Wake Up America: A Review

Wake Up America should be the rallying cry for everyone who wants the United States to be great again, considering it has gone adrift over the last seven years from what the Founding Fathers intended. It is also the name of "The Five" co-host Eric Bolling’s book. After interviewing him American Thinker decided to take points he made and compare it to world events.

The qualities Bolling writes about are grit, manliness, individualism, merit, profit and providence, dominion over our environment, thrift, and above all pride in our country. Bolling speaks of his background, raised in a struggling blue-collar family in Chicago, where he learned from his parents that hard work and firm values will enable someone to get ahead in life. Those values drove him as a young baseball player to being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, then success as a New York Mercantile Exchange trader, and now his daily role on Fox News Channel.

The book begins with a dedication to President Obama, “If it weren’t for your announced goal of ‘fundamentally transforming the United States of America,’ I wouldn’t have been to exceedingly motivated to write this book to stop you and your liberal pals from achieving that goal. America will survive your agenda.”

He explained, “I did the dedication because this upcoming election is extremely important. It is the last shot we have for at least eight years, maybe longer. We need to push back against President Obama’s stated goal of not making America exceptional on the world stage. The President has done everything in his power to achieve the goal of undermining American exceptionalism.”

An example is President Obama’s executive order that makes the central point of U.S. policy the limiting of civilian casualties in war zones. He spoke of having between 64 and 116 civilian casualties occurring in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. No one wants any civilians to be hurt or killed, but this president appears to put those in war zones ahead of other civilians. Just look at the numbers of innocents killed outise of any "war zone": 129 in Paris, 32 in Brussels, 14 in San Bernardino, 49 in Orlando, 41 in Istanbul, and 20 in Bangladesh. Bolling is correct that Americans need to wake up and elect a president who is willing to destroy the terrorist threat, no matter the consequences, because in the end more of those in war zones will also be saved. In its own military campaigns, America often saves the few only to watch the many die horrific deaths at the hands of the Jihadists.

How many people have been frustrated with political correctness? Bolling shows his exasperation calling it “defeatist crap… a huge number of Americans think trying to make everyone equal is the right thing to do. For example, a school board's decision in North Carolina to stop naming valedictorians over the ‘unhealthy competition’ is an example of liberalism run amok. What they are saying, ‘it is not ok to work hard and succeed.’ It is a ‘everyone gets a trophy culture.’ We need to emphasize winning, being in first place or the Asian countries like China will eat us for lunch. The top ten countries in math, science, and reading are the Asian countries. We're becoming a nation of wussies. Let's stop America's slide into the liberal abyss. People are fed up with political correctness and are tired of being told what to say, how to say it, and who to say it to.”

The perfect example of this is Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent remarks in Orlando, “Our most effective response to terror and to hatred is compassion, its unity, and its love.” So the response should be to offer a big hug? No wonder retired FBI agents complain about the restrictions imposed on their ability to conduct investigations. American Thinker was told by a retired FBI Agent, "given the current philosophy of the administration, they do not want Muslims investigated unless there is clear information or evidence indicative of criminal activity. Therefore, in evaluating these cases, the FBI is likely going to be very conservative in their approach.”

In the “Grit” chapter he wrote, “There are a few major exceptions to today’s ‘softness indoctrination.’ The biggest and by far most important is the U.S. military. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are among the toughest, grittiest folks to ever walk the planet.” Bolling circles back to the Obama dedication as he blames this administration for “questioning the actions of our forces, which has allowed us to go from a winning strategy to a losing one.”

America seems to only fight limited wars. U.S. forces play by the rules while its enemies exploit those same rules to limit freedom of action, create sanctuaries where they can rest and rearm, and then launch international propaganda campaigns. These unnecessary restrictions are imposed on the use of military force. Veterans have complained to American Thinker how they knew where the enemy was, but couldn’t pursue them or even kill them.

In the “Profit” chapter there is the implication that words such as profit and successful are dirty words to the Liberals. But isn’t it more than that, it is also the hypocrisy? Hillary Clinton speaks of her gender; yet is relying on her two male bookends, President Obama and Bill Clinton. She also speaks of income inequality, but has made a fortune since being First Lady. Bolling thinks “being a hypocrite is synonymous with being a liberal. Hillary talks of income inequality, but gets hundreds of thousands of dollars to speak at a college. If she cares for college students’ welfare give the speeches for free. And she speaks of being the first female president at the same time she says her husband will run the economy.”

Hillary Clinton tries to hide her wealth. Yet, the press is complacent with her, but in 2012 constantly asked how he could connect with the American people because of his portfolio. Unlike Donald Trump, Romney did play right into the liberals’ hands by not embracing it, but apologizing for his success, which contributed to another term of President Obama.

Also, in that chapter Bolling speaks of how a hike in the minimum wage would cost jobs. He told American Thinker, “Putting the wages too high will make the decision easy for an employer to transition to automation. People will find alternatives if the wages are too high. The left does not seem to get this. Automation is much more profitable and efficient to a company than hiring someone who has to be given health care or a higher salary. This will drive unemployment.”

The common theme in Bolling’s book is the need to wake up, to push back against liberal culture by returning to the values that America was founded on. People need to stop having Democrats pull the wool over their eyes.

The author writes for American Thinker. She has done book reviews, author interviews, and has written a number of national security, political, and foreign policy articles.

