This week was the launch of my first book, Guardian of the Republic. I’m currently in Philadelphia (hat tip to Dom Giordano and the WPHT crew for a fantastic evening last night at Valley Forge Military Academy) and as I am writing this weekly reflection, from my hotel room I can see Independence Hall, the birthplace of the American Republic.It’s a tangible reminder to me how exceptional and great this nation is – how I came from the inner city of Atlanta to be sitting in a room overlooking this symbol of our humble beginnings. I think about how Benjamin Franklin stepped outside that esteemed hall in 1787 and was queried whether the nation would have a monarchy or a Republic. His response was telling: “a Republic, if you can keep it.”
And so in writing Guardian of the Republic I wanted to talk about my humble beginnings and my life’s pursuit to meet Benjamin Franklin’s challenge. However, Franklin’s challenge was for all of us – even though many have declined to accept it.A key question in the book stems from the words of then-Senator Barack Hussein Obama who said before Election Day in 2008, “we are five days from fundamentally transforming America.” No one ever asked, transform America to what? Or more importantly, transform America from what?
Could it be Obama seeks to destroy the very thing those humble men set out to establish over 200 years ago in the hall upon which I gaze? More importantly, has America awakened to that fact? And if we do realize Obama’s intent, what are we willing to do about it? Sadly, I believe there are too many who know nothing of our fundamental principles, as well as many who do not even care. People such as this enable someone like an Obama to rise and threaten to destroy that precious quality birthed right here in Philadelphia: individual liberty. A president who finds comfort in lying to the American people is one willing to do anything to achieve the ends of “fundamental transformation.”Guardian of the Republic is my story, but it is also a clarion call to America to accept the challenge of Benjamin Franklin and become fellow Guardians of the Republic. I cannot think of a better way to end the first week of the book release than sitting here, looking at Independence Hall, and making a pledge to Benjamin Franklin and our Founding Fathers that I will be a Guardian of the Republic. I hope you will join me.