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tocqueville, cake here originally -- came here originally to investigate america's prison system. his mandate, or his investigative purview expanded as he got here. he became fascinated about what it was that had made this nation on the edge of a wilderness so dynamic in barely its first half century under the u.s. constitution. and he ultimately wrote the classic "democracy in america." our guest this evening nick adams from australia, has been likened to de tocqueville. he came here at just the age of 24 after a lifelong impulse to know more about america and to help americans know about ourselves through the mirror that he might be able to hold up even as a young man. nick had already by this time been elected to local government office as a university undergraduate in his metropolis
home of sydney, he was just 19. he was in local government, on the council. at age 21 he was deputy mayor. he served throughout the years of his 20s, but he came here, was fascinated with this country, began studying america and speaking to americans about how admired we are and our country's ideals are to the corners of the earth the result, among other things, was this book called account american booker rang." we are delighted to have nick adams with us at western conservative summit this past july. lots of you were there when he hit the room up on sunday morning moderating a panel about what we can expect as millennials take positions of leadership. i'm especially glad that we've got a lot of ccu students with us this evening because students this gentleman just
turned 30 a few weeks ago. he sets an example of what in an open society like america or his own australia what you can do without having a whole lot of years under your belt. if you have the vision the determination the drive. today's alexis de tocqueville, he's working on a french accent. he'll have to get by with the one that he brought with him for now. [laughter] we're just delighted to welcome back to ccu and centennial institute, nick adams of australia. [applause] >> good evening. mr. andrews, distinguished guests, staff and students at the colorado christian university and members of the public both here tonight and those watching at home on
c-span, it is a pleasure to be back in denver. i am very grateful for the centennial institute's kind invitation for me to be here with you this evening. john andrews, the direct or of the centennial institute, deserves special mention. i thank him for his friendship his mentoring, his patience and his loyalty in both good and trying times. it would be remiss of me not to mention carrie brim, john's assistant, who has been pittal in in-- pivotal in insuring that i can with here with you tonight. her warm spirit, her meticulous nature and her work ethic make her a delight to work with. ladies and gentlemen, it is so good to be in colorado. in my experience it's a great state. beautiful one day absolutely perfect the next. [laughter] growing up as a child i had
this insatiable curiosity so i would flip through travel guides in the library at school or in bookstores in the city, and whenever i got a travel guide of america or invariably i'd come across the great state of colorado. and without fail always one of the first things that would be listed about colorado is that it is the highest state in the union. little did i know that by the time i would make it to colorado, that would come to have taken on, shall we say enhanced meaning? [laughter] i still remember vividly my very first encounter, real encounter with colorado. it was on my first trip to the united states, and i was in the san francisco of texas. behind enemy lines in the people's republic of austin. [laughter] now, for those of you that haven't been to austin, let me tell you that there is so much
to choose from. you've got the soft left the center left and the crazy out of it left. in fact it's what the left like to call diversity. [laughter] anyway, here i was in sweltering conditions in the middle of summer meandering down sixth street perspiring profusely as perhaps president obama might on the golf course. [laughter] my throat's parched, and i'm looking for a drink. what happens? i stumble awe cross this -- across this odd-looking fellow, and right next to him is this gigantic bucket of ice full of bottles of beer. no water i inquire? no, he says, but, hey beer's only $2. i said okay. now, you've got to understand as an australian the last thing an australian wants to do is drink a warm beer. so i know that there was ice there, but i didn't know how long the beer had been inside.
