Lacey Smith

What have you done for your country lately?

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Today’s blog is all about a you. You, the very busy stay-at-home mom; you, the full-time college student; you, the young husband; you, the retired grandparent.

I’ve been talking for weeks about all the problems, things that concern me, and what I think the solutions are.

Over and over again I have encouraged you to do something. Now I want to know: what are you doing?

The solution is the average American person.

In John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address he said, “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

It’s an extremely famous (and frankly over-quoted statement), but there is some truth to it.

What can you do for your state, your country, your fellow Americans?

I’m not asking what you can do for your government, what you can give up to the government, but what you can give for your country.

Here are some ideas.

You can teach your children to understand and love liberty. This may be the most important thing you can do!

You can learn and then share information about the Constitution.

You can write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

You can vote against an initiative that lessens your liberty (this includes tax increases and initiatives that provide the government, including school districts, with taxpaer dollars without accounability).

You can encourage your representatives in D.C. to pass the Cut, Cap and Balance Plan.

You can organize a rally for Restoring Courage and stand with Israel.

You can run for office.

You can speak out at a City Council meeting.

You can campaign for a candidate you believe in.

You can read the Federalist Papers and other Revolutionary era material.

You can start a blog.

You can fly a flag.

You can volunteer at a homeless shelter.

You can vote.

You can do all of these things because you are an American. There are not a lot of places in the world where you are so free to do all these things. It’s a privilege as much as it is a responsibility.

These things are not available to many people in this world and they would give so much to be able to do what we choose not to.

What are you doing? I want to know. Please share your stories with me. Let’s inspire each other and then do more.

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