A THREE VOLUME
CONSERVATIVE, CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW OF HOW
HISTORY FORMED THE UNITED STATES EMPIRE AND
AMERICA'S MANIFEST DESTINY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
By STEVEN TRAVERS
Or THE PROMISED LAND
Or volume one:
THE PROMISED LAND
COPYRIGHT © (2004) BY
STEVEN R. TRAVERS
“I don’need ta know history I know now.”
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to re-live it.”
To not know about things prior to one's birth is to remain forever a child.
To conquer and achieve without contribution is to leave no dent.
RES IPSA LOQUITER
The things speaks for itself; i.e., the things stands on its own.
“Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.”
-THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN
This book is dedicated to my daughter, Elizabeth Travers, because I want her to know the Truth!
By Steven Travers
The United States of America at the beginning of the 21st Century is the greatest, most powerful nation and empire in the history of Mankind! This fact has been reinforced by the events that followed September 11, 2001. The U.S. has achieved effective victory in the War on Terrorism, rendering Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda relatively impotent; achieving total victory over Saddam Hussein; and laid the groundwork for American hegemony in the Middle East. Powerful U.S. Democratic, military, diplomatic, economic, and cultural influence spans every corner of the globe, in a way that no colonizing empire has ever known.
In the second half of the 20th Century, liberals have written the majority of history. Conservatives have been spoon fed the Leftist point of view to us in schoolbooks, from college professors, books, magazines, newspapers, network journalism, and Hollywood. All along, conservatives had a sneaking suspicion that what they were being told did not add up.
Steven Travers, America’s poet-warrior and Renaissance Man – an athlete, soldier, writer, political philosophizer, historian and patriot - has written his magnum opus. He is one of the New Conservatives who have recently decided to fight back and tell the Truth about history and America's extraordinary place in it. He says that we are embarking on the age of the New American Empire, but that it is a "new kind of empire." He writes that this conclusion is based not on vanity but on moral responsibility, and that it is ideas, not military success or occupation, that will shape the new empire of the 21st Century. Travers concludes that America is and will continue on the path of greatness because we are a nation that submits to God's will, instead of succumbing to the vainglorious paganism that has marked too many historical powers. He has taken on the task of outlining how America’s extraordinary place in the world came to be, and details the no-holds-barred, unflinching strategy for the future of America and the world. This is not your average "objective" history book. Instead, it details the facts of the past 3,000 years, interspersed with the slant of a columnist's right-leaning opinion. However, it offers the theory that the so-called "end of history" has demonstrated that the socialist-Communist theories of the Left are the demonstrable losers of history.
Travers boldly poses questions like, "Is it biased to say the New York Yankees are the greatest sports team of all time, or is that simply stating a fact?" His answer is that the statement is not opinion, but fact backed by empirical evidence. He offers that same logic to his dissection of history. America is not hated, it is respected. It is the best country on Earth, but being the best does not generate love. Time after time, conservatism, Christianity and America have triumphed, and this is not an accident or a trend. Rather, to state that this trinity represents the best hopes and aspirations of Mankind is not merely a biased opinion, but rather a simple, accurate description of events that repeat themselves time after time.
If not for the U.S., according to the author, "the world would be one big concentration camp, with German, Soviet, Japanese and Chinese nuclear missiles crowding the skies above us."
“God's Country” is a comprehensive history book, covering Mankind’s triumphs and failures, including the rise of Christianity and a study of all the world’s great religions. Travers gives treatment to the most influential philosophies (giving equal weight to good and evil). Covered are the wars, politics, territorial disputes, cultural influences and dramas that shaped the world, leading to the rise and fall of great empires in Rome, China, England, and France; and the minds of those who are most responsible for great movements, ranging from Athenian Democracy, the anarchism of Rousseau, Thoreau and Emma Goldman, Marxism-Leninism, and finally the ultimate triumph of Jeffersonian Democracy.
