Category Archives: By Force Of Patriots

Scalia vs. Thomas Jefferson on secession

Here is an interesting piece on a hot topic. There are now some 675,000 signatures from around the country of people desiring that their state secede from the union. They would all get a kick out of my novel. I wrote it with them in mind.

Here is a pull quote on the issue from Thomas Jefferson:

Jefferson wrote that states “should separate from our companions only when the sole alternatives left, are the dissolution of our Union with them, or submission to a government without limitation of powers.”He continued, “Between these two evils, when we must make a choice, there can be no hesitation.”

via Scalia vs. Thomas Jefferson on secession.

The unhinged Amazon reviewer has disappeared…

There had been a nut case on Amazon who, as some of you know, claimed my novel promoted civil war, racism, and even the Aurora Massacre.

Well, sadly, he has pulled his entire diatribe. He’d even written a poem about me that was most fun to read…

This is too bad as I used his twisted ideas in ads to great effect!

Alas… we knew him well.

R.I.P.

“Black People Know Who You Are and They Will Come After You”

My novel is really about how upside down leftists have made this country. What is right is wrong, what is wrong, right.

So, here is a perfect example. Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time Friday:

“If you’re thinking about voting for Mitt Romney, I would like to make this one plea: black people know who you are and they will come after you”

via Bill Maher Warns Romney Supporters: ‘Black People Know Who You Are and They Will Come After You’ | NewsBusters.org.

Threats to Assassinate Romney Explode After Debate

The “mind” of the left has been spoken and written about extensively in the last four years. I’ve contribute a little to the corpus of thought with my novel, By Force Of Patriots, with my creation of Saul Alinsky’s Rules 13 and 14, and with my first and second articles on the Obamacare decision from Chief Justice John Roberts.

One thesis running through my writing is that minions on the left resort to any and all tactics, regardless of ethics, regardless of truth, regardless of the law, when they suspect they might not get their way. This comes from the general Marxist doctrine that the “ends” justify the “means” as so amply demonstrated by Saul Alinsky’s Rules 1-12.

So, here we see this Marxism front and center with death threats–just as Romney seems poised to unseat the traitorous Muslim in the office of the President.

However, the major networks have remained completely silent on the disturbing trend of Obama supporters threatening to resort to violence if their candidate fails to secure a second term.

via » Threats to Assassinate Romney Explode After Debate Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.

By Force of Patriots; 8/10 stars book review, author: Cameron Reddy – YouTube

I’ll take 8/10 stars from a “Mountain Man’s” review of my book!

By Force of Patriots, will appeal more to the intellectual or female reader, it is over 500 pages long and contains quite a bit of romance between the constitutional law professor and the ex-wife of the leader of the patriot movement. It also contains a villain that is the overzealous radical that wishes to take over the patriot organization. Therefore I will give it 8/10 stars, for me it is a little bit heavy on the female side of romantic description for me. But then again I am a guy so what do you expect.

By Force of Patriots; book review, author: Cameron Reddy – YouTube.

My latest 5-Star review on Amazon.

From J. Hickey:

By Force of Patriots is a work of fiction which eerily seems both real and possible. The portrayal of a group of citizens concerned about their loss of constitutional rights sets the tone for one of the best reads in this genre. I found the aspect of a group of patriots divided by the desire for violence against a more rational approach to change the course of the country intriguing. Some of the critiques didn’t like the inclusion of romance but, though minor in my appraisal, I found it to be an anchor of reality. Those that seem to think it contains racial bias are totally off base. There are racially motivated threats in the beginning made by the ‘leader’ of the group who is angry and motivated by violence. The true heroes in the end are both African American and Caucasian. This is a great read albeit sobering. If you are concerned about where the country is headed it is definitely a must read.

via Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: By Force of Patriots.

Articles: One Election Away from Tragedy

It is a federal government, and specifically an Executive branch that writes laws, that so threatens our nation. If you have read my novel you know this in detail.

This is a good article from Today’s American Thinker.

If Obama is defeated, and I expect he will be, Romney’s economic policies will have a better chance of producing an economic recovery. Obama’s economic policy amounted to nothing but the hot air of hope and change coupled with payoffs to political friends. But an economic recovery (if one is even possible) does not end the real problem facing this country.

The underlying and seemingly unsolvable problem is the emasculation of the Constitution. That enabled the Rule of Man to trump the Rule of Law. That is the underlying cause of our economic problems. Government has become too large, too powerful and too intrusive. Sadly, history shows that lawmakers never relinquish power willingly. Indeed, today many believe government should be even more powerful to deal with the problems of a modern society.

via Articles: One Election Away from Tragedy.