Wake Up America should be the rallying cry for everyone who wants the United States to be great again, considering it has gone adrift over the last seven years from what the Founding Fathers intended. It is also the name of "The Five" co-host Eric Bolling’s book. After interviewing him American Thinker decided to take points he made and compare it to world events.

The qualities Bolling writes about are grit, manliness, individualism, merit, profit and providence, dominion over our environment, thrift, and above all pride in our country. Bolling speaks of his background, raised in a struggling blue-collar family in Chicago, where he learned from his parents that hard work and firm values will enable someone to get ahead in life. Those values drove him as a young baseball player to being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, then success as a New York Mercantile Exchange trader, and now his daily role on Fox News Channel.

The book begins with a dedication to President Obama, “If it weren’t for your announced goal of ‘fundamentally transforming the United States of America,’ I wouldn’t have been to exceedingly motivated to write this book to stop you and your liberal pals from achieving that goal. America will survive your agenda.”

He explained, “I did the dedication because this upcoming election is extremely important. It is the last shot we have for at least eight years, maybe longer. We need to push back against President Obama’s stated goal of not making America exceptional on the world stage. The President has done everything in his power to achieve the goal of undermining American exceptionalism.”

An example is President Obama’s executive order that makes the central point of U.S. policy the limiting of civilian casualties in war zones. He spoke of having between 64 and 116 civilian casualties occurring in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. No one wants any civilians to be hurt or killed, but this president appears to put those in war zones ahead of other civilians. Just look at the numbers of innocents killed outise of any "war zone": 129 in Paris, 32 in Brussels, 14 in San Bernardino, 49 in Orlando, 41 in Istanbul, and 20 in Bangladesh. Bolling is correct that Americans need to wake up and elect a president who is willing to destroy the terrorist threat, no matter the consequences, because in the end more of those in war zones will also be saved. In its own military campaigns, America often saves the few only to watch the many die horrific deaths at the hands of the Jihadists.

How many people have been frustrated with political correctness? Bolling shows his exasperation calling it “defeatist crap… a huge number of Americans think trying to make everyone equal is the right thing to do. For example, a school board's decision in North Carolina to stop naming valedictorians over the ‘unhealthy competition’ is an example of liberalism run amok. What they are saying, ‘it is not ok to work hard and succeed.’ It is a ‘everyone gets a trophy culture.’ We need to emphasize winning, being in first place or the Asian countries like China will eat us for lunch. The top ten countries in math, science, and reading are the Asian countries. We're becoming a nation of wussies. Let's stop America's slide into the liberal abyss. People are fed up with political correctness and are tired of being told what to say, how to say it, and who to say it to.”

The perfect example of this is Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent remarks in Orlando, “Our most effective response to terror and to hatred is compassion, its unity, and its love.” So the response should be to offer a big hug? No wonder retired FBI agents complain about the restrictions imposed on their ability to conduct investigations. American Thinker was told by a retired FBI Agent, "given the current philosophy of the administration, they do not want Muslims investigated unless there is clear information or evidence indicative of criminal activity. Therefore, in evaluating these cases, the FBI is likely going to be very conservative in their approach.”

In the “Grit” chapter he wrote, “There are a few major exceptions to today’s ‘softness indoctrination.’ The biggest and by far most important is the U.S. military. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are among the toughest, grittiest folks to ever walk the planet.” Bolling circles back to the Obama dedication as he blames this administration for “questioning the actions of our forces, which has allowed us to go from a winning strategy to a losing one.”

America seems to only fight limited wars. U.S. forces play by the rules while its enemies exploit those same rules to limit freedom of action, create sanctuaries where they can rest and rearm, and then launch international propaganda campaigns. These unnecessary restrictions are imposed on the use of military force. Veterans have complained to American Thinker how they knew where the enemy was, but couldn’t pursue them or even kill them.

In the “Profit” chapter there is the implication that words such as profit and successful are dirty words to the Liberals. But isn’t it more than that, it is also the hypocrisy? Hillary Clinton speaks of her gender; yet is relying on her two male bookends, President Obama and Bill Clinton. She also speaks of income inequality, but has made a fortune since being First Lady. Bolling thinks “being a hypocrite is synonymous with being a liberal. Hillary talks of income inequality, but gets hundreds of thousands of dollars to speak at a college. If she cares for college students’ welfare give the speeches for free. And she speaks of being the first female president at the same time she says her husband will run the economy.”

Hillary Clinton tries to hide her wealth. Yet, the press is complacent with her, but in 2012 constantly asked how he could connect with the American people because of his portfolio. Unlike Donald Trump, Romney did play right into the liberals’ hands by not embracing it, but apologizing for his success, which contributed to another term of President Obama.

Also, in that chapter Bolling speaks of how a hike in the minimum wage would cost jobs. He told American Thinker, “Putting the wages too high will make the decision easy for an employer to transition to automation. People will find alternatives if the wages are too high. The left does not seem to get this. Automation is much more profitable and efficient to a company than hiring someone who has to be given health care or a higher salary. This will drive unemployment.”

The common theme in Bolling’s book is the need to wake up, to push back against liberal culture by returning to the values that America was founded on. People need to stop having Democrats pull the wool over their eyes.

The author writes for American Thinker. She has done book reviews, author interviews, and has written a number of national security, political, and foreign policy articles.