The second phase is the history of America, from the Revolution to Iraq. Travers, an unapologetic conservative, boldly offers that America is the greatest country ever conceived by man, and theorizes that the young nation has not achieved this by accident. First, he offers “evidence” that America, from the Founding Fathers to the present day, is a country Divinely Inspired and protected by God, a notion that no doubt drives the liberals crazy! Rather than paper over or justify America’s controversies – the U.S.-Mexico War, Manifest Destiny, slavery, Vietnam – Travers explains each of these events with unflinching honesty, rebuffing the lies of detractors without excusing the human failings that demonstrate that this great country is neither infallible, nor impervious to future threats. The author is able to show the huge advantage that the United States has. Idealistic, intelligent, Christian Europeans who were brave and moral founded the nation, thus inculcating a unique ideal. Geography and natural resources have proven to be of enormous benefit. But most important, by outlining the patterns of history, he demonstrates that the wise men who built America had centuries of lessons to learn from and avoid the many mistakes of history. That is why the Great Experiment is such a resounding success.
Finally, Travers writes that the U.S has "saved” the world and must accept its role as the greatest superpower of all time. He details the wisest plan to make use of this status in a way that will best benefit his country and the world as we enter the new Millennium. “America’s Manifest Destiny” is written from the perspective of his Christian worldview, and an interesting back-story permeates this view. That is the concept that good and evil constantly battle each other. The author outlines his fascinating theories of how the devil has strategized and schemed to gain advantage through a never-ending series of lies, bluffs, false alliances and rear guard actions involving governments, despots, religious, political and military leaders.
"God's Country" also posits fascinating "what if?" theories, including a dissection of John Kennedy's "stolen" Presidential victory over Richard Nixon in 1960. The author offers that had Nixon been in office, the Bay of Pigs would have ousted Fidel Castro and freed Cuba, Nikita Kruschev never would have risked the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Communism would have been halted in Vietnam before that war escalated. He also argues that Communism is worse than Nazism, and details how the Cold War "normalized" it. Travers makes the point that had World War II ended in a stalemate with Adolph Hitler, a Cold War with the German Empire would have resulted in off-shoots of international Nazism that Western appeasers would have dismissed as less threatening than in fact it would have been.
“God's Country” is not your average "history book,” the dry ruminations of a Ph.D. thesis. "God's Country" serves as "one-stop shopping," offering 2,000 to 3,000 years of history under a single cover, while at the same time providing the information with conservative opinion. It used the gathered knowledge of centuries to demonstrate the victory of conservative thought and why America is where it has flourished. It is highly opinionated and filled with personal reflection. Travers contends that the world needs liberals, but left to their own devices with unchecked power, their criticisms of American policies would lead to ruination. The good news, Travers says, is that America is so great even the Left cannot bring it down. Their formulas are untenable in the real world. So even when they come to power, they must govern conservatively because they have viable alternatives. Liberalism has failed and those on the Left have little left except to blame America first. He informs the reader with stories, drama and modern cultural humor, providing a scathing review of unpatriotic Hollywood, the falsehoods of the Blacklist, liberals who find themselves on the wrong side of history, media bias, and how new communications are feeding a public thirsting for Truth.
His fascinating "Reagan Theory" details how Ronald Reagan should be credited with winning the Cold War without firing a shot, and will do more to enhance his legacy than any other retrospective. In the end, Travers outlines the next century, where he sees a battle for the world's soul between liberalism and conservatism. In a chilling "cautionary tale," he details how Communism has found a substitute international ideology which stands at odds with American values. He describes how Plato's "warrior spirit" is a concept that the U.N. and Europe have abandoned for the worse. Travers warns that unless Christianity makes a comeback outside the U.S., Napoleonic mistakes of the past may repeat themselves. The Internet has the potential to disseminate evil on a massive scale.
He is a futurist who makes a surprising observation, which is that the "defeat" of liberalism has the potential of launching destructive forces. Pointing out that Nazism and Communism strove for a "purity" of form, Travers says that the evil specter of White Supremacism and race wars may be in our future unless stopped. After 3,000 years of history, he feels the only way to prevent this catastrophe is through the messy ideals embodied by America, and that it is this great country that was empowered by a loving deity to prevent such a thing. The future of our world, therefore, depends on the success of America.
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Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman
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The Writer’s Life (2004)
A complete compilation of all the articles, columns, essays, songs, poems, stage plays, teleplays, screenplays and books by America’s hardest-working and most prolific writer.