Amazon.com: billwoos’ review of By Force of Patriots

Originally, Mr. Woos gave my book two stars and he pretty much trashed it. Still, he indicated he would try to finish it and I encouraged him to do so, indicating that he might come to a different conclusion by the time he got to the end.

Well, check this out. This man has character and class. I hope he looks me up as I’d love to forge a friendship.

First off, I would like to say that I finally finished the book and I need to make a couple of statements. Mr. Reddy asked for and deserves a new review once I finished it and has been a gentleman even after I dissed this effort. As a writer myself, I understand how harsh comments can hurt. I also want to retract the words “Sad” and “sucks”, neither were helpful and I apologize.

Secondly, Mr. Reddy asked me about the news articles in the Kindle edition of the book, Cameron, I never could read them. I have no idea what they added to the storyline. Just an FYI.

Lastly we come to the book… at times, especially the last 90%, I didn’t want to put it down, at other times I made myself go through it like I do when I go to the dentist. The plot was interesting but the book spent far more time attempting to incorporate a romantic angle than fleshing out the other aspects. I loved the military coup portion of the plot and would rather have seen that much more developed than Anne’s sexual wishes. This could have been a great book, as it is it is a good book. In the end I would raise my opinion to a 4 instead of a 2. Last comment, some of the weapon and training details become a bit much, the audience this book is aimed at already are familiar with those details. I could care less who manufactured the super duper fighting knife that someone carried, I just want to know what the subject did with it. Some of it begins to sound like an advertisement. Anyway, my first review was not fair, this is a fun read and I offer my apologies to Mr. Reddy.

via Amazon.com: billwoos’ review of By Force of Patriots.

Latest reveiw on Amazon nails my intent with By Force Of Patriots

woah. it rocks. packed with information and action.

That’s the headline from a review by a reader in Texas. He went on to say:

this book is not a quick read, nor for the faint of heart. the author brings up everything that either pissing you off, or making you wonder what the hell is going on in this country. mos def not PC. set in the coming years after the “next four” obama years, it paints a picture of americans who were too sleepy to understand the issues, while diving deep into those issues, and still has some space for action scenes. if you wondered what is getting people excited, this well written book has got it’s finger on the pulse of the real america. i recommend!

That pretty much sums up my intent and great effort in writing the story.

So, I made the following comment after his review:

Thank you kraemertwinz, your review has accurately captured my intent and my efforts. I did not delve into Marbury v. Madison, the District of Columbia v. Heller, Wickard v. Filburn, Roe v. Wade, Democracy and Distrust, Liberty and Tyranny, and various inane federal regulations with the hope that people would call this story an easy read.

Instead, what I tried to do is build an exciting story of human struggle around the very constitutional issues tearing at our republic. And in that, I tried to put my finger, as you say, on the pulse of those Americans who feel somewhat betrayed by a country they see slipping away.

I also note with interest a growing number of readers from Texas…

Articles: Wargaming Termination of Tea Party Extremists

This is wonderful. 266 and counting in comments. I was bound to get something like this:

No one’s “Pursuit of Happiness” grants him the right to steal soda pop from the corner store, nor to publish a headline claiming “I slept with Amelia Earhart”.If Mr. “Camera Ready” is so gosh darn creative, why can’t he invent something with a great compelling interest of its own, instead of hostaging the name of a serious group of honestly committed people in order to extort readership into this “let no crisis survive unplundered” self-advertisement?He is a pornographer, a thief — Oh, that’s right, I remember now, ..he’s a lawyer.Probably graduated with his soul-mate Barack.And “American Thinker” ..sigh! puts him right at the top of its page .. :

via Articles: Wargaming Termination of Tea Party Extremists.

To this guy, as well as the gentleman on Amazon.com who thinks I foment violence and murder of blacks, I apply Alinsky Rule 13:

RULE 13: “Confound the enemy with allegations he cannot possibly disprove.”  Whenever possible, turn the enemy in on himself.  Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and confusion.  (Watch how organizations flail helplessly when blindsided by irrelevant arguments they cannot refute.)

Wargaming Termination of Tea Party Extremists

My article appears today — headlined at American Thinker.

Not in the title, but in the analysis:

Alinsky’s Rule 14:

RULE 14: “Push the enemy so hard with outrageous situations and allegations that he is forced to push back.”  Whenever possible, cause the enemy to respond, and when he does, hold him up for ridicule; then push harder.  (By threatening his security and way of life, you will always elicit a reaction that can be turned against him.)

