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Graham Allen

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Dear America by Graham Allen is a heartfelt and insightful collection of letters, exploring issues such as politics, family, and religion in today's America. It encourages empathy and understanding, promoting healthy debate and respect in a divided nation.

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    Americans have let their country slip away from them.

    A storm is brewing in the United States. From sea to shining sea, dark clouds of discord shroud the entire nation – forecasting the impending downfall of American democracy. 

    The United States is not what it once was. The nation is deeply divided. Patriotism is at an all-time low. Socialism is on the rise, with major institutions spewing the same radical rhetoric over and over. Facts have become fiction. Cancel culture runs rampant. The Constitution is under attack, with foundational rights like freedom of speech being threatened on a regular basis. 

    Worst of all? Few people are doing anything to set America back on track. The “land of the free,” it seems, is no longer “home of the brave.” Across political party lines, millions of people are left wondering: How did we get here? And what comes next? 

    The key message here is: Americans have let their country slip away from them.

    It’s easy to point fingers at politicians for leading the country astray, but blame won’t bring the old America back. This storm has been brewing for years now – and contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t spurred on by any one person or party. Together, Americans have allowed their country to descend into disarray. And now, it’s up to them to bring it back. 

    To see how far America has fallen, let’s rewind to World War II for a moment. Across states, backgrounds, and party lines, Americans courageously rallied to fight Nazi Germany; many citizens lied about their age to serve in the military, storm the beaches of Normandy, and die for their country. Back then, the American people believed in something far greater than themselves. They took the national motto to heart: E pluribus unum, or “Out of many, one.” America was great, it was theirs, and it was always worth fighting for.

    Fast forward to today, and the spirit of America is suffering. In fact, a study by the RAND Corporation showed that more than half of US military personnel now serve because of the benefits that await them when they get out. For them, it’s not about the mission – it’s about themselves. How’s that for patriotism?

    In the bygone America, citizens united around three core values: faith, family, and freedom. Today, these pillars have crumbled to the ground. So, how did faith, family, and freedom devolve into me, myself, and I in such a short time span? Let’s explore that question in the next blink. 

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    What is Dear America about?

    Dear America (2021) is a call to action for Americans. It implores them to unite despite differences – and preserve their nation before it’s too late.

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    Dear America (2021) is a thought-provoking book that offers a unique perspective on American society and its current challenges. Here's why you should give it a read:

    • It provides a refreshingly honest exploration of various social issues, inviting readers to reflect on their own beliefs and values.
    • Through personal stories and experiences, the book sheds light on the complexity and diversity of the American experience, fostering empathy and understanding.
    • With its candid and engaging narrative, this book takes a deep dive into pressing topics without being dry or preaching, ensuring an immersive and enlightening reading experience.

    Who should read Dear America?

    • Americans of all political stripes
    • Anyone interested in US history
    • People intent on preserving free speech and diversity of thought

    About the Author

    Graham Allen is a US Army veteran, rising star in the conservative movement, and host of the popular podcast Dear America. He is also the author of America 3:16: Family, Faith, Freedom, Forever.

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    The main message of Dear America is a personal exploration of American identity and values.

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