Will America Fail?

The Unlikely Story of How Millennials Will Spark a Conservative Renaissance and Restore American Prosperity

Will America Fail? With China rising and the Middle East ablaze, the question of “American decline” has seized the national spotlight. In the midst of historic change, Ryan Houck—the 29 year-old co-creator of If I Wanted America to Fail and President of Free Market America—partners with Post Hill Press to deliver a groundbreaking new book with a surprising take on America's future.

The title: Will America Fail?

Hailed by Rush Limbaugh as “brilliant” and declared a new “conservative manifesto” by Fox News’ Eric Bolling, millions tuned in to watch Houck’s last tour de force, If I Wanted America to Fail. In his new book, Houck makes the bold but painstakingly-researched prediction that America stands at the threshold of a new Golden Age—and that many members of his Millennial Generation will not only live to see it, they will inaugurate it.

As implied by the book’s powerful new trailer, Will America Fail? addresses haunting questions raised in past videos, such as: Is America, like Rome before it, destined to crumble and collapse? Have the values of our Founders become obsolete in the Information Age? Will the 21st Century belong to China or the United States? Is the next generation of Americans—the so-called Millennials—prepared to lead?

Unlike most political commentary on bookshelves today—much of which is rooted in the late 20th Century experiences of Watergate, Vietnam or the Reagan Revolution—Houck’s narrative style and nuanced message belong wholly to the Information Age. Readers in their twenties and thirties will instantly discover modern ways to connect with the timeless truths of our American Experiment, while older readers will find both a new sense of optimism for our nation’s long-term future as well as a new conservative language that will appeal to their Millennial children. A Millennial himself, Houck’s relatable style and assiduous research make Will America Fail? a truly unique addition to his genre.
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“If I Wanted America to Fail” Creators Release
New Hard-Hitting Video After State of the Union

The new Free Market America video—entitled #WeAreNotTheMasses—will
be accompanied by a national advertising buy over Super Bowl weekend.
(Washington, DC – January 30, 2014) Hit viral video-maker Free Market America today announced the release of its own 4-minute rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech.  The video—entitled #WeAreNotTheMasses—takes aim at the policies of the Obama Administration as well as various flashpoints of environmental extremism throughout the country, from San Francisco to Alabama.  Click here to watch the video.  The 30-second TV spot can be viewed here.
“This is our latest contribution to the national debate,” said Ryan Houck, president of Free Market America.  “For too long, environmental extremists—backed by a sympathetic Administration—have been free to pursue any policy, no matter how much it hurts ordinary Americans, under the guise of ‘environmentalism.’  We’re calling them out.”
The video covers contemporary topics from Obamacare to the War on Coal to the costly antics of the EPA.  Free Market America introduced itself to the public in 2012 with the release of “If I Wanted America to Fail,” a viral video that quickly accrued more than 2.5 million hits on YouTube.  You can follow Free Market America on Twitter at @FreeMarket_US
Here's the full script of the new video:

[“If I wanted America to fail ...

To follow, not lead; to suffer, not prosper; to despair, not dream.

I would start with energy.”]

And they did.

The Keystone Pipeline, the War on Coal, endless environmental lawsuits aimed at expanding federal power …

… They sure started with energy—but they didn’t stop there.

[Obama: If you like your plan, you can keep your plan… Period]

Period …

Many Americans didn’t get to keep their plan or their doctor.

And as federal tentacles snaked their way deeper into America’s two-point-five trillion-dollar healthcare sector, many politicians voted to spare themselves the pain of their own policies—policies they insisted would be good for … “the masses.”

Those politicians need a lesson in civics.

Because we … are not the masses.

In this country, we’ve never been nor have we ever considered ourselves the proletariat, the herd or the hoi polloi, the mob or the common folk, the rabble or the riffraff.

No. For 237 years, we, the American people, have not been subjects—we have been sovereign.

We remain sovereign.

And every two years on Election Day, we exercise our powers as sovereign.

Our leaders in Washington would do well to remember that fact … particularly as they determine the power of federal bureaucracies.