The Civil War of 2016… Coming to a town near you?

Obviously, with my title, By Force Of Patriots, I’ve seen the possibility of this coming for some time…

From the Washington Times:

Imagine Tea Party extremists seizing control of a South Carolina town and the Army being sent in to crush the rebellion. This farcical vision is now part of the discussion in professional military circles. 

Need I say more?

How it happens in my novel is not so “far-fetched” as to be dismissed…

 

Shocker: High Unemployment helps Obama!

Jonathan David Carson has an interesting piece today on American Thinker: Articles: Does High Unemployment Really Hurt Obama?. Essentially, he notes, but does not try to explain, that areas in the U.S. with the highest unemployment show the strongest support for Obama. And vise versa.

Obviously, this turns upside down the traditional thought that those out of work will be most desirous of changing the folks in charge.

There is an interesting comment that made me recall a section in my novel. The comment, by MaskedKayakMan, notes

From WikiPedia: In the learned helplessness experiment an animal is repeatedly hurt by an adverse stimulus which it cannot escape.

Eventually the animal will stop trying to avoid the pain and behave as if it is utterly helpless to change the situation.
Finally, when opportunities to escape are presented, this learned helplessness prevents any action. The only coping mechanism the animal uses is to be stoical and put up with the discomfort, not expending energy getting worked up about the adverse stimulus.

Over fifty years of indoctrination in the government schools have finally yielded results. Political correctness has effectively neutered the American male. When everyone gets a trophy, why even try? Why work when you can go on permanent disability or unemployment? We’re deluged with example after example of lottery winners, people who have gotten rich simply for being famous, criminals who have profited from their crimes, and so on.

Obama’s supporters are life’s losers, and they are bitter. They’d rather watch it all burn than do something constructive to fix it.

I don’t agree that “all” Obama supporters are life’s losers–as clearly, that’s not true. Indeed, the statement is offensive.

But, an inescapable conclusion from what we see is that far too many on welfare are quite happy with the situation… And they are generally not voting Republican.

Still, there is something else at work, I think.

Nate Smith, in my novel, encountered a situation that ought to have raised the ire of a number of people. Yet, no one objected to what was happening, and this confounded Nate until he came across a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville who was commenting on what he saw happening, even back then, in America:

It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the Shepherd.

My conclusion is this: we have been beaten down, continually administered pain, and overwhelmed by complicated rules to the point of becoming, at best, a flock of timid but industrious animals, and a worse, a horde of loafers quite happy to remain on welfare.

A couple really flattering comments on yesterday’s article at American Thinker

It’s so nice to write an article conservatives like. My last two were not well-received, inasmuch as I provided a principled defense to Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion in NFIB v. Sebelius. One article even ended up on a site exposing “Liberal Whoppers.”

Yesterday’s article, in contrast, garnered nary a complaint. Indeed, two comments were very encouraging.

Stellar course in Common Sense 101. The reason for much of the breakdown in the social fabric is the failure to adhere to rules of civility,sacrificing these time-honored traditions upon the altar of political expediency.

For instance, where you rightly deride the ignorant assumptions of your presumably liberal friend: “So, obviously, my friend is saying, between my hypothesis that Americans object to Obama because he is a Marxist and his, that Americans object to Obama because he is African-American, the latter involves fewer assumptions (in his mind) and therefore is right.”, you illustrate the erroneous reasoning that has been creeping into the common zeitgeist and compounding over the years,unchecked by principled opposition.

Only in the liberal mind would ignoring the stated motivations of your opponent(s) in order to attribute to them racial motivations for which no proof exists constitute fewer assumptions. In the “bad old days” which liberals insist are a step backward for the country, it was considered improper and acting in bad faith to attribute to others attitudes or beliefs they did not claim to hold. In order to do that, one must have at least circumstantial evidence that the opponent actually believes the opposite of what he claims to believe.

‘The tea party did not exist before Obama was president” is an invalid claim in that (a) The same people still existed and fought for most of the same goals (limited government, free speech, gun rights etc.), though not united under one banner (except, of course, the well known banner of conservatism), and (b) as you pointed out, it is a logical fallacy which assumes that correlation is equal to causation.

Thank you for this sorely-needed course in clear thinking. It is not only one of the better articles on the subject I have read, it is also quite timely. Keep up the good work.

And another:

Wow, a brilliant read. Lots of corollaries here. And you set my mind to other thoughts of added rules. Keep the logic pouring out. God, grace, and truth at work through you, sir.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/08/harry_reid_and_alinskys_thirteenth_rule_comments.html#disqus_thread#ixzz234Jgw7kZ

This is humbling, and I thank God for opening this avenue of advancing conservative thought.

