My latest book, Flyover Nation: You Can't Run A Country You've Never Been To is on sale June 21st; you can preorder here or here.
Blaze TV and top radio host Dana Loesch explains that the biggest political problem today is that the people who run this country have no idea what life is really like for ordinary Americans. In fact, they have contempt for the very people they claim to represent.
When the owners of a small pizza parlor in Indiana were asked by the local press whether they would ever cater a gay wedding, they said no, citing their personal religious beliefs. The internet responded with immediate outrage, posting death threats and vicious online reviews, and forcing them to shut down. All for expressing a personal opinion rooted in faith, in response to a completely hypothetical question. A new front in the culture war had been opened.
When the owners of the pizza parlor told Dana Loesch on a Blaze TV interview that they might never reopen, Loesch started a fundraising campaign. Hundreds of thousands of dollars quickly poured in to support them. The people donating weren’t taking a stand against gay rights; they just believed that a random mom-and-pop shop shouldn’t be run out of business because media and political elites on both coasts caricature and vilify rural Americans.
Most of the problems with our country today can be traced to a very simple cause – the growing disconnect between the government and media elites and the rest of us, the old-fashioned, hard-working, God-fearing Americans who are proud to live in middle America. As Loesch explains, too many people getting on their high horse about Wal-Mart have never shopped in one. Protesters outraged at small town cops have never been helped by one. Environmentalists who claim to want to protect the spotted owl have never been in the woods with one. Atheists who attack committed Christians have never sat in a pew with one.
Loesch doesn’t take aims solely at the Democrats; some Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail have also forgotten what life is like for the people back home. While these so-called leaders may have forgotten the people in coal towns and farming communities, the voters in those communities haven’t forgotten Washington’s betrayals. And it will show in 2016.
As one of the most powerful and recognizable voices on talk radio today, Dana Loesch is leading a revolution of America’s new Silent Majority.
I got the idea for this book years ago when Obama made his infamous “bitter clingers” remark. It showed to me the vast misconceptions the east and west coast have about Flyover Nation and the people therein. I touched upon it briefly in my first book, and have really wanted to explore it in-depth. That's what Flyover Nation does: It explores and dispels the coastal stereotypes about the Midwest and Middle America, what I've always felt is “America's spine,” and examines the disconnect between the Americans with dirt and grease on their hands and the ensconced beltway class. It's funny, auto-biographical, and the most revealing I've ever been in any piece of writing. Enjoy.
*I'll be traveling around the country in June to promote the book; we are still confirming dates but will post a list when everything is finalized. I hope to see you at one of the events!