so i said, okay, sir but are the beers cold or did you just put them in? well, as quick as the speed of light with the reflexes of a gazelle, he's plunged his arm into the bucket, yanked out in one deft move a bottle of beer. are they cold he bellows at me, he says bubba, i'm gonna teach you something. you see, this here is what we call a coors light. when the rockies are blue you know it's cold. you don't have to ask. laugh -- [laughter] needless to say, following this serendipitous encounter and the learning of the political persuasion and the donation habits of the coors family coors very rapidly became my favorite american adult beverage. [laughter] ladies and gentlemen i'm looking forward to telling you a
little bit about my story but can i just say i was in colorado just five months ago taking stage at the western conservative summit and back then you had a democratic senator. now you have a republican senator. [applause] now, i don't know how much i had to do with that -- [laughter] but i'm hoping that there's a message in there, and i'll be able to come to colorado more often if that's the result. [laughter] as an intellectually curious person but with a very rudimentary knowledge of spanish, i was very interested to learn that colorado is actually the spanish word for red. so i for one, was very glad that entomology and political climate have once more aligned. [laughter] ladies and gentlemen my connection to america is
ideological, intellectual emotional and historic. ideological because i love the idea and the values that america represents. intellectual because my study of america is considered somewhat formal and perspectival. emotional because even though i wasn't born in america even though i don't live in america i feel american. and historical because were it not for america, i'd probably be delivering this speech in japanese. [laughter] i'm proud to be a christian. i'm proud to have faith. i'm proud to believe in something bigger than me. that's what america has always been about. america has shown and demonstrated that christian civilization, when lived out in the lives of individuals and
institutions brings about greatest degree of liberty prosperity creativity, individuality, optimism, success and peace. but more on that later. let me tell you a little bit more about who i am. i was born in sydney, australia, on the 5th of september,1994. and i was born to a german mother and an australian father with greek heritage. the greatest trial of my life came at just 16 months when i was diagnosed with neuropew stoma which is a rare and unusual childhood cancer. only 1 in 100,000 children get it. there are only 600 cases a year in america and just 40 in australia. and the thing with this type of cancer is it is it is an enormously difficult cancer to
diagnose, and that means overwhelmingly when it is diagnosed, the tumor will have spread to other parts of the body. when i was diagnosed i was diagnosed with stage iv. the cancer had spread throughout my body. my entire body was riddled with cancer, and my mother and father were told that i had just a 5% chance of survival. of life. and after almost three years of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an operation through the healing hands of our master physician god i defied the odds, and i lived. and it would be a battle that would forever shape who i was and the way i conducted my life. it explains why i aggressively pursue every option every possibility and every single dream. i wish i could tell you that i
inherited my mother's german punctuality and organizational skills but i'd be lying. [laughter] i did, however learn from her several very valuable lessons about life. chief among those the need to protect and look after those who are incapable or less able to fend for themselves. some of my earliest memories involve walking around the bay where we lived to go and feed the seagulls. and my mother would always make a point of observing a seagull that was injured or just on one leg or in some way hampered from being able to compete for the bread crumbs that we would offer the flock of seagulls that would come. and she would always keep a little few bread crumbs just in reserve so that once the entire flock had dispersed having been fed, we could get as close as we could to the injured seagull and
make sure that they didn't go without. and it's a very simple story and a simple analogy but it's one that i've always tried to remember and i've always tried to live by. from if my father -- from my father i inherited my confidence my resilience my passion and my audacity. looking back although it was never explained to me in this way, he taught me the spirit of -- [speaking in native tongue] which is the greek idea of doing the right thing even when one's own life is in peril. growing up, while i never felt anything but australian, there were two stories about the second world war and greece that i always kept close to my heart. the first was in 1940 when benito mussolini, italy's prime
minister, asked the greek prime minister for free passage through greece. and on the spot at 3:00 in the morning without hesitation without consultation he said no. it was a spirited defiance and quite incredible when considering just how vastly outnumbered the greeks were by italians. it prompted sir winston churchill, the greatest figure of the 20th century in my mind to say it is not greeks that fight like heroes but that heroes fight like greeks. and then again in 1943 on the island of -- [inaudible] the german military commander ordered the bishop and the mir to prepare him a list of the jewish community on the island. his plan was to deport the