Today, Thayrone X, on WAAM 1600, will discuss my article. I may call in if it seems appropriate. I’ve asked friends and loved ones to pray, should I have the opportunity to speak on air, that I say things that will benefit our great republic.

 

Review at Amazon puts me under Tom Clancy but above Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, James Patterson…

I think this is pretty fair. I prefer not to think of my novel as “propaganda” as much as it is, certainly, an effort from my heart to illuminate and persuade. Still, to be placed above the likes of Ludlum, Cussler, Patterson, and Clark is lofty territory indeed. I’ll take that with a promise to you. My next will be even better. Here is an excerpt of the review:

I’m an avid reader who enjoys fiction across a wide spectrum of genres. I wouldn’t put this novel on my A-list (with the likes of Tom Clancy, John Grisham, John Le Carre, and Dick Francis), but it would be high on my B-list (more interesting to me than Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, James Patterson, or Mary Higgins Clark). Your taste may vary.

I think this book is in some respects a political tract or propaganda; Reddy has an opinion about where the USA is heading, and it felt he was writing this book to persuade others to share his perspective. He is vision-casting. However, he does not forget that he is telling a story, which would have been fatal to the book. As a philosopher he provokes thought, and as a story-teller he entertains.

Philosophically, “Patriots” addresses the question, “When is enough enough?” How much should (or will) Americans allow their liberties be infringed? Are there legitimate grounds for such infringement? Is the infringement something to be opposed socially, politically, or by force of arms? … My philosophical interest in such questions was part of my reason for enjoying and appreciating “Patriots.”

One thing I appreciated about the story was that the characters had some depth …  I appreciated that he did not make them caricatures, but 3-dimensional characters… I could relate with Reddy’s Patriots who seemed more “real life,” and appreciated his decision not to reduce them to his story’s only clear-thinking, upright, America-loving gang. Reddy’s themes of romance and family relationships in particular reflect depth of character coming from, I would guess, his own life experience.

This book would make a great movie.

There were some thin spots in the plot, and for me there was at least one unresolved conflict. I was able to maintain my suspension of disbelief, however, and my dissatisfaction with the plot served to create a desire for another book (or books) from Reddy to focus on those storylines. If Reddy writes such a book, I’ll read it!

There is one problem with the Kindle edition of this book: There are newspaper articles that precede each chapter; these articles are in graphical format, rather than text, and are shrunk to fit the Kindle screen. This makes the words so small as to be almost (but not completely) unreadable. It would be better if the articles were in text format.

I recommend this book to people who are conservative, libertarian, or are curious about survivalists or prepping. Others may find it infuriating or even alarming. (Emphasis supplied.)

This is the second comment about the inability to read the news articles. I had checked this once, looking at a reader’s iPhone whereon the articles were not illegible, though they were not as clean as the normal text. This is something I’ve again my publisher to investigate.

Thank you C. McKinney!

Sympathy for the Devil?

Excellent comments over at calguns.net regarding my novel have made me realize something I had not appreciated. Easily excited people have expressed concern that I may be advocating violence against the US or even a racial war because I depict some pretty horrible stuff. I couldn’t understand how anyone could confuse my depiction of an event from my endorsement of an event.

After all, no one imagines that Tom Clancy wanted a nuclear bomb to go off in a football stadium in the US, but that is what he depicted in The Sum of All Fears. I assumed that these people, believing me to be advocating such horrors and even illegal acts, were simply unhinged.

But, many people reading my story have commented that my characters have a greater breadth and depth that is ordinarily seen in thrillers of this type. And that made me think, and I put two and two together…

My goal was, indeed, to create characters with what I thought were the full range of human emotions and motivations.

  • Bad people can and do love.
  • Good people can and do hate.

Moreover, people we think of as evil do not see themselves that way. And, in some respects, they often are not. The Rolling Stones commented, in Sympathy For The Devil,

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
Cause I’m in need of some restraint
So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, …

Thus did I make Nate Smith an evil character in whom we could see and feel legitimate motivations. And thus did I place Jeff and Anne at the center of a maelstrom that may destroy them if they act, but will destroy the country if they don’t …

To be conflicted with good and evil is the nature of our existence, and incidentally, the reason to be thankful for the cleansing blood of Jesus.

Some of that is clearly showing through my characters and has, it seems, given some to believe I have sympathy for the devil.

Well I don’t. But I do have sympathy for any human who struggles, but fails, to do what is right.