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OTHER WORKS BY STEVEN TRAVERS
Once He Was an Angel
The "K" Conspiracy
A Murderous Campaign
Rock `n’ Roll Heaven”
The Lost Battalion
The Hunter’s Dream
On the Edge
Summer of ‘62
The Cool of the Evening
You Asked Me to Love You
The One I Love
Puttin’ Up With Me
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
STEVEN TRAVERS is the author of the critically acclaimed Best Seller "Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman" (www.sportspublishingllc.com), in multiple re-print, now in paperback, and nominated for a Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of 2002. Travers writes for Human Events, America's leading political magazine for the past half century. A former columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and StreetZebra magazine in Los Angeles, he wrote for the L.A. Times as well. Travers is also an award-winning screenwriter and author of the novel "Angry White Male" and “The Writer’s Life”, his complete compilation of all the articles, columns, essays, songs, poems, stage plays, teleplays, screenplays and books written by America’s hardest-working and most prolific writer.
An ex-professional baseball player, Travers struck out 1989 National League Most Valuable Player Kevin Mitchell five times in one night (striking out 15 that game) while pitching in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He was also a teammate of Jose Canseco in the Oakland Athletics organization. Pitching for the A’s vs. San Francisco in a Major League exhibition game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Travers struck out the side against the Giants en route to three scoreless innings.
Steve’s suburban California high school team won the National Championship team in his senior year. The 6-6, 225-pound Travers attended college on an athletic scholarship and he was an all-conference pitcher. Steven graduated from the University of Southern California, where he studied in the USC School of Cinema-Television, as well as in the UCLA Writers’ Program.
Steven served in the United States Army during the Persian Gulf War. He coached baseball at USC, the University of California-Berkeley, and for one year in Berlin, Germany. After attending law school, he was a political consultant and a sports agent before embarking on a writing career. His screenplays include “The Lost Battalion” (a true tale of patriotism, valor and Congressional Medal of Honor winners during World War I), “Wicked”, and “Once He Was An Angel”, the story of ex-baseball player Bo Belinsky.
"The defining event of my life is the fall of the Berlin Wall and America's victory in the Cold War," Travers says in explaining his outlook. "Growing up, I did not think I would ever see it fall, but I was a young man when the wall came down, and lived in Berlin for a year shortly thereafter. This experience taught me that the United States can do anything we have the will to achieve, and my studies conclude that astounding achievement is a continuing trend in America's history. This comes with the great responsibility of doing good."
Travers is a sixth-generation Californian who still resides in the Golden State. He has one daughter, Elizabeth Travers, and comes from an old political family. His uncle, Colonel Charles T. Travers, was a longtime Republican advisor to politicians ranging from U.S. Senator William Knowland, Vice-President Richard Nixon, Governor Ronald Reagan, and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Tired of the Leftist slant of his alma mater, the University of California-Berkeley, Colonel Travers began the Travers wing of Cal’s political science department, based on the premise of providing fair, balanced study of government, policy and history. It has expanded each year, and today is the most popular source of elective classes at the university.
TABLE OF CONTENTS GOD'S COUNTRY Chapter Title
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
HISTORY LESSONS FOR A YOUNG AMERICA
1 A MODERN THEORY OF GOOD AND EVIL
2 THE FORMATION OF DEMOCRACY
The Hindu Vision of Life
Plato's "Republic" applied to modern politics
3 MACHIAVELLI AND REALPOLITIK
4 THE ORIGINS OF COMMUNISM
5 INFLUENTIAL CONTRARIANS
Henry David Thoreau: Anarchist?
Fyodor Dostoevsky and the Grand Inquisitor
Anarchism and liberalism
6 HITLER, GANDHI AND THE LIE OF MORAL RELATIVISM
7 CIVILIZATIONS AND CHRISTIANITY
The rise and fall of the Roman Empire
Homer and the Trojan Wars
The life of Christ
Christianity spreads, the Church is formed, and religion takes different shapes
8 THE MIDDLE AGES
The mysterious East
After Rome: Is war the true nature of man?