entire jewish community to concentration camps in poland. the word had gone out that any greek caught hiding a jew would be executed on the spot. instead of preparing this list, the bishop and the mayor went to the jewish community on the island, and they sent them into hiding in the mountains or with christian friends in the countryside. they returned to the german military commander and presented him with a sheet of paper, the list that the german military commander was after. there were two just two names on that piece of paper the bishop and the mayor. they told the german military commander that it was the entire jewish community. it was the spirit that was behind both of those acts, and it is that precise spirit that
has encouraged me to answer what i consider the greatest moral calling of our time, the defense of the united states of america. as a 17-year-old, i watched as evil islamists plunged planes into buildings. i remember realizing then and there that history had be1230e be1230e -- bestowed a very particular role upon my generation to stand up and to fight for america. at university i watched as american flag after american flag was burned. as an adult, i watched as the world's media turned anti-americanism into a sport. i watched as they opposed every single american military endeavor, always attributing it to some nefarious motive. i saw their contempt for
president george w. bush and i see their admiration for president barack obama, a moral inversion if i've ever seen one. i've watched the left undermine pillars of american im; liberty, small government god-based ethics and e pluribus unum. through schools and universities, labor unions, the entertainment media and the arts. i don't want to think about a world devoid of american leadership. it terrifies me. it frightens me. we've already seen glimpses of what it looks like under this president. and it is, indeed, very grave. right now america must save its children from humanism, its economy from deprivation and its liberty from extinction. abandoning american roots means that you lose all the attending
benefits of christian civilization such as absolute moral standards, a sound economy and any vestige of liberty that you still maintain. ladies and gentlemen i believe that being born an american is to have won the lottery of life. hundreds of millions of people right around the world wish they could live in america more than their own country. more people from more countries have immigrated to measuring to be free than the -- to america to be free than the rest of the world's country put together. there is no place like america. but america's not just a place, america's not just a country, it's the greatest value system ever devised. the world should adopt american values. american values are the world's
best hope. everything that i i am saying violates violently left-wing orthodoxy. but why be politically correct when you can be right? [laughter] [applause] why not speak the truth when you can be patriotic? nothing is more anti-american in ideology or in practice than political correctness. absolutely nothing. every problem in america today can be traced back to it every challenge america faces is compounded by it, every threat to america today is enhanced by it. political correctness, when allowed to flourish extinguishes confidence, impairs judgment preaches victimhood and entrenches division.
it makes a peaceful and cooperative society impossible. who here is familiar with ella brighton the prolific english children's writer? okay, a couple. fabulous writer. churn all around the world -- children all around the world have read enid brighton's books and loved them. i couldn't get enough of them. i read them and reread them and reread them scores of times. and i'll tell you what really infuriates me. a few years ago a decision was made to take all enid brighton's books off book shelves in stores and in libraries with a view to revising and, ultimately republishing new editions of enid blighton to remove what
self-appointed czars called age bias. so line by line, page by page enid blighton's work was edited to reflect, apparently, new norms of society. and i remember thinking to myself who are these people? who are you? who are you some third rate, upstart mediocrity because you need to tell free men and women what they and cannot read? it's outrageous. but, of course, i'm a straight, white, middle class conservative well-educated male. so i don't get a voice. i'm not entitled to an opinion, and i need to check my white privilege. well, i'm tired of it. i'm tired of being told what i can say and what i can't say. i'm tired of being told to be careful. i'm tired of seeing good people
hauled over the hot coils for no reason -- hot coals for no reason. i'm tired of seeing arbitrary standards set by pony-tailed grad students that have spent far too much time in gender study seminars. [laughter] i am tired of the secular twitter minis that hide behind a computer with nothing better in their life to do than act as a lynch mob dictating our culture and the news cycle to lazy journalists. i'm tired of seeing good people lose opportunities and lose their jobs just because they hold a certain opinion. that's not the america i grew up imagining. that's not the america i spent afternoons gazing out of my classroom window dreams of.
