Nearly two and a half centuries ago, the 18th-century American colonists were confronted with a choice: whether or not to continue living their lives as British subjects and supporting the crown or to sever their ties with Great Britain and declare their independence. The choice may seem obvious and easy today, but at the time—circa 1776—a great many colonists were hesitant to choose freedom, and others even supported the crown. They needed persuading.
Fortunately, a virtually unknown immigrant named Thomas Paine felt compelled to persuade the American colonists to choose freedom. His pamphlet, Common Sense, was published on January 10, 1776, and its influence cannot be overstated. It was read by the modern equivalent of 15 million people at the time and provided the fuel the colonists needed to choose independence.
It has been nearly 248 years since Paine’s Common Sense captivated a nation and nudged our ancestors to chart a new course for freedom. Sadly, America has come full circle. Once again, Americans are confronted with the same choice: whether to accept our present and worsening state of dependency on our increasingly tyrannical government or to reject it and reclaim our destiny as a free and independent citizenry. In our case, the 21st century American has the benefit of making his or her choice at the ballot box rather than on the battlefield in November 2024.
While the superficial GOP primary carries on, the reality is that Americans will be presented with a choice between former President Donald Trump and incumbent President Joe Biden, or some other yet-to-be-named Democrat who might eventually replace him. Still, many Americans are either disingenuously denying the inevitable or delaying their own inevitable contemplation of the historic stakes of the 2024 election.
In short, many 21st-century Americans are in need of persuading to make the obvious choice to re-elect Trump in 2024, just as 18th-century Americans previously needed persuading to make the obvious choice to support their own independence from Great Britain. Fortunately, an author has emerged among us who has written such a powerful book to persuade 21st century Americans to choose freedom in our time. The author is Drew Thomas Allen, and the book is America’s Last Stand: Will You Vote to Save or Destroy America in 2024?
Comparisons of Allen to Paine are not made lightly or frivolously. Allen, like Paine, not only crafts compelling arguments in support of American freedom but also makes an irrefutable case against tyranny. Allen’s clear case to re-elect Trump is only outdone by his merciless assault on the Democratic Party and Biden Administration. In fact, Allen’s America’s Last Stand may contain the most powerful assault on the Democratic Party and the Biden administration that has ever been written.
In this towering book, Allen transcends political factionalism by appealing to the self-interest of all Americans. Allen addresses rather than ignores counterarguments and seems to take delight in eviscerating the countless false narratives and propaganda. Allen has an uncanny ability to dispel Democrat lies without alienating Democrat voters.
So too does Allen, like Paine before, compel the reader to think seriously about what is at stake. This is where Allen particularly excels, writing, for example:
“Our present conflict is unprecedented in our own nation’s history and in our own lifetimes and marks the third major test, which will determine whether America survives or dies.”
In many ways, America’s Last Stand resonates like a sequel to Common Sense, or at the very least appears to pick up where Common Sense left off. Allen has a most impressive ability to relate America’s present struggle to those experienced by other Americans in our past—to weave American history together in such a way as to make it continuous, empowering Americans by connecting them to the trials and successes of our ancestors. In doing so, Allen has managed to carefully craft a work that serves to unite the American people behind our present struggle to reclaim our destiny.
Allen’s words are sharp and unapologetic. It is his bluntness, which is grounded in cold, calculated fact and reason, that serves to make America’s Last Stand so relatable and widely appealing.
“And so,” Allen writes, “nearly 250 years after our ancestors first rose up to break the abusive chains wrapped around their own necks by the monarchy of Great Britain and banish tyranny from this fertile land, the tyrant has boldly resurfaced and seeks to clap those very chains of slavery around our necks today.”
If any book can focus and unite the anger and frustration of a majority of the American people behind the shared goal of reclaiming our independence, it is America’s Last Stand. It should be read by book clubs, college Republican organizations, and handed out to Americans across the country. Its contents should be discussed in bars and restaurants, in homes, and in dorm rooms. Its cover should become recognizable to all.
America is in peril, and Americans must contemplate the very real and serious stakes of the 2024 presidential election. No writer illuminates these stakes more bluntly than Allen, who writes, “In the aggregate, what we are experiencing in the United States of America is very real and brazen tyranny, an abuse of power we haven’t seen or experienced since colonial times under the rule of the British monarchy or since the age of Lincoln. The entire U.S. government has been weaponized against the political opponents of the Democratic Party.”
America’s Last Stand is the most important book in America today.
A.J. Rice, is President & CEO of Publius PR, Editor-in-Chief of The Publius National Post, and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, The Woking Dead: How Society’s Vogue Virus Destroys Our Culture.