In September 2023, Colleen Roberts published No Surrender. The New Patriots in the Battle for America. While there are many books published today advocating a call to action for saving America in the culture war, this one is quite unique.
“A well-publicized interview in 1984 with Soviet defector and KGB operative Yuri Bezmenov described the incremental steps required to bring down a free society such as ours. They are Demoralization, Destabilization, Crisis, and Normalization.”[i]
Recognizing that the threats patriots face in 2023 are very different than those in 1776, Ms Roberts looks at what the average, everyday patriot looks like in contemporary America. She conducts in-depth interviews with Americans from a variety of fields. A community organizer. Concerned West Point graduates and veterans. A radio talk show host. A grassroots political organizer. A motley mix of Americans united with a common goal – to push back against the forces destroying America.
Organizing and taking action is no easy task. She shows how common Americans with little to no political or financial clout can identify problems and create ways to fight back. From motivating entrepreneurship in children to sounding the alarm on egregious problems at West Point to building large regional radio fan bases, the patriots in her book demonstrate that change can happen.
Regarding West Point, she interviewed Pat Hueman, Jerry Sorrow, and Dave Francis. All grads and retired/former Army officers, they noticed alarming events and trends at West Point. From the honor code to discipline to Critical Race Theory, they researched the problems and confronted the command at West Point. When reform was clearly not possible from within, they reached out to graduates and organizations such as STARRS (Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services) to begin the long process to reform the United States Military Academy from without.
Roberts’ book is well written and researched. I highly recommend it to concerned Americans as a powerful motivator. She makes the great case that anyone and everyone can and should take action to save America.
“After the surrender of the British Army in Virginia at the Battle of Yorktown on October 19, 1781, the American Revolution was effectively over. The stories in this book illustrate how real Americans today are re-taking the initiative and engaging in our new conflict…But unlike in 1781, today there are no friendly allies and no reinforcements coming to help patriotic citizens win the political, cultural, and ideological battle for America. This is work we must do ourselves…we cannot surrender.”[ii]
John Hughes, MD, (www.americandoctor.org) is the author of American Doctor – Coming Home to War and a writer on medical and military matters. He is a 1996 West Point graduate, veteran of Haiti/Iraq/Afghanistan, and is a practicing Emergency Physician. He is a contributor to CDMedia and Armed Forces Press, has been featured in Real Clear Defense, Washington Examiner, and American Thinker, and has been a medical expert for Epoch Times. He is a leader in the MacArthur Society of West Point Graduates and a member of STARRS.US.
This letter is the opinion of the author and does not represent the stance of any organizations or corporations.
[i] Robert, Colleen. No Surrender. The New Patriots in the Battle for America. Self-published, 2023. P. 10.
[ii] Ibid. 117.