i remember those amps very well. -- those afternoons very well. looking outside the classroom window contemplating life beyond the plush green rugby ovals of my all boys' anglican private school. invariably my mind would drift to america. this country far away oozing with opportunity overflowing with optimism, brimming with creativity teeming with energy. america, the place where anything, anything anything at all was possible. long before i came to america i was in love with america, because i was a dreamer. i had big hopes big ideas big visions. i didn't want to be ordinary. i didn't want to be mediocre. i didn't want to settle. i came to america to be the best that i could be, to learn from
the best, to be mentored by the best and to, ultimately, be able to match it with or even beat the best, to make it. because if you can make it in america, you can make it anywhere. the best of every industry no matter what it is is right here in the united states. all i don't of you in this room are so lucky to be americans. you live in a culture that is computing and vibrant and passionate and nostalgic and optimistic. others live in pedestrian and timid cultures. that's why my advice to you is always to never let anyone tell you that you can't achieve it. never let anyone stomp on your dreams. never be content to color
between the lines. never be cramped into submission. stretch out and slab mediocrity in the face because as more thans you've been given so much -- as americans you've been given so much more. don't lose it, don't squander it. don't give in to the tolerance totalitarians and their agenda. our big dreams will never be satisfied by their small agenda that has already failed. be bold, be faithful, lead. lead. that's what america was meant to do. that's what americans should do. it's their natural disposition. leadership is the indispensable quality that america offers the entire world.
let me close with a great passage, a catch cry first used by napoleon and later co-opted by the great u.s. general george patton. you'll need it in a world that is increasingly against you. audacity audacity always audacity. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. god bless you god bless colorado. [applause] >> nick adams! [applause] now, nick, when we went out to dinner and i told you you should not have the extra caffeine, i'm just so glad that i cut you down on caffeine tonight. [laughter] who knows what we would have been in for. let's go now to your comments and questions. i heard a titter of laughter
when nick refer to a c-span audience as though he was just being grandiose. who could ever accuse him of being grandiose? [laughter] no. we're honored that c-span is here. they have occasionally covered events on the campus, they have often covered the western conservative summit. i only mention this so that we've got good audio. i'm going the need you, if you have a question or comment to come up and take the microphone from me, let the rest of of the room hear your question or comment, and then we'll give the mic back to our guest, nick adams. and give us your name and give us your question. >> dr. watson, i'm a history professor here. the world, not america. [laughter] how are we going to turn this thing around? how are we going to undo the damage of the last seven years, six years? >> well, doctor, i appreciate that question very much. in my book "the american
boomerang," i actually outline a simple concise ten-point plan that i believe will see america return to its full potential. that ten-point plan is to end the waste, to pay back the debt to limit the government to axe political correctness, to protect the borders to preserve judeo-christian traditions, to cut taxes, to end the culture of entitlement, keep the peace through unquestioned military advantage and exercise fidelity to the constitution. now, that's a long laundry list -- [laughter] >> do we begin? -- where do we begin? >> well, i believe if you can do all of those ten things, you will forge a new generation of americans capable of securing the american dream for another 200 years at least and that would be the best thing that could happen not just for america, but for the entire world. so to answer your follow-up question about how to do it it's going to require a patriotic shot in the arm. it's going to require americans
to reengage in the culture wars. it's going to require americans to no longer cede the ground where of the media, of schools of universities. we need to take the fight to the left. we immediate to take the fight to the forces -- we need to take the fight to the forces whose ultimate target is the united states of america. let's be honest their target list is as long as the list i just provided you. but the grand prize if there was a deck of cards of the most wanted america would be the prime card. because america represents the greatest holdout to the left's agenda, and it's why we need to do everything that we can do to make sure that america remains strong. because i believe that the rest of the world is too far gone. and i don't say that lightly. but i believe that the only hope for our world, the only hope for americans of today to feel safe
about the future that they will bequeath to their future and their children is the united states of america. >> who else? please? how about a student question? never saw such a shy audience. he's cowed them all into silence. >> thank you. my name's chris crown. your commentary, your thoughts or ons ovations on our president's -- observations on our president's recent address to your congress. >> it's good to see that the colorado christian university audience is very well informed. you're exactly right sir. president obama did come and visit australia recently, and he was there for the g20 summit which saw australia as the host, and as host welcomed world leaders from right around the world. president obama attended the g20 conference, and he spoke at a