["I'd make cheap energy expensive, so that expensive energy would seem cheap.”]

You see, environmentalists don’t use force.

They don’t need to.

They don’t even need lawmakers anymore.

Instead, they use lawsuits …

… To short-circuit the Rule of Law and expand bureaucratic control over things like … residential wood burning.

That’s right. Radical environmentalists are now seeking to extend federal power to residential wood burning—as in the kind that heats millions of homes in the winter.

Many rural families may be forced to spend thousands to comply with new regulations—if they can afford to comply at all.

[“I would empower unelected bureaucrats to all-but-outlaw America's most abundant sources of energy.”]

Welcome to Alabama—red state.

For months, environmental interests have been waging a campaign here to kill coal.

Of course, they can’t say that to the conservative voters of Alabama.

So, instead, environmental front-groups are pretending to care about the cost of electricity.

It’s a joke. And their money … betrays their true intentions.

New reports reveal that San Francisco-based environmental interests are funneling millions to the very Alabama front-groups now seeking to hijack the state’s Public Service Commission.

Millions … flowing from California to radical environmental groups in Alabama … all part of a back-door effort to bring down the free market, in the very heart of a conservative stronghold.

Don’t let them get away with it, Alabama.

Whether they serve in Congress in Washington, work at a federal agency, or sit on the Public Service Commission in Alabama—our public officials were not empowered to negotiate the slow surrender of our freedoms.

And the cause of energy independence is the cause of freedom.

Let not our children say that this cause was quietly forsaken by those who professed to lead it.

Let not history say that we deserted our principles, when they were most in need of a vigorous defense.

Let it be said that we saw things clearly, even when it was difficult …

… That we stood up, spoke out, and fought back.


Group to Sue EPA to Force Backdoor Cap-and-Trade, Raise Fuel Prices

Monday, December 3, 2012

CONTACT: Rebekah Rast

TEL (703)383-0880

EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Washington, DC - December 3, 2012) Apparently, gas isn't expensive enough yet-at least for one environmental interest group that is now suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force the creation of Cap-and-Trade. The Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law last week told EPA to expect the lawsuit.

"They want to make cheap energy expensive, so that expensive energy will seem cheap," said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market America.

"We've seen this play before, and inventing fictitious markets that traffic imaginary products is bad enough. But asking the EPA to assume quasi-legislative powers so that it can unilaterally enact Cap-in-Trade is a deeply troubling step, even for radical environmentalists. Proponents of this lawsuit absurdly cite Hurricane Sandy as a reason for Cap-and-Trade.

But what Hurricane Sandy truly illustrates is the human hardship that results from communities losing power and fuel. This measure aims to render Sandy's fuel shortages and soaring energy prices commonplace."

Politico posted its story on this backdoor Cap-and-Trade lawsuit late last week. It can read here.

Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government expressed concern that, “This lawsuit is nothing more than a pretext for the EPA to continue expanding their power through ginned up judicial actions.”

The practice of using litigation to enact policy has become commonplace on environmental matters.

Here's how it works: Environmental interests sue the EPA to compel a particular policy outcome (such as "Cap-and-Trade").

Sympathetic bureaucrats (who often have ties to the litigants) gleefully settle the suit, and agree to enact new policies without bothering with nasty details like "Congress." For more information (and for examples), click here.

Free Market America is a project of Americans for Limited Government that produced the 2.6 million-hit viral video, “If I wanted America to Fail,” which debuted on Earth Day earlier this year.

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.


House rejects Obama's off-shore drilling ban

(July 26, 2012, Fairfax, VA) Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson and Free Market America Executive Director Ryan Houck today issued the following joint statement praising the House of Representatives for rejecting H.R. 6168, an Obama Administration proposal to restrict off-shore oil drilling.

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson:

"The Obama Administration has spent the past three and a half years attempting to choke the development of North American oil supplies, while bragging about increased supplies that were the direct result of policies implemented by the previous administration.