The Crusades and the political militarization of Catholicism
The Hundred Years' War and Joan of Arc
9 THE RENAISSANCE
10 THE FORMATION OF WESTERN EUROPE
The transformation of Elizabethan England into a modern power
France struggles under the Catholic monarchy
The failure of the French Revolution, the "reign of terror," and the
Dress rehearsal for Communism: 19th Century social revolutions
11 A DIFFERENT KIND OF REVOLUTION: AMERICA FORMS "A
MORE PERFECT UNION"
The ride of Paul Revere
Lafayette and the American-French alliance
No taxation without representation
Our Founding Fathers: George Washington
Our Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson
Our Founding Fathers: John Adams
Our Founding Fathers: Alexander Hamilton
Our Founding Fathers: Benjamin Franklin
12 MANIFEST DESTINY
13 AMERICA: WHERE SLAVERY CAME TO DIE
14 THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES
Civil War time-line
Battle of Gettysburg
General Robert E. Lee
Ulysses S. Grant
President Abraham Lincoln
15 A MODERN WORLD POWER
"The man in the arena"
The Old West
The Industrial Revolution
William Jennings Bryan
President Theodore Roosevelt
THE AMERICAN CENTURY: A NEW KIND OF EMPIRE
World War I
Lawrence of Arabia
The fall of the Ottoman Empire: Lessons of the Middle East
The Russian Revolution
The "lost generation"
The Roaring '20s
The Great Depression
MAKING THE WORLD SAFE FOR CHRISTENDOM
Did FDR allow the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on purpose?
Adolf Hitler and the rise of Nazi Germany
The Zionist movement
The "four freedoms"
The gathering storm
The Battle of Britain
The Russian Front
The "rape of China"
Awakening the "sleeping giant"
Dealing with the devil
The eagle against the Sun
History is written by the winners
General George S. Patton, Jr.
General Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell
General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery
The "desert fox"
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
ASIA AND THE COMMUNIST MENACE
Berlin airlift and the Marshall Plan
George C. Marshall
Korean War time-line
The "forgotten war"
Harry S. Truman
The "soldier of Democracy"
Kennedy and Vietnam
The Kennedy's: American royalty
Lyndon Baines Johnson and Vietnam
LBJ: The conundrum
Vietnam and triangulated global diplomacy
John Lennon sang "Give peace a chance," and Southeast Asia
"imagined" Pol Pot
The age of Nixon
Henry Kissinger: "Dr. Strangelove", Republican Svengali, war
criminal or diplomatic hero?
THE REAGAN THEORY
Time-line of the Cold War and Red Scare
Glossary of Cold War terminology
The gulags: Communism's holocaust
The Venona Papers
Eastern Europe under Stalinism
Democrat Communists sell out Eastern Europe
An interview with Alger Hiss
East German uprising of 1953
Hungarian revolt of 1956
Fall-out of the East German uprising in Poland and beyond
The "church of America": The CIA's covert action in Guatemala, 1954
Voices of the Left and not-so-Left
Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution
Bay of Pigs
Cuban Missile Crisis
Nikita Kruschev (1894-1971)
"The Right Stuff"
The nuclear "arms race"
The Cultural Revolution, 1966-76
Prague Spring: 1968
The after effects of Watergate: Détente; the appeasement of Jimmy Carter; the Cold War is "passe" on the Left; the Battle of the Third World; apartheid; the "eve of destruction"
The "church of America": Central Intelligence Agency and the Church Committee
Time-line of CIA covert ops, 1946-1984
South African Apartheid
Russia's "Vietnam": Afghanistan
Lech Walesa and Polish Solidarity
Glasnost, perestroika and Mikhail Gorbachev
Margaret Thatcher: Britain's "iron lady"
Ronald "Dutch" Reagan
Caspar W. Weinberger
President George Herbert Walker Bush
1 THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
American Gandhi: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
J. Edgar Hoover
2 THE MIDDLE EAST
Time-line of major events in Israel's modern history
1967 Six-Day War
1973 Yom Kippur War
Menachem Begin, sixth Prime Minister of Israel
Black September: Yasser Arafat's murderers kill Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics
The Iranian hostage crisis
1987 Palestinian Intifada and beyond
Persian Gulf War
3 WHY THE RIGHT GOES AFTER THE CLINTONS
Vince Foster's murder
The Clinton body count
Time-line of the Clinton Presidency
Clinton raises taxes; "don't ask, don't tell"; Waco, "Black Hawk
War in the post-Communist breakaway Republics
North Korean nuclear build-up
Newt Gingrich's Contract with America and the Republican
Revolution of 1994
1996 Clinton-Dole campaign
The Monica Lewinsky scandal
The Clinton legacy in the Middle East
The Internet boom, Elian, Clinton's pardons and Democrat
"The bitch is back": Is Hillary Clinton worse than Bill?