local university in the state of queens where he proceeded to give a nationally-televised live address covered on every single channel in australia. he dedicated a very substantial portion of that speech to climb change -- to climate change. [laughter] now, he spoke with reverence almost as if he was speaking about a faith. funny, that. [laughter] and he told australians that it's the great moral challenge of our time that we stand up and we fight for climate change. he said that little sasha and malia are never going to get to see the great barrier reef, he said that australians have got more to lose from climate change than anybody else. now, all of this might be fairly unremarkable. of course, we've come to expect
this kind of tripe from the leader of the free world. [laughter] but what was incredible about it is that australia has not subscribed to the climate change ap pop lex city that the rest of the world has and one of the central planets of the -- planks of the newly-elected conservative government was to scrap our cap and trade tax or our carbon tax. [laughter] and we did that. that was an unpopular tax, that was a burdensome tax and everyone wanted it gone so it went. now, president obama knew this full well, and, of course, at the g20 summit because australia was hosting it surprised few that climate change was left off the agenda. our prime minister, tony abbott is one of the most outspoken skeptics, if you like, on
climate change. so for president obama to come down to australia and proceed to give a speech at a local university in arguably australia's closest ally a friendship that goes back so long i don't even know where to begin, was amazing. it emerged in the days following that the u.s. embassy in australia had actually advised president obama against making the speech fearing that it would provoke a diplomatic row. and, boy, did it. for the first time in the relationship, the foreign minister of australia and the trade minister had to come out and publicly rebuke the president of the united states. [laughter] and it's quite amazing that the president would choose to line up somebody that is not even a political opponent but what he deems to be an ideological
opponent. and that was disappointing, it was stunning, it was offensive really, for him to come and do that. but it follows a tradition of him alienating america's traditional allies. we remember the ipod that he sent the queen full of his speeches. we will recall him sending back the bust of sir winston churchill to westminster. so, clearly, he has a problem with a lot of america's longstanding allies and his foreign policy seems to be to upset the allies and embolden his enemies which is to the detriment again not just of america, but the entire world. >> thanks nick. who else? >> my name is ellen dinsmore, and i love america.
your words tonight have been really encouraging to me. however, of late i've been to consider some darker possibilities. what if america doesn't pull out of the swamp that we're seeing currently? my initial question would have been that of dr. watson's, how can we pull out? but if we can't, what do you see coming next? [laughter] >> well, the question is what would america look like if the current trend continues? what would the world look like, ellen, if the current trend continues? this is the world that i envisage with a fallen america: terror, tyranny and torture would reign. individual liberty would be
gradually extinguished iran could launch a nuclear war against israel, north korea would invade south korea, indonesia may possibly make a move on australia tyrants in africa would be emboldened even more than what they already are. terrorists would have nobody capable of subduing them. in short, complete and total darkness. it's a world that we don't want to contemplate even for a fleeting second. but it's great that you ask the question because it is perhaps the only thing, that prospect is perhaps the only thing that can get americans back to understanding how important the challenge that they face is. i said earlier that america is the world's greatest value
system ever devised for humanity, and it's true. in 5,000 years of recorded human history, we've never seen a country like america. and american values have benefited the world immeasurably. but that value system can only live on if the would-with be manufacturers -- would-be manufacturers manufacture it and export it. and as i look around in this room ellen you and your fellow students are going to be bequeathed the greatest responsibility in the world, to keep the improbable experiment of america alive. and to do so you need to continue to manufacture and export that value system far and wide. the world depends on it. >> well said. who else please? >> patrick fitzgerald.
i've seep your country -- i've seen your country but i didn't get a feel for its politics. please characterize conservativism in stall ya. how strong is it? >> so that's a wonderful question. look australia is not a center-right country. believe it or not, despite everything that you're going through right now i still happen to believe that america is a center-right nation. and i say that because culture trumps politics. and the culture of real america, the culture of what i like to consider main street america is one of a conservative nature. it leans, i believe, to the right. when i travel throughout america, i see the ideals of family faith, flag and neighborhood.