"The House of Representatives attempted to restore sanity to our domestic oil development by voting to roll back Obama's attempt to destroy common sense offshore oil production.  Ironically, China is engaged in an aggressive drilling effort in conjunction with Cuba in the waters that Obama would deny U.S. access to.  Now, it is up to the Senate to get off the dime and start putting a secure American energy supply ahead of the radical environmental groups who would rather America fail than for us to create a vibrant domestic energy supply."

Free Market America Executive Director Ryan Houck:

"For too long, energy policy in America has been heavily influenced by environmental extremism. While radical environmental interests continue to exert dangerous levels of control over the organs of environmental regulation, we nonetheless applaud the House of Representatives for taking a big step in the right direction by rejecting H.R. 6168 — which was nothing more than a thinly-veiled anti-energy plan to outsource American jobs.

"If implemented, HR 6168 — the Administration's Offshore Plan — would have rendered 85 percent of America's offshore energy resources inaccessible at a time of economic hardship and high gas prices.  Thanks to decisive action by the House, American consumers, taxpayers and workers all got a win today."


EPA should scrap unworkable coal regulations

(July 23, 2012, Fairfax, VA) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday that it will "review" crushing new regulations on coal-fired power plants, which were originally set to be completed this year.  Under mounting pressure from communities that depend on coal production for good-paying jobs, the agency postponed completion of the new regulations until March 2013—after Election Day.

"These regulations should be revoked not reviewed," said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market America.  "This rule will cost billions each year, drive away good-paying jobs and empty the pockets of consumers who will be stuck higher electric bills.  EPA's top brass has even admitted on camera that these regulations would be 'painful every step of the way'.  That's true for the communities that count on coal production for jobs and for the consumers who count on coal to provide more than 40 percent of our nation's electricity."

Even EPA's estimates indicate its rule will cost nearly $10 billion annually.  If the regulations take effect, new coal-fired plants will be required to deploy so-called carbon capture technology, which is not yet developed and has not been proven financially feasible.  Moreover, the standards set by EPA are impossible to achieve with existing technology.

Americans for Limited Government president Bill Wilson questioned the timing of the review, "Everyone knows that these regulations will bring about an economic disaster while yielding little environmental benefit.  With coal-producing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia likely to decide the presidential election, this delay smells like an attempt by the president to defer an economic and political disaster until after Election Day.

"While the agency's decision to review these catastrophic regulations is a step in the right direction, simply delaying the economic execution of an essential industry until after the election is not enough—these regulations should be rolled back in their entirety."  

Free Market America is a free market watchdog group that focuses on environmental issues.  In partnership with Americans for Limited Government, the group was launched earlier this year and is responsible for the viral video "If I wanted America to fail" a runaway hit that scored more than 2.4 million views on YouTube.


Environmental interests seek to block energy exports, free trade

(July 16, 2012, Fairfax, VA) While well-healed environmental interests attempt to shut down oil, coal and natural gas production--which account for roughly 82 percent of domestic energy use--they are simultaneously working to prevent it from being shipped overseas as well.  Environmental interests, such as the Sierra Club, are actively campaigning to shut down all natural gas export terminals in the United States while City Councils in the Oregon cities of Eugene and Portland are preparing to vote on measures aimed at restricting coal exports as well.

"This is a disappointing demonstration of just how calloused fringe environmental interests truly are," said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market America. "At a time when millions of Americans are searching for work, it's senseless to attempt to shut down industries that create jobs and remain indispensable to our economy."

Americans for Limited Government president Bill Wilson added, "It's abundantly clear: If your job involves producing or moving energy and you don't receive a Solyndra-style subsidy, radical environmentalists probably want to put you out of work. It would be a terrible shame if elected
officials on the West Coast bow to these environmental groups and flagrantly disregard the interests of American workers and the essential principle of economic freedom."

Americans for Limited Government and Free Market America partner on free market issues that focus on environmental issues. The partnership was launched earlier this year and is responsible for the viral video "If I wanted America to fail,", a runaway hit that scored more than 2.4 million views on YouTube.