4 THE NEW WORLD ORDER
2000 Presidential election
America's Mayor: Rudy Giuliani
War on Terrorism: Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda
War on Terrorism: The Taliban and Al Qaeda
War on Terrorism: Afghanistan
War on Terrorism: Iraq
President George W. Bush
After terrorism, the next crusade: Africa
5 THE DOMINANT MEDIA CULTURE, AND THE EFFECT OF SPORTS ON AMERICAN SOCIETY
Hollywood and the McCarthy "backlash"
"Useful idiots" and liberal media bias
Are liberals less patriotic than conservatives?
Our National Pastimes
6 "LET'S ROLL"
Apocalypse now? Drawing U.S. into world conflagration is
Arabs and distortions of history
Letter to George W. Bush
AIDS and the devil
The Kissinger doctrine: Self-interest and history are keys to
Middle East diplomacy
One man's take on a new kind of war
The American instinct
The truth about politicians
George W. Bush, the 2004 Presidential election, and G.O.P
The next war
G.O.P. policy: Taxes, small government, and other issues
America's Manifest Destiny: A new kind of empire
As I sit here at my desk in 2004, writing the last words of “God's Country", I envision this to be a "manifesto” for the 21st Century. I find it ironic that that the word manifesto and its derivations can be sourced not just to James Monroe, but to a very unlikely source, Karl Marx. In the 1840s Marx was a German emigre living in such miserable squalor in London that his beloved daughter died from a lack of medical care. It was during this time that Marx wrote “Das Kapital”, and later the “Communist Manifesto”. His political ideas were formulated from the experience of being all but penniless in England during this time. He wanted to find out what was wrong with a system that he might have called Darwinian Capitalism. He set out to find a utopian "workers paradise.”
I make no pretense that my book will create a revolution. My ideas are a continuation of conservative philosophy that has been expounded for many years, especially since 1964. Nevertheless, I would not write this if I did not feel as if I have something new to offer the debate. Marx was a revolutionary. While many of his ideas came from the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Marx proposed ideas that were virtually unheard of.
Marx, for all of his misguided ideas, had passion, and while it may be difficult to find two people in the history of the Earth more different than Karl Marx and Steve Travers, I must admit that I admire his passion. Marx wrote because it was "in him.” He had no publisher urging him on, no advance, no promise of a big income. He just had to do it. He was as wrong as wrong has ever been, but is influence on the 100 years that followed his publication cannot be denied.
I see the future as clearly. Only time will confirm whether I am a visionary. It is with visionary zeal that I wrote this book. I find myself in a period of introspection, like Henry David Thoreau at Walden’s Pond, but examination of life is not relegated simply to my personal non-entities, but rather to the political world I live in.
I am not a Ph.D. or a fellow at Heritage, Hoover or Brookings. I do not have an assortment of government grants to study things. This book is not a thesis, nor is it some offshoot of a professorship in which at least I am guaranteed a university press publication which force-feeds distribution of my work to future students.
I am just a guy who reads a lot of books and cares deeply about my country and the world we live in. What I have set out to do is to tell the story of America. How we arrived at its place in the world, from a philosophical, military, economic and political perspective. This requires a study of the great thinkers of the past, applying their ideas to the American Experience. My book looks at the U.S. and the world from a conservative, Christian standpoint, and I make no apology for this.
I also write from the perspective of a man who knows how lucky he is. Not just lucky to be an American, the product of an affluent family and comfortable surroundings, but to live in the times that I do. I am a white male, but this means something substantially different in California at the end of the 20th Century, my formative period, than it does in Alabama in the 1930s. The fact that I have been exposed to a diverse cultural world has been part of what shapes me and makes me a better person. No doubt future generations will look back on my era and find things we do that are distinctly backwards. However, from where I sit, I think history will judge my generation to be a pretty enlightened one. I think the basic morals and things we find virtuous today will stand the test of time.
There are certain elements of virtue that transcend events. One finds great virtue, for instance, among the Confederate soldiers of the Civil War, despite the fact that history proved their cause to be the losing one. As a conservative, I have the advantage of hindsight in examining the origins of my political philosophies. Members of my political class have made mistakes in the past, but since hindsight is 20/20 vision, I am able to improve upon them. Hopefully. This is the duty of every generation, to improve on the past. This does not mean to radically change everything. The quest for understanding the past, and making use of it, lies at the heart of why I am writing this book.
I welcome any and all commentary, good and bad. I can be reached at (415) 455-5971, or by emailing me at STWRITES@aol.com.
Marin County, California
January 1, 2004
Causes Steven Travers Supports
Conservative, Christian, USC, American patriotism