australia is more european is perhaps the best way of describing it to you. we're nowhere near as bad as europe, but we're certainly not america. and adding to that the culture of australia is different to the culture of america. being a brash bold conservative in australia doesn't work. we are a people that much prefer to have quiet, small steps towards an objective. and perhaps why i'm in america more than i'm in australia these days, because i tend to prefer the hit it out of the park mentality. but australia is a great country with a great record. i mean, we are so thrilled to be the only country to have fought alongside the united states in every single major conflict since the beginning of last century. and, of course -- thank you. [applause]
of course, we hold that distinction because the brits didn't go to vietnam. so australian politics, look if you have the political views of bill o'reilly in australia, as an example you would be considered way out there. that's to give you an indicationing. whereas here i find that genuine conservative values have a real home and a real place. i believe in australia they don't. now, a lot of that has to do with demography, and a lot of that has to do with the way that our country is lawld out. and -- laid out. and i'll give you a little bit of information on that. the perception worldwide, internationally, about australia is that we are this land of rugged individualists that fight for ourselves and fend off all kinds of nasty animals -- [laughter] some of that's true.
but the truth is that there's 23 million of us, so we're a very small country. there are more californians there are more texans than there are australians. but more importantly, of the 23 million 16 to 18 million of those 23 live in six of the major cities of australia. now, if you compare that to america -- and i've done the arithmetic -- if you count up all the populations of chicago and los angeles and new york and dallas and denver and all of those places, you don't get past the 80 million mark. now, why is this important? well, my thesis is that it is demography that often establishes a nation's political
psyche. and it's no surprise then that the australian national isn'tment would re-- sentiment would resemble that more of the inner city, it would come to represent more inner city values as opposed to small towns whereas america is really a nation of small towns as opposed to major cities. and that's why, at least up until now america has always tended to represent on a national level and projected internationally the values that you would associate with a small town. so i think a lot of that also has to do with the political climate and state of play in australia. >> nice job beginning to learn american slang, nick. when you said hit it out of the park, i thought i was with the boston red sox. [laughter] [applause] and we in colorado done really like the boston red sox.
[laughter] >> hi, i'm reagan and i was just wondering if you had an opinion on obama's executive order on immigration. >> i told you you'd meet interesting people, see? you just met reagan. [laughter] >> i did. reagan, lovely question, thank you very much. thank you for coming here with your dad. i believe you guys reached out to me last week, and i really appreciate you coming. i'm glad that my work touched you enough for you to come, and i'm so happy that it could all work out and you could be here with us tonight. reagan, it's a really good question, you know? and i had occasion to be in new york for the last couple of weeks, and i was able to do lots of media on fox news about president obama's amnesty offer. and the simple point i made was that amnesty will always lead to more illegal immigration. if you reward bad behavior you're only going to get more bad behavior. and any high school classroom
teacher can tell you that. the only way, the only way that you can get people doing the right thing is by being tough is by enforcing the law, is by enforcing discipline. and president obama, what he should have said the other week when he gave his big amnesty address was if you come to america illegally, if you come to america the wrong way, you will never, ever get to stay. you will never become an american we don't want you. [applause] we are a caring and compassionate society, but we are a nation of laws and things need to happen the right way. and by the way, we're not entirely sure if we really want people coming to our country whose first act is going to be to break the law.
that would have sent a very clear message to people aspiring to be illegal immigrants that they would have risked everything for nothing. and that is the only way you can stop illegal immigration. australia had a dreadful problem well legal immigration. with illegal immigration. the equivalent of the democrats got in power back in 2007 and they decided to totally wind back all of the protection policies that had been in place. what were their reasons? well they cited the usual mantra; that it was inhumane, it was wrong, it was immoral, we weren't that kind of country. so what happened? well the boats started coming. obviously, australia is surrounded by water, so the only way to get to australia
illegally is by boat. and the boats started coming. tens of thousands of people came, thousands of boats and it was an unmitigated disaster. but more than that, it was a tragedy. more than a thousand people that we just know of perished at sea making that perilous journey. so not only was this soft approach bad policy goodness knows the types of people that are now in australia over that four of five-year period. but more than that the policy was so terrible that effectively it cost lives. and the people that wound back those policies had blood on their hands. and it was a conservative government that responded to an uprising of australians very unhappy with the situation that got tough.
