You don’t have to board a frigate, sail for weeks across the Atlantic and then sack a city in Tripoli to rescue your imprisoned countrymen.
You don’t have to kill a British soldier in a desperate, hand-to-hand struggle after leaping out of a boat on the beach at York during the War of 1812.
You don’t have to hold the line against Pickett’s desperate charge at Gettysburg as thousands of wounded men shriek bloody murder around you.
You don’t have to resist a vicious attack by the Hun with fixed bayonets at Belleau Wood.
You don’t have to survive a terrifying duck-boat run onto Omaha Beach as men around you are being chopped to bits by fortified Nazi gun emplacements.
You don’t have to liberate the Nazi Death Camps, capping months of brutal fighting and desperate marching through the dirt roads of Europe.
You don’t have to withstand a surprise attack by the Chinese ‘People’s Volunteer Army’, fighting to hold the line in 35°-below-zero temperatures for days on end near the Chosin Reservoir.
You don’t have to defend the city of Huế from a surprise attack by Viet Cong and PAVN regulars, fighting block-to-block as the entire country is set afire by the Tet Offensive.
You don’t have to race across the desert, waiting for a chemical attack or a Scud missile to hit, baking in 130° temperatures, so that you can expel Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard from Kuwait.
You don’t have to patrol a patch of hard-scrabble earth in Aghanistan or Iraq, waiting for the inevitable IED by the side of the road — or signs that you’ve rolled right into an ambush by heavily-armed ‘insurgents’ equipped with Iranian RPGs.
You don’t have to do any of those things. You just have to vote in November. You just have to take the time to rally your neighbors, your family members and your co-workers to vote for candidates who believe in the Constitution. You must marshal voters who will reject the out-of-control, free-spending government that has brought our country to the edge of bankruptcy.
Because if the Constitution doesn’t mean anything, if all of the founders’ sacrifices went for naught, if all of those American heroes who fought and bled and died for the flag mean nothing, if all your parents and grandparents gave you doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, well, then our generation will be forever known as the weak-willed group that let the American dream slip from our fingers.
And we will be known forever as the generation that allowed American exceptionalism to be stolen from us by a radical leftist from San Francisco, a crooked, power-hungry weasel of a man from Nevada, and an Alinsky-trained community organizer who rose to the presidency without qualifications or even so much as a background check by the media.
You don’t have to bleed for your country. All you have to do is rally our forces to vote in November. That is what we can do and that is what we must do to preserve this Republic for future generations.
Also see: Our Generation’s Fork in the Road