Author Brad Thor: U.S. Gov't 'Like Jabba The Hutt...Gorging on Everything in D.C.'
Author Brad Thor's books give him a good chance to air his criticisms of government. "My world view is: the less government, the more freedom for everybody else," he said in a recent interview with the Media Research Center (MRC). "I want the least amount of government possible."
Thor is a best-selling writer with 14 books to his credit, including his latest, "Act of War." He calls himself a "capitalist." "My job is to make money," he emphasized. Naturally, he has problems with the continuing growth of government. "The government is like Jabba the Hutt and it just sits their gorging on everything in D.C.," he complained. "The federal government has weaponized its agencies against the people it's supposed to serve - the citizens of this country."
Thor's father is a former Marine and that love of country has rubbed off. "I'm an American. I'm a husband, I'm a father. My duties as an American far outweigh my duties as an author," he said strongly.
That helps give him a traditional view about defending America. "I have a very particular opinion as to what needs to be done to preserve the republic," he continued. "It is our duty to pass down a stronger, safer, more prosperous, more secure nation to the next generation of Americans." But, he said he fears changing attitudes are a huge problem. "I have long believed political correctness will be the death of this nation," he added.
In his nearly 30-minute exclusive interview with the MRC, Thor announced two separate deals to turn his Scot Harvath novels into movies. He said that it looks like the series will begin with the first Harvath book, "The Lions of Lucerne," and that it's "very exciting to start with the first book." "I'm going to have a huge, huge role in the crafting of these movies," he continued.
Harvath, the main character in most of Thor's novels, is a former Navy Seal. He has moved into counter-terrorism and fights America's enemies around the world and, sometimes, right here in the United States.
But, Thor wasn't finished with the good news for his fans. "What's exciting to me is that Warner Bros. just purchase my novel 'The Athena Project,' about female Delta Force operatives," explained Thor. He added that the studio "bought it for Ronda Rousey," a UFC bantam weight mixed martial arts champion and Maxim cover girl.
Thor appears regularly on all sorts of media and has hosted the Glenn Beck TV and radio programs, as well as being featured on everything from the FOX News Channel and CNN to MSNBC and all three broadcast networks. He served on the Department of Homeland Security's Analytic Red Cell Unit and even shadowed a Black Ops team in Afghanistan when working on his novel "The Apostle."
In the interview, he also made a few other key points:
- Behind Every Great Man: Thor credits his wife for helping him "make that dream come true" by encouraging him to commit two uninterrupted hours each day to writing.
- Great Influences: Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy - were "two great Americans." He called them "wonderful authors and wonderful patriots."
- Faction, Not Fiction: Thor calls what he writes "faction" because it is a mix of facts and fictions. "I'm always trying to beat the headlines. That's always my goal," he explained.