Navy’s So-called Green Fleet a “Floating Government Boondoggle

(Washington, DC – July 3, 2012) Although traditional fuel costs $3.60 per gallon, the U.S. Navy has opted to power its so-called “Green Fleet” with a biofuel blend that costs $26 per gallon. Apparently oblivious to staggering budget deficits, the Pentagon has funded the “Green Fleet”—which recently began its 6-week-long exercise in the Pacific—through its green fuels initiative.

“With our nation’s defense budget set to lose hundreds of billions of dollars over the next ten years, this floating government boondoggle is a truly astonishing waste of taxpayer money,” said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market America. “It is seven times more expensive to fuel the so-called ‘green fleet’ than to fuel a traditional fleet, begging the question: What vital national defense programs are now on the chopping block thanks to the green agenda? Members of congress and the Administration should note that when Americans express outrage over wasteful government spending, this is exactly the type of nonsense they are talking about.”

The AP posted its story on the “Green Fleet” late yesterday afternoon. It can read here.

Free Market America is a free market watchdog group that focuses on environmental issues. In partnership with Americans for Limited Government, the group was launched earlier this year and is responsible for the viral video “If I wanted America to fail”—a runaway hit that scored over 2.4 million views on YouTube.


EPA Probes for Conflicts of Interest Should Start In Their Own Building

EPA Probes for Conflicts of Interest  Should Start In Their Own Building

(Tallahassee, FL – May 17, 2012) Prompted by a petition from two environmental interest groups, the EPA is searching for conflicts of interest among Florida's environmental officials.

"If EPA is on the hunt for conflicts of interest they can start in their own building," said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market Florida. "Many of EPA's top brass have extensive ties to environmental litigation groups with a clear financial interest in the outcome of major permitting battles. Somehow, I doubt the Florida Clean Water Network or PEER will be calling for their firing."

Many of EPA's top regulators are former staffers for major environmental litigants, which frequently bring suit against the agency over permitting issues. These environmental interest groups have a direct financial stake in the outcome of litigation with the EPA, which includes their ability to request attorney's fees through the Equal Access to Justice Act. Recently, EPA has drawn fire for its "sue-and-settle" formula—a process by which environmental groups bring suit against the EPA in order to trigger a rulemaking process that results in new regulations.

"The EPA has ceased to be an impartial referee on permitting matters," said Houck. "They've strapped on pads and are on the field playing for environmental extremists. It's exactly what you'd expect from a system wherein environmental interest groups serve as de facto farm teams for EPA. It's just laughable that environmental litigants are now pointing the finger at others."

A brief list of senior EPA officials who have formerly worked at environmental interest groups that often sue the EPA:

Nancy Stoner, Interim Assistant Administrator of Water
Formerly Worked for: Natural Resources Defense Council

Glenn Paulson, Chief Scientist
Formerly Worked for: Natural Resources Defense Council

Michael L. Goo, Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy
Formerly Worked for: Natural Resources Defense Council

Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator
Formerly Worked for: National Audubon Society

Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for Enforcement & Compliance
Formerly Worked for: The Conservation Law Foundation's Advocacy Center

Michelle J. DePass, Asst. Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs
Formerly Worked for: The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste
Formerly Served on the Board of: NYC Environmental Justice Alliance

Curt Spalding – Region 1 Director
Formerly Worked for: "Save the Bay" and "Narragansett Bay Keeper"

Judith A. Enck – Region 2 Director
Formerly Worked for: New York PIRG and Environmental Advocates of New York

Susan Hedman – Region 5 Director
Formerly Worked for: Environmental Law and Policy Center and Center for Global Change

Karl Brooks – Region 7 Director
Formerly Worked for: Idaho Conservation League

James B. Martin – Region 8 Director
Formerly Worked for: Environmental Defense Fund

Jared Blumenfeld – Region 9 Director
Formerly Worked for: Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, the NRDC and International Fund for Animal Welfare

Free Market Florida is a free market watchdog group affiliated with the newly launched Free Market America. The organization emerged from a coalition of business and civic leaders which, in 2010, led the successful "Vote No on 4" campaign, garnering 67 percent of the vote.

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