everyday lives. He hates the IRS but loves the FBI.
I know he may sound to some like the far right fringe, but
he was also venting AGAINST the NRA and other darlings of
the right. Tom was sounding like a guy with beefs on both
sides of the political aisle.
And he was parroting the very same concerns I have been hearing
from a lot of folks recently of all ethnic, economic, and
sexual persuasions. They are all saying to me that our country
has lost its way, not just a moral compass, but a common sense
compass, that we are headed in the wrong direction. And THAT
makes people very uncomfortable and it is spurring them into
action. Thats why they didnt want John Kerry as
President. To them, he was not real. George Bush was real
and more down to earth.
They want to return to America some of the great themes and
values of previous generations. I know some of you Lefties
are just itching to say, Oh yeah, the values of previous
generations? Like slavery, coat hanger abortions in back alleys,
and women not able to vote?
And I respond, No, you nattering nabobs of negativism
(thanks, Spiro). The silent majority (thanks Tricky Dicky)
is tired of being silenced.
Average Americans who sometimes work more than one job, who
raise good and productive kids and grandkids, who dont
always vote but always give of their time, talents and resources
to charities and the needy, feel a burning duty to stand up
and stop the decline of our civilization.
They say our education system is broken and theyre right.
They feel our political system is dysfunctional and corrupt
and theyre right. They are tired of the ACLU types using
the separation of church and state to rid this country of
its religious heritage and they are right.
And they fear that that if we succumb to the values and weaknesses
of some of our traditional allies, like the French, we will
become as weak and milk toast as they are. And these Average
Americans are right. We are much better than that and we deserve
a better destiny.
Common sense people are also simple, uncomplicated people.
They are simple, not simpletons. They are not jet-setters,
trend-setters, or night-life clubbers. They are just hard
working folks. They dont need or covet Prada or Polo,
and Rolex watches are NEVER de rigueur. For them, Levis or
Wranglers and Timex are more than adequate. They dont
demand Victorias Secrets to feel sexy WalMart
and Sears do the trick.
Image this: how in the world did we get to this point in our
lives without trashy lingerie? How did we prosper and pro-create
our way into the 21st Century without fertility drugs and
the ubiquitous soft porn shows and commercials on television?
Tom and his average American friends know. They
focus on the basics. Theyre not radicals on either fringe
of the political spectrum. Theyre not the far religious
right and they certainly dont consider themselves political
They overwhelmingly voted for George Bush because he speaks
to THEIR values, their hopes and dreams, and their memories
of what American has been and can be once again. They dont
want to be Ozzie and Harriett or Archie Bunker. But they also
dont want to become like Madonna, Johnny Depp or any
of those other foreign-land suck-ups from Hollywood.
They want to see our police and military train at safe, regulated
gun ranges with flawless track records like the San Gabriel
Valley Gun Club. They want their kids and grandkids to learn
the value of an education, the right to learn how to handle,
use, and respect a firearm, and the opportunity to succeed
and fail based on their own ability to take risks. They DONT
want any more government in their lives and they are tired
of supporting the lazy, the hustlers, and the other leaches
in society who are draining on our economy, our values, and
And they have made it clear to me in recent discussions that
are prepared to vote their conscience and their values to
remove left-wing anti-gun, anti-God, anti-decency, anti-Boy
Scout, anti-business, seemingly anti-everything
elected officials from office.
They are coming out in droves to fight to save the San Gabriel
Valley Gun Club for our police, our military, and our communities.
They are standing up to fight for returning the recently-removed
cross from the official seal of Los Angeles County. And theyre
still damned angry about the holiday season that just concluded
where one of the main topics of conversation was the political
correctness of not using Christmas in store ads
and promotions, as well as in salutations, in school plays
and other public venues.
These average Americans have become soldiers in a fight to
stop the rewriting of American history by those whom they
see as out of touch with the undeniable religious values that
put In God We Trust on our money, and One
nation under God in our pledge of allegiance.
And by God, they will not be deterred.