Best Selling Author/Political Commentator Nick Adams Spoke in Camarillo; Exclusive Interview!

By Kevin Harris

The Camarillo Republican Women Federated hosted best selling author and conservative commentator, Nick Adams, to speak and conduct a book signing at their September 19 meeting in Camarillo. Adams also gave an exclusive, one-on-one interview with CitizensJournal immediately following his book signing session. 

Speaking before a capacity crowd at the lavish Spanish Hills Country Club, Adams, who is an Australian citizen and a polished public speaker, is a regular commentator on Fox Business Network, and the author of three best selling books – two of which were endorsed by President Trump. 

Nick Adams

A survivor of a rare form of childhood cancer (he was given just a 5 percent chance of survival at 16 months of age), Adams went on to become valedictorian of his high school, and ran for public office at an early age. The first election he ever voted in, he voted for himself. 

But somewhere along the line, Nick Adams became very Patriotic – for the USA, and would develop into, for lack of a better term, an “expert on American exceptionalism.” On July 29, 2016, he gained his legal citizenship in the U.S., after incredible difficulties and expense, while he watched those who chose the illegal path to America sail on to citizenship, or something closely resembling it, with little effort. This is what led to his first book, “Green Card Warrior: My Quest for Legal Immigration in an Illegals System.” 

Adams, who grew up mostly in Australia, explained to the audience that Australia and the U.S. are less alike than many people realize. He described his home country as very “European and Urbanized,” and said that, while “America is freedom’s Coliseum… Political correctness is turning the American Dream into the European nightmare.” His second book, by the way, is called “Retaking America: Crushing Political Correctness.”

Adams said he does not want America to become like Australia, and pointed out that in the U.S., we do not teach “Americanism” in our schools. “When America is strong, the world is strong. When America is weak, the world is a weak and dangerous place,” he opined to the supportive crowd. His latest book is called, “The American Boomerang: How the World’s Greatest Turnaround Nation Will Do it Again.” 

Adams is also the Founder, and Executive Director of the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG), an organization dedicated to promoting American exceptionalism and combating anti-Americanism worldwide. Under FLAG, he released the first “kid friendly Constitution,” and has been pushing to get his kid-friendly FLAG course (with the Constitution) into public schools. According to Adams, they have succeeded in getting schools to adopt his program 100% of the time – specifically, in 35 out of the 35 schools they’ve approached, so far. 

When Adams was finished speaking, he took a few questions from the audience, with the first question being, how hard is it to get his course into public schools? Adams’ answer was reasoned, but also drew laughter from the group. “We are not partisan, we are not political. Besides… No teacher wants to turn down a free period!” 

The next question focused on his struggles as an immigrant trying to get his Green Card. Specifically, the audience member wanted to know how an immigrant can become a legal citizen without having to spend $10,000. Adams:  “It’s nearly impossible to come to America legally, but incredibly easy illegally,” he said. He pointed out that the legal immigration process and system is almost barbaric. “Not one part of the application process is online. It’s all snail mail,” he explained. But he made it clear to everyone in attendance that, despite any difficulties, a legal process is necessary. “If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country.” 

Following the Q&A with the audience, Adams signed books at a designated table, where all three of his selections were for sale, plus copies of his Kid Friendly Constitution. His mother, who is traveling with him, was there to help administer any sales and to keep things running smoothly. After the last autograph seeker left, Adams sat down with CitizensJournal for an exclusive one-on-one interview. 

Nick Adams and his Mother at his Book Signing Table

Exclusive Interview – Nick Adams

CitizensJournal:  We’ve had years and years of Democrat and Republican administrations, yet we still managed to build up a $20 Trillion debt. How is that great American resilience and “bouncing back” going to work?

Adams:  “That’s a really good question. There’s no doubt that the fight that lies ahead is going to be really, really tough for many of the reasons that you just outlined. I’ve been a student of American history my whole life. From the early defeats by Britain in the War of Independence, to the loss of the Philippines, to Pearl Harbor, to the days following September 11, it seems that every single time that America has been under attack, every single time freedom has been shoved up against a wall, America and freedom have emerged bigger and stronger and better than ever before. 

Take, for example, the Tea Party. The Tea Party would not be possible in any other country in the world. It was only possible here in America because of the individualism in America, the freedom that exists, the confidence people have to express opinions. And so let’s move on and look at people like Ronald Reagan. People like Ted Cruz. People like Donald Trump. None of those men would ever be voted in to political office in any other country. 

Me personally, I was supporting Donald Trump (as opposed to Adams’ non-partisan organization, F.L.A.G.). Up against all imaginable opposition, up against all the odds, Donald Trump pulled off a victory. He had all the establishment forces against him. 

So I believe the only country where magic happens, where miracles can happen, is America. I think it’s the only place capable of crushing the political correctness that leads to that kind of trillion dollar debt. And that’s why I believe there is reason to be optimistic. Anything is possible in America.” 

CitizensJournal:  Good answer. But… are you saying it will take magic to get over our $20 trillion debt?

Adams:  “Well, yeah. It’s going to take a lot of hard work. “Magic” is really the term I’m using to say that you come up against all odds. 

It’s going to require us to go back to our roots. It’s going to require Americans to understand that the true reason for their success is limited government. When the government is out of the way, people thrive. When taxes are low, businesses thrive. We understand. We don’t buy into the elitist thinking of Europeans. 

CitizensJournal:  In your opinion, is this country divided, both politically and culturally now, more than it’s ever been, and what’s your idea for a solution? How do you bring conservatives and liberals to the table?

Adams:  “That’s a really hard one to answer. There are 50 states. Being an immigrant, one of the things I realized is that the 50 states are 50 different countries, and unity is often harder to come by. But the common unity, the glue to America, has always been patriotism. 

So how are we going to bridge the divide? The only time that we’re going to be able to unite is if we can unite on what it means to be an American. If you have one section of the country that believes “American values” are multiculturalism, collectivism, relativism, that bureaucrats are better at working out what to do than private citizens. If you’ve got them thinking like that, and then you’ve got another section of traditional America, that believes in precisely the opposite… That are unabashed patriots, unapologetically in favor of assimilation, love being individuals, don’t like being told what to do… 

Australians love government. British people love government. Germans love government. They love the structure. They love being comfortable, they love knowing what the rules are! Don’t just leave me to my own devices, heavens no… I need direction! Whereas an American says, I don’t want any rules. 

So if you’ve got those two competing visions for America, you’ve got a big problem. And that’s why I believe the country is closer to Civil War than it’s been in a long time. And that’s very concerning and distressing. But I think that the silent majority in this country don’t get enough of a voice, and I really do believe that the overwhelming majority of Americans still subscribe to that traditional view.”    

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The event host, the Camarillo Republican Women Federated (CRWF), are part of the National Federation of Republican Women – the most powerful women’s political organization in America. 

Founded in 1957, the CRWF is one of the oldest Republican Women Federated organizations in Ventura County. Their mission is to inspire their members through education, and to encourage them to participate in the political process and community projects. Their website is http://www.camarillorwf.org

 

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris is a reporter, editor and journalist, previous President of Cal State Northridge’s Society of Professional Journalists having worked for the LA Times and Newhall Signal. He is now also a Realtor and videographer, and lives with his two children in Thousand Oaks. 


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