and what they did because they couldn't wave a magic wand immediately and stop the boats, first the message had to get out there that there was a new government in place, and there was a new policy in place and this is what it was. so in order for that message to go out, of course in the early months of the new conservative government selection the boats kept coming. so what did the conservative government do? well our prime minister came out and said, okay, you have come to the australia illegally. therefore, you will never get to stay. you will never become an australian. you have two choices. we will either send you home and we will pay for it, or you can go to an offshore processing center on an island where you will be in detention until which time we manage to process your application. ladies and gentlemen, i'm proud to tell you that in 11 months we have not had one single illegal
immigrant i arrival to australia. [applause] it is the great story, and it is the one that president obama should be heralding and should be following. but i suspect that there are other motives to his amnesty offer. i note his pledge when he was first elected to fundamentally transform america. well, make no mistake about it amnesty will fundamentally transform america, and it's time for the left to be honest. populations are on the move everywhere. how many people do we want and how are they going to change our countries? >> one or two more. >> thank you, mr. adams for coming. my name is -- [inaudible]
as you reflect upon your understanding of american values i wonder if you can comment on obama's recent pronouncements that racism is deeply rooted and remains deeply rooted in america? >> well, i'm not in the south but i'm going to use some southern terminology if it's all right by mr. andrews. >> y'all can try. [laughter] >> well, i'm here to tell y'all that it's horse apples. [laughter] >> pretty close. >> it's absolutely bill. it is total poppy cock. america is the least racist multiracial society in the world. this country is the best country for any person including a black person to live. that's why more black africans have come to america voluntarily
than came as slaves. this is a country that is known for its dedication to e pluribus unum out of many one. where in other nations your ethnic heritage or your family's ethnic heritage defines your identity, this is a country that is both uninterested and disinterested in where you come from. the only thing that matters is that you're here, that you're in america, that you have in effect, signed up to the contract that is the american or contract, that you're patriotic that you're -- [inaudible] america and that's all that counts. and one of the grave withest threats, i think, to america and american exceptionalism is multiculturalism. we've seen how devastating it is in europe, we've seen how devastating it is even in america's english-speaking
cousins of australia england canada and new zealand. and the multiculturallists, i believe, are the true racists. because they're the people that think race so important that they want to emphasize and make a big deal about it. the last thing a liberal wants is a color blind society. >> we want to give everyone a chance to buy nick's book and shake his hand and have that book autographed, and so, nick, let me ask you to wrap up by taking us back through your ten-point agenda. a lot of us were very impressed with that when you gave it at the western conservative summit in july, and you went through it so quickly just now, just walk us through at a little bit more measured pace those ten points to send us out tonight please. >> yes sir. number one, end the waste. number two, pay back the debt. number three, limit the government. number four axe political
correctness. number five -- too fast? let's start again. [laughter] number one end the waste. number two pay back the debt. number three, limit the government. number four, axe political correctness. number five, protect the borders. number six, preserve judeo-christian traditions. number seven end the culture of entitlement. number eight, cut taxes. number nine exercise fidelity to the constitution. and number ten, keep the peace through unquestioned military advantage. thank goodness i thought i was going to have a rick perry moment there. [laughter] >> give me a wrap-up. >> well, ladies and gentlemen again, a wonderful pleasure honor and privilege to be here with you tonight. as a young man, i dreamed of being able to come here and speak to audiences just like you and to have c-span here is a particular treat, to have this broadcast right across the
country. i believe that i have an invaluable contribution to make to american life and society. i hope i'll be able to make that as an american in the future, that's my dream. that's what i'd like to do. and i encourage each and every single one of you to keep in touch, to be familiar with my work and the help me in whatever way you can. i'd really appreciate it. god bless you and never let anyone tell you that you don't live in the greatest country in the history of the world. [laughter] [applause] >> booktv is on twitter and facebook, and we want to hear from you. tweet us twitter.com/booktv. or post a comment on our facebook page, facebook.com/booktv. >> well, next on booktv we want to introduce you to sam kean whose most