tv Interview with Nick Adams CSPAN April 25, 2016 7:50am-8:01am EDT
challenges when their very existence is being questioned to the library of congress should continue to be a leader. i would be honored to be part of the legacy and accomplishments of my predecessors in this position. to be part of a continuing movement to open the treasure chest that is at the library of congress. this can be done without threatening the libraries core responsibility to support and advise congress, to serve users of the copyright office, and assist researchers who benefit from its exhaustive collection. if confirmed he would be my privilege to join the dedicated staff and supporters of the library, to ensure that its treasures are secured and shared for many years to come speak to us in egypt to set a date to vote on carla hayden's confirmation. >> author nick adams, if you read your books, i think it's probably safe to say that you love america more than anybody austin the whole world spin i love america.
it's the greatest country in history of the world. the constitution as of the best political document ever written. the united states military is the finest fighting force the world has ever seen adequate vehicle against evil. when i come to america i am taken by the initiative, the boldest and excitement, the individualism. that's something i want to see fraser. there is no place like america. >> people listening are going to wonder why somebody from australia loves america so much spirit it's a good question but it's also a simple question to answer. what's good for america is good for the world. when america is strong, the world is stronger when america is weak, the world is dangerous. and that's not a nick adams hypothesis. that's the reality we are living right now and that's what every single person no matter what you do come to you are can what color you are, what your sexual orientation is, everyone has an investment in keeping america as robust and as powerful as possible.
>> when did you come to this viewpoint? >> all my life i was drawn to the united states. i was one of those people, you know, arnold schwarzenegger, a long mosque, a whole tradition of people right around the world who had an inexplicable desire to just get to the united states. and it's something i think about the energy in america, the optimism, the feeling that anything is possible, that this is the land where magic can truly happen. and that's really what i kind of subscribe to. and i've got to tell you that i've never ever been disappointed. this isn't a country where anything is possible. i think this is still the land where anybody can rise above the circumstances of their birth and go on to achieve whatever it is that they want to achieve, and that is an elegant and beautiful principle and one that we've got to preserve for as much and as long as possible.
>> the title of your most recent book is "retaking america" which seems to indicate we're doing something wrong. what is that? >> i think political correctness is behind every single problem in america today. whether we are talking about open borders, a diminished america on the world stage, the police having to wear their own handcuffs, declining educational standards, and inability to defeat the islamists and that is rampaging throughout the world right now. all of those things are rooted in political correctness. the solutions can be implemented also because of political correctness. so i think that there is no greater moral imperative then crushing this totalitarian ideology that is producing a choking conformity, and intellectual tyranny that quite simple is un-american, anti-american, antithetical to the foundational principles of the united states. and i think that right now
people are just sick and tired of being accused of micro-aggressing and macro aggressing and trigger warning and not knowing to 77 different genders and being accused of being a racist should they dare to use chicago star sarcastically innocents. i think that people just have had enough of these moral, these pixies that want to force us into conformity. america's always been about confidence, identity and individualism. and they are three things that political correctness firmly as in the crosshairs. >> what's one of the real-life examples you use in your book? >> there are lots of real-life examples. i've lived it. i am on australian and i've seen what political correctness has done to my country. i've seen what it's done to england. in england now actually not an exaggeration to say that you can even look at somebody the wrong
way. and, unfortunately, that isn't a trend throughout western civilization. and my book is really a cautionary message to americans to be aware that i've lived in your future, and i'm here to tell you that you ain't going to like it. and a duty to arrest the problem. you need to really punch this cultural totalitarian thug in the nose. you've got to hit first, hit hard, and you can't stop. because if you don't, then we're going to end up in a situation where america will simply become a belgium, it'll become another european country. that's not what we want. we want america to remain the indispensable nation of the world. we want america to be the rainbow in the world's loud. we want america to be the refuge for people all around the world that want to blaze a trail, that want to take a risk. other countries are wonderful. if you want a life characterized
by small steps. but if you would want to do something different, if you want to take a risk, there is no country on earth like america. initiative, confidence and risk go further here in the united states than anywhere else, and that's what america is a beautiful idea that transcends geographical entities. >> so when you take that message home to australia, what do your fellow aussies say? >> i think a lot of us trillions are very grateful for america's role in the world. i know that we are very proud that we are the only country to a fought alongside the united states in every single major military conflict since the beginning of last century, and we, of course, hold that distinction because the birds did not go to vietnam. that's something we're proud of. i think there's a lot of connection between america and australia, and i think there's a
lot that we can really take from the australia example and give to america. and i want america to be a very special place, remain the very special place it's always been an outlet and ideology dilute that strength and the power that america has always had. >> nick adams, "retaking america: crushing political correctness" is the name of his latest book. >> if you love america and you hate political correctness, this is the book for you. >> so now in terms of lost what relevant laws are on the books to deal with this problem? >> vote buying is illegal in every state. there are state statutes and we have to remember because americans forget sometimes that under the constitution, the mechanisms of elections are controlled by state government. they are not controlled by the federal government. federal government steps in when there's discrimination of various kinds.
so that every state has a vote by law. you're not supposed to sell your vote. you are not supposed to sell your vote, whatever. so it's not a question of the law not being there. the people who are supposed to enforce our local das. and they are elected and the local district attorneys which, don't want to prosecute because they, in fact, get elected in the same way by the same people come and they are all in it together. and so, therefore, they find reasons not to. local judges in those communities are elected. so the system just goes on the way it always has gone on, and let you make a federal case where there's discrimination of some kind. and there are proposals to pass laws to give the federal government more power over voting, in general, that are in the congress. there is a proposed
constitutional amendment that folks have introduced into congress, but we know how hard it is to get a constitutional amendment, and so i think that my way, which is that explaining to poor and others from what you could get collectively for your vote as in ferguson or flight or anyplace, if you tell the vote for buyers to go away and then figure out what you want and get candidates who you want, is a better interim solution than trying to wait around to see if you're going to get a constitutional amendment people are going to decide to come to their senses. >> you can watch this and other programs online at booktv.org. >> when i tune into it on the weekends can usually it is authors sharing their new releases. >> watching the nonfiction authors on booktv is the best