Although the United States faces major problems, the country’s many strengths will carry it to continued greatness, says historian William Forstchen.
The revolutionary spirit that launched the country lives on, notes Forstchen, history professor at Montreat (N.C.) College and author of more than 40 best-selling books. His tomes include a series of historical novels written with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Their latest effort is “Valley Forge,” which focuses on the historic events of 1777.
“Talk to anyone who has a son, husband, brother or friend serving in Afghanistan,” he says during an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. “I teach college kids, and I’m very optimistic about the current generation. I tell them chances are they’ll be the next greatest generation like their grandfathers in World War II.”
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Bottom line: “America faces a number of crises,” he says. But, “We haven’t lost the spirit. We’re going to come through.”
And what was the most surprising information Forstchen learned in writing his latest book? “The unrelenting grimness of what I was reading — that started to get to me,” he says.
“But the counterpart to that was the enduring belief by George Washington and so many others that this is a price worth paying for freedom, that these are the times that try men’s souls.”
Forstchen has some advice for Americans: “I wish every citizen when they step into a voting booth would first stand out in freezing cold, barefoot and half naked; then read the Declaration of Independence and the constitution; then look at photos” of the country’s various wars.
“Think about our young men and women overseas and think about all that before you go in to pull the lever, knowing that men who endured Valley Forge were willing to give their lives for you to have the right to vote.”
As for the lessons of Valley Forge, “The enduring American spirit is first and foremost, the loyalty to comrades that we hear about every day,” Forstchen says.
“The most important message for civilians is that our men and women in uniform deserve our utmost respect, thanks and prayers every day.”
That’s because they represent soldiers going back 10-12 generations that have protected us and guaranteed our freedom.
“Our military today is the living embodiment of that,” Forstchen says. “We owe them our eternal gratitude and our everlasting support.”
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